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Daniel Sabater, interview in Mondo Sonoro (2024)

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Daniel Sabater, interview in Mondo Sonoro (2024)

“I don’t want to hit myself” (Sony, 24) includes six songs, enough to underline the coordinates of the current moment of Daniel Shoemaker. We chatted with him about his current moment.

Daniel Sabater will be performing in Barcelona (March 22, La [2] de Apolo), within the framework of the Mil·lenni Festival, and then in Granada (April 19, Rocknrolla), Murcia (April 26, Sala REM) and Madrid (May 18, Sala Changó).

Daniel Shoemaker He was born in Murcia, Spain, in 2000. With a Spanish mother and German father, he carries in his DNA and within him two different ways of understanding the world, life and creation. Source of her iron meticulousness, her father has left her mark on the artist thanks to his rationality. “I am very interested in the mathematics of music and I started studying because I wanted to understand it. When I listened to music I wanted to understand what I was listening to and how it had been done, and I reached a point where I did it automatically, and I began to investigate and take notes with my notebook, in a more analytical way. I am a very square person, I really like pop and I like formulas and structures and I know what has to work. “I am a rallao”. After all, music is the mathematical art par excellence, marked by proportion and the golden at the same time. This facet draws a lot of attention to the Murcian artist. Self-taught, he has not for that reason disregarded, let’s say, a technical education. “I want to be correct and for it to work on a pop level, for the chorus to enter in the way it has to enter and at the moment in which it has to enter. In my music in general I move dangerously between extremes. I say ‘dangerous’ because you’re nowhere, but I like the middle ground. Make pop but don’t get bored, be interesting”. Improvising is fine, but thinking is usually better.

“The majority of songs that I thought were not going to be heard very much have been the most popular”

So it’s surprising that a guy like Daniel Shoemaker (smiles calmly and somewhat tired on the sofa of what is now his record label after having signed his greatest hits as an independent; dressed in black, with classic pieces like his black jacket, and other trendy ones like his Salomon sneakers) has made songs of love and heartbreak, deep and emotional songs, their hallmark. Leaving to the heart what is of the heart and to the head what is of the head – we suppose – Daniel Shoemaker He has had several years in which he has gone from a standard-bearer of the new post-pandemic intimate pop to a figure who also enjoys working for other artists. “A new album by Xavi, things with Paula Cendejas… I’m loving producing and writing for others, with my colleague Chechu. I feel like it brings me closer to music itself, to making music. With the development of my individual career, things matter that go beyond making the song and making it sound good. In the long term I see myself more behind other artists.”

Daniel Sabater breaks stereotypes. He does it with a methodical way of working and he does it with a new EP ““I don’t want to hit myself,” with which he tries to continue his career with an “even more difficult” goal: for his fans to understand the vicissitudes of the life of an emerging artist who has seen the mainstream up close and who constantly receives the input of reaching it himself at some point. “I would like to be more faithful to the idea that I make music and it is what I am good at doing. I don’t plan strategies or choose an album for certain festivals or tours. Most of the songs that I thought were not going to be heard very much have been the most popular.”

In “I don’t want to hit myself” It talks more about topics perhaps foreign to the recently graduated chemistry student who wants to be a teacher or to the labor lawyer who goes to five concerts a year, and Dani’s is one of them. “I think it’s something that, even if it doesn’t happen to you, can be understood with empathy.”

Daniel has made emotional mathematics a formula for success, breaking with a tear and a kiss. To round it all off he has worked with an ODDLIQUOR who has entered the creative life of Daniel Shoemaker with the force of an armored truck and has tried to turn his way of making songs upside down. “In the studio, suddenly, he starts a pattern that is not harmonically correct, but when you listen to it it gives you a very special vibe that would not happen if it were as it should. This is what Jack Antonoff also does. Marcos is a free soul and he always asks ‘And why can’t this be done like this?’” His role – if it is about emotional mathematics, there must be rules – has been to harness his friend’s impetus in the production and let himself be carried away, there, in the writing, with which he has reached places in himself that he I had not arrived yet.

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The result is seven songs that will take him back to theaters across the country and to the headphones of his thousands of fans. The only difference is that maybe, when you click on “INCONFORMIST” or “UN YEAR OF SHIT” you will find your idol singing about what happens to him, and that is the litmus test of any artist, no matter what. or off stage. “It’s the first time I’ve written about myself, and I’m not just talking about love or lack of love, because it’s very pop. It’s the first time I read the lyrics and my skin crawls, and it truly feels like mine.” And sometimes we forget that talking about what we love is not talking about ourselves.

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