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 Simpson, Pierre Bensusan, Clive Carroll, Trevor Gordon Hall, Thomas Leeb, Adam Miller and many others,
Dan picked up the guitar in his teens, and began writing music (frequently in open tunings, often fingerpicked) immediately. He subsequently played in several bands, worked as a recording engineer and producer, and played as a session musician. From around 2004, he began focusing on acoustic fingerstyle, typically writing in open 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 McKee, Pierre Bensusan, Jon Gomm, Don Ross, Thomas Leeb, Declan Zapala, 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, wedding, charity events, street parties and house concerts; supported world-renowned artists (such as Martin Simpson, Danny Thompson and Trevor Gordon Hall); and shared bills with – among many others – Sam Carter, Chris Woods, Will McNicol, Sean Taylor, Michael Watts, Amrit Sond, Sohn/Trouble Over Tokyo, Charlie Lewis, The Jay Rayner Jazz Quartet, Elliott Morris, Nathan Ball, Jacqui Bastek, Jacob Szulecki, Richard Moss and … Ed Sheeran (admittedly when Ed was rather younger and less famous)!
His influences range from other fingerstyle players (e.g. Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Andy McKee, Sergio Altamura, Preston Reed, Will Ackerman and Justin King, to name but a few) to Steve Reich, Orbital, Squarepusher, early Smashing Pumpkins, Global 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.
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 Cher, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Foreigner, David Lee Roth (Van Halen), The Storm, Gregg 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.
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.