About Danny McCrum
Danny McCrum started playing guitar at the age of twelve and began writing and performing a few months later. He played with several bands performing at local community and school events and talent quests where he consistently took first or second place. When he was fifteen his band The Frankies won the Auckland finals of the Smokefree Rock Quest. They performed in front of several thousand people at The Auckland Town Hall and recorded at York St Studios. By the age of sixteen Danny was regularly performing all over New Zealand. As well as performing his own music, he would fill in as a guitarist, bassist and drummer for other bands. He released several EPs and coordinated a number of national tours. He also performed solo and was soon a regular performer at the infamous Temple Bar in Auckland’s Queen St.
You Spin Me Right Round
Danny then co-founded the band Spinner. Spinner independently released Laughing Out Loud (2000, EP) and The Talking Sessions (2002). The band came third in the York Street Acid Test and second in the Battle of the Bands. During this period Danny also toured as artist assistant for a number of acts including Norah Jones and Tommy Emmanuel.
In 2004 Danny co-founded a covers band that would eventually become The Buskers. The Buskers are still very active and perform all over New Zealand. In 2005 Danny set up his business Paper Plane Productions Ltd, a management company through which Danny operates his various musical projects. At this time Danny made the transition to full time musician. In 2006 Danny started releasing music under his own name and to date he has released three albums; Awake & Restless (2007, Elite Music), Say What You Mean (2009, Liberation/Universal) and Letters to the Future. (2012, Paper Plane)
He has played support for many significant artists including Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, Katie Melua,Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Barnes, Simple Minds, John Mayer and Tommy Emmanuel who he toured with four times. Over the years Danny has performed live on television and radio countless times. His music is frequently used on the soundtrack of TV show Shortland Street and all three albums plus several music videos are on Air New Zealand’s in-flight entertainment. His single In My Corner (Say What You Mean) was placed on rotation on Radio Hauraki, Juice TV and Channel 63.
From 2013 – 2014 Danny played guitar for Lizzie Marvelly including a performance in front of 22,000 people in Rotorua. He’s worked as a session guitarist for many artists and producers including Greg Haver and Peter van Gent. In 2015 Danny performed shows in Auckland and Wellington as guitarist for the Michael Jackson tribute show 'King Of Pop, The Legend Continues', featuring Navi. (who used to work for Michael Jackson)
Danny has performed numerous times around L.A. in recent years. He’s also recorded as session guitarist and regularly attends the NAMM Music Expo. He's played guitar on multiple tours for Magnolia Memoir (US) and he is endorsed by US pedal makers Rockbox.
Since 2015 Danny has been touring with the Automatic 80s, a high energy show featuring ‘new wave’ 1980s hits. The band includes Justin Maclaren, Pearl Runga, Bobby Kennedy (Opshop) and Clint Harris (Opshop/The Feelers) as well as special guest Boh Runga (Stellar) on select shows.
Don’t Give Up Your Day Job
In 2016 Danny teamed up with Bobby Kennedy to create the podcast series 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".