Local punk folk artist Daniel Sills continues his work on the release of a podcast titled “The Para-Punk Podcast" which he plans to release at the end of the year, followed by an EP next year.
Sills is a self-taught musician, he said, and has been playing the guitar for about 14 to 15 years. He has written his own songs for four years. However, he said he did not want to sing when he first started out.
For his podcast, Sills said he wants to talk with people in the DIY music and entertainment industry about their supernatural and ghost experiences while they were on and off the road touring for his podcast. He said he wants to start recording season one of the podcast when extended travel is permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am really excited about it (the podcast). It’s going to be a stand out piece for me personally because it’s got a lot of songs that made me change the way I view my music and perhaps even like the way my voice sounds,” Sills said.
Sills said he has been interested in podcasts for a few years but did not know what to talk about. When he was back into the music scene, his friends were exchanging stories and thought there were not enough stories out there from DIY artists so he decided to start the podcast.
The first season of his podcast is planned out and he hopes to make a YouTube channel for it in future seasons of the show, Sills said. He said he has one local sponsor for the podcast whom he will announce soon.
As well as a podcast, Sills said he plans to record either an EP or a full album to release at the beginning of next year.
Sills describes his music as “spooky/goofy folk punk,” according to Sills' Bandcamp website.
“I came from a family of musicians, I picked it up from my uncle, he passed away a few years ago. He was the bassist in a local band. I was drawn to it (music) early on," Sills said.
When Sills first started out, he was recording his music with his phone or tablet until he was able to record his music on professional equipment.
Sills said he has not collaborated with other artists as of yet, but he said he is open to adding a live band in the coming years when he is able to go on tour.
“My brother introduced me to some of the top artists at the time, and it’s crazy some of the top artists he introduced me to I’ve had the pleasure of opening for. It’s amazing how things come full circle like that,” Sills said.
Sills has performed in Raleigh, North Carolina and mostly in Pitt County. He said he has performed at the annual Spazz Fest twice, and has also performed at the East Carolina University Main Campus Student Center, The Greenville Theatre Arts Center, Christy’s Euro Pub and a few house shows on campus.
Jeff Blinder, owner of Spazz Presents, said Sills attended many of his shows over the years and Sills let him know that he wrote and performed his own music before they began to work together.
“Stoney (Sills) makes music that’s honest and heartfelt. There’s a rawness to what he does that makes his songcraft have a more genuine feel to it. It’s not cookie-cutter perfection and that’s a good thing,” Blinder said in an email statement.
Sills has played dozens of events that he has organized over the years and said that it has been a gift watching him develop as a live performer, Blinder said. He said he would describe Sills music as “fun-lovin’” folk punk. Blinder said his favorite song of Sills is “Don’t Count on Me.”
Blinder said when Sills performs, the audience is going to get “something unique.” He said Sills plays on a Flying V acoustic guitar and he plays a harmonica that he crafted out of an old Nintendo game cartridge.
“It’s great to have someone like Stoney here in Greenville,” Blinder said in an email statement.