Much thanks to Ambition Radio Podcast and host Chris Tondevold for digging deep with YellowTieGuy front man Daniel Warren Hill in this interview released 1/14/2021. In it, Daniel discusses music being released leading up to the upcoming album, The Inevitable Unexpected, as well as the work Daniel does to promote other artists through Alchemical Records. In addition, they discuss the need for independent artists to maintain a long-term commitment to their craft and careers by setting goals encouraging slow steady growth.
Join Daniel, Jamie, Kyle, and Eric for a livestream listening party of “Misery” on Facebook on Thursday, January 21, 2021 along with an exploration of the writing & recording process.
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The “Misery (Official Acoustic Version)” is available for your listening pleasure at youtube.com/yellowtieguy and has already received more than 1k views!
“Misery” at its core is about the struggle between doing what feels right for yourself and doing right by others. Like many YellowTieGuy songs it seeks to encourage empathy by exploring multiple points of view using a traditional pop-style song structure, rock & roll rhythms and melodies, with thought provoking lyrics.. “I want anything except what’s right for me if what I want should cause you misery,” would be a heartfelt sentiment that under any circumstance would change the world in a positive way if more individuals would put it into practice. In today’s COVID-19 environment, it might be compared to how wearing a mask in public is not merely about protecting ourselves, but being thoughtful towards the health and safety of others who might be more at risk of complications from exposure.
The band would have the pleasure of recording “Misery” in the home studio of YellowTieGuy keyboardist Kyle Crosby, who happens to be the former Sound of Music’s (Richmond, VA) primary Studio B engineer. The track is mixed by Kenny Kingsborough who owns Harbour Red Studios in Baltimore, Maryland; and mastered by YTG’s own Daniel Warren Hill, who also has a background in audio production
Pre-order the official studio version of “Misery” on Spotify and other platforms, here.
The official studio version will become available on all major platforms at 12:01AM EST.
Released on all major platforms on September 11, 2020, “I Cry” is an altar call for the human soul. The second song in YellowTieGuy’s The Inevitable Unexpected series is a recognition of our need for help, and a recognition that help does indeed arrive, whether by way of divine intervention or through the kindness of fellow man. “I Cry” explores what it means to be human, the need to be able to make mistakes as part of growth, and the importance of having a place to come home to.
“Lord, help me. I’m too weak on my own. I surrender to where you’ll have me go.
If I wander, leave me not alone. If I wander, wait for me at home.”
“I Cry” was recorded and mixed at Harbour Red Studio with Kenneth Kingsborough in Baltimore, Maryland, and was mastered by YellowTieGuy songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Daniel Warren Hill. Jamie Rasmussen carries the torch on bass duties while Eric Sanford offers delicate and tasteful percussion. Drums were expertly performed by Cole Deiner, and keyboards were handcrafted by Dave Singer.
“Information”, has always been intended as a commentary for doing what is right daily rather than just using social media sharing to feel good about backing causes without taking real action. I’d like to encourage you to do what you can wherever you are, not only speak out against injustice, but to find your pathway towards contributing to healing and permanent lasting change. Within you. Within your community. Within your country. Here are some ways I’m stepping up if you would like to join me:
1. A public declaration denouncing racism.
2. Do the work of finding your internal biases and always question them.
3. Invest in black companies and ensure your income streams are not from sources that reflect racist sentiments.
4. Voting, Petitions, Global Citizenship
If you are looking for your voice, or for community, please contact me at daniel(at)yellowtieguy.com
This “live” version of ‘Stronger Than I’ features songwriter Daniel Warren Hill on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jamie Rasmussen on backing vocals and bass, Eric Sanford on percussion, Kyle Crosby on keyboards, and special guest Ben Tufts on drums, and his first time collaborating with the band.
The song is a reflection of the weight caused by anxiety, at least personally, in questioning my ability to live up to my own potential or the potential that others see in me. In many ways the song is a request for the listener to find someone else to lift up, someone else to be placed on a pedestal, and even to find someone else to “believe in” because of my own doubts towards my personal capabilities. Although, there is a glimmer of recognition towards future achievement: “Until I become the hero of your dreams, is there no one stronger than me? Stronger than I am?”