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Dan Burnevik and Vic Vega met while working at a hotel in Austin in 1994...
Vic had returned to school to study Psychology and Radio/Television/Film and was completing both of these degrees while indulging in his other life as a fan and performer in the local music scene.
Dan was visiting family in Austin after graduation from the University of Montana with a degree in Theater Arts and Acting. During his high school and college years he performed in numerous musicals such as Godspell, Guys and Dolls, and West Side Story but wanted desperately to do more than just musicals.
Both Dan and Vic come from musical families. While Vic studied Classical and Jazz music from grade school through college, he says that his greatest mentor is his father Pablo Vega. Pablo was a multi-instrumentalist who played Pop, Country, and Traditional Tejano/Latin music. Pablo was in the Air Force and in the mid-seventies he and his family transferred to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. Vic was captivated by Austin, especially the music scene. “I knew I had found my home,” he says. When the family left Austin, Vic remained. He enrolled at the University of Texas but often studied the music scene more than his academics.
Dan hailed from Minneapolis where he thrived on the local music scene and was exposed to his father’s musical influences such as James Taylor, Steely Dan, CSNY, and other innovators. Dan was influenced not only by his father’s love of music but by his uncle, Tom Burnevik, a well known saxophone player from the Minneapolis area.
Over the years Dan has produced two CDs, collaborating with talented musicians from Austin and California. Wonderful World was recorded in 1995 in Austin and The Burnevik and Meyer Project in 2006. While in California Dan was co-owner and proprietor of Wayside Studios in the Sacramento area. In 1995 Dan played live on The Dudley and Bob Show on Austin radio station KLBJ, playing his own song Junior High. Later that year Dan returned to play the same track from his 1995 Wonderful World CD. Dan has been involved in several bands including Drop the House, Dusk, Acoustic Fuse, DIG, and now, Burnevik Vega.
Before meeting Dan, Vic had been around the Austin music scene a while taking in the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson, Van Wilks, Asleep at the Wheel, and many other stellar Austin musicians. He was thrilled by the vibrant musical community but even more impressed by the recognition it received through the original Austin City Limits Studios on the University of Texas campus. This was where he could meet so many of his local and international heroes. While Vic was recording his music in studios downstairs he saw an opportunity to make his way to the City Limits studios upstairs to sip a beer, mingle with his heroes, and catch some free, world class music. Recalling this time fondly, Vic says, “It was an exciting time in my life and a great musical education.”
Vic played with numerous bands and musicians in the Austin area for years but he never found “the perfect magic” that he sought with a group. He recorded music at Earth and Sky Studio, Cedar Creek Studio, Phil Stanton Audio, and a number of others in the 80's and 90's but nothing ever really seemed to come of it. Once Dan and Vic shared their love of music with each other in 1994 it wasn’t long before Vic took Dan to Music Lane Recording Studio where Vic was working as a recording intern under the guidance of Wayne Gathright. Dan had written a handful of songs that Vic found appealing and soon Dan was at Music Lane Studio recording them. Shortly thereafter Dan and Vic compared notes and started writing and recording songs together.
While Vic had recorded in a number of studios in town Dan and Vic chose to record more of their material at Austin to Boston Studio with the talented engineer, producer, and owner, Mark Donovan. Over the next few years Dan and Vic were in and out of the studio trying to finish these recordings but eventually the project came to a halt.
In 1997, with new wife and child in tow, Dan moved to Sacramento for business opportunities. Dan quickly formed a band there and began playing and recording. Vic remained in Austin playing music and recording, but could still not find “the perfect magic.” Dan and Vic kept in touch over the next several years. Dan returned to Austin in the summer of 2006 and they picked up where they left off, seemingly without missing a beat...
In 2009 they made a commitment to put a band together. They began recording with a creative collaborator, Jamison Toomey, at his studio on Lake Travis. Their latest recordings reflect the musical depth and richness of roots music while remaining fresh and relevant.
By now both men are a little older and a little wiser. It became obvious to both of them after all this time that they are the musical project that each had been after all along. Though some things don’t change, years have given these guys a new perspective on their music. The love they share for music quickly becomes evident in their powerful melodic vocals and soulful mastery of guitar work and rhythms from every musical genre. Although their band is new, they are backed by some very talented musicians.
They invite you to share in what they hope will be a great musical journey!