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Daniel Van Cortlandt never played well with others. He first delved into the realm of home recording at 13, armed with a 4-track Fostex tape recorder, a Dr. Rhythm drum machine, a crappy Zoom effect pedal, a variety of electric and acoustic guitars, and his grandmother’s grand piano. He barely knew how to play and he hadn’t the slightest clue about scales or theory or proper recording technique, but while his peers were busy practicing 8 hours a day and playing stagnant surf and blues music in the high school band, he was recording really strange albums and passing them around on cassette for friends to gawk at.
Fast-forward about 10 years and not much has changed. When asked by a friend to describe his new sound, Daniel jokingly coined a new sub genre for himself: Industrial-Indie-Folk-Pop. Although nearly every song can be reduced to acoustic guitar and vocals, the home-recording process that Daniel chose to adapt was of a rather experimental, kitchen-sink variety. While one song might be colored with shakers, a tambourine, the background sounds of a busy restaurant, and finally a secretly taped conversation between 4 drunk friends, another song might contain 8 pitched beer bottles, a kid’s toy piano, pots, pans, and the old drums-bass-guitars routine.
He is currently living in New York playing with his band, St. Van Cortlandt & the 101, working on tracks for the follow-up to "Songs Without Faces, Friends Without Words," and recording vocals and bass with his other band, Explosives For Her Majesty.