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.
Joy, insight, improvisation, eclecticism, minimalism ... and more joy.
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.
The name is from countless stories and adventures ... it’s more about duality, you know? Two words ... do they belong together? We think so.
We love the hippies, but truly, all sort of folks are in our community; from young kids to blue hairs.
If you don’t like it when people sing, or if you have no respect for real instruments. Or a plethora of other reasons!
Which song? What is TV? One day we might sell “What’s in a Bottle?” to Kenny Chesney. But don’t tell anybody!
No day jobs. People say, “You’re gonna make it!” We say, “We do this for a living; we’ve already made it.”
Play, play, play, as much as you can, and if you truly love it, every door will open for you.
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.
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.
Theaters; any place where folks are attentive and listening, as we excel dynamically in environments where you can hear a pin drop.
Hmm... computer science? Used car salesmen? Buddhist Monks?!
Bob [expletive] Marley.
Mikey is a graphic design guru; Steven is great with money; Dan doesn’t do much ’cept come up with the melodies!
That none of us eat meat.
“Moonscapes!” Since day one.
Um ... yeah lots ... anything lacking integrity...
Like a conduit; like, get outta the way and let the music flow.
I have heard “Olly Oxen Free” probably 6,000 times. Still sounds pretty good to me!
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.
“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.
Future plans maybe? Our goals – subsistence, creating. That’s it. A new record is being written.