Dan Mayo is the definition of unique, in the best way possible. He started his musical journey at the age of three, and by the time he was six, Dan was exposed to (arguably) the best form of learning, playing with other musicians. He went from genre to genre absorbing all the information he could while performing in his home city of Tel Aviv, Israel. That was where he was exposed to many different musical cultures.
Since then, Mayo has been curating a unique sound that is unmistakably him. He combines his drums with guitar effects pedals to present the instrument in a totally new light. This unmistakable sound can be heard on recordings with his band TATRAN and performing with artists such as Ester Rada at major festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, and the Rotterdam Jazz Festival. In this interview, we dive into how Dan’s musical influences have shaped his approach to understanding music and creating his sound, as well as the intricacies behind his creative process.