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Dan Jordan

Songwriter | Storyteller

Let My Body Burn: Combustion Mix - Dan Jordan (official lyric video)
Slow Burn - official lyric music video
Bronze And Blue - official music video
On Your Mind - Dan Jordan (official lyric video)
Blood And Tears - music video
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Behind the Music

About Dan Jordan.

Born and raised in Wales, slowly shifting across the map, rolling from sleepy, tucked away towns and villages, (the types of places whose names seem  hazily familiar but are scarcely recalled) and onward to the city-scapes, all the while taking in off-the-cuff inspiration, inspiration that is then moulded into what could be called “songs”. A collection of intimate stories and broad observations. A disgruntled library that gathers dust in the mind until they are call upon once more.

 

A Conversation:

 

There has rarely been a moment where Dan has not been part of a music scene (in some form or another). Dan explains, “It seems that, wherever you are or wherever you base yourself, musicians just…emerge, they surround you and form around each other as if there is a natural instinct that draws us to like-minded people”.

 

After years of playing on many other’s songs, Dan started to write more and more of his own tales and musings. On writing as part of a band, Dan says, "There are always things that you feel need to be said or stories that you want to tell but they don’t always translate whilst wearing another man’s suit - and I mean that graciously”. And so, song writing became more of a solo endeavour. He explains that, “it was a nice feeling to ‘come home’, to find my own way of conveying a story for the first time without having to stray into the potentially muddy rivers, caused by sharing a song between many cooks”.

 

With the exception of the obvious first album (seemingly written “in a haze” with Bob Dylan records playing on his mind) Dan says that any influences, either musically or artistically, have never been, “consciously mimicked on the records”. In the case of the first album, Dan was, “looking for a simple, musical style as a means of direction”. After this, he realised that, as long as the core stories are there, this "style" could find him instead and so the ethos seemed to be "let's see what comes out naturally". If any influences have indeed seeped into the way Dan writes over the years since, then he hasn’t noticed and nor does he seem to really care. Instead, Dan explains, “I love hearing people tell me who my influences are instead – musically, I have no clue! I've always thought that one is not the best person to describe oneself, so in that regard, I don't have an opinion either way”. Everything and nothing?

 

In a way, it may be that any limitations could very well be Dan’s greatest distinction. In his own words, “I have never called myself a guitarist, a pianist, a singer. I'd feel like a fraud if I were to label myself with these wonderful titles. What is important to me is that I can convey my stories in a simple manner”. Dan goes on to explain that, “Generally, I try not to put too much thought into the music. Once the chords are in place, I usually run with the first idea I get for any of the parts. It’s very natural, fluid. They’re usually recorded in one or two takes and as soon as that track is down, I forget about it and move on. It’s a quick process. It takes longer to re-learn the songs so that we can play them live! But I like this way of recording and writing, it’s organic in the way that they seem a lot more alive when improvised, you get lovely, nuanced moments to your song this way, it’s very of the moment, not forced”.

 

The songs are also recorded using scrounged instruments and recording spaces that were 'utilize' when the opportunities presented themselves. This may go to some way in explaining the sometimes erratic soundscapes and crude recordings within the older records. As Dan explains, “You don't need to pick up the best or most fancy instruments to get your point across. Hopefully, I like to think that I can scrape by on the merit of a half decent song or tale”. 

 

As for playing live, Dan has his makeshift (and ever-evolving) band; "The Warbirds", of which you may never see the same line-up at any two gigs! However, the band does feature two long-term members (and good friends); Sam and Patti.

With Sam’s wonderful electric guitar touch, tone and expression and Patti’s technical and soulful playing style on violin, “The Warbirds” are a perfect backing to Dan’s story-telling. Whilst recording new material (as and when the mood hits him), Dan and the band have also been busy re-working ‘classics’ from their extensive back- catalogue and, are very much looking forward to playing them live for you, real soon!

Latest News / Announcements

| "THE TROUBLE WITH MONSTERS" - NEW MUSIC, OUT NOW! |
   Oct, 2023

   Recently, we have been working on some new tunes and, we're happy happy to say that, our latest E.P; “The Trouble With Monsters”, is now available to stream and download! 

   Seven brand-new tracks by Dan Jordan and featuring, some very dear (and gifted) friends and musicians, including classical pianist Gheroghe Simion, celloist Alistair Howes and guitarist Sam Harman. 

   A big "thank you for all of the support whilst we worked on this project - more news coming your way, soon! 

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY:             Click Here.
LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC:    Click Here.
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| DAN JORDAN NOMINATED FOR THE "WELSH MUSIC PRIZE" |
  AUG, 2022

   So, we've just discovered that (somehow), we are in the running for the Welsh Music Prize!

   The sheer fact that we have been acknowledged for our latest album; "Road to Ruin", amongst other artists such as Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers, is an absolute delight. This alone is genuinely enough of an honor however, if you did want to vote for us, it would mean the world.

   Please click here to vote for "Dan Jordan" and our album "Road to Ruin" 
 
  For more information, including other nominated artists, click here.

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| NEW ALBUM, "ROAD TO RUIN" - AVAILABLE NOW. |
  September, 2021

Well hello everybody. Hope you are all doing well?! 
   
As like most artists, Dan has been busy working away on some new tunes during the lock-down. Well, 
exciting times indeed because, the new album; "Road To Ruin", is finally here!
    
Marking Dan Jordan's 8th solo release, "Road To Ruin" is now available to stream and download. Check it out and let us know what you think:

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY: click here.
LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC: click here.
   
   As always, thank you all for your support and kindness. Stay safe!

"Road To Ruin" written by: Dan Jordan.
Performed by: Dan Jordan and featuring: Sam Harman, Matthew Taylor, Matthew White & Mark Thomas.

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| "SMOKE SIGNALS", THE NEW E.P. - AVAILABLE NOW! |
  September, 2020

Available now on digital platforms, the new E.P. by Dan Jordan, featuring 4 original tracks:

"Darlin', Don't Go Easy"
"Water Horse"
"Bronze And Blue"
"Assume I'm Wearing Black"

Take a listen by clicking on the links below and, as always, a big thank you for all of your amazing support! :)

Spotify: click here
iTunes: click here

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Discography

The Trouble With Monsters
(2023)
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These Kinda Things

On Your Mind

Quicksilver

Death Valley

Let My Body Burn

*BONUS TRACKS:

Death Valley (Instrumental Version)

Let My Body Burn (Combustion Remix)

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Dan Jordan: Guitar / Vocals / Everything Else

Sam Harman: Electric Guitar

Elena Rose: Backing Vocals

Gheorghe Simion: Piano (Death Valley)

Alistair Howes: Cello (Death Valley)

*Tracks 4 & 6 Written With: Gheorghe Simion

*Track 7 Remixed By: Sam Harman

Spotify: Click Here

Apple Music: Click Here

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Lyrics

Select An Album

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Ballad Of Bob Dylan

2011

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War Is On

2016

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King After Midnight

2018

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Wine, Spirits, Tobacco

2020

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