You can count the dozens of tattoos that Dani Fernandez (Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, 30 years old) has painted on his arms. When he takes off his leather jacket, the dates, words, dolls and descriptions that mark his life and his musical adventures are discovered, including the nearly two decades he has flocked to and what has brought him here. At the age of 30, he managed to establish himself as number one in sales in Spain a few weeks ago, with many people including himself. “The last time I released a record was two years ago and I thought people might have forgotten,” he admits, with an insecurity that often accompanies him.
Surrounded by guitars and cloaks by international artists in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel in Madrid, where he was supposed to meet for interviews, Fernandez knows what he’s talking about when he gets down to business. When he was nine years old, he started with his grandfather’s gift, Banduria. He went through music and singing schools—every Wednesday, thanks to a scholarship he traveled two hours and two hours earlier from the Alcázar to Madrid to study—and he plays guitar, mandolin… as well as piano and battery. . “My parents are from a humble family. I come from railway grandparents, my uncle, my father… I thought it would end there. But he always tried to support me”, he is grateful, though he admits he “didn’t have an easy childhood” and was very different from his fellow students. “Everything I’ve been making since I was seven”, he looks back, recalling the days when his friends played football and he, just another kid, played piano, read Was, used to work”.
Then came the ball. At the age of 14, he represented Spain at Junior Eurovision – he finished fourth in Bucharest i give you my voice— and at the age of 18 he began to be part of Aurin, one of the most famous male pop bands on the national scene for seven years. They appeared at the event chosen by Spain’s representative at Eurovision, but did not win. “And we thank you, we weren’t ready,” admits Fernandez now, 11 years away.
If Aurin’s jump was to go from zero to everything, then the opposite journey was no less distracting. About six years ago, he and his teammates—among them Blas Canto—decided to go their separate ways, with mixed results. He opted for independent music on Slow Fire, for collaborations with David Otero, Nil Moliner, Andrés Suarez, Miss Cafeina…”Fire It turned out to be the worst time of my life”, he admitted, in what was his first job after the band split.
“Aurin couldn’t move on,” she admits to TODAY of that moment of separation, which she remembers as “very difficult, complicated to manage.” “We went seven years without a week off, without celebrating a birthday. Everyone was at a different personal point, and I was wrong,” he says. In addition, there were other factors. “When leaving the band, some get more support than others and I went into the background; This is the reality, other colleagues mattered more than me”, he admitted. “I focused on work and composition, I surrounded myself with people who gave me good music advice. Whatever was inside me, I took out all that anger…”, he recalls. It did not come alone, but with a passionate breakup with his girlfriend of three years. “I lived in a hole where I didn’t feel like leaving the house,” he recalls today, infinitely more sober.
So he surrounded himself with people who looked after him “personally and professionally”, and he had to be “mentally very strong”. “If I did not have the strength of those around me, my psychological and musical desire…”. Leave the end of the sentence hanging in the air. Time and company helped him move from his day to day to the band that had been his entire life during his early youth. And it helped him learn as well. “Hosting that reality made me a better person, a better son, a better friend, a better lover,” he admits. Because he found a partner again, singer Yaaria, with whom he composed the songs for this second album – many of them in a pandemic.
“Music saved me. Literally. I didn’t feel like doing anything personally and professionally, and music was the most important thing that gave me strength to go out”, he admits today, when he released two albums, conquered the radio and Filled its concerts: it has 10 dates in Spain, several festivals and two weeks ago it sold tickets to El Invernadero, the hall that hosts Las Ventas bullrings in winter. For that stage he paid a toll that came to weigh on him. “I was having such a bad time that I had a moment to reject my past. I had to learn to love my donor beforehand, that everything that happens, happens for a reason. I am here because of everything that I went through.”
I was able to quickly dismiss fame and money as something positive in my life. People talking about me before I was 22 and I valued a fucking car. Now I prefer that they talk about my music and buy tickets”
The success they have achieved is exactly what they were looking for: no fireworks or autographs on the street. As he himself says, “When I knew where it came from, I was clear about what I didn’t want”. And he didn’t want an explosive, sizzling fame, the kind he could get on a TV show or a quick collaboration. “Success has always given me a little something similar. I was able to quickly dismiss fame and money as something positive in my life. People talking about me before I was 22 and I valued a fucking car. Now I prefer that they talk about my music and buy tickets”, he argues. Nails powerful social network Which, he admits, is a double-edged sword, always open and close to his followers. But, as he himself says, he doesn’t want to be more famous: “Why do I need my personal life to reach the rest?”
Today guilt is left behind. He has learned to value that past. To understand that he is the one who decides 100% of what he wants to do, not just the 20%, as was the case with his band. Thoughts are thoughts. “Sometimes I blame myself for not going back on it when it’s better. I’m not ungrateful, but I’m happier.” But his mind is already elsewhere. Most of all, at the concerts for this album, Between doubt and possibility. Chance, Luck, God… Where is he located? “I am not a believer. I believe in luck and coincidence, but I believe in work. Without the job, he wouldn’t be able to make it.” That’s why he’s on the road, to experience all that will inspire him to write his next song. And decide tomorrow what to paint if there is space left in his arms.