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Dan Vogl chats with Jen who loves his new single ‘If I Die’.

Dan Vogl is an indie/folk artist born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Originally a self-taught singer/songwriter, Dan spent his early career recording and touring in various musical projects. Seeking to develop his art at a higher level, he sourced mentoring from experienced professionals like Ainslie Wills, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), Jen Cloher and Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) to expand on his songwriting and performance skills. 

Dan’s songwriting involves an eclectic mix of folk, indie, pop and rock with the key objective to create a strong emotional connection to the listener. His unique vocal tone an ode to the CD’s played in his fathers ’91 Pajero, with early Coldplay, Hunters & Collectors and Men at Work the most popular.

Dan’s live show is a ball of energy and sing-alongs. Both solo and with his band he has performed headline shows at The Northcote Social Club, The Oxford Art Factory and The Workers Club as well as opening The Hills Are Alive festival. Dan is also the recipient of the ‘The Push’ Music Industry Pathways Mentoring Program for 2017.

‘If I Die’ is the epic first single released by Dan Vogl. Produced and mixed by Guus Hoevenaars (Netherlands/UK) the track is an uplifting journey of texture and harmony, featuring Dan’s unique vocal and story telling abilities. ‘If I Die’ is an internal battle around religion and the influence in which faith can have in our lives. This is just the beginning of what will be a promising future for a talented young singer/songwriter.

Hi Dan, I read that you have a range of musical influences like Bob Dylan to Hunters and Collectors to Mumford and Suns. The funny thing is even though their music is different I can hear how they have influenced you. Was wondering can you hear them in If I Die’?


Hey Jen,  ‘If I Die’ is a funny one, because I wrote the song quite a while ago it’s hard to remember what I was listening to at the time. But I think I can hear many of my musical influences within the track, some of which you have mentioned. I think little embellishments or references to other artists are exciting moments in modern music, something I always try to listen out for.


‘If I Die’ is a soulful song but it captures and builds right up to the end. Can you tell us what was going through you head when you wrote this song?

This song is an internal battle in the ways which religion can affect an individual’s belief or mindset. Faith has and still does have a huge role in the world, this song aims to question if your actions or mentality reflects the true purpose of your faith. It basically is a prompt to see things from a different perspective.

 

 

Do you have a special place to write? Or can you be creative anywhere?


I think being creative in many different spaces is super important. I feel environment definitely impacts art in many different ways. I always have been a bit of a late night bedroom writer, when the world is quiet and your mind can relax. I don’t only create music because I love it, but it definitely is a way to release stress and think about the world.

Your single Launch was at The Gasometer a couple of days ago. How was the single received by the crowd?

It was epic. To stand on stage and hear a crowd sing back your lyrics, is an epic reward for the time and effort put into my music. Now that I have a taste for playing to a full room I really want to continue this and develop my show even further.

Was the launch everything that you hoped it would be? A sell out must have been a great feeling!

I was blown away with the fact that it sold out. I have never sold out a room before so it’s a great little milestone to tick off the list. I was so stoked with how the whole night turned out, amazing feeling.

I saw on Facebook that you had a great time at Splendour. I went two years ago and it was so muddy! Still it is worth the trip. What were some of your highlights?

This was the second time I’ve been to Splendour and it gets better with every year. I have attended countless festivals in Aus and across the world and they do a great job. My highlights included Maggie Rogers, Julien Baker, The Middle Kids and Stormzy.

What is your ultimate festival to play at? There are so many it would be hard to choose.

I have attended over 30 festivals since I was 16 so the music festival scene has played a huge role in my obsession for music to this day. If I could one day play the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK I think I could die a happy man. That would have to be my all time greatest musical goals since I attended in 2013.

We are lucky to live in Melbourne. Other than the weather of course! Do you feel that being a Melbournian has helped mould you into the artist you are? There are so many opportunities in our hometown.


When I meet other artists from interstate they always ask about how the Melbourne scene effects my music. I feel we definitely have a leg up, in terms of the opportunities that are constantly available to us as artists in this city, there is always something to be involved with here and I love it.

‘If I Die’ was added to Ditto’s Music, The Aussie Hit list. You must have been stoked! As well you announced that you are supporting Rueben Stone. Do you feel that momentum is building for you and that more great things will happen?

Yeah that was a nice little surprise to be included on and the Reuben Stone show should be very fun, I have seen him play before and excited to share the stage with him. Things are definitely building momentum at the moment it’s a very exciting time, fingers crossed I can keep releasing new music and being involved in more exciting projects.

Thanks Dan, all the best.

Thanks for the interview, I appreciate it 🙂

You can catch Dan at The Gaso August 16th. More details here

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Dan’s live show is a ball of energy and sing-alongs. Both solo and with his band he has performed headline shows at The Northcote Social Club, The Oxford Art Factory and The Workers Club as well as opening The Hills Are Alive festival. Dan is also the recipient of the ‘The Push’ Music Industry Pathways Mentoring Program for 2017.

‘If I Die’ is the epic first single released by Dan Vogl. Produced and mixed by Guus Hoevenaars (Netherlands/UK) the track is an uplifting journey of texture and harmony, featuring Dan’s unique vocal and story telling abilities. ‘If I Die’ is an internal battle around religion and the influence in which faith can have in our lives. This is just the beginning of what will be a promising future for a talented young singer/songwriter.

 

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