"Dane Terry is the millennial Cole Porter. He's got the hooks of Elton John, the jokes of Tom Waits and the heart of Leonard Cohen."
- John Cameron Mitchell, creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
-TIMEOUT NEW YORK
"...this guy is fucking incredible, as a songwriter, a lyricist, and a multi-instrumentalist. He could be the next Elton John, the next Mark Eitzel, the next Randy Newman, and he has the potential to best all three."
-Doug Mosurock, STILL SINGLE
"...gifted with such a voice, a weird mix of Antony and Woody Guthrie, somehow both world-weary and bleary-eyed."
-Shane Barnes, FLAVORWIRE
"...a natural-born storyteller, a wizard whose power to delight, crack up, and terrify an audience comes from the traditions of the uniquely American world he brings so vividly to life."
-Drew Harper, GAYLETTER
A Brief History
I am a storyteller, composer, pianist and singer from Ohio now anchored in New York City. I have been playing piano for 22 years and am completely self-taught. At first I played exclusively boogie-woogie for 6 hours a day in my underwear, but I later branched out into many other styles including late romantic and 20th century classical, latin, folk, jazz, pop and pants. I learned by ear and gradually absorbed the characteristics of certain styles and genres and incorporated them into my increasingly kaleidoscopic improvisations. I started writing songs in 2007 and performed my first set in August of 2008 at The Bean Holler Music Festival on a "farm" outside of Columbus, Ohio. I had a penchant for stage banter from the beginning and it soon became a staple of my live sets. People started suggesting that maybe what I did was theater and after a few eureka moments (it takes a few when you're stubborn) I packed up and moved to New York City.
These days I perform and make music and stories in many media including: Musical Audio Dramas, the last of which was an 8-part miniseries released as a podcast called Dreamboy - Theater - Storytelling - Songs - Film (working on a couple screenplays presently, one of them an animated opera of sorts) - I also compose music for other Film/TV/Podcast projects.
Bird in the House - (Writer, Composer, Performer)
premiered at La MaMa (NYC) in 2015 and went on to be in Under The Radar at The Public Theater in 2016 and subsequently toured.
Jupiter's Lifeless Moons - (Writer, Composer, Performer)
premiered at PSNY for COIL 2018
Dreamboy - 2018-2019 (Writer, Composer, Performer)
Distributed by Night Vale Presents.
Music From Dreamboy, Vols 1 & 2 - 2020
The Wild of Town - 2017
Color Movies - 2015
Something for the Ladies - 2015
7 Songs - 2011
Songs of the Telephant - 2009
2015 Devised Theater Working Group at The Public Theater in NYC
2016 recipient of the Ethyl Eichelberger Award from PSNY
2016 Performed my show Bird in the House as part of Incoming! at Under The Radar Festival at The Public Theater
2016 Headline Performer at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Fest
2016 Performed Bird in the House at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio
2017 recipient of a BAX Space Grant from BAX
2018 Freehand Artist in Residence - Freehand Hotel in association with Bard College
2019 Kimmel Center Theater Residency at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia
2019 Welcome To Night Vale: Spy in the Desert Tour - Performed as opening act on a 40+ city North American tour with a major Podcast.
Help support me while I make the next thing!
DREAMBOY Soundtrack Volumes 1 and 2 are out now at daneterry.bandcamp.com
Lots of fun projects in the works...including another podcast :)