We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel McGee JR and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
the most difficult decision I have had to make so far in my career is to cut people off and focus on my goals. I had to limit my time with friends, family and others to keep my focus high and achieve my goals. when I think about all the parties I missed out on all the fun times of going out and hanging or even just sitting around with friends and family that I denied myself it kind of makes me upset with myself, but I have been able to real move forward with in my musical career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
To be honest the thing that sets me apart from from others in my craft of making music is how I fuse so many genres together, one moment I will be rapping like I’m KRS One the next I’m adding in a guitar part like Lenny Kravitz and bringing it home with some very melodic vocals I dont see a lot of people doing it how I do it. I have a lot of things I am proud of but one I can pull off the top of my head is the fact that Nick Cannon Actually gave me a shoutout on his Instagram page like it was random and I was just in shock. another moment is I had a Punk Rock song playing in rotation on a UK internet radio show for about 3-4 weeks which was a super super proud moment I never had anything like that. I got to where I am at by being relentless and focused, in 2019 I lost my job due to some unforeseen circumstances so from that moment I had to tell myself I must succeed in music there is no other option and even though I am not where I want to be in life and in music I am making strides in the right direction. the road that I am on is definitely not easy its probably 2 billion people attempting to make it in music and I’m a micro spec on the chart but I tell myself every single day I must keep going I must keep a positive mindset not just for me (which is the most important) but for all the people that believed in me and told me they want to see me succeed. a few lessons I have learned along the way is to always be open for change, make sure you listen to the people that have made it further than you which doesn’t mean you have to take everything they say as law but use it and apply what sticks out in your life and also be you at all times, people love to connect with people that are genuine and true to themselves so always stay true to you. I want the world to know that me and my brand (Punk Rap) are the true essence of music, I want the world to know that the music I make is for the people to consume and to use it in their lives. some of my music is just to have fun to but the other part of my music is fo the people to learn from and to know that there is someone out here that feels the exact same way as you we are not perfect we are all walking contradictions but we are all HUMAN.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
well me living in Las Vegas Nevada now i would definitely take them to eat at some of my favorite vegan restaurants (no i am not vegan im pescatarian), and also we have to hit a few of the all you can eat buffets. the next thing we would do is go hiking, i love nature and i love being on the hike trails so we definitely have to hike. most of my friends have been here but they all still love going to the strip so we have to walk the strip that would be a day event in itself. and to top off the trip we have to go to fremont which is where all the locals really hang out plus they have live music thursday thru sunday and you never know what band might be playing.
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?
my life and career wouldn’t be anywhere close to where it is at now if it wasn’t for my father (Daniel McGee SR.) and my mother (Ruth Ann Haynes) without them I would be the man I am today or the artist I am today. I would also like to thank a few celebrities even though they don’t know this they had a major affect on life musical life which include Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Lil Wayne and Billy Joel Armstrong, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for inspiring me to be the best artist musician and all around talent I can be. I would also like to thank all my friends and family that have supported me on this journey its been a long and rocky road, I have had a lot of ups and downs but the people that stood beside me the whole ride I love you all with all my heart.
Facebook: Mac-Gee MUSIC PAGE
Michelle Gabree Martucci, Philip Reardon