Indie Blues Soul Pop Music with Brilliant Twinges of Folk & Americana is Alive and Well in Hollywood

by Scott Feldman, Artist Relations Manager, Earbits, Inc.

I had the distinct pleasure of catching Doran Danoff and his very large and talented band at Hotel Café in Los Angeles last Saturday night.  It was the last show of a month long residency, and I’m sincerely grateful that I got the chance to see them.  First off, homeboy can play the freakin’ piano, and the dudes that play a smattering of instruments behind him (including bass/drums/guitar/3 piece horn section/sometimes ukulele) have no problem keeping up.

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Doran opened his set with a pretty dirty sounding, almost vaudevillian tune which featured some really grimy and sexy sounding horns, followed it with a pretty classic sounding boogie woogie tune; the piano playing from which would impress the likes of Jelly Roll Morton or Jerry Lee Lewis.


After navigating a few more songs in the soul & blues genres, Doran stripped things down to focus on some music from his forthcoming album.  The horn section took a break, and Danoff welcomed his ukulele player and female background vocalist on stage.  The first song was phenomenal; the perfect blend of male and female voices.  Each singer had to bend their individual notes, and stay in tune with themselves and each other – I was quite impressed.

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All in all, this dude (based on his overall lack of online presence, label and hype) is, in my opinion, undervalued, underrated and underappreciated.  People go see him, and buy his music.  Record industry: give him a deal of some sort, please.  He’s eclectic and proficient enough to fit on a bill with anyone from The Black Keys to Fitz & The Tantrums to Deer Tick (Listen to Deer Tick on Earbits Radio) and a lot in between.


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the, always impeccable, mix from the sound engineer at hotel café.  Vocals were always balanced, whether Doran was soulfully shouting over his horn section or softly blending with a chick vocalist, it always sounded clean and volume appropriate.  A final kudos to Hotel Café: you seem to consistently book exciting, interesting and supremely talented artists, in a city where the dull, uninteresting and mildly talented run amok!

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