One thing not many people know about Dane is that he started life as an oboe prodigy. He’s also worked with globally renowned musicians, major theatre companies and now puts all his expertise into developing students at LCoM into fully-rounded creative performers.
Currently President Elect of the British Voice Association, he told us about his journey from Las Vegas to Leeds via the University of Brighton and Versace, stopping off at Eurovision…
Having spent nearly 20 years as a professional performer, Dane is fully versed in all things performance related. Starting out life as an oboist, he obtained a scholarship to study at the prestigious Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. The Academy is a 10-time Grammy award winning high school of the arts – quite something. Studying in this overtly creative environment gave Dane all manner of inspiration including that to leave his oboe study and move on to singing and musical theatre (he sold his £7K oboe on eBay to fund singing lessons in Los Angeles with Stevie Wonder’s vocal coach). His expertise took him to work on voice characterisation and musical theatre with production companies, and on the Theatre & Visual Arts degree at University of Brighton.
Developing a career working with Versace, Westwood, and productions Rock Of Ages and Wicked, it is this background that allows him to focus on Performance & Artistry with our students. Teaching them about creative concept development, branding, styling and live presentation, he ensures that as great musicians they focus on a cohesive visual and audience experience too. Students can book Dane via Performance & Artistry services for individual and group sessions, and have benefitted from his expertise working with acts such as Everything Everything, Courtney Love, Hurts, Leeds rockers Pulled Apart By Horses and Delphic.
In an on-going relationship with Richard Boardman of Delphic, 12 students were given the opportunity to be part of The Pop Project, a summer school collaboration between P&A and Pop. With activity focussing on songwriting and vocal development, the project allowed students to really develop their skills as performers and adapt their work for stage production. Learning to properly look after the voice is an integral part of such training, and Dane’s private work on voice rehabilitation with the likes of Embrace singer Danny McNamara provides key case studies to the students. He also gained one of the UK’s only official NHS positions as Vocal Rehabilitation Coach at University Hospital South Manchester and the team’s research into non-classical singing physiology has become highly regarded worldwide. This type of expertise is invaluable to our students who are in vocal training to become professional singers, whether working on pop or opera.
Becoming quite the prolific writer on voice coaching and performance, Dane has written for TC Helicon’s Ultimate Guide To Singing, and has upcoming chapters in The Cambridge Guide for Singer Songwriters (Bloomsbury) and The Voice Clinic Handbook.
And most excitedly, Dane’s latest venture rockets him to the heady heights of Eurovision, as part of the UK jury!
Read about The British Voice Association, and their training and workshops.
Find out more about our pop, jazz and classical vocal coaches here at LCoM.
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