Ska Weekender Interview: Dan Potthast

So it’s sad to say that right now we’re wrapping up the Ska Weekender series but we’re happy that it’s with none other that Dan Potthast.  Now, these questions definitely weren’t written for the one man band that is Dan Potthast but he definitely gave us some of the best answers.  Check them out here.

The Ska Weekender kicks off TONIGHT in Adelaide and if there is one thing we know it’s that there isn’t any better way to kick off those winter chills than getting ridiculous and owning a dance floor.  It’s not too late so you can get more info here and come along to a show.  It’s going to be the best.

Who are you and what do you do with your band?

I’m Dan Potthast and I sing and play the guitar.

What are you guys currently working on?

I’m currently working on a kids record, a new solo record, and I’m writing a new record for my 10 piece ska band “Dan P. and the Bricks.”  I’ve recently toured the west coast of the U.S., the East Coast of the U.S., and now I’m on my way to tour Australia.

Tell us about your live show…in just 2 words.

One man.

What would the world be like now if The Beatles had been a ska band?
Weird. I might not be playing ska if it were a mainstream thing back when mu330 started playing shows back in 1988!

If you could cover a ska album from front to back, which album would that be and why?
Specials by The Specials, because the specials are the best and will always be the best ska band of the genre.

Tell us a bit about being a band after ska is “dead.”

When mu330 was playing shows in the Midwest in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, ska hadn’t even happened there yet, so it was fun and cool to be the one odd band on the bill of metal bands or alternative bands (as they were called in the day!) now with the scene being a bit smaller than it was back in the late 90’s, it feels good and underground again to me.  Really though, it doesn’t matter to me where public acceptance or opinion of the genre falls.. When I write songs, ska comes out, and I think that will be true for as long as I write songs.

What does your band offer the Ska Weekender that other bands on the bill don’t?

A break from loud music.

Which member of your band is going to be the most outrageous at the Ska Weekender and how?

Definitely not me.

What band, apart from your own, are you most looking forward to at this year’s Ska Weekender?

Area 7!!!

Any last words?

I’m psyched to be coming back to Australia.  This will be my fourth trip over. I skipped a year last year, and it was rough on the soul!  I love the energy at the ska shows in OZ. I’m excited to see some old friends and make some new ones.


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