We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan Schnelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dan, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is an interesting subject… The balance of life is something that is shifting constantly. As a musician, no week is ever the same with work, and I wouldn’t ever want to change that! I like having new and different things to work on every week… but it can be rather difficult blending an ever shifting calendar with my daughter’s school/events calendar. Pre-kiddo, I used t schedule out my weeks with practice, rehearsals, exercise, now I’m just trying to get the most out of everyday and squeezing in as much as I can.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a professional musician and drummer! It’s taken a long time to really feel like I can own that… And it also feels like something that I can’t count on saying without putting in a lot of work all the time. I’ve been working hard as a sideman, or work for hire, to lots of different artists and musicians my entire career. This year I released my first recording of my original music on the Outside In Music label, and it’s definitely been the biggest and hardest endeavor of my career thus far. It’s scary putting your own work out for others to listen to, and it’s a million tiny decisions that slowly add up to one large project. I’m so glad I did It though, and it’s addicting… already game-planning for record number 2!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A perfect morning hang in LA to me would be to hike Griffith Park, then head into Atwater Village for breakfast burritos at Tacos Villa Corona, and grab cold pressed coffee from Kaldi (which recently closed, so maybe Proof across the street). Dinner could be any number of places… and then heading out for the night would probably include music either on the Eastside or downtown depending on what night of the week it is!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is Jeff Babko. He is an incredible musician, and he helped me produce my first record. He is an indispensable person to have in my corner – yes, he’s great for musical decision making, but really he was there as a sounding board ALL the time, and didn’t try to impose his decision making on me. He’s stayed present and open to any and all ideas, and just helped me by pushing me to make decisions and keep moving. My first record, Shine Thru, wouldn’t have been made the same without all of his incredible input.
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