Instrumentalist Dan Mulqueen discusses his start with the handpan drum, and how it’s brought him success in music internationally

Dan’s music is centered around an instrument called the “Handpan”, an instrument created in 2001 in Switzerland.  

He tells us about how difficult it initially was to even find a handpan in the world, and his early experiences with homemade instruments made in places like Siberia and Italy out of peoples garage. Dan also discusses his career shift and how mastering the hanpan allowed him to eventually pursue music full time. 

Determined to push the limits of music revolving around this instrument, Dan’s playing style is both beautifully melodic and intensely percussive. He brings his 18 years of percussion experience to create a stylistic approach that  invites the listener to experience elements of multiple genres of music all housed in one easily digestible format, while keeping the handpan as the centerpiece of his compositions.

In addition to multiple solo tours across Australia, Europe and the USA, Mulqueen has also shared the stage with Shpongle for two sold out concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and collaborated with artists such as Mereba, Long Arm, Zebbler Encanti Experience and many more.  


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