We had the good fortune of connecting with Bar Dahan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bar, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I find taking risks very nerve wracking. I tend to worry a bit much, but more often than not the outcomes have been positive and rewarding. Thanks to big risks I’ve taken, I’ve met amazing musicians who later became close friends that helped me become a better performer and songwriter. As a musician, you invest lots of time and money into your art to make it the best it can be. Even when things didn’t always pay off the way I had originally hoped, the experiences helped shape the way I approach crucial decisions and future risks in my music career. After spending many years in bands and ensembles, I decided to make a name for myself as a solo artist. I feel like it was a risk in a creative sense. I always enjoyed working as a unit, bouncing ideas off one another and getting into a groove. With my project, Chasing West, I’m trying to push myself more than I have before. I want to share my stories, the emotions I’ve experienced through my youth, and the obstacles of adulthood. Risks and all.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I find that sometimes in life we learn the same lesson multiple times. The first time probably wasn’t enough to get the point. Every single one of my songs is inspired by lesson learned. Heartbreak, tough life decisions, mistakes, and ethical choices all play a part in the stories I share with my audience. I mostly write acoustic songs, with the occasional rock elements inspired by genres such as alternative rock and pop-punk. You’ll find that a song might be slow paced with the company of an acoustic guitar, or fast and heavy with drums and explosions. I’m proud of the music I create, and I am very excited to share it with the world in the near future. Just like everything else in 2020, the release date was pushed back but I’m shooting to release new material in early summer of 2021!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Anywhere you go in San Diego you will find incredible food. First, you have to try the Mexican food down here. It’s the best you’ll find. My go to spots tend to be in North Park, I like how so many options are in walking distance of each other. Some of the best pizza and coffee I’ve had were at Caffe Calabria, their personal pizzas are the perfect size and their rich coffee is all I need to get my day going. I have a huge sweet tooth, if you like good gelato like I do then check out Gelati and Peccati. They have some of the most flavorful gelato I’ve ever had, and it’s only a few blocks away. Another great dessert spot I enjoy is in Liberty Station Public Market, Olala Crepes. They have a big selection of sweet and savory crepes, and they are truly delicious. If you’re looking for some classic American style food, two of my favorite restaurants are three blocks away from each other in North Park: Encontro and One Door North. Both have great burgers and good options of the drink menu, Try these places out!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m so thankful for my mother, who at a very young age introduced me to the classic sounds of Rock N’ Roll with bands like Led Zeppelin and The Scorpions. Those distorted guitar tones and belting vocals sparked my passion for music. Thanks to musicians friends I’ve come across over the year, I discovered my love for intricate writing and out-of-the-box thinking. Bands like Circa Survive inspired me to work with effects and get creative like never before. Also, I would like to shout out all the people that have driven me to write the songs that I do. Thank you horrible exes, amazing friends, and big aspirations.
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