Once again, lovely readers, I have a fantastic blog guest for you! I interviewed Dan Clews to give you all an insight into the artist before he performs at the New to This Solar System event next Friday. Dan is donating his time and his musical talent to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Care at the Sevenoaks Music Festival event. For anyone that wants to see Dan (or any of my other New to This Solar System guests) in action; I’ve been told there are still tickets available.
Dan tells me that his day job, fortunately, largely revolves around: playing music, teaching music and recording music. He also mentions that he sells the odd Christmas tree [I, for one, will be asking him more about this on the night]. Dan has always been surrounded by music as his father is also a musician and he tells me it was a natural progression for him to follow that path too. When I ask if he has any other creative outlets, Dan tells me that he has a huge interest in music videos.
Q. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Dan! So, tell us, who are your musical inspirations?
A. Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan did I mention Paul Simon?
Q. What is your mission as an artist?
A. To play music that makes people feel like they’re not alone.
Q. Have you had any set backs in getting where you wanted to be?
A. Always, it’s not for the faint hearted, but I love what I do.
Q. Is there anyone in particular that inspires you or gives you great advice to get where you want to be?
A. My wife and my son – always.
Q. Are there any especially memorable gigs you have played?
A. I’ve done Local & Live in Tunbridge Wells and I also played on the Arctic Circle once.
Q. Have you played at any particularly outstanding venues?
A. Definitely: playing at the Hammersmith Apollo and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire were real highligh
ts for me.
Q. I’m sure my readers would love to know about someone amazing you have performed with?
A. I recently played a duet with Tim Minchin in front on 5,500 people! That was pretty amazing!
Q. Do you have any future developments my readers might like to know about?
A. Well, there’s the Secret Garden Party on the 21st of July, Local and Live 2012 on the 25th of August, Over The Moon Festival on the 16th of September. Plus, as of recently, people can also find me on iTunes!!
Q. How did you end up involved in New to This Solar System and fundraising for Breast Cancer Care?
A. I believe Cancer is personal to everyone: I don’t know any adult that’s not been affected by it in some way. I met Steph at one of my gigs and we got chatting about her events. I’ve lived in Sevenoaks most of my life
Thanks, again, Dan for taking the time to answer my questions: I’m sure my readers are now all looking forward to seeing you in action at New to This Solar System on the 6thJuly – and so am I!