New Year Interview Series | Dane Louis
We are chatting with artists to reflect on the past year and what we can expect from them and their music careers in 2022
What is the best thing to happen to you in 2021, personal or music?
We had our busiest year of shows to date, including some great moments and memories with artists/groups like Casey Donahew Band, Brantley Gilbert, Ashland Craft, and countless others. Also to feel at ease having an agency to work with and keep me on task is an incredible blessing.
What do you believe was your biggest musical achievement?
We released a new EP that was insanely well received, and although we’ve pulled it, we learned so much about doing our own tracking and mastering to keep our costs low and make “cutting singles” a seamless and cheap process since we are all in house. Also playing a 7000 cap venue with Brantley Gilbert was a life changing moment I’ll hang onto forever. We had a stellar time.
What was the biggest challenge in 2021?
Rolling with the punches. With every high, there seemed to be a low. I had some astounding shows and met some incredible people. However, in November I lost my dad to COVID, and that took a lot of wind out of my sales, and also put a lot of new difficult responsibilities on my plate. I’m working as hard as I can to try and double down and handle not only a 3rd generation family farmstead, but also give my blossoming music career the attention it needs.
Do you have a favorite song or album from 2021?
“You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton. Starting Over as an album was an absolute heater.
What’s something that brings pleasure in your life right now, big or small?
Feeling the love and support of my friends and continuing to build a tight bond with my band brothers. Other than my mom, they’ve become the real only family I have and I don’t want to squander that.
Do you have any New Years Resolutions?
Stick to my gym regimen. I had a major weight loss/body transformation at going into 2020, and getting back and staying motivated, although attained, has been very difficult. So in a nutshell, I guess reigniting a passion for my physical health.
If you had a theme song to start off 2022, what would it be?
“It’s Time To Move On” by Tom Petty.
New music plans in 2022?
Release as many new singles as possible and play as many shows and festivals as we can get on.
What is something you hope to achieve in 2022, music or non-music related?
Finish a chopper build that I’m starting with one of my buddies as far as non music goes.
Musically I hope to get a manager that takes over most of my booking and making touring/shows a well oiled full time machine.