Lead vocals and guitar, Daniel Clarke, answered a few questions about One Word.
60 Seconds: What are some of the roles you play?
Daniel Clarke: I write songs and play them with my band. We just wrapped up our 1st album, The Birth of Ikmik.
60 Seconds: When did you start to learn your talent?
Daniel Clarke: When I was 15 I began learning to play the guitar.
60 Seconds: What is the best part about being a musician?
Daniel Clarke: When you are writing a song and you know it is perfect in that moment. No one even has to be around but yourself. If you've got it and you know it you can't help but smile.
60 Seconds: What do you have coming up?
Daniel Clarke: We just released our 1st album, "The Birth of Ikmik" and we are working on scheduling a show with Brister St. Productions for our CD Release.
60 Seconds: What are your major aspirations?
Daniel Clarke: I want to leave behind me wherever I go songs that people enjoy and that are true to myself and the band I am in. I'm not worried about making top 40 radio. I just want to be remembered in my city. Memphis has been a great place to grow as a musician because we have such a rich heritage and I want to be able to contribute to it in some small way. To leave a something behind me that other people can enjoy for long after I am gone.
60 Seconds: How is your music art connected to being in Memphis?
Daniel Clarke: When I just turned 18 I moved out of my parents house and I would go to Beale and stand outside the bars and soak in the blues that came out. My father raised me on Elvis and I have been directly and indirectly involved in the music scene in our city. I love the bands here and I hope what the people in the scene I meet say is true and that we are at the beginning of a thriving culture scene here.
Daniel's Memphis Favs
Can I still say Neil's?
Place to eat
Neely's on Jefferson
Place to be enlightened
The Edison apartments off jefferson
Other local artists
Hazy Skies, Arma Secreta, Star and Micey, Jay Reatard, Grace Askew
Ardent, Shangri-la Records, Spin Street, The Peabody, The River