Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Model Child Featured On New Gryffin Track 'If I Left The World'

Model Child Featured On New Gryffin Track 'If I Left The World'

Model Child, aka LA-based songwriter and musician Danny Parker, is featured on the latest track from DJ, producer and artist Gryffin, "If I Left The World." Also featuring pop darling MARINA of Marina & The Diamonds, the song is from Gryffin's recently released album Gravity, with previous singles such as "OMG" (featuring Carly Rae Jepsen) and "Hurt People" (collaboration with Aloe Blacc, co-written by Bastille frontman Dan Smith).

Danny Parker has penned hits for everyone from Shawn Mendes to Britney Spears, but this project finds more inspiration from the iconic grunge sound of Nirvana and eccentric indie pop of Beck. Drawing on influences like Le Tigre, Of Montreal and The Prodigy, Model Child fuses in-your-face punk sensibilities with razor-sharp pop craftsmanship to create raw, honest and darkly playful anthems. Having played with everyone from JR JR to Cherry Glazerr, Parker also had his own indie band in college with Ammar Malik (who went on to write hits like Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger").

Danny ended up working as a pop topliner in Los Angeles while also creating his own more experimental music, with tracks like "Hey Friend" (premiered on Tiny Mix Tapes), "Trash" and "Faggot Lens," which Parker explains is "a callout for discriminators to look through the eyes of the LGBTQ community and experience the hatred that all too many of us have been forced to live through." Parker has worked with other talented queer artists like King Princess and Claud, as well.

Growing up in Northern Virginia, splitting his time between friends' garage bands and the school marching band, Parker developed an eclectic taste for both the unpredictability of DIY jams and tight theatrical pop productions. Elements of both are on full display at Model Child's rousing live shows, which feature costumes, props and thrilling onstage antics. These contrasts permeate Parker's music, lending it a sense of humor and audaciousness to turn his private experiences into political commentary. Parker is currently working on new music and plans to release an album in 2020.

Photo Credit: Marcus McDonald

Related Articles View More Music Stories

Featured on Stage Door

Shoutouts, Classes & More

From This Author Abigail Charpentier