Harmonies Unveiled, Daniel J Dunn’s Captivating Journey through Genre Fusion and Musical Revelation in an Interview with Fanbase Music Magazine
Interviewed by David Devo oosthuizen
Daniel J Dunn Photo By Luigi Bennett Photography
Hey Music Enthusiasts, Duzzy Clayton here, your go-to guide for uncovering the pulsating beats and untold stories in the music realm. Today, I’m thrilled to bring you an exclusive rendezvous with the exceptionally talented Daniel J Dunn. From his eclectic blend of Pop, R&B, and Trap to the powerful narrative woven into his debut single ‘I Don’t Need U,’ we’re about to embark on a musical odyssey with this rising star from Cape Town. Buckle up as we explore the creative depths, influences, and unique soundscapes that define Daniel’s journey. This is Fanbase Music Magazine, and you’re in for a treat!”
Hi Daniel Welcome to Fanbase Music Magazine, before we delve into your musical journey, could you share a bit about your background and what initially sparked your passion for music?
I think just always being around music at home and my dad being a musical person has a part in it, but I can’t pinpoint a time when music hasn’t been my passion. I started as a child and never stopped, I joined school choirs sang in a professional children’s choir called ‘The Tygerberg Children’s Choir,’ and I was part of that choir for 4 years. The amount of practice and training has really helped shape my voice into what it is now, and I’m forever grateful to have been a part of that choir.
Your music encompasses a blend of Pop, R&B, and Trap. How would you describe your genre both as a solo artist and when collaborating with others? Are there specific elements you consciously infuse into your work to create a distinct sound?
I blend various artist styles into my music. Ariana’s mix of pop and trap particularly caught my ear, especially her catchy pop tunes infused with lively trap beats. Drawing inspiration from artists like Tori Kelly, Ariana, and more has been an ongoing journey shaping my skills in vocal runs and riffs. But I feel like my genre is Pop and R&B, but I’m a person who listens to all genres and I definitely will explore more genres and styles.
Much like artists are often influenced by various musicians in their formative years, can you tell us about some of your musical influences during your upbringing? How have these influences shaped your artistic identity?
As I said previously, listening to a lot of music my whole I’ve brought them along with me into my music and my style and I feel my music will be blend of everyone. Mostly Ariana Grande as she is my music idol and a person I think about when I make music. She inspires me and my music a lot.
Many musicians play instruments. Do you play any instruments, and if so, could you share the types of instruments and the brands you prefer? How do these instruments contribute to the sonic landscape of your music?
I play the Piano which is one of my favourite instruments in the world. Pianos can fit into any genre and any style from sad music to upbeat music and even rap. I also play a tiny bit of Ukelele. When I say tiny bit, I mean I can play one song and its ‘Thank u, next’ by Ariana Grande.
Exploring your recent single ‘I Don’t Need U,’ could you provide insights into the song’s meaning and the inspiration behind its creation? Are there specific emotions or experiences that you aimed to convey through this particular track?
The lyrics convey a sense of newfound freedom and confidence, emphasizing that I don’t require external validation or the presence of a past relationship to feel loved or have fun. The inspiration behind the creation of the song lies in the desire to empower my listeners to embrace their individuality and prioritize self-love. The song aims to evoke feelings of strength, independence, and joy, encouraging others to find happiness within themselves.
Artists often have unique studio setups. Do you have a home studio for recording your music? Can you walk us through the creative process when you’re working in your studio environment?
I don’t have a home studio as of yet, but it’s a goal. Mark Haze (the feature on the song and the producer) was kind enough to let me record my song in his studio. Mark made the experience comfortable and enjoyable. But at home on my bed is where I write my songs and it’s where I’ve written all my music that is yet to come alive.
Some artists take on the challenge of making songs their own. How do you approach personalizing your songs and making sure they authentically represent your artistic vision? Are there specific techniques or experiences that guide your interpretation of your music?
I always make sure I make music that I want to make and that I would listen to and try not to follow much of a trend but still make music that people can enjoy, But I would say I have a distinct singing voice and I’m still trying to find a sound that truly mine but there’s no harm in finding inspiration my music idols.
Musicians often hint at potential future collaborations. Do you have any upcoming collaborations in the pipeline or artists you’d love to work with? How do you envision collaboration as an essential part of your musical journey?
No upcoming collaborations yet, but there are some artists I would love to collab with like Will Linley, Jimmy Nevis, Lloyiso, Elaine, and more. Collabs to me is a way for artists to intertwine their audiences exposing them to other artists and it’s a way to make friends in the industry.
