About Danny McCrum


A short documentary about Danny McCrum's extraordinary career. (2016)

Danny McCrum started playing guitar at the age of twelve and began writing and performing a few months later. By the time he was sixteen Danny was regularly performing all over New Zealand playing his own music and filling in as guitarist, bassist and drummer for other bands. He managed and coordinated many of the shows, tours and recording projects and he would go on to tour as artist assistant for a number of acts including Norah Jones and Tommy Emmanuel.

In 2005 Danny set up his business Paper Plane Productions Ltd and made the transition to full time musician. To date Danny has released three albums; Awake & Restless (2007, Elite Music), Say What You Mean (2009, Liberation/Universal) and Letters to the Future (2012, Paper Plane). A new album is expected in 2019.

He has worked with and supported many music greats including Eric Clapton, John Butler Trio, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Barnes, Simple Minds, Katie Melua and Tommy Emmanuel. Over the years Danny has performed live on television and radio countless times. His music is featured on the TV show Shortland Street, Air New Zealand’s in-flight entertainment and his single In My Corner (Say What You Mean) was placed on rotation on Radio Hauraki, Juice TV and Channel 63.

Danny has consistently worked as a session guitarist for many artists and producers including Greg Haver, Peter van Gent, Lizzie Marvelly (2013 – 2014), Magnolia Memoir (US), Vann Dizon, Georgia Lines, the Michael Jackson tribute show 'King Of Pop, The Legend Continues’ and many more. Since 2015 Danny has toured with the Automatic 80s, a high energy show featuring ‘new wave’ 1980s hits. The band includes Justin Maclaren, Pearl Runga, Jayden Lee (Alae) and Clint Harris (Opshop/The Feelers). Danny has performed numerous times around Los Angeles and regularly attends the NAMM Music Expo.

Danny is endorsed by US pedal makers Rockbox Electronics and Chris Campbell Guitars.

In 2016 Danny teamed up with Bobby Kennedy to create the podcast series called ‘Don’t Give Up Your Day Job’ where they talk to creative professionals about their experiences in the entertainment business. They have spoken to a long list of impressive names and have developed a loyal following.

Danny McCrum can best be described as a chameleon musician. His entrepreneurial approach to his music career has set him apart and his diverse experience has seen him consistently push boundaries and set examples in innovation. He is a seasoned performer, a genuine musician and as he puts it... "a lifelong student of music”.