Hi Daniel, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi hi, it’s a pleasure to be here. I am doing really well! Super excited about this album release, and excited to talk about it with you all!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Track 9″?
Track 9 is one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written, if not the most. In life we make choices. And those choices determine where we are now. There are times when I wonder if the path I took was worth it. This is especially true being a follower of Jesus. I am human though, and those thoughts are valid. The song resolves with a reminder that, while those are valid thoughts, they are not true. God really does have a plan for our lives.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
- The song birthed out of a place I was in this past summer. It started with the thought “Sometimes I think about something I could have been.” And from there my heart just spat out lyrics. It wasn’t something I had to think about really. It was more of me verbally processing my thoughts.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Nothing as of now. But I will be releasing a stripped version of the song. I am really excited about that.
The single comes off your new album Good Music Is A Good Friend – what’s the story behind the title?
I was skating with my buddy outside during the Nationwide lockdown this past summer, and we were talking about how music influences us. I’ve heard people say, “Show me your 4 closes friends and I’ll show you your future.” The point is that we are who we surround ourselves with. I feel like you can say something similar, “Show me your 4 favorite songs/artists and I’ll show you your heart.” Then I said out loud, “Good Music is like a Good Friend.” The hope is that these songs can be a good friend to all who listen.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was incredible. My producer’s name is Rob Chiarappa. He’s based out of the Barber Shop Studios in Hopatcong, NJ. An old cobblestone run down church/nightclub, and it’s right on the lake. I had all my friends come out and help with the tracking. They were mostly there for the vibes but some of them helped with actual tracking too. We were there for about a week. Making music, eating lots of food, and laughing is always a blast.
What role does NJ play in your music?
Well I grew up my whole life in NJ until I went to college. So a lot of who I am comes from NJ. When I write songs, I just try to be me. So NJ is in a little of all my songs.
What aspect of friendship did you get to explore on this record?
We have all different types of friends. Some friends you laugh and joke with. There are also those friends that you know you can get deep and vulnerable with. And you can’t forget the friend that you talk about your love life with! I think the songs on this record really represent the different types of friends we have.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Well, like I said I’m a Christian so everything I write and do comes out of that truth. But also, I’m kind of a ridiculous person and so are my friends. So we just do fun and stupid things and write songs about it. ‘Cracker Barrel Song’ is about my road trip across the country. ‘Nevin Johnson’ is about a stranger, and now friend that I met randomly in San Diego. I really have a lot of fun with writing.
What else is happening next in Daniel Del Russo’s world?
Short term, I am releasing a deluxe version of the album in about a month. It will have a few stripped versions of the songs. Long term, I am looking to tour next summer. God willing. I really appreciate this interview, and it means a lot to me. I will remember this as the first ever interview I did as a musician. Who knows, maybe one day I will be doing an interview for Rolling Stone or something like that. I won’t forget you Vents! Peace!