The Special Focus for August is Dan Pound. Hailing from Santa Rosa, California, Dan is profoundly influenced by Steve Roach.
Dan was classically trained on piano, guitar and double bass at an early age and started writing songs soon after. He went on to be in the local honor orchestra and was soon writing pieces for the entire ensemble. Besides performing and composing, Dan has earned degrees in recording engineering and electronic music technology, and has received credits as 1st engineer and mixer for an indie jazz release, "Crusin' Some Grooves" by the Steve Wolfe Quartet.
Over several years, Dan has pieced together a home studio where he does most of his work, recording and producing his music independently. He specializes in music for film and multi-media, as well as recording and producing his own albums on his newly developed label, Pound Sounds.
Several of Dan's songs have received airplay on many ambient radio programs, including the widely syndicated NPR program, Hearts Of Space, as well as many others. In September of 2009, Dan was named Artist of the month on the on-line web radio site, Stillstream.com. Many of Dan's CD releases have been ranked in several on-air programs' monthly and yearly top release lists.