Keyboardist Dan Leavers (aka Danalogue) from The Comet Is Coming is a multi-faceted musician who produces, mixes and is deep into analog synths. The Comet Is Coming has recently played festivals like Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and has sold out clubs around the US, UK and Europe. Get to know more about our TALENT SCOUT Artist of the Week!
NAME: Dan Leavers (aka Danalogue)
HOMETOWN: London, UK
MUSICAL TRAINING: I studied piano with a teacher at a young age, but I decided to stop as I was terrible at practicing. Having quit lessons, I would play for hours, set free from the sheet music and scales. I think for the next two years I only played the black keys.
FIRST GIGS: My old man took me to a Jim Mullen gig in a Pizza Express around my 14th birthday, I remember the piano player blowing my absolute mind out. The next one that really sticks out in my memory was seeing Radiohead when I was 16. They had just released Kid A and did a huge show in a park in their hometown of Oxford. They did two encores, the keyboard broke in the final tune and they launched into an impromptu version of "Creep" that sent the crowd wild!
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Mahavishnu Orchestra, Terry Riley, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Rage Against the Machine
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Deathgrips, Alice Coltrane, Patten, oneohtrixpoint never, Infinite Bisous
MY BIG BREAK: My soul being plucked from the infinite cosmos and brought into waking consciousness via an organic space suit.
LATEST PROJECTS: The Comet is Coming, Soccer96, Snapped Ankles
FAVORITE KEYBOARDS AND WHY? The Roland Juno-60, Roland SH-09. Why? The immediacy, simplicity, speed of manipulation, technicolour sound (Juno), the dirty filthy brutal bass (SH-09) the robust and badass physicality, the magic. The golden era of Roland. The sound of my soul. They have always been there for me. They were my first synths, and I’ve giggled with them for half of my life.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU We go to Japan with the Comet Is Coming. Then I produce the new record from Joshua Idehen.
ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Investigate archaic forms of technology to go alongside the current technologies. Remove the imagined audience in your mind of what you think people want to hear. If the music you make gets you excited and gives you goosebumps, then you can bet that there are others like you who will feel the same way. If you have to work two day jobs and make music at night because at first the gig pay sucks, just do it. Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance!
Visit Dan on Instagram at _danalogue