Dan Rutman photograph musician featured in Album Reviews in Rhetoric Magazine - an avant-garde inspiration magazine which combines classic journalism and creative writing with alternative culture through writer diversityI meet Dan, a fresh-looking young Israeli/Romanian musician who is eager to share his greatest passion with the world: his music. ”This is my first official self-released album, so it has been long awaited by some of my friends,” Dan says, adding cheekily: “…whom I like to call fans”. Dan is mostly self-taught, which is hard to tell from the four tracks on the new release, however; he does admit to having some pretty heavy influences, citing James Blunt, Elton John, Michael Bublé, and Muse as inspirations. Dan is also into classical music but has chosen to have his first album consist of a mix of pop, soft rock, and ”even have a little folky feel to it”. Prior to hearing any of the songs on Sweetest Fruit, I ask him to describe it to me himself, to get a feel of what I should expect – he explains: “Chance is a song about a break-up. And I question whether or not it’s a good thing, whether it’s [by] chance, or just plainly a broken heart. But the lyrics point towards how I loved this girl. And many people confuse Shine to be a love song. But really, I wrote it for the graduates of my new school… whom I honestly didn’t know, I just performed the song at the graduation.”

Dan feels that music has helped him connect with people with similar interests: “(…) when you really get into it and music becomes a part of your life, you look for it all around you, so I made friends with a few people whom I hadn’t really spoken to before, and we started playing together a few times when we felt like it. You know, jamming and all. By the way, “jamming” was probably the coolest word ever at the time. At first I was really nervous, because I was still not that good and I was afraid [that] my friends had certain expectations, but they were really nice and cooperative, we were all learning together, speaking to each other in the language of music.” Dan has done different types of collaborative work over the last few weeks, notably performing with “a rising band in Latvia, called The Mike Hawk Band” which he says…

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