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IN THE BEGINNING

Dan Granero began his musical journey at age three with a bass guitar. Dan's first musical influence was his father, Michael Granero who was lead guitarist in the band 'Ivory' in the 1970's.

Dan was born and raised in Australia growing up in a household filled with many styles of music, from the flamenco style of his parents' Spanish/Gibraltarian heritage, to blues, soul, roots, rock, reggae and gospel.

However it wasn't long before the young Dan was hooked on the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richie Blackmore, Motown and Stax artists.

Most importantly of all, he discovered the limitless possibilities of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. "I knew right away that I was destined to own and play Fender guitars."

"I was born to play the Blues, with this guitar in my hands."

His journey to become a serious blues/rock artist had begun.

dan granero touringDan became devoted to his guitar. Many sleepless nights were spent teaching himself to play Guitar, Bass and write songs, with the dream of becoming a professional musician his ultimate goal.

By the time he was thirteen the dream had come true and he was gigging professionally as both a professional bassist and guitarist. In 1993, Dan was asked to perform live for the ABC TV program - "4 Corners". He was asked to perform his version of the William Roberts song that Jimi Hendrix covered and made famous, "Hey Joe".

Over the next few years Dan toured and recorded as a bassist and lead guitarist with many local and interstate artists, using the experience to constantly learn and imrpove his musical abilities.

THE DARK DAYS

By 2000 Dan was very busy gigging with several bands and gained sponsorship/support from local music stores. He continued to play his music part-time and work hard in numerous jobs with the aim of securing a home for his future family.

Unfortunately it wasn't to be all smooth sailing. The family's dreams came to a grinding halt in 2001 when a daughter, Kayla Rose, was tragically stillborn at 38 weeks.

It's something Dan still finds difficult to talk about.

“Put simply, my world just crashed down around me and I became deeply depressed. I lost all focus for a long time. Thankfully, our family and friends were there for us and after a time I came to realise I couldn’t dwell on the negative. I’m normally a very positive person. It took some time, but eventually I was able to find a way back to my playing and a more positive attitude to life, which I now hope to pass on to others through my songs. Music has always inspired me. Now I hope to inspire others who are doing it tough and might need some positive energy in their life.”

In 2002 Dan was blessed when his daughter, Ebony Frances was born. Holding his precious child in his arms helped Dan realise that life was very much worth living and he resolved to get his life and music back on track.

BREAKING FREE

January 2006 was the official begining of the "Dan Granero Band" along with his two best friends, David Hentzschel on Bass and James "Joseph" Grubisa on drums. The three young musicians set off turning heads at every show the played creating a solid following in Australia that is evern stronger today. Dan was offered an endorsement with Fender Australia and had re-invented himself and his sound. His passion for music was back stronger than ever. He decided it was 'time to wake up' and made the bold decision to give up his day job and re-devote himself totally to his musical mission.

“I was working as an air-conditioning technician and I just hated it. It was paying the bills, but I was dying inside. I knew that music was all I was born to do. I had to get out there and play. It hasn’t been easy - actually it’s been very hard at times - but I know in my heart I’m on the right track and doing what I was meant to do with my life.”

During 2006, Dan had met and became close friends with Blues/Jazz Guitar Legend, Glen Terry online through MySpace. Dan was then invited to perform live with Glen Terry and his band in Canberra at the National Press Club of Australia. That is where Dan also met for the first time and performed with Australian Bass legend - Lawrence Gambale, the two instantly became best friends. Dan was then introduced to Fender Australia by Lawrence Gambale where Dan became an official Fender Endorsee.

In 2007, Dan appeared on the TV program - "Song Writers Accross Australia", which was aired on Channel 31. He gained extensive radio airplay for his "Live @ Catho" album, nationally and internationally. Dan has also been a featured blues artist in many music publications, websites and music programmes around the world.dan granero headstock live

SCANDINAVIAN TOUR 2008 - 2009

August 3rd 2008 saw the 29-year-old, from the NSW Central Coast, playing his blistering brand of Blues/Rock to enthusiastic crowds throughout Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Dan performed with "Hooter's Blues Band", and was highly recommended to "Hooter"by his dear friend the legendary Blues/Jazz musician, Glen Terry. "Hooter's Blues Band" featured; Maury "Hooter" Saslaff - Bass (USA), Pete Bogle (USA) - Drums in August and Asmus Jensen (DK) - Drums for September and of course Dan Granero on Guitar and vocals. Dan played in many different venues; from tiny pubs to huge outdoor blues festivals with crowds of thousands. Dan performed a whopping total of 82 shows in just 2 months!

"It was an amazing experience. The crowds were awesome! It’s a beautiful part of the world with such beautiful people.”

So inspiring was the 2008 tour that Dan returned during the summer months of 2009 and toured with Lawrence Gambale (AUS) on bass and good friend Petey Bogle (USA) again playing drums.

NAPOLI ITALY TOUR 2009

In May 2009, Dan went to Napoli, Italy for two weeks to perform with Sergio Schiano on Drums and Paolo Borrelli on Bass as the "Dan Granero Trio". Dan originally met Sergio Schiano in January 2006 on "MySpace" when Dan first signed up online to promote his new "Dan Granero Band". Sergio was one of Dan's first friends along with Blues/Jazz Guitarist/Singer, Glen Terry, Blues Bassist/Singer, Henry Correy and Blues Bassist, Paolo Borrelli. Dan and Sergio had become very close over the coming years and both consider eachother "brothers" building a close bond which they still have to this day. Dan decided then to make his way to Napoli, Italy to finally meet in person with Sergio, Paolo and all the people who Dan had been speaking to online from Napoli. When Dan arrived he was met with open arms and performed some very memorable shows.

