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GET TO KNOW: danny beau
After gathering a huge and supportive fanbase on TikTok over the last few months, Philadelphia-based artist danny beau has now introduced himself with his glittering debut single '21&WILD'.
Capturing a rich and soaring alt-pop sound throughout, '21&WILD' makes for a wonderfully enjoyable introduction to his sound. Filled with euphoric hooks, smooth production, and his own captivating voice at the helm, things are already looking very bright for this young newcomer.
So with the new single doing the rounds, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started learning the piano at age seven, initially playing classical music only. Then, around age ten, I started playing more popular music, like Lady Gaga and Adele. I even participated in talent shows in elementary and middle school playing cover songs. Eventually, I learned to accompany myself and started singing and writing originals, too. To this day, piano is still my primary instrument, and I use it every day to write and produce.
What was the first album you remember owning?
“21” by Adele was one of the first albums I can remember my family and I listening to on rotation through the car CD player. My mom, sisters, and I would sing every word every time we got in the car.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I played keys in an alt-rock band called “Brightbill” during my first two years of college at Drexel. Our music was largely inspired by Dave Matthews Band and The 1975. We played at house shows and other local venues in the Greater Philly Area.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
“Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. The Chicks)” by Taylor Swift is one of those songs that is guaranteed to make my cry every time I hear it. Its heart-wrenching lyrics describe an unbearable time in her life when her mother was fighting breast cancer. The lyrics “holy orange bottles” and “doctor’s office lighting” subtly paint a picture of what it’s like to see someone go through this. Coupled with beautiful vocals from Taylor and The Chicks, this song is a masterpiece from start to finish.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
The most thrilling moment about creating music has been seeing how my fans connect and relate to it. I’ve seen fans make covers and other videos of my song, and it has made it worth all of my hard work!
And what about the most frustrating part?
The most frustrating part about creating music as an independent artist is time management because I have to fill the roles of writer, producer, manager, creative director, publicist, and more. I love doing everything, but at times, I wish I could focus primarily on writing and producing.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
My absolute dream is to sing with Lady Gaga. She is one of the most talented performers in the music industry, and I have looked up to her for so many years.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years, I hope to be living in New York and supporting myself as a full-time artist. I hope that this year, in particular, I will become a known artist in the indie pop genre.
danny beau's new single '21&WILD' is available to stream now. Check it out below.