Dan and I live pretty much in the same street, so we’ve been passing each other numerous times. I always thought it would be interesting to take his portrait, guessing he would be involved in something creative. But for some reason it took some time to find the right moment to stop and speak up to him. Now I finally did, got to meet him and found out about this man’s wonderful musical talent. In the daytime Dan uses the space of “Lokaal” to write, play and record. His music is as he describes it himself a mixture of bohemian country-blues, folk, americana & other cure-alls. He prefers performing his songs live to recording in the studio, for the fact that the songs always come out slightly different. This brings a certain kind of spontaniety and authenticity that’s hard to capture in studio recording. We chatted a little about him coming from London, eventually settling down in Haarlem, the funny things he notices about this city and its people, drawing inspiration from reading Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’, the ridiculous amount of money he once received for a modelling job he did as a kid for a haircare product they didn’t even use and the ongoing puzzling of being a musician and earning enough to pay the rent and stuff. But most of the time I was just taking pictures, listening to him delivering his heartdriven songs with his strong but soothing voice in the wonderful acoustics of this bar. You won’t hear me complain…

// Dan German //