With a distinct sound that some say exude Jeff Buckley and Roy Orbison, Brooklyn-based musician Daniel Wayne has been busy making a name for himself. With the recent release of his debut EP, he’s playing a show in his home borough this week.
Born in Cincinnati, Wayne was immersed in country and bluegrass music as a child. It’s no wonder that his music is a distinct blend of both these genres and also embodies rock influences.
“My mom was born in Kentucky and my stepdad is from Kentucky and they were always listening to bluegrass music. I guess I just got immersed into that,” he said. “I think that’s where my influence comes from as far as that country side.”
Honesty is the key to standing out as a musician in New York, Wayne said.
“I just try to keep it sincere and honest. I think the main objective of any artist is to find their own voice and sing from that perspective. If they do that, they’re going to stand out naturally,” he said. “If you’re coming from a perspective of sincerity and just being yourself, everybody can stand out.”