“I have always dressed up differently and never wanted to be like everyone else - which is an ironic thing to say when you are a tribute act.” Says Danielz, as he prepares to take the stage with his T.Rextasy band at the Millfield Theatre next Saturday.
This gig will mark 25 years since the T.Rex tribute group was formed by Danielz, as well as 40 years since the death of Marc Bolan, the guitarist and lead singer of the original 1970s glam rock band.
T.Rex had number one hits with Get It On, Hot Love, Telegram Sam and Metal Guru, but in 1977 Marc died in a car accident, two weeks before his 30th birthday, and the band’s success was subsequently cut short.
Danielz grew up listening to the band while living in Germany due to his father working in the army and he even learned to play the guitar as a teenager in a bid to follow in the footsteps of his idol.
After several failed attempts to break into the music industry with his own music in the 80s and early 90s, Danielz discovered he could gain a large following of fans by performing his favourite T.Rex tunes.
Being part of the T.Rextasy tribute group has led him to perform shows all over the world and he even met David Bowie, who was good friends with Marc and told Danielz he missed him every day.
However, Danielz is keen to point out he is not trying to mimic Marc or any other members of the band by dressing the same way as they did, he just performs their songs in the most accurate way he can.
He says: “T.Rextasy has been touring for 25 years and been everywhere, but for a while I have wanted to perform at the theatres around the UK, particularly in Edmonton as the original band performed there a few times, so there is a lot of T-Rex history in the area.
“It feels strange to say we have been doing this since 1992, as so much has happened over the years. A tribute band scene did not really exist back then and so when I formed the group, I wasn’t sure how to define us, but it is so different now as the scene is much bigger.
“We’ve done so much. We have performed at Hyde Park and even played in front of 40,000 people at Last Night At The Proms. I couldn’t pick my favourite song, but I love playing the guitar parts as Marc was an underrated guitar player.”
Danielz, who picked his stage name after hearing an unreleased Marc Bolan song called Jack Daniels, admits he was more interested in football than music as a child, but heard T-Rex on the radio one day when he was 13-years-old and was hooked from that moment on.
He says: “I’ve always been a genuine fan, as I bought the records when they first came out and saw how electric they were live.
“That’s why I never get fed up of going on stage, as there so much energy in the songs and I feel like I’m in my twenties again.
“I try to combine the 70s rock sound with a modernised, 21st century vibe as well, in order to appeal to different age groups. The older generation are diehard fans who want the authenticity of how it actually felt to see T.Rex, but those people are also bringing along their children and even their grandchildren, so it is good to see new generations.”
T.Rextasy, Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ, Saturday, February 25, 7.45pm, details: 020 8807 6680, millfieldtheatre.co.uk