A Day in the Life: Social Distancing with Dan Ponich of LA Solution Center

Photo courtesy of M.E. Photography
COVID-19 has been hard for everybody on both a personal and economic level. As a recording studio co-owner and music producer, I felt it almost instantly in both my pocket and my booking calendar. I lost a lot but gained a lot of spare time, and it would have been silly for me not to put that time to good use, especially when I have a studio at my disposal.

It was during my initial sulking stage of quarantine when some people who are close to me in my life suggested I start writing music again. I hadn’t seriously written music in five or six years and I didn’t have much of a songwriting role in the bands I was in over the last few years, which I really enjoyed. I enjoyed the freedom of just showing up and playing what was written.

I booked out a block at the studio and told myself I was going to write music that I would want to listen to. Music for myself. I had always been obsessed with this notion of creating things that other people would like, but it wasn’t until I had let go of that motivation that I started to really create music that resonated with myself.

I forced myself out of my musical comfort zone by detuning my guitars, throwing heavy gauge strings on them and just trusting my gut. The result was a handful of songs from the heart that feature artists that I admire and respect - all under the umbrella of a new music collective I have coined as LA Solution Center.

At the moment, a day in the life for me revolves around getting these singles out to as many people as possible - starting with “My Piranha”.

With the releases happening at the start of each month for the next three months, I have my hands full. I am lucky that studio work has picked up again, but if I’m not there, I’m at home with my Bengal cat Minos who just turned twenty this year!! My fiancĂ©e, Megan, who has been such a rock for me this year, has turned our apartment into a living Instagram post (so. many. plants.).

Over the last few years I have really come to terms with the fact that for me, my mind is heavily connected to my body. The awareness that diet and exercise are so integral to my mental health led me to call it quits with alcohol last year. Alcoholism runs heavily through my family and this September marked one year of abstinence from drinking. That decision has helped me continue to be better to myself during the challenges of our “new normal”.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that if I’m feeling healthy, then my work ethic and creativity is firing on all cylinders. My new music through LA Solution Center is a representation of that effort and artistic energy.

Thank you for reading and I’m wishing everyone the best in good health and great music.

While practicing social distancing, watch my music video for "My Piranha":