Although Boston-native Dan Godlin taught himself to play music as a kid and he played throughout middle school and high school, he didn’t start taking music “seriously until [his] senior year.” And by taking it seriously, he means he wrote an album — no small feat for a 17-year-old. He has spent the last few years going to college and working with producers on recording and releasing singles — including “Unsure.”
The songs, which are on his album Loving on Empty, are mostly about relationships, but Dan finds inspiration in lots of places, he explained in a phone interview. He’s enjoys writing about “something random, capturing a moment in time.” One of the tracks, “Did She Look,” is about a glance in a coffee shop that stuck with him.
His sound, influenced by John Mayer, Rob Thomas, the Counting Crows and the Goo Goo Dolls is tried and true pop with easy-going melodies and pleasant lyrics, most of them, Dan confirmed, about a relationship that ended. With the hard work of that relationship and the writing out of the way, Dan is concentrating on “juggling everything” it takes to finish up the album, play out and finish school, all at the same time. If you want more from Dan, check out the tracks below — they speak for themselves.