Hi everyone, I’m Dan.
This is my first solo album. Ever. It is going to be an album of covers of my favourite songs. Each song has been reimagined in the style of one of my favourite songs from the crooners and Big Band years. Influences range from Frank Sinatra to Cab Calloway, and it’s been a lot of fun so far!
While putting it together, I have realised the sort of time, skill, and expense that goes into even the most basic of projects. There are so many elements involved - arrangers, musicians, producers, copyright, album artwork, production, distribution. The list goes on.
From the first meeting with my main collaborator, James Pritchard, he has put hours and hours into the arrangement and mixing of every single song. And we’re not halfway there yet! We have also brought in incredible musicians and specialist arrangers for the horn section and it's sounding incredible already.
We have other singers involved too, from the three amazing voices working as backing singers adding depth to many numbers, to some duets with very talented friends.
None of the people in this project have actually been in the same room so far! Everything has been done, thanks to the wonder of lockdown and isolation, from their own homes.
It’s a really unique and personal album, so to have all these people giving up their time and talent for absolutely nothing seems entirely unfair. I am not making any money personally from this crowdfunder, every penny will go towards paying the people involved and hopefully an ultimate target of a full scale album launch with the whole album played live!