We’re back with a new SoCal Spotlight. Dan Sadin moved from Northern California down to the SoCal scene. Check out the interview below to learn more about him.
Hometown: San Francisco
When the solo project formed: 2018
Members: Dan Sadin – no real “official members,” it’s just me. I do have a killer live band, though.
When did you first know you wanted to be involved in music?
I don’t think there was ever a moment when my life has existed without music. My grandfather was a jazz pianist and arranger and I grew up playing piano, before guitar. I remember him singing my brother and me songs. Before I even knew how to play an instrument I would sit down at his piano and guess at notes, trying to compose my own simple songs. Then, I discovered the guitar – it was like something was calling me to it, I became obsessed with the idea of being a guitar player. I taught myself to play “Stairway To Heaven” on an old classical guitar over the summer and asked my mom if I could get guitar lessons. She said if I went and got my brother’s acoustic guitar and played the song for her she would pay for guitar lessons – she didn’t believe me, haha. I played the intro for her and from that moment on I’ve been on a guitar player.
How did the current project come to be?
I feel lucky to be involved with many great projects, whether touring, writing or producing. And while I love supporting those that I work with, I have always wanted to find a way to work on my own music. I had a hard time finishing songs and finding my own voice. Finally between breaks from tours, I started piecing together the parts of The Way That It Hurts. That song laid the groundwork for the rest of the EP and became the foundation of this project. I think there was something cathartic with it – I was finally able to get in touch with my feelings and see them come out with my own voice, something I hadn’t been able to do up until that point.
With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?
Honestly, it just starts with friends. You meet one person who introduces you to another, who invites you to a show where you meet more people, who invite you to more shows, etc. I feel super lucky to have an incredible community of friends and musicians in Los Angeles. I actually love walking into a show where I don’t know anyone or know the band/performer and discovering something new. I also love to discover new venues and places to check out music. There are some great ones popping up right now, like the Lodge Room in Highland Park, where I’ll actually be doing my EP release show on 6/28!
What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?
I love that there’s so much going on all of the time. I also wish there wasn’t so much happening because it becomes really hard to cut through the noise. There are so many shows happening every night that inevitably you end up missing something you wanted to see, or you end up competing for tickets.
There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. Do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How do you go about doing that?
Absolutely. I think it’s about persistence, consistency and strategic planning. I’m just getting going as Dan Sadin, but I’ve done it with other bands. Find the places and shows that make sense for you to play, meaning there is some sort of alignment with other bands on the bill and the type of people that come to that venue, or the event. And just keep making friends; it’s all about your community no matter where you are.
How do you handle your social media presence? Where can our readers follow you?
I’m on all major social media platforms, Facebook (/dansadinmusic), IG (@dansadin), and Twitter (@_dansadin). Or it’s easiest to keep up with my website, www.dansadin.com.
Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?
I just recently played the El Rey with Frenship – that was a really fun show. The venue is amazing, always fun to see a show (as an audience member) and being on the other side was really special. The sound is great, the vibe is great, and they always have solid acts coming through. I look forward to getting back there soon!
What are you working on right now?
I am getting ready for the release of my EP, out June 22nd and we are celebrating with a show at the Lodge Room in Highland Park on June 28th. I will be joined by some of my best friends who will be performing short acoustic sets, including, Frenship, Holychild, Colyer, talker and Liv Slingerland. I’m really looking forward to the night, and it’s free (with RSVP)! Aside from that, I will be playing more shows throughout the summer and working on more music.