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Sunday Spotlight: Taxi Cab

Sunday Spotlight: Taxi Cab


1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Hi, Taxi Cab is the musical project of songwriter Dan Perris. From North Queensferry, in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland… but originally from Manchester

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

Jangly, melodic, alternative guitar music set to lyrical themes of regret, the passage of time and the ocean. I’m inspired by the idea of writing and recording original music… creating something!

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

I’ve been in bands and writing songs since the early 90’s when I got hold of an Encore Rickenbacker copy… My love of music and song writing is mainly due to a youth spent obsessed with REM, The Smiths and New Order. Whilst at University in Dundee in the mid 90’s I had a Fostex 4 track cassette recorder and started recording my own solo records under the name of Taxi Cab… to date I have recorded 7 albums with the recording quality improving over the years with the technology available!

4. Stage or studio?

In the early 2000’s I played with the Edinburgh based band ‘fourteenhours’ and we recorded a couple of albums and gigged regularly around Edinburgh and Glasgow. These days, I am writing and recording for myself, with the occasional open mic or day spent busking. Sometime in mid-2018 there is a plan to play few shows with old friends. Most probably playing early material written during our university years in Dundee in the mid 90’s.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

Guitar-wise I use either a Gretsch Electromatic or a Rickenbacker 330, the Gretsch in particular is a favourite of mine with the Bigsby tremolo. For acoustic guitar I use a Gibson jumbo and for bass, I have an old Squier Jazz bass that I bought in 1992 in Stockport that’s a bit battered but still plays great. For Keys I use an Arturia Minilab. Over the years I’ve collected all the gear I need to produce music on my own which gives me a lot of freedom.

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

The Gibson acoustic goes pretty much everywhere with me… always writing songs.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

Material from the last two Taxi Cab albums ‘Low in the High C’ and ‘New Rivers’ is available on my Soundcloud page.


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