Q&A With Artist Dan Mcnay

1. Where are we talking from today? 

I’m at home in Westchester near LAX. I’ve just finished an article about my experiences at The Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park and have sent it out for feedback from my writer friends. and I’m rehearsing for a recording session tomorrow. 

2. What would you like to accomplish in 2020? 

I’m currently working on recreating a band to work with, would like to have a stable group by spring. I’m finishing the composing and recording of a musical – probably will be done by April or May. Also, I’ve started a new cycle of songs all told from the viewpoint of a farmworker. I also write novels. I hope to have the first draft of a new novel finished in the coming year and hope to find a publisher

for the one I finished in 2019. I have 4 novels published and an author’s page on Amazon “Dan McNay.” 

3. What is your take on politics?

 I am liberal and care deeply about getting rid of our current President and the majority of Republicans from the Senate.

4. Where did you get your artist’s name from? 

I was born with it.

5. Growing up, how important has music been in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?

 I started playing the banjo at fifty as a hobby. I discovered I could sing and write songs and very quickly got the performing bug. There’s little else I’d rather be doing.

6. Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what could you see yourself doing? 

I’ve been writing pro since I was fifteen. And drawing and painting from that time as well. I also had a 35 year run with USC at an IT Purchasing Agent. 

7. What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?

That I got gigs and I have played out so much. Had about an average of 60 gigs a year for the last 3-4 years.

8. What was it like putting together your EP? I’ve written and recorded three full CDs. 

They are available on CD Baby and Amazon.

9. Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music?

Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future? Mandolin Orange, Crooked Still, Elephant Revival, Bob Dylan, I am currently working with a young guitarist and hope to move forward with him.

10. What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all?

What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now? My YouTube Channel seems to be the best venue right now. I have a website and Facebook pages.

11. If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what musical item would you take with you and why? 

I’ve continued strictly with a banjo, that would probably be what I would want.

12. If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in? 

Bluegrass Underground would cool.

13. Where you @ online? 



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