Dance Myth = Dan Smith
(Say it out loud a few times, and let your hair down).
Dan has always written from his channel and continues his solo work, outside of Listener. He works to replace genre definition by making art out of following a feeling instead of creating it to fit in a category. It is what it always has been: a journey, making rough ideas smoother, some thing to laugh at, sit with, and make thought out of.
Making this music started for Dan in the early 1990s, in the Ozarks, when he decided to make his brand of lo-fi emotional hip-hop using the name Listener. He went on to record eight albums in the duo Labklik and three albums in the group Deepspace5 as Listener. In 2002 Smith started touring full time as a solo artist under the name, and has played thousands of shows in over 30 countries zig zagging across the globe. In the years 2007/2008 he made Listener a band acting as the vocalist, bass, and horn player with friends. This transitioned their music sound to what it is today with Smith’s brand of channeling poetry together with their collective musical voice as the outcome.
A type of idea mantra he has used since the early days has been:
“Making the music that you are going to need, but you just don’t know it yet.”
Hey I’m Dan, thanks for reading this.