Dan originates from the small town of Andes in upstate New York. While he was drawn to music at a young age, it was shortly after his aunt bought him a copy of Metallica’s Black Album that his musical journey really began. A largely self-taught guitarist, Dan’s attention was split throughout much of his younger years between playing in numerous rock and classic rock cover bands, and his own solo acoustic music. He eventually went on to attend college at the State University of New York in Oneonta, where he was a founding member of the hard rock band Gravia. Gravia performed for several years and released their debut EP, The Battle, in 2010, before life drew its members in different directions.
Dan’s first solo release, the 2012 EP Vagrant, showcased his unique musical style with fan favorite songs “Broken Glass” and “Firefly,” the first to use the sorts of acoustic flourishes that would come to define his sound. He played many shows in the northeastern U.S. to support the release, and as time went on, Vagrant became the foundation for his solo act.
After that, Dan spent several years performing as the frontman for thrash/power metal band Sacred Ash near New York City. The band released their Beneath Blackened Skies EP in 2013, featuring the epic lead single “The Serpent’s Rise.”
In 2015, Dan moved back to upstate New York and returned to his acoustic roots. The following years were filled with more gigs than can be counted, as he cut his teeth on the Lake George and Saratoga music scenes, playing venues and busking. His mixed set lists of boundary-pushing original music and uncommon cover songs set him apart from the typical bar musician, featuring acoustic renditions of rock hits like “Crazy Train,” ballads like “Hallelujah,” and fingerstyle odysseys like Andy Mckee’s “Drifting.” But as time went on, Dan’s own music grew to be more requested than the covers, and his focus on his original catalog sharpened.