‘Wasting Time’ and getting popular

Debarati Palit
Thursday, 22 June 2017

Daniel Weber, lead guitarist, singer and lyricist of The Disparrows, talks about the band’s third album and the idea behind its first single Set Me Free

Most of us know Daniel Weber as Sunny Leone’s husband. But very few know that Weber not only successfully runs a production house back in Canada but he is also the co-founder of a rock band called The Disparrows. Weber is the lead guitarist, vocalist and lyricist in the band, which also comprises Stephen Tecci (Bass Guitarist), Grant Loosvelt (pianist), Jaydon Bean (Drummer) and Julian Tomarin (Guitarist).

Daniel Weber, lead guitarist, singer and lyricist of The Disparrows, talks about the band’s third album and the idea behind its first single Set Me Free

Most of us know Daniel Weber as Sunny Leone’s husband. But very few know that Weber not only successfully runs a production house back in Canada but he is also the co-founder of a rock band called The Disparrows. Weber is the lead guitarist, vocalist and lyricist in the band, which also comprises Stephen Tecci (Bass Guitarist), Grant Loosvelt (pianist), Jaydon Bean (Drummer) and Julian Tomarin (Guitarist).

The Disparrows are out with their third album — Wasting Time and their first single Set Me Free has got more than 12 lakh hits on their YouTube channel because of its hard-hitting content. The video highlights the way refuge situations have been handled across the world. The album, produced by Anthony Focx, is releasing on June 30.

The band is touring the US and will visit Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and others to promote the album.

The Disparrow’s first untitled album released in 2012 and their second titled Making Others Rich which came in 2015, was equally interesting. But Weber, who shifts between India and USA, says that Wasting Time is their best work till today. The singer could soon begin his career as a musician in Bollywood, though nothing has been confirmed yet.
Excerpts from an interview:

Tell us about your new album Wasting Time.
The album has been in the making for a year with the band working on all the new material. I believe it is our best work till date.

The song Set Me Free is getting attention because of its video. What was the idea behind highlighting the condition of refugees?
It was written very fast, actually within a few hours last year as the last song for the album. But it has now become the lead single and most powerful and emotional song for us. I think we all are finally realising that we have created a very hostile world and the song captures exactly that.

Your last album, Making Others Rich, had released in 2015. Why did you and your band take a gap of two years?
(Laughs) Actually for a rock band, two years is too quick to come out with an album. Most bands take 2-5 years between albums. It’s a little faster for solo artists because there are less people taking creative decisions in the studio. We are five people making creative choices and producers along with that. So it takes time and patience.

How and when did your passion for singing begin?
I have been playing guitar for 25 years now. Singing came as a ‘no choice’ sort of thing. I needed to get words out that I always wrote and therefore I had to sing. I would have loved to get a great lead vocalist but in life sometimes you are put in a place and have to make that choice. I had to learn and understand my voice which took me a long long time.

How would you define music in your life?
It has to be in a single line — music is a working man’s freedom.

Who has been your biggest influence in music?
There are so many of them. Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Pigpen and lots of heavier bands, Ozzy, Iron Maiden, GnR, Metallica and others have influenced me.

Will we see you getting into Bollywood music anytime soon?
Yes. Rather, I have already recorded a few songs and videos with
Hindi artists.

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