the sycamore q + a {no. 41}: Drew Danburry

The first time I saw Drew Danburry play was in the Office. Not the TV show, but the circa 2003 former office turned house/indie music venue in Provo, Utah. He stood on stage singing his guts out and playing a little red plastic keyboard. I could tell from his sheer love of music and performing that he wasn’t just some flash in the pan. In the 6 years since then, Drew has played hundreds of shows all over the US and Europe. His songs range from catchy and upbeat to slow and melancholic, but they are always heartfelt.


1) How did you get into making music?

I was on vacation at my brothers house with nothing to do in the daytime when my nephews were at school and his wife had a guitar. I picked up a how to play guitar book and learned how to form a couple chords. I took a poem I had recently written and put it to melody. Then kept doing it. It’s evolved and is a little different nowadays. But it generally is a simple action of documenting an idea.


2) What’s been inspiring you lately?

I have no idea. I actually was just talking to my wife about this, because I never sit down to “write” a song. I just wait till an idea strikes me or a melody hits me or something has to kind of jar me out of my complacent slumber. It’s gotten less frequent, and to be honest I get more and more tired of the continual effort and struggle for survival as a musician. But the songs that I have written most recently are the best songs I’ve ever written…so I’m in the process of figuring out what my direction as a human being is. Is the newer material worth investing in? Or is it going to keep feeling like I’m running on a treadmill? My wife deserves to be taken care of, and I care more about my wife than music or any unseen desire for whatever it is I create.


3) Tell us about a recent project.

I’ve started a band under a different name. It’s barely getting off the ground, we’re just starting to practice. But in my mind it’s the best thing ever. I just want to take my time to realize it and make it happen. There’s actually a whole LOT going on right now.


4) Is there anything else we would be interested to know about you?

I wouldn’t presume to know what is interesting about me. In fact, I’m always a bit surprised if anyone does find me interesting. More often than not I feel rather inconsequential and unimportant than anything. I feel if anything my work ethic has been the biggest catalyst to my survival in my pursuit of the arts. But thank you for being so kind to consider me and ask me questions.


Thanks Drew!

You can hear his songs for free here.

Drew’s website: www.drewdanburry.com
Myspace: www.myspace.com/drewdanburry
Twitter: twitter.com/drewdanburry
Facebook: www.facebook.com/drewdanburry
Blog: drewdanburry.blogspot.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com/drewdanburry

image credits (from top to bottom): Justin Hackworth, Aubrey Debauchery, stills from the video Lynette I Love You, Off Tempo, Katie L. Thompson, and Justin Hackworth

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  1. Kimberly Ngarupe says:

    we saw drew last week in l.a. it was such a fun show.

  2. meg says:

    Second time i saw drew = the office
    First time i saw drew and fell in <3 = byu fall fling

  3. ikumi says:

    till this day i'm so pround to say i went on a tour with drew. so lucky i got to drum for him.

  4. Eva / Sycamore Street Press says:

    that is awesome. I'm just sad that our my friend fox tour fell through. maybe one day?

  5. ROXY MARJ says:

    Great Q&A Eva/Drew! And where Drew says "my wife deserves to be cared for" <- LOVE that! Dated a musician here in Salt lake and sadly, his priorities were the other way around…and I am sure still are, put a real bad taste in my mouth… :( anyways, having your wife as your first priority..for sure you will be successful just because of that, I just know it!

  6. nicole hill gerulat says:

    he's so cool.. i got to take some pictures of him here:

    http://nicolehill.blogspot.com/search?q=wasted

    –i'd love to see his show.

  7. Eva / Sycamore Street Press says:

    What a fun shoot, Nicole!

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