Monday, 27 May 2013
Always one for checking out the local radio stations to find out what's hot music-wise in the North West, Ralph's had his ears on WA12 Community Radio Station in St Helens. One of their top recommends currently is Warrington born singer songwriter Dan Solan and his band as they've just released an album of fine tunes.
Dan was raised between those two great capitals of the music scene, Manchester and Liverpool. From an early age music became the main focus in his life. Composing his own songs at the age of 15, the musicality of his songwriting, strength of his arrangements and the power of his performances were apparent.
Extraordinarily prolific and imaginative, he is constantly evolving his art and continues to write new music at an impressive rate, while gigging across the North West of England both as a solo artist and as part of a band. Dan's influences include Coldplay, Radiohead, Elbow, Snow Patrol, Jeff Buckley and Ed Harcourt, but his style is truly his own. The new album has been produced by Mercury Award nominated producer Andy Ross and the new cuts are already creating something of a stir.
BBC Introducing Manchester will be featuring some new tracks and Dan has recently been interviewed by ALL FM's Sophie Svennison on her new drivetime show, as well as appearing on a live radio show for Storm FM in Bangor, Wales. With rapturously received gigs, ever expanding crowds, and over 3000 plays on soundcloud within 2 months, this is an artist whose trajectory is rising inexorably to greater recognition and success.
With well crafted, often poignant and soul searching tracks like 'Give Me Today' Dan Solan will take you on a musical journey with the new album that you wont want to end.
Whilst you can hear traces of his musical influences in his music, he's very much his own man. There's gigs upcoming and the line up of Dan's band is Dan Solan - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Steven Kent - B/Vocals, Lead Guitar, Chris Bright - Bass Guitar and Karl Hand - Drums.