Daniel Tannenbaum, best known as the up-and-coming singer-songwriter and producer Bekon, said that seeing Kendrick Lamar’s dedication to his hometown of Compton, California, made him want to donate a portion of the sales from his debut album to music programs on Long Island.
“Kendrick has such a deep connection to where he’s from,” said the Amityville native who worked on Lamar’s Grammy-winning album, “Damn.” “I want to be that for Long Island.”
Tannenbaum, 34, returned to his alma mater, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, Thursday. He spoke to the school’s current band, which is led by music director Tyrone Jones, who also taught Tannenbaum. “Some of the best moments I’ve had were in this room,” said Tannenbaum, adding that support from Jones got him through a tough time in high school. “There’s something special about a place like this.”
To help support Long Island’s special places, Tannenbaum plans to donate proceeds from the sales of his new album “Get With The Times” to the Holy Trinity music program, as well as the Amityville School District music program, where his mom, Roxanne, has taught for 20 years. “I’m always on board with Daniel’s crazy ideas,” she said, adding that her son could sing before he could talk — and sing in harmony.
Tannenbaum was eager to play Jones some of his new songs, including “America,” which appears on Lamar’s album as “XXX,” and “Mama Olivia,” where Jones accompanied him on the saxophone.
“I just feel like I was in the right place at the right time,” Jones said. “Between the ages of 14 and 16, a love of music can be so overwhelming. I tried to help him figure it out.”
Tannenbaum also played the first song he wrote as a teenager, a Billy Joel-inspired ballad where he sings, “It doesn’t matter where we go. It matters where we come from.”
“It’s so wild playing in this room again,” he said.
Tannenbaum said he plans to donate at least $2,500 to each program from the album sales. He said fans who want to make sure that their purchase of his album is counted can direct message him on Instagram @iambekon or on Facebook as Daniel Tannenbaum.