Photo's credited to Ian Morrall
We caught up with Danny at Country On The Coast and he agreed to an interview. Here is what he had to say.....
Q - How long have you been writing and performing country music?
A - I started as a writer so began penning songs for others about three years ago. I released my first record as an artist in November 2017.
Q - If you could invite the people who have influenced you in your music career to a dinner party, who would you invite?
A - Sam Hunt, Stevie Wonder and Matthew Ramsey from Old Dominion. All incredible songwriters in their own right!
Q - If you were to take one well known song and put your own country twist on it, which song would you choose?
A - I actually occasionally bust out a Country version of Cher’s “Believe” in my busking set! It works believe me ! Zero pun intended.
Q - If you had the chance of performing anywhere in the world, Where would your dream venue be?
A - Well Rachel my girlfriend has a bet on with me that if I play the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville I have to play my flute on stage so I guess that’s something people might wanna see !
Q - What excites you about the British country scene?
A - Man I don’t even know where to start with that! As a whole I think the fact we’re actively creating a new subculture in a day and age where it’s very hard to do so is exciting enough in itself!
Q - The British country music scene is growing fast. Each artist having their own take on what country music is to them. How do feel that our music stands up against the music coming out of America at the moment?
A - A great question. I mean being influenced by modern American artists and already having been there twice as an artist, I always strive for the quality of what Nashville is putting out whether you like the music or not, in the context of what it’s trying to achieve it’s really an amazing level of quality! In the year I’ve been doing this I’ve seen the quality of the British scene grow A LOT! The standard at the BCMA’s this year was incredible, we’re definitely getting closer and closer every year.
Q - Where do you see British country music in 5 years time?
A - I think in five years it will have a strong commercial market which will give British fans and artist the ability to push things to the next level. With resources from bigger labels it will help artists to better themselves and up their game to be able to compete with the American big leagues.
Q - Do you think you will be more accepted in 5 years, when you say you are a British country music artist?
A - It’s funny because I actually thought being accepted as a British artist would be harder in America. I thought they’d think I was taking the biscuit! Actually turns out they’re hungry for something new and exciting too. In terms of over here, I’d say yes, probably. Particularly amongst the younger generation. It’s not “cool” just yet, but you can see it getting there! Every year at C2C I see more and more younger people which is great for growing the genre to a bigger audience in the UK.
Where can we find you on social media?
@dannymcmahonuk and away you go!