Irish neo-soul act Danny G & the Major 7ths release their new song, When It All Runs Out, this Friday to coincide with their second album The Lookout. We asked them the BIG questions . . . 

Speaking about the new song, Danny G says, "This song was inspired by visiting Venezuela. I wondered how a rich country could have a population living in poverty.

Backstage with the band

"How the actions of world leaders, fighting for or making deals for oil and other natural resources could make this earthly paradise look like it was in ruins. I'm asking what we’re going to do when it all runs out."

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The band’s second album, The Lookout, was a labour of love and was mixed to perfection by Ken McCabe (Wolfhound Sound), mastered for both vinyl and digital by Fergal Davis, and features artwork by Irish artist Conor Gallagher.

Tell us three things about yourself?

I'm a father of two girls. I've never learned how to ride a bike (something to work on for 2021). And my father is a Dutch singer songwriter who has released three albums.

How would you describe your music?

Irish neo-soul. Original songs with feel-good vibes, head-nodding grooves, lots of vocal harmonies and a positive message. How the music makes you feel is as important as the lyrics and melodies so that's what I'm looking to convey with our new album The Lookout.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Right now, it's Solange and Anderson .Paak. Everything they're doing is so creative and musical. D'Angelo and Erykah Badu are also direct inspirations for the sound I'm reaching for. Going back further, soul artists Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder for their self-expression and song writing. I'm also influenced by Gloria Estefan, CSNY, John Coltrane, The Bothy Band, Thin Lizzy, Elton John, too many to mention! Music that makes me feel.

How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

I spent the first few months of lockdown working on a song that we released in August 2020. It's called D.A.R.L.I.N.G. and features Tolü Makay and Jamel Franklin. We managed to make a video with 50 people, all filmed separately of course. And apart from putting the finishing touches to our album, I've been teaching myself how to make the Indian dish Saag Paneer. After a few failed attempts, it's getting tastier!

What’s your favourite song right now?

Can I choose more than one? There were some amazing Irish releases from 2020 that I have on repeat. Gemma Dunleavy's Cruisin, Denise Chaila's All That and Wyvern Lingo's Rapture are all beautiful and unique songs. The quality of Irish music is probably the highest it's ever been, and it's brilliant to see women on the scene getting the recognition they deserve.

Favourite lyric of all time?

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"War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate" from Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Particularly with the patterns we are seeing today, both in real world discrimination, inequality, structural violence and war and in online discourse with divisive culture politics. That lyric was written in 1970 but it becomes more relevant every year. It's so simple but so profound. It's socially conscious without sounding preachy, because it's framed not as a protest song, but as a love song.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

That's impossible to answer! But today I'll say Adore by Prince. It's like three songs in one. The classic soulful chorus, the sassy Prince on the verses, the unexpected backing vocals, that guitar tone, the heart-wrenching pleading breakdown. Everything about this song gives me so much joy. And every time I listen to it, I hear something new. But ask me tomorrow and I might say By Your Side by Sade. That song makes me cry; it has special powers.

Where can people find your music/more information?

All of my music and videos can be found on my website. I'm releasing the new album on beautiful limited-edition yellow vinyl too so if you know anyone who'd dig it, that's where to go! Thank you so much.