What’s Good in the Music Scene? #35 – Dan Kurtz (The New Deal)
Greg   July 29, 2014 at 10:55 am   1 Comments

By: Greg Horowitz

Dan, thanks for taking some time to chat with us today about The New Deal.


The last time we spoke, we asked if there was ever a chance that The New Deal would perform again and you said that you were “pretty sure The New Deal is RIP.” What changed?

I’m not really sure. It felt right to do it again, and we had some offers to play some shows. Jamie and I had been working together on a movie soundtrack and were really happy to be working together, and I think it reminded us of how much we enjoyed making music the way we do in The New Deal.


How have the first couple shows been going with Joel playing drums?

Joel has done an amazing job of getting up to speed and he blew both me and Jamie away in those shows.


Does the group have a different sound with Joel or is he trying to keep the sound the same as before?

We have a different sound for a couple of reasons…Jamie has a bunch of new synth sounds, and I have made some significant changes to my bass rig, and then Joel has got the Maschine with a whole new palette of drum sounds. In my experience, new sounds always bring about new ideas, new parts, so I think we’ll be heading in some new directions. We have no mandate to sound the same as before.


You guys will be headlining at one of our favorite festivals this year, The Catskill Chill. What can fans expect during your performance?

In general, we love playing festivals, especially in the USA, and especially in the summer. What to expect? We’ll be putting everything we have into playing the best possible show.

Photo Courtesy of www.thenewdeal.com

We saw you will be performing a couple of shows with Conspirator in October and November. How did the idea to tour together come about?

We’ve known those guys for a really long time, and I think Jamie and Brownie had been talking about us playing some shows with them once we got TND2014 up and running.


What have you and Jamie been doing since The New Deal stopped performing in 2012?

I went on tour with Dragonette pretty hardcore until Aug 2013, and in that time also moved back to Toronto. Jamie made a million TV and film soundtracks and played baseball with his kids.


Your last performance was on Jam Cruise. Any chance you will play on the boat again in the future?

You never know. Annabel Lukins, who is a part of Team JamCruise, is a really old friend and fan of ours. For sure she’s the reason we’ve been on the Cruise in the past, so if she calls…


What’s on the horizon for The New Deal? Do you think a new album is a possibility?

Making an album would only come about if we felt we had a body of work that translated well from the Live arena to a studio recording. In some ways, I have always felt that making a TND album is the opposite of what the band really does well, namely flying by the seat of our pants under the pressure of a no-undos live show environment. I guess we’ll have to see. If anything, we’d probably start with doing a track or two…


Dan, thanks again for speaking with us about The New Deal. We wish you guys the best and look forward to seeing you guys on the road.


Upcoming Tour Dates

8/29-31 – Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival

8/30 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall

9/4 – Boston, MA – Royale

9/5 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

9/6 – Hancock, NY – Catskill Chill

9/27 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

10/30 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Vegas

10/31 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

11/1 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween

11/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

11/29 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

11/3-12/7 – Punta Cana, D.R. – Dominican Holidaze