Continuing with our premiere week, we got Besides Daniel teaming up with VENTS for the premiere of his new mellow and melodic single “If You Ask Me To.”
Over ten years into a rising career, Besides Daniel continues to evolve from a shy musical recording project into a dynamic live performance with a growing audience and three previously successful albums. The dynamic blend of poetic lyricism, evocative vocals and cathartic honesty that comes from the music is unique and refreshing.
Danny Brewer, the mastermind behind Besides Daniel, pulls from his own experiences and life lessons to craft his songs. This Marvelous Grief, told stories of the soul-searching, heartache and the all-around “craziness” that comes with being in your twenties. T E E M I N G, set for release on August 24th, is a subtle reflection on the adventure of putting roots in the ground, committing to love, healing through long-suffering and the celebration of new life. This collection of songs humbly puts into perspective the weight of life lessons, true friendship, the risks of marriage and the triumph of a heart that has healed. In the time between releases, Brewer became a husband and father and learned from the unique experience of building and living in a tiny house in the mountains of North Georgia. “Our house is very simple and spacious for being 250 square feet. It’s minimal as far as time and energy is concerned because we don’t have a lot of overhead in our life as far as bills, and it is very easy to maintain. I hope the record is informed and guided by that spaciousness,” reflects Brewer.
T E E M I N G was self-produced and recorded by Matt Pethel of Grey Echo Productions outside of Atlanta. According to Danny, “Coming into this new record, I focused more on the pre-production and on the crafting of the songs. I focused on melody and harmony and putting simple, elegant songwriting elements together. It was developed much more thoroughly beforehand so there was a lot less to do during the actual recording process. That is what’s so fun about writing because you’re always surprised by it. This record has been like that. You start to write and then when you go back and see what you have written you can start to see the patterns and you learn about yourself along the way.”
Brewer takes an optimistic, “let the chips fall where they may” attitude when it comes to his future and the future of Besides Daniel. He has the drive and the spirit to travel and play his music whenever and wherever he is given the opportunity and also the wisdom to find happiness in the joy of touching lives with his songs while enjoying the small daily miracles of family life and parenthood.
Hi Daniel, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “If You Ask Me To”?
It’s a song about giving. The concept is describing a willingness to do whatever it takes. It’s off my new record titled T E E M I N G, which is set for release August 24th.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I’ve been married for going on 4 years now and it’s a blast. There is no one event that triggers the song. It pulls from the hard times and the trials of our life together thus far and it is a hope filled response to those things. Sometimes our ambitions isolate us due to their demands on our time and energy, I want those I love to know I’d burn all my ambitions down for them.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We are working on a few concepts. We might do a live performance video soon.
The single comes off your new album T E E M I N G – what’s the story behind the title?
The word teeming in my mind means “to be in motion with life” or to be swarming in a way. I like the word as it feels like a healthy and beautiful way to be. I chose the name because I have had a very dynamic few years of life where I have found stability, redemption, love, and family. The record hopefully captures that spirit.
What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?
The record explored self sacrifice and fidelity. I wrote about finding real love while traveling and adventuring-about triumph and fulfillment, and about overcoming self doubt, fear and insecurities. I’ve never written a record like this before. It’s new territory as I’ve grown into a new person since the release of my last record This Marvelous Grief in 2013.
What else is happening next in Besides Daniel’s world?
My musical endeavors are coming the center of my life these days. I have seasons where I take a step back to explore different passions and interests and projects. But as of now I am recalibrating back to my original vocation of creating and playing music. I hope to play more shows soon and to travel a little bit. I have a 2 year old daughter at home so I’m needed here a lot and I don’t plan on leaving for more than a few days at a time. But the entire record releases soon and I’ve excited to see how it is received.