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Interview With Daniel C

Daniel C is a Penang singer/songwriter who recently produced his first self written album ‘If I Could’. He is a self taught guitarist, electone trained from a young age. As for his journey as a performer, Daniel has performed with local celebrities like Dasha Logan and Kelvyn Yeang. Daniel C is also known for his solo acts where he has recently appeared in an interview with 8tv Quickie, which showcased his original compositions back in 2013.

Not only does he sing, he also has the heart to inspire. Daniel C was also a speaker and performer in the recent TedX Weldquay in 2014. His recent involvement in the IndiePG stage has earned him a place in the hearts of the local scene.
His song, If I Could has also recently made it into the Malaysian English Top 10 charts in August 2015 which he made number 1 two weeks into the chart. His music genre has an influence of country/folk style and inspired by international artist such as Keith Urban, Jars of Clays and Goo Goo Dolls. My personal favourites from the album is Time of Need, If I could and The Remnants.

Check out the dates for the official launch of the album in Penang and Kuala Lumpur at the end of the page.
He is the kind of guy who can play anywhere, anytime. Just hand him a guitar and there you have yourself a serenade. I recently met up with him and he made my faithful old guitar sounds so good . Now for the up close and personal, lets get to know Mr. Daniel C a little deeper.

*My first curiosity question, why Daniel C and not Daniel Chan?

The name Daniel is so common these days. Therefore to try and maintain my identity and making it easy to remember, I opted for the name Daniel C.

* Who or what is your greatest influence in your life generally? That it would directly or indirectly influence your music.

To single out something or someone as my greatest influence would be unjust to the rest. All my friends, family, mentors and past experiences have equally shaped the person and songwriter I am today. Every experience and every memory paints a small stroke on a canvas which ultimately paints the whole picture.

* Tell us the story behind your single that had topped the charts in Malaysia English

Top 10 – ‘If I Could’.
This song has an interesting tale stringed to it. I was chatting with a friend of mine one day and our conversation was a peculiar one. After ending the conversation, I sat there daydreaming, eyes fixed on my wall. And all of a sudden, as if a fairygodmother waved her magic wand, a melody and lyrics woven together with it started playing in my head. My usual songwriting technique would be to write either the melody first or the lyrics first. But this tune had both in it, so therefore this song has always been special to me.

* You have performed in quite a number of stages, where would be your dream stage?

I would definitely love to perform at Madison Square Garden one day.

* How was the process in the production of your first album?

The process took longer than I anticipated. I wanted to attempt doing my first album entirely on my own but of course, I had some help from Colin (my sound engineer) co-producing the album with me. I was the only one who recorded most of the instruments you hear on my album, therefore, I had to come in very often to the recording studio and try out effects. Sometimes just recording one part can take up an entire day.

* For your fans to get to know you more, what other passions do you have besides music?

I don’t think anybody knows this but I dream of being a spacefarer one day, If that’s ever possible. I’ve always wanted to work in NASA or, ultimately, become an astronaut. I always had this connection to spacey sci-fi stuff but I guess that is

because this interest has been instilled in me ever since my adolescent years. Star-Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, you name it I know it.

* What song in the album impacted you the most and why?

I believe the song The Remnants has done so. This song speaks about myexperience in the work field and in life. When everyone leaves you to do all the work that is left, but you soldier on because you believe in what you’re doing. And that said so, being the remnant in the field. But at the end of the song, I speak on to assure those who feel like they are alone in their personal battles, to know that we have a Cornerstone, a sure foundation that will help us to rise again if we fail or fall.

* What did you want your career to be when you were in school? And how do you feel about your current position now?

I wanted to be many things. I actually thought about being a rockstar or a popstar. Still working towards that now actually!

* Any sneak peek into any new project? What can we expect to see from you next year or in the near future?

I so happen to have a new song written for my next album but it is bare at the moment. You can find it here:- The Daniel C – All Those Nights

You can also visit and like my facebook page and be updated at The Daniel CMC Facebook Page

* What would your message be to motivate the new aspiring songwriters?
To just keep writing and writing. Even though you’re a full time engineer or a doctor, you can still write, so keep writing and the world will one day hear you!
Thanks Daniel for doing this blog interview with me and we wish you the best God can give to you and your future endeavors.

20th September, 8.00 pm at China House, Penang

Merdekarya and at Live Fact on the 12 – 14th November

Do come and support our local artist. Our homegrown talent will one day travel the globe with songs to inspire. I’m honored to have Daniel C singing at my home studio with one of his song from his album Time of Need.
It is always a privilege to experience talents, always an inspiration to be apart of a success story waiting to happen.


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