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 was originally inspired by the great singer/songwriters James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. I was lucky to have a gear head friend, Gene Clayton, who would show up at my gigs with his reel-to-reel recorder. He encouraged me to write original songs so he could record them! LOL.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Since we are talking "CRAZIEST," that would have to be that time I played guitar on New Year's Eve for Brenda Lee who was sharing the bill with Jerry Lee Lewis.
What has been the high point of your music path?
When Randy Poe, President of Leiber & Stoller Music wrote the liner notes for my latest album, New Love Songs | Bossa Nova & Beyond.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Lately, I pick up my guitar and noodle around and then write melody ideas down on paper along with the chords. Then, usually over a period of time I get it to work the way I want, hopefully, and then bring in Grammy-nominated Alan Miller, my favorite lyricist.
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 biggest challenge I face as an Indie Artist is keeping up with the technology and networking while at the same time keeping up my chops as a performer and creator. I relied on others for tech until recently, so maybe that's why the learning curve seems a little steep. I am getting there faster now with BWH Music Group, SubmitHub and Tunecore.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Hands down it would be Laura Nyro. From a very early age, she was able to put forth great emotion and amazing craft. I love her ability to rise above and make beautiful art.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I send the charts and MP3s to the band beforehand, then use the time together to work out starts and endings. I have a home rehearsal room with everything including a drum kit. I have found that taking the time to get to know everyone in the band makes the gigs that much more satisfying.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
What later became my favorite tune on the New Love Songs album was the hardest to write. "Could It Be We're Saying I Love You" was one of those rare songs of mine where I found myself with my wife, Lena Arice Lucas, and Alan Miller, writing words - not just music - about me. I wasn't hiding behind a character, I was revealing my heart. It was the moment I stopped steeling my heart and became vulnerable, then trusting and unafraid.
What's coming up in the future?
My new weekly online show is called "Live from the Cove." I just finished a Indie Radio campaign and have some on air interviews coming up. I decided during this "time" we are all going through to learn as much technology as I could so I can produce all my media and music from home. Hopefully, it will be entertaining to my fans to watch me improve. LOL. I am talking about LogicPro, iMovie and Final Cut Pro and all the various and sundry social media tools.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Danny Strimer
Danny's career as a professional musician began at age 15 as a guitarist in West Virginia R&B clubs, backing the likes of The Drifters, Spyder Turner, and Dee Clark. He was lead guitarist, background vocalist, and MC in Brenda Lee’s band, The Casuals. Graduating cum laude from NYU's Steinhardt School (Music/Recording Technology), Danny worked in NYC as an actor under directors Gerald Freedman in GONE WITH HARDY and Alex Dmitriev in Hugh Leonards's ALL THE NICE PEOPLE. He composed a musical score with Walker Steady for the Leon Felder Dance Company that was performed at Lincoln Center's Outdoor Salute to The Dance and other venues.
Strimer has written and published songs with Cherry Lane Music and Leiber And Stoller. His Garth Brooks and Lena Arice Lucas co-write, CRAZY OLE MOON, was recorded by Farmer’s Daughter and Patti Page. He charted nationally on Billboard Country with Jill Jordan's cut of CALENDAR BLUES.
A Nashville Musician's Association – Local 257 AFM member, he's releasing a new album, DANNY STRIMER - NEW LOVE SONGS - BOSSA NOVA & BEYOND, in 2020, co-written — with Alan Miller — which is original Bossa Nova infused, Great American Songbook inspired, guitar-driven, World-Beat, Jazz-Pop, romantic vocal music with timeless lyrics.