|Posted on 27 March, 2018 at 9:55|
Danielle Haskell Interview
1. How old were you when you started playing Guitar?
I was age 6 when I started Guitar and age 3 when I started playing piano.
2. How many different instruments do you play?
I play piano and Guitar.
3. Who was your inspiration growing up?
My Mom and my grandparents. They always emphasized the golden rule of treating people how you would want to be treated and really lived by that as well.
4. Who were some of your favorite bands?
My list would be endless. I was also in dance for 11 years, so I had favorite songs relating to the various dance styles and others relating to singing. I am seriously a fan of all genres. For me it is all about the meaning behind the songs. If you took my phone you would find meaningful songs from Christian, Country, Rock, Folk, Hip-hop, Rap and even some classical.
5. If you could collaborate with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
There are so many I love in all genres really. Within the Christian music industry, I would pick Danny Gokey. I was a fan of his during American Idol, saw him in the American Idol concert, still love his music and he stopped and gave me and my best friend his autograph when we were at the American Idol concert. I was really young at the time, so that really meant the world to us.
6. Do you still get nervous before you go on stage?
I have always been one to be nervous before any interview or performance, but the second I start, I am reminded why I always loved it so much.
7. What is your inspiration to writing songs?
I have used my personal experiences in all of my songs. The most important aspect of a song to me is how people can relate. I want it to reach and help as many people as possible. By far, my favorite part of having music is hearing from people who say my songs have helped the in some kind of way.
8. What was the first song you learned to play?
I was only 3 years old so I played and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star followed by It’s A Small World After All.
9. What are some of your favorite venues to play?
In the past I played mostly at annual events held by my music instructors. My favorite opportunity was singing at an event in Disney when I was 12 years old. I have also sang and played some in church. However, now that I am in Asheville, NC I would really like to expand into other venues which I am working on right now.
10. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as an artist as of today?
What I am most proud of is how my music has reached so many people. I hear from people who love Christian music and others who have no religious affiliation at all who still relate to my songs. I always say the best part of having music is that when it impacts someone, because in the moment that they are listening to my music they become part of my story and I become part of theirs.
11. What is your biggest challenge as an artist?
Probably time. I really like to tune in to every station that plays my music and acknowledge all who support it. I really try to respond to as many fans as possible on social media and as things have grown so much, it is increasingly difficult to keep up.
12. Do you have any advice for up and coming artists that are trying to make a name for themselves?
Remain consistent and patient. Everything takes time. Also be happy for where you are at in that moment. Any step forward is better than a step back.
13. What are 3 goals for band for this year (2018)?
Work on live venue performances, Record a couple more songs and continue to expand my music’s exposure.