Dotan Harpenau, better known by his stage name “Dotan,” is a Dutch singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.  Dotan’s musical career began in 2011 when he sent an email containing some of his own compositions to record producer Sacha Skarbek and Martin Terefe (of James Morrison, Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz and Adele fame) which lead to him being invited to their studio.  Dutch top DJ Giel Beelen later nominated Dotan as the most promising new talent of 2011 and singles from Dotan’s debut album “Dream Parade,” recieved heavy airplay on Dutch radio stations.

Dotan has opened shows for, amongst others, Gavin DeGraw and Sinead O’Conner and together with his band, embarked on a major tour of all of the major clubs in the Netherlands.  On January 21, 2014, Dotan released his debut album, “7 Layers,” in Paradiso, Amsterdam.  The album was produced by Dotan himself and quickly reached No. 2 on the Dutch Top 100 Charts according to the Dutch news website Nu.nl.

The first single, “Fall,” was released on January 17, 2014.  The second single titled “Home” was released shortly after and was nominated as a SuperCrazyTurboTopHit, a 3FM Megahit, and a Alarmschijf on Dutch Radio.  “Home” spent the next two weeks at No. 1 on the Dutch Itunes Top 100.  It also entered the Dutch MegaTop50 at No. 1 and peaked at that chart for 4 weeks.  It also became No. 1 in “Vlaanderen” (Flanders) in Belgium on August 22, 2014.  “7 Layers” reached Gold status on August 25, 2014.

Dotan’s sound has a very calm, bare bones sound to it.  There is a constant contrast between silence and loud, erupting sound, acoustic guitar and dynamic rhythms and choruses.  All of these things are kept in check thanks to Dotan’s voice which that can range between quite and calm to loud and dramatic.  He is a very new artist whose skill for crafting songs has made him an international success both over seas and here in America.  Listen to some of Dotan’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, be sure to pick up, “7 Layers,” as soon as you can.

 

Sources: Video: YouTube – Info: Wikipedia, Dotan Official Page – Picture: Google Images

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