DANIEL AARON - MUSICIAN
I grew up in a small rural Victorian farming community called Pyramid Hill. It had a population of around 500 people and was quite community-orientated. Growing up in the country was great - I had plenty of exposure to practical learning and plenty of space to do it in, however as I reached my teens and progressed with my music, I started to grow out of little Pyramid Hill and the limited networking it offered. I currently live in Bendigo.
My commitment to music was fluid to begin with, however I do remember a certain period a few years ago where I consciously decided I would dedicate myself to it. When I started to dabble in the artistry of music and composing I listened to a lot of indie folk and my biggest influences where Vance Joy, Mumford and Sons and Xavier Rudd. As I grew older though I got more into alternative rock and other genres. The biggest influences on my music lately would be Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley, and still Xavier Rudd.
I learnt to play the drums at about 8-years-old, then around 4 years later I started to focus on other instruments, the first of which was the ukulele. I wrote my first song on the ukulele which I think was called ‘In the Wild’. I still play the ukulele in my sets, however it is gradually being phased out.
I’m basically a self-taught artist, apart from the drum lessons I had the when I was younger. hence I didn't study music throughout my schooling, I don't really have any future plans of formally studying it either. I've had a few odd jobs at cafes, kiosks, etc. during school and my first job out of school, and current job, is at my local music shop, which is perfect for me as an ambitious emerging artist.
I hadn't had a huge response to my work on Triple J Unearthed as the work I posted was quite unprofessional, until the release of my debut single, which won the Triple J Unearthed competition and got me a spot at Groovin the Moo. Since then I've had more attention on the Triple J site but not so much beyond that. It was pretty surreal to start with and I'm still getting my head around it now.
I can’t remember my first booked gig, just a blur of jam nights, busking and small gigs, but the first social event I played at was a jam night in my home town, where a bunch of locals came together to make a racket and just have some fun. I was still nervous though. I'm quite comfortable on stage now, my nerves depend on the calibre of the gig. I don't think being a little nervous is a bad thing.
Future plans: just to passionately follow the music and see where I end up on the way. I don’t want to be so engrossed in how I want my life to turn out at such a young age, I just want to make sure I enjoy it.
Tips for young people wanting to get into the music industry: To keep it simple, I think most importantly be dedicated, motivated and passionate if you want to take it seriously; and never stop wanting to learn and take on advice.
Daniel will be performing at SONGS IN THE STICKS music festival, Sunday April 22nd at the Dingo Conservation Park in Chewton. All proceeds will go to the Fryerstown Fire Brigade.
Tickets available at www.trybooking.com