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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa – If 18 year old me knew I’d be hanging out with a member of All Time Low in three years, I’d probably run a lap out of excitement. The truth is, you can’t always plan for these sort of things. It all comes down to whether or not you’re willing to chase your dreams – even if you’ve been told that they’re not practical or realistic.

Dan SwankI’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. My background as a musician isn’t the classic tale of lesson-taking and recitals. I’m not classically trained, and I can’t read music. I’ve always learned by sight and by ear. I’ve always balanced school with music because I recognize the benefits of having an education to go along with a dream.

For the last four years, I’ve been writing songs and performing – both with a band – Wait Til’ Friday – and more recently as a solo artist.

Before last weekend, I had never been to Nashville.  The perfect opportunity came last spring when I got in touch with a member of All Time Low – one of my favorite bands. Their drummer, Rian Dawson, had recently opened up a new studio in Nashville and was looking to work with up and coming artists. I sent his manager some of my material and asked if he would be interested in working on a song together.

Flash forward 4 months and there I was – in the driveway of his studio wondering if any of it was real.

(Courtesy of BBC Radio)

The experience seemed to go by quickly. It only took two full work days to record my song. Rian was extremely helpful with suggestions on where to eat, what to visit, etc. The four day excursion was everything I had hoped for and more. It still wasn’t enough to get my fix. (I think maybe I’m just meant to live there full-time.)

Courtesy of @swankmuz on Twitter

Courtesy of @swankmuz on Twitter

Rian and I plan to work on more material in the future. He was adamant about getting me back down there so that we could record/write more music together. Rian is an incredibly resourceful contact for me to have formed a relationship with. Not only is he in a Billboard Chart topping band, but his girlfriend just to happens to be Cassadee Pope – a touring country artist and a past winner of  NBC’s The Voice.

 

I’m not exactly sure when the song will be released. I’ve heard it, and I have the mix, but I’d like to put together a strong promotional plan before I do anything with it.

It was sad to leave Nashville behind and make the ten hour trek back to little ol’ New Wilmington. It’s not the last trip I’ll be making though. As always, I’m more than eager to see what the future may hold.

 

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