Daniel Rauch


"Man" is my unofficial moniker. I specialize in ambient, but I hope to broaden the palette of my output. I'll only upload the most stomach-able of tracks here, everything else can be found on my SoundCloud & BandCamp accounts. Also the lead singer in the comedy rock band The Hot Food Department. Currently at work on a debut album titled "Warp Failure" under the name "CHROM '47"







What is music to you? What does it give you?

A means to profound feeling & expression, that which could only be so through sound. It gives me life.

What is your music dream?

Too lofty and unrealistic to voice here haha! Maybe some day . . .

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I'd introduce the option to immortality, but not institute it absolutely.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

My Deliverer by Rick Mullins, but only cuz my mother would call in to Christian radio stations and request it on my birthday. Needless to say I had a pretty sheltered childhood.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

I'm sure this is the case for many, but too many to comprehensively list here. Some of my favorites are The Field, William Basinski, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Swans, Death Grips, Tim Hecker, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Sufjan Stevens, Burial, Pete Swanson, Four Tet, The Avalanches, Run the Jewels, Radiohead, Julia Holter, Rival Consoles, Bjork, Tame Impala, Flying Lotus, Bon Iver, Father John Misty, Daft Punk, SOPHIE, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Andy Stott, Nicolas Jaar, Chance the Rapper, DJ Koze, Sun Kil Moon, Danny Brown, Deafheaven, Mount Eerie, Eluvium, Jon Hopkins, Fuck Buttons, Vampire Weekend, Kamasi Washington, Colin Stetson, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Young Fathers, Thundercat, Jamie xx, Oneohtrix Point Never - basically anything that falls under the label of 'millennial-hipster-starter-kit'.

What inspires you to make music?

The prospect held in the tools at my disposal, which I'm unworthy of. The prospect of possibly affecting someone in a profound way through this abstract medium and the real earned feeling of accomplishment that would instill. The idea that the path to improvement is not necessarily linear or objective, and the process rarely being dull or tedious in it's own right. The cool shit other people make. Just wanting to evoke an emotional response in someone, idk.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I'm a political dunce & I don't think I have any lofty philosophy I want to impart because I think even if I did it would be half-baked, forced or contrived to enough a degree that I'd be worried putting that message out would do more harm than good, but if I ever found myself in a headspace where the creative gears align just right I think one constant has always been to try and reinforce an unbridled embrace of the moment.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Elated. Unlike any high. The nerves, though inevitable, definitely contribute to that as well.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

At an impasse of limitless potential through advanced technology for music creation, influence, distribution, etc. but also an age where it's not so feasible to simply live off your art. I don't know how I'd improve this situation without mandating more monetary support for artists and I don't think I have the authority to dictate that, nor any idea as to the possible inadvertent harms that would generate in turn. I think this is about as good as life as a musician gets. I'm pretty happy with the state of things, tbh.

What do you think of Drooble?

It's amassed me a more responsive and enthusiastic audience than I could've ever expected going about the means I was before. Some of the features and layout demand refinement, but on a practical level it's done what it promised, it exposed me to cool people and allowed me to find an audience that actually listens. That's a pretty significant feat.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

There isn't enough time in the day or energy in my body to make or listen to all the music I'd like to. In a creative respect, it's whenever I hit a wall where my talent level doesn't match my aspirations. Whenever a program crashes and deletes a lot of hard work, that's maddening beyond words.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Not as much as I should, but yeah a fair deal. I see performances at the campus auditorium on occasion, and know and listen to some fellow musicians in the area, but mainly I try to engage with musicians online.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

You're asking the wrong guy heh. A pop-sensibility I think is key. I believe there's a limit to how transgressive or experimental you can be before you're more or less limited to your niche crowd unless you decide to make things that are more accessible. Though that really doesn't necessarily have any bearing on quality, I think that's a key component to being widely embraced. I just think the vast majority of people can only swallow so much 'different' before they just dismiss something entirely. It's about riding that line of integrity and approachability. But if you're content trailblazing and leaving the masses scratching their heads in the pursuit of something profound regardless of success, I've got a lot of respect for you.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

I'll come back to this response once I've dug deep enough into Drooble sifting through the shite for the primo tunes.