Born and raised in New York City, Danny Matos was a kid who just happened to fall in love with poetry and hip hop. It wasn’t until 2012 that he finally decided to pursue the passion, dreams, and desires he’s silently held within him since he was a teenager.
Danny is an artist with a heart. He brings sincerity and transparency to both the written word and the stage in an effort to either touch those that find a piece of them and their voice within him, or to inspire those harboring a dream inside of themselves. His topics encompass all elements of the human experience. He offers a fresh and unfiltered perspective to an ever-changing genre that’s responsible for the will to live and happiness of so many people worldwide. He has an audacious drive, and he makes art that either directly encompasses his own experiences or relates to the world at large. He is not afraid to show his flaws or his true feelings even at the expense of leaving himself completely vulnerable.
Danny is interested in showing the dualities of being human in a time when we’ve been conditioned to feel less. He explores his identity (or lack thereof) as a person and an artist, and he isn’t afraid to ask the difficult and controversial questions that can add important dialogue to bring about real change. He is an honors graduate of St. John’s University, and he’s continued his education through his own personal pursuit of truth. He explores his challenging upbringing, personal demons, awarenesses or lack thereof, relationships, responsibilities, and world through distinctly unmatched intensity, passion, and honesty.
“Words give us a power bigger than ourselves and foster one of humanity’s most precious needs – a genuine sense of human connection to ourselves, each other, and the world at large because we’re all intertwined.”
Danny has conducted and facilitated writing workshops for adults and students. He has featured at a variety of different venues and schools through New York City and the surrounding areas. He was the 2013 Poetry Idol, the 2013 Inspired Word Slam Master Jam Champion, a finalist in the 2014 Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe Grand Slam. He is also a finalist again at the 2015 Nuyorican Grand Slam which will be held at the end of April 2015. He is the author of his self-published book entitled “Scratching The Surface,” and has released his first hip hop project entitled “Nothing Without You.”