In today’s pop culture branding influences, trump’s any artform. It’s very prominent in the music industry. Your favorite artist that moved your soul and inspired you to find your passion may not be on the list to win a Grammy. Ariana Grande who is a globally recognized household name in the music industry shared the same sentiments during an interview. Although music is known to be the universal language that everybody understands no matter where you’re from, it also seems to have a well defined status quo in both the visual and performing arts category.
Indie Artists Daniel Philip is redefining that status quo by publishing singles that are more centered around pure projection of emotions, vulnerability, honesty, and love for the art. With his song Cut Away, it brought out a different side of music. It showcases pure art from a passionate artist standpoint. A song stripped down and unapologetic. An intention of pure bliss and ecstasy of oneself. Sharing a moment, a feeling, an understanding with an individual. Because music to him is a means to disconnect from the word and never about gaining fame or popularity.
Approximately 7,000 spoken languages in the world today including music. However, there’s still a big gap and disconnect between cultures throughout because of the ever growing demands and pressure from society and the industry to fit the status quo. This does not apply to Daniel Philip. He’s also not challenging it but promoting a different perspective of what it means to be a singer-songwriter in the industry.
He was born and raised in Canada but actually grew up in Jamaica. His father is Dutch while his mother is Brazilian descent. Growing up in Canada, Daniel Philip was always surrounded with music, he remembers vinyl records played constantly in his home. His parents fairly enjoyed soothing music from Jazz, Blues, Country, and all types of music genres and have adapted to it as well. This ultimately became what he shared with his parents. The constant feeling of home through the music they play.
“Music is the universal language of all mankind.” – Poet Henry Wadsworth
He had gone through so much over the past year. “Cut Away” centered around remembering the loss of a loved one during specific moments. A love story that’s both beautiful and sad at the same time. Daniel enjoys vintage clips added to his music as reference to his portrayal of his emotions. He truly believes that people from the past had more experience with loss beyond imaginable. Therefore, he feels it’s a great addition to his track and would give a sense of pure understanding of what it’s all about.
Music has evolved through the years. Different cultures have molded an industry that’s volatile and constantly changing. The status quo of music which labels a song to a specific genre, specific placement, specific crowd or even a specific feeling has now been redefined by songs published like Cut Away in Spotify from Indie passionate artists such as Daniel Philip. Having an understanding that just like any other art, you can’t put things in a box. Let your imagination wander. Create your own interpretation based on the feeling it gave you.
“Creating music is like painting for me. I project what I feel in the moment with my art. I don’t care what genre I’m in, I don’t care about my sound. I care about the feeling and the place it takes me or people for a moment” – Daniel Philip
Music is not Daniel’s bread and butter. However, It has always been his passion. A means to fulfill oneself for a moment in time. Perhaps that idea of not creating art for an agenda but solely on the basis of pure bliss is what the music industry should strive for. Music is art and art is all about emotions, it does not understand numbers or branding Influences.
That’s why a lot only becomes a one hit wonder because they have lost their true identity and passion for the art. Got severely pressured with the status quo and maintaining momentum in the industry with what they think the crowd would mostly draw attention to rather than being their authentic self. One example would be Billie Eilish. Another globally renowned household name in the fashion and music industry. Just like Daniel, Billie was once an indie artist, music enthusiast, and a great storyteller with her music. She was recognized for her song Bellyache. She writes music for herself, not for other people. Similar concept to Daniels music Cut Away.
There’s no doubt that there are a lot of great Indie artists who are making their way to headlines right now. However, Daniel’s vision and understanding of music is very striking unlike all other Indie artists. This characteristic and persona exudes in all of his creations that drew people to him and will draw a lot more. The rising artist has published a lot more singles on Spotify. He still has unfinished projects. He has been cooking up quite a lot of tracks that portray a serious gaping sound and storyline that evokes and transpires to millions of people. He strongly believes in comfort out of the uncomfortable. Music that’s raw, honest, true, and his. Although music right now is something he’s doing on the side, he will eventually spend more time on it which involves music videos and actual production. However, for now the creative artist is fully satisfied with what his music is to him. Check his music on Spotify.