“I’ve lived in Philly throughout my whole life and the energy here is something I never try to take for granted. I can see myself venturing off to different places in the future, but Philly will always be home.”
Check out the interview with Danny Varughese exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Danny Varughese: It all started as an innocent hobby during my freshman year at Temple University. I just really enjoyed learning how to play my favorite songs on the guitar. It was when I went to my first open mic at World Cafe Live that I really found my love for performing live. Ever since I’ve been doing all I can to make and spread that feel-good music.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I guess my biggest goal was to always try and connect with the realest versions of other people, and nowadays I feel like there’s an overwhelming amount of platforms in which one could go about doing that. I feel like social media’s a great tool that can be leveraged to build and maintain some dope connections.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Career wise I fell in love with the idea of being in a position in which you can control the vibe of a room. I feel like a live performer has so much responsibility since he/she can affect so much of the energy around where he/she is performing. So that kind of responsibility really excited me to put my all into pursuing such a position.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Staying true to your truest self regardless of the outside circumstances that may occur.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’ve lived in Philly throughout my whole life and the energy here is something I never try to take for granted. It’s been a blessing to be able to spread this music around the city of brotherly love. There’s so many great venues downtown that have great live scenes. I can see myself venturing off to different places in the future, but Philly will always be home.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Sometimes the best way to build yourself up is to build others up. I feel like it’s easy to get caught up in your own head and to lose sight of other perspectives. Staying connected with other people and valuing other perspectives has always helped me to maintain a clear vision and to stay grounded.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
During my freshman year at Temple University I found it hard to get people from campus to commute all the way down for a show. Three years later from the very first BlueBox Open Mic that we’ve had, BlueBox has grown into an extremely strong community of human beings that strive to support and build one another up.
What is your inspiration?
The idea that music can change people. There’s something about giving all of your attention and focus to a song that can really influence who you are, and that really inspires me to try and make music that can uplift and empower other people. Life can get quite tough at times and music has always seemed like a universal escape.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel like a lot of things success-related has a lot to do with one’s own mindset. It’s up to the individual to paint a picture that says “I am successful because of ______” or “I am unsuccessful because of ______.” At the end of the day, as long as you’re giving the art everything you’ve got as consistently as you can, you’ve got to be a success.
Where can we find you on social media?