Music can be likened to a time machine. Just one song – the lyrics, the melody, the mood – can take you back in time. For Thomas Krane this is specifically true. Not just a band, Thomas Krane is an on-stage persona and is the brain child of Dan Hampton.
Over the past seven years, Thomas Krane has become a well-rounded artist who is recognised and loved by many for his soulful singing voice and insightful lyrics. Thomas Krane is someone who, over the years, has developed an appreciation for the Dickies clothing brand and recognises it for its long history and its high-quality clothing, saying he appreciates Dickies because “Dickies started as a workwear brand and has kept those roots, with really nice, good-looking pieces of clothing”.
In the same vein, SAMA-winning music producer Dan Roberts has had a lengthy career as a stills photographer, film director, music producer and composer, spanning over 30 years. Having directed over 300 TV commercials, music videos and documentaries, Dan has also been involved in founding three companies in the industry: The Gatehouse, Left Post Production and Terraplane. During his career he has recorded, mixed and made films and stills for the likes of Die Antwoord, Johnny Clegg, Jesse Clegg, Laurie Levine, The BLK JKS, Madala Kunene, Hugh Masekela, Arno Carstens and more.
We caught up with Dan to speak about the music industry, the mechanics of song-making, and how he believes the Dickies ethos aligns with his passion for music.
The kind of stuff you don’ hang on the wall
Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel
The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall”
Which is your favourite Dickies piece?
And it suits me just fine
I like the way it feels
So I wear it all the time”
This piece is sponsored by Dickies South Africa.
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