Monday brings a brand new Track of the Week! This week we chat with BIMM Bristol Alumnus Danny McMahon about his track “What It’s Like” and his recent EP Release “Making Memories”
What was the inspiration behind your track?
The inspiration for the track is simply the story of how country music changed my life forever. I only started performing in the genre 4 months ago. I went to Country2Country Festival in March at the O2 Arena. It just so happens it’s where I met my girlfriend, who’s also a huge fan of the style. She pretty much persuaded me to start up as an artist, so I thought I’d tell everyone the story of how we met at a country show.
What did your songwriting process involve?
This is probably the most honest song I’ve ever written. I literally just wrote a song about the most important moments and emotions in my life over a six month period, and before I knew it I had my debut single.
What things do you do differently to other bands?
I think singing country pop music as a British male is the first thing – There’s not many doing it. I was invited over to San Diego to play Springboard Festival 2018, so that’s given me a good opportunity to play to guys at the heart of the scene over there.
I also self produce and record all my own music at my studio Puzzle Maker Studios in Bristol.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Honest heartfelt songwriting
Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?
My influence for this track came from a blend of Cole Swindell and Sam Hunt because I love their production and how they blend an ambient pop feel in with honest lyrics and beautiful melodies.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
My best thing about studying at BIMM was learning all about the business side of things. One lecture that has been hugely relevant so far in this project is the work we studied on release plans. That knowledge has allowed for this record in its first month of release to be played in radio in America, Australia, Europe and the UK as well as being featured on Keep It Country TV.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Do what you love doing because that’s where your drive will stem from!
What’s next for you?
So I’ve just been in California for a week playing at Springboard Festival. Next, I’ll be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in London.