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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DAN KEICHER

Hiya Dan thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I have always felt a love and draw towards music, it is the language that we can all speak. Music is everywhere and in everything. I think music, for me, is the best creative outlet. Being able to make music every day is a real gift and I couldn’t imagine not doing it.

Introduce us to you and your musical history

I am Dan Keicher, a 35-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer based in the south west of England. I have been on the music circuit for 10+years, played in and fronted various corporate event bands and worked as a session musician for various acts.
I started out sneaking into bars at 15 years old with my guitar and playing on the open mic nights, that quite quickly turned into me doing my own shows with my first band ‘The Legoheads’ (we all had Beatles style haircuts) and playing cover songs from The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis etc.
The musicianship and my abilities rapidly improved as we were playing all the time, either live or in our basement converted into a rehearsal room with duvets etc hanging on the walls.
Being a pretty competent guitar playing I found myself playing and jamming with lots of other musicians and bands, that then turned into me standing in for people at events and doing session work.

I spent pretty much all of my 20’s gigging full time, up to 9 shows a week which was an amazing experience, that definitely takes its toll though!
As I hit 30 I knew a change was needed so moved out to the countryside, quit the booze, set myself up a studio and started recording.

A year later, and after a crazy amount of hours learning the production side I started my first original album.
This took about a year to record, but it was fun and I had no time frame to work to some times id go a few weeks without making any progress but that was cool. Other times I’d be in the studio for 20 hours straight and forget to eat was so in the zone!
It’s really great being able to record with no pressure and just for the fun of it.
I now spend most of my time in the studio, working on new original material, and recording and writing for the newly formed trio Savanna On Tour.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?

The music industry is a strange one, and constantly evolving. I do what I do purely for the love of music, if no one ever came to a show or bought a record (not that that’s how it works anymore) I would still be doing exactly what I do now.
I get to play music, meet amazing people, learn and grow as a musician constantly. I am definitely already winning.

We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea? 

Yes 100%, music should be shared between and accessible by everyone. It builds relationships and bridges gaps that other forms of communication can not seem to do.
We need more people sharing, promoting, and encouraging music as you do.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

Well, that depends who is asking?🤣

Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?

Living out in the Cotswolds countryside there isn’t a massive amount of local music. Two artists that deserve a shout though are. Si Connelly and Mellowmatic, are both full of talent and extremely hard-working.

Also Savanna Caprice Lee and ‘Source.’ as they are the other members of the new project ‘Savanna On Tour’ that I am proudly part of.



What advice would you give other artists starting out?

Just be grateful that you are able to make music, and don’t let yourself be too molded by social media. Stick to the most important thing, the music!

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Yes, guitars, guitars, and more guitars!!

What was the worst experience on stage?

A few years back I headlined a festival out in the countryside, only about 1000 people there but a really lovely event. Halfway through the second set I stepped slightly too far to the side and fell out of the converted lorry stage and about 5ft to the floor.
Fortunately, two security guards picked me up and hauled me back on stage, the band seamlessly kept playing and we continued the song. A few bruises and a funny story now, not so funny at the time!

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I am 3 years t-total

If you had to describe your music to an alien, how would you describe it?

Energetic, honest, punchy, and real.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I write, play the instruments, produce the music, etc myself so I have a pretty good understanding of music and its makeup. This album especially was written because it is so much fun to play the individual parts, and they are all written to complement each other.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

So the new album ‘Where Have You Been’ falls into the Alternative Rock category, I have played so many styles and genres over the years it pulls influences from everywhere.
My father owned a record shop back in the 80s that only sold reggae music, that is pretty much the only music I knew growing up.

There are obviously hints of reggae in this album, the beats and rhythms in reggae music are so strong they are almost hard to avoid, they pop up everywhere.
As I mentioned before, this album was purely written for the love of playing music, and you will hear from the individual music parts that the riffs and beats stand alone as cool parts. Put them all together and you have this new alternative rock, reggae, and pop blend genre.

Talk me through the thought process of the new tunes.

The lyrics to this album don’t necessarily tell a straight story but they do have a lot of meaning that can be interpreted by the individual listener. They don’t tend to rhyme in the most obvious way but they were just written down as they flowed out and it works.
The music was written purely because it is fun to play, the high energy and intricate music lines really make for a great atmosphere when played live.

What was the recording process like?

I produced this whole album at home in my small studio during the lockdown, with help from good friend Charlie Farmer aka ‘Source.’ with the mix and master (and all the little bits in between). The biggest benefit to this is there was no real-time frame so when things were flowing I could work all through the night, equally, if the inspiration wasn’t there that day then it didn’t have to be forced.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I learned so much from this project, mainly an appreciation for production. I guess I naively thought before that a producer pressed record and that was it… how wrong I was! The production can make or break a song, an average song with great production can bring it to life, and a great song with poor production can be left lifeless.
I really have massive respect for producers and musical engineers, it is just as important as the song.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I think anyone who grows as a person can reflect on things and how they could have been done differently, no song is perfect for everyone.
There has to be a point where you accept it for what it is though and move on to something new. You could spend forever tweaking a song or idea and nothing would ever get finished. For that reason I am proud to say that I would not change anything, I am excited for writing new music, and learning, and growing as an artist.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I really hope you enjoy listening to this album, and hopefully, find some inspiration there.