Melbourne-via-Brisbane singer-songwriter, Dan Parsons, has released a new single ‘I’ll Live and I’ll Die’ and headed off around the country on a co-headline tour with friend and fellow troubadour, Steve Grady. He plays Wednesday 6 May at the Rails in Byron Bay.
When did you start playing? Why?
I started playing music when I was eleven years old – my parents bought me a set of drums and that was it, really. I was hooked. The reason I wanted to play was more instinctual than anything else; I was always tapping rhythm and singing as a kid so to put me behind an instrument that allowed me to express that further was the catalyst. Guitar came later when I turned 16.
How and when did you decide that you wanted to play music for a living?
I decided to play music for living around 6 years ago. Deciding to do it and actually doing it are pretty different and can change hugely depending on the week. I really can’t do anything else, so I suppose it’s music or the certain ditch.
Why? It’s essentially a mix of folk, country and Rock’n’Roll. Alt-Country is what they’re calling it, I believe. Maybe Green Rock’n’Roll? It certainly isn’t rock music – singer-songwriter is the format.
Have you played any different types of music?
Not really, I mainly play stylistically within the aforementioned genres.
Tell me about your music writing process.
I just sit down with my guitar and a cup of coffee occasionally and see if anything just tumbles out. Melodies and chords come first and if I’m lucky a lyric might come out simultaneously and set the mood for what the rest of the tune might end up being about. Doesn’t always happen this way, it’s just the most common.
What are some goals you’d like to achieve with your new album?
Some radio play, more touring, playing with a band sounds like fun to me.
With just a voice and guitar, Dan Parsons sings intimate songs of failed love, great love, missing home and the intricacies and anxieties of the human experience.
See it all come to life when Parsons hits the road with Steve Grady in May and hits The Rails in Byron Bay Wednesday 6 May.