Hello! Welcome to “Under 1000”, a new column highlighting artists with under 1000 likes on their official Facebook pages. Each piece will profile and interview an artist we feel is worthy of your “like”, with the hope of spreading their sound and getting them that all important fourth digit. Thanks for checking it out!
Artist: Danielle Grubb
Facebook likes (at the time this was written): 942
Let‘s face the facts: it’s tough to be cool. Not everyone can walk the all-important walk, or show off their sincere swagger as if it were second nature. We’ve all thought we were about to say something smooth, to grace the room with our eloquence, only to have the words tumble out as gracefully as canned chili.
As difficult it is to convey our “cool” in everyday life, it can be even more difficult to showcase one’s command simply through music; when it comes to this particular superpower, though, nobody does “cool” cooler than Danielle Grubb.
The Texas-bred artist (currently based in Brooklyn, NY) rides the line of Rock, Soul, and R&B in rare form. Her sound is filled to the brim with confidence; you never for a second know where the music is going, but you damn sure feel comfortable taking that ride into the unknown with Grubb at the wheel.
Take her latest single, “Glue”, for example. The song opens with a big, charging blues riff, the kind of sound that makes you want to put on a pair of sunglasses and flip off the dude who just cut in front of you at Trader Joe’s. From there, Grubb presents a story of possible love that bounces around between optimism and frustration. “Cause I don’t need you to define the space between you n me, yeah”/“But I can feel you deflecting my energy, yeah”/“And I don’t need to, but if you’re with it, I’m with it, yeah”. We feel every word through her delivery, which swells from a smooth alto to a ferocious growl and back again. By the time we get to the refrain, “you and I are stuck together like glue”, we’ve experienced all the same emotions that Grubb’s displayed throughout the song, but never in an overwhelming manner. We feel confident because she feels confident; we’re cool, because she’s cool.
This is why Danielle Grubb is the spotlight of this week’s Under 1000. Find my conversation with Danielle below:
MEB: First and foremost – why do you make music?
Self-Healing. I make music to cope with the things that life throws at me.
I’m a rather spiritual person, and it is so easy to forget that music is also an energy return. It can change the vibrational frequency of a person’s spirit – it can uplift, lower, and resolve just the same.
You record, mix, and master a lot of your music by yourself. Why is that? What do you find most challenging about the process?
Well, as a multi-instrumentalist, that just frees up space in my brain to let the music flow.
I think the most challenging thing about doing all three jobs yourself, is that it becomes very difficult to communicate whatever your message is to other people with consistent clarity — Because recording is putting pen to paper, and mixing and mastering complete the sonic landscape, and that sonic landscape is always evolving.
One of my favorite songs of yours is “Ghost”. It feels equal parts playful fun and humbled honesty. What’s the story behind that one?
It’s one of my favorites too. It’s about the feeling of a lost love haunting your heart.
I know that in my own my past relationships, I neglected to ask for what I needed. And when relationships aren’t equal, they linger in the darkest of places. In the tune, I wish away the memory of the pain of that love.
I was first introduced to your music back in 2012, when you performed under the name “Grubb & Honey”. How has your sound evolved between then and now?
I think back then, I was still trying to separate the sweet and sour parts of myself. But, I realized that if I was going to perform under my name, I needed to dissolve those borders, be fearless, and tear down my own walls.
If anything, I think my sound has evolved to a state of Love. That state of Love is at least as big as Texas.
Tell me about the first song you ever wrote.
The first song I ever wrote was called “Mother May I Write a Letter?” I don’t remember any of the words, but my Mother did teach me to live with my heart open. I know that has everything to do with the song’s title.
What’s your ultimate rockstar pipedream? For example, selling out Madison Square Garden 10 nights in a row.
(Laughs) Honestly, my ultimate rockstar pipedream is to study reiki in California, open a pizzeria, and maybe write a couple of short films.
What’s the one thing you hope people take away from listening to your music?
Man, I really hope they can take my love! I have so much to give, and I’d just like to share it.
Stream “Glue” via Soundcloud below. If you like what you hear, give Danielle Grubb a “like” on Facebook HERE.
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