By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Daydreamer, where do you want to go?”
Calm, sultry acoustic guitar licks swim around the background as Danny O’Grady belts out the opening line of his first single “daydreamer,” which dropped this past April and revolves around the theme that it’s the things that we can’t control that consume us the most.
The young New Jersey-based indie folk singer-songwriter can easily be compared to the likes of James Arthur, Ed Sheeran, FENCES and James Bay with his style and consistently posts covers on his TikTok and Instagram pages, where he has drawn a respectable following.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with O’Grady about what he’s been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – What would you say is the hardest part of being an independent artist nowadays?
Danny O’Grady – The hardest part about being an independent artist is trying to get your name out there. There are so many people trying to achieve the same goal as you and it’s kind of something that could happen overnight or take a while to achieve.
Music Bugle – What was your goal with your first single “daydreamer’?
Danny O’Grady – My goal for “daydreamer” was to have a solid song that expresses me as an artist and the direction I want to take my music moving forward.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Danny O’Grady – I love how it can be whatever I want it to be, whatever fits the idea of the song, basically making itself.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Danny O’Grady – The pandemic actually helped me a lot. I was able to post a lot more on social media and make a ton of new connections through that, which possibly wouldn’t have happened without it.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Danny O’Grady – I love underground artists, but the main few I’ve been listening to are Noah Kahan, Joe P and Briston Maroney.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Danny O’Grady – I go to my bedroom. That’s where all my instruments and equipment are and I’ll either listen to music or try to write about whatever I am going through.
Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to be a musician?
Danny O’Grady – The moment I realized I wanted to be a musician was after I saw a Bruce Springsteen concert. He just looked like he was having the most fun and ever since then, I’ve been trying to create my own sound and find a way to get my name out there so I can have a piece of the fun.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for as 2021 comes to a close?
Danny O’Grady – I just hope to keep doing what I’m doing and keep working with a bunch of artists to learn more about myself and the industry.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Danny O’Grady – I think it does a bit of both. In my opinion, it helps more than it hurts, because you get to share your talent and music with the world, but also, not everyone will like it and you may receive some negative feedback. You either let it get to you or brush it off and move on.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Danny O’Grady – “Do what you love.” I have that on a neon sign right above my work station.