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Check Out Dan Keech’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Keech. 

Hi Dan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I started out making music in the DIY music circles of Baltimore County and Baltimore City in the ’90s. The old Ottobar on Davis Street was what I thought of as my home base, both as a fan and as a performer. I did my first solo album and solo tour in the summer of 2000, and I kept going with more records and more touring ever since. I began putting Cold Rhymes Records on the back of my own albums in 2012 and starting releasing music by a full roster of artists in 2017. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, but it’s always an interesting and fulfilling one. Music is a tough business for everyone that tries it, for a lot of obvious reasons. It’s always a struggle just to keep your head above water financially and make things happen. I’m no business or marketing genius by any means, and neither are most people that do indie labels. We all just do our best. Sometimes the whole thing feels like an endless struggle, but the reward is having control over your own career and helping other people do the same. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I make music under the name Height Keech, and I run a label called Cold Rhymes Records. We all try to make music that we’re not already hearing in the world. 

What does success mean to you?
I try not to get hung up on thinking of myself as a success or a failure. Everybody’s just doing what they can do with what they’ve got, and I’m in the same boat. It’s easy to feel like there’s a lack of everything… Not enough money, not enough attention, not enough rising metrics. Being faced with that feeling of lackingness forces you to take the long/zen view on success. 

After touring for so much of my life, I have fantasies of more merch sales, not sleeping on stranger’s floors, a better tour vehicle, etc. When I zoom out a little bit, it seems like it doesn’t matter whether any of those dreams come true or not. We all have a role to play in this music world, and it doesn’t actually matter how plush or grimey your position feels. What’s important is seeing out my vision for my music, and doing right by the people working with me. If I do all that, I’ll call it a success. It would be cool if any of that led us to greener pastures, but like they said in the movie Meatballs, ‘IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER. IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER.” 

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Bryan Lackner
Bob Sweeney

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