Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Some very cool features on Besides Daniel.

We'd like to compile a short list of the awesome folks who have been getting the word out about Besides Daniel lately. Thanks to all of these generous people.

One of our foreign fans posted "The Field" music video to their Tumblr.

BeATL features us on their great local ATL music website.

Heroes of Indie Music features some of our covers on their blog.

As noted before, the Blue Indian had a phone interview with Danny on their indie music site.

Hope you're enjoying autumn, we sure are! Also, we look forward to playing shows again starting in 2010. Keep your ear to the ground for our 5 song Christmas sampler!

Besides Daniel

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

thoughts from Danny

Learning to form ideas is like sculpting a stone. Reading Dylan is like hearing a song. Thoughts are sterile & dull until leaned upon & squeezed like a fruit until, every drop is ready to be absorbed. It is art that is as unending as the cosmos. Any detail of our lives gives reason to muse endlessly. Only thoughts remain. like stones. giant unmovable substance that can only be misunderstood by one willingly ignorant. learn to interpret self. To search for context & sub-context so as to create what will be. As we all try to discover our chief end. My chief end in today is the cultivating of all that has come before me. And then to relay it to the ones who might come after. this is done via thought in form. via idea in shape. Via Creation. No context is without weight. All insight is a building block for the structure of mind. The world is a collage of noise. Artists suck out the tune. Harness it like a wind. Write, sing, sculpt, dream, paint, dance, whatever. We are not here to die. Take a stab at words. We should hope to slay it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Watch us on 11Alive Atlanta!

Hello everybody!
We woke up bright and early (actually, some of us didn't sleep at all) in order to perform live on the 6 am news hour on NBC! It was a great experience and we would love to share some of our segment with you! This was for Metromix Soundcheck and our friend shot some photos of us on the set of the show so check those out as well HERE!

Thanks for checkin it out and thanks so much if you got up early to watch us Live on TV! That sure doesn't happen everyday.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We signed up for Noisetrade.

Take a second to download some rarities from Besides Daniel. Some of these songs are from old albums, and some are just unreleased tunes from recent years. YEAH! Support fair trade music.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Tour Video #3

Here is a peak at our time in Wichita, Pueblo, and Salt Lake City!

We're excited to be in Abilene, Texas at Monks Coffee tonight.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A quick one

Okay, you guys. So it's not so easy to upload videos, photos, and other exciting news while on tour. This is a learning experience for all of us obviously. Internet access is few and far between. For example, right now is an ideal time to edit some videos and post some photos except that there is very very loud electronica music blaring from the speakers of this joint. Therefore, I cannot hear my computer even with headphones on. But I promise, dearest blog readers, there will be an updated video soon. I am working very diligently on the Wichita-Pueblo tour video #3 when possible. It is fairly difficult to do when my computer has no charge left on the battery and we are going from place to place.

Anyway, today we find ourselves in the heart of Humboldt county California. Ah, yes. We have experienced it all. We took a stroll in the Arcata Community Forest today in order to see some of the biggest trees ever- Redwoods. They were glorious. It felt like a dinosaur was going to come around the corner any minute.

We also compiled all our change to do laundry. Praise Jesus for Clean Laundry & Showers.

Downtown Arcata has a delicious little pizza & donut shop called "Don's" which serves donuts that are superior to the likes of Krispy Kreme and Dunkin. Not kidding. The Arcata Theatre and Lounge is the coolest venue we have been to yet. It's only been open a couple months but in a year or so I bet you will see some major touring acts come through here.

Well, we are about to head up on stage to play some tunes, but I'll have that video for you in a jiffy. We head to San Francisco for a day off tomorrow. We'll probably play an open mic or somethin.

Love you all. Miss you all.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Field Music Video!

While you wait for our latest Tour Video Update, please take a look at this music video done by our great friends Kyle & Garrett (Somnium Arbitrium). Thanks so much for keeping up with us and our adventures!

We are in Moscow, Idaho at One World Cafe right now. I always heard Idaho wasn't much to write home about but geez, it is BEAUTIFUL. No joke. It's some of the most gorgeous terrain I've seen this whole trip! Also it is filled with bicycle riding, music loving, art appreciating, coffee drinking, laid back people.

We head to Seattle tomorrow!

