I developed a certain vision toward music while growing up in Aledo, Texas. Being part of a family of musicians, I discovered my passion for music early on. My parents collected an extensive vinyl library, and speaker/audio player collection. This only made sense with my mom, Alex, previously having worked for a radio station, and my dad, Paul, being an audio and electrical engineering wizard. I gained an appreciation for classical music and classic rock listening to their records. I began my own musicianship in piano as a kid with my brother Wesley, then moved on to orchestra and jazz band, learning to play trumpet and guitar throughout high school. I got into a lot of 80's-2000's pop, hip hop, and alternative rock. When I was 16, I became interested in electronic dance music. My most significant early influences included ATB, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Eric Prydz, Basshunter, Daft Punk, and the composers of my favorite game soundtracks. I took the effort to learn basic music production.
Considering myself not much more than a jack of musical trades at that point, and continuing my studies, I shifted my focus to an accounting career while in college at Texas Tech. Several years ago I cut the knot to get into the professional side of the music industry, as I realized that during my great career as a CPA and Audit Senior Manager at Whitley Penn LLP, I had both the time and resources necessary to pursue my passion once again. I discovered my own sound and began producing and releasing music as “DCPA” (Danny the Certified Public Accountant). From 2016 through the end of 2019 I’ve produced over 20 original tracks, and played in several different venues. I also DJ for private events like weddings, company parties and birthdays.
DCPA demonstrates a transcendent approach to modern electronic dance music and draws influences from industry underdogs as well as mainstage festival headliners mostly in the genres of trance, progressive house, nu disco, and indie-alternative. Through DCPA, I would like to offer a unique lens for exploring music and inspire others by showing that one does not always have to follow the beaten path. My artistic contribution to DCPA is in track composition and production, and the album art and vocal contributions are all mostly collaborative, and at my direction. I believe that most goals are best achieved through collaboration. In music, it’s a way to build on and to create the best possible version of your ideas for others to enjoy, and can grow you exponentially as an artist.