TBT Update: Daniel (as always) is a busy bee, so there’s always shows to announce for him, but this weekend are a couple rarer ones for him. Friday night, he’ll be making a Fort Worth appearance at Fred’s opening for Jake Paleschic along with Austin’s Carson McHone. It starts at 8, and it’s free, so you Funkytown folks have no excuse (unless you’re me and your little ones are up screaming). Saturday, he’s back at home at the usual stomping grounds, Dan’s Silver Leaf along with the excellent Birds of Night, opening for the great Alejandro Escovedo. A little further down the line, he’ll be performing a free show with Claire Morales (performing Harmony in Hell) at Brass Tacks Barbershop (John Kuzmick & Leah Lane support). Then, later in March, he’ll be appearing at Denton’s answer to SxSw, 35 Denton (the amazing Charles Bradley will be headlining the main stage this year). So, plenty of chances to catch one of DFW’s rising stars.
Daniel Markham, a true rock-n-roll singer/songwriter from Denton, crafts sounds that recall sounds from all over the rock spectrum, from Nirvana to R.E.M. to Toadies and Guns N Roses, with an occasional hint of alt-country (because, Texas). Definitely, an artist I would have been all over back in my high school and college days. I think he’s going to be a bright spot on our local music scene for a while. Daniel sat down (on his birthday, no less) to answer our overly repetitive questions.
Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?
DM: My grandfather started playing guitar again later on in his life. I was playing the Alto Sax in band at the time, but I loved Nirvana. He taught me how to play chords. He bought me a guitar for my 12th birthday. After that, I never looked back. I never thought about making money with music, but I’m very fortunate that I get to!
Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
DM: I’d just call it Rock & Roll.
Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?
DM: I like so many bands. R.E.M. is my favorite. I love Black Metal and Doom bands. I also like Lana Del Rey. I dunno. I love it all, I guess.
Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?
DM: I wrote a song called “Downhill” for a dear friend who passed away. I wanted to write a song that made him a super hero. I still love playing it.
Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
DM: R.E.M., Pantera, or Buddy Holly. I think our music would fit with any of that stuff.
Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?
DM: I love so much music. DFW is blessed with a great music scene.
Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?
DM: Failure’s Fantastic Planet
Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?
DM: I like that there are so many great bands working hard to make great music. I kinda hate how self-congratulatory it can all be, though. I don’t know.
Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?
DM: Dan’s Silverleaf is my home. They’ve treated me like a king since I moved here. It’s the best sounding room. I couldn’t live without Dan’s and everyone involved with it.
Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?
DM: Siamese, Claire Morales, Bawcomville, and Jake Paleschic
Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
DM: I’m probably wearing Superman underwear most of the time.
Thanks a bunch to Daniel Markham for getting this back to me so promptly and giving some really informative answers. I feel like we really got to the heart of this emerging artist. Keep an eye out. Daniel will be performing at Sundown at Granada Theater on Dec 4. Get tickets here and check out his most recent album, Pretty Bitchin’ below, along with his recent Halloween record with Claire Morales, Harmony in Hell.
Photo Credit: Karlo X. Ramos