Today we’d like to introduce you to Dannie Hofmann.
Dannie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been a working musician since I finished college and when I turned 50, I decided it was time to start a project that would be a vehicle for presenting my own and my bandmates compositions. The possibilities opened up by the evolution of the internet made the success of this endeavor seem more achievable than ever before — no need to be signed by a record label. I could now sell directly to the customer.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The development of the band took a few sharp turns before it settled in its current formation. Developing a concept that all involved could tune in to was the first step.
As ideas were worked out, directions established and musical tastes challenged, the personnel changed. We started out as a very experimental, avant-guard trio and when we added our bass player Martin Torres, the structure had to change, and we had to find a different drummer.
Then our guitarist had to move on, and we found Stu Goodis to replace him. This in turned moved us in a direction that we needed a different drummer again, which is when we brought in Tyler Walton, our current drummer.
We’ve published two CD’s and are about to mix our third one. Getting gigs with original avant-funk jazz-world-fusion is a challenge, but we have a monthly engagement at The Blue Beet Cafe in Newport Beach and are always looking for other venues to play at.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck is the residue of design — the synchronicity created by the overlap of our intent and the multiple dimensions of the universe. Or as Duke Ellington put it, you got to do the right thing at the right time in the right place.
For me getting a steady monthly gig that came about just as I started this project, meeting other musician-composers wanting to play their own music, and finding a rhythm section that gets along together has been a blessing.
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