Hot on the heels of his latest single Satellites that saw him receive 5 stars from muzic.net.nz, and a performance on the main stage of Rhythm & Vines, Dan Sharp proudly unveils his latest single, Have To Change, a dark, gospel-fuelled anthem that reflects on the intensity and uncertainty of a relationship breakdown.
The track, co-written in Dublin with upcoming Canadian songwriter Jacob Henley, and recorded in Dublin with New Zealand’s own Thomas Oliver, is the last standalone single to come from Dan’s upcoming 5-track EP, Slack Tide, due for release early February.
"Have To Change is a desperate acknowledgement that continuing on a certain path will only cause things to worsen. It comes from a place of feeling like everything (in this instance a relationship), is breaking down. The alternative is change, which isn't easy and comes with no guarantees. It's uncomfortable and confronting. Theres a fearful apprehension, but it's also hopeful. Hopeful that through whatever darkness or struggle is faced, there is a way through to a better place.
We (Thomas Oliver and I) attacked this song quickly from a production standpoint. We felt it important to capture the songs 'desperate confusion' and not smooth out the edges – Dan Sharp.
The Taupo-based songwriter, whose songs have been described by Happy Mag as “Authentic, warm and deeply infectious”, will be embarking on a national album release tour in February and will be joined by fellow songwriter Ciaran McMeeken for four dates.
See tour dates below, with more to be announced.
Friday February 1st // 2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre // Taupo
Friday February 8th // The Tuning Fork // Auckland
Saturday February 9th // Caroline // Wellington
Friday February 15th // Blue Smoke // Christchurch
Saturday February 16th // 50 Gorillas // Dunedin