Welcome 

Hello. I'm Dan Farrell, an indie singer songwriter and Producer who lives in London in the UK. I'm a one man band musician and I own six guitars, a midi keyboard and a computer . On here you'll find out all about me and my musical influences, how I write songs, what instruments I use and what equipment I use for recording.

Me &MY MUSIC

If you would like to listen to any of my music, you can click on the ReverbNation player below. I've released two albums "Let The Sun Shine In" and "Time For A Change", two EP's, and a few singles to date. 

I LOVE songwriting and especially the production process. I play all the instruments myself and do the main and backing vocals on my songs, although I have to shut the door of my home studio when doing vocals because the cat meeows when I sing!

I hope you enjoy your visit to my site. Click on the links at the top of the page to see videos or listen to music I've written and if you like them, drop me a line. I always reply within a day.

Keep rockin'!

 

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ABOUT....

dan farrell

 

I'm based in London, UK, and I'm an indie singer songwriter. My main instrument is guitar which I play left handed - but in a unique way. The strings are strung for a right handed person, so all the chords are played backwards and UPSIDE DOWN! This is no way hinders my unique playing style. So long as I remember that a downstroke is an upstroke and a string bend up, is a bend down, then we're all good.

My debut album is called "Let The Sun Shine In" (which you can buy on CDBaby). I decided to do what McCartney did in 1970 on his self titled album and play everything myself. I even made the tea in between recording sessions (again, for myself).

My follow up EP was called "Delusions", an epic 12 minute piece in 6 parts. Weaving between classical guitar and full on rock with some sound effects thrown in for good measure, "Delusions" sounds and feels like a mini rock opera.

Following this came a single "She Dumped Me By Text And Put It On Facebook". You can almost smell the 60's innocence in this song.

My second album "Time For A Change" was released on Dec 4th 2015. This brought an end to a busy year of musical output! There'll be more to come next year that's for sure. In fact I'm already knee deep in material for Album Three (as yet untitled).

Here's a blog by AVA Live Radio about me and how making music is a huge part of my life.

My main influences are The Beatles, The Stones, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Joe Walsh and anyone else who uses strong melodic guitar hooks. Fave guitarists are Keith Richards (Keef), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and George Harrison (The Fabs).

My favourite drummers apart from Ringo (obvs) is Neil Peart, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. How do those guys do that?

Fave bass players are Geddy Lee (Rush) and Chris Squire (Yes).

Fave quote :

"Don't bore us. Get to the chorus"

 

 

 

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RECORDING

Tascam 244 cassette Portastudio

Tascam 244 cassette Portastudio

My love of recording goes back to the invention of the Tascam 4 track cassette Portastudio. From this I moved on to an 8 track reel to reel recording set up. People just don't seem to realise how much HISS there was back in those amateur recording days!

Yamaha AW4416 16 track digital studio ina box with automation

Yamaha AW4416 16 track digital studio ina box with automation

When digital recording revolutionised home musicians I jumped straight in and got myself a 16 track Yamaha 4416 DAW with automation! Corrrr! That is some bit of kit and I still have it, but never record on it anymore. It's just a fancy expensive mic preamp at the moment. I really should sell it on ebay.....

Then Apple invented Garageband and my life changed again - but for the better. I just love the interface, the simple, quick editing facility and most of all THE SOUNDS! The guitar amps section is, for me, heaven. And you can so easily add or take away loads of pedal effects to achieve your own personal "sound".

Thanks Mr Apple.

GEAR

I have a number of guitars - my main pride and joy being my Rickenbacker 330 12 string (a la George Harrison 1964). I had to have this custom made because I needed a left handed version, but it had to be strung for a right handed player, owing to my weird upside down playing style! It took a year to arrive from California but that jangly sound it makes was worth the wait.

I also have a left handed Fender Telecaster, a leftie Hofner Violin bass (a la Paul McCartney!) and three acoustics - an old Yamaha FG410, an Eko 12 string and an old 1966 Hofner Congress (again, exactly like the one McCartney played in Hamburg with The Beatles).

If I had the room I'd have a Hammond B3 in my homestudio, but I'd never get the bloody thing up the stairs!

I used Garageband to record my first album "Let The Sun Shine In" and mastered the final mixes using Izotope's "Ozone 6" software which is GRRRREAT!

I've stuck with this recording set up for all my recordings to date.