Artist Interview – /_\drian Daniel

/_\drian Daniel is a young, upcoming urban artist from Brooklyn, NY and is our latest Sonicbids competition winner.  /_\drian  has recently released his new album “Memoirs of a Stoner” to critical acclaim and is currently working hard on promotion. We were delighted when he took time out of his hectic schedule to complete an interview with Essential Pop. Read on to find out  /_\drian’s musical background, his current career highlights and his musical inspirations.


/_\drian Daniel

/_\drian Daniel


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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

My music speaks truth in serious and not so serious ways that offers my fans a place in time to react to reality.


Q: What is your musical background?

I’ve been trained in Jazz and Classical music, but I grew up listening to James Brown, Michael Jackson, Sade, Queen, Journey, Biggie and Tupac. So my musical background is what ever I was exposed to growing up and you can hear it in my music.


Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

These past 12 months have been trippy. I still can’t believe how much people really love my stories. Ever since I dropped my album “Memoirs of a Stoner” in May, my career just took off.


Q: Who inspires you musically?

Oh wow there are so many. Kanye West, Sade, MGMT, Coldplay, Jackie Wilson, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, John Foster, Prince. I could go on and on.


Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

There are five artist right now that I am huge fans off. Frank Ocean, MGMT, Cocaine 80′s, Theophilus London, and Santigold.


Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Coldplay, Prince, MGMT, Theophilus London, and Kendrick Lamar.


Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?

I am listening to Cocaine 80′s at this moment.


Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I dont have one. When I go through something or someone close to me does, I write it down and turn it into a song.


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both. I believe that the story is really important but without the right melody its like having a book with no emotion to make you keep reading.


/_\drian Daniel

/_\drian Daniel

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Q: Where are you based?

Brooklyn, NY.


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I love where I come from, there is so much inspiration in Brooklyn. Though Brooklyn is a Hip-Hop heavy place I still get inspiration when i’m writing a song. Don’t get me wrong, I love hip-hop. I incorporate it into my music. Its a part of my culture, but it sometimes hard getting recognition as a singer when your from such a hip-hop heavy place.


Q: What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my next album. I want to try and release it by the end of the year.


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Grandmothers think I’m sexy now, Lol, Na I had a young girl contact me she was in tears after hearing my song American Love. She said in really touched her.


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I am going to shoot a video for every song off my album “Memoirs of a Stoner,” and go on tour.


Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I am performing at the Rhythm-N-Soul Festival in Brooklyn, NY on June 21st then the following day I am performing at the legendary Bitter End in Manhattan NY. Then on July 4th I’m having a big concert in Brooklyn at L4 Black Door with artist Z3ro the Comet, Figgy Frasier and Black Scar.


Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Tibet. I would love to go there and meditate with the monks.


Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Be yourself. People respect you when you are true to yourself.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Yes. I thank you for reading this article, and I thank essential pop for interviewing me. Peace and love to everyone.


/_\drian Daniel

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Editor’s Note:  /_\drian Daniel has a great energetic vibe and uses this to create some individual, memorable yet commercial tracks. One of Essential Pop’s “One’s to Watch”.

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