Born Dan Hanecak and known to the rap/music world as DH, some would say this unique artist mimics a sound similar to Eminem mixed with a hint of “Weird Al” Yankovic of the new generation. With his unique creativity, he has created a sound of his own that stands apart of any artist out there today.
Attorney to many and recording artist to the world, DH is about to unleash his first Single, Tiger (Do the Putt Putt), produced & written by Dan “DH” Hanecak himself and Bo Han Yang “Bo Haan.” Tiger (Do the Putt Putt) is a golf-themed rap song that will be released on February 16, 2017 on iTunes and throughout other Digital Media Outlets. The video to the single is currently on YouTube and will be released following the single on VEVO and other video outlets nationwide. We recently got an opportunity to interview with him.
Q: First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Ans: I took piano and guitar lessons growing up, but started writing raps around 14 pretty much through college. Writing was really a hobby until a few years ago when one of my best friends not only got me back into rapping, but helped motivate me to take the next step. Once I got in the studio and began to feel comfortable, there was just no turning back for me.
Q: Who or what inspired you as an artist growing up?
Ans: I’d have to say my parents above all. My Dad was a professional musician for many years and my Mom has always been extremely supportive of me pursuing anything creative, especially music and acting. Writing was fun here and there as a hobby, but I kept having those, “oh I can do this better than what I’m hearing—so why don’t you?” moments. Finally, I had enough talking about it and decided to prove it to myself.
Q: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Ans: We are all human. Mistakes are going to happen. You always hope for the best, but when things happen you just have to keep on going and don’t let it throw you off. My old baseball coach used to say, “don’t turn one error into two,” and I think that applies here as well. The best thing you can do is prepare to the best of your ability and go from there.
Q: Tell us about your recent release ??
Ans: My first release is a song called “Tiger (Do the Putt Putt)” written by me and produced by my lablemate Bo Haan. We had just finished laying down what was supposed to be my first single. I mentioned to him I wanted to do a club song that had some crowd interaction and something with an easy dance. He goes “let’s just do it now!” Thirty minutes later after coming up with the concept, we had the beat, the lyrics, and the dance and got it recorded that night. As soon as we heard it, we laughed and knew this would be my first single because it’s just a fun and random song.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Ans: Try to embrace it. Whether you’re in music, acting, comedy, or some other performance driven area, it’s about being out there in front of people. But we do it for the rush we get from the crowd and from entertaining people. It may never go away, it may be something you get used to, but go out there and trust your talents and don’t let it paralyze you.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Ans: Exciting, but stressful in the sense that I am my toughest critic. If I don’t love something and wouldn’t want to listen to it on repeat, why would others? But there’s always the excitement of each level—finishing the lyrics, getting in the studio, hearing the mixes, etc. until you get to the final stage.
Q: How do you shut things out?
Ans: I need to go somewhere quiet and think. Depending on what it is, sometimes you have to take a long look in the mirror and answer questions you would otherwise tend to avoid. If you can honestly answer those questions to yourself, and begin to address the problem, it goes a long way to fixing what it may be. Sometimes, it might just be one of those things where you have to realize you can’t please everybody and go about doing your business.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Ans : It really depends. There are days when lyrics just flow. Especially when I’m feeling a beat. When I connect with the beat the song really just writes itself. When I can look at my lyrics and give my own approval, I know I’m on to something.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Ans: One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received was from my Dad before he passed away. He said “life is the only subject where you get the test before the lesson.” We are tested every day whether it is on the small scale or the big scale. And many times you don’t have preparation for the test—it’s something that comes in a split second. But if you’re prepared to deal with (and take on) adversity, it will help you to climb the hurdles we all inevitably face.
Q :What are your future goals as a music artist?
Ans : I have no limit to the goals I want to reach. Multi-platinum records and albums, be considered an excellent lyricist and songwriter, make it a career to take care of my mom and family and allow it to build into other areas of entertainment. People tend to mock big dreams as unattainable, but I’ve always said if you shoot for the moon, and end up in the stars, you’re still coming out pretty far ahead.