Quick Tip: UTILIZE the resources at your disposal. Why pay 1k for a phone and not leverage it fully. It's easy to be successful but it takes work to be disciplined. Sit back and think of how you could better leverage the resources you already have.
I’ve spoken a lot recently about authenticity. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you come from, you’re the only you and use that to your advantage. No-one can replicate you. They can try. Be you. In your music. In your lyrics. In the way you treat people.
Instrumentalists bear the burden of communicating musical ideas without the aid of lyrics or storytelling proper. For many years, that’s how 2018 Americana Award nominee Daniel Donato operated as the guitarist for Nashville acts like The Wild Feathers, Paul Cauthen and The Don Kelley Band.
From age 14, Donato has developed his brand of crisp, soulful, on-the-edge telecaster picking under bar lights, honing his skills and proving his mettle within the city’s prominent live music scene. All the while, a growing love of songwriting mirrored the pace of his ever-improving guitar chops.
Now, a short three years after his departure from Kelley’s classic country outfit, the 23-year-old is signed to William Morris Endeavors as an artist with a docket of jam-ready country and bluegrass songs. Backed by his three-piece “Cosmic Country Band” – cosmic country is a catch-all term for experimental roots music, often assisted by electronic sounds – Donato stands at the frontier of his career with characteristic intrepidity, no longer bounded by the expressive limitations of his instrument.
His strident voice and explorative songwriting carry his music into new territory, offering bold ideas to his fan base while staying true to what drew them to him in the first place: a palpable love of music delivered through excelled craft. With one eye on the night’s gig and another on the ages, Donato is continuing his journey down country music’s long and winding road, leaving no stone unturned.
The #StreamingWars are about to pick up steam once again as slowly but surely, exclusive releases are returning to the equation. Many industry experts believe that exclusive hurt subscribers and inspire piracy, however if the likes #Apple and #Amazon want to compete seriously with #Spotify then these tactics are what they need to do. As artists begin to buy and retain their masters these releases will become normal. #musictech#streaming#musicindustry
today is gloomy in nyc which is annoying but whatever. I am feeling sort of anxious today because I want to be a pop star doing interviews with @jimmyfallon & @theellenshow and I want to be doing #73questions with @voguemagazine and @hellojoesabia & I feel like everyday I’m just getting too old. I know that is not the case & that we need to get rid of these fucking age standards, but my anxiety really tries to convince me otherwise. I just wanna perform with my friends on stage & all rise up together as a community and perform the music we made together that we love. I know all I can do is keep writing, working and being true to who I am but it’s definitely easy to become impatient and restless not knowing if and when it will even happen for u. I used to try and rephrase “I want to be a pop star” so it didn’t sound shady or like I just wanted fame. But I have learned to just fucking say what I want & I WANT TO BE A POPSTAR performing alongside my idols like @taylorswift@ddlovato@camila_cabello@iamhalsey@arianagrande@haileesteinfeld etc- I mean I have practiced my red carpet poses for years. I want to cheer on these badass women & artists at awards shows & dance in the front row with my best friends @nicolecontii & @bibi.valderrama ! I want so bad to be the artist that has fans over to an intimate setting and just talk to them about how stupid I feel for having depression when nothing really bad has happened to me. I want to be performing and look at my family and say “ we did it” and give back to them for all they have given to me through love & support. So I will keep following and reaching out to @republicrecords and badass industry people to try and get them to see that I have been & will continue working hard for this. I have never cared (and still don’t) about if I’m annoying or persistent as long as I am genuine, kind, humble and true to me. I am so grateful for the chance to have put out songs and received over 1 million streams, done music videos, living in my dream city now, gone to berklee, traveled abroad, heard my songs in Other countries/ stores etc. I am grateful & determined. So my fellow friends/artists let’s do this thing. I love u
21 37325 February, 2020
“I hear them talk but I don’t really care” #toodeep 🖤
21 42625 February, 2020
am i working on producing and engineering a full length EP for the first time? stay tuned 👀