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Meet Danny Webber of Danny Only in Eagle Rock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny Webber.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Danny. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I always loved music as a child, I got in trouble for singing in class. I couldn’t help it. In high school, I started teaching myself the piano, by listening to music on a CD player and trying to play along on my sister’s Casio CT-638 keyboard. I continued to learn by ear and in time I got decent. Now, I play the piano, guitar, ukulele, harmonica and still learning other instruments. Someday, I hope to be a decent saxophone player.

My first foray into solo music came after I moved to Los Angeles in 2013. I was playing with friends and we all were writing our own songs as well as collaboratively writing and I had a few pieces that didn’t seem like music for my band. It was emotional and ethereal, with more of a classical music feel. So I decided to put out an album of just my own music. And since I started on the piano, I thought I’d play just the piano for the first album. There is no overdubbing or other instruments on my album. On one song, I whistle but otherwise, it’s just single takes of me playing the piano. In that sense, it is a simple album.

I continue to write music and will be releasing my second album by the end of the year. I will be incorporating more instruments, including my voice.

Has it been a smooth road?
Musically, since I essentially taught myself, I’ve always felt like not quite a musician. That has hindered my collaboration game, as well as my impulses to play and share my music with an audience. I have gotten better at considering myself a legitimate musician. It doesn’t matter how you get there, when you’re there, you’re there. I think a lot of people struggle with this kind of self-confidence.

Physically, last year I went into the hospital with a terrible stomach ache. It turned out I had a tumor in my abdomen, slowly growing until it blocked my intestines. At first the doctors thought it was most likely cancerous but it turned out to be a benign tumor, known as a desmoid fibromatosis. This didn’t make much of a difference at the time, because my body had gone septic and my lungs had filled with fluid and by the time, they completed the surgery to take out the tumor, they were forced to put me in an induced coma to try to keep me stable. I was stuck in this dream-state for 10 days, almost dying on night one, and when I woke up, I couldn’t move or speak. All in all I spent five weeks in the hospital. My bill was around $1.1 million and very fortunately, I was fully insured through my employer. A gofundme had also been made for me in the early days of the hospital stay and friends, family and strangers chipped in and left me with a $20,000 cushion for my recovery, which would be long and slow. The coma left me with virtually no muscle mass and the surgery left me with far less intestines than I had going in.

I’m extremely lucky to have come out of that with all of my physical functions still working. I’m still recovering my strength and my digestive fortitude, but I’m now back to about 90%.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Danny Only – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
As a musician, I feel like an explorer. I feel like I am all alone in the wilderness and I’m finding all this beauty all around me, if I can capture some of that and bring it back to other people, then I will have made the world a better place. I discover new landscapes and new bodies and with my skills as a musician I recreate that feeling with my instrument(s). To me music is magic. You have the power to play a song and make two people fall in love. It is chemistry, to be able to alter peoples mood with the sound of your music.

Ultimately, though, I am just another guy, pretty good at the piano and some other stuff, just sharing my thoughts and feelings through music. It is up to listeners to give my music any value.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the life of Los Angeles. Any given night you can see a world famous band, eat some of the best food and there are so may different neighborhoods, it’s hard to get bored here. I love the artistic spirit in so many people I’ve met. It feels like a large percentage of people here are totally okay with chasing their crazy dreams and it makes for an entertaining and lively, youthful city.

Of course, I hate the traffic and the foot traffic. I went to a bar the other day because they had a special beer they were pouring and there were too many people there for me, so I just walked out. I don’t like crowds or crowded places. Sometimes, I’ll try to go shopping and if the parking lot is too busy, I give up and go home without getting the groceries I needed.

I also don’t love the importance placed on beauty here. It’s okay to get older. It’s okay for your face to have some wrinkles in it. And it makes me sad and sometimes angry that we seem to be pushing women to do some extreme things to their bodies in the name of beauty. It seems to me a waste of time and money.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.fademusicco.com
  • Email: danny@fademusicco.com
  • Other: spotify:artist:5QzFaURnTDuU9H9dHuFk2i

Image Credit:
Andreas Ramirez, Joanna Rentz

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