Daring Greatly, the band from Calgary, Canada, that spends about eight months of the year gigging around Southern California, will perform Friday, Oct. 11, at Bel Vino Winery.
“We’ve played Bel Vino about 20 times and it’s really cool, they have a big stage and big courtyard area,” drummer and vocalist Brayden Tario said. “This time it’s going to be a big production with lasers and smoke machines that they are bringing in. It’s going to be cool.”
The independent, self-managed, so-called “rock and soul band” is known for its mesmerizing harmonies and comprised of a father and his two sons.
After forming in 2015, the band hit the road with a 19-foot trailer and cargo trailer, heading out for California. But soon after, the band found itself in a Long Beach trailer park after being duped by a former manager.
The band was able to scramble and find permanent digs in a Vista trailer park and have bounced around ever since. Slowly but surely, they picked up gigs in Oceanside, Vista and Fallbrook before moving on to play at bigger venues such as the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach.
“We just finished a four-month tour around western Canada that ended at Burning Man,” Tario said.
The band, which consists of Dail, Liam and Patrick Croome, Tario and Brandon Haddow, is still in the midst of the Give Myself to the World Tour, which is the name of the band’s newest single.
“It is the first single from our third, upcoming album which we expect to have done by spring 2020,” Tario said. “We will be putting out singles over the next few months just to kind of fund that.”
The band has released two full-length albums: “Cornerstones” in 2016 and “Works of Art” of 2017. Both of those albums were funded by fans of the band.
“We are very reliant on our closest fans that continue to support us,” Tario said. “Being an indie band, we aren’t getting any revenue from online streaming. I think we got a check for 49 cents the other day.”
Tario said Daring Greatly has hundreds of fans on Spotify and Apple Music, but the lack of a big marketing budget is limiting their ability to be heard by a wide audience.
“Really it’s just a lot of Facebook and Instagram promotion that keeps us going,” Tario said.
Music lovers might think that the lack of a record deal is frustrating for the band, but it isn’t, they said.
“The goal for us to play to as many people as possible,” Tario said. “We have some standards – we don’t want to sell out, change our style for radio. Big-name labels, they get you to sign and your rights are taken away. We are entirely self-managed; we write our own music and want to keep our own music.
“We want to play to fans that actually care about us and our music and try to kind of change the business model and come up with ways to keep indie music alive, basically,” Tario said.
Doors to the free concert open at 6 p.m. at Bel Vino Winery, 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula. For more information, visit (951) 676-6414 or email email@example.com.
For more information about Daring Greatly, visit www.daring-greatly.com.
Jeff Pack can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.