Previous articles about Danny focused on health issues, writing and showed this talented artist’s tendency to lean towards ‘making idiotically bad decisions’. So, has Danny continued along this path or is he now making idiotically not so bad decisions?
Danny, a care worker, discusses openly his other 'hobby' - playing in bands.
You say you are concentrating more on music these days than writing. What are your specific musical influences?
I grew up listening to a lot of rock and roll and soul, before discovering punk in my teens and then moving onto being a massive blues snob for a few years. I’ll listen to most things with a guitar now, apart from jazz. Too many chords. My personal musical heroes include Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Clash, Jimi Hendrix and my dad.
What does music give you that writing doesn’t?
Unlike writing, music is all about collaboration, and that’s where the real pleasure lies. Also, it’s much louder than writing, and everyone needs something loud in their life now and then.
What would you be doing as a hobby if you weren’t a writer or musician?
Probably all the things I do now apart from the music and the writing.
Any advice for ‘wanna be’ musicians and rock stars – like you were back as a teenager?
Same as for writers, really. Do it if you love it, get as good at it as you can, and expect never to make a penny.
What do you for a ‘day job’ in between rehearsing and gigging?
I still work in social care, supporting adults with learning disabilities, just no longer in a management role and only part- time.
Any secret skills?
I’m getting pretty good at this Candy Crush thing.
So, what have you learned overall from the last 18 months?
… that today is more precious than tomorrow.
Are you going to look after yourself now you stupid, lucky idiot?
Never make a promise you can’t keep.