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South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to the release his new studio album Perfection Kills in the UK on Friday 2nd February 2018. The album is the follow up to 2016’s critically acclaimed “Introvertigo” which was voted #1 Blues Rock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

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Patlansky was nominated as one of Classic Rock magazine’s hotly tipped new artists of 2015. His album, Dear Silence Thievesreceived accolades and praise from the British press. He’s been voted Most Promising Male Blues Artist by Blues & Soul Magazine, and only recently has he been nominated as Best International Solo Artist at the Planet Rock Radio ‘Rocks’ Awards.

Perfection Kills was recorded at Scherzo Productions, a recording studio in Dan’s home town of Pretoria, South Africa. Dan chose Scherzo because he wanted to make a different sounding record and he felt it was the right studio for his vision. 

"On record Dan Patlansky is quite superb but on stage,
with a capacity crowd in his pocket from the off,
he takes it to another level."

– Music News

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Patlansky produced the album himself, something he hadn’t done in years. Says Dan, “I learnt so much working with Theo Crous who was the producer on my previous two albums Dear Silence Thieves and Introvertigo. I worked on pre-production and song writing with Theo on a couple of the tracks for Perfection Kills and applied what I learnt to the recording and production process of the album.

Perfection Killsis all about my vision of making a record that still makes the song writing a priority as in the past, the final product delivers a far more real and organic result.”

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What sets the new album apart from its predecessors is the honesty and live sound of the songs. “To me it feels like a band playing live in the studio which isn’t far from the truth. As mentioned the songs are still the priority and always will be, but on this album they come across far closer to the way they will sound live.  This is the album I’ve wanted to make for a few years now. So all I wanted to do was get the sound and production in my head across to the listeners in a raw and charmingly rough way.” 

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What songs from the new album is Dan most looking forward to playing on the road?

“The first single, Dog Day, and the songs Johnny, Maydayand Too Far Gone are first that come to mind. I think all the songs will translate at a different level compared to previous songs on the live stage. I cannot wait to test drive the tunes.” 

Dan started writing songs and recording the new album in 2016. Some of the songs were co-written and arranged with Theo Crous. “I got together with the band once I had basic ideas and messed about with them in a rehearsal space for a week,” reflects Dan. “I went back tweaked a few and then we were ready for the studio. The recording process was semi live and took two weeks to complete. All the songs on Perfection Kills were recorded and engineered by Jaco Naudé at Scherzo Productions in South-Africa, Mixed by Stefan Swart in South Africa and all tracks mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering U.S.A.

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Perfection Kills is a concept that Dan whole heartedly believes in. Says Dan, “In any art form perfection doesn’t exist because there is no yard stick to measure it by. The pursuit of perfection ends up doing far more harm to the art than good. This was the mind set we adhered to when we went into the recording studio, “Why try to be perfect?”

What plans does the adventurous South African blues rock guitarist have in store in 2018?

“There’s going to be a big emphasis on a lot of touring around the new record which I can’t wait for. In March 2018 we return to the U.K/Europe for the Perfection Kills album launch tour.

Produced by Dan Patlansky
Recorded and Engineered by Jaco Naudé
at Seherzo Productions, South Africa

Dan Patlansky - Vocals, Guitars, Backing vocals
Clint Falconer- Bass guitar
Andy Maritz- Drums
Dean Barrett – Keyboards

Mixed by Stefan Swart
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering, USA

Photo Credit: Anthony May



“The meaning behind Perfection Kills? It’s the pursuit of perfection in any art form is futile,” says Patlansky about the new album. “It often does more harm than good, for both the artist on a personal level, as well as the art form itself.”

1. Johnny
This song is about a kid who had a challenging upbringing, and how survival turned him into a tough and sometimes volatile adult.

2. Never Long Enough 
This song is about being home with the love of my life and how the seemingly mundane is something I yearn for. The clock is constantly ticking to my next departure and these moments with her are never long enough.

3. Mayday
The modern day rat-race is blindsiding people from the most important thing in life; LOVE. As a result, relationships are crashing.

4. Too Far Gone
With the annihilation of the environment, famine, war, greed and human stupidity, the world is becoming scarier every day. Are we too far gone?

5. Judge A Man
This song is a moan about girls I have dated before, that believed being a musician is not a real job. Judge a man on what he achieves, and not on your own ignorant views.

6. Junket Man
 A Junket man is someone who travels for their livelihood, which is an accurate description of my career. Travel is just an inescapable part of the job.

7. iEyes
Our complete addiction to living life through a screen, not noticing the high res world all around us.

8. Shake The Cage
I believe in the theory that life works in 7 year cycles. This song is about embracing change and actively changing your mind set every now and then, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.

9. My Dear Boy
This is a song for the newest addition to the family, my son Jack.

10. Dog Day
We all have those days where nothing goes our way. However, our first world problems are nothing compared to what many people have to deal with.

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Dan Patlansky - never far from like-minded genius, guitarist, singer songwriter, and globally respected purveyor of the blues, sidles into his second successive decade as one of the world’s finest blues-based storytellers of his generation.

