Danny McCrum Band Newsletter Interview
22 Nov 2009 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
I always enjoy theatre gigs the most. Something about the atmosphere and vibe in the room. I really enjoyed a gig at the Bruce Mason Centre this year with Tommy Emmanuel. I also really like the big outdoor gigs. Probably, the most amazing gig we've ever played was supporting Eric Clapton at Vector this year. I've grown up listening to his music and he's a big influence. It was such an honour being asked to do that show. I don't really have a preference though, because I enjoy playing no matter where I am.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
Tough question; there are so many to chose from. Again I love the theatres, but I think the Juice Bar in Auckland deserves special mention. Not only is it iconic in NZ music history, but it has a great vibe and the owners are extremely supportive and proactive. They put many other venues attitudes to shame.
What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
I've been bugging Chris Melville to release another Grand Central Band album and I hear there is one on the way. Those guys are so damn funky. But over all, I would like to see a bit more balance in what's coming out and getting all the support.
What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
Hmmm... we've had many gear breakdowns, people starting fights, crazy drunk people, high heels thrown at us, people climbing up on stage, cars and vans breaking down, overnight drives... the usual crap that comes with gigging over the years. But I've never been embarrassed. Not yet anyway!
How do you describe your music?
I'm not really fussed on music descriptions. No matter how you describe it, you still need to hear it to know what it sounds like. So I just say we're a rock band.
What can we expect to see from the Danny McCrum Band during 2010?
We plan to make another music video and of course we plan to keep gigging to promote the album. We should be playing all across the country next year promoting the new album.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Work hard, stay grounded, have integrity and don't compromise or cut corners in any part of what you do.
About Danny McCrum
Danny McCrum is a multi talented musician based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a highly respected guitarist, singer and songwriter, with extensive experience on stage, in the studio and running the business behind the music. He has worked with many music greats including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Tommy Emmanuel, Jimmy Barnes, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, Katie Melua and more.
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