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.