Dan D'Lion

Reading

Monday 8th April 2019

Where are you from?
Reading baby.

Describe your style in three words?
Don't play safe.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Stevie Wonder - Clapham Common. Rain puts a cloud over your head. But if there's anyone who makes the sunshine, it's Stevie Wonder.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Elton John - the guy is pure magic.
Gorillaz - Damon is a hero and the music will never not make me move!

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
I think it’s always important to push against mass culture. The only way for progression in art is by creating something completely opposite to what has been done before. Movements like Modern Soul - Being able to pick out a tune from decades ago and hearing it in a completely different age, and for it to sound fresh and modern. I am constantly inspired by hearing old techniques in a new light and translating them into my own music.

Disco has made a big impact on how I want my music to be enjoyed. It’s uplifting and expressive. No matter what you’re into, disco makes you get down!

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I would spend it with my grandfather. I never got to meet the wonderful chap.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
The L'Olympia in Paris is a special place. The best of the best have played there and the speakers in the floor are incredible. More venues should have speakers in the floors. I'm gunna get speakers in my floor one day. Maybe...

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Francis And The Lights. I imagine he's not bothered at all about success as he's too busy creating amazing music. He is a true force of nature.


De D'Lion is the solo project of Dan Bartlett, put together at his studio in Hoxton. Inspired by Jamiroquai, Tame Impala and N.E.R.D among others, Bartlett's twisted, honest song-writing alongside groovy, beat-driven instrumentation create the sound of Dan D’Lion. His debut EP 'BETTERMAN' is out now, demonstrating his modern approach to alternative pop music.

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