Dan Croll Enters “Emerging Adulthood”

British singer-songwriter discusses the songs that influenced his sound

Dan Croll

Dan Croll has always lived in the now. From his early days seeing Craig David live with his mother and grandmother to the first song he learned to play on guitar, Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” to his new album Emerging Adulthood, the British singer-songwriter has been focused on sounds made for the present.

It’s those modern sensibilities mixed with classic taste that first brought Croll to the world’s attention on his debut LP Sweet Disarray; however, he caught the ear of a certain Beatle first. Back in 2011, Croll was one of eight Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts students picked to have a one-on-one with Sir Paul McCartney.

ARTISTdirect caught up with Croll to discuss his new album, find out the songs that inspired his sound, and learn which tracks he is most proud of.

Dan Croll Interview


First single I bought…

Wheatus – “Teenage Dirtbag”I bought this after a primary school trip to a Viking museum, probably one of the best days of my life.

First live show I attended…

My sister fell ill and I couldn’t be trusted at home alone so I got dragged to see Craig David in a circus tent in Liverpool with my mum and my nan, even though I was dragged kicking and screaming I secretly loved it.

First song I learned to play…

Green Day – “Good riddance (time of your life)” – It went down a hit with the ladies in the music room at lunch break, thanks green day.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

I was obsessed with anything pop punk, all of those bands like blink 182, sum 41, bowling for soup all inspired me to buy a guitar and learn it. But if I had to pick a track it would probably be Sum 41 – “Fat Lip”.

The song that reminds me of home…

I was surrounded by lots of ace music at home growing up, lots of big songwriters like Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, but my favorite was James Taylor. I think James Taylor – “You’ve Got a Friend” reminds me of home the most.

My guilty secret track…

No one should have a guilty pleasure or guilty love for a track, be proud of tasteless music! I fully loved the Arianna Grande album and the track “Into You” is one big slab of steaming hot pop, bloody love it.

The song I wish I wrote…

Burt Bacharach –” South American Getaway” – The whole concept and construction of this track is something that would probably never enter my head, I would’ve loved to have had the feeling he must’ve had in the studio, surely he thought to himself “I’m a fucking genius”

The finest song from my all time hero…

I have too many heroes but I’ll pick The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”. That album is just one of the greatest albums of all time, and Brian Wilson is a songwriting god.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

“Sweet Disarray,” its quite different to a lot of my tracks, but it means a massive amount to me as its about my grandma struggling with dementia and production wise it was a real challenge to get that classic string sound but I think we really got there in the end.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

Death Cab for Cutie – “I Will Follow You into the Dark” – In a weird dark way ever since I heard this track as a teenager I’ve always though of it as my funeral song, you need that track that’s going to get the water works flowing, this should do the trick.

My favorite track from my most recent project

“One of Us,” the first proper guitar solo I’ve done, does wonders for my ego.

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