As a child, Danny Botek ’21 took several years of piano lessons. But music really came to life for him as a sophomore Digital Music student with Mr. Kilkenney. He loved the process of making beats, and, after the course ended, he purchased the software for his own computer and kept experimenting.
He began by listening to the beats used in songs he particularly liked, noting how they were structured. After recreating the instrumentals from some of his favorite songs, he began creating originals. One of Botek’s friends from a neighboring high school, whose photography work has an extensive online following, urged him to create an Instagram account and share his beats.
Today, Botek creates professional-quality beats, incorporating music from a variety of genres. You might hear influences from R&B, jazz, soul or rock in any of his pieces. He also says that those piano lessons in his younger days were critical to his understanding of how music works. Check out one of his beats here
A number of local artists have bought Botek’s beats after hearing them on his Instagram account - @botekmadeit
. He even recently sold one to Browns running back Kareem Hunt, who used them in his song, "Summer Time," which Botek produced!
Asked whether he plans to pursue this in college, Botek said he definitely plans to continue to do this on the side, but wants to study either computer science or business in college. He’s currently applying to Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Penn, OSU, Harvard, Duke and Berkeley. Regardless where he lands, we know this is only just the beginning for Danny Botek.