by The Alchemist
Daniel Heffington is a songwriter and artist from coastal Virginia. He pairs unforgettable hooks with driving rhythms, and is known for the energy and passion of his live performances that feature soulful vocals and poignant lyrics.
His 2018 musical debut was an EP titled “Only the Broken” and was recorded and produced by Chris Keup and Stewart Myers–the studio duo behind Jason Mraz, Parachute, O.A.R., and other iconic artists.
As his audience has grown, Daniel has played intimate living room audiences, rowdy music clubs, and venues of thousands. His music connects with incredibly diverse audiences as he communicates stories of life, struggle, and hope through his songs.
His newest track is called, “The Originals” and we wish we could see this performed live! he song was produced by Austin Bello and the resulting track is a quirky, indie pop masterpiece with chill textures, practically edible bass lines, and a groove that is impossible to resist. As we listened we were ensnared with the catchy vocals, and pop like guitar rhythm. The song is incredibly well put together. In both the lyric and the music, there is something haunting and mysterious behind the initial pop production and “outsider anthem” thrust of the song. Like a mixture of mischievous defiance and wistful honesty of what it costs to reject the label and judgment of the crowd. Check out the track below and on our playlist, “Ultimate Indie Energy”.
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.