A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH ADRIAN DANIEL
There was something different about R&B singer Adrian Daniel from the first time I heard his music. The thing is, It’s actually incorrect to classify him as a R&B singer. In an interview Highlark did almost a year ago, Adrian himself had this to say;
I’m trying to push this Soul, R&B music or whatever they want to call it. I’m trying to push this as much as I can.
His intent to push the boundaries are clear, but I was never a fan of people trying to be different for the sake of being different. That’s not true intent. That’s not going to change the game. Thankfully, what Adrian is doing is not that.
He’s not trying to be different. He is simply being himself, and It’s not so much that he is pushing the boundaries either. To him, there really are no boundaries to begin with, because the road to greatness has no limits.
This is the reason Adrian Daniel wakes up every morning. To be great.
That’s the type of person I like to be around, so I decided to follow Adrian around for a day during our coverage of SXSW Music Festival.
MARCH 17TH, 2017 – AUSTIN, TEXAS
I was originally scheduled to meet with Adrian on Wednesday the 15th. A major snow storm hit New York City Tuesday morning, pushing his flight back to Thursday night. Luckily, the Highlark team headed out to Austin on Monday missing the whole snow disaster.
We had been corresponding with Adrian’s manager Toni Nelson on this project and she was extremely professional and prompt in keeping us updated with his schedule. We decided it would be best to meet on Friday.
// 12:00PM – ARTIST GIFTING LOUNGE AT AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER
I met Adrian at the Artist Gifting Lounge located in the “Home Base” of SXSW, Austin Convention Center. It was an area for official showcasing artists only, where they can receive some swag and enjoy some amenities provided by sponsors. Adrian was just finishing up getting a fresh cut from celebrity hair stylist Brian Steven Banks.
// 12:10PM – INTERVIEW WITH SOUND EXCHANGE
He had an interview with Sound Exchange shortly after, right outside of the lounge in the hallway of the Convention Center.
I took some shots and got acquainted with the rest of Adrian’s band and team. They were all very welcoming and I felt very comfortable with everyone right away. They reminded me of the whole Entourage crew, where the team is comprised of friends and family.