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Quarantine Diaries: Daniel Sahad Is Writing New Music With Nané, Producing A Short Film & Panic Reading Emails
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors. Today, Nané vocalist Daniel Sahad shares his Quarantine Diary. Nané' s "QuaranTEEN" is out now.
[9 a.m.] The third alarm wakes me. I panic read emails from bed. I usually wake up to 30 emails and 40 text messages a day from different music and film projects. Eye of the tiger, all is right. Don’t listen to your therapist kids, you really can have it all.
[9:30 a.m.] Have espresso on my porch and listen to music or stand-up comedy. I eat a fiber cookie. Think about my day ahead, question my life, and reply to emails and calls with the enthusiasm of a spritely man. I water my palm, Donna, she is the heart of this home.
[10:30 a.m.] Cellphone, wallet, gum...mask. I arrive at The Bubble Studios and work with my dude, Frenchie, on producing or engineering a band's record. Yerba mate makes an appearance. We talk about Van Halen, Star Wars, and the limits of the human spirit.
[7 p.m.] On to the next one! I grab a quick bite and eat/dance when I get caught at red lights. I eat 60% of my meals in my car, like a health nut. Arrive at a rehearsal for a short film I’m producing in town. Taking all COVID safety precautions and making things happen.
[11 p.m.] Arrive back home and take some time to write music with nané’s lead guitarist, Ian Green. Convince him we’re not going to fail. Everything is okay. We catch up and write music. We only have a couple of hours since Ian works a second joint at a local biscuit shop and bread is made in the witching hour. He’s my little doughboy.
[1:30 - 2:30 a.m.] Some nights I do Berklee Online for guitar, some nights I write music or video treatments, and other nights I do branding/marketing for clients. Depends on which kettle is whistling. Marketing wins today.
[2:30-2:45 a.m.] I google inflatable bubbles for an upcoming video (spoiler alert). Compare prices and features. Learn a lot about the bubble economy. How did I get here?
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[2:45 a.m.] Priority order $1,200 worth of giant inflatable bubbles. Question life once more. Boy, it comes at you fast.
[3:00 am - 9:00 a.m.] Fade to black.
I get plenty of my ideas in the space between sleep and consciousness. I often wake up, hum an idea into a voice memo, then fall back to sleep. If I die, please delete my voice memos.