Dan Reardon is in non-exclusive publishing deals with both Neil Gillis and Round Hill Music. His latest EP, Can You Hear Me Now, was released on his own label and is being distributed by Interscope. His sound has been compared to Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. In fact, the EP was produced by Angus Cooke, who has also produced Jack Johnson. GLM readers were first introduced to Dan in the Back-to-School Q&A entry this past fall. Now after watching the video for Dan’s single, “Heaven”, learn more about Dan’s holiday traditions.
JW: What your family/friends tradition for holidays at the end of the year? If you don’t have a tradition, what was one of your most memorable and fun holiday gatherings (around that same time)?
Holidays are always a great time to get together with friends and family Usually, I get together at one of the local “establishments” on the eve of the holiday and hang out with a bunch of friends from my childhood days. It’s a great time to catch up with others and to spend quality time together. It’s nice being nostalgic and it usually feels like time never passed. The day of the holiday usually brings about too much eating, lots of laughter around the dinner table and either NFL football on TV or the 24hr re-run of a Christmas Story. God I love holidays. I’m actually getting amped up as I type this.
JW: Name a quintessential holiday recording for this time year and tell why
that such a special project for you/your family?
I’ve yet to actually record a holiday record, although it does seem to be the proper thing to do as a musician. Maybe I can come up with a crazy rendition of Jingle Bells, haha. Actually my favorite holiday record by far, is Stevie Wonder’s Christmas record. Man, it rocks! I grew up listening to it, and let me tell you it never gets old.
JW: Looking back through this year, what were some of your favorite performances of your own music?
I would have to say one of my favorite performances was shooting my music video. I saw performances because there were several takes. In addition to that, I’d have to say playing the Bitter End in NYC at a Songwriter circle Showcase. As far as embarrassing moments, I would say trying to be slick and play a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” and totally butchering the lyrics. Still quite entertaining however.
JW: What’s on tap for you in the first three months of 2013?
Well, since the music video for “Heaven” will be out by then, I will probably say finishing up my new record which I’m already half way done with. I’m aiming for March 2013. This record will have some surprise producers, as well as performers. TBA… Also, probably planning a summer regional tour.