RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST DANNY TOEMAN
What made you decide to that music is a thing for you?
Well, it was so long ago I don’t remember.
Introduce us to you and your musical hstory?
I am Danny Toeman; soul singer, bandleader, and producer from London. I’ve gigged everywhere, from dives to arenas to junkyards and back again. You might find me playing at a pub in the middle of nowhere the same night a song of mine is being used on a television show. But that’s just the game.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
My past. I don’t have one.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with america and the UK, good idea?
Validation comes from within.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Honestly, I don’t subscribe to any conspiracy theories, and feel the proliferation of them has been dangerous to society.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Shares in Synairgen. Really took a bath on that one.
What useless party trick do you have?
I’m very good at disappearing early from useless parties without a trace.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Probably this summer, when I was the support act for the legendary Diana Ross in Cambridge. I had my full 7 piece band plus dancers on this giant stage, facing a sea of thousands of people. Absolutely nothing like it.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Any time someone comes up to me and tries to talk to me mid-song. If you have a song request, it’s definitely not going to happen now. Bonus points if what they’re talking about is entirely non-music related.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I’m a trained professional wrestler. Check out my music video of the song ‘Rise Above’, to see me take a beating. Hoping to get back in the ring soon!
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
The manipulation of sound wave frequencies into harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic sequences. With a preference for those sequences previously created between 1968-1975 AD in the Earth cities of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Come to one of my live shows to find out!
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
That I’m not on holiday right now.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
Out of my own songs, probably ‘She’s Got Something About Her’. It’s one of my most popular releases, and received national radio play, so I always have to play it, yet I wrote myself some really high notes to sing in it. So every performance is a challenge and a gamble to see if I can hit them perfectly.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it?
My latest single ‘When the Lights Go Down’ is out now on all the streaming services, and there is a music video on YouTube, featuring the Meyer Dancers. They’re a fabulous troupe of retro-style Go-go dancers. But wait, there’s more! On September 23rd, the 7” vinyl version comes out! Pre-orders are available via https://lr…ts-go-down but be warned, since pre-sales began a few days ago, half the copies have already gone!
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I wrote the track with David Albury, who’s currently starring on London’s West End as Bob Marley in ‘Get Up, Stand Up’. We came up with the main hook, and then put it on a loop, throwing ideas at it until we came up with ‘When the Lights Go Down’. A truly inspirational story.
What was the recording process like?
Fairly smooth, except for the giant gap in between starting and finishing it, which were the lockdowns.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I love the complex, orchestral arrangements associated with mid-seventies Philly Soul. Not being a classically trained orchestrator, it can be a challenge writing string parts that complement and don’t tread on the brass section, and vice versa.
Would you change anything now its finished?
I’d probably put those 17 minute accordion and kazoo solos back in the track. Tough choices.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I still feel like the best songs I have are yet to be written. If I can just get a moment of peace, with no other distractions, I might get to work on some. But to be a musician now is to be a promoter, PR person, videographer, marketer, editor, travel agent, and that’s not even getting into the full time career that being on social media is!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?