Waylan Daniel


Waylan Daniel is an american singer-multi instrumentalist currently living in New York City.  He is an active member of Hometown Sweethearts, The Jupiter Deluxe, and numerous other side projects.  His songwriting pulls from many genres, including rock, indie, pop, funk, punk, folk and country.  Born in Wisconsin, he began his musical journey at age 4 playing piano at his grandfather’s retirement party.  Armed with the practice discipline of a typical youngster, he put off piano studies by teaching himself drums.  By miming to along the first Police tape on his grandmother’s old coffee cans, he rid his parents of pencils and anything else resembling drum sticks.  Soon he was arming himself with proper instruments, (a real drum set, guitar, bass, mandolin,) and a knack for writing and recording music.  He produced his first recording at age 17, playing all the instruments himself to the astonishment his band teacher and fellow classmates.
After high school, he moved to Madison Wisconsin to further his musical explorations.  He started a handful of bands, as well as joining Irish rocker’s The Kissers.  The folk punk outfit toured the U.S. full time between 2004 and 2007 and shared the stage with many celtic rock staples, (Shane MacGowan, Gallic Storm, The Saw Doctors, Seanchai & The Unity Squad, Enter The Haggis.)  
All the while, his dance cover band, Hometown Sweethearts, began to sell out the rock clubs in Madison.  Calling itself an anti-cover band cover band, the group was topping the local lists of best new acts in Wisconsin.  
Waylan Daniel relocated to New York City in 2008.  He has kept the Hometown Sweethearts thriving, becoming one of the top party bands in the midwest, as well as the east coast.  They were featured in the Adam Sandler movie, “That’s My Boy,” and have had many notable musicians as guests in their sets, including John Popper of Blues Traveller, Freedy Johnston, Duke Erikson from Garbage, and Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms.  He continues to perform solo and with various other original and cover projects.
Waylan is currently working on a new rock band called The Dead Eagles.