Danny began recording his first album in 2005 with the help of his dad, Eugene Carvalho. Rather than seeking a record label to negotiate with, Eugene decided to set up a home studio and an independent record label, Lava Rock Music. This allowed Danny, who was 15 at the time, the flexibility to record and create music whenever he wanted to.
The album was released in 2006, entitled Slack Key Journey - On My Way. The album showcased new arrangements of some of Danny’s favorite Hawaiian classics, tributes to his teachers, and two of his first original compositions (Booboo’s Lullaby and Song For Allie). It was nominated for the “Most Promising New Artist” category in the Nā Hoku Hanohano Awards.