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This has been a long time coming. Upstairs Open have an origin story that stretches back half a decade – it twists through serious illness and different career paths – but fate had more in store, and now Daniel James and Courtney Paynter are ready to embark upon the most exciting journey of their lives.
The pair met through a mutual friend, musical director Sam Kennedy (Foxes, Bastille) during a studio session in 2011. Both had no idea that years later they would create a band together. As Daniel’s solo career developed, he inked a deal with Capitol Records and toured with the likes of Hozier, but a series of events would force music into the backseat.
Upstairs Open began writing in early 2016, with weekly sessions in Daniel's South London flat that allowed an organic, restraint-free nature of working, ideal for developing a new sound. 'You Got Love' is their first piece to get excited about, and their debut single. A genre-defying mix of natural and electronic tones produced by long time collaborator James Earp (Fickle Friends, Bipolar Sunshine). This self released single currently sits at over 300,000 streams on Spotify, and the band cannot wait to release their next single, 'Chicago', in early 2018.