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Dan Mills

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“For me, there’s more to being a musician than just trying to sell a CD,” says Dan Mills of his latest album, Fiction in Photographs; An album which he is not trying to sell at all, but is available as a free download from his website. “I can’t expect to just play and be heard…especially in today’s environment. I try to let everyone in.” Mills understands this more than most, which is why he makes himself readily available to his followers at his shows and through a multitude of social and promotional media. An innate songwriter, he makes himself accessible through his music as well, combining beyond-his-years lyrical insight with a unique pop sensibility.

Mills started writing and performing as a teenager, arriving to college with an impressive songbook and a polished live show. Although a communications major at Ithaca College, Mills spent most of his time hanging around the music school and playing local bars, gleaning valuable knowledge from each. Senior year was spent under the tutelage of producer and engineer Alex Perialas, rearranging old songs, writing new ones, and learning his way around the studio. With a handful of talented session players, Perialas helped Mills learn what his one-man show was capable of. The result was 2007’s Different Colored Walls, a collection of songs written by Mills over the previous five years. Says Mills, “Different Colored Walls was the one step forward that made everything a bit more real to me.” Songs like ‘Just as Scared’ and ‘Susanne’ highlight Mills’ songwriting ability and show just how much he learned in the studio.

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