New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Nashville-based indie singer-songwriter Owen Danoff releases his new single, "Wax Museum," today (June 26th) via Rock Ridge Music. The track premiered on June 24th at American Songwriter. The follow-up to his 2019 single, "Side Effects," "Wax Museum" is a bittersweet indie-folk/pop track about memory and childhood.
"I wrote this song about a month after my uncle passed away," says Danoff. "Going through that made me think about all the memories I had with him, then all the memories from my childhood. I noticed I remembered parts of really specific things - like my uncle sitting on the couch reading a paper, or one game of basketball I played with friends as a kid - but the details surrounding them tended to be blurry. I was in a very reflective mood and wanted to try to capture the impermanence of memory - a tall order for a three-minute song - but hopefully some of it came across."
"Wax Museum" was produced, mixed, and mastered by Mike and Nick Squillante, based on a demo Danoff had made. "Between the three of us, we covered all the parts," says Danoff. "My favorite aspect of the recording is the typewriter sound we use for percussion - Mike actually played a typewriter, which we thought would give a nice nostalgic feel to the track. Mike and Nick are in a band called Running Lights
- I also co-wrote a song that they released earlier this year."
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danoff is unable to tour right now. Fans eager to see him live can catch him livestreaming weekly alternating between his Instagram (@owendanoff) and Facebook (Facebook.com/owendanoff) pages at 8 p.m. eastern every Tuesday evening.
Danoff grew up playing multiple instruments, but it wasn't until discovering his first rock band, Green Day, that he embraced music as his true passion. It was that catalyst that led him to pick up the bass and electric guitar, as well as pen his first song. With a Grammy Award-winning songwriter father (Bill Danoff, an original member of Starland Vocal Band) and a mother who owned a restaurant that doubled as a neighborhood music venue, it wasn't surprising when Owen embraced his natural inclination for writing music and performing.
A Berklee College of Music
grad who focused on film scoring and bass, Danoff appeared on NBC's "The Voice," where he performed his way to the live shows and earned the distinction of being the first contestant ever to play bass on the show. Following "The Voice," Owen moved to Nashville, TN, home to some of music's best songwriters and musicians of all genres. Owen has written and collaborated with artists in a number of musical styles - such as CMT's "Nashville" star, Charles Esten, and electronic dance artist Vowed - while continuing to develop his own personal sound.
With two EPs (Never Trust
a Man  and Love on Your Side ) and a full-length album (Twelve Stories ) under his belt, Danoff has been an artist in residence at Strathmore's Institute
for Artistic and Professional Development, and won three Washington Area Music
Awards (Wammies) for best Pop/Rock Recording, Pop/Rock Instrumentalist, and Pop/Rock Vocalist. He was also an American Songwriter lyric contest winner for the single "No Such Thing (As You and Me)."
Inspired by classic songwriting from genres as diverse as folk and R&B, Owen's unique blend of modern pop sensibilities and singer-songwriter introspection makes for songs authentically his own, pairing the intimacy of self-reflection and personal experience with musical hooks and catchy melodies. "I started making music because it was a way to say what I couldn't with words alone," Danoff says. "As soon as I realized that, music went from something I loved and appreciated to something I absolutely had to do."