Some musicians are involved in various projects. Aside from your solo career, do you have any other musical projects or collaborations you’re involved in that you’d like to share with our readers?
None right now, but I’m down to collab, so artists hit me up.
As we wrap up, any final messages or insights you’d like to convey to your fans and the readers of Fanbase Music Magazine, Daniel?
Dreaming of this moment since childhood, I want to share that if you have a dream, hold onto it. While this is just a release, it marks a significant milestone for me. So, persist in your dreams until they turn into reality.
Stream ‘I Don’t Need U’ available on all platforms from Friday 9 February HERE
About Daniel J Dunn
Daniel J Dunn is a budding artist hailing from the vibrant city of Cape Town, South Africa. At the young age of 17, music has been the very essence of his existence. With a unique blend of pop, R&B, and trap, Daniel’s music is a mesmerizing fusion of soulful melodies and captivating beats. His musical journey traces back to his childhood, where his love for music found its roots in his family. Inspired by his father, a talented musician, Daniel was exposed to the magic of music from an early age.
His voice found its wings in choirs, shaping the rich, airy vocals that define his style today. Influenced by iconic artists like Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, and Melanie Martinez, his music is a tapestry of diverse sounds and emotions. His passion led him to platforms like YouTube and TikTok, where he honed his craft, catching the attention of Sabrina Carpenter herself.
Daniel’s debut single ‘I Don’t Need U’ is a testament to his artistry. It echoes the journey of breaking free from toxic relationships, discovering self-love, and finding joy within. Collaborating with renowned South African rock artist Mark Haze, Daniel has ventured into the music scene with a powerful message and soul-stirring melodies. As Daniel embarks on this exhilarating musical odyssey, he invites you to join him. With a growing fan base comprising friends and family, Daniels’s heartfelt music is bound to resonate with a wider audience. Brace yourselves, for this is just the beginning.
The promise of a transformative musical experience awaits, and Daniel guarantees that his music will make a difference. Stay tuned, for in Daniels’s harmonies, you’ll find solace, strength, and a melody that speaks to your soul. Witness the rise of a promising artist, and let the music carry you on this remarkable journey.
Daniel shares that ‘The song revolves around the theme of emerging from a toxic relationship, realising one’s self-worth, cultivating newfound independence, and embracing a transformed identity post-relationship. It emphasises the recognition that romantic partners are not essential for feeling loved or experiencing enjoyment; one can find fulfilment within oneself and must prioritise self-care. In essence, the song embodies the concepts of self-love and self-worth. I wrote this song on October 25th, 2022. Moments before, I had sought advice from a friend on how to write a song. Following their guidance, I selected a random beat from YouTube, hit record, and experimented with melodies until I discovered the right one. Words naturally flowed, and a clear vision emerged. This song marks my inaugural venture into songwriting. The recording experience was incredibly enriching, considering it was my first time using professional equipment. Working with Mark was a delight. His expertise and ease made the process comfortable for me. We dedicated a few hours to recording, and remarkably, we completed all the recording in a single day.’
About Producer & Featuring Artist Mark Haze
Mark Haze Photo By Carlo Coetzee Photography
South African Singer-Songwriter and full-time touring musician Mark Haze is known for his wide vocal range and electric large live performances. Mark skilfully delivers a signature combination of high energy Rock ‘n Roll and silky Old-school Soul, fused with raw emotional Blues … guaranteed to have audiences singing along on their feet!
On-stage Mark oozes charisma, with the distinctive ability to confidently command both large audiences, and personally connect with audiences in intimate venues – not an easy task when moving from large stages with a full band to a smaller acoustic setup where he is face to face with the audience. His powerful soaring vocals, skilled soulful guitar playing, and pulsing rhythms are a force to be reckoned with, delivering a show experience like no other – an escape into a world where nothing else matters, where you find yourself lost in the moment and his music. Each performance is treated as though it would be his last.
Off-stage, Mark shows appreciation for his fans, always taking the time to meet them at every show. Mark shares that ‘I believe to really love music, is to find the beauty in all forms and genres and embrace it’
Mark is a natural showman with influences ranging from Rock Icons like Queen, The Beatles & Lenny Kravitz, Blues Masters Eric Clapton & B.B. King, to modern artists like Bruno Mars, The Weekend, Fallout Boy & Jack Garrat. Mark is known for experimenting sonically, merging contemporary Pop & Electronic Cultures with the historic timelessness and beauty of Rock, Soul, and Blues.