Interview: Dan Caplen and Jamie Scott

‘It’s an award in front of our peers and it’s an award for songs, which is clearly the most important thing in the music industry and is sometimes forgotten,’ says hit songwriter Jamie Scott.

Scott attended the 2019 edition of The Ivors yesterday (Thursday) with co-writer Dan Caplen to collect the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House.

The Song is performed by Rudimental and features Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, and was written by Scott, Caplen, Julian Bunetta, Macklemore and John Ryan.

The song features on Rudimental’s 2019 album Toast to Our Differences and spent seven weeks at number two in the UK charts before hitting the top spot on 30 March 2018.

The track marked Rudimental’s third number one, Jess Glynne’s sixth, but was a first for both Macklemore (in the UK) and Caplen.

These Days first started life as a demo in 2016 created by Caplen, Scott, Bunetta and Ryan, before Glynne, Macklemore and Rudimental came on board.

The success of the song meant that Glynne surpassed Cheryl to hold the record for the most UK number-one singles by a British woman.

We had a chat with Scott and Caplen fresh from their win to get some insight into the slow gestation of the track, their reaction to its success and the strangest places they’ve heard the song played. Dig in…