Friday, April 29th
House of Blues - San Diego, CA
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We're going downtown, but not to get wild and crazy and blackout (well...not before), but we're going downtown to play on the main stage at the House of Blues!
Presented by Kelly McGarry, House of Blues has asked us back to rock the venue! It's a local night that celebrates the amazing artists we have here in the San Diego area. Acts include The Montell Jordans, The Filthy Violets, Quali, and more!
It looks like DNT is kicking the night off at 8pm so make sure to get there early! If you haven't seen us play at House of Blues, then you really haven't seen us play at all.
Every single time we play there, it is so much fun and we have a blast - and so do our fans! We've been writing so we'll be throwing out some new ones to test out and get your feedback.
So we’re smack-dab in the middle of the song-writing process. It’s been quite an entertaining process but also seems to maintain a surprisingly high level of productivity. As the Tempo & Crescendo Controller (TCC for short), I feel like I’m in the driver’s seat when we’re exploring which direction the song should go.
Here’s an example of how we do things at the DNT Songwriting Factory:
6:15 PM - I kick off with a Phish-influenced beat and get all loose and jam-bandy. Then Zeke goes into Angus Young shred mode, Dan keeps the funk-infused-punk-rock bass lines, and John plays Stevie Young to balance Zeke’s Angus.
6:18 PM - After several minutes Dan starts looking at me like “WTF”, I smirk and we both instinctually direct our attention to Zeke’s 'John Mayer face'.
6:21 PM - By this time John has been telling me to “End it!" for a good 5 minutes. Dan drops out while laughing because the shot clock is nearing double digits and he has been playing the same progression the entire time.
6:24 PM - It’s down to me and Zeke. I try to give it a few more measures before an uneventful crash landing finish.
6:26 PM - Zeke opens his eyes and realizes everyone else has left the room.
So after that 10-15 minute progressive jam, John or Dan will say, “Zeke, you did something cool in there like 7 minutes ago. Try that for the bridge.”
A real clear vision.
But after getting loose a little bit we find we’re able to develop and segment the writing process into different stages of the song.
A personal side note: since I usually have little--if nothing, to do with the lyrics--I seem to pay minimal attention to them while we map out the song structure. This can backfire when Dan queues me in to a certain section when he refers only to the lyrics. I don’t think he could ever tell I was guessing, until now.
Not sure if anything I wrote makes any sense or maybe it makes too much sense, but that’s a quick insight to how we operate as a team and get our music into your hands and ears.
Hey there! Danny from DNT here. Oh, you've never heard of us??? Well, you should have. Or maybe you did hear about us, but don't even know it...
We used to perform under the name of Danny and the Tramp. When John and I first moved out to San Diego from the East Coast (Pennsylvania, what-what!), and found our first drummer, Brandon, that's what we went by. It was Danny...and the Tramp! When we added Zeke and then Kyle (who took over for Brandon), we were looking to change our name, but our fans wouldn't allow it. They wanted the name Danny and the Tramp!
So we stuck with it. We used that name for a few years; building up some street 'cred on the West Coast. But after the many years in smokey bars and yelling over those loud-ass drums (Side note: They should really consider adding a volume knob to drumsets), John started getting out-of-breath saying our name so we thought, "Why don't we shorten it to just D-N-T?"
And here we are! DNT. And we are very social, let me tell you... within the media that is. If you come up to us in real-life and try to have an actual conversation, I guarantee some awkward silent moments.
I guess that's who we are: The most introverted extroverts you'll ever meet.
We have many social accounts all over the world wide web. You found us here! That's cool. This is our official site. We're also on the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many others. We usually spend most of our time on MySpace. (that was a joke...laugh)
Here is a list of our most popular social media accounts. Make sure to click on each one and follow us!
Amazon Prime is a fantastic invention. So is Jack Daniels. They should have a kid.
Below is an alternative version of Chase That Bunny snagged from the aforementioned Gulls game. I was pumped that Joe from Pacific Records recorded the whole show because there was some gems in that setlist. This recording is a lot closer to what I had in my head when writing the song.
Long story short--I had recently watched the Rum Diary and had been mesmerized by the atmosphere created in this crazy bar scene. I had some lyrics that needed a home, and came up with a dirty-dumb blues hook I hoped would capture some of the feelings.
Yeah, yea, I get it Danny. No one cares. Just check out the clip.
P.S. Danny screwed up the second verse by singing the first verse over again. Not sure why he did that? Maybe he just really likes the first verse. Or maybe he got too drunk on $2 beers and forgot he already sang the first verse? Oh well.
Now and then we think thoughts and write them here.