Interview by: Mike Farley
here for Mike's review of
Danny Wood's album Second Face.
Former New Kid on the Block Danny Wood has just released his first solo CD, Second Face, and suffice to say he has grown up and come into his own as a singer/songwriter. I got to talk to Danny, as his new record is about to hit the streets.
Mike Farley: First of all, congrats on the new CD. I'm really digging it. Over what kind of time span did you write the material for it?
Danny Wood: Thank you, I recorded it over the last two years.
MF: A lot of people in kid or teen bands resurface years later but usually don't have the talent you do. At what point did you start doing your own thing and where would you like to go with it?
DW: I started about two and a half years ago. I went through a tough two years where my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and I was fighting for custody of my son. So after going through all of that I had a lot to talk about. I eventually won my custody case and my mom passed away, so that gave me more to put on tape. I honestly hope the CD does well enough so I can do another album and just make a living doing it. I spent too many years trying to help other artists and nothing ever panned out.
MF: Sorry to hear about your mom. As a songwriter myself I know that a lot of times, writing music is almost therapy when going through a difficult time. Was that the case for you?
DW: It was definitely therapy for me, and I think the song "Home" takes a different look at losing someone. I learned a lot about myself through the whole experience.
MF: What else have you been doing the past 10 or so years?
DW: I produced a few groups that got signed to major labels, but nothing ever panned out. I also produced for Lou Pearlman’s company. That didn't go anywhere either. Three years ago I did an instrumental record called
Room Full of Smoke and that was a lot of fun. I just did Room Full of Smoke, Volume 2 and that is currently available at www.cdbaby.com under the alias D-wood. This is a totally separate project I do just for fun.
MF: Do you stay in touch with the guys from New Kids?
DW: I do. We were like brothers so there is a lot of love there.
MF: Would we recognize any of the artists you produced?
DW: LFO, C-note, Joe McIntyre, Marky Mark.
MF: Okay, all us guys want to know…what were the groupies like when you were with the New Kids? Of course, we only want to know about the legal age ones! And what are they like now?
DW: They were very crazy. Like any other rock band, it was wild. I think now they have grown up and look more for artists with something to say in their music.
MF: Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record?
DW: Yes, I am starting to do dates in April.
MF: If you could be the support act to any one artist on tour, who would it be?
DW: Right now, I would say Santana.
MF: What are some influences you have as a performer and a writer and why?
DW: The Beatles, Lenny Kravitz, the Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Elton John, Journey. These groups and many more always hit me emotionally. So that is what I try to do with my music, connect with people that way.
MF: How do you feel about shows like American Idol? Would you be a harsh critic too?
DW: Reality TV in general is about humiliation, and I think that show is more about that
than talent. I wouldn't be a judge at all.
MF: Do you think being in a teen idol kind of band has helped you or hurt you in getting your own career going?
DW: I think it hurts more than helps. I understand it. NKOTB was basically shoved down America's throat.
MF: If you could spend one night with J.Lo, Britney Spears or Winona Rider, who would it be and why?
DW: Winona Ryder. I want to know why she stole.
MF: Our site is very sports oriented…are you a sports fan at all and if so, which teams?
DW: The Patriots, the Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins. I am a complete homer. I live for all the Boston sports teams.
MF: Living in Cleveland now, people here talk about the Indians not winning the World Series since 1948. The Red Sox haven't won since 1918 -- do you think they will win in your lifetime?
DW: They will. I think they have a good shot this year. But I have thick skin, so I am prepared for the heartbreak.
MF: How do you feel about Bill Belichick as a coach?
DW: I think he is awesome. What he has done for the Patriots is incredible. Last year was disappointing, but they had a free pass from me.