Hi Danny, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey there! Thanks for having me! I’ve been doing pretty well, definitely trying to ensure I’m working hard every day and sticking around great people. I recently moved out of my parents’ place (finally) into an apartment with two of my best friends, and I’ve been really focused on my upcoming music and YouTube career since then.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Too Bad”?
Sure! So “Too Bad” is a song I felt super compelled to write about recently. It’s a song about realizing that after multiple years of being broken up with this person, you’re still hung up on them. Though this relationship was so unbelievably bad for both parties involved and I wholeheartedly recognize I’m better without it, I still can’t help but fall back into wanting it. I find myself choosing heart over brain like so many times before. Even worse, I’m mad at myself for still feeling so attached to the physical aspect of my ex-girlfriend more than anything else. She’s unbelievably beautiful, and after two years, I still haven’t been able to take her off of that golden chariot she’s on in my head.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I woke up one day after having a dream that consisted entirely of me desperately trying to get back together with my ex-girlfriend, and I proceeded to write about the whole concept that day. These dreams were happening every couple of weeks, so I felt like I had to analyze them some way, and it just happened to be that I made a decent song out of it.
Any plans to release a video (other than the lyrics video) for the single?
I do have plans to release a music video for the track in the near future! I have yet to get started on the project, but I have a few ideas of what I’d like to do for it. I can guarantee I’ll be pushing the boundaries a little bit with the music video similar to how I did in the lyric video.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was pretty smooth for this one! I started off with a 15-minute free-write in which I just ended up writing anything and everything that came to my head, and after a few hours, I had a full verse and prechorus done. The only thing that was tricky was the chorus, actually. Weirdly enough, I had recorded this melody in my bedroom the previous night that I ended up really liking, and I didn’t have any words for it, but I wanted to fit it in this song somehow. At first, I didn’t think it’d be much of a chorus idea due to it’s lack of words whatsoever (other than “too bad”), but that changed shortly after. I had a session with my producer (Cazz Brindis) a few days later, and we decided to spend a good hour or two trying to figure out a chorus for this track. After an hour of trying to fit something in that could maybe lead into the melody I had written for the song, Cazz stated something along the lines of “all I want is to get to that melody”. From there, I realized that the melody I had come up with in my bedroom at 2 AM was the chorus this song needed. It was a very simple, yet crucial realization. I usually get psyched out on the structure of songs having to be the same every time, but this one just ended up being different, which I LOVE.
What role does LA play in your writing?
LA’s a place full of dreams and millions of people trying to pursue those dreams. I was born and raised in LA so my whole life is here. As a place where many artists and entertainers of all genres flock, it’s just so easy to find myself collaborating with others and really utilizing what this city has to offer. It’s so easy to get caught up in the bustle of the crazy LA life, but it’s also so easy to feel alone in such a busy city. I like to experience both ends of the spectrum in my writing.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
You definitely can! At the moment, I’m currently releasing a stream of singles and then plan on putting all of them into an EP later on. I’ve been working on a few collaborations with some other up-and-coming artists that I hope to share with the world soon!
Any tentative release date or title in mind for this new material?
I don’t have any tentative release dates or finalized release dates, but let’s just say they’ll be worth the wait!
“Too Bad” touches on toxic relationships, will you be exploring this topic throughout the rest of your upcoming music?
Oh most likely! I’m not one to shy away from topics like this. This also isn’t the only toxic relationship I’ve had either, so there’s definitely more to write about.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not in the immediate future, but I’m hoping to tour in 2018! Until then, it’s up to me to make more music and gather a fan base so that I can do tons of shows next year.
What else is happening next in Danny Padilla’s world?
Other than the original music, I’ve got tons of YouTube videos I plan on releasing including weekly vlogs, various covers and mashups, and episodes for the improv show I produce on my YouTube channel. My life mostly consists of playing it by ear, which I definitely like! A lot of the future is undetermined for me, but I really plan on helping other people out as much as I can with whatever I do. There’s too much negativity and insecurity in this world, and I’ve made it part of my job to help cure that in any way I can.
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