Season 9 Preview: Daniel Murillo

This is our continuation of our preview of possible Season 9 contestants. Remember, that the Hollywood round doesn’t occur until January 9th this year. We don’t know how far any of these contestants might go. And since we never see some of the competition round contestants until the competition starts, we might never see some of these people.

Number 10: Daniel Murillo
Age: 26
Hometown: Hesperia, CA
Audition in: Los Angeles, CA
Style: Emo/Punk
Audition song: A song by the band Shy ‘ A song from the 90s

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Pictures/Myspace/Links after the jump


LA Times Interview of Winners (4:56 mark)
Blog Article
Myspace
Twitter

Band: Lorene Drive (Twitter with the same tag as Daniel’s Myspace lists this as his band and the band is his friend and they look the same to me)
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Myspace
Let it Go (youtube)
God Knows I Love You Kid
A Kiss Won’t Make this Better
Kill Your Lover (Screamo Version)
Hey Ya (cover/youtube)
New Song (live)

A number of people have commented that the contestants this year are a mellow snooze-fest, so I went out to find somebody on the spoiler list with more edge and I found this dude. He’s not mellow. Based on his band’s music, I think he would be the hardest alternative rocking dude we’ve had on the show. Can his credibility survive this show or we’ll he turn Manilow’s “Mandy” into a shreading emo-pooloza? What will the traditional Idol fan base think of that?

My first recommendation for the dude is to change his current look. I know about being true to oneself, but when oneself currently looks like an Adam-Lambert clone (he even gets asked the question in the LA Times Interview), you are asking for trouble. First, the Idol you look like? Most of his fans will DESPISE you. Second, nobody else will take you seriously. Better to go back to the look he sported when leading up Lorene Drive. More emo “John Lennon”, less past Idol contestant.

My next recommendation is to not underestimate the American Public. The producers will and may not put this guy through to the voting rounds, but I think the American Public is more open minded. As we’ve seen over the years, America has embraced many contestants that don’t fit the mold of “traditional Idol contestant”. In fact, they seem to embrace people who can take old chesnuts of songs and make them their own. So, go ahead, be your emo screamin’ self. The audience will adapt. There will soon be a bunch of people posting on this board that with names like emograndma/punkgyrl and telling us about how you opened up the entire world of emo music to them (or finally Idol had a decent contestant). You probably won’t win, but you might get a contract. And if you stay true to your style, you’ll at least be admired for your…er…guts.

What do you think? Is Idol ready for punk/emo?

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  1. There will soon be a bunch of people posting on this board that with names like emograndma/punkgyrl and telling us about how you opened up the entire world of emo music to them (or finally Idol had a decent contestant).

    LOL, MJ. Truer words have never been spoken.

  2. Interesting contestant for sure. I’d say he has a good shot at making the top 24, and opens up a new can of worms.

  3. LOL, MJ. Truer words have never been spoken.

    Ha! That would be Kirsten who is bringing us are daily dose of Season 9. I’m not nearly as witty as she. :).

  4. I love him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) And he is a rocker too!! COOL! :) I hope he is one of the people who makes it to hollywood and goes far in the competition! :)

  5. Daniel has spent the past three months touring as Hollywood Undead’s singer. HU is a rapcore group, the singing is background for the rap and they apparently hired him just for the tour. The stuff is pretty hardcore and after viewing a couple videos looking for parts that showed Daniel I gave up. Will be interesting going into Hollywood Week three weeks after a three month US/UK tour with HU. This and that interview vid makes one wonder how seriously he’s taking the Idol opportunity.

  6. Can’t wait to see this guy. LOL I love seeing people performing out of their element.

    ETA: This guy is so going to win if he can make it to the top 12. He’s a good looking guy with stylish Adam bending & a cute new wife. A total win. LOL LOL

  7. Can’t wait to see the others profiled! With one more contestant a day until Hollywood week airs, we’d get full profiles of about 50 contestants.

    I personally am not a fan of Daniel, but I think he could sure bring a new crop of fans to Idol…they need him more than he needs Idol.

  8. Can’t wait to see the others profiled! With one more contestant a day until Hollywood week airs, we’d get full profiles of about 50 contestants.

