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ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY

Dan is a composer and guitarist from London, UK, based near Brixton. 

He uses a range of extended techniques in the service of emotive, soothing, melody-driven fingerstyle acoustic guitar pieces, featuring rich chords and lush textures, His playing and compositions have drawn praise from the likes of Martin SimpsonPierre BensusanClive CarrollTrevor Gordon HallThomas LeebAdam Miller and many others,

Dan picked up the guitar in his teens, and began writing music (frequently in alternate tunings, often fingerpicked) immediately. He subsequently played in several bands, and worked as a recording engineer, music producer and session guitarist. From around 2004, he began focusing on acoustic fingerstyle, typically writing in alternative tunings and often in a variety of time signatures. Dan is principally self-taught, though has since 2008 attended a number of seminars and residential workshops with fingerstyle luminaries, including Andy McKeePierre BensusanJon GommDon RossThomas LeebDeclan ZapalaClive Carroll, Mike Dawes and Martin Simpson.

Dan has performed (both solo and in bands) across the UK and abroad. He has headlined his own solo shows; performed at festivals (including Tommy Emmanuel’s TommyFest, several sets at Glastonbury, and regularly at Small World), workshops, weddings, charity events, street parties and house concerts; supported world-renowned artists (such as Martin SimpsonDanny Thompson and Trevor Gordon Hall); and shared bills with – among many others – Sam CarterSean Taylor, Chris WoodsWill McNicol, Michael WattsAmrit SondSohn/Trouble Over TokyoCharlie LewisThe Jay Rayner Jazz QuartetElliott MorrisNathan BallJacqui BastekJacob SzuleckiRichard Moss and … Ed Sheeran (admittedly when Ed was rather younger and less famous)! 

His influences range from other fingerstyle players (e.g. Michael HedgesPierre BensusanAndy McKeeSergio AltamuraPreston ReedWill Ackerman and Justin King, to name but a few) to Steve ReichOrbitalSquarepusher, early Smashing PumpkinsGlobal Communications and many others.

CURRENT PROJECTS – FORTHCOMING ALBUM

Dan is currently recording his debut fingerstyle album, aiming for a release in 2020. It’ll consist of a variety of mellow tunes – from stripped back solo instrumental acoustic pieces to lush orchestrations featuring electric guitar, piano, percussion, strings and even a smidge of choir.

Tabulature will be available for the main guitar part for most of the pieces. 

Huge thanks to Clive Carroll for his compositional input on a few pieces, and to Declan Zapala and Ben Cartwright for assistance with pre-production on some of the tracks. 

He’s also working on a few other projects … including videos, covers and collaborations. More to be revealed in due course!

PAST PROJECTS AND COLLABORATIONS

Production credits include artists and bands in his own studio, bespoke audio design for theatre, and live engineering at various venues.

Dan has played session guitar (including for Goldie’s Metalheadz, J Majik, Infrared Recordings, Warner Brothers and Thames Television) and recorded or played live with musicians including: 

  • Ron Wikso – drummer for CherRichie Sambora (Bon Jovi)ForeignerDavid Lee Roth (Van Halen)The StormGregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Eddie Money, CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revisited), Player (featuring Ronn Moss & Peter Beckett),Randy Meisner (the Eagles), Denny Laine (Paul McCartney & Wings/The Moody Blues), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent/Jimmy Barnes), Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and many others
  • Kofi Kari Kari – percussion for Tom Jones, Phil Collins, Soul II Soul, Jamiroquai, Chaka Khan, Chris de Burgh, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Mae, Ricky Martin, Rebel MC, Westlife, Julio Iglesias, East 17, etc
  • Charlie Lewis – composer, pianist, electronic wizardary and more, on his own solo projects and with Reeps One, Matthew Whitehouse, Fawn, Danny Ladwa, Emma Ballantine, Uppercut Band, Solo Banton, Earl Sixteen, Marla Brown, Hollie Stephenson, Resonators, Lady Leshurr, Portico Quartet, SMB crew, Bad Science, Outerlectuals, Kenny Parrish (Ghost) and Paul Jones (MDS) of Life4Land
  • Tim Dahl – bassist in Child Abuse, Grid, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Pulverize The Sound and The Hub 
  • Mark Knight– violin for Massive Attack, Tricks Upon Travellers, etc
  • Sam Chara – soprano singer-songwriter and cabaretiere
  • Clementine Lovell (Pop Up Opera) and Josephine Mortimer (Lovell/Mortimer)
  • Ilana Lorraine – vocals
  • Lee Nicklen – keys, programming for Kayotix, Baby Charles and music on more computer games than you can shake a stick at
  • Larrick Ebanks – vocals for Ruby Turner, Black Sabbath and many more 
  • Elma Houghton – saxophone and clarinet solo and with Duncan Disorderly and the Scallywags, One Roots, The Spoken Herd’ Hip Hop band, Dr Bluegrass and the Illbilly 8, Billy Rowan the Undercover Hippy, etc
  • Jamie Fagg – trombone for Bussetti, Funk Force Five and others
  • James Hume = drums for Nine Ashes, Jeremy Warmsley, Simon Mastrantone

… and many others…

Dan’s undergraduate thesis was on the socio-cultural significance of the guitar in post-war Britain.

RMMGA 

Dan is co-organiser of the Rec.Music Makers Guitar Acoustic (RMMGA) UK annual guitar gathering. an annual residential guitar retreat set over a long weekend. The event has been running since 1997. It’s hosted performances (and often workshops too) from the likes of Clive Carroll, John Renbourn, Will McNicol, Sam Carter, Jon Gomm, Gordon Giltrap, Michael Watts, Wiz Jones, Declan Zapala, Steve Tilston, Ben Powell, Chris Woods, and (Gr)Amrit Sond. 

Some of the attendees at the RMMGA UK Gathering #19