Danny Starr - Our Design

Danny Starr – Our Design

 

ARTIST NAME: Danny Starr

 

SONG TITLE: Our Design

 

ALBUM TITLE: Our Design

 

RELEASE DATE: 7th February 2020

 

GENRE: Singer-Songwriter

 

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Danny Starr has announced his second string of headline shows in March, following on from his debut tour in September last year.

 

Danny begins 2020 releasing his single ‘Our Design’ on 7th February.

 

The subject of ‘Our Design’ is one we’ve heard written about before, but Danny’s exceptional songwriting ability, which has been praised by big names in the industry time and time again, really shines through here. The lyrical direction and gripping vocal delivery of the track pull on the heartstrings and drive emotion into the listener.

 

Danny has been writing songs since the age of 13, and over the last 8 years has built an original and personal writing style that is immediately identifiable as his own.

 

He has played countless shows across London and has branched out to the rest of the UK with his music being featured on blogs and radio worldwide including BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. Never afraid to tackle big issues, Danny’s writing has always seemed ahead of its time.

 

“Sci-fi retro future pop epic”

-Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

 

“The London-based singer-songwriter with the knack of writing irritatingly catchy pop melodies and attaching them to razor-sharp snippets of lyrical wisdom”

 – Danny Angove, One On One Music

 

“The grit and heartbreak of rock ‘n’ roll is dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century.”

– Danielle de Wolfe, One Stop Record Shop

 

“Danny has an approach to crafting a tune that is wiser than his years”

– Kayleigh Watson, Born Music

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Name the artists that have influenced you so far. 

It’s been a long journey to get to how I write today with my earliest influences starting at Passenger and James Bay bringing the acoustic songwriter side of me and Ben Howard and a lot of Amy Winehouse bringing the deeper side I suppose.

 

Now I’m listening to a lot of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Bowie, Carole King, The Beatles. Biggest inspiration however still stands as he always as Alex Turner. No one has influenced me as much.

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Mention the name of the artist you can regard as the “Greatest Of All Time.”

A really impossible question but Bowie takes it for me. Just because of the complete package of his art. No one else has done it like him.

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Discuss your composition. 

I will usually be going about my business and see a sign or hear someone say something, or just look at two things and put the words next to each other in my head and find it results in something interesting.

 

Sometimes something happening in my friends’ lives will grab my attention or even a story I’ve been told. Of course, occasionally my life will inspire me too. Then I’ll go home and start playing, start piecing together some music and a gripping lyric around the phrase or topic I caught earlier in the day, and just develop a story from there.

 

Of course, sometimes the writing just comes with no hesitation and you have a song in half an hour. Sometimes a song won’t be finished after a year of revisiting it.

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Elaborate on this song. 

‘Our Design’ is a song written from the point of view of someone who was once a very big part of my life. I hadn’t written in a while and was struggling to get myself into the mindset of writing anything at all. I was shut off from creating entirely, to be honest. I decided to break this I would stop trying to write about how I was feeling and to put myself in the shoes of another. This decision is what led me towards how I write now, as I described above. I’m very glad I made that choice and pushed myself down that path. It unlocked a lot of creative avenues for me. It took a while to write this one although the chorus came very quickly. I didn’t record and release it however for a long time for a few different reasons.

 

It’s an important song to me so I was nervous about the release but I’m very happy to have it out in the world now and it seems people are enjoying it which is nice to see.

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Rate social media and tell us the platform that works best for you in promoting your music. 

I find social media quite infuriating. I try and be myself as much as I can on my social media, but I find that hard. I post the most on Instagram as I feel it is where I connect with my fans the most. I also feel I can be more expressive on there as to what I’m up to.

 

I am getting into Twitter but still finding it difficult to be ever-present. I am very inconsistent and down enjoy the pressure of having to always be saying something.