    Unfortunately, I think we will get cut off at the knees once January 9th rolls around. By the time the season starts, Idol will have made the Idols that made it to the chairs round remove their myspace, twitter and youtube accounts (friends can later post the youtubes again).

    Do we know when the final 24 will be selected? Will it be during Hollywood week (Jan 9th) or will they bring them back later? If it’s much later it doesn’t give people a lot of time to re-arrange their lives.

  9. @MJ
    Another interesting, edgy, contestand is Kat Nestal. Check her out. She’s like this indie pop rock (?) singer and has an interesting voice. Great songwriter, her myspace has 7 original tracks which are really good http://www.myspace.com/itskatsmusic . There are also some covers on her youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/itskatdotcom . She has a cool set of tattooes (like this huge Janis Joplin one) – check VFTW for that :) Also seems she’s dating Rome Ramirez (the new lead singer of Sublime). If she’ll get pass Hollywood round she might go far. VFTW considers her either “VFTW Vicotry” or a plant ;)

  10. Yay!!! For someone not snoozy. Thanks, Kirsten! I remember seeing the interview with him a while back and never got the Adam comparisons people made. It’s like if one guy on idol wears black with lots of jewelry, anyone that also likes black and jewelry is an automatic copycat. Say what? There are millions of people devoted to black and some of them even where necklaces. But, yeah, if other people are thinking it, he’d be best to switch it up before the start of the season.

    This guy is fun. If he can take the older idol songs and punk them up, he’s got a really good shot. If I were he, I’d be aiming for 5 or 6 place, high enough to get a fan following and hopefully a record deal, but still low enough to keep some of his credibility so they don’t refuse to play his stuff on rock radio. Then again, he could just be tired of working so hard to make a living and would be happy to go HAC at this point. Either way, I’d like to see this guy bring some energy into the top 12.

  11. Another interesting, edgy, contestand is Kat Nestal. Check her out.

    She was actually the first contestant that was profiled (although, we did not start a separate thread until contestant 3).

    But yes, if people have ideas about who to profile, please send the information to MJ and she’ll forward it to me (or you can post it in a S9 profile thread, but then I probably won’t create a thread for them because they’ve already been discussed). There are so many contestants that it’s hard to research them all (and sometimes you miss out on people because their music on youtube isn’t listed under their name).

  12. Then again, he could just be tired of working so hard to make a living and would be happy to go HAC at this point.

    JMS what is HAC? :)

  13. At least this Daniel guy is not as boring as some of the others. But Adam Lambert he is not. lol

  14. At least this Daniel guy is not as boring as some of the others. But Adam Lambert he is not. lol

    and thank god for that

  15. JMS what is HAC?

    Hot Adult Contemporary. Pop with more soft rock and less rap.

  16. His voice sounds a dime a dozen. Not only are there tons of emo bands already popular now, but there’s probably at least 5 emo bands in every town. Plus he looks old. And yeah, a punk “rocker” who wears black? You best believe he will be compared to Adam. After all, Adam did invent that look and music in general. This kid reminds me of the lead singer of Anberlin. Sounds like him and the dude from Anberlin is old. But I guess idol hasn’t had a legit emo guy make it far…

    But I don’t mind emo. I actually really like Fall Out Boy, but that’s about it.

  17. Kirsten

    Hot Adult Contemporary. Pop with more soft rock and less rap.

    Oh duh! I should have known. Thanks! :)

  18. No texting votes on this one for me! Haven’t seen one yet that I would spend time voting for :(

  19. This guy makes me yawn. But most of the contestants have failed to intrigue me as well.

    Nothing against the genre. Am surprised that people would find it “edgy”, though; it’s really not, in fact, it barely can keep an anti-authoritarian pose straight. It still can produce some interesting music… but I don’t see it coming from this guy in particular.

  20. Yay for something less traditional American Idol! I actually like the Lorene Drive stuff, but it’s hard to tell what he’ll sound like singing straight up pop fluff. I’d love to find out, though.

    Can his credibility survive this show or we’ll he turn Manilow’s ‘Mandy’  into a shreading emo-pooloza? What will the traditional Idol fan base think of that?

