Danny Malone is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas whose newest release, SpeedDreamer, is available today. With three albums and over 700k combined YouTube views on his various music videos, we’ve come to expect a lot from Danny. And yet, a lot of people haven’t heard of him.
I recently was offered the opportunity to discuss his new album, troubled past and his thoughts on the music industry.
You’ve previously stated that you tried living in New York but it wasn’t for you. And you were quoted in a 2010 interview in Austin Sound as saying, “Southern is in my bones.” Is that still true – does your heart really reside in Texas?
No. I don’t know why I said that. My mind is so strange. Maybe I felt that then. And maybe I thought I couldn’t handle NYC. But today, answering this question, I think I could live in NYC, and I really don’t feel any connection to being “southern”. I think I could live anywhere really. No matter where I am, I’m somewhere deep in my brain, halfway in another dimension, talking to ghosts, or remembering the future. I think what you’re asking is if I feel like any certain place is my “home”. I have a response to this:
Wherever she is, that is where I want to be. Probably where I NEED to be. She is home. And home is where my heart resides.
There’s a lot of chatter currently about the art that musicians create and the value that it holds. Taylor Swift has seemingly waged a war on Spotify about just that. What are your thoughts?
I honestly just don’t really think about this kind of stuff. What does my opinion really matter? This machine quite incredibly far removed from me and my ability to change anything. Instead, I just think about what is directly tangible, or related to my little quiet life. Doesn’t it seem like everything is just kinda fucked? I just make art to affect myself and the people in my life who I love. I think I make art for a maximum of 7 people. If it reaches more, that’s great, but it’s not my intention by any means. I’d rather leave those money-grubbing battles to the pop-star fakes and Bono.
I’ve been a fan since I saw the music video for “Baby Bleu” on YouTube back in 2008. You’ve got to tell me: I’ve heard everything from Baby Bleu was your brother’s dog to a beloved car of yours. Who – or what – is Baby Bleu?