|News and Updates|
|Danny where are you?!:
Hey everyone! I know it's been way too long since I posted any news. (I know I say this every time I post something!) Never fear, even if you don't hear from me, I'm alive and well and still working on music. Lot's of stuff going on as usual and as usual, it takes forever for stuff to materialize. You know how it goes...sometimes life just gets in the way. So let's talk about a few things...
Will there be another album, Danny?
My next album is nearly done in pre-production format. That means we've nearly recorded a test run of the entire thing. We've really put a lot of time, love and devotion into this next album. I really think people are going to love it because it is a little different from what you would expect from me, yet has a flavor I think you'll really enjoy. The biggest issues we've been faced with right now are, unfortunately we all have to work for a living. With record companies totally making things hard for us, most artists are forced to really do as much on their own as possible. For me, owning a studio is both a blessing and a curse. I'm so busy there are times where I just can't get to this stuff.
My partners in crime, the DeFalco brothers are in the same boat. So, we've been pretty much faced with working on the new album one day a week, so that's what the hold up is. In the days where record companies gave you a huge advance and a salary to record, I'd be able to get this right out. This band literally could write 2-4 songs per night. We have about 12 songs nearly finished and about 35 ideas that could evolve into killer songs in a few weeks time.
Our plan is to get about 15 songs done and choose the best ones for the album. We'll more than likely release another album within the next year to year and a half (if all goes well) due to how we've already got the next album sort of ready. The other issue is, we're really being meticulous with this album and wanted to do the entire thing via pre-production as a test run to make sure we were really enjoying it. We had planned to start the actual recording after the holidays, (which we believe won't take long since we have already tested everything and know exactly what we're going to do) BUT, bassist Joey D had to have a serious shoulder operation. So, his abilities will be hindered for a little while. He's in the process of healing right now doing fantastic. This shoulder surgery was even better than his last one. Props to Joey for being a tough baystid! :) In the meantime, we've been working on other stuff that needs to be done before the album is recorded, so we're still doing the best we can. I don't have any idea when this will be done, but when it's done, you'll know about it and I really think it will be worth the wait.
I've also quit smoking (can ya believe that?!) 34 years of that crap! As of today, I'm over 9 months clean with no intention of ever going back with 0 cravings. I'm really proud of myself because I never thought I'd ever be able to stop. To be honest, I don't think I would have stopped if a doctor told me "quit or die". That's how hooked I was. Now those of you that know me, know I'm not a religious fanatic, but I do believe in God and pray daily. I simply asked Jesus to please help me quit because I knew I'd not be able to do it on my own. Honest when I tell you, I never smoked again or got an urge after my prayer. I did get hungry easier though. So I went on a diet of carrot sticks and celery for a bit. But now I've stopped that as well.
The key is to change what you do. If you smoke while on the computer, cut your computer time down. If you smoke while driving, chew gum. The most important thing to do though when you first quit is to go on Youtube and type in search "the effects of smoking" and look at all the stuff that can and IS happening to you right now. Remember, we have an undo on our computers. You don't have an undo for your life. You may never see your kids again or your significant other.
Smoking is like having someone come to your house taking your money and then saying "thanks, I'll make sure to cut a few years off of your life". It's the stupidest thing I've ever been involved with now that I look back on it. I just hope I didn't do anything bad to my body. After I quit for a while and started seeing and feeling the changes, I said I'm sorry to my body like 100 times and hope it heard me. LOL! What did it ever do to deserve over 3000 harsh chemicals constantly rammed into it? What did yours do to deserve it?
Then you'll get upset when it breaks down and you'll wish you would have quit sooner, right? Save your money and your life. I've saved nearly $3000 already, can you believe that? My cigs were $91 per carton. How stupid was I? Not only has my life changed for the better, but wait until you hear the new voice! I think you'll notice a difference for the better. :) Try to quit, you owe it to yourself, your family, your friends and because...well, you stink! Quit for a bit and see how bad people stink. You won't believe how gross it is. :-Þ Jesus, thank You so much for helping me quit that horrible habit!
