Hey, I'm Dan

Creative Director | Musician | Podcaster

I am a Houston-based creative specializing in Brand Design, Guitar Performance, and Podcasting with experience in directing, engineering, and producing multimedia content for a variety of digital channels. I’m always in search of new collaborative creative and performance opportunities.

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What is that icon?

You may (or may not!) have noticed that my Twitter icon is gone. I’m happy to say that I have transferred my microblogging social media presence away from Twitter (for a host of reasons) and have found a home on the decentralized Mastodon network. Feel free to give me a follow or send me a message there. I am currently living on the SoNoMu.club instance, which is a private Mastodon instance focused on music and musicians.

Upcoming Event

I am excited and honored to be accompanying Nina on a few songs in her upcoming recital at Archway Gallery. These will be a selection of folk tunes that Nina and I are arranging for Viola/Violin & Guitar. Come check it out! There is a second date scheduled for January, details soon.

About Me

Design & Branding

Since 2001, I have worked as a Graphic Designer, both as a freelancer or as an employee. I am currently the Director of Creative Services for World Cinema, Inc in Houston, TX.

I have also done brand and design work for a variety of friends, musicians, and organizations in the Houston area.

Full Portfolio available

Logo for Brazos Music - A white violin on a green circle with a dark gray border above the name.

Brazos Music is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through equitable access to music education, music performances, and community programs and partnerships.

I began working with Brazos Music in 2019 with a refreshed logo design for what was then known as the Texas All-State Strings Camp. Over the next few years, we worked together and developed a complete brand for the organization, logos for all programs, and a new website.

brazosmusic.org

Logo for Houston Fiddle Week - a circular badge in pale green with the words Houston Fiddle Week Presented by Brazos Music around the outside. The interior contains a pale green violin in the foreground with a yellow, orange, and red rainbow in the background.
TexStrings All-State Camp logo. Shaped like a vintage gas station sign, the logo contains the name at the top, with a violin in between Tex and Strings, beige on a dark blue background, with All-State Camp below in dark blue on an orange background, and an outline of the Houston downtown skyline at the bottom.
Houston Orchestra For All logo. A portrait-oriented image of a red sun rising above a valley between two mountains with a waterfall in the middle. The text Houston Orchestra for All is arranged below, with a small black violin at the bottom.

audio & music

I’ve played in bands since sometime in 1998 at clubs and bars all around the Houston area as a guitarist and singer. I have acted as arranger, audio engineer, and songwriter at various times.

I am currently the regular guitarist in two bands, and am always seeking out unique, creative collaborations. One day we’ll get around to recording and I’ll post links.

Late Knight Reviver logo. A black circle with a yellow man in the moon on the left, musical notes coming from his mouth with the text Late Knight Reviver above them in yellow.

Late Knight Reviver is a band that could only exist in Texas, mixing Power Pop energy with Texas Country attitude. The group came together in 2021, and our first performance as a full band happened on September 10th, 2022.

As lead guitarist, LKR let’s me focus on my guitar playing and arranging in a group with a solid, straightforward focus and great musicianship. They don’t even seem to mind when I let my progressive influences peek out from time to time.

podcasts

In the fall of 2015, after years of experiencing podcasts only as a consumer, I decided to start one. I’ve always loved the idea of podcasts and the communities that form around them as an ongoing conversation between show and listeners.

While I am not currently involved in any ongoing shows, I am actively working on developing ideas and hoping to have something in production in the near future.

Ghost Stories Podcast logo. A dark blue square with the letters dgs in the middle. The g is slowly disintegrating into small squares above, like smoke.

Ghost Stories, a Destiny Podcast (or DGS for short) came about out of a series of conversations in a Slack for an old Destiny clan that I played with. A handful of us decided to spend hours pouring over the old Grimoire, only available online and not in game, then would have hours-long conversations trying to figure out how it all pieced together and helping our clanmates who had questions as well. 

In September of 2015, we decided to make it a podcast (the original idea was an audio drama), and we found a few people outside the clan to round out the group. The show became known, affectionately, as ‘The NPR of Destiny Podcasts’ mainly due to our relatively dry delivery and extended runtimes – sometimes exceeding 4 hours.

We were lucky enough to resonate with an audience from the very beginning, earning ourselves a Community Focus feature from Bungie, and reaching a million downloads in just over a year.

destinyghoststories.com

In the Spring of 2020, Nina and I decided to start a podcast. We thought it would be a great way to work together on a project and help create a sense of community out of all our isolated friends and family during the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show began as a series of interviews, where Nina and I invited a guest to join the show each week, talk about what they were working on, their experience during the pandemic, and generally how they were doing.

Over time, the focus morphed more into an accounting of our own experiences navigating the ‘return to normality’ we were all presented with as workplaces and business began to reopen.

pivotpartypod.com

Pivot Party Podcast logo. A square divided into 3 horizontal sections. Top section includes an arrow pointing down with the word Pivot. Middle section includes an arrow pointing up and to the right with the word Party. Third section includes an arrow pointing right with the text a podcast about embracing change.