Keven Daken – Five Questions With

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Keven Daken shares his new single, “Living Inside of Lonely”

Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter Keven Daken took a musical hiatus, but he’s back in full force for 2023 with a new single, “Living Inside of Lonely.”

Daken’s newest single is a story about a young woman who has found herself in an emotional rut after her relationship ended. It is an up-tempo, moody, modern country song that grabs the listener from the first drum roll in the intro. Produced by J Richard Hutt in Kitchener, ON, at the famed Cedartree Recording Studio, the song soars with excellent musicianship and intensity that builds quickly and doesn’t let up until the final strike of the fiddler’s bow.

Keven is also set to release a music video to accompany the release on February 13 and has plans to release more of his own music later this year.

Listen to “Living Inside of Lonely” below and learn more about Keven Daken via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey! My name is Keven Daken; yup, Keven with an ‘e’. I am a singer/songwriter, born in Springhill, NS, and raised in Oxford, NS – a proud Maritimer. I’ve been writing and playing music since I was 14. I grew up on traditional country and 80’s/90’s blues & rock, so I guess that combination is, well, how I sound. I have spent most of my musical career behind the scenes as a songwriter and felt like it was time to do my own thing; release my own music, and have a whole bunch of fun along the way. I love playing live and meeting people, so it kinda just makes sense. My influences are far too numerous to list here, but some near the top of that list would be Merle Haggard, Brooks and Dunn, Travis Tritt, and from the rock and blues side, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

“Living Inside of Lonely ” was originally titled “Showing Her Side of Lonely ”. I wrote the song on a Greyhound bus heading back from Nashville a few years back. I was ‘fortunate’ enough to have a new bus driver taking us halfway across the USA, and unfortunately, he took a wrong turn at some point early on, leaving us delayed at every stop along the way for the remainder of the trip. At one of those stops (I believe it was Cincinnati), I was sitting in the bus terminal, waiting to take the next bus, and I noticed a young woman also sitting by herself across the terminal; however, her body language seemed sad and forlorn, and I thought to myself “She’s really showing her side of lonely” and boom – There was the song title. I wrote the rough draft during the rest of the bus ride back to Canada. Soon thereafter, I was in the studio with Rick Hutt (my producer), working on a demo for the song, and we tweaked some lyrics and changed the title to what it is today. The song is one of my favorites that I’ve written, and I’m really looking forward to sharing this and my other songs with y’all!

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Everywhere and everything. As mentioned above, it could be something I see or perceive, and my inner voice makes a comment, and that comment leads to a story idea. It could be something I hear in a conversation, and that sentiment turns into an internal narrative. Suddenly I have a verse or chorus melody, and then, like most songwriters, I suspect, I stop whatever I am doing and run like hell to the nearest recording device before I forget it!

Songwriting, for me, is such a creative release. When I have a song idea that I am inspired to work on, the rest of the world just kind of goes out of focus for a bit. I am also heavily inspired by other artists and songwriters. I love listening to music, and I often delve deep into old rock albums and listen to songs that weren’t the hits; songs I’d never heard before. Sometimes I get inspired by a melody or a sentiment from there.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

We are actively planning out when and where we will be playing live this year – hoping to have some dates later this spring/early summer!

What’s your goal for 2023?

I am really looking forward to playing music live this year. It’s been a while since I was onstage, and am stoked to play the new stuff. I’m heading back into the studio later this spring (probably March) to record a couple more songs I’ve written. I am planning to head back to Nashville sometime around May to spend a week songwriting and exploring. I have plans to release more music this year – so it’s gonna be a busy year!

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