Spotlight: Jonathan Daily from The Black Black
Written by Kyle Nutter
Photographs by Rick Perez
Jonathan Daily from The Black Black is surprisingly calm for being in a band that creates frenetic songs. They released a new EP that focuses mostly on personal issues and growth, which is a narrower focus compared to their last string of songs that also commented on social issues. According to Jonathan, these songs were stronger and came from a place of understanding.
“I know what it’s like to be me,” said Jonathan.
He acknowledges the one thing that no one can know, that gives a competitive advantage. The foresight to utilize one’s own expertise demonstrates an ability to imagine a way to success. It’s an interesting angle. Everyone experiences the world in their own way. It is impossible for me to understand exactly how Jonathan perceives the world and for him to know my perception is entirely irrational. This is valid for anyone. We are all on our own paths through life. Each individual has a unique experience. Jonathan is tapping into the subject that he has the most expertise-his life.
Another area of expertise I picked up on was touring. The Black Black networked to set up a midwest tour to promote their music. Since it’s hard to promote out-of-town shows, they worked with local bands to get a sizable audience. All that’s needed to be done after that is show up and win the audience.
“You get your 30 minutes to do that,” said Jonathan.
Bass and beat are the soul to music. It’s how people connect to it. The Black Black capitalizes on this and constructs their music from the bones of great bass grooves and drum beats. It’s apparent in the dancey-wave feel. Everything else is accents.
“If the bass is right, the song is good,” said Jonathan. “Bass and beat is why we are a band.”
It certainly is their strongest aspect, but there’ll always be guitar. I attribute this to the self-awareness The Black Black possesses.
Music is an emotional expression. You cannot view, read or touch it. Only hearing and our aural ability is tied to our capacity to feel the music, and not in a physical way. Does every musician need to find themselves in order to make pure music? It may not be necessary, but it can’t hurt. It’s still uncertain whether The Black Black has reached that level yet, but it seems they’re at least on solid ground.