Downtown Denizen - Daniel Park

Daniel Park
Singer/Songwriter, Daniel Park Music

What is something about you that most people don’t know?
My parents adopted my four siblings and me from South Korea when I was almost five years old.

What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite classes were always those where you could be hands on. I studied electrical engineering and worked in that field for a few years. When I was young I would take things like dishwashers apart just to see how they were made.

If you won $100 million, what would you buy first?
I might create something like a music venue, record label, or management company that could help artists find their path.

If you had to choose just one place to vacation every year for the rest of your life, where would you choose?
I wouldn’t want to choose just one place but if I had to, I would choose the islands of Thailand. Mexico would definitely be my second choice.

Which of your accomplishments has made you most proud?
Quitting my job to become a full time musician in January of 2010. It was really scary but I’m so glad I took that step.

If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
It would have to be Jackie Chan. He could just make funny jokes all the time - like really corny dad jokes. That would reflect me really well. I would want him to do some roundhouse kicks for no reason throughout the movie. Come to think of it, we could make this movie with that $100 million that I am going to win.

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
I would be a sea captain just so that I could talk like a pirate and sing sea songs. The songs would make up the soundtrack to the movie where Jackie Chan plays me.

In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
I feel like it’s a neo-6th Street in Austin, Texas, from the musical perspective. I would love to see live musicians on the streets everywhere jamming out at different venues. There would be non-musicians walking around thinking that this is a place that they need to check out. It would be the place to be.   

What is your favorite book to read or favorite movie to watch? 
Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. I get something different from it every time I read it. The idea is that there are ways to make small choices that will result in powerful results. It seems simple to me and I have actually used it. Over the years I taught myself to memorize one new song per week. It started small with one song at a time and now I have an amazing inventory of songs memorized.

What is your favorite downtown venue?
I really like PublicUs. You’ll find me there a few times a week drinking their coffee and getting work done.

What is one thing on your bucket list that you have already done or have plans to do? 
I would like to see all seven Wonders of the World. I’ve already seen Machu Picchu and the Colosseum, and in about two weeks I will see Chichen Itza. 

What makes you happy?
Creating new opportunities for musicians. I love the feeling that I get when I’m able to help a musician discover something that they didn’t know existed. The jam sessions are a perfect example of that. I feel lucky to be able to invite people in the community to be part of something special and I enjoy seeing how excited they get when walking in for the first time.

What is the most fun experience you’ve had in DTLV?
The evening of my first visit to the Airstream Village. We had so much fun. There were many shots of Fernet, lots of beer, hotdogs, and music. We sat around the fire singing songs while I played the guitar until 4 am. While I don’t remember the whole night, I remember it being amazing and one of the coolest nights ever. I came for a meeting and never left.