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The Journey of Dan Hughes Music London UK

As Autumn has started to kick in it means it is a time for reflection and change. Looking back on the past few months it really has been an exciting and busy time for Dan Hughes Music with the release of ‘Neil’ and the formation of Panda Records and I just thought that  I would fill you guys in on what has been going on.
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 I suppose the best place to start would be the release of the album ‘Neil‘ this summer.  The 9 track album of original tracks were produced and recorded at Ventura Studio’s it took a year to complete and it is an album that myself and Paul are very proud of. Since the release of the album  it has been selling well at gigs and even having downloads on I tunes and Amazon from Eastern Europe, Far east and  the America’s. My aim in the next few months is to increase album sales and to reach out to people from different parts of the world.
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Janet Robin
This June saw me take some time out from recording to play guitar on Janet Robins uk tour.  Janet’s album ‘Take me as I am’ was recorded in Nashville Tennessee at John ‘Carter’ Cash’s studio old home of Johnny Cash. We had a great time  playing house concerts and theatre’s including Northamptonshire’s  ‘The Cube’. The experience of playing for Janet really opened my eyes to how things got done by a seasoned professional.
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Busan, South Korea
Later on in June I went away to Asia I loved it, playing there really opened my mind it was an amazing experience playing completely different kinds of venues and meeting  some amazing people and making new friends.
Pushing the Neil album has resulted in it being featured in the USA online magazine Bandwitch who have a subscribed viewership  of over 5,000 people.  We have been in touch with UK company HVM and have been  in talks with them about maybe getting the album in store.   I have been in touch with various music awards to see what process we needed to go though to a get a nomination for these awards and unbelievably we got a reply from the ‘Ivor Novelo Awards’ watch this space!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dan Hughes Playing at South Korea
 With my friend the Korean/UK based producer ‘Yong Ju Lee’ I will be hitting his London based studio later this year to remaster ‘Above the clouds’, it is something that I am very excited about and look forward to working with him on this project.
As well as all of this there has been some cool new places to play in the UK seeing a fantastic pubs ‘The White Hart’ in Hackelton  and ‘The Red Lion’ in Brackley at which the turn out for these open mics have been great and the talent amazing.
Hope you guys have amazing month and thanks for reading, please keep listening and keep in touch.
Peace and Love
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Dan Hughes Music, a band from London, United Kingdom

Dan Hughes is a dynamic UK based musician, songwriter guitarist and producer. Dan has played guitar from a young age having growing up in a musical environment playing with and learning from local session and professional guitarist’s playing pubs and clubs and partys in his home town.
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At the age of 16 Dan auditioned for the highly regarded Music Institute ‘BIMM’ where he held his audition in front of ‘Kenwin House’ guitarist and songwriter for Reef.  He gained a place to study there for 2 years and in that time he played in bands covering a variety of genres also writing songs for projects. In this time he was lucky enough to be taught by such great guitarist such as ‘Toby Pittman'(Air Studios) and Guthrie Govan(Asia and Dizzy Rascal)  He had Master Classes with top guitarists and songwriters ‘Mark Knopfler, Tommy Emmanuel and Kelly Joe Phelps’s.
After his studies Dan spent a while playing in a band based in Sheffield and recorded an EP in the same studio Indie Rockers ‘Artic Monkeys’ recorded their first EP. Dan spent time gigging in the north but eventually returned to his midlands home playing solo acoustic gigs and starting up his own project Three piece band ‘DHT. During this time he began writing and performing around 200 gigs a year playing bars, pubs, clubs and private function’s. He did some busking all over midlands even playing guitar in Europe.
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Having rejected several independent deals.  In 2014 Dan started recording demo’s for ‘DHT’ album ‘Neil’ with long-time collaborators Bob Dawbrowski and Paul Wilson. During the making of the album good interest was shown from people coming to solo and band gigs and international fans also gaining strong comment from industry professionals. In 2015 along side independent journalist and music lover ‘Rajesh Panda’ Dan formed Digital Music Label ‘Panda Records.’
The year 2016 saw the realise of ‘DHT’ ‘Neil’ released on ‘I tunes’ and ‘Amazon’ and Physical CD form, selling at gigs and indie record stores, The album has  a strong rootsy blues sound mixed with contempary rock and pop hooks. Later in 2016 Dan took a trip to Asia where he ended up playing and gaining great reviews from  press and TV.
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What does the future hold for Dan? ‘Continue writing and performing make music and playing to anyone that will listen’. Dan is currently working on a new set of songs with long term drummer ‘Paul Wilson.’ If you are someone who love’s music written and performed with honesty and passion then this guy is well worth having listen to.