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Dan Patlansky calls them the blues police. Men of a certain age who consider only traditional blues the real deal.
“As soon as you start changing your style to something with a slightly more modern edge, those guys just don’t believe in it,” explains the singer and guitarist. “All my music comes from the blues but it’s got a lot of other influences in there – be it classic rock, funk, soul, or jazz – because for me the most important thing is to follow your gut. Then the music is most honest, and as soon as the music’s honest and you’re passionate about that music, you’ve got the best chance at some sort of success with it.”
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Introvertigo is the “dizziness and disorientation felt by an introvert after spending more than 5 minutes with an extrovert”. It’s also the name of the latest album by South African blues-rock guitarist Dan Patlansky.
Due for release in the UK on 6 May 2016, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ will be accompanied by extensive touring. Patlansky will be special guest on King King’s national tour in May before heading out on his own headline trek the following month, which includes a stop in London.
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Joe Satriani | Hammersmith Eventim Apollo | 10 November 2015
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Joe Satriani is a magician. Not one of those obnoxious guys at Covent Garden whose only real talent is shouting. Nor a gaudy Vegas illusionist hiding behind sequins, hair extensions, and confetti cannons.
Instead he’s the real deal, performing seemingly impossible feats right before your eyes. No smoke. No mirrors. Just magic. And, like all the greatest, he makes it all look so effortless you stop wondering how the trick’s done. You just gasp at the results instead.
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Dan Patlansky | Hammersmith Eventim Apollo | 11 November 2015
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Dan Patlansky pulls the strap off his guitar. It’s a sure sign that something spectacular is about to happen, even though the musician has already won over an audience of Joe Satriani fans.
The bluesman has shown off his soul-baring playing style with the moody instrumental that opens his 40-minute support slot. He’s underlined the depth of his songwriting talents with the widescreen epic ‘Bring The World To Its Knees’, a heartfelt paean from 2012 offering ‘20 Stones’ that features a couple of searing solos for good measure. He’s shown off his willingness to explore new sounds on the adventurous ‘Run’, an explosive, hard-rocking track set to surface on forthcoming album ‘INTRO-VERTIGO’.
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Dan Patlansky is building further anticipation ahead of his return to London with his latest music video.
Filmed on location in his native South Africa, ‘Fetch Your Spade’ features the blues-rock singer and guitarist performing the second single of his ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ album in a sweeping, barren landscape.
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Dan Patlanksy | The Borderline | 27 April 2015
The walls of The Borderline are lined with old performance photos of musicians who’ve gone on to sell out arenas and even stadiums. If his sold-out show is anything to go by, it won’t be long before Dan Patlansky’s picture is up there alongside Pearl Jam’s.
The South African uses the launch of his new album, ‘Dear Silence Thieves’, to showcase not only his natural talent as a virtuoso blues guitarist but also his ever-expanding skills as singer and songwriter. Case in point: the fiery funk of set opener ‘Backbite’ is a world away from the 12-bar blues he cut his teeth on – a concise, catchy radio hit-in-waiting. Here in the freedom of the live setting it plays out a little longer than the version on record, thanks to one of his signature searing solos that show off his chops (and accompanying facial gurning) without a trace of self-indulgence.
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