We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Markham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I feel like I’m operating in one of the riskiest businesses in the world. I play rock and roll music. After a year of not being able to do that I’ve had to reassess my whole life. Just making a full-length album of songs is a risky venture these days. I can see the attraction of only releasing singles. Attention spans are super short. My whole job is to make you like me from the first beat. I enjoy that kind of risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make rock and roll music. I’m currently an unsigned artist. I do a lot on my own. If it wasn’t for the help of friends in the industry I’d have no idea what I’m doing. I’m most proud of the music that I’ve been able to make since I started out. I started out writing songs in the kitchen, and now I try to put out at least one record a year. I’ve learned a lot of things. One of them is to not expect to ever be comfortable. I absolutely love what I do, and I would find it hard spending my time any other way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take them to Turkey, TX and the Caprock Canyons National Park for starters. I like to be outside a lot. I’d swing out to Archer City and spend a few hours digging for books over at Booked Up. I’d definitely stop by for a hang at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton, TX for a live show and fellowship with the locals.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shout out to Claire Morales for being an inspiration with her own small business. I’ve gotta give credit to my bandmates and all the people I’ve worked on music with.
CARLEY DU MENIL-MARTINEZ