Who are you and what are you doing here??)
Hey! I’m Dan and I am the singer-songwriter Emerson.
When did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career?
When I was in primary school I wrote my first song (which to this day is still a running joke in my family), but I really found my passion for music when I was 19 and started my first band Post Script Philosophy. 11 years later I’m still writing, and loving it more now than I ever have before.
How would you describe your music?
If Dallas Green (City and Colour) and Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) were related and had an Australian brother who was less talented and definitely not as cool – you would possibly get something like me. Think rainy afternoon with a glass of wine nursing a broken heart.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your sound which one would it be?
I have a song on my upcoming album called ‘You Will Always Have a Piece of my Heart’, and it pretty much sums up the entire record. The song speaks of overcoming brokenness, but also a strong understanding of hope of love that I can look forward to the future.
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets you apart from the rest?
Raw Honesty. I’ve never been one to sing, or write music to fit into that ‘what’s popular right now’ category. I’ve always used song-writing as an outlet to process the emotional hurdles I’m experiencing in my life, whether that’s the death of close friend or the heartbreak from a failed marriage. I may not be the most talented songwriter around, but what you get I’ve poured everything into.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
Soundcloud at the moment is your best stop: http://soundcloud.com/emersonband
Are you playing any shows anytime soon?
I have started looking into doing a string of shows to coincide with the next song I’ll release from my upcoming album. I’ll do something intimate in Newcastle in probably August hopefully followed by a trip to Sydney and Melbourne not long after that.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a musician?
That’s a tough question. Can I list two ‘Proudest Moments’ as a musician? I have a few ‘Proudest Moments’
#1 Stu Harvey from Triple J’s SHORT.FAST.LOUD played one of PSP’s songs on his show before Triple J launched their Unearthed website. We didn’t even know it had been played until people started commenting on our MySpace about hearing it!
#2 As ‘Save the Cheerleader’ we played the main-stage of an arts and music festival called ‘Black Stump’ (a festival I attended myself for many years previously). The highlight within that set was performing an acoustic one-off duet with an incredible musician by the name of Candice Casagrande called ‘Song for Josh / Hear the Thousands’.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
There’s a New Zealand girl who I’m enjoying at the moment by the name of Nadia Reid, Syzmon created an incredible album (which is being performed by his family at Splendour in the Grass this year as ‘In Loving Memory of Syzmon’) which I highly recommend, and a Composer friend of mine from the US by the name of TJ Hill has some beautiful work on his Spotify that I suggest you have a listen to if you can.
Anything Else you’d like to add?
Head to the Soundcloud, “LIKE” me on Facebook and listen out for my debut album coming out later this year titled ‘Goodbye Amsterdam’.