Date of Interview: 04/05/2010
Like most young British artists, Dan Black possesses a love and appreciation for rap, rock and R&B that runs so deep that it spills incessantly into any music that he eventually creates. Unable to contain his work within any genre-specific boundary, the hybrid byproduct of Dan Black’s labor fuses together musical inspirations that run from Bob Dylan to the Notorious B.I.G. In fact, the latter artist would eventually be sampled on “Symphonies,” whose alternate American cut features up-and-coming rapper Kid Cudi.
This summer, Dan Black will be making several tour stops throughout the United States, as an opening act for Kelis and Robyn’s joint-headline All Hearts Tour, in addition to a prized performance spot at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois. Before hitting the road, however, Dan Black managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the inspiration behind “Yours,” his unique marriage of visual art and music, and an unorthodox recording session in a New York hotel room.