Daniel Gray Will Make You Dance
Club/dance musician Daniel Gray sports a bright red mohawk just to show that he always changes.
“My label wasn’t too happy with that one,” he laughs. “They marketed me as having this baby face, and then I come in with a red mohawk. But I’m always changing. I like switching things up a lot.”
The New Orleans-based artist will be bringing the party to the Camel on Monday, March 7 as part of the GayRVA Live concert series. When he’s performing, Gray says that Richmond better be prepared to dance.
“The show is going to be very interactive,” he said. “Lots of dancing, plenty of lights and some costumes. I want it to be like a New York style show.”
“I may have some special guests with me,” he continued. “Maybe a drag queen or two. I have a song called ‘Drag Queens, BJs and Divas’ – I need to have a drag queen there.”
Gray is currently working with producer DJ Dirty Boy on his new album, which is expected to be released this summer. He promises will be more upbeat and pure dance.
“My last album [2009's ‘INVICTUS'] was so emotional since most of the songs were influenced by Hurricane Katrina. I wanted more of a fun album this time around. This will be dark and edgy and very clubby. Sort of mix between Britney [Spears] and Robyn with a lot of New York club sound.”
Gray released the first single, “Incarcerated,” in February and in its first week, it received over 1,500 downloads on iTunes and Soundcloud.
“The response was overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “People are telling me how much they love it.”
His fans love it so much that Gray decided to make a music video for the single with director Lawrence Wallace, whose credits include numerous soap operas and “The Walking Dead.”
Gray says he’s influenced by mostly pop and dance music but puts Prince at the very top of the list.
“Prince inspires me everyday, he said. “He writes own music, he’s creative and expressive and nothing holds him back.”
“I also love Britney Spears. Love, love, love her. I’m from Louisiana and she’s a hometown girl. We just overlook those two years when certain things happened to her. She was bald? No, those years did not exist.”
When asked about the future of his career, Gray said to expect for things to change often (and not just his hairstyle).
“I don’t like staying the same, so I change it up when I can. But I’ll always be expressing myself and always dancing.”
Check out more of Daniel Gray at DanielGrayWorld.com. The GayRVA Live show starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. DJ Amy Alderman will be spinning tracks before and after the show. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Get tickets at gayrva.com/live.
Andrew Cothern is a music lover and media professional in Richmond, Va. specializing in photography and video production. Check out his music blog Richmond Playlist.
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