My name is Danny, and I sing in The Audition.
You released your third album - “Self Titled Album” - in April. How would you rate the response to this?
I think the response to this album has been amazing. From the reviews I’ve read and the things I’ve heard and seen, it seems to be the most liked album of all of our releases right out of the gate!
How does it differ from your previous two albums?
I just think that it’s the natural progression of the band. I think it’s the album that shows off our song writing ability the best out of the three. I also think that it’s the album that can appeal to the most people.
What inspires you to write songs?
Everything. From meeting people, to other bands, to songs, to the weather. I think that everything in this world inspires people. It’s impossible to put your finger on one thing. Depending on your mood that day, you could write a song a completely different way than you would have the day before.
Do you have any other creative outlets, as well as music?
I love to read. I think reading is such a great way to keep your mind fresh and keep a good vocabulary.
What are your thoughts on music downloads, or file sharing?
This is a tough one. As far as record sales go, I think downloading absolutely destroyed it. However, as far as being in a band goes, I think it’s a blessing in disguise. It allows anyone to listen to your band at the click of a button. What is one thing you hope to achieve with your music? I want people to hear it, relate, and love it. That is the ultimate gratification when writing a song.
You’ve just finished touring Europe and the UK with The Friday Night Boys and All Time Low. What has been your favourite thing about touring with these bands?
It’s honestly like a brotherhood. Those two bands are our favourite to tour with out of any that we ever have. There is never any ego or weirdness. Anyone can go in to anyone’s dressing room for any reason, just sit down, eat their food, drink their drinks and chat without worry. It’s an amazing and extremely rare thing in the touring world.
How do you keep yourselves occupied during long journeys on the road?
Like I said, I love to read. That and listening to music. Recently though, I’ve been watching a lot of movies and playing a lot of old Nintendo games on my computer!
How does touring in Europe differ from touring in the states, and what’s your favourite thing about each?
It’s very similar. I think the crowds in Europe are less spoiled. It’s such a difficult thing for an American band to come over to Europe and I think the fans appreciate and know that, so they make sure that they treat us amazingly and go crazy for the shows. But the US is home. It’s so comfortable. The fans here are unlike anywhere else in the world. They care so much and are so proud.
You’re a very tour heavy band. What do you do when you’re not on the road?
What any normal person does! See my friends, hang with my family. I love being outdoors as well. Any type of sport really attracts me. Especially in the winter when I can play pond hockey!
What have you got next in store for your fans?
I guess we’ll all have to just wait and see, won’t we ;)