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, or of course if you want to follow this blog.