Meet john daniels band
Lead Vocalist & Songwriter
1) Who has inspired you? Jesus Christ. I was inspired by church when I was younger,
hymnals--praise be to God. Being able to sing in a church full of people, in a communal
space, is a pretty amazing feeling.
2) Why do you sing lead? I wrote poetry from when I was 10 until I was about 18. I
wrote a lot about death because I had leukemia, which feels like you have the flu for
three and a half years. Inspiration for me is channeled through dedication and
3) Where do your words come from? Music is a gift from God. It’s a divine gift, even the
way that Kevin Urso and I met, the way that everyone meets, everything comes
together, there’s no coincidences in this world.
4) What if you got on an elevator and there was Harvey Keitel, someone with
connections. What would you tell him about your music? I would just simply say,
“Listen.” He’d get it.
5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? The John Daniels Band means
everything to me. It is our destiny to spread the message of music.
6) What is your favorite artist or album? The Band and its self-titled first album
was the first rock recording that impacted me the most.
PIANO & KEYBOARDS
1) Who has inspired you? My father, and high school; some good music teachers. They
cared; my high school choral teacher put together a trip to Ireland. But I said I couldn’t
go because my parents didn’t pay for stuff like that. She paid my ticket. She was world
class. I put her up there with my great professors. The band director was my savior.
Everything else could have gone to shit but I could just walk into his office and joke
around, go play the piano. He treated me like a person.
2) Why did you choose the piano? I played piano my whole life. My father used to play
when I was a really young, “Fur Elise” and it would impress me. I wanted to be like him;
I wanted to connect with him. He didn’t play in a band. He just had the musician bug.
3) What if you got on an elevator and there was Harvey Keitel, someone with
connections. What would you tell him about your music? Come to our next concert and I
guarantee the person you’re standing next to will be your new best friend. The
atmosphere is your reward.
5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? What I like about John is that he’s
not afraid of failure. It’s encouraging to see John just move onto the next thing with a
smile on his face. Me, I’d spend two years beating myself up. It’s a great thing for me,
just to learn to move on.
6) What is your favorite artist or album? Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones. I had a poster
in my room back then. And since then I need something new and fresh. It’s not just the
music that’s fresh. It’s what they’re talking about. Margaret Glassman, Jake Sherman,
others and what they say about what’s happening today. A movement; look on
1) Who has inspired you? I grew up listening to tons of classical. Dad was born in
Hungary. My older sister was my first piano teacher. My Dad introduced us to stuff
before the 1920s. When I was in 5th grade, my friend introduced me to KISS. When I
heard the power chords of the guitars, I thought en entire horn section had blown out at
once. Then I saw my first big concert--once I saw Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, I was
floored. I had to become the best bass player around. And I loved the Buffalo original
2) Why did you choose the bass? I played piano from when I was little. Then I had a
chance at bass—I knew then that was the true instrument for me.
3) Have you written? I used to listen to a lot of TV show themes over the years. I wrote
some of my own, modeled after the car chase scene music of the 1970s.
5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? I'm finally in a project I really feel
good about, which is rare. It's about what people are thinking these days.
6) What is your favorite artist or album? I love it all and can't fit that all into one answer.
I'm normally studying so I may learn the newest things.