Dan Pifer is the handsome and always popular bassist for GSW. Here in his own words is...
All About Dan
I first began to play music when I took up the alto saxophone at the age often. I played throughout junior high and high school. I played in the school band, jazz band, marching band,and pit orchestras as they came along. In about ninth grade [age thirteen] I joined my first band playing the bass guitar. Not that I knew anything about the bass, but I wanted to hang out with these guys because they were really cool and smoked pot. So I learned by listening to records - mainly classic rock stuff like Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beatles, and so on. We played our first gig at the Westport Youth Center and I got to sing 'The Night Before' by The Beatles. Many illustrious shows followed , but the band dissolved as we entered high school due to 'creative differences'. In high scool I played in a variety of bands. One of these was an 80's pop/new wave cover band called Psuedo Bleu fronted by Carry Pierce from the band JackoPierce. Carry and I lost touch after high scool but we've played some gigs together in recent years, and we always reminisce about our high school days. Around this time I was in another cover band called The Acquaintances, whose lead singer was named Jen Durkin. I recently discovered that she is now the singer for a band called Deep Banana Blackout. There were a few others but I can't remember too much about them.
After high school , I entered the music program at N.Y.U. This was to appease my folks who insisted that I receive some sort of college education. Because there was little else I enjoyed in high school, we compromised on music school. I still have mixed feelings about this decision. I originally told my parents that all I needed to get an education in music was an apartment in New York City and a small stipend, and I still feel that I probably would have learned more by just diving in to the music scene than by 'studying music'. On the other hand, I probably wouldn't have met the band and a lot of other people who I'm still friends with. Ultimately, my parents decided that I was too immature to be trusted on my own, and they were probably right. During my freshman year I got a part time job at a small recording studio near Times Square called Sounds of Joy. I met a guy there, named Ed Kleefield, who was doing some demos. I successfully auditioned for his band, and got my N.Y.C. debut at the Chippendales night club in the fall of 1986. We performed in some strange 'battle of the bands' contest which we lost. I think we played one or two more gigs and then broke up for some reason I can't remember. Later on that year I met Lo through a drummer who lived in our dormitory. We all jammed together, and though things didn't work out with him, Lo and I began hanging out and playing Lo's early songs like Imogene and Electrocute with these two German guys named Arno and Enno in the basement of a Columbia University fraternity house. However, they soon had to leave the country when their visas ran out, so we began jamming with Lo's childhood friend, Tomo. Every week we'd throw our amps in Lo's bug and drive down to Tomo's farm house in New Jersey to play. Eventually, we met Aaron at the Manhattan School of Music where Lo and I had transfered after my freshman year. Jon was the new roommate of my roommates from freshman year. He played keyboards and seemed like a nice enough guy so we asked him to join the band. My job at the recording studio provided us with a late-night rehearsal space and in the fall of 1988 we played our first shows.
READERS WANT TO KNOW:
God Street show ever? ....The Marquee Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut,
Thanksgiving weekend, November 1993. My parents and a lot of friends
from high school were in the audience and the combination of circumstances
just kind of blew me away. Our road manager at the time, Eddie Ryan,
pulled off a rather amazing feat during the show which probably shouldn't
be discussed on such a wholesome web-page.
I guess pasta because I eat so much of it. My mom makes a mean Beef
Wellington with roast potatoes which is definitely a favorite.
to bed: Boxer shorts (and during the day).
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