My cover band situation:
Skeleton Crew has now morphed into Van Halen Nation. You can reach us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vhnationsc
Now, don't take that as Skeleton Crew is dead. We use both names. We do our mixed set of covers as Skeleton Crew and the VH set as Van Halen Nation. This way we can open up for ourselves and it's easier for us to pitch VHN to clubs and they know what they're getting. When we used Skeleton Crew and did the VH set, sometimes the name threw people off. So now we got is down. :)
That's about all I have for you for now. I'll be in touch soon with more news when I get some for you. I also want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (or happy holiday) and a Happy New Year! Let's hope for a better 2014 with health, luck, love, prosperity and happiness!
|Something to write about for a change!:
So much to tell you...where to start? I guess the beginning would be nice, right? Ok...here we go!
New hosting company: First off, we changed hosting companies so we have our site just about completely intact thanks to my brother K. C. Jones. (Thanks man, you rule!) K.C. had everything ready to go before we even changed hosting companies so when things were ready, everything just worked for the most part. When we got all this stuff fixed he says "you know, it's been over a year since you posted any news!" I laughed the first time, then he said it again in another message to me and I took it more serious. LOL! One day runs into the next and before you know it, a year goes by. Crazy how that happens. Well, here's what's new in my world.
I'm a columnist: I got an offer to write for an only mag that puts our articles in e-book format. Really cool..wait till you see this! My good friend David Baer got me hooked up with this site (thanks David) and they've just posted my first article on room/monitor correction for those of you that want to give it a read. It's so well done and professional, my dad hugged me like 5 times because he was so proud of me and the editors that put this thing together. I'll be writing for these guys each time they put out a new edition. Check out the entire book if you have time because the other contributors are just insane...but if you want to jump to my part, you can read it here: http://issuu.com/wusik/docs/wsmapr201296dpi/36
Music: Skeleton Crew is kicking butt all over the place. Make sure you come and see us and friend us at Facebook. We really are a cool little band that will entertain you even if you just laugh with us all night. :) www.facebook.com/skeletoncrewnj
I also have been working on some Van Halen covers with the band. Here's a few I'm sure you'll recognize. http://www.reverbnation.com/skeletoncrewvhtribute
We also have some vids and stuff going around from shows. Some are good, some...well, we get a bit under the influence and have too much fun...namely me. I so can't play when I'm buzzed and just have a little too much fun sometimes because, well, I don't get out much. :)
Originals: Still working on my album with my boyz Joey and Guy. We're really coming up with some cool stuff. It's taking us a while though because of our personal lives, work and Joey and I have merged our studios. We also only get together once per week so there's only so much that can be done. But we sure are having a blast with everything. I can't wait to let you hear this new material. Not sure this line-up will ever play out, but *I* will play out with this stuff because it's too good to be left in the studio.
Studio: Working like a dog and loving it. Not making any money, but I'm still loving it. LOL! Some really great acts that I've worked with this year and a few that need some mentioning. The first is the Rick Lewis project. Not sure when this will be released or if it is already, but this was one killer rock/fusion album. Produced by Greg Howe (yes, that Greg Howe!) Rick, and myself helping out, this is one of the best instrumental albums I've worked on in a long time. I did all the mixing on this one and of course worked with Greg and Rick for the final product. You can contact Rick on his Twitter page and get the scoop. http://twitter.com/#!/stratakat
Another incredible instrumental album I did was with my good friend Eric Barnett and his band Points North. Another sick album with incredible musicianship and songs. We got a chance to work with Emmy award winning engineer and producer B.Z. Lewis from studio 132. Check out Points North at http://www.pointsnorthband.com/ and hear for yourself!
Another really killer band I just finished up this weekend is Wallow Sound. My good friend Chuck Cantasano hired me to consult and master the album. If you're into new music with infections hooks and a great vibe, check out Wallow Sound. These guys have quite a few hits in their arsenal that could definitely land them a deal. Check them out at www.wallowsound.com or look for them on Facebook.
