Daniel Seavey, a former member of the band Why Don’t We, has completely made his transition away from the band to pursue a solo career. The 23-year-old singer who has spent the last five years tied to the group, is now doing something he has been looking forward to for a long time: striking out on his own.
He was the first Why Don’t We member to record music as a solo artist, and his EP Dancing in the Light will debut later this year. The band declared a “hiatus” during the pandemic in 2020.
Since forming Why Don’t We in 2016, the group has had a string of chart-topping successes, including many gold singles, several sold-out tours, and two albums that debuted in the Top 10. When the band took time off due to the pandemic, Seavey kept busy in his own studio, working on material for his solo debut.
Daniel has been very honest about the challenges he had in the band, admitting that he “faded from himself more and more” at one time. However, the amazing transition in musical sound from Why Don’t We is quite evident in his first solo song “Can We Pretend That We’re Good.”
DANIEL seavey and his SOLO CAREER IS TAKING OFF!
Though Daniel’s career has just begun, he has already released three amazing songs. He has also started the beginning of his tour. Even so, he is taking a somewhat different approach. Seavey decided to “reverse engineer” the process of his song releases and tours. He has released no singles in advance of the EP and skipped the “traditional tour” altogether. He’s touring in advance of the album’s release to give fans a sneak peek at the futuristic pop-meets-glam-rock sound he’s been developing over the last several months.
Dancing in the Light and the songs on it are both radical departures from his old band’s methodical, planned approach.
His tour is taking place in numerous states across the United States. Including, California, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.
“CAN WE PRETEND THAT WE’RE GOOD”
Daniel’s debut song as a solo artist was “Can We Pretend That We’re Good.” He takes what might be seen as a simple song and transforms it into something more unique and unexpected. He does this by mixing acoustic instruments with stretches of mewling sounds. Seavey was aiming to combine the catchiness of mainstream music with the depth and roughness of underground production. He uses echoing vocal filters and a spiky electric guitar solo on his first song.
With an emotionally raw video for “Can We Pretend That We’re Good?” Seavey comments on his upbringing in a religious family, the pure culture, and more.
Watch the video for “Can We Pretend That We’re Good” down below.
A gentle piece of EDM rock, “Runaway” was released at the end of the year. Daniel’s second solo effort showcases his self-assurance and technical expertise. Daniel’s beautiful voice carries us through the first part of the song, where we learn that nothing is permanent. Not even relationships.
The word “runaway” refers to the feeling that comes after making the spontaneous decision to leave everything behind and run away into the night with your significant other. “Runaway” is a perfect example of that. He tells the story of feeling alone and unable to express how you really feel after a breakup. The subtle setup of the song builds up excitement for what’s to follow.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Daniel emphasizes that his goal when making music is to “make something nobody has ever heard. That may be cliché, but the music can speak for itself.”
Watch the video for “Runaway” by Daniel Seavey down below.
Seavey’s most recent song is “I Tried,” which was released Friday, January 13th, 2023. In the song, Daniel thinks back on a failed relationship. He accepts responsibility for his actions while also accepting the fact that he did the best he could under the circumstances. He visualizes a future where they spend their golden years together despite having divergent goals and aspirations. The lyrics to this song visualize a love story that ended in heartbreak.
With my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds I hope I find my way Yeah, my heart's still yours, but my dream is the world So for now I just can't stay When my limbs grow old and my heart goes cold And they lay me down to rest I won't toss or turn, I won't let it burn 'Cause I'll know I tried my best But I pray, I pray You'll come back to me one day Gave up everything for my hopes and dreams Now I wish I would've stayed
Listen to Daniel Seavey’s “I Tried” down below.
What do you think of seavey’s transition as a solo artist?
Daniel’s voice is distinctive and makes him stand out. His commitment and love for music serve as a way for him to convey his feelings and share his experiences. Daniel can’t help but reflect on the last year. He has begun the start of his solo tour and played his first solo gig at the Troubadour. He has published many versions of “Can We Pretend That We’re Good.” As far as I can tell, his solo career is doing exceptionally well so far.
Seavey has definitely made his way as one of my new favorite artists of 2023. All 3 of his most recent songs are on heavy repeat! Mic Drop Music looks forward to what the new year of 2023 brings for the singer-songwriter.