Thursday, May 28, 2009


While driving to South Carolina to pick up the new EP, Susanne and I were talking about the purpose of Besides Daniel. We started asking ourselves the "why" questions (why are we driving out here to get these CDs, why are we doing all this planning and hard work?) Lately, we've been so focused on the "how" questions (how are we going to pull this off?) and the "who" questions (who will be willing to come on the road with us, play at our CD release show, host us on tour?) We found ourselves digging into the reasons behind all the planning, playing, and promoting.

Why do we play music? What are we aiming to create? Why toil in an industry that has no clear path and no definite promise of success, regardless of how hard we work? In order to answer these questions fully, we feel it is necessary to move eventually into a full time career of creating music for our friends, fans, and family.

During our conversation, we were able to articulate one definite goal as we approach the incredible task of playing music worthy of an audience's attention. It is impossible to define such an abstract question as "why" without touching on our beliefs about this world and the significance of the people we hope to inspire, engage, and entertain. We believe that every person alive is remarkable and immeasurably valuable. Because we believe this, we hope our music will highlight the importance of relationships and encourage people to value those closest to them. We play music because we want to inspire others to love. Maybe that is a cliche--perhaps our answer to this question is as abstract as the question itself--but alas, we will embrace the mystery of our task. We are artists...

On June 6th, we are planning an evening celebrating the completion of a work that has been brewing in us for over a year now. We hope you can find a way to come to The Redlight Cafe on Saturday, June 6th. Bring your friends, have a few drinks, and hear some great music from us, Besides Daniel. Two more fantastic local Atlanta bands, also good friends of ours, Oh Dorian and Joshua Fletcher will share the stage with us. The night kicks off at about 8 pm. Our new 5 song EP "the Clay, the Seed, the Stone" will be available for purchase as well!!!

-Besides Daniel

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thoughts on art & artists...

Disclaimer: these are thoughts that have had brewing in my head lately. These are not so much a dogma as they are a hypothesis. also, I am in no way claiming to be a "true artist" but am only commenting objectively, only as a human being. I do aspire to create real art though....

let me know what you think.

In this world that we now find ourselves in, it is only among real art that any solace or meaning is found. The artists are the spirit of humanity, without them we are but machines. The poet, the psalmist, the writer, the thinker, are all like preserving salt in this decaying world, reminding us of the irrational, the beautiful, the impossible, and of the hope we forgot we had for these things. Commerce, education, technology, politics, these are all the by products of the dreamer-artist, these are systems that had their origins in the artists mind. No institution we have today in our complex society would exist if it were not for the ingenuity, and singular vision of the true artist. All the fashionable and functional artifacts we employ everyday in our modern world are the fruit of a pure aspiration to create, laboring to a greater end, unmoved by compensation or individual gain-moved solely by the mystery of pulling the abstract into this physical world.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Just finished recording!!!

This is how Danny looks when he is excited.

All the tracks are done! Mixing & Mastering will be done within the week, Photos will be done soon and finally album art! Woo hoo!

We celebrated with $1.00 hot fudge sunday from McDonalds. Yeah!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First off, thanks to all the good folks at Bread who signed up for the mailing list last night. It was great to meet you and so relaxing to chill out and play some tunes for you guys.

Welp, we are winding down on this whole recording biz. Our EP, "The Clay, The Seed,The Stone" is almost done now. Below is a link to a preview of all of the 5 songs that will be on it. Please keep in mind this is still a pretty rough mix. We've still to record Susanne's vocals, and the Cello. We want to share it with you because it will be some time still before we have the final product avail for purchase on itunes/at our shows. So check it out!!!

Click here to preview the new EP!

Good news... We just confirmed our CD release show at the Red Light Cafe on the 6th of June. So mark your calenders!

Hope you enjoy the preview.


-Besides Daniel

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Name for the EP!!!!!!!!

We hope this update finds you doing well & enjoying the Spring!

So we just got finished tracking all of my (Danny's) vocals for the entire Ep today. My head kinda hurts & I'm tired. Singing can really take it out of you. But my spirits are high, huge weight lifted off!!!! You know how it feels to have a deadline right? Even though you might be doing what you love, it still seems to hang over your head. Well we are getting really close to our "self imposed" April 1st deadline. I've been dreading getting my vocals down because my voice seems to be quite unpredictable. So when I began to sing today and it came out quite clear, I decided to track as much as I could.
This record is coming together slowly but surely. It has been a technical and logistical challenge because we are self producing it, and as you probably know, all my recording gear was stolen last year. So now we do what we can and piece together lil set ups wherever we can get silence & a computer in the same room. But I believe Lewis put it well, "the land of duty & delight are one"... So we will keep working on it.
The name of the record will be "The Clay, The Seed, The Stone," We thought for a long time about what to name it & this name just seemed to fit. This collection of songs seem to keep bringing us back to the earth, back to relationships, back to family, back to nature, back to toil, and back to love. So until the fruit of our labor ripens in the form of a compact disc, we will keep on keeping on.

