Danny Bryant – UK Blues Guitarist – Interview With Rock ‘N’ Load 13/04/2018 10 Danny Bryant’s new album “Revelation” is release by Jazzhaus Records on Friday 20th April. The new album is a homage to Danny’s father, bassist Ken Bryant, who used to play in Danny’s band Redeyeband. Ken passed away in 2016. Revelation is a coming-of-age and emotional blues album full of soulful guitar licks. His UK tour starts at Bilston’s Robin 2 on Friday 7th May. Special guests include Steve Hill and Rainbreakers. Check out our review here: https://rocknloadmag.com/album-review/danny-bryant-revelation-album-review/ Danny Bryant UK Tour I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with Rock ‘N’ Load today. My pleasure 1. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us a little about yourself and anything you’d want us to know? I am a British Blues Rock musician. I was born in Royston, Hertfordshire in 1980. I started playing guitar aged 15 and turned professional at 18. Since then I have released 12 albums and been lucky enough to tour all over the world. 2. Tell us about your early days Danny, when did you first start playing guitar and what got you started? I got my first guitar aged 15. It was love at first sight and I would lock myself away and practice 8 or 10 hours a day. I started playing because I was interested in the music my parents played around the house, which was Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Bob Dylan etc. 3. Was there a particular song that just made you want to pick up a guitar? Yes. I really wanted to play “Knocking On Heavens Door” by Bob Dylan. It was the first song I learned. 4. Which guitar players growing up grabbed your attention and which most influenced your early style? The first player I remember really being aware of was Eric Clapton. My parents had a video of him playing at the Royal Albert Hall and I just thought it was the coolest thing ever. Then I discovered Walter Trout and his style and approach had a huge impact on me. 5. At what age did you start to feel your own personal style come through and which song would you say defined this style? I think that it is a gradual process. You start off by very much wearing your primary influences on your sleeve so to speak and then other influences begin to creep into your music and you find a way to link those influences together and then somewhere along the line that part in the middle, that links everything, becomes unique to you. I wrote a ballad called “Always With Me” about 15 years ago that started to show the basis of that style, that was the beginning. 6. As a young player hitting the professional stage, there’s quite often the temptation to overplay and showboat, looking back at your own career were you out there with a point to prove or were you cool as a cucumber? I think I definitely was a little guilty of being over-excited when I first started. Having said that, I believe that you have to let things progress naturally, when you are 18 you do everything quicker than when you are in your late thirties. And yes, when you are young and just starting out I think you always feel like you have a point to prove. 7. What did it mean to you as a young musician to finally get a deal and get your music recorded? It was the dream. To see your album in the shops is a magical feeling, and something that no one could ever take away from you. Once you record an album worth of material and release it, it’s there forever, I always loved the notion of that. Of course as time goes on you learn how to refine it, you learn how to be comfortable in the studio and adapt to different environments. 8. I recently caught an interview with Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard and he jokingly laughed looking back at early solos and playing on earlier recordings, it was something I hadn’t contemplated musicians might do, do you have any such cringe moments yourself in your head when you look back at earlier recordings of your own playing? Yes, more so with my vocals, I sounded very young. You listen and wish you could go back and do it again! Of course albums are just snapshots in time…and I don’t tend to often listen to things that I have done in the past. 9. Your latest offering Revelationis almost upon us, the album following the loss of a long time friend and your father, you discuss the darkness that surrounded you following such a heavy personal loss. Do you recall which song you wrote first and did it set the tone for the album to follow? The first song that I wrote was Revelation and yes, it did seem to very much set the tone for the overall feel of this particular album. The themes on this CD deal with the loss and isolation that you feel when dealing with the loss of a loved one. 10. Was writing the new album a cathartic process for you? I don’t think I felt that way actually at the time of writing the songs, because I was confronting a very sad time but looking back on it now I would say yes, it was a good way to express those emotions. 11. The loss of a father hits every family deeply, but as musician who worked so closely as you did regularly with your father in the band that gap would feel enormous, would it be fair to say your father would expect nothing more than you to hit the ground running again with the band both in the studio and live, in a way there would be no more fitting tribute to the man? Absolutely. We talked about it, he knew that time was short and his one strongest wish was for me not to let up, to keep moving forward and working hard, as we had both put so much into this together. Every time I play in my mind it is a tribute to him. 12. Do you have any personal favourites from the album that you can’t wait for the fans to hear live on your upcoming tour? Where and when was the album recorded? We recorded the album in September last year at a studio called Grange Farm in Emneth, it’s a great space to work in. I think these songs should convert very well into a live setting. My personal favourites to play are “Isolate” and “Sister Decline” they have a lot of energy. 