Dan Webb is a psych pop, avant rock musician renowned for taking bold risks with little regard for convention.
Years Active 2008—
Influences Alice Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Captain Beefheart, David Bowie, Deerhoof, Herbie Hancock, Jacob Collier, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Nick Cave, Robert Glasper, Stevie Wonder
Dan Webb has released 2 albums and 3 EP's in a truly innovative, fiercely-independent, genre-smashing career; music hailed as "the work of a genius" by Radio Adelaide with subsequent spins on Absolute Radio, BBC 6 and Australia's Double J & Triple J stations.
“As a little kid I had a burning desire to learn the trombone for some reason” Dan reflects. “My parents thought piano might be more suitable.” Webb started lessons at age four and continued to study classical, jazz and contemporary until he began to pursue his own brand of rock music, using keys as the lead instrument. He had been heavily involved in the Australian music scene since he was 14, interviewing upcoming local artists such as Gotye and hobnobbing with his heroes backstage as they toured down under. He’s had the fortune of rubbing shoulders with iconoclasts like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Roy Ayers, Wynton Marsalis and the late Sharon Jones whom he danced with and kissed on the cheek.
While Webb’s music could be classified under prog pop, The Miles Davis-worshiping, Melbourne, Australia-based musician and producer is more influenced by jazz greats than Top 40 and accordingly, his music doesn’t fit neatly into any existing genre.
The new album, Oedipus The King, was conceived and recorded - entirely solo - in the toxic atmosphere leading up to the US election. “I set a deadline of finishing recording by election day and releasing on Inauguration Day” Webb asserts. “This album is all about truth and expressing that in whichever form came naturally. By remaining true to my instincts and not forcing anything, half of the album stayed instrumental.”
One song that was graced with Webb’s venomous vocals is the malicious single “Let Them Eat Cake” which was written in the wake of the WikiLeaks batch release of DNC emails. Dan had made a practice of tracking the current headlines of the day and began following the breaking story until Twitter mysteriously bumped it from their trending topics. He figured a song was in order and pulled no punches in its delivery.