Dan Reardon: Hot New Singer
By Irelyn Akers. Rachna Kapur
August 8, 2013
Dan Reardon is an up and coming singer/song writer out of Long Island. This talented guy writes and performs all his own music and he’s been singing professionally for seven years. He’s currently a Spanish teacher, having done an entire album in Spanish. With skillful melodies and powerful lyrics, Dan is on the fast track to rise to the top. Urban Milan got the chance to interview Dan on August 5, 2013 at the Million Dollar Listing (Bravo TV) event held at the Gansevoort Hotel.
UM: Dan, we understand that you are a Spanish teacher. How did you go from teaching Spanish to singing?
DR: Spanish always came easy to me because I am a great auditory learner. That’s what drew me to languages. There is a strong correlation between languages and music and I am actually a self-taught musician; I never took lessons, so I don’t know a lot about theory, and I’m not classically trained, but I hear things and figure them out.
UM: Last November, you were on The Steve Harvey Show. How did you get that role?
DR: There was a lot of buzz with my music and the record that just came out, so an associate producer of the show reached out to me on Facebook. It was kind of like a cold call and they said that “I really like your music and your image, and we wanted to know if you’d be willing to come out and perform on the Steve
Harvey Show.” I had no other relationship with this person, other than they liked my music.
UM: Did the show interview you, too or did they just have you perform?
DR: They interviewed me on the show briefly; a couple of questions about what I do for a living, being a Spanish teacher, and why I am a Spanish teacher. I told them, which is true, I really enjoy working with kids and seeing them succeed and making a difference and an impact on them. I then did a cover of Hootie and the Blowfishes’ “Hold My Hand.”
UM: We know a little about your Spanish album; do you have an English album?
DR: Yes, I actually have an album on iTunes right now called “Can You Hear Me Now?” It came out about a year ago and it’s a five track EP, entirely in English, and I wrote all of the music and lyrics for it, with the exclusion of the fifth track, which is a Michael Jackson cover. I did a stripped down version of “Human Nature.” Everything else was written by myself and co-produced by me and I actually recorded every instrument except for drums and cello.
UM: What’s your inspiration?
DR: So, the inspiration for the record I guess was a true reflection of my experiences and emotions and I think every song really carries out that message
UM: Do you have any heartbreak songs?
DR: Oh, absolutely. Heartbreaks always make for good lyrics in songs. There’s definitely heartbreak in there and some euphoric feelings in there too. It’s
a cyclical kind of journey into my experiences and my life. I pride myself on the genuineness of my music. I identify strongly with the music and lyrics; it
all comes from my heart, so I hope that fans and other people can identify with that.
UM: Since you’re a teacher, have you given any thought to doing children’s album?
DR: You know it’s funny because the more people I explain to about my passions and my professions, they think that would be a perfect combination of the two. I’m totally open to it. It could be a fun concept and a fun project; I’m not sure if that’s really where my heart and emotions are in terms of my lyrical content, but I think it could be a great idea and it would be fun to do a children’s record in Spanish.
UM: One more question: on your press release, it says that a lot of women swoon over you; so are you married?
DR: I’m actually not married, I’m single and looking. Just waiting to find the right girl, as they say!
To learn more about Dan and his music, please visit http://danreardonmusic.com/fr_home.cfm.