Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Durack.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona where I spent a lot of my childhood around a lot of wonderful people.
I started singing as a toddler, nursery rhymes, sing-alongs and all that and then never really grew out of it like everyone else did. I kept singing to my close friends and in the shower and with my hairbrush in my bedroom. When I was about 10 years old I started writing my own original songs, just melodies and lyrics with no instrumentation. As much as I loved music, I was always really shy about it and could never bring myself to actually sing in front of anyone. After a few opportunities in high school choir, I finally gained the confidence it took to whole heartily follow my dreams.
After high school, I was the archetypical angsty kid and the absolute last thing I wanted to do was go to college. I wanted nothing more than to part with the status quo, take up the life of a starving artist, and pursue music with everything I had. However, my parents, being the good parents, they are, talked me into making the practical decision to attend college. It was an agonizing process for everyone involved. Many arguments arose that sounded like, “You just don’t get my art, mom,” and “You don’t need a degree to be Beyoncé, mom.” but my whiney complaints fell on the deaf ears of my loving but ultimately pragmatic parents.
So, in May, I graduated from ASU with a degree in Music and Business, and am finally able to pursue my music as though it is my full-time job. It is both freeing and terrifying to finally have the world at my feet, but it is everything I have ever wanted.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a singer and a writer of songs.
Every song starts a little different. Sometimes it starts with a melody, other times with a chord progression, and sometimes just a vague idea or concept. Sometimes if my energy is good I can finish a song in like 30 minutes, other songs I have sat with for years. It all just depends!
When I first started, writing music was a coping mechanism with being socially underdeveloped. I played music to get all my feelings out. I could sing all the things I couldn’t say, and it was easy to mask it all behind metaphors and abstractions so no one felt personally attacked. It’s easier to say blunt things if they sound melodic and nice. I more or less do it for the same reasons now, as I still consider myself to be socially underdeveloped. The things I can’t say, I sing and they make my heart feel light and my mind feel clear again.
I don’t strive to give anyone any big take away from any song; I actively try not to be too preachy in my writing. What I do hope is that someone somewhere sees me following my dreams, being vulnerable with the stories I’m sharing, loving what I’m doing and they might feel allowed and inspired to do the same.
What you should know about my artwork is it is what I love, but it is but one side of a multidimensional human. Many of my songs are sad and moody but in general I would say that I am a happy person. I think I’m very lucky and very privileged to be living the life I’m living and that doesn’t always translate in my art.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My advice to other artists would be to avoid chasing what’s cool, what’s trendy, and just make what you are inspired to make.
The lesson I wish I had learned earlier would be that it’s okay to look stupid, and it’s okay to sound bad… that it’s not about being perfect, but about getting better.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and a plethora of other music platforms. People can support my music by streaming my music, coming out to shows, and following my journey on social media!
- Website: www.danielledurack.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielledurack/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielledurack/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielle_durack
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6GW3s0BFKxz18pDxGXPQnG?si=QOGUvU5EQWCt6AACTUh8fg