Infectious Magazine spoke with Danny Chait to discover his background in classical training, his upcoming EP, and why he’s driving everyone in his life crazy. Check it out below.
Infectious Magazine: Hi Danny! How are you?
Danny Chait: Good! How are you?
IM: I’m great! Your debut EP The Back Room is out July 10th. If you were to review the album in just a few sentences, what would you say?
DC: I just want people to hear it and let the album speak for itself. I can say that it’s honest. It’s hard for me to review my own work!
IM: How has the process of preparing and promoting the album been?
DC: It’s been fun, sad, grueling, and everything in between. I’m very into the recording process and it was great to have a definite group of songs to work on, but I’m extremely meticulous and can drive myself a little crazy. It can get pretty lonely doing a whole record on your own and you go through a whole slew of emotions. After finishing it you then have to promote it. I just began promoting and it’s always scary that no one will listen but it’s starting to feel good.
IM: What do you think that the unsigned musician’s most useful tools are in the modern day music industry?
DC: The internet, for sure. Incredibly fast and easy communication at your finger tips–it’s kind of crazy. You can really reach out and get your music to basically anyone on the internet. The problem is though, because many of these tools are so easily accessible there is massive clutter and it’s very hard to get noticed.
IM: You have classical vocal training correct? Do you think this has given you an edge/ different outlook on the industry?
DC: I wouldn’t say an edge, but maybe a slightly different outlook; there are a lot of crazes, fads, vocal styles, etc. that come in and out of style at an alarming rate. I think the thing classical music has taught me is be true to your own voice, and how to find and let your own voice out literally and figuratively.
IM: Having just started out, and yet already having played festivals such as SXSW, has it been a bit of a shock to dive right in to everything?
DC: I’ve been playing my own music out since about 10th or 11th grade in high school, so it feels like a pretty gradual move to me even though it seems that I just started out. Not shocked, but excited and ready to get moving.
IM: What is one thing you’d like future fans to know about your music, as well as yourself as an individual?
DC: This is what I live for–producing records, music, and performing. If you’re ever wondering what I’m thinking or how I’m spending my time, you won’t have to look much further than the music I’m releasing. I think it annoys pretty much everyone in my life, but I can’t help it! I eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff. I literally sleep with my guitar. And no, I’m not kidding.
IM: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
DC: My new single, ‘On,’ is coming out on June 12 and I have a show at Pianos in New York City on June 16 at 9:00 PM. Pianos is a great venue and I really like the vibe. Always a good time. Thanks so much for having me!
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