    LOL, Kirsten, this ^^^^ was my secret fantasy song for David Cook back in S7. I thought he could make a play for Mandy Moore that way, but I guess he realized Ryan Adams would have kicked his ass. ;-) Would love to hear another emo dude do it. I hope you’re reading this, Daniel!

  21. Heather Todd is indeed interesting… a mixture of Evanescence and Kelly Clarkson (weir I know, but that’s what comes to my mind)

  22. So I like him. He’s unique for idol though not unique in the real world. If he makes it on, I’d vote for him. He doesn’t blow me away though. It’s be really great if he could bring another style of music to idol.

  23. All these rockers have lots of stuff up on iTunes to preview. Bryce Larsen even has a video on there. Search on “Stealing Jane.” He’s probably my least favorite of this group, based on what I could hear, but who knows what else he can do? I don’t find him as good a rearranger or singer as either Cook or Kris, at least not based on his “Hip Hop Un-Popped!” stuff. (He even covers “Heartless.”)

    Here’s Heather Todd on iTunes. And here’s Lorene Drive.

    It will be interesting to see if any of these kids can be versatile enough to compete with the big-voiced divas. I sure hope we get some serious song-writing musicians in the group, though.

  24. Just because his style is similar doesn’t mean he’s anything like Adam. The stuff from his band basically sounds the same as any other punk/emo band out there, so even if he’s unusual for Idol there’s not much originality there. He sound a lot like the generic Simple Plan/Taking Back Sunday/The Spill Canvas, etc. music.

    However, in the video he said that he has a more contemporary, R&B sound? What?! That doesn’t make any sense, so we’ll see what direction he plans on going in.

    I’m more of a rock/alternative fan but I like some emo/punk stuff, so as long as he keeps to that style I’ll probably like him. And to the person who compared him to Stephen Christian of Anberlin, I completely disagree. I’m a huge Anberlin fan and they’re not emo at all; the lead singer is basically the antithesis of your stereotypical emo rocker. This guy, on the other hand, basically is your stereotypical emo rocker. So it’ll be interesting to see where he goes on this show!

    I usually root for the rocker by default, so hopefully this guy won’t disappoint. Or they’ll be others who break the typical Idol mold… it seems like more and more the rockers are feeling more comfortable on a show like this.

  25. He’s unique for idol though not unique in the real world.

    That’s exactly how Cookie and Kris won, IMHO. Being too unique is not safe, we can ask Adam about that.

    On the other hand, it’d be interesting to hear this guy’s voice with good quality, with the kind of music he sings and the quality of the videos, I can’t make up my mind about him.

    And I don’t know, the emo hair is there but he seems the kind of guy who is actually the character that Adam was trying to play when he decided to go for “the rocker guy”. Don’t get me wrong, Adam is my fave idol ever, but we all know he’s said he chose to play the role of a rockstar. And this Daniel guy strikes me as a real hardcore rocker. Just my two cents.

  26. I do like him and hope he gets through! Need my rockers.

    He’s pretty mainstream soundwise, in the vein of Fall Out Boy/All American Rejects/My Chemical Romance . . . or their even poppier cousins such as Boys Like Girls.


    There will soon be a bunch of people posting on this board that with names like emograndma/punkgyrl and telling us about how you opened up the entire world of emo music to them.

    Although they’ll be sure to point out how far, far better at the emo genre is their newly discovered Idol then Sunny Day Real Estate or Jimmy Eats World.

    Does this mean we’re going to continue to hear the word “edgy” to describe kids who sound exactly like bands who’ve been having big Top 40 hits for the last six or seven years?

    It does, doesn’t it? In Idol land, where Randy Jackson spake as if knowing The Fray and Jason Mraz were equivalent to dabbling in the arcane indie underground.

    My first recommendation for the dude is to change his current look.

    Poor dude! Having black spiky emo hair was not invented by one man, nor this year . . .

    But yeah, it helps on Idol to have a distinct look, and not to let people set you down as resembling any past big name on the show too much.

