INTERVIEW: Deláno

Who is Deláno?

Deláno is from a small town university where he studied music education to big city living where he kicked off his solo career, Deláno is the working definition of “try, try again”. Following a series of successful roles in Kansas City community theatre, he chose to venture out on his own, seeking to challenge views on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness through his music.

As an independent artist, Deláno has poured his heart and soul into his soon-to-be released album, Unafraid. With influences from Pop, R&B, and Soul, he has pushed the boundaries of “traditional pop” to create a new world for the listener. Deláno doesn’t want you to just listen to his music, he wants you to experience his music. Just as the way of life, the music on Unafraid cycles through the diverse phases we encounter as we continually refine ourselves.

He’s got a very catchy and quirky new song out called “Roll My Dice”, which you can listen to below (I guarantee it will be stuck in your head for hours!). He’s a very handsome chap and luckily for me he agreed to answer a few of my questions which can read after listening to the new song…

Hey Deláno – thanks for chatting with me – your new single is called Roll My Dice – are you a bit of a gambler?

Funny you ask, because the song actually has nothing to do with gambling in my mind. I do, however, enjoy some casino time here or there. You’ll never find me at a table though; I’m terrible at them!

Me too – always bet on red and black that’s my tactic! So, what’s the song about?

“Roll My Dice” was written at a time when I felt lost. I was encountering some of those giant speed bumps that life throws in our path, and at the time they seemed almost impossible to get past. When we, or I, come face to face with these obstacles, it’s seems so easy to just run the other direction. I’ve also been known to run to others and expect them to provide me with all of the answers I need. Come on! You and I both know that doing either of those things will only “leave an open door”. That’s what the heart of this song is about… coming to the realisation that I am the only one that can really overcome the battles that are being fought inside my head. And sometimes it’s okay not to know what the next move should be in this game of life. Me, you, all of us; we can, without a doubt, create our own happiness.

Great advice! How would you describe your sound?

I’ve thought long and hard about this question, because I knew it would come up somewhere. I still don’t have a definitive answer. It’s fun, poppy, catchy, with a bit of soul. Mix Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz with a hint of Bruno Mars, and you’ve got Deláno

That’s a great mix – for sure!

Who are your musical Gods or Goddesses?

There are so many remarkable musicians out there! Lady Gaga was, and still is, a big inspiration for me. She can sing, she can dance, she can write, she can perform, and most importantly, she’s a genuine being. I had always known that I wanted to perform in some way, shape or form, yet it wasn’t until I saw her Monster Ball Tour in 2010 that I discovered exactly what I wanted to do with my life.

Wow! Lucky you got to see her – let’s take a look at your musical Goddess in action…

What was the first song you sang in public?

That’s a tough one. I joined a performing arts studio in my hometown in 5th grade, so I’m trying to recall what my first recital would have been. Our instructor very diverse. If I remember correctly, it was either “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (Mary Poppins) or “Hero” (Enrique Iglesias).

Haha, two very different songs completely!

What’s on your MP3 player right now?

It’s quite the list right now. I’ll throw out a few names I see as I scroll down… Carole King, Alanis Morissette, Tracy Chapman, Adele, Allen Stone, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Sara Bareilles, Jessie J, Sia…

Very similar to mine except I hate Jessie J! Sorry Jessie if you’re reading…

Tell us something embarrassing about yourself?

I scream like a little girl around spiders. They could be the size of a sharpened pencil tip and I’d still be deathly afraid.

Like this?

What was the last gig you performed at?

I haven’t yet mentioned that I’ve been rather active in the Kansas City community theatre scene during the last year. My last gig musical theatre-wise was Legally Blonde the Musical at The Barn Players which ran from February – March. I played a few different characters in that show, most notably the pool boy.

My last solo gig was in January of this year at local coffee shop called Black Dog Coffeehouse. Since that show, I have been putting all of my efforts into Unafraid, the EP that “Roll My Dice” comes from, which will be released in mid-August.

Timberlake or Bieber?

Timberlake! Both are incredible in their own way. I prefer Timberlake.

Cool – me too!

What was the number one song when you were born?

Well, isn’t this fun! Looks like it was “Rush Rush” by Paula Abdul.

Okay now I feel old! Let’s watch…

What’s your favourite joke?

And the Lord said unto John, “Come forth and you will receive eternal life”. But John came fifth and won a toaster.

Boom, boom – here’s one of mine. Why did Adele cross the road? To say “hello from the other side”

What’s your favourite lyric from your own songs?

“Open your ears, your eyes, your heart and stare your conscience face to face. Live as if the breath you take is the last one in the race”

What’s your favourite lyric ever?

“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are.’ She said, ’cause he made you perfect, babe’

What’s next for Deláno?

In a couple of weeks I will be performing back in my hometown at a fundraiser for the victims of the Orlando tragedy. I feel honoured to have an opportunity like this.

Following that performance I will be playing various gigs so that I can share “Roll My Dice” with the world! Unafraid, the EP, will have a release party mid-August and will be available worldwide on all major music platforms. I’d love for anyone that’s interested to stay up to date with my shows, releases, and latest news by following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and joining my mailing list on my website, http://www.delanosworld.com. This is only the beginning.

Sending all my love to you!

Thanks Deláno for chatting – it’s been awesome and I hope to hear more from you real soon!

Do you have something you’d like to ask Deláno? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @PopAndTalk

Single: https://soundcloud.com/delanosworld/roll-my-dice

Website: http://www.delanosworld.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/delanosworld

Twitter: https://twitter.com/delanosworld

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