Star Scene: Dan King


Article by Mary Boukouvalas

DRIFTER’s singer/guitarist Dan King is “just thankful for being a part of a strong Melbourne and Australian music scene“.

King was influenced greatly by seeing bands live. “Bands like Cosmic Psychos, The Meanies, Tumbleweed, Magic Dirt, Spiderbait gave [him] the biggest buzz; going to those gigs more than any gigs from overseas bands. Australian bands were much more meaningful and personal because you were there and part of it, everything going on here was attainable and you could be a part of it if you wanted to”.

These influences are apparent as one listens to Drifter’s latest release, Violent At Altitude. Stylistically, the sound is a “mash up of Cosmic Psychos, Melvins and Nirvana with a twist of Magic Dirt”. Lyrically, the tracks are “reactions to circumstances and environment and being in one mind state after another”.

King states: “We’re really proud of the album and what’s been achieved with Loki Lockwood of Spooky Records, but playing music live is where it’s at”.

Drifter will be showcasing their love of playing live this Saturday at The Old Bar, which coincidently is the band’s “favourite place to hang out so it’s a real pleasure to launch [their] album there”. Punters will be welcomed with a line-up “full to the rafters of riffs, riffs and more riffs. So expect to drink beer and listen to some riffs. Oh and a few new tracks that people wouldn’t have heard from our album, Violent at Altitude”.

Hopefully this cd launch will assist Drifter to move on to their next goal, which is to “go on tour overseas and play to as many people as [they] can and rock out”.

In the meantime, when not making or playing music, King’s scene is “riding motorbikes, fishing, skating, fucking”. He also enjoys cooking, finding it “really satisfying”.  King continues: “At the end of the day if you can make someone happy by cooking them a meal, it’s very rewarding. It’s also like when you’re playing music, it’s a similar reaction when it comes to see someone smile and rocking out”.

Rock out with Drifter at their CD launch this Saturday 10th January at The Old Bar.

Violent At Altitude is out now on Desert Highways.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.