  27. It does, doesn’t it? In Idol land, where Randy Jackson spake as if knowing The Fray and Jason Mraz were equivalent to dabbling in the arcane indie underground.

    My favorite quote of the day. ;)

  28. Hmm. A lot of the cheesy pop princess-ish songs actually do translate awesomely into punkified covers, so he has that in his corner, but in the same token there’s so soo much of that out there already with the Punk Goes Pop series and all of it’s derivatives. Random aside: I have an inexplicable love for A Static Lullabye’s cover of Toxic, therefore, if this dude does a screamo cover of a Britney tune I will throw him a vote. Not that I think this will actually happen, but I am good for it.

    In Idol land, where Randy Jackson spake as if knowing The Fray and Jason Mraz were equivalent to dabbling in the arcane indie underground.

    But maturin, Randy works really hard to come up with his cool guy buzz words. Last year it was MCR and Jason Mraz. Wonder who he’ll suddenly discover a few years too late this season? FOB? Yellowcard?

    I don’t find him as good a rearranger or singer as either Cook or Kris, at least not based on his ‘Hip Hop Un-Popped!’  stuff.

    Yeah, so that album… does the world reeeally need an acoustic cover of Kiss Me Through The Phone? That’s all I’m sayin.
    .

  29. I don’t think he should change his look nor do I think he looks like a clone of Adam. He has dark hair but that’s about it!

    Adam’s style is 70s/80s glam and this guy is very current indie emo.

    I think they both look terrible (hee) but in no way related. They’re from different worlds, actually and I imagine he’s pretty horrified that anyone would confuse their styles.

    Actually, now I think about it, you have a point. Idol fans are hardly hip and they probably will think this guy is trying to be like Adam. Oy vey.

  30. hmmm I heard the clip and I don’t think that the interviewer was implying that he was imitating Adam. He noted the the dark colors, then asked if Adam inspired him to come out. I took that as someone that didn’t fit the normal idol mold. To me it was the singer that took his comment as one that was comparing them.

  31. And to the person who compared him to Stephen Christian of Anberlin, I completely disagree. I’m a huge Anberlin fan and they’re not emo at all; the lead singer is basically the antithesis of your stereotypical emo rocker.

    Well, their appearance is sort of emo, despite him being really old. When I saw him in concert, they just seemed typical “emo”.. and all the people jumping along were the emo kids.

  32. I like him and the band. I also thought of Adam, not because he is anything like Adam, but that he has a similar look. I knew that Emo was out there(i.e. exists), but AI and Adam made me check into the look. So I agree with Mj. He needs to change things up.

    I really like his “sound” tho.

  33. allison8701

    Stephen Christian is “really old”? He’s all of 29 years old (Born 1980)!!!

  34. Stephen Christian is ‘really old’ ? He’s all of 29 years old (Born 1980)!!!

    He looks A LOT older in real life. And I think this is enhanced by his tendency to dress “young”- skinny jeans, straight black hair.. it just looks weird. He’s not a bad singer live though. But I was in the front row like Jeez. Who is this old guy… It’s all relative.

  35. I’m really liking Bryce Larsen/ Stealing Jane (Nico mentioned them on the 1st page). Their sound reminds me of Sublime a little bit. He’s my favorite of all of the spoilers so far.

    Not sure who you think he’s better than, though, Nico? I wouldn’t put him ahead of David or Kris at this point. Both of them had preIdol experience, came through the entire trial-by-fire that is Idol, succeeded in most every genre, then put together an album with songs mostly written by them. Bryce is talented, but he hasn’t proven himself the way they have yet. The band does have a good EP already though! They deserve to be signed.

    http://www.myspace.com/stealingjane

  36. In that hoodie and dark glasses, he’s either the second coming of the unibomber or he’s in the witness protection program, which, if he is … American Idol’s not the way to go, dude!

  37. @CathyMK

    I don’t know about David, hadn’t heard his pre-Idol music. I do think that Bryce has a better voice than Kris and his original pre-Idol stuff is better than Kris’ “Brand New Shoes” – this is as far as my comparison go. I think you can better get to known a contestant based on his own stuff that on the covers he will do on the show. Still, Bryce isn’t my favorite :)

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