Influenced by a wide range of music from Bob Dylan to J Dilla, Only Takes A Day, combines spoken-word influenced rap lyrics and song hooks with live instrumentation. Having formed at a house party jam in the summer of 2014, vocalist and guitarist Shaanvir Rehal and percussionist Fabien Waldheim cut a separate path to the Americanised rap that’s homogenising commercial music right now. Their approach is uniquely their own, with Shaanvir’s lyrics often feeling like forays into his own head, while Fabien’s beats take the place of traditional sampling to provide an organic dynamism that can’t be achieved with any of the modern day tech.
The duo have a strong presence in London’s live music scene, headlining shows across the capital. Over the last couple of years, they’ve gone out exploring and travelled across the UK to perform at festivals nationwide including Glastonbury, Wonderfields, Hazy Days, Subsonic and Homeless not Hopeless. Their artistic integrity remains their biggest draw, and in doing whatever they want they have ended up striking a chord resonant with the people they play for. Their endearing authenticity and classic musicianship feel almost radical in today’s Soundcloud rap climate, and as their art continues to expand, so too will their influence. It may take more than a day, but rest assured their day will come!