Working Drummer Podcast: Danny Young
Jan 6, 2016
In this interview, Danny Young talks about the Beyond the Gig Seminar, as well as the importance of networking, practice, preparing for auditions, and use of social media. You will also hear some great stories about what it was like auditioning for Queen's 'We Will Rock You' tour in front of Roger Taylor and Brian May, about drumming on Green Day's musical where the band members were on stage, writing the drum book for the Broadway show 'The Nutty Professor', learning the music from the recordings, and much more...
Beyond the Gig: Music as a Career
May 29, 2014
Beyond the Gig is a new seminar for both students and professionals interested in a career as a professional musician. The program was created by drummer/percussionists Danny Young, Danny Taylor and Joshua Samuels, after they realized there is much more to a music career than just being able to play. Beyond the Gig looks in-depth at the "business side" of being a professional musician; providing guidance and real life examples on how to utilize self-promotion, networking and other tactics toward a successful career in music.
Danny Young of We Will Rock You Tour
January 20, 2014
Hey, Modern Drummer readers! My name is Danny Young, and I’m currently the drummer on the We Will Rock You tour. Over the past few years, I have been playing on a lot of Broadway shows, including this current tour, but my career has actually been quite diverse.
My first professional drumming job was on cruise ships. Ships were amazing because I was able to grow leaps and bounds as a musician, playing every style of music imaginable, while seeing the world. It was also how I got my first taste of playing Broadway shows. Royal Caribbean put official Broadway versions of Hairspray and Chicago onboard the two largest ships in the world, and I was the lucky drummer that got the call.
4 Alternative Avenues to Monetize Your Music
January 3, 2014
You’ve spent countless hours perfecting your craft, making your music indistinguishable from magic… so why would you ever want to break the illusion? What if you could be both Master and Teacher? Both Bruce Lee and Mr. Miyagi? We often forget as artists that education and entertainment can be one and the same. If you’ve never thought about teaching in your life, keep listening, it gets interesting.
Q&A: Danny Young, drummer for Green Day’s “American Idiot”
April 8, 2013
Did you see yourself working with musicals as a young drummer?
Actually no. I mean when I started playing drums obviously like every young drummer, my dream was to be on a big rock or pop tour. After I finished with the Platters, I ended up on cruise ships for a couple years and it just so happened that they opened two Broadway shows with Royal Caribbean on the Oasis and the Allure, the two largest cruise ships in the world. They opened up Hairspray and they opened up Chicago. A few weeks before they opened up Hairspray, the drummer actually backed out, so I got a phone call in Venice, Italy asking if I’d be interested in transferring ships. So they flew me from Venice to Finland, I hopped on the ship, I learned the show and I debuted Hairspray. That’s really what started it all.
Do you feel at ease in this role?
Yeah! I really love the musical world. It’s sort of a niche that I found for myself that really works. But just like any job, you’re work’s not done once you’ve got the show. You’ve always sort of gotta keep looking forward. I do seminars out at universities when I’m on the road for a program called Beyond the Gig. It’s something I started with my friend Danny Taylor. But what I tell them is that it’s a full-time job just to continue marketing yourself and networking, and it can never stop because the work doesn’t book itself.