Singer Dan Croll says the last few years have been challenging for him in the music industry.
After a flying start to his music career with his debut album ‘Sweet Disarray” reaching 26 in the UK album charts, Croll was dropped by his first record label.
“You get the natural spotlight from your first album, you establish a following fanbase, so there’s more of a pressure for your second album.
“I felt the pressure of being dropped by my management and label, because of that I faced a longer time period without releasing music and a lot of uncertainty with no support financially or emotionally.”
The 27-year-old has openly talked about anxiety and how it has affected him.
‘Emerging Adulthood’ the follow-up to first record ‘Sweet Disarray’ talks about the problems he’s had.
“It’s a massive album for me because it was my last chance to find out if I really want to crack on with music.
“We digest music differently now; the way the industry is structured, it’s a big hits market with singles mainly, shorter attention spans from listeners.
“I feel like I’ve found my feet again.”
Croll is now signed to record label Communion Music, which he says has brought him more stability.
“I went through a real roller-coaster of emotions in the last few years.”
“Now I’ve got this album out, I still face the dark times I’ve had in the last few years but I feel a lot more secure.”
‘Dial Dan’, an innovative connecting idea by the Stoke singer, returned on Wednesday and encourages fans to call, text or WhatsApp Dan directly to chat about anything and everything.
“I felt like I couldn’t connect with my fans, this has enabled me to do that properly.
“A lot of the fanbase are doing their A-Levels or in school, so sometimes I see it is an opportunity for people to vent and just chat to someone.”
Dan’s new EP Tokyo is out now available on Spotify, Itunes and Amazon.