On another note, we are thinking of releasing a three song "besides" of Besides Daniel music on NoiseTrade. It is a pay what you want (or help promote) online store that is making lot's of waves in the independent music scene. We will fill you in once that happens, (could be as soon as next week)...

Thanks for reading this update!

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Cd release at the end of May!

-Besides Daniel

Monday, February 23, 2009

On the radio...

Just a short note to give ya'll the link to our recent radio interview & performance at KSU Owl Radio with Matt Nix.

Radio Show 2/16/09

Thanks guys!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What is a fan?

As an independent artist I always cringe at words like selling, marketing, and buzz... There is a common perception that a musician must learn all these things if he or she wants to have a career being a performing artist. This overwhelms me at times.

I'm not any of those things, I just want to write music that touches people and points to truth!

I do want to make a living with my music. Right now, Susanne is in school learning about music business/marketing & I work at a church as an audio technician. In the past couple weeks we have engaged in some interesting conversations about marketing Besides Daniel.

My roommate, Tommy, runs a brand consulting business and a few nights ago I asked his opinion on a few things. Our conversation changed my view on the whole idea of "fans."

My conversation with Susanne and Tommy allowed me to see that we don't need a million impersonal fans. I'd much rather have fewer quality "fans" we respect as more than just a consumer of a product and with whom we can interact. I'll be okay if we don't have masses of "fans," and we will always value the folks that do support us.

All this to say, if you are someone who enjoys our tunes and wants to help us realize a dream of doing this as a career, then please let us know by signing up on our mailing list. You will receive updates from us about interesting things going on with us on our journey to quitting our day jobs. We will not Spam you! We hope to gain more than fans. We hope to develop friends.

So here's to you! We respect you and want to develop a real relationship with you.
Thanks for reading this.



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Music Marketing

The New Music Marketing:
From Mainstream to Avant-Garde

Susanne O’Day
Marketing in the Music Industry
Dr. Fredrick Taylor
February 16, 2009

Today is an exciting day in the global music industry. If traditional marketing and distribution blueprints are the ebb, innovative and contemporary strategies are the flow. The numbers are in, and they are not good. Since 2000, the global music industry lost a third of its business in CD sales with the biggest losers being major labels (Kot). In the first six months of 2008 alone, total album sales fell 11% (Fine). Anyone with enough courage to blaze a trail in today’s music business must embrace a rapidly changing industry in order to succeed. Forget about the glamorous romanticism of getting a hit, being #1, or becoming the next NSYNC. Instead, try adopting a do-it-yourself attitude toward music marketing.

Some may use plummeting major label sales to discourage newcomers from entering the industry. Others ask, what better time for creative and tenacious businesspeople to rise to the top? Now is the time for young artists to embrace this lull in the majors and adopt a more independent attitude. Peter Spellman, director of career development at Berklee College of Music, tells Electronic Musician,

“Getting signed by a major forces you to toe the line of the corporation, which is owned by shareholders wearing 90-day glasses… art [is put into a] machine that treats music like a disposable product… Creative artists are moving away from wanting to be taken care of by the record companies” (Levine).

Spellman’s insight on major labels points out the bias toward mainstream music, alluding to the fact that the majors have forgotten how to cater to the smaller, more specific markets making up the majority of the global music industry. Thus, an easy explanation is made for the staying power of independent labels. According to Sub Pop (veteran indie label out of Seattle), record revenues in 2007 rose 79% to around $20 million--14% from licensing its bands' music to advertisers and entertainment properties. Sub Pop also sold more records in '07 than in any other year (Fine). Last March, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails independently released a boxed set of instrumental music and reported first-week revenue of $1.7 million. Because he had no affiliation with major-label publicity and marketing, he kept most of the revenue for himself (Kot).

So who says the music industry is a sinking ship? There may be a few cases of “man overboard” (major labels) but there is no need to surrender. True, majors will probably always be around since they are owned by some of the most powerful corporations in the world. This does not mean there is no hope for the independents or those creative enough to go against the grain.