Some other incredible acts I'm working with as well that are sort of private people that are just making music for the love of it. One artist in particular is a Christian writer that is just pure genius and worth mentioning. Philip Traynor has become a great friend of mine and has included me in his projects as a friend, a mastering engineer, and artist and a producer. The stuff we've come up with is VERY different yet to me, extremely pleasing and quite a challenge. We mix rap with rock, gospel, pop, and everything else you could think of all into one. There are no rules with the stuff we work on which makes it so cool being a musician. I really enjoy working with Philip. He's been both an inspiration to me as well as a great friend and writing partner. Check out some of the stuff we've done together on his Soundclick page at: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=850571
I've played all sorts of stuff on his tunes. Vocals, rap, lead/rhythm guitar, bass, drums, mastering, producing, some mixing...the list goes on and on. The songs I've worked on are as follows:
Army of the Lord: "Army of the Lord" chorus/choir parts, mastering, co-producing.
Trouble in the Hood part 1 (I'm unable): Bass, drums, vocals in the chorus part, guitars, pipe organ, strings, the whole rock mix part, mastering.
Trouble in the Hood part 2 (Raise me Save me Lord): Arrangement, rap vocals (yes that's me doing my best urban impression!) lead/rhythm guitars, bass guitar, mastering.
Trouble in the Hood part 3 (Travesty!): Bass, rhythm/lead guitars, mastering.
Swing Me Higher: Mastering, lead/rhythm guitars, clean guitars, orchestral guitars.
Everyday: Bass, lead/rhythm guitars, additional back-up vocals, mastering.
Other than that, things have been great here. I'm doing great, my dad is doing great and we're doing the best we can in this economy..which as you know, doesn't make it easy for anyone.
That about takes care of everything for now. I'll have some more news for you soon as I have some pretty cool irons in the fire right now. Never a dull moment! Thanks for reading, I hope everyone is doing well and for sure I'll talk to you soon! God Bless!
|A little news and what's been going on!:
Quite a bit of good stuff going on. I'll give you the low-down so you're up to snuff on everything. :)
Skeleton Crew: The band has really been doing well and playing at least once per month like we had hoped. Check us out for our schedule as well as videos and audio files at www.facebook.com/skeletoncrewnj
Please keep in mind that I do not have a facebook account and will not be able to respond to your questions or comments. My bassist, Kevin Mercer runs the FB site. Our next gig is in Delaware on April 30th where we will headline a place called "The Cube" doing an 80 minute Van Halen show. Show time is 11pm for us....but there are several bands playing through out the day. It should be a killer time, so try and catch us!
Danny Danzi Band: I don't know if there will be a Danny Danzi band, but right now I'm writing the most intense music I've ever written with Joey and Guy DeFalco. I'm talking stuff that is going to blow your head off...seriously. I never thought I could top DanziLand and to be honest, after that album I really didn't have the desire to. But let me tell you guys, you're in for one heck of a ride here when we get this done. We have about 20 songs to choose from right now and have 3 complete. As soon as I get a bit further along, I'll post some sample clips for you to check out. I pretty much describe the sound as a cross between Led Zep, Whitesnake and a commercial sounding Dream Theater. I'm also in talks with a few killer labels that are interested in the new stuff. So when this thing gets done, I'm hoping we can get out there and play this material. It would be the death of me to write stuff like this and never play it out live. So I'm going to do all that I can to see that another Danny D Band is put together for this.
Mixing, Mastering, Audio Services, Video and Consultations: This is really taking off and allowing me to meet and work with some incredible human beings and musicians. I've also got a lot of work to where I play on the stuff I am mixing and mastering. This makes things so much more enjoyable, it's unreal! So if any of you are looking for any pro audio work of any kind, send me a message and we'll talk more. There's a few artists I'm working with right now that are in need of praise. I'll do some bragging for them and post up a few sample clips of our work when things are all done.
