Born and raised in Anderson, Indiana, I started playing the piano at age 8, the guitar at age 9, and drums at age 10. I sang my first original song at my 6th grade talent show, but lost to a one-legged ballet dancer! I took that defeat in stride and tenaciously kept chasing the muse.
After growing my hair long in high school, I immersed myself in the 1950’s beat poets like Kerouac and Ginsberg, as well as the 1960’s archetypes like Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, the Doors, and the Kinks. I then headed off to college on a music scholarship and graduated with a degree in percussion performance. I started doing session work as a drummer in the Indianapolis area, all the while continuing to hone the craft of songwriting. I joined John Mellencamp’s band in 1996 as a drummer and have enjoyed that position ever since.
I am a father to three wonderful daughters, Emily, Taylor and Abigail.
I have now put together a full blast rock combo to play the songs on the albums, which I wrote and produced. My hope for the future – “Dane Clark songs in every living room!”