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If you’ve ever been in downtown Chicago and seen a shadowy character trying door handles in the middle of the night, it may have been Daniel Knox. The Illinois singer songwriter first learned to play piano after looking for open doors in the windy city during the small hours, often winding-up in ivory-equipped hotel lobbies.
He was a film buff from an early age and has a cinematic sense to his composition. Indeed he caught an early break opening a David Lynch Q&A at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, the cinema where he still works . Since then he has toured with the Handsome Family, Rufus Wainwright and Andrew Bird, creating vignettes of personal vendettas and an imaginative youth in Springfield, Illinois in his classically-crafted writing - most recently on his excellent third album, 2015's self-titled Daniel Knox.
In this episode, Matt and Daniel sit down to talk about his run-ins with authority Chicago, the double-edged sword of humour and what Time Out New York dubbed as his “refreshingly mean-spirited” writing.