Dan got his first guitar when he was 16. He started banging on it until he figured out how to play Misfits, Bad Religion, Screeching Weasel, and Ramones songs on it. He joined his first band in 1998, the Dirty Politicians. Punk rock with an occasional "oi!" thrown in.
He went on to play in hardcore/emo/indie bands like A Safer Place, The Linear Complex, and Ender. Tired of spending money on guitar gear and never being satisfied, he stopped playing guitar and taught himself the drums. Not long after that he joined The Future Kings of Nowhere, and recorded a (really good) album on 307 Knox Records. After an emotionally brutal divorce from that band, he said, "Fuck it, I'll make my own music all by myself because I have incredibly poor communication skills but pretty good multi-instrumental skills," and started playing guitar again.
Oh yeah, he also was (and still is) singing in a Motown/R&B/Soul/Funk cover band called Mr. Coffee and the Creamers. So, now, Dan is creating again. He bought some surprisingly cheap and good sounding home recording gear, and is teaching himself how to use it.
He's dumping his pain and wisdom gained all over the webs, seeing what sticks. Some of his favorite artists are: Bob Mould (husker du, sugar, solo), Blake Schwartzenbach (jawbreaker, jets to brazil), Alkaline Trio (suck it, haters), At the Drive-In, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Avail, The Beatles, Billie Holiday, SST records, BYO records, Lookout! records, Dischord records, Karate, etc. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..