About the Music
Dan DeVita is a singer/songwriter based out of upstate New York. Combining slap and traditional acoustic guitar techniques with rock vocal stylings, he is an act that refuses to conform to any genre boundaries.
Dan first picked up a guitar at age fourteen and began teaching himself how to play by listening to his favorite rock bands--acts like Metallica, HIM, Breaking Benjamin, and Chevelle. It was only a few months before he started writing his own songs, and a few more before he joined his first band. In the ten years that followed he pursued as many musical endeavors as he could--everything from fronting hard rock bands to performing in an A Capella group, from college and community musical theater to acoustic bands, and from performing during wedding ceremonies to appearing as a guest vocalist for the Utica Symphony Orchestra, SUNY Oneonta Chamber Orchestra, and Hartwick Rock Orchestra. Music--music in ALL its forms--fuels Dan's passion.
After completing his bachelor's degree for Music Industry at the State University of New York campus at Oneonta, Dan decided to focus on creating acoustic music as a solo artist. 2011 was spent writing his planned debut release, "Compassion". Unfortunately, fate seemed to be against the album's creation as setback after setback piled on top of it. In early 2012 the idea of Compassion releasing became officially sacked. A collection of live performances of some its songs was shortly thereafter released for free download as the "(A)live EP".
Following the release of (A)live, Dan continued to write new music while also teaching voice and guitar during the day. As summer of 2012 approached, he made the decision to leave his day job and focus more on creating and performing his original music. However, creativity is not a force that can be commanded at will. A stint of writer's block prevented any new material that satisfied the standards Dan had set for himself since (A)live's release. He began to grow more frustrated and disillusioned until, with less than a week before his apartment lease ran out and he was to make his planned transition into living in his van and traveling to promote his music, creativity finally struck.
Over the course of the next two weeks, Dan traveled back and forth to Burlington, Vermont to record a new extended play release, "Vagrant". In a complete juxtaposition to the endless amounts of planning for the Compassion 'no-release', Vagrant was written in four days, and fully recorded less than two weeks later. Channeling new influences like Joey Eppard and Andy Mckee, Vagrant's compositions showcase a more aggressive acoustic rock sound, while still remaining some of the most melodic and lyrically honest works that Dan has released.
And it is only a taste of things to come...