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 with the strings strung for a right handed person. Consequently all the chords I play are upside down. Strange, but true....

I'm a multi instrumentalist and play everything myself on my tracks. I produce them all in my home studio which I call DanStudios. Garageband is my current Digital Audio Workstation of choice and my guitars are you could say, very Beatle centric! Here's the gear I have and also the various recording methods I've used over the years. 

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My debut album is called "Let The Sun Shine In" (which you can buy on  and iTunes). 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 Part 1", 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 Part 2" followed two years later, slightly shorter but with the same rock opera story about those who promise you the world and give you nothing.

My second album "Time For A Change" was released on Dec 4th 2015.  I was so poor at the time I couldn't afford to release it through CDBaby (my usual method) so I've put the tracks on my SoundCloud.

I have just released my third album "Colliding Planets" - 15 original songs written and produced by yours truly at my studio DanStudios. I'm very proud of this album and worked hard on getting the production and sound right. Here's a review of the album from music blog SpinSunday Music reviews.

INFLUENCES

My main influences are The Beatles having grown up with their sound. I also love The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, The Bee Gees.  Also love Amy Winehouse and those jazzy grooves. Fave guitarists are Keith Richards, Mark Knopfler and George Harrison.

My favourite drummers are Ringo, Neil Peart & Taylor Hawkins.

Fave bass players are Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and Chris Squire.

Fave quote :

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

 

 

 

NEW ALBUM "COLLIDING PLANETS"

It's been two years since my last album "Time For A Change" was released and I thought it was high time to get writing again! "Colliding Planets" is my third album and I feel this albums music and lyrics are my strongest to date. Here's a review.

My latest single release "Dreams of a Dreamer" from the album can be heard here.

The new album is a little bit more soul influenced. Of course I've still got my rock vibe going on (I don't think that will ever disappear) but I've introduced horns and piano more on this album on a few tracks - "One in a Million" and "Get Inside Their Soul". Two of tracks are country rock orientated "She's Still Drivin'" and "The Man I Want to Be" with plenty of finger picking guitar licks reminiscent of Mark Knopfler.

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I've played around on my Fender Telecaster with Open G tuning and a whole new world has opened up to me! Now I know how The Rolling Stones sound like they do. Four of the songs are very Stones influenced using open G tuning as the base for the groove.

I bought a Fender Stratocaster this year which features on a lot of the tracks. The Rickenbacker 330 12 string also makes an appearance or two. All the bass guitar parts were played on my Hofner violin bass.

Once again drums are provided by ©DrumsOnDemand - my favourite drum loop company. 

Here's a cool article that Indie Artists Magazine did on me.