Dane Woods – Parts of a Whole

Multi-instrumentalist Dane Woods recently released his debut album Parts of a Whole. This fantastic alternative, progressive rock album was a couple of years in the making. We caught up with the Cape Townian to find out more.

First off, congrats on the release of your debut album Parts of a Whole. For those out there who haven’t yet heard your music, how would you describe your sound?

Hey hey, thank you! I’d say it’s a unique sound, not very mainstream – this album is alternative-rocky with some hints of folk and blues. I don’t really feel restricted to a specific genre (although I might be??), as my musical tastes vary and therefore so do my influences.

Now this album was self-recorded over a couple of years in several bedrooms, why did you keep changing rooms?

🙂 That was due to me moving a couple of times over the years, and also swapping the studio room and bedroom when I got tired of the one.

Tell us a little about the recording process, you must have to be quite strict on yourself to get out of bed and start recording?

To be honest there were times when months would pass between some sessions! Life gets in the way sometimes, but I find it’s way better not to pressure yourself with the creative process, it can get frustrating and feel a bit ‘forced’ when I’ve done that in the past. It shouldn’t be a chore.

Life gets in the way sometimes, but I find it’s way better not to pressure yourself with the creative process, it can get frustrating and feel a bit ‘forced’ when I’ve done that in the past. It shouldn’t be a chore

Where do you write?

Everywhere. In my head 🙂 A lot of the building on ideas happens on the couch while fiddling on the guitar. I often write while recording as well, adding layers to a core idea as I try to create what I hear in my head. And every now and then a previously hidden tone might peep through… those can really perk the nipples.

And with pen or computer?

I’ll write lyrics with pen and most melody and rhythm ideas get recorded on the phone. I have a massive amount of phone recorded ideas – this can also be a useful tool for when you need a bit of inspiration.

I recently released my first music video

 

Which song are you most pleased with and can you tell the story behind it?

Slip Away. I love the different parts – it’s a real journey. And I like that it’s an upbeat song that’s breakup inspired. It was quite an emotional process, I had feels pouring out of me at the time. But yeah, it’s also a song that has it’s chin up – assured and hopeful.

Having previously performed as a drummer in quite a few bands, what is the biggest variance in this role now as a solo artist that you are savouring the most.  (I guess it’s not ‘no more drummer jokes’)  ;p

Haha, yeah… I really enjoy composing melodies. And I love producing every part of the instrumentation. And I really dig singing. So uh.. all of it!

It was quite an emotional process, I had feels pouring out of me at the time. But yeah, it’s also a song that has it’s chin up – assured and hopeful

Are you active on social media?

At times.
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Where is the album available?

It’s available on almost all digital stores.

Where can we catch you playing live?

I’m currently focused on recording and working on some video stuff, so I won’t be doing any live stuff in the near future.

Interview by The Original CC