From then...until now
Hello there! I used to write these things pretending like somebody else has written them, but that’s quite cringe worthy don’t you think? Writing in 3rd person makes Danny’s head hurt as well.
There are a few things you need to know about me. I am an Aquarius, I was born and raised in Wrexham (North Wales), but currently reside in West London. Most importantly, I released my debut album in June 2017, and it was the biggest and best thing I’ve done to date (in my humble opinion, you could argue with this, but you’d be wrong). Prior to that, I had toured up and down the country relentlessly, playing with artists such as James Bourne (Busted/Son of Dork), Beans on Toast, Bastille, King Blues, The Struts, Bry, Emma Blackery, People on Vacation (featuring Jaret Reddick) as well as many others.
Newcastle, sometime in 2016
I released a string of EP’s including ‘Optimist’, which was recorded at Sticky Studios (Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri, One Direction), and followed that up by writing, recording and releasing One New Song a Week for a whole year in 2015. After that, the metaphorical cupboard in my brain containing any song ideas was empty and I took some time to write an album. You can find the blogs/songs/videos for my ONTAW challenge here.
Leicester Academy 2, February 2017
I spent 18 months gigging up and down the country, clocking up 278 gigs in 2016, some of which were in Europe with my touring buddy Dave Giles. I was road testing new material, which would eventually end up on my debut album. I recorded the album in a converted church called Nave Studios in Leeds with Andy Hawkins. When the album was released in June 2017, I went on my first headline UK tour since 2015 and sold out 5 of the 7 nights. The first single ‘Comfortable’ was getting radio play over the globe and ended up being in Amazing Radio’s top 10 for over a month, peaking at number 2.
Comfortable' Music Video, Filmed, Directed, Edited by Nick Kent
What followed that was a short tour where I played with a band for the first time. This culminated in a packed out show at Camden Assembly. By this point, the album was racking up the streams on Spotify, which currently stands at over half a million individual track streams for the album.
Photo by Nick Kent
One track in particular, ‘Coffee Beans’ has nearly 200k streams on Spotify and features on a few established Spotify Playlists. I decided to celebrate this with an EP based around the song. The EP in question was aptly named ‘Coffee Beans EP’, and I did a short UK tour of Coffee Shops and Theatres to promote this. As well as the music, I teamed up with Neighbourhood Coffee in Liverpool and made my own blend of Coffee Beans.
That brings us up to today, what’s next? I’m currently working on album #2, but more about that soon…….