Danny R

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It's great news for us all here and we are proud to say that Danny R has signed a Solo Deal with Bad Monkey Records! To say we are over the moon is an understatement and we are looking forward to some great new music in 2022 to bring your way on the Bad Monkey label!

It's been a busy 2021 for Danny, writing new music for his upcoming album all while travelling and performing with Paul Gillings as a very sucessful duo, also a Bad Monkey Act with new music on the way. And it seems that 2022 is looking just as busy for Danny with music and gigs lining up far in advance already.


We are so happy to have the Danny on board and to have the chance to work with him over the coming years and to have the honour of bringing you all of his latest tracks.

Indie Blues-Rock at its very best, combining that soulful, grit-infused that we have come to love from Danny, all backed by his expert guitar playing. The package really is complete in this artist and already he has a following that can only get larger as time moves on. Danny brings you the Blues with an originality and grittyness you'll instantly fall in love with.

Danny has been playing the guitar from the age of 15 and started singing when he was 22. Since the age of 16, Danny has played both the electric and acoustic guitar within a number of bands and duos. Danny's first release as Danny R, Me You & Eko was recorded by Paul Gillings in his home studio and released on all digital platforms in December of 2019. After featuring on several of each others recorded tracks and enjoying the creative process, Danny invited Paul to his rehearsal at Cafe Studios in Lowestoft to jam out a few numbers and so the duo of Danny FR & Paul Gillings was born.


Danny though still has much to bring on his own and as such we have made it our business to represent Danny as a solo artist in his own rights and are really excited to be bringing you some brand new music early in 2022.

Bad Monkey Records are proud to introduce you to the highly talented Danny R & Paul Gillings! 

About Danny R

As far back as his memory serves, Danny's childhood home always had music on. Be it background radio, Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC2, the latest musical out of London’s west end or his folks "fighting" over the multi-stack to play their individual tastes. Bringing Legends and favourites from the 50s right through into what was the current 90s. Today, Danny continues to work with those ingrained sounds of inspiration. 


Looking back on it all, Danny says: "My Nan really gave me insight to the available music in this here world outside the realm of U.K top 40, She showed me the full genre/decade spectrum, from Al Green, Smokey Robinson, 4Tops , The Temptations, James Brown, Little Richard right through to Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Eddy Grant, The Fugees, Coolio, Ice Cube, Beastie Boys... Even as heavy underground as Mobb Deep! A good foundation and a background of real music. But most importantly for me, she knew how to feel the music in her soul, as a listener and appreciator. She could connect almost instantly. I must've been around ten or eleven at the time and now, being older, I appreciate that today more than ever. Music offers what the listener needs most at that time there's a music for all moods and, knowing what music supports which emotion allows you to know a person better. I believe music to be the well she paled her energy from. Those Artists and their songs have unknowingly helped our family through thick and thin for decades and will continue to do so. They bring back the memories that are attached to them. If, as a songwriter, I can replicate just a slice of that for someone else to pull from, then happy days. It sounds heavy, but music's a powerful force"

Since those dearly days Danny has developed a taste in Rock based, physically played instrument music and was influenced to learn guitar and did so with renowned teacher Kevin Dean. He Auditioned for his first band at age sixteen, which was an American Punk/Rock Band called Absinth who only recorded one song called "Houston we have a drinking problem." That project dissolved rather quickly into a band formed by Danny and Best friend Bass player Jack Savage called State The Obvious'. As school kids hitting the Lowestoft music scene and getting a support slot at the Sea Breeze upstairs venue, a total of three gigs were played and they were enough to show Danny and Jack that heavier music was in need.​ Fail In Duty was the final band established by Danny and Jack, spending four to five great years of brotherhood, gigging, writing, recording originals and 'living the dream', but always with the work hard and play hard mindset. Lifes natural dynamics separated the band in late 2009 and they played a farewell New Years Eve gig back where they first started at the Carlton pub in Pakefield.

In 2010 Danny formed a duo with Zak Matin, a good friend and former frontman to Fail In Duty which would see him put the electric guitars down and opened the door to the acoustic singer-songwriter approach. Danny learnt as much as he could from his time with Zak in this duo and the pair gigged several times to great success, but bills needed paying and by 2011 Zak had taken a job offshore and Danny had moved away for other work opportunities. 

In 2016 Danny moved back to the Lowestoft area and picked the acoustic back up with the idea of being a solo artist, just guitar and vocals. The only problem was that he wasn't one for public singing and would clam up instantly if he knew ears were around. Danny contacted his friend Lloyd Lasantri, owner of Cafe Studios in Lowestoft and arranged to book some rehearsal time. The idea was really just to go down for a coffee and see a familiar face.​ In 2019, after three years of hard graft and seven to eight solo gigs under his belt ranging from charity events, local festivals and beer festivals, Danny landed for the second time, an opening spot at a local A&R Night run by Paul Johnson's Club Uniquity. A great opportunity to hear and meet fellow circuit musicians as well as the opportunity to play.​ That night The James and Sir Mathew Band were playing later on the bill with Paul Gillings as a member of the band - Paul is most prominently know for his world class skill on the Harmonica. After hearing Danny's set Paul introduced himself and offered to record a live E.P to be recorded, for free, at his recently assembled home studio.​ Danny's first release as Danny R, Me You & Eko, was recorded by Paul and released on all major music sites via EMU-Bands on 20/12/2020. The release opened doorways to better gigs and contacts and the tracks People and Indigo-Child were featured on local radio station Smart radio 101 by Presenter Darren Steger - Lewis.

Today, Danny now has his own home studio to write and record from, working on multiple projects alongside his fellow musicians the most recent being the duo project between himself and Paul Gillings. All in all, both his solo and duo projects are bringing a new and exciting direction full of first class original music. 

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From The EP You Me & Eko