Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we have a New York City-based singer/songwriter “Danny Lamport” who speaks to the challenging depths of the human experience. He expresses his perspective through words and harnesses the melodies of my mind through improvisation.
We have recently got in touch with Danny Lamport as he made time from his busy schedule to answer some of the most interesting queries about his music and upcoming projects. So, Let’s get to know about the talented artist, about his challenges as a musician, and many more.
- what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My music touches on a few different styles; primarily rock, folk and a little bit of funk.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
My very earliest musical influences were The Beatles. My mom got tired of hearing songs from children’s TV shows pretty early on, so I got to know The Beatles catalogue at an early age. When I got older, I got into Green Day, Weezer and Arctic Monkeys, but I wouldn’t have wanted to become a professional musician had I not started listening to Phish.
Phish’s musicianship is awe-inspiring. When they start playing one of their songs, there’s no telling the direction it could take. They have been the same 4 people since the mid-1980s. Through ups and downs, and even a 5-year breakup, the friendship that they have forged through their music shines through.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
The one memory that sticks out is of a show at Brooklyn Steel. I was keen on seeing the headliner, Turkuaz, and a friend of mine was a fan of their opener, Aqueous. There was a moment during Aqueous’s set where their lead guitarist and singer Mike Gantzer was absolutely KILLING a solo, leading the band perfectly into a transition. At that moment, I looked right at him, he looked at me, and I shouted, “Oh my God!”, and he looked back at me with a smile. I’ve been a huge fan of Aqueous’s since.
As for my favorite venue, I’d have to give the nod to Red Rocks in Colorado. Top tier live music inside of a national park? Can’t beat that.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
During my band’s very first gig in New York City, one of my guitar strings broke during our first song. It was only then that I realized that my guitar had vintage tuners on its headstock, making the process of restringing a tremendous ordeal, so I wound up playing the show with a 5-string guitar.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
Tough call, but I’ll go with Cory Henry in the hopes that some of his virtuosic talent would bleed over onto me.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
I don’t quite understand the distinction here. If you want to be a professional musician, you inherently must pursue both an artistic craft, and a business acumen. At the stage that I’m at right now, I shift the balance to favor my artistic practice because I want to improve at my craft and I want to continue to write new music. In order to expand your audience, you must give time to the business side of things as well. If you operate under a central guiding goal or principle, you will fall into a habit of constantly doing things in service of achieving that goal.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
My greatest challenge thus far has been the pandemic. My band and I had several shows lined up for that summer, all of which we had to cancel. One of our members went into a thorough isolation, forcing us to go on a lengthy hiatus. We’re back now, but I’m finding it very hard to get gigs. In time.
I responded to the challenge of the pandemic by making music as a solo artist for the first time in my life. I had things to say, and I said them through song. I am very excited for the world to hear my album “Musician On A Mission”, streaming on July 2nd.
I also started busking on the streets of New York City. I found that to be a fantastic way of getting my music heard, and to keep my performance chops sharp.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I learned a great vocal warmup routine from an excellent singer and instructor, Marco Perfetti. The details are a little much to get into, but I invite anyone who reads this and is interested in learning the routine to contact me on social media. The routine only takes about 15 minutes, and it works wonders for your voice.
The single best practice that I have found for improving on guitar is transcribing. Simply choose a solo that you wish to learn, and try bit by bit to play it in tandem with the recording. You’ll get it eventually, it takes lots of time and focus! It doesn’t have to be restricted to guitar solos either. Many guitar players transcribe brass, woodwind and even piano solos as well.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
When practicing, I like to keep things simple. For the most part, it’s just me, a guitar, a tuner and a metronome. When I work on transcriptions, I play my electric guitar so that I have access to a wider range of notes.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
If it’s in your heart, go for it! Clear your mind, too.
So, this was “Danny Lamport”. Want to know how you can follow him online? Then, check out the link below:
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/dannylamportmusic/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/DannyLamportMusic