Today we Meet ,Dan Soto & The High Doses. For me it’s like glam meets garage meets punk, what I really dig are the guitars that remind me a little of Mick Ronson playing with Bowie. I’ve liked everything put out by our friends at King Pizza Records and Dan Soto & The High Doses are the real deal. The music is waves of cool stuff from garage to surf to psych and back to rock, very well done….
Hi our name is….
My name is Dan Soto, and I’ll be the voice you read inside the screen.
The band is called Dan Soto & the High Doses
our sound is……
Somewhere between a just dandy rock & roll childhood and a surprising, but occasionally depressing adulthood.
We are from…….
The dazzling, yet boring Stamford, CT
Who are some that have an influence on you
Growing up my grandmother influenced me a lot. Often multiple times a day she offered advice.
She would often shout up to my room, “you call that music?” followed by, “that’s not music”.
She also probed me with some of the important questions, such as, “What’s all that screaming?” and, “Why do youz have to be screaming all the time?”
She’s loosened up a bit now. She likes Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
“I was 15 when I went halfsies on a $90 acoustic guitar. I now play nicer guitar.
Pete is bass & vocals and Jason drums & vocals
They were a bit older I think when they started and they learned to play together.
This led them down the path to forming the fabulous, rock & roll, beer soaked, sweat demons Jacques Le Coque.
We often laugh, which is the sign of a great rhythm section.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
My best ideas come from the instant composition method.
I play my guitar and jabber along and then before you know it, if I’m lucky, a vision appears that wasn’t there before. This is possibly a song.
Most of the songs on Yeah Sure were written like that.
Only “I Think You’re Right” I wrote the lyrics first while crouched in an alleyway at 1 a.m. in L.A.
Anyway, I mold a demo on the computer till I think it sounds cool. Then hopefully find a great engineer, like Seth Applebaum, who I worked with on this new EP, and try to remake it under the best circumstances.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Someone once pranked me by taking out a craigslist ad in my name saying I was selling a litter of bear cubs at a reasonable price.
This isn’t true.
It was challenge for a while to be stuck with this lie and have to play it out.
Consequently I ended up putting too many songs on hold to deal with interested bear-owning hopefuls and decided to stop engaging and just concentrate on one thing.
1st concert you went to and age….
First Concert: Kiss at the Meadows in Hartford, CT
coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
My “Hot Time Tonight” California Raisins shirt.
It’s the California Raisins having a party in a hot tub.
This was actually gifted to me by a dear friend. I would say it’s priceless.
the most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
I was lucky enough to see Paul McCartney play a few years ago.
He did “The Night Before” & “Helter Skelter”.
That was pretty insane for me.
McCartney is kind of a secretly wacky dude.
Listen to McCartney II and call me in the mid-to-late afternoon.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
I’d like to open another band’s Christmas presents for them if the deal was that I could keep the ones that they didn’t want…if that’s okay then yes I would do it.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Go to your local record stores and ask them for recommendations.
Go to the library and read about the artists you like.
Look up the person(s) who recorded/produced/engineered your favorite albums and go check out the other things they’re responsible for.
Don’t worry about fitting in or being part of a scene, there probably isn’t one.
Put on your own shows in places where all your friends can come see you and invite anyone to play that’s got the guts. Eventually you’ll figure out what works.
Have no fear, have fun, you’re young.
your thoughts on the state of music in 2015…..
I’ve been into more new music this year than ever before.
Our plans for the rest of 2015…..
Well, my tape, Yeah Sure, just came out last month on King Pizza Records, so I’ll probably have that playing in various cassette decks around the globe by year’s end.
Pete & Jason have a Jacques Le Coque 7” coming out in the fall on Windian Records, and are playing shows all the time.
Once October hits then both bands will combine and regroup as The Gabba Ghouls (our Italiano-Halloween band). We get to wear make-up and I play the keyboard, so it’s really a scary treat you know.
you gotta hear this today !!!!!
recorded, mixed, and mastered by Seth Applebaum at Ghostload Sound in Brooklyn, NY
Cassette available from King Pizza Records
released 16 June 2015
Dan Soto – guitars, vocals
Seth Applebaum – drums, laughter
Greg Hanson – drums & tambourine on “Pizza”
David & Seth – backing vocals on “Pizza”
cover art by my good pal Lauren Mallon
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