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  • PUBLISHED Sep 09, 2013

  • PUBLISHED

    Sep 09 2013
  • THIS VIDEO

    6462 Views
    961 Votes
  • OVERALL RANK

    2291 st Views
    401 st Votes
  • PEAK CHART RANK

    10 th Overall
    09/24/13
    1 st New Orleans
    02/11/14

DANIEL AMEDEE performs the song "LET LOVE OUT" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY MIKE DESTRUCTIVE

Daniel Amedee is living proof that a musician can be from New Orleans, but not necessarily be of New Orleans, a distinction that courses through his quirky, eccentric songwriting style, informed by a haunting bluesy vocalese that scratches the soul somewhere between Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart, and certainly belies young Daniel's 26 years. In fact, he's been at it -- writing and producing his own music (and getting by with a little help from his friends) since age 14. Which prompts the question: How and where did this unassuming bundle of talent come to be inhabited by the avant garde spirits of progressive rock and guerilla classical that suffuse his debut CD, Themes From (Ex Pat Records, 2011)? And what can we expect from its follow-up, Climbing?

For all its grand and storied heritage of America's jazz, blues, rock 'n roll, Cajun, Zydeco, R&B, and hip-hop, the Crescent City can be a harsh and unforgiving mistress for a fledgling singer-songwriter-arranger whose music leans more towards the atmospherics of Billboard's modern rock chart and U2. Throw in the Gulf's annual barrage of natural disasters, with their withering effect on the psyche, and it makes for a musical sensibility that is more King Crimson than King Oliver, more Mars Volta than Mardi Gras.

What does the immediate future have in store for Daniel Amedee? Leading up to the release of his second album, Climbing in 2013 -- more videos, more interaction with social media, more recordings, more collaborations. When asked by The Mic what got him started in this business, the answer poured out: "My own persistence and belief that I could write songs and make it in this industry would be the round about answer. But I played with many different people before I realized I was what I needed to succeed and the right people would come to me instead of vice versa. I never stopped writing my own songs and privately developing my own style while playing with other people, and when the opportunity came to take a step forward and record my first full length album I took it."
Daniel performs an acoustic live set with vocalist Sarah Burke.

Hear more of Daniel's music here: www.soundcloud.com/DanielAmede

And like him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DanielAmedee

-- Arthur Levy (November 2012)

http://www.soundcloud.com/danielamedee

CREDITS / SPONSORS
Video - Travis Henry of Seidist
Sound - Brondae Branch of Metro Dog Media
Host - Mike Destructive

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