Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
Hey everybody, I’m Danny Aro. I’m a 22-year-old Artist currently attending the University of Connecticut and I’m majoring in accounting.
One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
I’ve always loved music. I knew I wanted to start making music at 11-years-old when I first heard Watch the Throne by Kanye West and Jay-Z. I’ll never forget listening to that album because I wanted to be like Kanye and Jay so bad. I wrote down all the lyrics to “That’s My Bitch” and would rap it myself. I thought they sounded so cool, and I loved the confidence they had. I remember that’s when I started teaching myself to freestyle. Then at 18 I began to release songs here and there on SoundCloud like once a year, but then I remember right when the pandemic started, I had this, like, crisis. I saw people blowing up around me that I never thought would when I was younger. I realized I never actually gave any real effort to music because I was too scared of what people would think and it destroyed me. I failed my 11-year-old self and my first Artist idols: Jay and Kanye. I remember it heated me so much that I began writing every single day. Then, I wrote and made my first released single on all platforms, “For a While.” It started to take off and people were impressed with my voice, and after that I never looked back. I wanna make music every single day and I continue to write at least one song a day.
Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
I have a dedicated engineer who mixes my vocals. Without him, I’d be nothing. His name is Dan Eisenbach. He’s mixed stuff for Lil Baby and Blackbear and recently became Platinum certified, so shouts out to him!
What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
My friends, family, and seeing people smile. My friends and family support me so much and I want to blow up for them. I also want to blow up because I have a lot of messages—outside of music— that I’d love to spread to the world. I see so much sadness and tragedy in the world, and from someone with a lot of tragic moments in their childhood, I love to see people smile. That’s a big part of my music. When I released my single “Diamonds,” I saw so many people have fun and smile to that song that it made me want to make music even more. That’s what led to this song, “Saint Laurent Bad.”
I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
Honestly, what bothers me about coming up in the music world is that clout matters so much. Who cares about clout? It’s about the music for me. If you don’t have a passion for making music and you’re just in it for the clout, get out bruh. The reason I feel that way is because music for me is so special. When I was having a lot of depression and anxiety when I was younger, plugging in those headphones closed all the negativity out and healed me even if it was only for a second. It gave me a safe space. I think that’s why I’m so passionate about it. I want to give that to people. I want to give them that daily remedy of some good tunes so they can forget about the cold world for even a second. So, I do hope one day I blow up and become mainstream because I want to deliver smiles to as many people as possible.
Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
Lil Wayne is probably my biggest musical influence. I used to listen to him for six hours a day no cap. I think he’s the man. Secondary influences: Post Malone, Juice Wrld, Genesis, and Kanye West
One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
I mean without Covid I never would’ve make music at all!
I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
I honestly agree. There’s so many apps and stuff out there that people want to pay attention to. It’s just the music for me. The only social media I like is IG. But I do understand why social media is important. Seeing Lil Nas X’s Tik Toks made me like him a lot more. So, I do get it, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
I create music as much as possible. I ghostwrite a ton, that’s where most of my music is created. But I make a ton of my own stuff too. Next release in probably in July, after that another release dedicated to one of my favorite artists Juice Wrld in August, another song in September prolly, and that’ll be it for the year.
I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?
2010-2020 is the era for me. That’s the era I listened to the most. I used to listen to Carter IV and Take Care every single day. The Weeknd influenced me a ton from that era as well.
If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
Lenny Kravits. The way he did it is sick. Won a bunch of Grammys now lives the dream.
What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
Have fun with it! When you start having fun and being yourself, that’s when you’ll create the best product.
I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
Thank you for having me! And to all the people out there, be yourself and don’t care what anybody else thinks! Keep going and pushing for your dreams, you really can do anything in this world and you’ll be surprised how many people want to support you. And also, people are gonna judge you no matter what so why not be you while you on the way out? Feel me? Anyways, shouts out to my engineer first, Dan! Also shout out to my mom, my brother, my dad, my amazing girlfriend Emily Magistrale, Nick Jowkar my other big bro, Stephen Aledort, John Edwards, and Pete Burgess. They were my first supporters. Without you guys I wouldn’t have kept making music at all. Thank you all so much and much love. And to all my fans out there, shout out to you guys! Thank you so much for listening, I’m so honored.