Daniel Correa of The Collective Bus - 10 Questions Interview
The members of this electrifying pop / rock band are all recent graduates of the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. In 2019, they broke out as headliners and special guests for various National Acts playing 22 states that culminated with 2 sold out consecutive nights at the World Famous Iridium, Times Square NYC. They also rocked other iconic venues: The Machine Shop in Flint, the Vogue Theater and The Kent State Stage in OH. The Band masterfully fuses Afro Cuban rhythms with modern pop and rock to create a fresh, vibrant and exuberant sound. Their live shows are a high-octane, coming-of-age, musical experience. The band's lead singer and front-man, Daniel Correa, has a 4 octave range that he uses to convey lyrics that speak to those who have struggled for a sense of truth.
“I want people to listen to my music and hear the honesty in it, to know that I’m not putting on airs or trying to be someone I’m not… that the joy, pain, and struggles I write and sing about are real.”
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I think doing Rock Camp over at Miami-Dade College in 2009 was the start of my music career, working with professional musicians as well as amateurs my own age changed my life.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
One of the first TCB shows at a bar in Darien, IL. Our guitarist, Ben, had fallen over himself in a yoga pose. There was a pause as Aldo kept the bass groove, then Ben jumped into his solo in the madness, ass over his head. It is a brilliant moment on his part and an excellent punctuation to one of our most manic shows. The real craziest thing is any time we've gotten a standing ovation. Not a brag, I'm just amazed that people like our show that much.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I don't feel I've had my high point yet, doing good shows is enough for me. Now supporting myself doing it is the hard part.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I write a bunch of songs, 90 percent of the time it's music first then lyrics. I'll sing gibberish until I discern words and use that as the framework for lyrics. I often don't know what I'm writing about until after I finish my chorus then adjust from there.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The world. Change the world.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
A bunch of people, I'm not super picky about who I work with as long as there is mutual respect. My personal performance idols are Mitski, Angelique Kidjo, Michiro Endo(may he rest in peace), Kendrick Lamar, and Panic! at the Disco. They all have an ethos to them that I deeply admire and try to follow when I can.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are work. We prepare for live shows by doing rehearsals. You can't go into anything truly blind.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The song that is the greatest challenge to write is usually the song that doesn't make the album.
What's coming up in the future?
I cannot see the future so I'm going to take a wild guess.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Listen on Spotify.
Connect on Facebook.
For more information on The Collective Bus, check out their website.