On 16 June (my birthday!) Daniel Baron released his highly anticipated third studio album ‘Weekend Of Mass Destruction’ worldwide. The album has a theme of celebrating love and destroying hate in one colossal earth-shaking party. We caught up with Daniel to get more intel (and a rockin’ #RandomFootShot).
Tell us about the new album ‘Weekend of Mass Destruction’ – what is the main message behind it and what are the most important songs to you?
This album is all about destroying negativity and hate in a celebration of universal love. There’s a lot of bad going on in the world today, but there’s also a lot of good, and everyone has good inside them. These songs are all about spreading that goodness around. For me, all thirteen tracks are important to me because they are like puzzle pieces my little work of art.
Where did you record ‘Weekend of Mass Destruction’ and who produced the album?
I mostly recorded the album at my home studio in Johannesburg. I also did a large amount of work whilst travelling. Actually recorded three of the tracks in a hotel room in Zambia, and another two were tracked poolside on a farm in Pieteritzberg. The album was produced by myself, and top SA producer Tjaart Van Der Walt.
What was it like working with him?
It was truly phenomenal to work alongside Tjaart. We are a great team and he is patient with my obsessive and perfectionist characteristics.
It was truly phenomenal to work alongside Tjaart. We are a great team and he is patient with my obsessive and perfectionist characteristics
How long did it take to write and record this album?
It took about six months.
You experiment with a variety of genres of music, who are your musical influences?
I listen to every genre from heavy rock to EDM to classical to jazz music. I guess I’m subconsciously influenced by a lot of different sounds, but I’ve set out on a mission to create new sounds and blend genres.
On the topic of your ‘genre-jumping acrobatics’. Take us through the birth of a song…how does it begin and grow, do you know from the start what sound style it is going to fall into?
It all starts when I sit down at the piano. Either a melody or lyrics come to me and I expand on either. A lot of the time I do have a vision of what the song will sound like in a completed state, but other times, it can kind of shape itself in a miraculous way. One thing that is important to me is to never force a song. I rather wait until it comes into my brain, from my soul, from God.
My ultimate message is for everyone out to follow their dreams, and at the same time use what they have been given to help change the world somehow. And the first thing that we all have been given, is the ability to Love
Where can people see you playing in the coming months? Will you be touring the album?
I’m kicking off the ‘Weekend Of Mass Destruction Album Tour’ on 14 July at Madison Avenue Cape Town, and from there I will go around the country and play the album to people that want to hear it.
You have said that your goal is to prove that music can create peace and love. What would your ultimate message be to humankind?
My ultimate message is for everyone out there to follow their dreams, and at the same time use what they have been given to help change the world somehow. And the first thing that we all have been given, is the ability to Love.
Where can fans keep track of what you’re up to?
If you’re a muso looking for advice, send me a message! I may not have all the answers, yet I love sharing what I’ve learnt about this industry.