Danielle Todd Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the
first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen
or heard you?
Answer: My music is a modern country with a classic flare. It focuses on acoustic instrumentation,
while also infusing pop production.
Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Answer: This year was a big year for me! I released my very first single to Canadian and
Australian country radio, and globally online. Not only did the single chart in Canada, it also
debuted at #34 on the major Australian chart. I was beyond thrilled. I also attended my very first
CCMA’s in Alberta, Canada. What a thrill that was to be so close to my favourite Canadian country
artists that I grew up listening to. Then of course, I released my second single. This year has been a
Lamitschka: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this
song that makes people want to hear it?
Answer: I think right off the bat the song pulls people in with the strong rhythm section. It instantly
makes your head bob and catches your attention. Lyrically, the song tells a story about walking
away from a relationship that no longer serves you. It’s all about gaining the strength and
confidence to say “Alright, I deserve better than this, see ya!” and ultimately getting the heck out of
Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
Answer: Where do I start! I try to stay as close to my fans as possible. I truly care about their
opinion, and I want them to feel like we are all a big family. That being said, a few years ago I was
playing at a small cafe and I performed an unreleased original song. The song is all about struggling
with mental health problems, specifically depression. I am a huge advocate for mental health
awareness, as there are many people I know who suffer from mental health illnesses. After my set a
lady pulled me aside in tears telling me she had secretly been struggling with depression for a while.
She hugged and thanked me for raising awareness. It was so touching.
Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
Answer: I have too many musical influences to count or name. Music definitely runs in my family,
as my dad and his brother were in a touring band through most of my younger childhood. The talent
also goes back many generations before that. In terms of artists I look up to, gosh, that list is so
long. Pretty much any female country artist that ever existed, I love them for paving the way for
acts like me. All the chicks that are on country radio right now are killing it, and that inspires me to
work harder so that one day I can stand amongst them.
Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you
like best, what’s your favorite activity?
Answer: I always love different parts of each process. At the end of the day, I’d have to say my
favourite part is performing my original music to my fans. Nothing is more exciting than singing
something I wrote to a crowd of people who love my music. Seeing smiling, happy faces singing
my lyrics back to me is such a thrilling moment.
Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you into the music business?
Answer: Coming from Guelph, ON, there wasn’t a huge opportunity to “break it” in the industry. I
really had to make my own opportunities. (not much has changed! ha) I remember being under age
and going to bars, restaurants and cafes and asking the managers “Can I sing here once a week so
we can build up a wicked night of music?” they’d usually respond with “sure, kid, drop off a CD
and we’ll get back to you.” While I knew they were brushing me off, I’d just start singing to the
customers that were in the room until the bar manager would say “Okay, okay let’s find a day,” and
that’s how I became a working musician.
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?
Answer: Ever since I was a little girl singing in the crib, all the way to today, I have never had a
question in my mind that music was going to be my career. I grew up in a musical family which
made performing a little more “normal” for me. I watched everyone around me make a living off
performing, so I just kind of thought that was the thing to do!
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become a songwriter?
Answer: I’d have to say that my friend, Ambre McLean, first convinced me to write my own
music. I was completely captivated by her lyrics, piano, melody and voice when I first saw her live.
I ended up taking vocal lessons from her for a short period of time. Most of the lessons ended up
being therapy sessions because I was a teenager and you know, 14 year old heart break is literally
the WORST kind of heartbreak. At one point she just said “aw, kitten, you need to write a song
about this!” and we sat at the piano and wrote songs together.
Lamitschka: What drives you?
Answer: Without meaning to sound too cliche, I ultimately want to help people. I want to connect
with them and give them an outlet for their problems. Whether it’s listening to my songs while
driving home from work after a bad day and my music brightens up their drive, or connecting with
someone who is having a bad year and just needs some music they can relate to. I think life
constantly throws us curve balls, and music is such a healing gift. We definitely need more of that
in this crazy world. If my music can heal someone out there, then that is what I want to do. That is
what I’m meant to do.
Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International
Magazine & Radio Show