It all started in a school hall at fifteen years of age. The audience, filled with classmates, teachers and parents alike didn’t know what to expect when Dan Elliott, acoustic guitar in hand, took his first tentative steps onstage. Once centre stage, Elliot took a deep breath to settle his nerves before looking out into the crowd. Fifteen minutes and two songs later (one his own composition, the other a Maroon 5 cover), Elliott knew in his heart music was what he was born to do.
Choosing to pursue a career in music is often difficult. For most, it means disregarding the comfort of a career path or another line of work. Elliott was no different. After moving from his home in Ovens, Co. Cork to Dublin to study to become a primary school teacher, he dropped out a year and a half later to pursue music full time. Soon after dropping out, Elliott was named the winner of the 2018 Le Crunch Apple of My Eye song contest which was judged by established names in Irish music such as Jess Kavanagh, leader singer of BARQ, and singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke.
Since then, Elliot has played shows in countries across Europe, frequented Whelans and released the music he’s always wanted to make. On the eve of the release of his new single Maybe We, Elliott sits down with GoldenPlec to discuss his musical upbringing, moving from Dublin to Cork for College only to drop out 18 months later, and his latest releases.
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