13. Did you approach the recording any differently from previous recordings? I have a great working relationship with the producer Richard Hammerton, he brings so much to these sessions. We have worked the last few albums together so we have settled on a formula that works for us. 14. Do you live record the tracks? It really depends upon the particular song. Some of the more bluesy numbers we go for a live take and some of the bigger production songs we build up in layers. I like working both ways. 15. Do you prefer to work with the same team when you hit the studio / post processing or do you prefer to mix it up each time? I have found a producer and a band I really like and feel comfortable with, which I think is very important. So we tend to stick to that formula. 16. And looking forward to the upcoming tour, are you playing any new venues you haven’t yet been through? Yes. We have a very comprehensive tour which takes us all across Europe and lasts for most of the year. We are going to Budapest for the first time, I am looking forward to that. Although we don’t often get much time for sight-seeing. 17. Any personal favourites you love going back to on a tour? I love so many of them. I am looking forward to playing Cambridge as that’s my local show. Further afield my favourite city is Berlin. 18. Any last words for your fans ahead of the album release, and upcoming tour? Just that I hope that they enjoy the album and we look forward to welcoming you to a show. MAY/JUNE 2018 UK TOUR *with special guest Steve Hill **with special guest Rainbreakers Tickets: www.dannybryant.com/upcoming-dates The Robin 2, Bilston Monday 7th May 2018 *with special guest Steve Hill Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/robinbilston 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ www.therobin.co.uk The Junction 2, Cambridge Tuesday 8th May 2018 *with special guest Steve Hill TTicket Price: £15.00 (+ booking fee) Tickets: http://smarturl.it/junctioncamb Facebook / Twitter / Instagram Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX www.junction.co.uk Islington O2 Academy 2, London Wednesday 9th May 2018 *with special guest Steve Hill Ticket Price: £18.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/o2islington Facebook / Twitter / Instagram 16 Parkfield St, London, N1 0PS https://academymusicgroup.com/o2academyislington The Tunnels, Aberdeen Thursday 10th May 2018 Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/tunnelsaber Carnegie’s Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF https://www.facebook.com/tunnelsaberdeen The Flowerpot, Derby Friday 11th May 2018 *with special guest Steve Hill Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/flowerpotderby Facebook / Twitter 23-25 King St, Derby, DE1 3DZ www.rawpromo.co.uk The Citadel, St Helens Saturday 12th May 2018 *with special guest Steve Hill Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/citadelehelens Facebook / Twitter 39 Waterloo St, Saint Helens, WA10 1PX www.citadel.org.uk Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve Sunday 13th May 2018 *with special guest Steve Hill Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/tithebishop 19 Cheltenham Rd, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8GD www.cleevetithebarn.org.uk The Waterfront, Norwich Thursday 7th June 2018 *with special guest Rainbreakers Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/waterfrontnorwich Facebook / Twitter 139-141 King St, Norwich, NR1 1QH http://waterfrontnorwich.webflow.io The Harlington, Fleet Friday 8th June 2018 *with special guest Rainbreakers Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/harlfleet Facebook / Twitter 236 Fleet Rd, Fleet, GU51 4BY www.theharlington.co.uk The Queens Hall, Narberth Saturday 9th June 2018 *with special guest Rainbreakers Ticket Price: £15.00 Ticket link: smarturl.it/queensnarb Facebook / Twitter High Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7AS www.thequeenshall.org.uk The Wharf, Tavistock Sunday 10th June 2018 *with special guest Rainbreakers Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/wharftavistock Facebook Canal Rd, Tavistock, PL19 8AT www.tavistockwharf.com Whelan’s, Dublin Tuesday 12th June 2018 Ticket Price: TBC Tickets: http://smarturl.it/whelansdub Facebook / Twitter 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 H527, Ireland www.whelanslive.com The Empire, Belfast Wednesday 13th June 2018 Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/empirebel Facebook / Twitter / Instagram 42 Botanic Ave, Belfast, BT7 1JQ www.thebelfastempire.com Oran Mor, Glasgow Thursday 14th June 2018 Ticket Price: £15.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/oranmor Facebook / Twitter Byres Rd, Glasgow, G12 8QX https://oran-mor.co.uk Cleethorpes Blues Festival Moon on the Water, Cleethorpes Saturday 16th June 2018 Ticket Price: £23.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/cleebluesfest Facebook / Instagram 203 North Promenade, Cleethorpes, DN35 http://moononthewater.co.uk Stamford Blues Festival Corn Exchange, Stamford Sunday 17th June 2018 Ticket Price: £23.00 Tickets: http://smarturl.it/stambluesfest Facebook / Twitter Broad St, Stamford PE9 1PX www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk https://rocknloadmag.com/news/laurence-jones-what-would-you-do-lyric-video/ SaveSave Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 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