Park Acoustics in association with Southern Comfort and GauFest proudly presents Dan Patlansky & friends!!

1 October 2017 will be known as the day of blues, folk & reggae at Park Acoustics. Their lineup includes legendary blues guitarist Dan Patlansky, SA’s biggest reggae act Tidal Waves, the soulful blues combo of Gerald Clark & Guy Collins, Pretoria’s folk lords The Oh So Serious, Bloemfontein’s dirty blues four-piece Wolfgang Marrow and Centurion’s Searching Silence ft George Sax and Soosh on the turntable.

Comedy will have you laughing with Martin Jonas, Mum-Z, Warren Robertson.

With that said, I had a chat with the legend, Dan Patlansky:

Good morning Dan. Thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us. You’ve become quite a sensation in Europe, playing sold out shows and festivals everywhere from Slovakia and Hungary to Germany. When did the realization that you’re not just a local South African musician anymore occur?

I’ve been touring Europe for the past 5 years slowly try to build something up there. It’s taken quite some time but we are now seeing the results thankfully. Its great touring over there because there is a strong scene for what I do.

You’ve released eight albums to date, with another expected to be released early next year. And while the first four were spaced a fair bit apart, your four most recent albums have all come out in the space of 1-2 years. On top of that, you’ve also toured non-stop over the past couple of years. How do you manage to write and record with such a rigorous touring schedule?

It’s tough for sure. Lately, it’s all about setting time aside to write pre-produce and record, if we don’t there never seems to be time for this important step/s in making a record.

You’ve opened and toured alongside world-renowned musicians, ranging from Bruce Springsteen here in South Africa to Everlast and Joe Satriani. Did it ever feel out of place or surreal for you to be on the same line-ups as these artists, or have you always felt you were destined for it?

It’s still surreal for me thinking back on it. Those are experiences that money can’t buy. Def milestones in my career. I feel very blessed to have been part of those shows/tours and they have helped in a massive way furthering my career.

You were voted as the fourth best guitarist in the world in a Total Guitar Magazine readers poll, as well as the Male Artist of the Year in Blues & Soul Magazine, both of which are international publications. But you still come home and perform the same venues you’ve always performed at, even after wooing crowds the world over. Have you ever considered calling somewhere else home or does South Africa have something special for you?

I’m very happy living in SA. It home for me, my family’s here and nowhere else in the world feels like home like SA. Its a big adjustment living elsewhere for me. Besides in today’s world with technology, nowhere is unreachable and being based in SA is def not a burden

You’ve held regular guitar workshops over the past couple of years, sharing your knowledge and expertise with local up and coming musicians and even just casual players. How did the idea to host these events occur?

I love hanging out with like-minded people, who are keen to learn, and more importantly, chat about gear and such. It’s truly one of my favorite events of the year.

You’ve mentioned before you grew up in a musically orientated home, so you must have a varied list of influences. Which artists influenced you when you started playing music and which artists continue to inspire and intrigue you?

Pink Floyd was massive for me and still is my ultimate. Hendrix, Clapton, SRV, Led Zep, BB King, Albert King, Supertramp, Beck, Radiohead.

Lastly, this is a bit of a cliched question but one I’m rather interested in. I know this is a difficult one, but if you had to choose one local and one overseas show that stood out for you, which would it be?

Oppikoppi 2014- Having 15 000 peeps in front of the stage as the sun was setting was epic!!!!
Hammersmith Apollo with Joe Satriani (London.) What an iconic venue and iconic musician to be sharing a stage with.

Thank you for the chat. We’ll see you Park Acoustics!

Header image by Allan Jones