Singer-songwriter Dan Black looks for U.S. breakthrough

Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:07pm EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters) - Dan Black is keeping his fingers crossed. The British born but Paris-based musician has been touring North America all winter and from the response, it looks like this could finally be his big break.

Originally a member of British alternative rock act The Servant, the 34 year-old songwriter, singer, sampler, arranger, and producer struck out last year with the release in Britain of a solo album "Un" -- which means "one" in French.

The album, which mixed a wide range of musical genres from American hip-hop to English pop, won Black a cult following on both sides of the English Channel but somehow eluded mainstream success.

Its lead track "Symphonies," which molded pieces of the "Starman" movie soundtrack, Rihanna's song "Umbrella" and U.S. rapper the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize," had been an Internet sensation as a self-released demo track in 2008.

The album was launched last month in the United States. The American version, featured a remix of "Symphonies" by rapper Kid Cudi and U.S. radio started to pick up the song.

"Touch wood, so far it's been going amazingly well," Black told Reuters while relaxing in a Parisian cafe.

In the interview, the lanky dark-haired musician discussed his influences and ambitions. He will be back in America this week to perform at the high-profile SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

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