“Dan Santos is a New York City based singer/songwriter, whose musical stylings are grounded by an overall acoustic guitar sound that incorporates the catchiness of pop punk, the melancholy of folk and the energy of hip hop, sometimes all at once. His songs are built on personal storytelling lyrics, versatile guitar playing and a knack for cross-genre music making.
In 2018, Santos was chosen as one of 24 artists out of over 350 applicants to perform in New York State’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Grassy Hill Showcase and was also the only artist 18/under selected to be a part of the showcase. Originally from Massachusetts, he began playing in bands and as a solo act around his Western Mass home in high school and soon after began recording original songs. His first release, the EP Cyan Blue debuted in early 2017, followed a year later by his first full-length effort, Sandantos., recorded with hard rock songwriter Kyle Germain. His work on these releases allowed for a cultivation of acoustic music that draws on the work of influences as varied as The RZA, blink-182 and Passenger.
His latest material is displayed on his recent full-length release, Hey Listen! Produced by friend Ray Davis and Santos, who also played the majority of the instruments on the album, Hey Listen! serves to showcase his cross-genre influence which, paired with wistful and introspective lyrics, combine to create a sound that is at once subtle and accessible.
Santos performs regularly around the New York City area, from Greenwich Village to stages on the Upper West Side and in Williamsburg. He is currently recording new material, to be released in early 2019.”