Instagram favorite Daniel Skye has amassed 28 million streams on Spotify, and more than 19 million views on YouTube.
When the Hollywood, Florida, native didn’t expect that sort of success when he began putting his videos online. He had faith in himself, however.
“If you put your mind to anything, have patience and work hard, anything can happen,” Skye says. “The key is just being yourself and relating to people. I talk to my fans and I really connect with them.”
The 16-year-old Skye now lives in Los Angeles and recently embarked on his first major tour—with Bebe Rexha. The tour stops at Livewire in Scottsdale on Monday, March 6. Skye has hit the road behind the strength of sings like “On,” and upon its release, Perez Hilton compared him to Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes.
“I definitely appreciate the comparison,” he says. “We’re not the same style, though. I’m more urban pop. It doesn’t get to my head. Fans should love the show. I put out a couple new songs that my fans haven’t really heard yet. I might be adding a piano player to my show, and a DJ. It’s a surprise. It’s definitely going to be more than the usual.”
Skye isn’t just about music. In the morning, he goes over math, science and English with a tutor, and then studies for the SAT.
“I think education is super important,” he says. “I would never blow it off. After school, I’ll go write and record. I do that from noon or 1 to the nighttime maybe 8, maybe midnight, maybe 3 a.m. That’s basically my day. It’s pretty chill for me. I love doing music.”
Bebe Rexha w/Daniel Skye and Spencer Ludwig, Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.361.9783, livewireaz.com, $17.