When asked for one word that describes Dangermuffin, Dan Lotti replied, “independent.” Irreverent is another, but don’t be fooled by their Muppetesque, hippie appearance, these cats take life and music very seriously.
“We try to have a deep respect for the planet and for all different consciousnesses,” Lotti said. “We just wanna be on the beach writing music and live outside the system. We’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices over the years, but it’s all worth it.”
In case you are wondering, a beard is a band requirement.
What can people expect from a Dangermuffin performance?
Joy, insight, improvisation, eclecticism, minimalism ... and more joy.
How did you become Dangermuffin?
Dan and Mike (Sivilli) met in 2005, developed local rapport, and then met Steven (Sandifer) in 2008, and DM was birthed from the humble yet genuine music scene that is Folly Beach.
Where did the name “Dangermuffin” come from?
The name is from countless stories and adventures ... it’s more about duality, you know? Two words ... do they belong together? We think so.
What audience does your music typically appeal to?
We love the hippies, but truly, all sort of folks are in our community; from young kids to blue hairs.
Who might not enjoy a Dangermuffin show?
If you don’t like it when people sing, or if you have no respect for real instruments. Or a plethora of other reasons!
What television show would you love to have feature a Dangermuffin song and why?
Which song? What is TV? One day we might sell “What’s in a Bottle?” to Kenny Chesney. But don’t tell anybody!
Do any of you have day jobs to support your music careers? If so, what are they?
No day jobs. People say, “You’re gonna make it!” We say, “We do this for a living; we’ve already made it.”
What advice would you offer aspiring musicians?
Play, play, play, as much as you can, and if you truly love it, every door will open for you.
What misconceptions do folks have about the life of a musician?
The drunken, promiscuous, irresponsible stereotypes are misconceptions; Dan is engaged, and we barely drink at all; only so we can be more responsible and smart as we travel more and more; lots to manage, as no one will ever care more about DM than we do.
What are some of your biggest musical influences?
The classics – Floyd, Dead, Hendrix; plus many alternative country/folk musicians; Martin Sexton is to blame for us not having a bass player in the band; he introduced Dan to the low end of the Godin acoustic.
What is your favorite place to a play a gig in?
Theaters; any place where folks are attentive and listening, as we excel dynamically in environments where you can hear a pin drop.
If you weren’t musicians, what career paths would you pursue?
Hmm... computer science? Used car salesmen? Buddhist Monks?!
If you could have anyone, living or dead, join your band who would it be?
Bob [expletive] Marley.
What is each band member’s unique contribution to the band?
Mikey is a graphic design guru; Steven is great with money; Dan doesn’t do much ’cept come up with the melodies!
What would people be surprised to learn about Dangermuffin, individually or collectively?
That none of us eat meat.
Do you have a song that you play at every gig?
“Moonscapes!” Since day one.
Is there any music that you will not play?
Um ... yeah lots ... anything lacking integrity...
How do you feel when you play music?
Like a conduit; like, get outta the way and let the music flow.
Do you listen to your own music?
I have heard “Olly Oxen Free” probably 6,000 times. Still sounds pretty good to me!
How is performing live different from recording?
Wow. Night and day. Recording is a controlled atmosphere; performing has an infinite number of variables on any given night, so many different energies. Both are great in their own way.
What is your favorite Dangermuffin original and why?
“Cradle of the Beach.” It defines us; it says, here, Folly Beach, is our home that we always return to, yet we know we have to leave it to learn how to love it all more.
Are there any unasked questions that you would like to answer?
Future plans maybe? Our goals – subsistence, creating. That’s it. A new record is being written.