Danny OLocklin – It Doesn’t Have To Be

Most importantly, this song is FUN. It is a track that could easily find a home being spun at the main stage of a festival.

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“It Doesn’t Have To Be “is the new single from Roscommon native/Dublin resident Dany OLocklin.

The track opens with ominous sounding 80s synthesizers and an epic, cavernous vocal – At this point, the comparisons between It Doesn’t Have To Be and the material from The Weeknd’s catalogue of pop offerings are readily and easily drawn, which is no bad thing. The build to the chorus is as a build should be; catchy and suspenseful.

Not satisfied to rest in the style of The Weeknd, Danny executes an excellent turnaround into Jamiroquai territory when we hit the chorus. A slap bass line punches through the mix with synth-brass jabs accentuating a strong vocal performance. As with any potential summer dancefloor banger, a wicked sax solo is also on the menu, bringing memories of bygone beach festivals and mojitos served in plastic cups.

“It Doesn’t Have To Be” presents a rich listening experience; the song is built on many, many layers of instrumentation, with ticking clocks, indistinguishable whispering voices, Synthesizer SFX and vocal riffs creating a rich sonic landscape. Although the mix is not perfect, the elements of the track are still distinguishable from each other and well positioned, meaning that you will likely hear something new every time you come back for a re-listen.

Most importantly, this song is FUN. It is a track that could easily find a home being spun at the main stage of a festival, or at 2am on Harcourt St, or even set of headphones while walking (or probably more accurately, bouncing) through town. Hats off to Danny OLocklin! Check out his Instagram HERE.

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