Dan Jost

Dan Jost

 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
BandRockPop

Pop/Rock with depth for fans of artists like John Mayer. An accomplished guitarist and vocalist, Dan Jost's music is engineered, produced, and supported by two Grammy winning producers. D'Addario endorsed artist.

Biography

Since his debut solo release in 2011, “The Windy City Session”, recorded and produced by Grammy winner Jim Tullio in Chicago IL, singer/guitarist Dan Jost has been gaining ground and grabbing the attention of listeners, media, and renown industry professionals alike.

A 15 year veteran musician and influenced by Rock, Funk, Pop, Jazz, R&B, and Progressive music, Jost creates a fascinating blend of hard hitting Pop/Rock with memorable hooks yet maintains a devastating rhythmic groove and depth to both the composition and lyric. Jost, who emphasizes storytelling in his songs, is also an accomplished soloist and all too comfortable with improvisation and is a natural fit in the guitar slinger role.

Growing up in Vineland, NJ, by way of Philadelphia and Atlantic City, Jost is the first of two children born in a creative household where expression was encouraged. His father, a four category Billboard Song Contest Winner with songs recorded by The Band and Carl Perkins, introduced him to music as a young child, performing family concerts together in the basement studio and teaching him how to play many different instruments and the fundamentals of music. It wasn’t until he was age 13 that Jost, like many others in his generation, became enthralled with the 90s rock movement and decided to play guitar, with bands such as Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, and Soundgarden leading the way. The kid turned out to be a quick study: two years later he was sitting in with house bands at local clubs and doing guitar session work for his father on nationally televised jingles.

After high school, Jost became a full time guitar instructor while taking on the role of lead vocalist and guitarist in his Progressive Funk Rock band, Disciples of Groove. Called “the latest and greatest Philly export” by Jim McGuinn, program director at modern rock Philly radio station Y100, the four piece band produced two albums and played hundreds of shows in the tri-state area over a ten year career, headlining venues such as World Café Live, Six Flags, the TLA, the Trocadero, Commerce Bank Amphitheatre and the Dewey Beach Music Conference. Co-founded with his childhood friend, bassist Rob Smith, who now plays with Steve Vai guitarist Dave Weiner, the band shared the stage with drummer James Bradley Jr (Crazy Town, Slash, Beastie Boys), guitarist John Hickey (George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins), and was scouted by G Love and Special Sauce’s management team.

After the band split, Jost quickly went on to become one of the most in demand guitar teachers in the South Jersey area and accepted the position of Music Director at the Paul Green School of Rock. Nominated as the best guitarist and vocalist in the city of Philadelphia by Origivation magazine and landing sponsorships with Rockstar Energy Drink and Sam Ash Music, he auditioned for and received the guitarist/vocalist spot in Atlantic City’s biggest live house act, Almost Angels, at the Trump Taj Mahal.

Jost has garnered much attention in the city and surrounding areas, with weekly radio spots, billboards, interviews, and newspaper articles taking interest. Recently landing an artist endorsement deal with renowned D’Addario and Planet Waves, Jost has his own line of signature guitar picks and has his eyes set on bringing his solo music to the masses. Considered “by far, the most memorable introduction to someone, musically or otherwise, than I can recall” and with a “wonderful sounding voice: authoritative, but not overblown, sensitive, but not wimpy, with a range that's impressive” by Mike Barbiero, multiple Grammy winning producer, mixer, engineer, songwriter, and journalist, Dan Jost is primed to take the industry by storm on his own terms.

Jost’s high profile gig has been attended and noticed by celebrities such as bad boy Charlie Sheen, roastmaster general Jeff Ross, rocker Chris Daughtry, guitar hero Kenny Wayne Shepherd, NBA legend Julius “Dr J” Erving’s 60th birthday party, guitarist Ken Wright (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Guns and Roses), Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, hip hop superstar Missy Elliot, funny man Ron White, actor/comedian Anthony Anderson, supermodel Cindy Margolis, and cast members of MTV’s the Real World and Jersey Shore, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of NJ, the Oxygen Network’s Bad Girls Club and the E! Network’s Shannon Twins.

Lyrics

Fictional

Written By: Dan Jost

Got worry on your mind, the weight of a past life
An invitation on the line, you’ll take it in no time
You’re ready to go
You’re ready to go
You don’t even know
Oh ohh if you’re leaving now
Take what you wish and then skip town

I’ve been waiting for this, I’ve been lost for a long, long time
And I can’t tell, a magic spell or a vacation from myself

If you want to take a chance then you’ve got to be sensible
And if you want to save face then you should be original
And if you want to break bread then the terms are conditional
I don’t want to be fictional

You made it in no time, the cityscape flashed by
Like it or not you’re a piece of a much grander design
You’re ready to show
You’re ready to show
You just want to know
That you fit in here somehow
Second chances are scarce now
You started the show
You’re ready to blow
You want to explode
Oh, ohh can they hear you now?

I’ve been waiting for this, I’ve been lost for a long, long time
And I can’t tell, a magic spell or a vacation from myself

If you want to take a chance then you’ve got to be sensible
And if you want to save face then you should be original
And if you want to break bread then the terms are conditional
I don’t want to be fictional

I don’t want to be fictional
I don’t want to be fictional
Don’t ever want to be fictional

I’ve been waiting for this, I’ve been lost for a long, long time
And I can’t tell, a magic spell or a vacation from myself
So what could be the god damned difference?

If you want to take a chance then you’ve got to be sensible
And if you want to save face then you should be original
And if you want to break bread then the terms are conditional

I don’t want to be invisible
Don’t want to be one dimensional
I don’t want to be fictional
I don’t want to be fictional
I don’t want to be fictional

Silver Screen

Written By: Dan Jost

Why does it matter?
One of these days I’m gonna leave
Can’t wait to show you my smiling face on the silver screen

Now a scrambled connection
And I’m waiting for something to appear
Whatever it is I hope it’s clear

Fake any story
Do what you can to gain my trust
Your ending was boring
And now I see what you did is just because
Every morning tranquility stolen it’s on me
To turn this rerun off and let it be

Suddenly I found that I’m the only one
Stuck inside this story but it’s already done
And I swore I’d never leave you, I couldn’t if I tried
Well it’s time to stop this story then fast forward with my life

And I said every night
Today wasn’t quite the way I liked
But I’ve got impressions of promises of a different life outright
So switch off the channel
I’m getting a handle on this tragic automatic
Make through the static my message now

Suddenly I found that I’m the only one
Stuck inside this story but it’s already done
And I swore I’d never leave you, I couldn’t if I tried
Well it’s time to stop this story then fast forward with my life

Our dialogue keeps playing back inside of my head
Don’t know why I sought this story I recall everything you said
A faded picture of this scripture
All the pages are yellow and torn
Say your position is of contrition and maybe then I’ll come back for more

And I swore I’d never leave you
I couldn’t if I tried
Well it’s time to stop this story then fast forward with my life

Suddenly I found that I’m the only one
Stuck inside this story but it’s already done
And I swore I’d never leave you, I couldn’t if I tried
Well it’s time to stop this story then fast forward with my life
With my life, oh with my life
With my life, oh with my life

Without any warning
Got what I wanted since age thirteen
Can’t wait to show you my smiling face on the silver screen

Discography

Fictional - Single
Silver Screen - Single

Both tracks available for streaming in this EPK or at http://www.facebook.com/DanJostMusic. They are currently playing on Internet radio and radio stations in South New Jersey.