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The following is the cover story of D"ash - The Israeli magazine for English speaking young people around the world
At the age of 17 Daniel Silverstein was earning some extra spending cash, as a sort of gourmet troubadour, when matters took a dramatic change for the better. "I worked at a place where you waited on tables and, if you had the talent, you also sang a song or two for the customers," the rock singer explains. "Of course I hoped that, somehow, someday, I'd get my big break."
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That break came one evening when a couple of executives from Israeli record company Helicon happened to be dining at the restaurant during Daniel's shift. While they chowed down they heard the young man do a pop number and the rest, as they say, is sweet history. One of the executives asked for his phone number and left the restaurant. "I was really surprised," Daniel recalls, "but I wasn't at all sure something would come of it. When I went home I told my parents what had happened and they said I shouldn't get my hopes up."
In fact, it took the man from Helicon a couple of weeks to get back to him, but a contract was duly signed and Daniel set about recording his debut album. It was a long time coming, but in December What You Do To Me finally hit the record stores. "It was a long business - it took two and a half years - but I'm very happy with the result," says Daniel. Surely, though, there must have been times when he was just itching to get the CD out and into the stores. "Yes, sometimes I'd tell the guys at the record company: 'Come on, let's get the first single out already,' but they'd tell me I needed to put some more work into it first. They were right. I'm glad we went through the whole process."
At 20, Daniel can already be called a veteran musician. "We moved to Ra'anana [near Tel Aviv] when I was eight, and I went to a music summer camp there," says the singer. "Someone suggested I try trumpet and I liked it." He ended up blowing his brass for seven years before giving it up for piano. "I wanted to sing, and it's hard to do that when you're playing trumpet," laughs Daniel. "Also the piano is the best instrument when you want to compose. And playing trumpet helped develop my singing and breathing."
What You Do To Me came out in early December 2006 but some of the tracks had been receiving generous airtime on the radio for a few months prior to that, so the public had an opportunity to dig Daniel's vibes even before he hit the national gig circuit. "One of my biggest thrills so far was when, at my first show, the audience sang lots of the songs with me," he recalls. "That really made me feel good."
"My audience is young people who are looking for something to identify with, and a way to express what they feel and believe in. I think that's one of the problems today - that teenagers don't have the means to speak their mind. In a way, I feel like I represent them." u
Daniel's website is icq.com/daniel.
You can hear his music on myspace.com/danielsilverstein