Despite it being 20 years since their first album came out, the most rear-view gazing you see from The Black Seeds is some great throwbacks on their Instagram (Hi Brett). Dan says until he’s not in the band, he won’t really reflect on what they’ve achieved. “I don’t think about it much, I just feel blessed to be able to do this. I’m excited to move forward, to think about my own music, and the next Black Seeds album. Performing as well, to become a better performer.
When asked how he keeps trying to improve, he said occasionally he’ll watch an old YouTube video to take him back. “Oh, you’re not smiling much Daniel. You’re not engaging much are you. You’re really overplaying that percussion, eh. Or, why did I stop doing that?!”
“Just recently I ended up watching a show from Sziget [Festival in Hungary] and the band's really tight. Because we've just played in America, and then we're playing in Europe, we're really impressive. I can see that we're quite tired, I think we had a big night in Amsterdam. I remember being very hungover, but we're still delivering. I'm just not smiling. We're still singing, playing our instruments well. It's very hot, I’m sweating a lot. I've got just a moustache and a white singlet on, and I look like a brown Freddy Mercury.”
He also watched other performers, to try and learn from them, such as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. “I like the way he connects with a crowd. I'd love to try to embrace all of that. I think there's still a certain amount of shyness in me, but I don't show it when I'm performing. I'd like to make eye contact a bit more though. It's funny, humans don't really want to make eye contact, but sometimes I do. You see somebody in the crowd, or catch somebody's eye and you're holding that, and they're kind of shocked! Or their face ends up being imprinted in my head as I carry on with the show, and I'm wondering what they're thinking. It's totally overthinking.”