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INTERVIEW: Dane Maxwell

How would you classify your music?

Doing my best to help people enjoy themselves. I am unhappy with many of the songs in the top 40 on Spotify. Many are dopamine triggers that flip head rushes, but do not embody a deep wisdom that could really move a culture. That’s what I’m working towards.

My reason why is to help others become free in all ways and enjoy myself in the process. That’s why I’m playing music.

I’d say I’m inspirational rock & acoustic.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Dave Matthews

Joshua Radin

Ed Sheeran

Jack Johnson

Myself, sometimes, when I can write a song that seems imprinted from my being.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want for people to enjoy themselves more than anything.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

It’s just ok here in Des Moines Iowa. I don’t know many artists here that give their full heart. I’d love to meet them if they do.  I don’t hear the kind of music I’m drawn too here. I like deep meaningful music with beautiful tones, hauntingly heartbreakingly beautiful music is my jam.

The start of I See Fire by Ed Sheeran sums that sound up.

What is the best concert you have been to?

Any concert where the artists can give their absolute all. Red Hot Chili Peppers was one of those concerts.

Rascal Flatts was flawless when I heard them live. I was in awe. Just 3 dudes!

What do you like most about playing live?

The pulsing of all the hearts together, for the sake of enjoyment.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

It’s tough, I’m torn between two. I was pretty badly abused growing up so my heart still trembles a little when I start to play. I’m getting through that healing. To do that I wrote a song. It’s called Where I’m Seen. It means the most because it was the hardest to write. It talks about me stepping into the sun with my full heart. I sprawled out paralyzed on the couch for a long time before I could even write a word down.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I’m more relaxed, not trying as hard to be someone else anymore, but relaxing into what my authentic expression is. It’s wonderful.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

I’d want John Mayer for the guitar riff, Charlie puth for the vocal melody, and Ed Sheeran for the hip hop influence.

What’s next for you?

Playing live is terrifying and exhilarating for me, I’d really like to open up for a band I admire, and warm up the crowd for someone. I want to play music from such a deep place that people are liberated into the present moment and can enjoy themselves.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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