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Dan Klarskov

Blues at Dexter

Recorded live February 18.2006 at Jazzhus Dexter. Odense, Denmark.

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Interview by David Binzer, Turbine Film.

Is your music only about having a good time?
”My music is both for partying and moments of deep emotion. In fact, sometimes when I play and the blues hit the audience, people start dancing and a warm feeling spreads through the room. I can feel it on the stage, too. You don’t have to drink a lot to feel the blues; just open your mind and soul, and let the blues do the rest.”

Do you earn enough money from your music to live on?
“It is hard to make a living out of it but it’s impossible for me to imagine a life without the blues. I realized that I have a need to play blues. It makes me feel good, free and emotionally balanced. I have been very happy ever since my family and I moved to Odense. There is a good audience and a great blues festival in this town.”

Why are you recording a live concert?
“I have been asked to consider making a live album and it seems to be a good idea.
I decided on this live project with eight musicians, two sound engineers, two video cameramen and aphotographer. I am proud of the result and here it is - The Live Recording Session: Blues at Dexter.”

What inspired you to add these songs to your live repertoire?
“ Well, some of the songs are classics recorded by great bluesmen like T-bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Joe Turner & Johnny Taylor. They’re all gone now and I’m trying to keep the blues alive by playing these songs, which I love so much, at live concerts. Almost every rhythm & horn section arrangement is composed by me, which is my way of giving the songs my own sound and touch. Anders Gaardmand, Hugo Rasmussen and Hans Nielsen (sound engineer) told me not to play too loud on the guitar because we needed to hear everybody on stage and maybe that’s why I feel that the playing generated a strong ensemble feel and a lot of love.”

Speaking of sound, what kind of gear did you use?
“I like a clear and dynamic sound on my guitar so I use thick strings like 0.12s on my Fender Stratocaster from1971, no pedals, just directly into my Fender Vibro King amplifier. My pick-ups are almost level with the guitar body to make the guitar sound as dynamic as possible to me.”

You served your own New Orleans Gumbo to the musicians and crew?
“That’s right, the Gumbo was my own creation. I’ve put together some traditional Asian and New Orleans foods in this stew. The musicians and crew told me they liked the Gumbo very much. Musicians are just like sailors when it comes to food. It’s one of the day’s high points. In my experience, a nice dinner between us musicians generates a good mood on stage which affects the music as well.”

You worked as a DJ and sound engineer on a blues radio show for 10 years. How was it?
“First of all it was very exciting for me and it opened my eyes to the wide variety of this great musical tradition. It has been like a study for me, old stuff and new stuff. I owe a lot to my editor Niels With-Seidelin and “blues professor” Troels Norup Panild. When I gotmy own blues program I learned a lot from having guests in the studio and being forced to think as a journalist and consider the best questions to ask in terms of the audience.”

Who inspired you?
“The list of musicians is very long. To me, some of the most important recordings are Aron “T-Bone” Walker from the 1940s where he revolutionized the way of playing the guitar. Buddy Goy’s “DJ Play My Blues” (1979) and “A Man and His Blues” (1968). Otis Rush’s “Any Place I’m Going” (1998). The Swedish musician Svend Zetterberg is definitely worth listening to, as well. In fact, he’s my European favorite. The list of Danish musicians is very long, too, but Troels Jensen, Kenn Lending, Hans Knudsen, Anders Gaardmand, Benny Holst, Ole Frimer, Esben Just and Paul Banks are some of the most important names for me. The old, seasoned musicians have always been a strong support and encouraged me to hang on to my music. This recording thoroughly demonstrates what I’m talking about here. I hope that one day I can do the same for the next generation of Danish blues musicians.”

Does your music have a purpose?
“Yes, I want my music to thrill, to entertain and to touch the feelings of the audience. If then, sometime in the future, I can be recognized as sounding just like Dan Klarskov, if you know what I mean, I would be more than happy.”

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