When Gold Coast artist Elska hosted a #GoldCoastSoundsLike Instagram stream-a-thon on 11 April, the lineup was filled with a bunch of talented Gold Coast artists from a variety of genres. Amongst better known artists like Elska, San Mei, Ella Fence, Saint Lane and Tesla Coils, the insta-schedule sported a bunch of names relatively unknown but nonetheless impressive.
One of those unexpected gems was Danny Dyson, a self-described acoustic singer-songwriter with an indie/folk/blues influence. Dyson appeared for #GoldCoastSoundsLike on his Instagram feed in a polished looking studio, wooden wall panels and a leather couch setting the tone perfectly for his smooth and husky voice, and his songs of love and hope.
A dad of three boys who cut his teeth playing covers at shopping centres, weddings and the GC Turf Club, before kicking on to a few higher profile events like Gympie Muster and 102.9 Hot Tomato promos, Dyson remarked on his studio setup.
“I’ve always had the care factor and a passion to learn more about film, audio mixing and music production…My home studio, is basically a garage converted into a large room. On one side I have a giant timber pallet wall that I created from free pallets on Gumtree. I typically turn of all light except for the Edison bulbs in the background and the 5500k front light.”
While Dyson has recordings planned for the coming year with his new outfit Cold Kites, he’s already released two singles in 2020 (available now on your favoured music platform). ‘What Ails You’ opened his #GoldCoastSoundsLike set, and was officially released on 22 April, following up ‘Stuck in the Moment’ from earlier in the year. Both tracks might remind a listener of a younger Tom Petty or Bernard Fanning but Dyson says his pedigree originates from a place a little more staid.
“I actually grew up in church so was playing music on stage every weekend. This also gave me the opportunity me to be a part of quite a few ‘combined church’ concerts over the years and I played electric guitar and vocals on three separate church music albums.”
Dyson is one of a growing number of emerging musicians who trained with Brad Hosking (Amy Shark, Electrik Lemonade) at TAFE Queensland’s Bachelor of Music course, which is where he bumped into Elska and ultimately landed the slot on #GoldCoastSoundsLike. No doubt when COVID restrictions lift and we get back to live music, we’ll be hearing more from Dyson and his musical magic.
“I’m not naturally an extrovert … but when it comes to music, the beauty and mystery of it all overcomes any fears I might have of performing. Music is magical,” he said.