Ever since his debut album, Standing at the Station, followed by his 2004 major label (Blue Note, EMI produced) masterstroke True Blues, Patlansky has immersed himself in the rich and rollicking world of blues rock music. In February 2005, and again in July 2006, Selwyn Miller, the New Orleans based manager of David Gates, Bread, Randy Crawford and Petula Clark (amongst others), took Patlansky to New Orleans to showcase his outstanding talent.

In 2006, Fender acknowledged his talent with a guitar and amp endorsement, making him only one of six on the continent to enjoy such a privilege.

As Dan settled into his groove, what followed was a barrage of brilliantly executed eclectic and acoustic blues albums. 2006 brought with Real, Move My Soul in 2009, 20 Stones in 2012, and the unplugged wonder of 2013’s acoustically anchored Wooden Thoughtsrelease.

With each new release, Patlansky’s albums brought with him a tighter and more engaging lyrical twist and even more interesting turns, all of which led beautifully to his much anticipated 2014 full- electric album released in May. In December 2014, Dear Silence Thieves(produced by Theo Crous) was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world released for 2014 by Blues Rock Review, alongside names such as Joe Bonamassa, Rival Sons, Devon Allman, The Black Keys, Philip Sayce, and many more.

“After over a decade of making albums for us, Dan’s seventh album continues to deliver the goods that have made him the premier blues rock guitar player in South Africa, if not one of the top in the world.” – Kevin O’Rourke, Blues Rock Review

Patlansky started 2014 off with a bang when he was chosen to open for Bruce Springsteen in front of 64 000 people at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in February on his High Hopes tour. Patlansky was personally approved by Springsteen as support act, seeing as Springsteen rarely has guest artists for his shows. A milestone, Patlansky played in front of the biggest audience of his career.

After touring Europe in 2013 with Everlast, Patlansky returned to the continent in October 2014 for another tour to promote Dear Silence Thieves. He impressed Norway when he headlined the Fjord Blues Festival with words such as ‘magic’ and ‘religious experience’ used to describe his performance.

With successful shows in the Netherlands and Germany, Patlansky ended his European tour by headlining Denmark’s Horsens Blues Festival, where he played at the ‘Showcase Stage’ in the basement in 2013.

After Dear Silence Thieves was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world by Blues Rock Review in 2014, Patlansky received raving reviews in European and international press for the album. Dear Silence Thieves was released in the UK on 27 April 2015, the same day he performed a launch showcase concert at The Borderline in London. Dan also visited Europe in May, June and July and performed shows throughout the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany.

In March 2015, legendary guitarist Joe Satriani announced Patlanksy as special guest on his UK Shockwave November 2015 tour which stretched over the course of 31 days, 10 countries and 25 shows.

In May 2016, Dan released the follow up album to Dear Silence Thieves with Theo Crous helming the production, entitled INTROVERTIGO. Patlansky used his personal life experiences as inspiration for the album to ultimately marry good songs with guitar playing, and the album has been received with critical acclaim both in SA and abroad.

Dan kicked off 2016 with his Sweet Home Africa Solo Acoustic Tour, followed by his INTROVERTIGO album launch tour in April in South Africa. In May 2016, Dan performed as special guest on award-winning Blues Rock band, King King’s nationwide UK tour, performing 26 shows over the course of May and June 2016 in Germany Netherlands and the UK. Back in South Africa, Dan completed a nationwide solo acoustic tour.

Patlansky ended 2016 on a high note when INTROVERTIGO was voted as the #1 Blues Rock Album in 2016 by Blues Rock Review, becoming the first artist ever to place #1 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of the Year twice (Dear Silence Thieves 2014, Introvertigo 2016). The album was also voted #8 of the Top 15 albums of 2016 by The Blues Magazine.

Patlansky returned to the UK for his first-ever headline tour in April and May 2017 touring with special guest Ash Wilson.

After touring South Africa, Dan returns to the UK in November 2017 as special guest on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s tour.

His 9th studio album, PERFECTION KILLS, is set for worldwide release on Friday 2nd February 2017.

Awards, Nominations and Ratings:

Dear Silence Thieves (album)
*Voted Best Blues Rock Album 2014 – Blues Rock Review 2014
*UK iTunes Top Twenty Blues Albums – November 2015
*Hot Contender “Album of the Year”- Blues & Soul Magazine - December 2015
*Album named #41 in Classic Rock Magazine’s ’50 Best Albums of 2015’

20 Stones (album)
*UK iTunes Top Twenty Blues Albums – November 2015

Introvertigo (album)
*Voted Best Blues Rock Album 2016 – Blues Rock Review 2016
*Voted #8 ‘Top 15 Albums of 2016’ – Blues Magazine

Dan Patlansky
*Top 20 Blues Rock Artists – Blues Magazine – December 2015
*Male Artist of the Year – Blues & Soul Magazine – December 2015
*#4 of 10 Best Rock Guitarists in the World – Total Guitar Magazine - December 2015
*Nominated ‘Best International Solo Artist’ – Planet Rock Radio ‘Rocks Awards’ February 2016
*Nominated and rated #2 in the category of Top 5 ‘Overseas Artist of the Year' – British Blues Awards – September 2016


Perfection Kills (2018)
Dear Silent Thieves (2015)

Wooden Thoughts (2013)
20 Stones (2012)
Move My Soul (2009)
Real (2006)
True Blues (2004)
Standing at the Station (1999)

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