Thursday, August 20, 2009

Outside The Loop Interview!

Transfer From Old Blog - 07.15.2009

Please tune in this Friday, July 17, at 6pm to Mike Stephen's Outside The Loop radio show. My music, story, and social justice work will be featured.

Streamed at: WLUW

Podcast Archived at: Outside The Loop

New Video Coming!

Transfer From Old Blog - 07.07.2009

A video for "All I Need," the second song on the new CD, Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees, has been filmed and is in post-production. Ben Chandler is the director of videography, and Maria Stephens co-directed with me. There is a raucous, debaucherous cast, and of course, Sean The Devil makes an appearance!

New EP in works!

Transfer From Old Blog - 01.02.2009

Thanks to everyone who supported Opening Soon Under New Management in 2008.

Work has begun on the follow-up EP, which will be released in late summer. Stay tuned for details!

What this blog is... and where to find older news

Welcome to the new Trakan blog. Here is where I will begin to blog all of my experiences, moving forward as I complete and promote my 2nd CD, "Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees."

Who the hell am I?

My name is Trakan (pronounced “TRAY-kin”). I am a community-oriented American rock musician and songwriter from Chicago. My songs are a dynamic mix of stories that meander lyrically from love lost and workplace oppression to the exploration of the supernatural. Though my musical influences are diverse, I have tended (so far) to blend straight-ahead college rock with dabs of power pop, punk, folk and country. I get a lot of comparisons to musicians like Tom Waits, Frank Black, Nick Cave, and Paul Westerberg. And I am flattered.

As an indie artist, I mostly work in total obscurity, but through perseverance, my debut CD “Opening Soon Under New Management” had some successes, was met with pretty solid reviews, and broke even due to a grass roots promotion.


Current news for the 2011 CD “Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees” is accessible through the home site www.trakan.com, or of course if you want to follow this blog.