Nottinghamshire musician 'amazed' at gaining global recognition as solo artist
A Nottinghamshire musician who relaunched as a solo artist during the pandemic is receiving recognition from around the world, with radio airplay and guitar endorsements.
Daniel Vardy has spent lockdown writing new tracks and re-releasing some of his old songs which has led to him catching the eye of a global guitar manufacturer and enjoying worldwide success.
Thirty-five-year-old ‘Vardy’, who has been making music since the tender age of 12, has had his work aired on independent radio stations in Australia and America despite being unable to perform gigs during the pandemic.
Daniel, who grew up in Meden Vale and also works as a delivery driver, sings, writes and plays drums, bass and guitar on his tracks which are recorded at Electric Bear Studios in Mansfield.
He said: “I wanted to go solo, so have taken time over lockdown to write new tracks and re-release some of my old songs around the day job.
"I’m really enjoying my newer stuff – it’s still the similar sound everyone is used to, but my recent songs are a more grown up version of me.”
His indie punk songs’ lyrics are often based on his real life experiences, and he writes candidly about his struggles with addiction – along with his mental health battles over the years.
"I’m in a really good place now, I’m settled down and my mental health is much better, so I want to write about what I’ve been through so people can relate," he said.
"My next release Hypochondriac is all about my struggles with addiction over the years, and how it affected my life, so I’m looking forward to people hearing it.”
Vardy’s songs getting airplay in other countries also resulted in him getting his first endorsement from Russian company – Kononykheen Guitars.
He said: “Getting an endorsement is amazing – knowing someone has heard my music and wants to back me is just brilliant.
"They share my videos, which helps with exposure, but it’s just good to be getting noticed, especially with radio stations around the world picking up on my songs.”