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In session: Silent Paper Radios 04/04/10
By Matthew Crist

Dan Gubbins
Dan Gubbins is Silent Paper Radios

Paying a visit to The Session studios to play an exclusive live track and for a chat was Slough musician and singer/songwriter Silent Paper Radios.

Despite the name he is actually a solo artist, Dan Gubbins.

Dan explained the origin of the name. "It comes from getting in touch with my childhood creativity.

"I was walking through a forest one day with my parents and we spotted a half broken radio, my mum decided I would be able to build the other half.

"Just using paper and tape."

Dan's ability to make a silent radio using torn pieces of paper illustrated a creative streak from an early age as well as a huge passion for music in general.

"From the age of about 13 I had a bag of records from the local market I used to play on my own record player.

"I ended up with about four and a half thousand records but having moved around a lot and have had to expel them from my life."

It was Dan's desire to get out of the rat race and visit far off countries which ultimately lead him to expand and explore his musical talents.

A more folk sounding acoustic feel evolved after he became fed up with his job working in music marketing and decided to travel the world.

"I worked in the music industry for eight years but became disillusioned with it. I was into electronic music when I moved to Thailand but couldn't carry my computer and all those records so I taught myself to play the guitar", he said.

"I had written poetry before, so I decided to put that to music and it seemed to fit".

His recent offering, The Willow Tree, is entirely acoustic and something Dan claims came about due to a bad break-up.

"There is a chemical in a willow tree that is used to cure aches and pains, I treated the album as a therapeutic exercise to cure my aches and pains following the break-up."

Dan performed the track Upon Those Fields live on the show and to find out more about his music you can go to Silent Paper Radios

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