Since the top of 2019, country duo Dan + Shay have held strong in the top five of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Speechless” and “Tequila,” the latter of which won them their first Grammy, for best country duo/group performance. Having kicked off their sold-out, 21-date headlining tour, the pair candidly compare how they get by on the road.
BANDMATE’S BIGGEST QUIRK
Dan: His sleeping schedule. He sleeps, like, 18 hours a day, until 4 in the afternoon. We operate on different schedules.
Shay: He gets up early, no matter how late he goes to bed. I think not sleeping is pretty weird.
Dan: My pour-over coffee. I’m very specific about my coffee. It’s called a V60. I brought a separate suitcase for it on the U.K. tour.
Shay: My phone. Golf Clash and Clash Royale are super addicting [games]. I don’t play them at home because they’re distracting for my family.
GO-TO DRINK AT THE BAR
Dan: Tequila soda. It’s low-carb and doesn’t make me tired. Also, I want to stay on-brand.
Shay: Usually I stick to beer. I’m a Guinness fiend. If it’s a crazy night, I’ll do shots of tequila.
PROUDEST RECENT MOMENT
Dan: Our album [Dan + Shay], the way it sounds. Especially “Tequila.” That was my masterpiece. I went in really hard on it.
Shay: Our tour sold out in a couple of days. That was a realization of, “Wow, this music has elevated.”
FAVORITE POP SONG RIGHT NOW
Dan: “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande is making me lose my mind. It’s not the most relatable — not everybody’s receipts be looking like phone numbers — but it’s cool to hear her sing that confidently.
Shay: Zara Larsson’s “Ruin My Life.” It’s not just a bop, it’s a bop with heart. If it can make you bob your head and also kind of hurt your heart a little bit, that’s a win-win.
FAVORITE MUSICAL DUO
Dan: Hall & Oates. They complemented each other so well. Just brilliant songwriting chemistry.
Shay: Hall & Oates. Their melodies were so far ahead of their time; what they were doing was pretty insane.