Dan Croll

Dan Croll

Although Dan Croll is a solo artist, but his approach as a musician has so many facets that still it even many a band a slice cut could. Croll is on electro stuff, with one leg in the club at home but also has excellent contacts in the folk scene (the label Communion Records finally discovered him and grabbed one of his plays to the latest "New Faces" compilation) and he is a multi-instrumentalist in his songwriting skills already true icons have become noisy - so, for example, an ex-Beatle and one way or another legend from the fields of fashion and design. It started for him in 2012, as one of his demo recordings ( "Marion") as Q Essential Download in UK the rounds made, whereupon soon the next demo track ( "Home") in the program of Steve Lamacq at stations 6 Music ran until finally "from Nowhere", his official debut single, was celebrated by the British Radio 1 ...

His reminiscent of Buddy Holly glasses should one not be fooled: This young man was formerly a real rugby prodigy whose pro career could be prevented only by a broken leg. What the z.T. nor cause very soulful acoustic sounds necessarily expect: The 23-year-old previously worked as a bouncer for a night club, and he lived directly over a strip club in Liverpool ...

Dan came in 1990 in Trentham to the world, a suburb of Stoke-On-Trent, ie where once Robbie and Slash grew up: his father was a consultant, his mother a nurse, and it really looked after a rugby career - he played only for his school team, then for the regional team, then for the Midlands team ... - until an ugly shin-meets-shin incident made him with 17 a spanner in the works: a year gypsum was announced, and his desire to someday play for the English national team was, just in ruins as his leg dangling there above his bed.

But Dan had had dabbled as a teenager Fortunately a second hobby, music, largely may have been due to his mother, who was standing on jazz, blues and folk and even earlier vocally in various brass bands. His first musical discovery was the nu-metal sound of Blink 182 and Sum 41, introduced him to his older sister with bands like The Strokes and The Libertines. After that we went quickly: All of the Beach Boys to Beirut, from the Dirty Projectors to Grizzly Bear ran with him up and down.

At school, Dan felt equally connected to the hardcore rugby guys like the casual skater cliques. And the instruments it adopted immediately by the dozen in attack: As a teenager he mastered guitar, then bass, then piano and drums, and even before the trumpet, he did not stop. He spent his weekends during this time is usually in Liverpool, where many of his relatives lived, and so it was perhaps predictable that he eventually there would enroll at the Institute for Performing Arts to: Dan therefore studied music, where his lecturers among others, Eddie Lundon (the eighties synthpop duo China Crisis) and Keith Mullin included - the latter a former member of the Farm has always had the best and most amusing anecdotes about his own botched life ready according to Dan.

A little later, he won the award for "Songwriter of the Year" from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and was able to spend then in private time with Sir Paul McCartney, after all, one of the founders of the Liverpool Institute: The 40-minute session with the former Beatle was so good that Dan conceded just praise and Sir Paul is obviously taking the word "groovy" equal frequent in the mouth. And of course Dan was very grateful for the unique opportunity to the opportunity to discuss their music with one of the biggest pop heroes of the 20th century - although secretly Paul Simon and Burt Bacharach mean to him even more.

"In Liverpool can already feel so that the legacy of the Beatles a crushed, and therefore you try then just to go in a different direction and about other people talking," says Dan, adding that he though production of songs like "Come Together" finds incredibly well, "Liverpool but simply too much to the Beatles depends - rather again push because I would rather a young talent."

His own compositions are over time (and with always new gadgets that are available to him) become more electronic, so that its sound now the perfect balance between acoustic / organic - as the tracks "Home" and "Marion" - and computer-generated pieces representing what he has added a range just lately.

Either way, there are all intelligent, catchy, placed necessarily to the point pop songs: "From Nowhere" was the exuberant first single, with Dan impressive "out of nowhere" spoke up and made immediately a sensation: When the UK stations Radio 1, XFM and 6 Music was the song up and down, to recorded "from Nowhere" already after two weeks whopping 100,000 Plays on Soundcloud, and thanks of several blog posts around the world as the song went meantime even at # 1 the hype Machine charts. The anknÜpfende to the radio-draft Prince "Wanna Know" is how Dan says, "a real oblique song, which is written from the perspective of a stalker. Only the person who since mutated into a control freak, not only negatively times subscribed; you can the whole though interpret as genuine oblique and scary but ultimately I want the audience we form own opinion. "And then there's the gambling with African elements" Always Like This ", the and from the heights lows a previous relationship of Dan tells ...

Half Troubadour, semi Electro wizard is Dan Croll probably a kind of update to Beck, the hitherto missing link between Jake Bugg and Joe Mount. No wonder that he has long been considered as the spearhead of the current Liverpool music scene these days, long brings about after the era of The Coral and The Zutons, a whole lot of fresh talent - are counted this among other acclaimed artists like Stealing Sheep, outfit , Kankouran, Jethro Fox, the staves, Eye Emma Jedi, Mikhael Paskalev, Vasco Da Gama, Ninetails, Neon Lights and many, many others, all of which are on the verge of conquering all UK and the rest of the world.

The music is not his only talent because Dan would have the makings for a career and in all other areas: he would, for example, as a bouncer keep going (he had played a part-time job at Le Bateau in Liverpool, where he had to confiscate more common drugs - "to then under my table kept" as he says), or as a supporting actor in the film: fOr "Shameless" by UK channel 4 he had Frank Gallagher's bachelor party at a strip club attend (natural to him a walk this role, where he had lived about a brothel in Broad Street), and in another TV role was a fine gentlemen to Victorian model, who was also involved in prostitution.

Now, however, so is only times conclusion because he has definitely for music decided: Dan is currently working in an abandoned elementary school gym in Toxteth - at the docks on the right hand, then past the crackheads - to his recordings, and so visit his Studio not only an old badminton court, but also ropes for climbing - who needs already a chic professional studio fOr 1000 pounds per day ?! Nevertheless, one can say that this man indeed "From Nowhere" came, however, it has been incredibly well within a few months! Because, strictly speaking, the number of Listens is on his SoundCloud profile already in the millions - ascending trend continues (rapidly).

Dans debut album "Sweet Disarray" will be released in Germany on July 18 and on Deram Records Released - that just revived British cult label that once already icons like David Bowie and Cat Stevens contracted and world hits like "Nights in White Satin "or even" Whiter Shade of Pale "was published.

Produced by Dan himself and a few musician friends, is on the album to hear including the Ladysmith Black Mambazo Choir, known from Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, for which Dan specially flown to South Africa. Otherwise, you may now make bets that "Sweet Disarray" is among the most important debut albums of the year.

No wonder that he made his appearance at CMJ in autumn 2013. fOr sensation, and that him the NME one of the "20 must-see acts" explained as many other large leaves put him on their "Artists to Watch" lists fOr, 2014. No wonder that acts like Haim, Bombay Bicycle Club and Chvrches DIES him fOr concerts and brought across the Atlantic to the preliminary program, and no wonder that Bastille, the ultimate whiz of 2013, and the US band Imagine Dragons took him on a tour of the UK and Europe.

"I want to ensure that music is in the real life, tells the stories that is honest, finally becoming mainstream is" Dan concludes. "The fact that so precisely not just run any songs that have any anonymous songwriter who has selected the label, cobbled together in a hurry. I am concerned with music that really comes from the heart, that means something that means something to me - and hopefully the audience can mean something ".

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