As most students spent their spring breaks sleeping, working and partying, Western student Daniel Cole was performing with T.I., B.o.B, Wale, Kirko Bangz, XV and other members of the Warner Brothers label at an annual South by Southwest concert held in Austin, Texas, which was featured on MTV.
Cole, who noted that this 2012 spring break experience was one of the greatest moments of his life, is now on to bigger and better things as he is drumming for rapper and Kansas native XV at Western’s annual spring concert this Friday.
“I think it’s just a blessing to be able to play for someone who’s signed to a label because these things are rare,” Cole said. “I think God’s timing is good because of how this all just kind of laid out. It’s so perfect.”
Cole landed the job through a little luck and having a few connections. A friend he went to high school with, who just so happens to be XV’s cousin, started touring, DJing and producing for XV and eventually brought Cole on board. The three have been great music partners ever since.
“For years I’ve been watching him grow in his music and grow in status and repetition,” Cole said. “I’m proud for him. Right now X is a good friend of mine. I just really want to see my friend succeed.”
Cole also helped in getting XV to perform here as he personally introduced the rapper to WAC vice president Lauren Dillon and invited her to see the two of them perform.
“She saw us perform and just thought it was crazy and amazing,” Cole said. “She was really determined to book XV for the spring concert.”
As Cole and XV impressed Dillon and numerous members of WAC, they are also hoping to do the same with the campus and the St. Joseph community.
“I’m crazy excited,” Cole said about the concert. “I don’t think people really understand how intense it’s going to be. Whenever people see XV for the first time, even if they’ve never seen him before, the shows are always crazy and the energy is so amazing. He’s a really good performer. There’s something different about his shows compared to a lot of rappers that I’ve seen.”
Cole, who’s been fascinated with drumming since he was a kid, as his father is also a drummer, got his first start in church at 12 years old when they were looking for someone to keep a simple beat. After his first church performance, Cole continued practicing and perfecting his craft and eventually landed here at Western, majoring in music technology with an emphasis in performance. Cole was also a part of Western’s jazz band and currently is on Western’s drumline and symphonic orchestra, as well as a campus worship band called CCF.
In addition to his campus accolades, Cole recently landed a drumming spot with Kansas city band and acrobatic dance group Quixotic Fusion who travels nationally and internationally. He also joined forces with Western student and local rapper Louis Erby and local dj Nick Niemeier, also known as DJ SoundNinja. The three will be the opening act at the concert.
“D.Cole is so tight,” Erby said. “I’m a hundred percent supportive behind D.Cole and everything he does. D.Cole is my brother. Me and D.Cole go way back. Everything that we’ve been building is starting to take shape and it’s pretty tight,” Erby said.
Since freshman year, Erby, Cole and Niemeier have been discussing and hoping for a huge opportunity like the one they are being given at the concert. For Cole especially, this is an opportunity for the campus and the community to truly see what fuels his fire.
“Daniel is a very passionate drummer,” Niemeier said. “He lives for the music. He’s an excellent performer – nothing less than professional.”
On Thursday, Erby will host and Niemeier will spin at Hammerjacks to promote the concert on April 11 from 9 to 1 a.m. The concert will be held on Friday, April 12 at Civic Arena with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m. An after party will follow the concert at Headquarters Bar and will last until 1:30 p.m. Students can pick up their free concert ticket in Blum 207.