Dan Patlanski Perfection Kills

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to the release his new studio album Perfection Kills on Friday 2nd February 2018. The album is the follow up to 2016’s critically acclaimed “Introvertigo” which was voted #1 Blues Rock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

To dovetail with the release of the new album, Dan will be special guest on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s nationwide 7-date UK tour that starts on Tuesday 7th November at Gateshead Sage. For the tour, he will release a new single Dog Day taken from the Perfection Kills album.

Patlansky was nominated as one of Classic Rock magazine’s hotly tipped new artists of 2015. His album, Dear Silence Thieves received accolades and praise from the British press. He’s been voted Most Promising Male Blues Artist by Blues & Soul Magazine, and only recently has he been nominated as Best International Solo Artist at the Planet Rock Radio ‘Rocks’ Awards.

Perfection Kills was recorded at Scherzo Productions, a recording studio in Dan’s home town of Pretoria, South Africa. Dan chose Scherzo because he wanted to make a different sounding record and he felt it was the right studio for his vision.

“On record Dan Patlansky is quite superb but on stage, with a capacity crowd in his pocket from the off, he takes it to another level.” – Music News

Dan Patlanski - Photo Credit: Allan Jones
Dan Patlanski // Photo Credit: Allan Jones

Patlansky produced the album himself, something he hadn’t done in years. Says Dan, “I learnt so much working with Theo Crous who was the producer on previous two albums Dear Silence Thieves and Introvertigo. I worked on pre-production and song writing with Theo on a couple of the tracks for Perfection Kills and applied what I learnt to the recording and production process of the album.

Perfection Kills is all about my vision of making a record that still make the song writing a priority as in the past, the final product delivers a far more real and organic result.”

What sets the new album apart from its predecessors is the honesty and live sound of the songs. “To me it feels like a band playing live in the studio which isn’t far from the truth. As mentioned the songs are still the priority and always will be, but on this album they come across far closer to the way they will sound live.  This is the album I’ve wanted to make for a few years now. So all I wanted to do was get the sound and production in my head across to the listeners in a raw and charmingly rough way.”

What songs from the new album is Dan most looking forward to playing on the road?

“The first single, Dog Day, and the songs JohnnyMayday and Too Far Gone are first that come to mind. I think all the songs will translate at a different level compared to previous songs on the live stage. I cannot wait to test drive the tunes.”

Dan started writing songs and recording the new album in 2016. Some of the songs were co-written and arranged with Theo Crous. “I got together with the band once I had basic ideas and messed about with them in a rehearsal space for a week,” reflects Dan. “I went back tweaked a few and then we were ready for the studio. The recording process was semi live and took two weeks to complete. All the songs on Perfection Kills were recorded and engineered by Jaco Naudé at Scherzo Productions in South-Africa, Mixed by Stefan Swart in South Africa and all tracks mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering U.S.A.

Perfection Kills is a concept that Dan whole heartedly believes in. Says Dan, “In any art form perfection doesn’t exist because there is no yard stick to it measure by. The pursuit of perfection ends up doing far more harm to the art than good. This was the mind set we adhered to when we went into the recording studio, “Why try to be perfect?”

What are plans does the adventurous South African blues rock guitarist have in store in 2018?

“There’s going to be a big emphasis on a lot of touring around the new record which I can’t wait for. November 2017 I will be touring with Joanne Shaw Taylor in the U.K and will perform the first single, Dog Day, live for the first time. March 2018 we return to U.K/Europe for the Perfection Kills album launch tour.

Foto Dan Patlansky - Perfection Kills

Produced by Dan Patlansky
Recorded and Engineered by Jaco Naudé
at Seherzo Productions, South Africa

Dan Patlansky – Vocals, Guitars, Backing vocals
Clint Falconer- Bass guitar
Andy Maritz- Drums
Dean Barrett – Keyboards

Mixed by Stefan Swart
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering, USA

Dan Patlansky // Photo Credit: Tobias Coetsee
Dan Patlansky // Photo Credit: Tobias Coetsee



“The meaning behind Perfection Kills? It’s the pursuit of perfection in any art form is futile,” says Patlansky about the new album. “It often does more harm than good, to both the artist on a personal level, as well as the art form itself.”

1. Johnny
This song is about a kid who had a challenging upbringing, and how survival turned him into a tough and sometimes volatile adult.

2. Never Long Enough 
This song is about being home with the love of my life and how the seemingly mundane is something I yearn for. The clock is constantly ticking to my next departure and these moments with her are never long enough.

3. Mayday
The modern day rat-race is blindsiding people from the most important thing in life; LOVE. As a result, relationships are crashing.

4. Too Far Gone
With the annihilation of the environment, famine, war, greed and human stupidity, the world is becoming scarier every day. Are we too far gone?

5. Judge A Man
This song is a moan about girls I have dated before, that believed being a musician is not a real job. Judge a man on what he achieves, and not on your own ignorant views.

6. Junket Man
A Junket man is someone who travels for their livelihood, which is an accurate description of my career. Travel is just an inescapable part of the job.

7. iEyes
Our complete addiction to living life through a screen, not noticing the high res world all around us.

8. Shake The Cage
I believe in the theory that life works in 7 year cycles. This song is about embracing change and actively changing your mind set every now and then, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.

9. My Dear Boy
This is a song for the newest addition to the family, my son Jack.

10. Dog Day
We all have those days where nothing goes our way. However, our first world problems are nothing compared to what many people have to deal with.


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