Meet Dan Crestani. He is a Sydney based Musician, Songwriter, Artist, Painter and Night Watchman, who’s OCD will have him scanning for edits throughout this article. But it is with his specific way of thinking that has given him a strong sense of who he is as an artist. With lyrics like “Fine line ain’t nothing, she spat out lightning… She had quite a style”, accompanied by a beat that you can’t help but groove along to, this boy has a sound that you can’t quite put your finger on, but it’s funky, it’s soulful, it’s fresh.
In his own words: New York is… sick. [It’s] energy – nothing is dead. I live in… Wentworthville. I am… Dan. My style in 3 words… simple, dark, very dark. My EP in 3 words… emotional, dark, light. My first encounter with music was… [after] living in Asia for 10 years. I had no passions, so I decided to be passionate about something [so] I bought a skateboard and a guitar at the same time. I am inspired by… people, friends, parents, mistakes, travelling, partying and good times. I couldn’t live without… baked goods. Currently I am listening to… Frank Ocean, Tom Waits, Marvin Gaye, and Earth Wind and Fire – a lot of soul groove stuff. If I could collaborate with anyone it would be… MJ, Tom Waits and Beyonce. If I wasn’t a musician I would be… a baker. The best piece of advice ever give to me was… don’t go in cycles, go forward. I never thought… I’d be this involved in my craft.
Everyday I… shower.
Have a listen to his new EP ‘Can’t Help Myself’ here. And if you’re keen to catch him live, follow him on Instagram (@DanCrestani), sign up to his mailing list to get his latest updates
or just note these dates in your diaries:
Wednesday 1st April // Old Manly Boatshed with Little Coyote
Thursday 2nd April // World Bar (Kings Cross)
Friday 10th April // The Muso Next Door (Petersham)
Thursday 30th April // Be the Label, Play Bar (Surry Hills)
Friday 1st May // Australian Institute of Music, Australian Hall (Surry Hills)
Big thank you to Nick Mudge for collaborating with us on this shoot.
See more of his photography here or here (@ChocolateMudge)