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23 – Sounds Like Passion // Daniel Tashian, Hit Songwriter

Brandon and Jason revisit The Big Yellow Dog office on Music Row to have a conversation with Daniel Tashian. Daniel is a singer, songwriter, artist, and producer based out of Nashville. It’s astounding to find out Daniel’s navigation through the music industry as a writer, and what’s even more shocking was his age of getting shopped around for a publishing deal. But Daniel is no newb in the music industry. Daniel’s father was in the infamous band The Remains. The guides and Daniel take a trip through Daniel’s childhood to figure out how he himself was influenced by his family and the musicians that were around his childhood. Fast forward to the present, Daniel has cuts with artists like Chris Lane, Charles Kelly, Lee Ann Womack, Matt Wertz, Eli Young Band, Logan Mize, Amy Stroup, Billy Currington, and Martina McBride. Josh Turners newest single, “Hometown Girl” was co-written by our survival expert. Not to mention his film and TV placements with shows like Breaking Bad, Private Practice, and Heart of Dixie to name a few. He recently even produced Trent Dabbs’ newest record, The Optimist. In this episode the guides tackle his experience with getting a publishing deal and the twists and turns of navigating what’s hot at that moment, how he approaches writing a song, and even how to write music to pitch. You also get a glimpse in what’s going on with the Silver Seas, Daniel’s project, and what is to come. Remember, that Tashian…Sounds Like Passion.



DT, quoted:

“Any time you start down the road of to much self consciousness its a creativity killer.”

New and guy trying to write? “Talent, experience, and insight…you can do without one, but you can’t do without two of them”

On streaming services and committing to the craft… “It’s very hard to understand what’s going on with royalties streaming, and the whole pandora’s box of it. (Working in music) is not a guarantee…it weeds out a lot of people.”

“Stay committed to your individuality.”

More on a project that Daniel is intimately involved with, The Silver Seas:

Daniel’s father is Barry Tashian, member of the infamous band The Remains. Check out the documentary and the site:


Brandon Harrington // SMI Co-Host, A&R, Music Director, Video Editing
Jason Kurkimilis // SMI Co-Host, Lead Audio Production & Engineering
Christian Barker // Executive Producer

Special thanks goes out to Tom Hemby for supplying the music for this episode.

And much love as always to our episode sponsor, Fat Bottom Brewing.
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