By Jacqueline Rosokoff
Danny Katz entertains crowds with his individual style, which he refers to as “80s flavored folk-pop.” While this may sound like an unusual classification, it is a very fitting one. Read on to find out more about this eclectic New York musician, and look out⎯if he spots you on the subway, you may just be the inspiration for his next tune…
- What is your first musical memory?
Listening to a bootleg copy of “The Best of Peter, Paul, and Mary: TenYears Together” on a ratty tape player while on a family vacation inSt. Martin. I think the tape jammed and I remember learning tosalvage it with a pencil and some tears⎯I think my dad helped me out,I was probably a crying mess by the time he realized something waswrong.
- What was the first concert you ever went to?
A Jewish folk singer whose name escapes me at the moment, most likelyat a Jewish Community Center in Riverdale (The Bronx), New York. Iremember the chorus to “Bashana HaBa’ah” getting stuck in my headright then and there, so catchy. I also remember looking up andthinking “omgs rockstrrrr” or however a kindergarten kid talks whenhe’s excited enough to pee in his pants.
- What or whom do you go to for musical inspiration?
Being in motion. Pretty intense ADD at times so if I sit still Ijust zone out. Melodies pop into my head when I walk, and lyricalideas pop into my head when I ride public transportation, well, atleast the New York City subway, with its cast of cracked-outcharacters. Everyone there is a story waiting to be written!
- Without using the words “alternative,” “pop,” or “rock,” describe your sound.
The lovechild of Ben Folds and The Postal Service – 80s infusedchamber folk that will make your ears sparkle and your hair shine withdelight. You cannot resist.
- Stones or Beatles?
Beatles – other than Peter, Paul and Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel, theywere all I listened to growing up. That, and occasionally Dylan. Ithink the Stones are incredibly influential, cultural icons, etc., butI’ve never been a big fan of their music. Their swagger however, oy.Loves it.
- What’s your dream collaboration?
If I had a week, Monday would be Billy Joel, Tuesday would be AniDifranco, Wednesday would be R.E.M., Thursday would be Paul Simon andFriday would be Erasure. Saturday and Sunday would be reserved forSpitz (my all-time favorite Japanese pop/rock group).
- Do you find the song or does the song find you?
I chase after the song with a pitchfork. Sometimes it brandishes itsshield and whacks me in the head. The creative process can be a bitfeast or famine in any event. 3 months out of the year I’m justpreggers with songs. The other 9 months it’s a drought of editing ago-go.
- How do you discover new music
Recommendations in newsletters such as TuneCore’s – AccuRadio,word-of-mouth, mix tapes stolen from one-night-stands…