Family commitments and a serious car accident in Australia during 2010 to 2011 prevented Dan making it back to Scandinavia/Europe.

TIME TO WAKE UP TOUR - 2012 & 2013

dan granero live overseasDan Granero returns to Scandinavia in 2012 and will continue throughout 2013 on tour, performing venues such as Mojo Blues Bar in Denmark, Stampen in Stockholm - Sweden, Scala in Ystad - Sweden and the HojRock Festival in Vastervik - Sweden, among others.

In July 2012 Dan finally returned to Scandinavia to continue touring. Dan met a rockin' bass player in 2010, Jonathan Lawrence who worked at Fender Australia and used to help Dan with new Fender gear. The two musicians became close and a brotherly bond was formed that continues to this day. Jonathan joined Dan along with crowd favourite, Petey Bogle on drums (Summer Tour). For the Winter tour of 2012, Sweden's very own amazing drummer Andreas Bsjuvo joined Dan and Jonathan on the road as "Dan Granero Band".

BLUES EXPRESS TOUR - 2014-15

Dan hit the road in Scandinavia and Australia after his successful album "Blues Express" which debut on Australian Blues Roots Charts at No.10. Dan toured with David Hentzschel - Bass (2014), Jonathan Lawrence - Bass (2015) and the "Voice of Soul" Derek January (2015) on vocals and bass along with crowd favourite Petey Bogle on drums (Summer Tours 2014-2015) and the world-famous living legend James Bradley Jr. on vocals and drums (2015).

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR - 2016-2017

Dan celebrated his 10 year solo career anniversary as "Dan Granero Band" (DGB - DGBand) in 2016. Dan performed with many of the musicians he had worked with over the years and some new musicians Dan had become close to. Dan played many of his favourite venues and festivals all over Sweden, Denmark and Australian East Coast NSW. Festivals included HojRock - Vastervik Sweden, Monsteras Blues Festival - Monsteras Sweden, American Power Tour - Motala Sweden, Berggrens Jazz and Blues Festival - Motala Sweden and Royal Easter Show - Sydney Olympic Park Stadium Australia to name a few.

MOJORIDER band - 2017

Dan Granero started a 2nd band in January 2017 that he could play bass guitar in seeing as Bass guitar was Dan's first instrument. Dan has always performed both as a professional guitarist and bassist throught his life. The name "Mojorider" comes from Dan's love of Blues music and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Mojorider is a professional Funk/Soul/Blues/Rock band based out of Stockholm mostly performing covers and also some funky versions of Dan's original songs. Since forming the now successful band, Mojorider has toured Sweden performing and headlining many Blues & Jazz Festivals as well as many well-known venues such as the world-famous Stampen Jazz and Blues club in Stockholm. Mojorider has a few different musician line-ups based on musician availability. Mojorider features artists such as; Zak Keith UK (Guitarist/Vocalist/Artist), Patrik Thelin SWE (Drummer/Vocalist) and James Bradley Jr. USA (Legendary Drummer/Vocalist).

Dan Granero and EBS Sweden - 2017

In August 2017 Dan was introduced to EBS Sweden by Swedish professional bassist/artist - Molle Molin who had heard Dan play both Bass and Guitar a few times in Stockholm and was impressed with his playing. Dan became an endorsee as both a bassist and guitarist. Dan has always known about and loved the EBS brand from back in the 90's when Dan used to tour as a session bassist. Dan's daughter is also called "Ebs" for short (her name is Ebony) so Dan felt it was a perfect match for him to have this endorsement. EBS Professional Bass Equipment has been used by artists such as; Marcus Miller (Bass Legend), Billy Sheehan (Bass Legend), Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops), Tal Wilkenfeld (Solo/Jeff Beck) and Stanley Clarke (Bass Legend) to name a few. When Dan was at EBS Headquarters in Stockholm testing out his new EBS bass amp for Mojorider band, he was shown the latest EBS guitar pedal range and he instantly fell in love with the guitar pedals and how they sounded. Dan now exclusively uses EBS guitar pedals and bass pedals and has worked closely with EBS conducting workshops and demo videos that can be found online.

Dan believes that 'life is what you make it' and he plans to make every moment count as he hits the stages around the world to share his unique style of blues/rock with all his fans, both old and new.

Dan Granero has performed and supported many well-known bands and artists over the years such as; Jimmy Barnes, The Angels, Dai Pritchard - Rose Tattoo, Phil Manning - Chain, Mental As Anything, The Radiators, Dave Hole, D-A-D, Stiftelsen, Crucified Barbra, Canned Heat, Hoffmaestro, Corroded, The Poodles, Brolle, Jerry Williams and Gil Edwards.

Influences:

Dan's wide range of influences are from: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Granero, Greg Koch, Jeff Healey, Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, Santana, Spin Doctors, BB King, Buddy Guy, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Robert Cray, Freddy King, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Deep Purple, Toto, Gov't Mule, Chuck Berry, Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits, Sting, The Beatles, The Police, Marcus Miller, James Jamerson, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, The Little River Band, The Eagles, America, The Funk Brothers - Motown, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, The Brothers Johnson, Michael Jackson, Bobby Watson, Rufus, Anthony Jackson, Bruce Ruffin, Stax, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Walter Trout, Free, Bad Company, Flea, John Frusciante, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Robert DeLeo, Level 42 - Mark King, Jamiroquai, Stuart Zender, Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Audioslave, Chris Cornell and Soundgarden.


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