With the recent release of his new collaborative EP, 'Killer Under A Blood Moon', Dan Sultan has extended his solo tour, adding 21 shows.
The EP features four re-worked tracks from his 2017 LP, 'Killer'. The tracks have been reinterpreted by Dan, along with other Australian musicians Meg Mac, A.B. Original, Camp Cope and Dave Le’aupepe of Gang Of Youths.
The EP also includes two previously unreleased tracks. “I really enjoyed working with everybody on the EP,” Dan says. “It was a bit of a wish for me. I've worked with the A.B. Original boys quite a bit and that's always good fun.
“I'm also really good mates with Camp Cope. Meg Mac and I have sort of known each other for a little while now; never really worked together before, but I'm a big fan of her and everyone on the EP.”
Dan explains that the EP came together quite naturally. “I'm always writing new music. The idea to work with other artists and rebuild a couple tracks came up, which I found really interesting and exciting. I sent out some text messages and they all said yes. It's great to have new music out there.”
Dan's 'Killer' solo tour now includes a total of 44 shows that will conclude late July. The tour originally began in March, with the intimate performances simply comprising of a guitar, piano and Dan himself.
“I go on and do two, forty-minute sets. I start at about eight and am all done by ten. It's really chilled. I tell a few stories and sing a few songs. I haven’t got too much gear to lug around. It's great because I get to go to a lot of small places that is a bit hard with a band, logistically.
“We are able to get to a lot of different places like rural communities. I think it's important to get out there and give them a show. The music industry exists in other places other than Melbourne, Sydney and other capital cities.
“When it's me playing solo, it opens up a whole bunch of opportunities to perform in a lot of different places which is important and I think it's a good thing to be able to do.”
When it comes to the live shows, Dan describes the overall tone to be quite mellow. “[I] play some songs, a couple of sets on the piano and the guitar and just me solo. [I] tell a few stories and anecdotes and hopefully put on a good show.”
“At the end of the gig, if you've done a good job, had a great time and had a good crowd then you sort of have a high,” Dan explains. “I do something now on the road which makes such a difference for me. I take my tracksuit pants.
"So when it's all said and done I'm back at the hotel room and I've got my trackies and my piece of home. Just a bit of structure, otherwise it's just a crazy lifestyle.”
'Killer Under A Blood Moon' available now.
Dan Sultan Tour 2018Sat 2 Jun - Tanks Arts Centre (Cairns)
Fri 8 Jun - Wagga Wagga Civic Centre
Thu 14 Jun - The Old museum (Brisbane)
Fri 15 Jun - The J Noosa
Sat 16 Jun - Redland Performing Arts Centre
17-18 Jun - Brunswick Picture House (Brunswick Heads)
Wed 20 Jun - Jetty Memorial Theatre (Coffs Harbour)
Thu 21 Jun - Capitol Theatre (Tamworth)
Fri 22 Jun - Laycock Street Theatre (Gosford)
Sat 23 Jun - Long Point Vineyard & Art Gallery (Lake Cathie)
Thu 28 Jun - Knox Community Arts Centre (Melbourne)
Fri 29 Jun - The Capital (Bendigo)
Sat 30 Jun - Queenscliff Town Hall
Thu 5 Jul - Sooki Lounge (Melbourne)
Fri 6 Jul - Horsham Town Hall
Sat 7 Jul - The Gov (Adelaide)
Thu 12 Jul - Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Fri 13 Jul - Settlers Tavern (Margaret River)
Sat 14 Jul - Fly By Night Musicians Club (Fremantle)
Sun 15 Jul - Queens Park Theatre (Geraldton)
Wed 18 Jul - Carnarvon Civic Centre
Fri 20 Jul - Red Earth Arts Precinct (Karratha)
Sat 21 Jul - Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema (Port Hedland)