Call me a professional amateur. Grew up with music in the 60's. Started playing guitar and then bass in the 70's, Started recording and getting into keyboards and technology in the 80's. Still played bass. Rocked out and recorded more in the 90's. Yay more technology! 2000's Brought another band, more recording, more computers, and more technology. 2010's Brought 3 small record contracts. More computers. More writing. More Social Music Media. Collabs galore! In 2008, I started the Collecting Pool recording project while playing bass in a local band. Playing out live was fun, but I was getting worn out coming home at 3AM on the weekends and dragging the P.A., guitars, drums, and amps down my basement stairs. I stopped playing out and concentrated on writing and developing production skills. I love music -Dan D-
And I Love Her by The Beatles.
Too many to list, but I guess I'd have to say Pink Floyd, early Blue Oyster Cult, Radiohead, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel. Depeche Mode, Soul Coughing, Primus, Tool and Soundgarden are up there for the honorable mention. Look on my list of influences to see just a few of the artists that are important to me.
Life itself. The universe. Those who are special to me and those that I love. Everyday life experiences. The faults and failures of mankind.
Open your eyes.
Never was comfortable.
Hmmm. That's a loaded question. I'm not sure there's many musicians that have a firm grip on reality, otherwise why become a musician. There's always room to improve. For anyone. Musicians are the best communicators on a mass level, the worst at a personal level.
The Sandman's Orchestra