First of all, thank you for visiting the Music Hermit! Who is this Music Hermit, you might or might not be asking? That would be me… people tend to call me Danny (most people I’ve met since I moved to London in 2011), Daniel or Dan. They all work, depending on how syllabic you’re feeling on any particular day. I also don’t mind variations that are compliments or insults, as long as they’re creative and intriguing!
The reason I chose the hermit moniker is because as much as I love jamming with other people (as I do on a weekly basis), there’s something about just being by myself making music in my room that I find thoroughly enjoyable and liberating.
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Since 2011, I’ve been a full time professional musician and songwriter/producer living in the European musical capital of London, earning a living playing guitar, bass and singing with dozens of different bands in festivals, high end clubs, clubs, ritzy cocktail bars, swanky hotels, weddings (so many weddings…), hipster acoustic bars and sporting venues. Apart from being a full time member of one of London’s most in demand party bands, The Hyps, I also perform on a weekly basis as a guest with many of the UK’s top cover bands.
I’ve also been teaching guitar since 2006, and at this point I must have taught hundreds of students both in music schools as well as privately. Over the past 4 years or so, I’ve been working as writer, composer and producer, composing songs for TV, movies and radio. I do this as one half of Gemrock Productions, a songwriting and production team where I am the co-producer and co-writer. I also write and produce my own music, and am consistently coming up with new creative musical projects.
This website has two main purposes. One is I want it to be an information resource for anybody who wants to become a better musician, songwriter, producer, or for those looking for more information on how to get started with making their own music. And two, it serves as a platform for showcasing my own musical portfolio. I want to impart and share all the knowledge I’ve gathered over the years I’ve spent being a musician, producer and teacher, and immortalise it in digital, https based form. I hope to take all the value that has been shared with me over the years, from colleagues, friends, and mentors both online and in the physical world, and to give it back to those who would find it useful at this point in their lives. If I can inspire even one person to pick up a musical instrument or start writing songs, then I feel like I’ve fulfilled my mission!
So why should you take heed of what I say? Well, ultimately I’m just a guy with more guitars than he realistically needs, an annoying tendency to overthink everything and a very nice pair of suede shoes. But if you take one thing away from all of this rambling, please let it be the following : every single word you read throughout this website has been written by me, and comes from as honest and truthful a place as I can muster. My hope is that I can build a relationship with you, who are visiting this website, a relationship that’s based on trust and confidence. I certainly don’t proclaim to be right about everything, but I d think that over the years, I’ve gained enough knowledge to be able to speak about certain topics with a certain degree of confidence. It is for this reason that I believe you will find the information I share on this website useful, practical and applicable.