Indeed, today’s artists and marketing teams must require outstanding work ethics of themselves. No lazy person will succeed in the music business. It would be too easy to overlook a slight change or a new idea in this ever-changing industry. Herein lies the importance of knowing the market. It is imperative to capitalize on the advantages that come with recent advances in technology. Technology has created a huge market where fans are directly connected to the artist and artists have absolute control of their product. However, taking advantage of the resources is the challenge. Artists still need name recognition, word of mouth publicity, inspiring live performances, and standout recordings. It takes strategy to produce enough buzz that people want to invest their money into a certain artist or product.

This is the age of peer-to-peer piracy (i.e. LimeWire), pay-what-you-want (i.e. Radiohead), free mix tapes (i.e. Lil Wayne), tell five friends for a free download (i.e. NoiseTrade), and more of the like. Once consumers find enjoyable music they will most likely support the artist financially, but they want to test the product for free before they invest in it. Most of the public—especially the younger generation—is tired of being ripped off by the major labels and major corporate retail system.

Illicit downloads now outnumber paid downloads 40-1 (Fine). This fact alone implies people are listening to more music than ever. However, the mainstream industry hasn't been able to take advantage of this extraordinary marketing opportunity. Greg Kot, music critic at The Chicago Tribune, hit the nail on the head in his review of the 2009 Grammy Awards.

“The big labels have the resources to expose music in the mainstream media, [but] they have lost the trust of consumers by placing profit and expediency ahead of artistic accomplishment and long-term growth. Listeners no longer deem many CDs worth the $18 list price and have sought out alternative means of sampling music, including file sharing. Instead of following the consumers' lead, the industry has tried to stifle them by suing file-sharers” (Kot).

This new music climate inspires millions around the globe to fight for a new, ethical industry. Personally, being apart of an independent band feels like one of the most exciting and potentially worthwhile activities. Having the resources for marketing, production, licensing, recording, and publishing at the click of a mouse is empowering. There is no need to frantically throw music at labels hoping for a signing deal because progress can be made independently. If there has ever been a good era to aspire to be a musician or music businessperson, that time is now.

Works Cited

Bernardy, Cathy. “Internet's a Double-Edged Sword for Indie Artists.”
Goldmine. 13 May 2005: 52, 60 IIMP. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. 14 Feb 2009 < url_ver="Z39.88-2004&res_dat="xri:iimp:&rft_dat="xri:iimp:article:fulltext:iimp00345892">

Fine, Jon. “Drowning Out the Big Labels.” Business Week. Aug 2008: 75 ABI/INFORM. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. 29 Jan 2009

Kot, Greg. “What Grammy can learn from Radiohead, Lil Wayne, and Paul McCartney: Awards show, music industry in need of a makeover.” Chicago Tribune. 1 Feb 2009. ABI/INFORM. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. 15 Jan 2009

Levine, Mike “Working Musician: The Shifting Sands - Marketing your Music in Today's Changing Climate.” Electronic Musician. Oct 2006: 88, 90. IIMP. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. 15 Feb 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009


Here I am, sitting in the music lounge at Georgia State University, while Danny is home listening to some podcasts.

The EP is going well! We had a full 12 hour day at 800 east studio last Thursday to record drums, piano, and strings. I would go so far as to say it was magical.

We had lots of support from friends. That felt way good. Thanks friends!

Now we have the giant task of replacing the scratch tracks with final tracks and editing the results of Thursday and piecing it all together... Whew. All in the next few weeks.

Next Monday we will be on Matt Nix's new radio show on KSU radio. Cool! We have only ever done one other radio interview and it was fun, so this should really be great!

Oh, by the way, if you guys ever get a chance to see Loney, Dear or Andrew Bird you should definitely get on it. Inspiring & extremely talented folks.

Alrighty, well everyone around me is getting up so maybe it's time to go to class... Bummer. Music theory here I come!


Friday, January 30, 2009

scratch tracks

Check out these old pictures I found of Danny at his old studio and playing music with Tanner Merritt!

Well anyway, Danny is hard at work recording scratch tracks for our new EP coming out in a couple months! We are goin in the studio next Thursday to record some drums and strings. Should be awesome! Our good friends Kevin and Aaron are helping us out with drums and Daniel Solberg is arranging the string parts for us. I hunted down some awesome violin players at music school and the response from our Facebook and Myspace posts were overwhelming. People are so willing to help out with their talents!

We have a ton of shows coming up.