 

Instagram is the same in that sense. I sometimes will disappear for a little while. Facebook is almost dead in my opinion. When I first started as an artist in the public eye, I used FB a lot. It was great for publishing everything you wanted anyone to see. Now it is just useful for organizing parties and reminding you of people’s birthdays who you have spoken to once in your life. That’s all.

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State the areas that need improvement in the music industry.  

Let the artists focus on the art. The pressure artists are under nowadays is absurd. There is less money for everyone involved in the industry to share nowadays.

 

 

Most artists who have committed to the industry have accepted that money isn’t going to be pouring into their hands, most likely at any point in their career unless they’re lucky.

 

But so many of us are treated as if we are stripped of the art we create and are just a playing piece to make money with.

 

Relationships start with people saying: “hey I love your music” and soon enough are all about the shortfalls on sales.

 

Let the artists create. Don’t bother them with the financials of this mess of an industry.

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Explain how you are getting your songs to stores and getting it to fans.  

I am currently self-releasing through Landr and doing all the PR myself. I share my releases with everyone I possibly can. My past manager told me PR campaigns weren’t worth it, I went and did one for an earlier release, and ‘Our Design’ has done way better with me just sending out emails myself. Should’ve listened.

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Tell us how you prepare yourself for a live performance or show.

I like to shower before I play. Brush my teeth. Get fresh. Then 4 cans of beer and a whiskey before stage time usually sets me up nicely.

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Tell us your opinion on frequent releasing of singles or just an album in a while. 

I’ve never released an album, but I am so keen to. I have always been prompted to release a steady stream of singles, which seems to be the way most people do it nowadays, especially at entry-level. I suppose that’s because of how quick people will just forget about you nowadays so you’ve always gotta bring new stuff for them to see or hear. Anything to not be forgotten.

 

 

But to be honest it’s stressful and puts a lot of pressure on sticking to a schedule. Putting together a large body of work like an album then touring to promote it then being able to disappear for a while is how I hope to function one day.

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Mention the name of the artist you will be glad to see the live performance. 

I’ve been lucky enough to see loads of my favourite bands live either at shows or festivals. I go to shows whenever I can. A band I’d love to see that I haven’t seen would be an artist called Bakar. A mate of mine introduced me to this guy’s music a couple of weeks ago and it is class. I’d love to see him play live. Seems like it’d be a cool one.

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Tell us the themes of most of your songs. 

Now it’s varying massively. My last release was based in space, this one is very much a traditional emotional ballad, and I’ve just written a song from inside the head of a convicted murderer.

 

I love challenging myself with new topics of writing and I hope I’m able to keep releasing whatever the hell I want.

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Discuss your recording. 

I’m currently working with people I’ve connected with online and been into the music they’ve produced before. I’m also spending long nights recording demos in my bedroom. Lots of cool sounds coming out of there now.

 

I feel a lot of creative freedom in my writing now that I am producing as I write. It’s sending me down paths of interesting song structure which I haven’t explored before.

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Tell us how boring or exciting the music career can be. 

A music career at times can be the best thing ever. Playing to hundreds of people and them singing back at you is a feeling like no other.

 

 

Writing songs that really help you deal with shit you’ve been through is also something I love about being a musician.

 

And just being in the world of music is something I want to be involved in for the rest of my life. Meeting other artists and seeing live shows is just sick.

 

 

If you love music, a music career is a dream. But there are a lot of shitty days. I mentioned earlier the pressure artists are under and I have at times felt like the care for what I’m making as an artist is completely forgotten about and doesn’t matter at all.

 

When what you produce is personal and emotional and difficult to share, feeling like people don’t care is difficult to deal with. When releases flop, it is depressing as hell.

 

Touring is lonely as hell. But the hour you get to spend with the fans who love what you do is such an amazing feeling and having people contact you online saying your music helped them through tough times or that your new track is their favourite song is just awesome, and that’s what we do it for.

 

A music career can be horrible to you, but it can also be the most rewarding thing in the world.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it. 

Danny Starr – my birth name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

Our Design – the most memorable phrase of the chorus. Meaning – “The design of us.”

 

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