DYD: Firstly I have to ask the obligatory question – do you perhaps have a story involving yourself, an eerie night, crossroads, a demonic entity and a certain trade of vital essence for supernatural instrumental skill?
Dan Patlansky: No, just hard work and many, many hours slaving behind a hot guitar. There no substitute for putting in the hours, not even soul trade offs. Besides I was only offered Justin Biebers skills when I was at the crossroads, so I told them to shove it.
DYD: Tell us about your new album. I want to know what it means to you at this moment in your lengthy career as well as what it means against the rest of your offerings in your career?
Dan Patlansky: Well, I think it’s the best album we’ve done to date. The songs are without a doubt the strongest, as well as the playing, singing and everything else. Song writing was the primary focus to begin with. I wanted great songs and still be able to play a lot of guitar on this record. And I think we achieved that very well. Dear Silence Thieves shares many aspects of previous albums, but also has added elements previous records lacked.
DYD: This album has a number of differences than your usual world, the lessening of solos, the more layered band structured songs. Did working with producer Theo Crous influence this bending of your usual narrative? Tell us about working with him.
Dan Patlansky: Working with Theo was great. as I mention songs were everything. I still solo on most tunes but the solos are more thought about and not there for the sake of it. More like a gift somewhere in the middle of the song. Theo is all about what’s best for the song we are working on. It was tough to let go of the reigns at the beginning, as I’m used to producing my own stuff, but well worth it in the end.
DYD: Tell us about the themes of this album. What stories are you telling in this offering?
Dan Patlansky: No real theme to the song writing, but the album is called Dear Silence Thieves and that goes out to the a-holes that come to your shows and talk loudly to each other through out the performance. Never understood that concept, that’s what coffee shops are for.
DYD: You are hailed as one of the best bluesmen and most revered in the world. Would you say this comes with a responsibility to keep blues to an immensely high standard, especially considering the small world that the blues is in our modern society?
Dan Patlansky: Playing the Blues Rock thing always has its pressures because of the very high standard of players out there. I just try enjoy myself every time I play and think that will make will make all the difference . I don’t know about hailed and one of the best in the world but certainly trying my best to get there. It’s a never ending thing, you’ll never be happy with what you got and where you at, always bigger and better thing to achieve.
DYD: What can audiences expect in regards to seeing you perform your new material live?
Dan Patlansky: I think we got the best set ever. High energy, and as always, we will give 110% and leave everything on the stage. We are very excited to start playing these things live.
DYD: You have said that with this album you have reached a point where you don’t need to think to make sure your music flow a specific way. Can you elaborate on this and comment on how this has influenced the tracks on your latest recording?
Dan Patlansky: My passion for the blues and classic rock runs so deep, that when writing and recording I don’t need to even think that I must add more of this and that to make it more bluesy etc. It just happens. That’s what I meant. It’s all I’ve ever played or wanted to play if you know what I mean.
DYD: Tell us about your recent overseas tours and performances. Have these experiences influenced this album in any way?
Dan Patlansky: Touring with Everlast certainly influenced my song writing in a big way. He is a great writer. Touring Europe was epic, it’s a slow start that side but the whole point is to slowly build up our following there, which is happening thankfully. Blues Rock is exploding in Europe, and is definitely the place to be currently. Everlast’s live acoustic show is something everyone needs to experience.
DYD: In this world where internet distribution provides an endless stream of transient music direct to audiences, would you say there is still a place for full albums? Likewise what do you foresee for your type of music as the internet becomes an increasing prevalent method of music distribution? What are the benefits of full albums rather than singles?
Dan Patlansky: In the Blues Rock game full albums will always do well, because of the lack of singles. I see albums as a whole, and I like how they build a story. Also buying a full album gives the listener a chance to slowly like other songs on the album that they didn’t care for before.
DYD: Within your career, was there a specific moment in time when you realized that you were gaining success; a moment where you thought, “Wow, this is really going somewhere and people are listening”, or was rising to prominence a subtle experience?
Dan Patlansky: Extremely subtle! Definitely no wow moment, it’s the small little victories added up together.
DYD: I feel that a personal motivating factor, albeit a superficial one, is that I want to create music to leave a legacy. To be able to materialize something in this life that lastingly affects people. Would you say legacy is a motivating factor for you individually?
Dan Patlansky: I think so in a small way. I just love having the opportunity to do what I love for a living. It’s the reward of creating something that I and other people enjoy listening to that really keeps me going.
DYD: If one had to strip away all your ego and you were left with just your own self, or soul (for lack of a better analogy), what would you describe makes up the essence of who you are individually?
Dan Patlansky: Passionate
DYD: Lastly is there anything that you want to say to the people reading this?
Dan Patlansky: Even if you think Blues Rock is not your thing , come to a show before you make up your mind!
You can catch Dan Patlansky on tour.
9 May, Rivonia Barnyard – Johannesburg
10 May, Atterbury Theatre – Pretoria
15 May, George Arts Theatre – George
16 May, Cash Store – Port Elizabeth
17 May, Cash Store – Port Elizabeth
18 May, Potter’s Place – Jeffreys’ Theatre
19 May, Fugard Theatre – Cape Town
24 May, Strab – Mozambique
26 May, Gateway Barnyard – Durban
31 May, Bush Fire Festival – Swaziland