We had the good fortune of connecting with Danny Oberbeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danny, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve spent many years involved with “ corporate “ creative endeavors. The one thing in common was there were too many “bottom lines” . Once the creative spark was divided up and diluted, it always ended up becoming a source of frustration. That a great idea got stripped down to mediocre possibilities. I love collaboration, but you know the saying, “ Too many cooks spoil the broth”. Usually the “ broth” got lost in the process. I grew up in the early Orange County Punk scene, where DIY was the only way of growing. I’ve been an actor/musician since I was 13 and I learned early, that if you want something, you have to create your own opportunities and basically create your own luck. Starting my own business was a way of keeping control of my dreams, and holding myself responsible. If it didn’t work out, it was on me, which would make it easier to accept failure…or, more importantly, build on failure. It also lets me define “Success”.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an actor and musician. I fell into both at an early age. I was 14 when my first band (LOST CAUSE) got played regularly on Rodney On the ROQ on KROQ. Soon after we landed A record deal on a new label (Metallica was to be their second release after ours). I remember getting to skip school and skateboarding to the studio to record. It all fell into my lap. But, long story short, the record company got into serious trouble for embezzlement and the whole thing came to a crashing halt. At 16, I was washed up. But, not really. We still had records in stores, our name was out there and the direction of the band was now totally up to us. That’s when my future wife Kim and I started dating. She had a different vision of success. A bohemian sort of lifestyle , where we would travel the world with our future kids, playing music and experiencing life. Not too much thought about money or jobs (we were teenagers). Since then, we’ve balanced jobs with adventures. We have two grown kids. I started my current band CRAIC HAUS with my son when he was 13, in 2004. Since then, we’ve performed over 2300 shows all over the United States and Europe. Many times, with the entire family in tow, even the grandparents. We know that what we do is unique. From the music we create (Shamrockabilly-a fun blend of traditional Irish and American Rockabilly) to how and who we work with. We love what we do. It’s hard work, booking, promoting, playing, etc. But, , it’s all worth it, and continues to provide opportunities and adventures.
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?
Griffith Park is a great destination. Travel Town train museum, the Zoo, the great hiking trails and the Observatory. Another favorite spot we take out-of -towners is Rock n Roll Toi on Sunset for lunch, Super funky and great Thai food. Then, the Rolkwalk at Guitar Center. Venice beach is always a unique adventure. I live in Claremont, so, a day spent in the Village and a stroll through the colleges is always a sure thing. And of course a trip to Rhino records and the Claremont Folk music center. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to my wife Kim. She helped me dream about who I could be, since we met as young teenagers. After 31 years of marriage, she is still my muse and my cheerleader. Plus she’s the mother of my talented kids who are a part of my success.