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Dan's story

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"That’s the biggest struggle, to be able to dream what it is that you want and then actually go and do it. "

The most important thing about uni more than anything would be the people. I could do another course, but I can’t repeat the experience of the first time walking into a flat with 15 people and having to live with them without knowing anyone. I’ve never lived with that many strangers at the same time. The uni experience is the first step that most people take to being independent and having that experience with those people was definitely the best part.

 I’m now a musician and my main focus now is just that everything I’m doing will actually work. It could be a big idea in your head, and sometimes it’s so big that you can’t even explain to someone else, or sometimes even yourself, how you’re going to achieve it; but you’re never going to know unless you start doing it. That’s the biggest struggle, to be able to dream what it is that you want and then actually go and do it.

 Before releasing first EP I had already made 3 different ones that I didn’t like, but when I decided to do that one I just did it, because I felt like if I didn’t do it at that time then I was probably never going to. My motto is “no fear”, I was just like, you know what, I’m just going to put it out there and now I’m glad I have. I’m inspired by the fact that people have done it before. I could look at it like "Ahh Jay-Z had done this before" or "Elton John has done that", but I can still not be motivated or inspired, so that has to come from me.

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