Danny Ferraro

Danny Ferraro

Songwriter/Composer


Just Walden

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Decided to stick with Piano Lessons, Age 14.
Joined my first band and started writing pop songs, Age 18.
Produced my first EP, Age 20.
Started my first real job (not in music), Age 22.
Quit my job to record an album, Age 26.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Concord Academy
Bachelor
Physics, General
Columbia University in the City of New York
Bachelor
Economics, General
Columbia University in the City of New York

Career

Songwriter/Composer

I write and produce songs.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Writing
Being Creative

Day to Day

In the morning, I like to spend some time on the piano just messing around, not necessarily with anything in mind, but sometimes these are the times when you make your best discoveries. Then inevitably, I get to the computer. I usually work on a mix about 2-3 hours at a time. And later in the day I like to record for a new track, either a piano part, vocals, guitars, or a drum beat. Then late at night I will probably return to a mix or something I recorded earlier.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Patience is extremely important, perseverance. It's easy to get discouraged as an artist so being able to roll with the punches is crucial. It's also crucial to not lose sight of your goals, and not cut any corners. Music production is a very detail-oriented process and it's impossible to make great music without paying attention to and respecting all those details.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Practice, play, experiment. When I was younger, I wanted to be a novelist, and I asked a full time novelist if they thought I had what it takes. They told me, "Novelists write novels, it's not a choice, it's just what they do." It was then that I realized I was actually a musician, because in all of my free time, I was usually playing the piano. Experimenting is key to discovery as well, never be afraid to do something different, all my best songs have come from doing that.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Who are you kidding? You can't be as good as the other musicians putting out music, what do you have to offer?"

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress