I am excited to share with you guys the new single from North London’s soul sensation Danny Toeman. Entitled ‘Give It All Up (Mr Showtime)’ the track presents a dramatically beautiful, classic love song that perfectly captures his use of fusing vintage sounds with contemporary style.
Toeman has performed to sold out audiences at prestigious venues such as Alexandra Palace and the o2 Arena, as well as supporting soul luminaries such as Kool & The Gang, Betty Wright, Michael Kiwanuka, and Charles Bradley. His music can also be heard in a global advertising campaign for Toyota, on Saturday Night Live and in Made in Chelsea.
Danny Toeman is a vibrant and powerful performer who seamlessly blends the classic vibes of Funk and Soul’s golden age with his own inimitable London edge, delivering a modern and fresh ‘neo-vintage’ flavour. The North London singer who is known for his outstanding live performances that showcase his rugged vocals and altitude-defying falsetto, creates a sound oozing with character and emotion. Along with his seven-piece band The Love Explosion, Toeman stages an electrifying show filled to the brim with feel-good funky soul, designed to make you move.
In his latest release ‘Give It All Up (Mr Showtime)’, Toeman presents a dramatically beautiful, classic love song that perfectly captures his use of fusing vintage sounds with contemporary style. Sonically the single comes to life through colourful grooves and embellished melodies, with a ‘Torch Song’ style introduction and uplifting finish, the track lends itself to a feel-good love song. Toeman expresses how gratitude was the inspiration for the new track sharing, “This song came to me as I was travelling home from a random gig in the middle of nowhere, clunky guitar case and amplifier taking up space in the train carriage. I was thinking about the show and how despite how small it was, the audience had shown so much love for my set. I wondered what they would think if they saw me now and if they knew it was their reaction that keeps me going. So I decided to write something that would express my appreciation to them and all other audiences who’ve had a similar effect on me”.
Influenced by the power and swagger of James Brown, the pained romance of Marvin Gaye, and the uplifting joy of Curtis Mayfield, Toeman combines his love of classic soul with modern elements, bringing a new sound of soul, whilst forging his own path into unchartered territory. Thematically his music narrates finding the sweetness in the sour and getting through the rough times with dignity. “I try and keep my music positive and aspirational, in matters of life and love, matter how hard the present circumstances. This is the message I have always found at the heart of the music I love”, admits Toeman.
When he is not performing, writing and producing music, the musician hopes to flaunts his powerful charisma as a professional wrestler, having taken up training last year. Whether in the ring or on stage, he displays a charming eccentricity and incomparable flair that consistently captivates his audience.
To date, Toeman has performed to sold out audiences at prestigious venues such as Alexandra Palace and the o2 Arena, as well as supporting soul luminaries such as Kool & The Gang, Betty Wright, Michael Kiwanuka, and Charles Bradley. His music can also be heard in a global advertising campaign for Toyota, on Saturday Night Live and in Made in Chelsea, as well as receiving national radio airplay from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles.
Put quite simply, there is no other artist quite like Danny Toeman. With a full album release on the horizon and a range of live dates on the way, now is the ideal time to catch an awe inspiring live performance from a true rising star. ‘Give It All Up (Mr Showtime)’ is currently available worldwide.
Danny Chats With TMI About His New Single “Give It All Up (Mr Showtime)”
You just released your long-awaited new single, ‘Give It All Up (Mr Showtime)’. What do you hope your supporters will think of your new music? & What do you hope they’ll get from hearing your new songs?
I hope that my supporters can hear my gratitude toward them through this new song, because at the heart of it, that’s what it’s all about.
Can you tell us the backstory of this new song? Is it from a real experience?
I came up with it a few years ago when travelling home from a gig in an empty train carriage, surrounded by all my equipment. The gig had been small and not greatly attended, but the audience who had been there made up for it with their overwhelming response, so I decided to write a tribute to them and similar audiences I’ve encountered.
What does this song mean to you?
It’s a personal song to me; almost an anthem about coming through some of the rough times in my life with a smile on face, knowing the strength came from all sorts of people. These people didn’t have to listen to my music or come to my shows, but they did, and showed such an appreciation that I wouldn’t be right for me to not acknowledge them.
Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to from you next year?!?
Keeping things a bit hush-hush at the moment, but potentially some even newer music should be out in the new year, and I’m working on hopefully playing some international shows!
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
It’s easier than ever to release your own music these days, but that doesn’t guarantee anyone is going to listen! That’s the hard part, but if you believe in what you do, as I do (my songs are very much a part of me, my experiences and my outlook), then you have to keep fighting the good fight to spread the word!
Will there be a music video for any of your new singles? If so, can you tell us about the concept of the video 🙂
I have a music video for my previous single ‘She’s Got Something About Her’, coming out very soon (or already out, depending on when you’re reading this). It’s a parody of the modern dating game, in a world where apps like Tinder reign supreme, and all are actions are determined by Instagram likes and FOMO. Available on Youtube.
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
The first name that comes to mind is my friend and sometimes collaborator, David Albury. He’s been nothing but supportive throughout my career, and always happy to give me a boost, perspective, or honest feedback, depending on what I need. He’s hopefully debuting his material in the New Year; I’ve heard some previews, and it’s nothing short of a modern masterpiece! Look for it under the stage name ‘I D’. I’d also like to mention Louise Golbey, an excellent singer and maybe the hardest-working woman in the London music biz. When I first started, she was happy to help out with advice and sharing contacts, and over time I’d like to think I’ve returned the favour.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
It’s hard to say! I guess that the music I make is my best way of expressing the love I have and want to share; for the world, for people, for myself, so I hope that can take a piece of that with them.
Are you planning any shows to promote your new music?
We had a big single launch show at the Finsbury in North London, and had an excellent night; we played for nearly two hours, and everyone was up and dancing by the second half of the show. Me and my band (the Love Explosion) have another London date coming up, on December 27th at the Hootananny in Brixton. If you haven’t been, it’s an excellent live music venue, so come on down!
What is it like performing in front of your fans?
On one hand, it’s comforting; knowing they’re there to see you, as opposed to some gigs I do where the audience might not be there specifically to see you, but there’s also a pressure I feel to give everything of my self, and just leave it all on stage.
What do you want your supporters to know that you think is important?
With the exception of a very small chosen few, most musicians on the scene who appear to be successful or even just doing well are just getting by, doing our best to keep our heads above the water. For every major or minor achievement you see, there’s 100 times more failures/disappointments that come before it, and inevitably after it.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
My natural vocal range is actually pretty low, around a baritone, but most of the songs I write end up with me singing much higher.
Many of your supporters are starstruck when they meet you Have you ever been starstruck?
I don’t think I have ever been truly starstruck. If any of the famous people I’ve met remember this differently, please get in touch, we can do lunch!
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
Feel free to come and say hi, and if I don’t acknowledge you, it’s most likely because I’m in a rush to catch a train or tube, and focusing on nothing else. I definitely get tunnel vision in those situations!
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
I’m dying to that one record executive who’s up for giving me a big money contract to keep writing and singing the songs I want to do. Very rarely this is the case in music, both in the amount of the budget, or the amount of artistic freedom.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
While social media can act as a good shop window for artists, I actually don’t think it’s the be-all, end-all. The amount of likes I get for a picture I’ve posted is no indicator for how much someone likes my songs or my performances. The numbers that matter to me are the bodies present at my shows, and I’ve been so lucky these year to see so many turn up, which still gives me the warm and fuzzies when I think about it.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
Right now, I’d say being able to tour Europe and the World with the band would be the dream goal right now. Overall dream? Being able to go to a cinema to watch a big budget Hollywood biopic about my life and career, with the biggest star of the day playing yours truly!
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Keep on doing what you’re doing, listen to the music, come to the shows, and tell a friend! Share the love.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!
Thank you for having me!