Washington (male version), Josh Pyke, Jeff Buckley
Dan Acfield - vocals, guitar
Unearthed artists we like
Chris Sheehy, Matt Nelson, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Ball Park Music, Eleanor Angel, THE KIDNEY THIEVES, Zoë Ryan & the Dandy Lion, Inland Sea, Young Griffo, The Mornings, Fronz Arp, Thelma Plum, Ben Stewart, DAN PARSONS, Nina May, Mushu, The John Steel Singers
11 was a big year for Indie Pop singer-songwriter Dan Acfield. It was the year that saw the release of his debut solo EP ‘Thick Skin’ and when he received national exposure as Rage’s ‘Indie Artist of the Week’. 2011 was also a year for straying far from home as the Brisbane based songwriter successfully toured Australia and the United Kingdom. All of this in his first year as a solo artist! Dan is now riding this momentum right into what is set to be a bigger and better 2012. An impulsive traveller and compulsive singer, Dan accepted his troubadour destiny at an early age. Even before he was old enough to speak, Dan had managed to amuse his parents with irrepressible car karaoke, and in a TV-free home environment, he took up song writing at the early age of 9. Following in the footsteps of musical ancestors (ranging from a New York hymn-writing orchestral musician, to a grandfather who played bass for everyone from Cat Stevens to Kamahl), Dan attended music school. Armed with a healthy combination of both respect and scepticism, Dan transitioned from his studies into the Brisbane music scene confidently, and in 2008 emerged as an enthusiastic champion of pop-rock anthems as the front-man and songwriter for the band ‘Dear April’. The ensuing two years involved Dan penning two EPs with Dear April and performing at the usual indie-friendly venues throughout Brisbane and regional Queensland. Drawing from a knack for teaming catchy guitar hooks with interesting but unpretentious lyrics, Dan’s song writing managed to make waves, receiving acclaim from Triple J host Alex Dyson and earning Highly Commended (Rock Category) in the 2010 QSong awards. Following the split of Dear April in mid-2010 and some subsequent soul searching, Dan emerged with more inspiration and determination than ever, this time as a solo artist under his real name, Dan Acfield. With a myriad of new songs under his belt and backed by new collaborators ‘The New Tonics’, Dan teamed up with Gold Coast producer Brendan Anthony (George, INXS, Midnight Oil) to enter the studio once more. Thus Dan’s first solo release, the five-track EP ‘Thick Skin’, was born, and with a helping hand from national exposure as Rage’s ‘Indie Act of the Week’, it was solidly supported by community radio around the country. Finally, Dan packed his acoustic guitar, loop pedal and soaring vocals, and went on tour. Drawing from a well-honed stagecraft gained through his years of performing and sharing the stage with reputable acts such as Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Trouble With Templeton and Diana Anaid, Dan wooed his way through venues down the East Coast of Australia and through Britain. Now off the back of his most productive and successful year to date, Dan Acfield has developed a taste for touring and is currently working on an acoustic duo project with his sister, acclaimed Melbourne vocalist Hannah Acfield. Together, they will be embarking on an extensive national tour in May, taking with them their natural harmonies that only genetics can provide. Definitely watch this space.