That about does it for this update. I'll be in touch with you guys soon and hope everyone is doing well. Much love!
|Latest News October 23!:
Wow, so much to tell, so little time. Here it is in brief, but if you want the lowdown in full, it's best you visit my forum at http://www.dannydanzi.com/bb/index.php for the in depth juicy stuff. :) Ok, first off let's take care of some old news that needs to be corrected.
Skeleton Crew News: The last we spoke, my cover band Skeleton Crew was trying to get itself together. The current line-up is:
Marc Moore: Lead Vocals
Danny Danzi: Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Mercer: Bass Guitar
Mikey Bovera: Drums
We are finally playing out and have a little demo you can download if you'd like to hear the material. I've included a "still shot" video of one of the songs so you can see what we look like and how things were at one of our shows. I do have full video of it, but you know how bad the audio turns out in those, so I figured some pictures along with the audio demo I recorded might be a better representation. You can download it here:
If you have a Facebook page, make sure you visit us and add us at www.facebook.com/skeletoncrewnj and you'll be up to date with what we're up to. I don't have a facebook page, so you won't be able to contact me. Kevin, our bassist runs that S-Crew FB page, but I do check it out from time to time to see the messages people leave.
Tommy Lee Project News: Next, remember the Tommy Lee project that I was working on that I promised you I'd let you hear? Well, I finally got around to getting that together as well. I'll spare you the in depth details on that in this brief, but if you want to know the full scoop on that, visit my message forum in the "News section" and you can see how it all transpired as well as what the final outcome was. I've included the 4 tunes and a text file with some production notes in the zip for you. You can download it here:
Danny Danzi New Album News: Now onto the original music news! So far, myself and the DeFalco brothers have written about 14 tunes for the new album. We're so excited we're having a hard time not letting any material out. We kinda let one song slip out that shouldn't have, but it was only slipped to a few trust-worthy people in our lives as well as 2 radio stations that played the song one time. You had to listen to the interview to hear it, sorry! Hahaha! The song went over very well and was received way better than we thought it would. We've been in negotiations with 3 record labels presently, and will probably sign a deal by the end of the holidays if all goes well. I'll try to keep you posted on that as it all transpires.
"Where the heck have you been Danny?" News: Good question...when *I* find me, I'll let you all know. LOL! Well, the production end of things has really picked up. Like to the point of insanity. I lost my main recording pc a few months ago, and that really messed me up. I only lost one important file that wasn't super important, but everything else (because I'm a back-up pack-rat) was saved. But once the new system got here, the work was just unbearable. As a matter of fact, I'm STILL trying to catch up from it and then new projects came in as well...so, yeah, total nightmare. I do welcome the work though, so it's a good thing. In this economy, you gotta grab it when it comes your way because you never know what the heck will happen from day to day. So the production end (mixing, mastering, producing, video editing and video recording lessons etc) has really kept me busy. It's funny, a girl I dated years ago...her mom was psychic...so they claimed. I never much believed in any of that stuff. She told me "you wait Danny, in a few years, you'll be more on the production end of the business than the playing part."
I can still remember the feeling I got when she said that to me. It bothered me because it really wasn't where I wanted to end up. I laughed at her and said "it will never happen". She said "you mark my words...it so WILL happen." Sure enough, 10 years later...it's exactly as she said. However, it's only like that because it's been my choice. I figure, some day I'm not gonna look so hott in my lil rockstar outfit with my lil booties...if or when that ends, I'm going to have to work doing *something* right? It might as well be something I enjoy that I'm pretty decent at. But first and foremost, I need to perform and write songs. That's my passion and it will always be my passion. It's nice to get into the production side though because now I'm at the point where I don't need to rely on anyone for anything, and let me tell you, that in itself is a great feeling!
Anyway, sorry I've been out of touch and I hope this message finds you all well. You guys got my webmaster K.C. Jones to thank for this update...he yelled at me for not posting in over a year! And my bud Lee was yellin' at me on my forum to come out and play! So I figured, before everyone starts ganging up on me, I better say a little something! Hahaha! Well, until next time, thanks for your friendship and support!