When Orange County-based musician Dan Krikorian released his first album in 2008, it was with an eye toward a future that still remained elusively out of focus. A lifelong athlete and business graduate, Dan had previously spent more time on the court and in an office than in any recording studio.
Only a year later, the release of his second record "Colors and Chords" now finds Dan at a time when the picture of his future is developing sharp and clear.
"The first album was a raw outpouring of emotion," Dan says. "With 'Colors and Chords,' we were really trying to portray a more crafted and mature musical perspective."
"Colors and Chords" is the latest representation of the lyrical and vocal growth Dan has achieved over the last year. The second album — a sure sign that music is exactly where Dan's future lies — is a collection of talent from multiple artists on many levels, and was recorded and produced by Dan and I See Hawks in L.A. drummer and producer Shawn Nourse at Chun King Studios in Los Angeles. In addition to Nourse's drumming, the skills of guitarist Bob Boulding of the Young Dubliners, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and keyboard player Carl Byron are featured on the album. Matt Forger, who worked on Michael Jackson's "Thriller," also mastered the record.
After two years, Dan has an established fan base in Southern California and has performed in distinguished venues such as The Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest, the Dakota Lounge and Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles, and LeStat’s in San Diego. His shows in O.C. and L.A. venues have laid the foundation for his first West Coast tour, which includes stops in nearly every major city from California through Washington and features key shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Calif., San Francisco Portland, Ore., Seattle, and Idaho State University.