I chatted to Dan O’Dell about HEARTWORK’s latest release – SIX

Even though the world may have gone mad, it doesn’t mean I couldn’t (safely) interview Dan about his latest release. Read our conversation here:

So tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did music start for you and what have you done previously?

I think I always enjoyed music. When I was a child, I was always singing and making up little songs, but it wasn’t until I heard The Marshall Mathers L.P by Eminem when I was about 10 years old that I really started to write songs. Raps, to be more specific. But then when I was 13, I heard the untitled album by Blink-182 and that’s what made me want to pick up a guitar. So lots of bands and 17 years later…here I am today! Heartwork came about when I put a previous solo project (Dropout Dan) to rest after 6 years.

What about your latest release, Six?

‘Six’, for me, is almost a fresh start. It’s been almost 3 years since my debut album ‘Things I Wish I’d Said’ was released, and despite releasing the odd song here and there since then, this was a way for me to wipe the slate clean and see where my head was musically. I’m really happy with the results!

Why the name Six?

2020 is my sixth year writing and performing under the Heartwork moniker. My first Heartwork E.P was called Five and as that was the start of something new, it seemed fitting to follow that tradition. Even the artwork is a callback to that E.P.

Where did the inspiration for these songs come from?

Inspiration doesn’t really just happen the way it used to for me. I have to work for it. I can spend hours in my little home studio working on music and then that night, I’ll scrap it all. I’m very fussy when it comes to my Heartwork stuff. I can’t really explain what I’m going for, but when it happens…I know. The six songs that make up this new E.P are the ones that I worked on the most and made me the happiest. It’s as simple as that really!

Who helped you with recording/producing?

I did it all myself in a spare room in my house. I’d play rough ideas to my girlfriend or would send them to Ben Sydes (B-Sydes) or Adam Boucher (The Restless Coast) for feedback, but mainly it’s just me in my own head. 

Once the world returns to normal, any plans to go on tour?

Honestly, probably not. It doesn’t make sense for me to go on tour right now. I’ll be playing shows, but I like doing the odd appearance here and there. If I get an offer, then I’ll consider it, but I’m not going to be going out of my way to book a tour. Been there, done that, but it really wasn’t for me. I get a huge kick out of recording and releasing music, so that’s where the love comes. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy playing shows, but it’s not the main reason I do this. Who knows, my mind could change when we’re finally allowed to go out and do things again! 

What have been some of your most memorable gigs you’ve played or been to?

Oh wow. Erm…I’ve played a lot of really fun shows, so it’s difficult to pinpoint the most memorable ones exactly. I guess that the best ones are when I’m on a bill with people I consider to be my friends. So let’s just go with that! Haha. 

In terms of going to shows, I’d have to say that watching my buddy B-Sydes play to the forest at 2000 trees last year, that was pretty life affirming stuff. Had a big grin on my face, had a little cry, it was perfect. 

What artists are you currently listening to?

Recently I’ve been listening to a load of Phoebe Bridgers, Sylosis, Loathe, Eminem and Taylor Swift. 

Where can we find out more about you and order Six?

I’m all over social media and the streaming sites so they’d be your best places to go! 

I’d like to thank Dan for taking the time to answer my questions and wish him the best of luck with Six

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