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biography

 

Dan Trilk began playing guitar at the age of nine. By the age of 12 he had formed his first band “Splat” and was performing original music at school talent shows, ice-cream socials and private parties. He is now a professional musician and private music instructor in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dan released his debut solo record entitled "Iowa Weather" on April 24, 2016.  This recording encapsulates the time period a few years before forming a family and a few years after and is a blend of folk, blues and country.  The instrumentation is all acoustic and sparsely layered to totally stripped down.  His lyrics are introspective and sometimes quirky.  

Dan regularly performs his original material and unique covers in nightclubs, coffee houses, restaurants, country clubs, weddings, corporate events, and dive bars in The Greater Des Moines Area and plans on spreading the love all across Iowa and beyond in 2016.

The guitar is Trilk's primary instrument but he may also be known for his bass guitar work with “The Golden Gods”, a rock & roll power trio that was based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Their CD “The Thorny Crown of Rock & Roll” gained a bit of notoriety in the mid 2000’s. Their music has been featured on MTV’s “Homewreckers” & “Fast Inc.”, Tony Hawk’s video game “Downhill Jam”, a Vans commercial, the movie “The Waitress” and most recently Showtime’s “Shameless”.

Although he is now enjoying focusing on his solo work, Trilk has been in bands of various styles most of his life.  More recently he co-founded Des Moines based bands Electric Shag and The Sexual Undertones who had jazz inspired funk grooves and experimental elements.   In 2011 The Sexual Undertones won a local battle of the bands contest and secured a showcase spot in the Crossroads Music Conference.  

If you ever want to see Dan in a cape check out Debbie Doo Wop & Dynamite Dan, a duo that caters to children.  They have two all original children’s CD's and have performed at Every Family Rocks with Justin Roberts, The Des Moines Arts Festival, many local schools and most of the DSM are libraries.