Danny Mercer
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Danny Mercer

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | MAJOR

Los Angeles, CA | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2015
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"10 minute with Danny Mercer"

Danny Mercer didn’t attend his high school graduation. Instead, the Colombian-born singer/songwriter was on Good Morning America performing ‘Outta Nowhere’ with Pitbull; his collaborator, friend and mentor. He’s written songs for some of the biggest names in the biz like Celine Dion, Nicole Scherzinger, Afrojack and The Wanted, but now it’s time for Danny to step into the spotlight and build his public profile.
Enter, ‘Who Are You Loving Now?’ It’s the heartbreak anthem to end all heartbreak anthems. It’s a song about those moments at end of a relationship, whether they be fleeting or lingering, where you haven’t quite moved on or let go of the person you once loved. It’s about that jolting sting you get when you realise they’ve already met someone new. God damn, where's the kleenex?

Danny hit our shores to break the incredible track last week and has been stoked with the endless support he’s been getting from his Aussie fans. We spoke him to find out what he was really all about.

You’ve just released your debut single ‘Who are You Loving Now?’ How have you found the Aussie reception?

It’s been great! People have been so supportive. You guys in Australia test songs so early, even earlier than we do in the US. You guys are so great about supporting new artists and that’s a beautiful thing. I’ve had nothing but good reactions and I’m really excited that this is the first market that I’m releasing my music.

‘Who Are You Loving Now?’ is such a breakup anthem, who inspired it?

I was coming out of a very long relationship where I had graduated from college and I was still dating this girl. I had to move out to LA to pursue my music career and it’s hard to keep it together when you’re so focused on your career, so the relationship just kind of fell apart.

It all just coincided [with] where I was trying to find my sound, my single when I was going through the break up and I was just so broken hearted and doing that thing you do nowadays when you’re still friends them on Facebook and you’re seeing them with someone else. You have to be ok with them moving on and I just hadn’t let go of her yet.

You’ve written tracks for some really big names. When you write songs, do you have a particular artist in mind?

No, no, because I come from a very DIY approach. I started out just writing songs for myself in my college dorm room, I was just writing because I wanted to be an artist myself and that’s how I started. Then I saw the Bruno Mars approach which is, start writing for other people and let your artist stuff take a back seat and then you can work your way up until you’re in the spotlight yourself.

For me it’s all about writing from the heart, it’s about emotions, I don’t really think of who the song’s going to. Once I finish a song, I ask myself, ok, is this something only I could sing? Is this very personal? Or can I let someone else sing it?

You’ve been writing from a very young age, like 7 or 14. Where did you get passion for music? Are you from a musical family?

I’m not from a musical family, but my dad’s a very avid listener and he turned me on to all the right things from an early age. I was listening to Led Zeppelin, Guns n Roses at like age seven or eight, picked up a guitar at age seven and just started learning. I then learned how to play Led Zeppelin riffs and stuff like that. At the same time I was discovering my love for Michael Jackson and that’s when I started emulating [him] vocally and then once I turned 15, I started writing my own stuff and I was a big Beatles fan, those were huge influences for me in terms of song writing.

You’ve worked with Pitbull a fair bit, what’s the best advice he’s ever given you?

I remember one time I was on a tour bus with him and we were all in a bit of a party mode, just having some drinks and he giving us a preview of his upcoming album and we were all dancing. Then I was like, “Ok Pitt, Pit, let me show you some new stuff I’ve been working on.” I connected my phone up to the system and played a little voice memo of an idea that I’d been working on. He turned that off immediately and said, “Papo, papo you can’t do that, you can’t play just an unfinished idea. You have to wait until the record’s done and mixed before you show anyone. Because people aren’t going to understand the vision you have in your head, so never play an unfinished demo.” That’s the greatest advice I’ve ever gotten.

What other artists in influence you? You’ve got such a mixed sound; you’re very pop with a Latin feel.
Yeah, it’s a little bit of a broad-spectrum crossover. Definitely Santana’s a huge influence - I grew up in a very Columbian family. My first language was Spanish and you grew up with salsa, merengue, bachata, beautiful Latin music, so those rhythms are very deeply engrained in me. It’s that, mixed with the rock ‘n’ roll roots of being a guitar player, and then I grew up with Max Martin, ‘NSync, Britney Spears, all the brilliant song writing that happened there. It’s kind of just a conglomeration of all those things.

Is that how you and Pitbull connected, because you both have those Latin roots?

Definitely, you know, you just instantly start speaking in Spanish. You just feel like you’re with someone familiar, I just feel like he’s my uncle or something.

How did you guys meet in the first place?

We met because I was doing an internship in New York city and that internship lead me to meet my manager who was managing Pitbull at the time. My manager passed along my demo to Pitbull and he ended up liking three of the songs that I had written and so he picked them up for his own album. That was before I ever met him, it was just an email, indirect thing.

