Dan Black looks for U.S. breakthrough

Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:58am EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - 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 in 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 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 quite an internet sensation as a self-released demo track in 2008.

Last month, The Hours, a French label owned by advertising agency Euro RSCG, launched the album 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 near his 17th-century Le Marais home studio.

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. www.myspace.com/danblacksound   Continued...