Dane Estok is a singer-songwriter with a lush music sound that’s pleasing to the ears and soothes the senses.
However, Dane Estok’s life has not exactly been pleasant. ‘My childhood was chaos,’ Dane says. His parents married and divorced each other – twice. His sister died of a heroin overdose while he was in the Army Reserve. Throughout his young life, he peripherally experienced addictions and
Dane Estok is from Nashville, Tennessee, a hotbed of music and talent so it’s no wonder that it produced someone like him. In his freshman year of high school, a friend introduced him to Weezer’s the ‘Blue Album’ and he fell in love with front man Rivers Cuomo’s style and songwriting. When he saw an up-and-coming band called Fall Out Boy, Dane was enthralled by lead singer Patrick Stump’s vocals. ‘The fact that he sometimes can sound like a big black woman adds icing to the cake’, he says. Dane’s very specific with the sound he would like to create. He even describes it as music ‘that can make you dance like a little girl but can make you think like an academic during finals week’. How interesting. His track ‘Semiautomatic Kind of Love’ is a catchy ditty that ‘has the imagery of love shooting out like a spray of bullets’. For this is what Dane Estok wants – sharing what he knows and loves in the form of good music that’s fresh, optimistic, and even sentimental.
To date, Dane Estok has a seven-track EP filled with songs about love and frustration, available for download at iTunes distributed by JMD Records and INgrooves, a partner of Universal Music Group.