Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London based singer Danny Wright to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Reading, now living in London. I first got into music properly when I wanted to learn the guitar around 11/12 years old. I also been into music as a young kid tho, I was that kid obsessed with watching music videos all day!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now? How would you describe your sound?
When I starting learning the guitar I was really into Blink 182, Green Day, Sum 41, bands like that. I still am now and a lot of my influence does come from that 'pop punk' sound.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
I've released a couple of songs recently "Nerves" and "Something About You". Nerves is a pop-punk track written about social anxiety, I wanted to write about a subject that a lot of people just brush off as nothing. I wanted to shine a light on the subject and put a positive spin on it.
"Something About You" is a bit more of a relationship type song, about being in a toxic relationship but not doing anything about it because you don't feel you are worth any better, it's a soft, slow ballad type that I wrote years ago and glad to finally have out.
What’s your local music scene like?
Live music in London is thriving, any night of the week you can catch live music, when I started out with my solo project I just wanted to start playing some shows anywhere I could get them. It was very easy to rock up with an acoustic and just play a few songs somewhere. I enjoyed that. I know it's a lot different to where I'm from Reading. There are only a few places that host gigs.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Well I'm touring in August, it's my 2nd tour and I'm really looking forward to that, and before that I have some singles to put out. I would love one day to do an album... maybe that's the next thing.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love Travis Barker to lay some beats on one of my songs, and it would be cool to do something with Demi Lovato, big fan of hers.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Hmm, I've fallen over on stage a few times but nothing as of yet that really stands out. Me and my bands get so hyped up before we play, I think the funny stuff is just before the show and the stuff we say to each other to get in the zone haha.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Music for me is a big part of my life, I know that sounds cheesy and cliche. But I've been doing it for a while, in other bands, session work etc. It's one of those things that just always comes back to me even if I purposely step away from it (which I have done a couple of times). So I'll be doing this pretty much forever, whether I'm playing on a stage in front of thousands of people or if I'm writing songs in my room and playing them down at a local pub. You will always be able to hear music from me!