Canadian musician, singeк, songwriter
Daniel Richard Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian musician. He is best known for his self-penned hit song "Bad Day" (2005), which was top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.
I never really know what I'm playing. I just follow what sounds good in my head and keep going.
I write everything. I have that control issue with my music. That's why I'm not in a band.
I was so dyslexic as a kid, and still am, and music was such a great form of escape to me. At school I'd keep my head down and try not to get beat up, and then I'd get home and music would be like a drug to me.
I'm learning as I go. The music has drawn me out of my shell. It's made me open my door a little more and be able to look at people in the eye.
Someone asked me if I was a method actor - I loved that! I needed to know what it felt like to lose everything just to do the Bad Day video! I could really feel the angst!
Well, I'm very dyslexic, so I can't read music. It means I never know where I'm at so it's different every single time. I know when it works though. I might end up doing a bosa nova version of Bad Day when I get to Australia!
I realized the more I made the music for myself, the more successful I was becoming.
I love making music but with that comes a lot of responsibility and you have to put yourself out there more. I'm learning as I go. The music has drawn me out of my shell. It's made me open my door a little more and be able to look at people in the eye. In that sense of the word, it has been helpful to me so I am happy now.
I think people want to put you in a box and close it away so that it makes them feel better. A lot of musicians get that.
I gave up that idea of trying to make music that I thought other people would want. I just made music for myself and music for people that I knew.
I just did whatever it took to keep making music - I slept on couches. You would be amazed at how far $20 can go if you stretch it out.
I stayed involved with music my whole life. I was always playing with other people.
I just did whatever it took to keep making music - slept on couches. You would be amazed at how far $20 can go if you stretch it out.
I was doing stuff that for me was sort of more about playing real music.
For me there is a reluctance to be in front of cameras. I love making music but with that comes a lot of responsibility and you have to put yourself out there more.
Someone asked me if I play piano because I feel like I have a protective wall around me. Maybe. I am really messed up.
I didn't have to see this big clock on the wall and worry. Most of the record I made was experimental. If you have a lot of time to do that you don't have to worry about the money, plus, I had no money. It was more out of necessity than choice.