Multi-platinum singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Daniel Seavey exposed a new fantastic single “Can We Pretend That We’re Good?”
Embarking on a new chapter of his career, the Why Don’t We co-founder re-introduces himself as a bold and boundless solo artist with an ever-evolving collage of rock, pop, alternative, and electronic layers, shifting past one another in tectonic fashion.
On the track, acoustic guitar creaks beneath emotive verses and the pops of a plucked cello. It snaps into a rush of distortion and electronic feedback as his falsetto rings out, “I’ll never find another you.”
Daniel says: “It’s fun to dive into who I am,” “For the last few years, I’ve been jotting down notes without even realizing I’m leaving this trail of who I am in the lyrics and music. I’m definitely a whole different person, but I’ve always been this artist. The texture of what I bring was there, but it’s being seen now. So many curveballs in life have changed me. In terms of the music though, it’s never shifted. I consistently try to take different sounds and assemble something you’ve never heard before. I’ve always wanted to do this, and I’m excited to be able to now.”
At just nine-years-old, Seavey’s father encouraged him to busk at a local art walk on Thursdays. Sitting behind a piano with a small speaker, he attracted crowds of hundreds, filling a hat with enough dough to finance a personal bedroom studio. Since dad also served as a pastor, he developed his chops on the cello by performing in the church band. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, his exposure to secular music was limited until later in life – ultimately leading to an explosion of inspiration and possibility. After hearing “Jungle” by Drake in freshman year of high school, he embraced favorite artists such as Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd.
On the road, he often penned and produced nascent ideas that would eventually become the foundation of his own unique sound. In 2022, he hunkered down in his home studio and wrote and recorded what would become his debut, previewed for fans on social media by a gripping cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” He not only sang and produced, but he also played every instrument, infusing a piece of himself upon each facet.
He adds: “For me, it’s special when I listen to an artist and feel them through the music,” “I’ve never been honest to this extent with the lyrics. I’m writing my exact thoughts and feelings. I hope it connects to the moment you’re going through too.”