Today, we are interviewing Daniel, the singer/songwriter, and guitarist for Phoenix based rock band Radiofix.
1. Please tell us about yourself.
Back in 2011, I attended a rock show where our soon-to-be bassist, Ben, was playing with a different act. I was floored by his presence and performance, so we discussed coming together to jam. And after running some songs together, we decided we were ready to hunt for a drummer. Ben searched thoroughly, attending multiple drum-offs until he came across Jorge at a local Guitar Center drum competition. Jorge's talent led Ben to invite me out to the 2nd round of this drum-off, where I was able to witness Jorge's amazing abilities firsthand. Jorge then agreed to come to our studio for a session.
We learned that we were each inspired by and felt a strong connection to music from an early age. Making original music was something we wanted to do, as was performing live on stage. It was clear that our playing styles meshed well, and we would be able to create music we enjoyed listening to and playing, and that is what we have been doing ever since. We want to make memorable, inspiring music that will stand the test of time and be worth listening to long into the future. Music that makes you rock makes you think and makes you feel.
2. Please tell us more about your journey?
I took violin lessons from age 4 to 16 from tenured Phoenix Symphony violinist Nancy Livingston. At age 8, I started playing guitar and writing original songs and music, completing my first studio album at age 16. Various musicians through the years were involved in playing and recording the songs, while I worked on my songwriting and playing abilities. Once the three of us got together, we began completing songs that were in the works, recording already completed songs, and putting together new songs. The album “Already Gone” was recorded in 2012 and released in 2013. We frequently played for the next several years at bars, clubs, and festivals throughout the Phoenix area, as well as shows in California and Rocky Point, Mexico, playing high energy 3-4 hour sets consisting of equal parts original music and covers spanning the decades of rock and roll music, as well as playing stripped-down acoustic entertainment sets at cafes and restaurants.
When new material was needed for what would be the 2015 EP, it was clear that we had found a unique, defining sound and style with the songs “Let It All Hang Out” and “Feel Alive” along with the live crowd-pleaser of the last few years “In My Head.” We did not spend much time away from the studio or the stage from that point on, and played shows with acts such as Geoff Tate and Puddle of Mudd while putting together and recording the present collection of 12 songs, including the newly released single “All Night Long.”
3. Who are your role models?
The three of us share many musical influences, from Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd, Counting Crows to Pearl Jam. Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows would have been the biggest influence for me as far as songwriting and lyrics go, and I spent most of my early teens listening to his albums. I spent most of my early years listening to Jimmy Page to learn how to play guitar.
4. What inspires you?
Putting together music and albums that people make a true connection with would be our biggest motivation. There is no greater inspiration than seeing people react positively to your music, whether in their car or in front of the stage. If you can give people something that helps them get through whatever it is that they're going through, or enjoy whatever it is they are experiencing, using your music as the soundtrack, that is the most incredible payoff.
5. What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
You must keep at it. You're always getting better, whether at writing lyrics or playing an instrument. The practice is the strategy. The tighter you are at a show, the more people will be able to hear clearly what you're presenting to them.
6. What keeps you going when things get tough?
There is no better medicine than a jam session. Playing your originals or running covers, when you nail a song, you remember why you're doing what you're doing, and can mostly forget about anything else. Putting a pen to the paper also helps. If you can write about the tough times, it helps you clear your head.
7. Any message for our readers?
We genuinely love playing and recording music. Our message would be to inspire other people; and, you can do that with whatever talents you have. Use your time and abilities to promote harmony and lift people up. You never know what someone else is going through, so try to have a positive impact on everyone you meet.