'If my solo career doesn't work out I'll have other options to fall back on, like acting', says Dayl Cronin
Dayl Cronin has revealed his nerves ahead of trying his hand at a solo singing career.
The former Hometown singer has decided to branch out on his own and is heading into the studio to make his first solo album.
"I'm going into the studio now to record some covers and maybe some original tracks," he said.
"I'm going to try and do the solo thing and just see how it goes. I did say before [that I didn't want to go solo] but I am going to give it a whack and see how it goes. If it doesn't work out, I have other options to fall back on like acting."
Dayl, from Tipperary, has never performed without the support of his five Hometown bandmates and admitted he found it "weird" singing without them at his side.
"It was weird being in the studio without them," he said.
"It was just different. The lads are there to help you. It is nerve-racking and it is scary.
"It will be harder to be on my own. You go from being with five other lads the whole time to being there on your own. It's going to be weird but I'm looking forward to it."
While he's relishing being a solo artist, Dayl has no aspirations to be the next Ed Sheeran.
"It's hip-hop and R and B, that's the route I'm going down, not the singer-songwriter thing.
"I don't have much interest in writing songs myself," he told the Herald.
Aside from the band, Dayl made a name for himself earlier this year when he competed on RTE's Dancing With The Stars where he finished in fourth place.
Since then, he has performed in panto at the University of Limerick and hopes to fall back on his burgeoning acting career if his solo career doesn't work out.
"Being on stage for me is where it's at. Acting is another road I'm going down," he said.
"People think you cry on telly and that's easy enough but there's so much more to it; you have to properly study it. Fortunately I have studied acting before."
Dayl is still in touch with former manager Louis Walsh and credits him with the success he has enjoyed.
"If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be where I am now," he said.
"He told me always be nice, always remember people's names and just enjoy it. That's what I'm doing."
Dayl was speaking at the opening night of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre.