We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Hertel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, how do you define success?
I define success as the ability to pursue your passions without expectations. As an artist, it is important to focus on the intrinsic motivations for creating. If you are focusing on the need for external validation as a measure of success you will inevitably be disappointed. I think this is something that a lot of musicians struggle with. When I first started the band Verses The Inevitable I was caught up in the notion of “making it”. It took me years to understand that making music in the hopes of some future material payoff was taking away from my creativity and the art itself. Success is creating the artistic expression itself and sharing it with the world in whatever ways are possible. I cannot create art that is authentic if I am defining my success by what other people think (i.e. record labels, promoters, curators).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My band is called Verses The Inevitable and I am really proud to announce the release of our 3rd record Quantum Folk which was released on August 27th. I think what sets us apart as a band from other acts is our commitment to blend different genres like indie folk, Americana, jazz, and blues into a style that is unique to us. Starting a band and having it stay together for 6 years through 3 albums is not easy. You have to be fluid and be accepting of the fact that change is the only constant. Overcoming the challenges is a commitment to moving forward no matter what and to never give up. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is to support other members of the band in their own personal music projects and be empathetic to situations in their lives that may pull them away from the band. Ultimately I want to encourage an environment of support for my bandmates and always remember that there are more important things like family, mental health, and careers that need to be prioritized. I want the world to know that Verses The Inevitable is an amazing band and you should check us out. If you like good songwriting, incredible musicianship, and a unique sound please go check us out on our website www.versestheinevitable.com or stream us on any and all platforms.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the mountains because that is what makes Colorado truly unique and special. I would definitely take them camping somewhere off 285 and if it was winter we would be snowboarding. If we stayed in Denver I would take them to catch a show at The Roxy on Broadway, The Lodge at Woods Boss, Larimer Lounge, or Lost Lake. If we were grabbing food probably Pho 95 by my house for some delicious Vietnamese food.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For me, so many people deserve credit for helping me on this music journey. Alex Tyler my sound engineer and co-producer on my records deserves a lot of credit for always believing in what I do and pushing me to keep going. All of my bandmates including Wil Snyder (who co-writes with me and plays keys), Madalynn Wiggins (Vocals), Mad Dog Friedman (Harmonica), Michael Mckee (drums), Matt Certosimo (Bass), Taylor Biskup (Lead Guitar), Zack Reaves (Cello), Ryan Spencer (Trumpet). This is my musical family and they deserve a lot of recognition.
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