Live From Malana is the latest release from singer-songwriter Dane Drewis. In a nod to his musical roots, Malana was recorded and filmed live with a full band at the home of Dane’s parents, and it’s a family affair through and through: Dane’s mother and father (who use to kill it back in the day in a band called Freedom) can be heard singing backup and playing bass, respectively. The five-song EP and accompanying videos showcase a singular style that’s emerged from an upbringing steeped in funk, soul and classic rock.
Currently residing in Venice Beach, Dane will be playing extensively up and down the west coast and locally in 2015 as he continues to write new material and collaborate with artists that inspire him.
Dane Drewis’ 2010 solo debut “Rock and Soul” is both incendiary and nostalgic, combining the melodic feel of Motown and classic 70’s rock with a vocal style that is described as a mix of Bruno Mars, John Mayer, and Jack Johnson.
As the front man for Cuesta Drive for six years, Dane has developed a commanding stage presence and an exceptional ability to get a crowd on its feet. Born into a family of rock musicians, his guitar playing is reminiscent of the greats—Santana, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughn—with influences from later artists such as Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At once intimate and inclusive, Dane’s music has “…the power and hook to send half-smoked cigarettes hurling to the ground while their owners leave behind the hot summer night and dash into the bar to join the party” (Chico News & Review). His shows have been described as a “must-attend event” (Sac Press), and the melodies as “…original and unexpected, unlike anything else on the airwaves these days” (Evolution of Media).
After forming Cuesta Drive in college, Dane went on to write and compose three albums with the band before embarking on his solo project. His songs have been placed in ads for Google and YouTube as well as various film and TV spots. Led by Dane, “Rock and Soul” features the rest of the Drewis family—sisters Janel and Deena Drewis on backup vocals, guitars, keyboards and percussion, and his parents, Dale and Janet Drewis, on bass and vocal harmonies, respectively. The Dane Drewis band is currently touring to promote the new release with Dale Drewis on bass/vocals and Jason Weed on the drums.