Once he kept me as a feature artist on one of the songs, that’s when I met him, and now I get to perform with him at several shows in the US. Instead of graduating with the rest of my college friends, I was actually performing on the GMA show in New York city with him, so that was a kind of surreal moment for me.

What would you say has been your biggest ‘pinch me’ moment in your career has been?
Definitely being in a dorm room and getting an email with Celine Dion’s vocals on one of my songs. I was just jumping around in my tiny dorm room, like running around in tiny circles. I couldn’t believe it.

Another was being in school and suddenly having to miss class to be flown out to go perform with Pitbull in LA on the Tonight show, which was crazy too. I was just kind of living a double life, I felt like Batman, I was student Bruce Wayne by day and songwriter Batman by night.

What about in terms of other collaborations, who would be your ideal collaboration? Dead or Alive?

Probably Santana would be an awesome collaboration for me, as a Latin rocker. Shakira, as a fellow Columbian, I’m such a big fan, I would love to collaborate with her. I would [also] love to work with Mark Ronson, cause he has that sort of old school, classic approach to pop. I love Bruno Mars, as well as Hayley Williams from Paramore, one of my favourite vocals nowadays.

if you could live your entire life by one hashtag what would it be?

#rocknrollbitch for sure.

Danny's single is available on iTunes now, get involved!

Check out the latest MTV News here... - MTV

"Danny Mercer releases "Who Are You Loving Now?" Video"

Musician Danny Mercer introduced himself to the world with his reggae-tinged ‘Who Are You Loving Now?’, and now, he’s rocking all his jealousy out in the music video for the addictive track.
Mercer, who has written for Nicole Scherzinger, Pitbull and Celine Dion, brings his own raw talent into the light in the ‘Who Are You Loving Now?’ music vid, a track filled with envy for a lover’s new partner.
“Who are you loving now?” Mercer belts out on the chorus with a passion. “Who’s taking the little dress off? Who’s name are you calling now?”
As Mercer asks the difficult questions on the refrain, the video is filled with clips of him and his band, carefully intertwined with risqué shots of his lover as he vividly remembers the pain and tries to work through his jealousy.
Check out Danny Mercer’s ‘Who Are You Loving Now?’ video above.

Read More: Danny Mercer Releases 'Who Are You Loving Now?' Video | http://popcrush.com/danny-mercer-who-are-you-loving-now-video/?trackback=tsmclip - Pop Crush

"Next Up Danny Mercer"

WHO: Our Next Up Artist of the Week is Danny Mercer!

WHY: Danny was in college at Columbia University in New York when he met his manager while on Spring Break then soon after signed with superstar, Pitbull. In October of this year Danny released his song "Who Are You Loving Now" and now he finds himself in the studio with Afrojack, Will i am and The Wanted and more!

Check out Danny's intimate performance of "Who Are You Loving Now" and more below!

FUN FACT: Danny Mercer is fluent in Spanish....muy caliente!

SOUNDS LIKE: Frankie J meets Rixton.

Get to know Danny in the interview with Chuey Martinez below! - Kiis FM Los Angeles


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Throughout his fledgling career as a singer songwriter and musician Danny Mercer has had a way of impressing people right out of the gate. A few years back when Mercer was a college student and aspiring songwriter, he saw a tweet from The Messengers’ Nasri who was looking for fresh talent and sent off some of his songs. Nasri (who now also fronts chart-topping band Magic!) immediately expressed interest and put him to work.
A year later, Pitbull’s manager Charles Chavez met Mercer and the Latium Entertainment CEO was so taken with Danny’s musical abilities that he immediately signed on as his manager. Soon after, Pitbull himself heard Mercer’s soulful voice on a demo for a song Mercer had written called “Outta Nowhere”, and was so taken aback that not only did Mr. Worldwide feature the song on his album Global Warming, but he also insisted on keeping the newcomer’s original vocal on the chorus leading to Mercer’s first big break as an artist.
In a nice bit of symmetry the native of Bogotå, Colombia, who graduated within three years and obtained a degree in English from Columbia University, was soon signed to Columbia Records. The latter of which has just released Mercer’s debut single “Who Are You Loving Now?” A reggae-inflected track about jealousy, which Mercer produced himself along with accredit producers “soFLY & Nius”, is a stellar introduction to his impassioned lyrics and guitar-driven sound which Danny crystallized when he finished the song.
Now Mercer is ready to launch himself as an artist in his own right. He is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his debut EP, which will further showcase his Latin-influenced pop-rock sound, deft songwriting, and heartfelt voice. A voice that is able to ascend from a warm tenor to a soaring falsetto on a dime.

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