OK so there is really no need to introduce Daryl Hall here. Everyone knows that he’s one of the greatest rock, R&B and pop singers ever and half of the most successful pop/rock duo of all time Daryl Hall and John Oates. He’s written some of the biggest hits of the last 30 years as well as the deeper cuts that perhaps not well as known but that are still as fresh and inventive both lyrically and musically as when they were first written.
But yeah I know, I know. How many people have the luxury of getting to sit with Daryl Hall at his house and pick his brain for an hour and a half, ask him to tell you stories, his approaches to songwriting, talk about influences and all kinds of info that only an “insider” may be privy to? (Dan Rather or Howard Stern maybe)?
Anyway, the fact that Daryl is one of my current “bosses” gives me a slight advantage here. I’ve gotten to work side by side with Daryl for the past 4 years in all kinds of situations from the stage to studio to TV.
Daryl was cool enough to sit with me and let me interview him a month or so back after we got done with a studio session one day. In this interview we talk about his approach to songwriting, the Philly sound and his influences, how he comes up with those unique chord changes that are a signature of his music, his partnership with John Oates, his great solo record Sacred Songs, and really funny never before heard stories about Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, his friend T- Bone, and much much more. We also go “behind the scenes” and discuss the Live From Daryl’s House TV show and how an episode is put together. Hope you enjoy-
This interview took place at Daryl’s home in upstate NY- Jan 2018.