First EP for this Taupo blues gui­tarist

Taupo Times - - MOTORING - ROBERT STEVEN

Dan Sharp ditched his cor­po­rate ca­reer in April 2016 to work as a mu­si­cian.

Now, 16 months on, Sharp is putting his first EP Ad Lucem out to the world.

Sharp said lis­ten­ers can choose the price they’d like to pay to down­load the EP at Band­camp.com.

The bluesy-folk al­bum fea­tures five songs which rose to the top af­ter years of writ­ing mu­sic, he said.

‘‘They tell the story of my jump into be­com­ing a mu­si­cian and give some in­sight into the in­ner­work­ings of it all.’’

In­spired by Bruce Spring­steen’s bi­og­ra­phy, Sharp recorded the songs at his Waipahihi home.

‘‘He did Ne­braska, one of my favourite al­bums, at home on a four-track cas­sette tape.

‘‘In­stead of send­ing in the demos, he re­leased them. I thought, sh**, he did that in the 1980s. There’s no rea­son I can’t do the same,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t want to be re­liant on some­one else to be suc­cess­ful.‘‘

Sharp stud­ied a BComm at Otago Univer­sity and played at the Cap­tain Cook Tav­ern every sec­ond week.

In 2014, he started work­ing for a large ac­count­ing firm in Auck­land.

‘‘You’re work­ing some pretty long hours and it’s pretty hard to have any en­ergy or creativity at the end of the week,’’ he said.

‘‘Af­ter a cou­ple of years, I fig­ured the only way I’ll know what to do is to try it.

‘‘I’m not go­ing won­der­ing,’’ Sharp said. to die

He upped sticks and trav­elled to Taupo, where his part­ner lives.

The moun­tains of Colorado, which Sharp vis­ited ear­lier this year, pro­vided some in­spi­ra­tion for EP.

‘‘The way it’s weather sys­tems in­tense,’’ he said. all shaped, are pretty

‘‘It was 5pm, but it felt like mid­night with the thun­der­storm crash­ing around us. When you’re out of your com­fort zone, the creativity gets flow­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s quite ob­vi­ous how folk mu­sic is in­spired by the en­vi­ron­ment in the States.’’

The al­bum’s name ‘‘ad lucem’’ trans­lates to ‘‘to­wards the light’’ phrase that Sharp draws strength from.

‘‘There’s no wrong way to do it. As long as I keep mov­ing to­wards the light, it’s progress.’’

* To down­load or or­der CD copy of visit Band­camp.com.

ROBERT STEVEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Dan Sharp lets lis­ten­ers choose the price they’d like to pay to down­load for his bluesy folk EP, Ad Lucem, from Band­camp.com

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