For this installment of our “First Album” series, we talked to solo musician Danke Shane, and his answer might surprise you. With his folksy flair with texture-filled indie sensibilities, one would think that Andrew’s first album was some sort of rare indie gem. But it’s something far-fetched.
“This might seem super nerdy or pretentious, but I distinctly remember finding this CD in Border’s (RIP) when I was about 9 or 10 and listening to the thirty second clips that you could play if you entered the code or whatever. I kept listening to the first track over and over again. I initially started getting into music because I was getting sort of serious about playing the piano, so my interest in classical music slightly preceded pop and whatnot.”
“Coincidentally, I think Bach is actually a really good starting point for someone who’s interested in getting into classical music. There are certain aspects that I think are similar to more popular genres, like there’s quite a lot of repetition, the music has a lot of momentum, and some of the harmonic sequences are really satisfying to modern ears. For example, Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 and Prelude in C are pieces pretty much everybody can get behind.”