A rising country star opens up about the UK scene.
Armed with his charming blend of classic country and accessible pop sounds, Danny McMahon prepares to drop his new EP Boys Cry Too on May 24th through Puzzle Maker Records, featuring critically acclaimed single When I See You which recently topped the UK iTunes Country Charts. We interviewed him about his musical journey so far...
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
I try to make sure anything I put out is honest, real and relatable. All those elements within a Modern Country/Pop production.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
The main one above everything always has to be self-doubt. People in 2019 especially are so quick to judge anything and everything without having a second thought about how much time, effort and money goes into things, so you have to emotionally invest in something which is hard enough, but then on top of that you've gotta hope people like it!
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
Probably harder than ever! However, you have to take the positives, and I think making the music I make there's two. Firstly the British Country Music Scene consists of the most supportive people I've ever met. It's like it's own community and everyone is so supportive of developing artists. They buy the merch and we have amazing festivals, so there's a platform there.
Secondly, in this day and age you have to put in a hell of a lot of work to stand out on social media! However, that said you then become the master of your own destiny! So if you're clever and really want it enough, you can make things you never thought possible actually happen!
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
Having worked as a commercial songwriter I've actually learnt that as a writer it's really important to value the opinion of your trusted peers. I'll always talk with management, my producer, my lawyer and the writers that I work with to see what they think should be released on a record. Songwriters aren't always the best at critiquing their own work. I'm certainly not! So I'm always happy to have input from plenty of people.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
I start with "If you look hard enough you can find inspiration anywhere." I mean the idea for the song for "Boys Cry Too" came from a poster I saw walking the streets of Nashville. I popped it in my phone notes, and 5 months later it was relevant.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
Matthew Ramsey from Old Dominion all day long! The guy is a machine when it comes to writing superb songs. The lyrics, the parts, the clever melodies. Totally hooked on them as a band and the work he does for other artists.
Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.
I've got s couple but when I was a kid I was totally convinced I used to be a mouse! I'd always tell people how I remembered them from "when I was a mouse!" Creative minds start young I guess!
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
A Grammy is the ultimate goal, dream big kids! I'm never afraid to say that. However, as a whole, I'd love to be a Male British Artist who went and made and impact in Nashville. That would be a massive achievement for me.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
So this year I made my dream of playing in America happen twice, including a show at the Bluebird Cafe and I now do this as a full time job. If anyone had told me that a year ago I'd have laughed at them! So I don't tend to set yearly targets, I just work one step at a time and if good things are happening quickly, it's working! I think my big goal would be heading back to America to finish the work we've started there. I love the idea of a radio tour.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
So the new record is out 24th May. I'm so excited for people to hear the new stuff on there. I'm also looking at getting back to Nashville. We also have shows booked all over the world, so I'm really excited for festival season!
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