I recently got a chance to catch up with the amazing Adrian Daniel. Aside from being a phenomenal artist, he also has a style that’s comparable to none. If you don’t know who he is now, I suggest you get hip before the bandwagoners come along.
How has growing up in New York helped shape your perception of the world?
I look at the world as It is; Beautiful, Cruel, and sometimes Kind.
Where did you draw inspiration from for your new EP, The Fkkkin High?
Everything I write about is either from personal experience, the experiences of my friends or just random dreams I have. This new EP is more about the things I’ve felt or stories my friends told me.
Which album has had the largest impact on your life? Why?
That’s hard, there are too many that have had large impacts on my life. I know three that I listen to probably everyday and that would be Pink Floyd‘s “Dark Side of the Moon Album.” That Album cover was epic, and sonically it was crazy. It was the first time I ever heard piano chords played backwards and it sounded awesome. The other is Michael Jackson “Bad” album, that is self explanatory. He’s the greatest, and Jay-Z “The Black Album.” As a kid growing up in Brooklyn that was the album that motivated me to be great.
Your style is unique. Has it always been like that or did it evolve over time?
I don’t really know what my style is. I’m just being myself and saying and doing what I know. I guess as you get older you become more aware of yourself. I know that one day I woke up and I said to myself this is who I am, take it or leave it, and here we are today.
Since YouTube and Garage Band came on the scene, everybody and their mama is trying to do music. Do you think it’s harder to be put on the New York music scene now than it once was?
No I don’t think it’s harder. When there are so many bad apples in a barrel your going to search to find that good one, because beautiful things don’t ask for attention. If you’re great, people will find you. It’s just a matter of time. Just be true to you.
How would you say the internet has affected your life, as well as your music career?
If it wasn’t for the internet no one would know who I am right now, it’s because of the internet some of the artists we love the most have been able to come into fruition. It allows you to be yourself, and people like that.
Where do you want to see yourself 5 years from now?
Being awesome on some mountain.