Dan Patlansky’s brand new album, Perfection Kills was released worldwide on 2 February 2018. The album is the follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Introvertigo’, which was voted #1 Blues Rock Album in the world by Blues Rock Review USA, and his ninth studio offering.

Perfection Kills was recorded at Scherzo Productions, a recording studio in Dan’s hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. Dan chose Scherzo because he wanted to make a different sounding record from his last two albums and he felt Scherzo supported his vision. All the songs on Perfection Kills were recorded and engineered by Jaco Naudé at Scherzo Productions, mixed by Stefan Swart in South Africa and mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering U.S.A.

Dan produced the album himself, something he hasn’t done in years. “I learnt so much working with Theo Crous, who was the producer on my previous two albums, ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ and ‘Introvertigo’. I worked on pre-production and songwriting with Theo on a couple of the tracks for ‘Perfection Kills’ and applied what I learnt to the recording and production process of the album.” says Dan. “‘Perfection Kills’ is all about my vision of making a record that still makes the songwriting a priority as in the past; the final product delivers a far more real and organic result.”

What sets the new album apart from its predecessors is the honesty and live sound of the songs. DAN specifically recorded the 10 tracks to come across very close to what they will sound like when performing them live. Perfection Kills is an album Dan has wanted to make for a few years now, setting out get the sound and production in his head across to listeners in a raw and charmingly rough way.

Dan started writing songs and recording the new album in 2016. “I got together with the band once I had basic ideas and messed about with them in a rehearsal space for a week,” re- flects Dan. “I went back, tweaked a few and then we were ready for the studio. The recording process was semi-live and took two weeks to complete.” ‘Perfection kills’ is a concept that Dan whole heartedly believes in: “In any art form perfection doesn’t exist because there is no yard stick to measure it by. The pursuit of perfection ends up doing far more harm to the art than good. This was the mindset we adhered to when we went into the recording studio, ‘Why try to be perfect?’”

With all of that said (have you purchased the album yet? Do it now!) we had a chat with the legend:

Hi, Dan. Much appreciated to have a chat with you again. Perfection Kills was released a few weeks ago. How has the reception been on your latest album?

Better than I ever expected. Very happy so far. 99% of the reviews and feedback have been great. It’s also our highest charting album to date.

Which of the tracks of Perfection Kills are you keen on playing live to your fans?

I think all of them will translate well. But for our upcoming tour we’ve picked Johnny, Never Long Enough, Mayday, Too Far Gone, Judge A Man and Dog Day. We will slowly add the others during the course of the year.

How does Perfection Kills differ from your previous studio offerings?

Same focus of songwriting, but recorded in a slightly more raw, real way. I wanted some time to represent our live sound better.

You’ve released numerous albums in your career, what has been your greatest challenge in recording and releasing an album?

I think trusting your gut when it comes to song choice and production; also trying to make something unique in the genre.

What advice would you give to upcoming artists in South Africa?

Strive for uniqueness, don’t wait for opportunities to find you, go out and find them. And it’s important to know that it’s tough out there and passion will be the only thing to get you through.

You’ve been all over, performing, and impressing crowds. What shows stand out for you?

Kirsten Bosch is always s stand out for me. Best venue on the planet. As well as London Borderline is always a winner.

What is next for Dan Patlansky?

Touring touring touring. Getting the new album out there locally and abroad. Also, there is a possible live album on the cards.

Perfection Kills South African Album Launch Tour
Dan Patlansky returns from his first 2018 UK tour in March, after which he will be kicking off his South African tour at Kirstenbosch in Cape Town to launch Perfection Kills nationwide to
his local fans.

Date: Sunday, 25 March 2018
Venue: Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, Cape Town
With: Albert Frost
Time: Gates Open – 16h00
Entrance: R135 – R180
Bookings: Webtickets 

Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Venue: Rockwood Theatre, Pretoria
Time: 20h30
Entrance: R195

Date: Friday, 30 March 2018
Venue: Rivonia Barnyard Theatre, Johannesburg
Time: 20h00
Entrance: R195

Date: Sunday, 1 April 2018
Venue: Splash Festival, Port Elizabeth

Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018
Venue: Rockwood Theatre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom, Durban
Time: 20h00
Entrance: R180

Date: Saturday, 14 April 2018
Venue: Rio Hotel Casino Convention Resort, Klerksdorp
Time: 20h00
Entrance: R150

Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018
Venue: The Occidental Bar, Kimberley
Time: 18h00
Entrance: R450 VIP (Includes front row seat, whiskey tasting with Dan Patlansky and signed Perfection
Kills album);
R250 (Includes signed Perfection Kills album); R150 General Admission
Bookings: butlerscatering@webmail.co.za

Date: Friday, 20 April 2018
Venue: Aasvoëlklub, Bloemfontein
Time: 20h00
Entrance: R185; R285 (Includes signed Perfection Kills album.)

Date: Saturday, 21 April 2018
Venue: Woodstock Pub, Welkom
Time: 20h00
Entrance: R160; R260 (Includes signed Perfection Kills album.)
Bookings: woodstockpubandgrill@gmail.com

Date: Saturday, 28 April 2018
Venue: Misty Waters Music Festival, Secunda

Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018
Venue: Innibos Festival, Mbombela

Be sure to keep an eye on all Dan Patlansky channels for more tour dates announcements!

Photos by Tobias Coetsee