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“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”
— Jimi Hendrix

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Music makes us better leaders

Daniel Anstandig started drumming when he was 2 years old. Today, he’s an accomplished songwriter, producer, and performer with multiple projects and more than 3 million streams under his belt — but also a media and technology CEO whose companies work with more than 2,000 of the biggest broadcast brands in the world. So why does he devote so much of his non-day job time to music?

It’s a passion for music, sure, but also because of how he sees leadership and innovation tying in with musicianship.


These articles sum it up nicely:


BMI: How Songwriting Makes You a Better Innovator 

“Songs are designed to be shared. Writing a song is only the first step. The true power of songs is when they connect with—and move—others. To that end, the performance of your song carries the added significance of reminding you that new ideas need to be shared.”

Harvard Business Review: Why CEOs Devote So Much Time to Their Hobbies

“[Hobbies strengthen] your authentic leadership. Authentic leaders develop and consolidate their leadership identity through constructing their life story — how they became who they are. For the vast majority of the S&P 500 CEOs we studied, their passionate interests originated in college or even earlier and are fully integrated into their life stories, because they provide not only a powerful expression of their values but also their strong identities (as Nick Akins has said: “I’m still a rock drummer at heart”).”

When Daniel’s not in CEO mode, he works with up-and-coming artists under the name Rhythm&Truth to bring their creative visions to life.

Daniel Anstandig, who’s been drumming since he was 2 years old, is an accomplished songwriter, producer, and performer. When he’s not in CEO mode, he works with up-and-coming artists, under the name Rhythm&Truth, to bring their creative visions to life.

Hear Daniel’s take on why the Rhythm&Truth project is important to him, and learn more about R&T:


“We need music more than ever in our lives right now!”


The Rhythm&Truth debut album, Life Lessons, is about learning through music. Growing up with a Mom as a music therapist, I learned that music is a spiritual gift. It uplifts, heals, and brings people together. Music has taught me about leadership, love, friendship, collaboration, and joy. 

Life Lessons is a collaborative work with some of the world’s best new/up-and-coming talent, sharing songs that inspire. It’s a mix of original and cover songs. None of the tracks are performed together in a studio, as the musicians are based around the world. We have contributors on the album from the USA, Canada, Netherlands, Ireland, and Argentina. We recorded our tracks separately in an orderly fashion that provides each musician the ability to add their unique fingerprint and build on the track in progress.  

The entire project is intended to be stylistically diverse! It may be decades since we’ve had an album that covers this much musical ground. It’s intended to be personal and spread joy!

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven


Time Travlr

Time Travlr: Part 1 of Rhythm&Truth’s Soul-Pop-Funk-Jazz trilogy features vocals from Jessie Wagner, Natalis, and Sakari.

Break the Shell

Jake Good captivates audiences with his powerful 5 octave vocal range. His ability to tell a story through his songs brings the listener through a heartfelt journey soulfully delivered from the heart. This single with Rhythm&Truth is a cover of India. Arie’s inspirational song, Break the Shell.

Gabriel Henrique and Rhythm&Truth

Gabriel’s authentic passion comes shining through on his self-titled debut album, a collaboration with Rhythm&Truth.

Love MaKenzie

MaKenzie is a bold soulful R&B powerhouse vocalist. Debuted Top 30 on the iTunes Pop Chart.

Life Lessons

The stylistically diverse album is produced by Daniel Anstandig, featuring Clemens Wenners, Jessie Wagner, Michael Blum, Patrick Wade, CJ Lambert, and a cast of talented musicians spanning three continents, six countries, and 7 U.S. states.

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