We had the good fortune of connecting with Danny Darko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danny, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I was sitting around in my cell. As one does when you’ve made a life spanning, award winning slew of poor choices. I was writing a lot and the prison work program I was in had a guitar and some of us would do songs and entertain the others. I started thinking about what I would do when I got out and I really had no idea since all I had ever done is crime. My record now spannd 10 years and I was clasified as a career criminal and the retirement package offered by the CDC isn’t the best. I began writing skits and comedy songs. Someone had said I had a real talent for it. I didn’t get a chance to play those songs when I got out at that time. It would be another 5 years before I got clean and back to those songs.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a heavily tattooed felon that decided to join the Kindie entertainment world. (kids/indie) I wasn’t sure where I would fit or if I would fit as I don’t exactly fit in mainstream society. I’ve been doing this 5 years and haven’t met another person like myself in the industry. People like Steve (Hullabaloo band) told me to do Kindie the way I do it . It doesn’t have to be like anything else. Our first year as a band we we’re invited to Philly to play KindieComm a huge industry event. We played along side Grammy winning artists such as SaulPaul, Lucy Kalantari and Billy Jonas. The next year we were nominated for best hip hop/rap by The San Diego Music Awards. I’ve learned to disregard societal norms. I had a desire to positively impact the youth and entertain families. I’ve had the honour of doing so with my bandmate Mike Costello. Despite the fact that I’m not embraced by some there are plenty of dancing children and adults that feel differently. This year I was invited to join The Recording Academy (Grammy’s) as a singer/songwriter. This last year I also was able to work on 3 televesion shows. You can see me on Mayan’s Season 3 and the other shows haven’t released so I can’t say what they are just yet. I also wrote and performed 6 tracks for an indie film that will be out next year.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Coffee: Dark Horse, Communal Coffeee, Por Vida cafe and get a pinata next door. They made the Pinata for my Donuts music video. SideCar has bomb coffee and donuts. Lofty Coffee, Bird Rock Roasters and Holsem. Thats 7 days of lattes! Food: Calire’s on Cedro’s, Rancho’s Cocina, Yasai, Donna Jean, Bahn Thai, Nishiki Ramen, Atypical Wow Wow Waffle, and Morning Glory.
Places: Seaport Village, Barrio Logan, South Park, and Solana Beach. Theres a lot of great destinations. You can drive the coast or skate the boardwalk at just about any beach here.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Brad Perry formerly of KUSI news and current host of The Brad Perry show. He was very helpful when my first children’s book was published. He hooked me up with some very good contacts and a guitar. I’m forever grateful to him. Also Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo band. He is a real class act. If you have kids in San Diego and haven’t been to one of his shows I highly reccomend it! I ran into Steve at all my early gigs and he has been a friend and inspiration ever since.
Caitlin Patricia Weiler took the pic of us at OC Fair she gave permission to repopst it. She is an Actor and Mom. Twinkle Time The singer took the live pic of us on her show.