I didn't like reading this in the third-person, so here's my new bio. My name is Dan Collins, I'm a 28-year-old musician living in Madison, WI. I co-own and operate HDpiano.com- the internet's leading piano tutorial provider. I'm in a band with Josh Murtha and Reuben Garza called Nonpronto, and I produce my solo music as Dan Collins and a Piano.
I grew up studying piano from age 6, but I'm not sure if I stuck with music because I enjoyed it or because my mom and her friends continually praised me... I digress. I got a jazz degree from UW-La Crosse in 2012 then moved to Chicago. In Chicago I made music with Nonpronto and myriad other creatives. In 2017 I moved back to Madison to hone my role as "band dad" for my director wife and establish myself as a songwriter and producer in this rich music scene. I have assigned myself the following titles: pianist, singer-songwriter, producer, educator, title-granter.
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How had I not heard of Rajneeshpuram before watching Wild Wild Country? What an amazing Netflix docuseries- I highly recommend it.
""...immediately impressed with his vocal and piano chops."
—Matt Olson, Creative Path Podcast (2016)
"...singer/songwriter pianist/producer Dan, is one gifted guy."
—Bridal Musings (2014)
"... amazing songwriter, and a crazy-talented piano player."
—Tim, "Tim Pan Alley Productions - Austin, TX" (2014)
“I was saying earlier Dan, that I think that you will be one of those people that in like 10, 20 years, we’ll be like, 'we had that kid on our show.'”
—Connie, "Connie and Fish, Z104 Madison" (2008)
"...one of the hardest working and most talented musicians I have met...will find success as a musician, there is no doubt in my mind about that."
—Nick Shattuck, Singer/Songwriter (2012)
"Songsmith extraordinaire... an extremely versatile songwriter..."
—Frank Sommers, Producer (2012)
"Professor Karyn Quinn says Collins is one of the most talented pianists to have studied at UW-La Crosse."
—Waunakee Tribune (2012)
"...A local pop-rock trio [Dan Collins Trio] that evokes the sophisticated side of Ben Folds Five or Coldplay."
—The Second Supper, La Crosse (2010)
"His songwriting is a smooth blend of Ben Folds, Elton John and Jamie Cullum, with all the piano jazz-pop you’d expect from the towns preeminent 22yo keyboardist."
—Zak Kaszynski, The Racquet (2012)