Dan Santana

Dan Santana



Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Dan Santana has a bloodline filled with musicians. From his father, uncles, cousins, grandfather, and great grandfather have all played instruments and even made them. Even with all these influences around him, Dan didn't really begin playing music until his teens. He began playing drums and percussion in middle school, and continued to play all throughout high school. Midway through high school, he picked up a guitar, and fell in love with it. Forgoing any lessons at his fathers request, Dan began learning to play by ear. He listened to the radio, CD's, and read songbooks. His distinctive and unique guitar playing style is a direct result of Dan being self-taught. At 19, Dan began to hone his skills on the acoustic guitar, and began writing songs. At age 20, he finally got enough confidence to start playing out at open mic nights. Many compared him to John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and even Dave Matthews. Within a few months of playing out, he was asked to host a weekly open mic night. Dan began playing at coffee shops, colleges, and bars all throughout Indiana and Chicago. In October 2005, Dan recorded his first album, in one weekend. It's comprised of seven acoustically driven songs, aptly named "No Excuse E.P.". Ironically, he played every instrument on the album but the drums, which was the first instrument he learned to play. The songs are melodic pop, John Mayer-esque, and near radio ready. These song are about love, loss, and living life with a purpose. With his smooth vocals and impressive guitar playing, Dan Santana continues to advance his career, and is determined to reach as many people as he can with his message: Live life all the way.



Written By: Dan Santana


Your living far away from home
You’re dying to know if I’m alone
With all of the things that were going down
Just maybe they caused you to leave town
I’m putting the past in the past
I’m living in the now

You’re only a photograph, a photograph to me
You’re only a fragment of a hazy memory
All of the time we spent was just a year long dream
Now you’re only a photograph, photograph to me

You’re fading further a way from me
I’m erasing a thousand memories
You gotta be cold cause you’re freezing up
Ctrl+Alt+Del and I think you’re done
But you look so sad, why aren’t you having fun

I never tried to treat you bad
I never tried to make you mad
I’m the best thing you’ve ever had
But it’s over now, over now
You insist on treating me bad
You insist on making me mad
But after all you that you still want me back
You’re never, ever, ever gonna get me back
Cause I don’t date photographs

9 to 5

Written By: Dan Santana

9 to 5

5 a.m. I’m waking up, dreading the work day
rubbin’ the sleep out of my eyes, but it won’t go away
I’m tired and hungry and lying on the living room floor
Searching for sleep cause I need more
A quarter the 6 I’m in my car, speeding down the highway
Gotta move fast gotta take charge, cause you know I’m always late
And I’m pullin’ up at 6 o’clock, sometimes I think it’ll never stop
But then I remind myself I’m not giving up

9 to 5 is ok, if you make your living that way
but it’s not, not for me, it’s not where I need to be
cause 9 to 5 is ok, cause I’ve made my living that way
but it’s not, not it’s not for me

After the afternoon I’m stressed from this place
and this smile on my face is a fake cause I’m miserable
it’s almost time to go, I can feel it in my bones
3 p.m. I’m going home

This job is taking all the life from me
It’s even stealing creativity
If I don’t stop it, it will crush my dreams
I know that it is only up to me


No Excuse E.P. 2005

Set List

Dan is very versatile and plays a wide range of set lists and arrangement formats. His set lists vary in length and format. He can perform anything from a 45 min showcase to a three set "all nighter." Our covers range from the Jackson 5 to Dave Matthews Band. Dan is capable of playing all original sets from his 30+ original song library.

Performance details: solo acoustic or full band.