Dan Auerbach

Dan AuerbachDan Auerbach is an American musician. He is mainly known for his profile of guitarist and vocalist in the rock band ‘The Black Keys’. This band is popular for its successful songs like ‘Lonely Boy’ and ‘Everlasting Light’. Since his childhood he loved listening to blues.  He was born to Mary Little and Charles Auerbach in Ohio. His musical inclination comes from the musical background of family. He has been the winner of 2013 Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Non- Classical. 

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Birth name: Daniel Quine Auerbach
Born: May 14, 1979, Akron, Ohio, United States
Genres:  Blues rock, garage rock
Nationality: American
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, lap steel
Labels: Alive Records, Fat Possum Records, Nonesuch Records, V2 Records
Associated acts: The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blakroc, The Barnburners, Dr. John, Lana Del Rey, Bombino
Height: 1.73 m

When I learned to play music, I was listening to blues music. And all the blues music I liked was super simple and stripped down. And then all the hip hop I liked was super simple and stripped down and we always heard that connection.

Well, when The Black Keys make a record, I never really feel limited. To me, it seems the possibilities are always endless. The big difference has been playing live and being able to recreate every little part of the record.

Some people love being onstage and really open up, and I'm sort of the opposite of that. I don't crave the spotlight. I'm still not comfortable even talking onstage.

I'm not too picky about guitars. I love to collect them, mostly oddballs, but I'm not married to any brand or model. Whatever guitar has the best character for the song is the one I want to use, because if you've got a style, you're going to sound like yourself no matter what guitar you play.

I used to be really nervous when I sang. Like, when I was a kid starting young, 18 and 19, and my dad really had to sort of push me to start singing in front of people. Ever since I got out there and really started doing it, the only thing I've ever tried to do is just sort of is be myself, you know, never put on a voice. Sing naturally.

I started playing bluegrass with my family, so there were the G, C and D chords. I was playing a Martin acoustic because that's what Carter Stanley of the Stanley Brothers played. Then I got into the really raw blues of Hound Dog Taylor and started on electric guitar.

People will say, 'Just one picture please.' That is how it starts. There is just one picture and then somebody else wants another. And when I say 'No' I feel guilty.

Coming from a smaller place always made things feel more personal, which is really what it's all about.

Bands from Akron have a sense of humor and don't tend to take themselves too seriously.


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