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Dan Reed / Bio

Dan Reed was born in the US in Portland, Oregon, but in early childhood moved to the countryside of South Dakota after his mother remarried the owner of a cattle ranch. Growing up on 2000 acre's of land as an only child gave Dan plenty of time to daydream and it was here, riding tractor in the summer sun that Dan first fantasized about becoming a musician while listening to the Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Cheap Trick and Van Halen blaring on the tractor cabs' AM radio. All through his high school years he played trumpet in the school band, while studying Shoto-Kan Karate, and participating in every sport he could get his hands and feet in to, but it wasn't until a Japanese exchange student named Tsutomu Oki taught him how to play guitar that Dan realized that this was what he was searching for... the world of writing songs. After graduating from Aberdeen, South Dakota's Central High School, he packed his bags and headed west back to Portland, Oregon... his place of birth and the closest 'big city' he could find near the ocean, a place he held in his childhood memory and missed dearly living in the midwest.

Although there were many incarnations of bands Dan Reed performed with in South Dakota and in Portland it was in December of 1984 where he truly first began his musical journey as the lead singer of a band called Dan Reed Network. During the release of their three albums with Polygram between 1988 and 1991, DRN had the honor of 'seeing the world', opening for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, eventually leading to becoming the supporting act for the Rolling Stone's 1991 European tour. It was at this time Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr. to interview the Dalai Lama for Spin Magazine. It was during this trip that Dan began to hunger for more than what the pop/rock music scene had to offer. After the break of the Seattle Grunge scene and with his newly found interest in pursuing a different path, Dan saw the writing on the wall, and disbanded the Network and renewed his passion for the arts in other area's. He then started an independent record company in his hometown of Portland, Oregon to help promote local NorthWest bands, while at the same time studying acting. Dan was cast in a number of plays and small role's in television and film projects, and was given great reviews for his performances, which gave him confidence to take it to the next logical step- screenplay writing. 'Zigzag', a script penned by Dan, caught the eye of a local production company in Portland and was produced in 1997 with Mr. Reed playing the leading role. The film reached the Top 20 in Billboard's home video rental category and can be found on 'Amazon.com'. However this was a shortl-lived passion for In Dan's words "I found the process of making film a long and exhausting way to get to the 'high' of creativity. From writing the first page to seeing it on screen was a 3 year endeavor... I realized once again that writing music and performing live was in my blood. Although writing screenplay's is not unlike writing a very long song, the actual 'producing' of a film is an art form that can be quite draining and not as visceral as creating music."

With the upcoming release of the new Dan Reed CD "Coming up for Air", Dan presents a group of songs that mirror this life journey. With songs composed from Hong Kong to New Dehli, Jerusalem to London, he has come full circle to do what he has always done best- create, and most importantly... to sing to all who will listen. "What I have learned most on this path is that music brings people together and in a world of war, corruption, disease, and environmental destruction... 'together' is a good direction. I am constantly inspired and hopeful for the future of music. It is an amazing playground to feel connected inside and out. This creative journey has been a very wild and harrowing ride, but the view has been worth the price of admission."

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Dan Reed
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Other / Acoustic - Electro

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New York, NY
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