In his documentary, “The Show: Exalted 2021,” Daniel Sherman shares the journey to his first solo live show performed earlier this year in Riverside, California. The 16 minute short film provides a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into putting on a live show, from traveling to the venue, to the sound check, to the actual performance, and to meeting fans after a show.
“As a small artist, I don’t have the luxury of playing to a crowd that knows my music and is hyped to hear a song they know … I have to visually engage them, and engage them in the music at all times.”
Filmed by Christian Carranza, the documentary also gives Sherman the opportunity to share his thoughts and experiences on what it takes to perform live and keep an audience’s attention, including the challenges he’s faced by being a one person act. The video originally premiered on Sherman’s official YouTube channel on Friday, August 27, for the fourth week of his internet campaign promoting his upcoming album UNCAGED, which will drop on October 1.
“How do I capture the energy of a full band live show when [I’m] just one person … [when performing with a full band] whatever you’re doing doesn’t have to be the focus at all times because there’s other people to push forward so you can recalibrate. The question I’ve been battling is how do I ensure that every step of the live show—that what I’m doing is entertaining?”
Daniel Sherman is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Livermore, CA. He got his start as a drummer/co-vocalist in a band named Crowned In Chains. He has released multiple solo EPs and singles since 2019, as well as four albums since 2020. More recently, Sherman was selected to have his song “What You Want” produced by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda live on Twitch, which you can find more information about here. “What You Want” is currently available to stream.