We had the good fortune of connecting with Jon Danforth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jon, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk has been instrumental in my life. Most of the best things in my life were born out of taking some sort of risk. Thinking specifically about making music, when you spin songs out into the world you always run the risk of them being rejected, misunderstood, made fun of, or ignored. On the other hand, there is also a chance that they could make someone’s day better, or make someone feel less alone, or give words to someone who didn’t know how to express what they were going through or feeling. The more you risk and see positive returns from that, you build your confidence and you’re able to continue to progress as an individual and an artist. You also find out that most of the time, the bad things that you think will occur when you take risks are not nearly as scary when you get on the other side. Taking smart risks is necessary if you want to grow as an artist or entrepreneur and I would encourage everyone to go out and take a risk today!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a singer-songwriter who plays indie-folk and Americana music. I am excited to have released four solo EPs and a single thus far and I’m even more excited to be working on my next project. Musically, it is still acoustic-driven but lyrically, thematically it is expanding into new territory. I love playing with tension when it comes to writing about certain themes. When I have a topic or primary theme for a record, I love to be able to hold that up and look at different angles and different perspectives that sometimes may seem to contradict. It allows me to address a topic more fully, beyond what I may intuitively assume or think about a certain topic.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dallas is an amazing city with a killer music scene and food scene, so I would pretty much just want to eat, drink, and rock. I have seen some amazing shows at Three Links, Adair’s, Granada, and the Kessler Theater and would love to take them there. I would also take them to Josey Records and then head over to stroll through the Bishop Arts District and hit Wild Detectives, Lockharts, El Si Hay Tacos, and maybe Spiral Diner. I’d also love to go to Braindead Brewing or Cane Rosso over in Deep Ellum. For dessert, I’d have to go with Emporium Pies and Picole Pops. Yes, I like to eat. I also love hiking and being outdoors, so I’d take them to White Rock Lake and Cedar Ridge Preserve.\
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My last three EPs have been recorded, mixed, and mastered at Fifty50 Studios and I am very appreciative of their hard work on my music and the kindness that they show the artists that work with them. They create a very comfortable and freeing environment for artists to work in. In fact, several of the guys are now in my backing band and they are fantastic musicians and human beings.
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