A platinum record, a platinum single and sold out venues, the last few years were fantastic for Danny Vera. This success did not come naturally. Danny Vera joined the Dutch Premier League of rock ‘n’ roll very secretly and against all odds. He has been going his own way for over twenty years. He grew up listening to the songs from the 50’s and early 60’s. Together with his wife Escha, he chooses his own path, which is a paved with many personal setbacks as well. But from the Southern city of Middelburg, Danny Vera slowly conquered the Netherlands. Without concessions. He’s totally independent, a hippie in a tailored suit with a vintage quiff. His love for a great song is stronger than the urge for a radio hit. And yet his fanbase is growing steadily. And nowadays he boasts full houses and a bonafide hit single. It’s all done by himself, with his own music. Just like his his song It’s like a roller coaster ride. The provisional crown on his work: the successful "Platinum" album 'Pressure Makes Diamonds', recorded at the Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum and mixed by Grammy winner Vance Powell. And of course, there was that hit: 'Roller Coaster'. That track has been power played by Dutch radio, public broadcasters and commercial stations alike, and it still is. Moreover, it has been enjoying more than 35 million streams worldwide so far. Live versions on YouTube have reached over more than three million viewers, while it is still holding in the local album charts for over a year by now.
Pressure Makes Diamonds
‘Pressure Makes Diamonds’, is an album that’s divided in two parts. One heavy and one light. The up-tempo first part, which will rock you, carries the subtitle ‘The Year of The Snake’. The second part, which calms and moves you with its ballads, has been given the subtitle ‘Pompadour Hippie’. Side A rocks, side B touches.
Danny Vera gladly explains the underlying meaning of his record: "I live in Zeeland, so I travel by car a lot. I drive about 70,000 kilometers a year. I listen to a lot of music on the go. By day I prefer fast-paced rock songs, by night, when I drive back from gigs, I prefer the more mellow stuff. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to split those two moods, heavy and light."
“The 'Pressure Makes Diamonds' album is already his tenth album in a 18-year career, and again shows his great skills. It remains admirable how Danny Vera manages to capture the soul of American country and blues.”