Dan Miraldi is a Cleveland-born, New York City-based singer and songwriter. After releasing four full-lengths and five EPs, 2020 found the two-time John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist unveiling a pair of new EPs, Mood Music For Introverts and its second volume More Mood Music.
Best known for his power-pop and retro rock-inspired works like “Record Collection” and “Woke Up Naked,” The Mood Music series showcases a different side of Miraldi. The beautifully somber stripped down collections were produced, mixed and recorded in his Greenwich Village apartment. “We live in mentally-exhausting times, I wanted to make something that slowed things down. In some sense, these songs are reacting against that feeling of overstimulation. My last album [2018’s Alphabet City 2 AM] was a wild night out on the town. Mood Music For Introverts is a quiet night in with maybe a few friends, or maybe it’s just you. It’s music for a chill evening with a glass of whiskey or some red wine.”
Working alone, Miraldi wrote, played and sang every note on Mood Music For Introverts (released in March of 2020). The sole outside cameo comes from a slide guitar guest appearance by Jay Nemeyer (of the DC-based electro pop band Color Palette) on the EP’s first single, “Kingdom Come.” Miraldi states: “There is a lot of overproduction in modern music. The songs are about vibe, not perfection. I wanted this collection to sound warm and organic. There is no Auto-Tune on these tracks. This project began as something just for me. This is the music I make when no one else is looking. However, my friends who heard these songs encouraged me to release them. It is both exciting and scary, because there was no outside producer or mixing engineer to provide ‘adult supervision.’” As the world shut down with the global pandemic, Miraldi crafted and recorded a sequel EP, More Mood Music, which arrived in September of 2020.
After years of songwriting, recording and DIY van tours, Dan Miraldi is a musical journeyman who can already look back on an adventure-filled career. He has shared show bills with an eclectic bunch of performers such as J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, the Wailers, Wild Feathers, the Trews, Wally Bryson of the Raspberries, Beatle offspring James McCartney, Family of the Year, Welshly Arms, Ari Hest, Blackalicious, the Cool Kids, Fiery Furnaces, and even Wang Chung. “I Iove making music and performing. It’s something I need to do and I don’t know how to stop. I keep pressing on and hope that the best is still to come.”
Mood Music For Introverts and More Mood Music are available digitally now!