From dropping out of school, with no back up plan, to performing at the Sydney Opera House & winning MusicOz’s spiritual song of the year – we caught up with Danni Stefanetti to talk about her incredible journey.
Life isn’t always easy, it’s filled with many wins and losses, some big and some aren’t – that doesn’t change if you have a big label backing you or you decide to do it all on your own. For Danni, it’s being able to stick through the struggles that prepares you for the success to come.
Danni Stefanetti began playing the guitar when she was only 8 years old. Songwriting soon followed, and shortly after that, she was playing at local venues and pubs at her hometown of Perth, Australia. Almost inevitably, Danni decided to focus on her music full-time at the young age of 16.
If you’re in the music business, you know how difficult it is to make it on your own, especially without having the right contacts or the support of a label, big or small. You need to clear out all the noise, do your own marketing, constantly network and find the right team of people that you can count on at all times – all that while making sure to continue working on your music, writing songs, rehearsing and recording.
So you can only imagine the challenges the lay in-front of any musician pursuing his or her passion, especially at a young age. When we asked Danni about some of the obstacles she’s had to endure along her journey, she replied with a list that would make even the strongest of us think twice before taking on such a task. “Rejections, changing music trends, timing, staying true to who I am, and moving from Australia to the United States to plant myself as a small fish in a very big pond in order to grow as a musician & person,” Danni replied.
Having played for over half her life, Danni draws inspiration for her music from life experiences and musicians such as Hendrix, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Eagles, and Jeff Buckley among others.
To say that sometimes challenges can become a bit overwhelming is an understatement. We asked Danni what drives her to succeed and not give it all up when things take a turn for the worse or don’t turn out the way she had hoped – “My creator & my father,” she replied.
Still, even in the most difficult of times, perseverance eventually leads to success and the most unexpected sources of inspiration. When we asked Danni about two of her proudest and most unexpected moments so far, she replied: “When Keith Urban discovered me singing in the pouring Nashville rain, so unexpected that moment!” As for the second one – “seeing fans & supporters write me letters saying how my music has helped them out of a tough time or inspired their journey.”
If we could take away one thing from Danni’s truly inspiring story, it would be that whatever your goals are in music, or life, make sure you’re passionate about it – your passion will lead to sheer determination which will eventually overpower any obstacle you face in the process.
Finally, what advice would you give to musicians who are just starting out their journey? “Be authentic, learn your craft, study it,” Danni Said. “Learn from others around you, jam, soak up the live scene, travel & BE YOU.”