Aleppo musician Los Angeles bound
Dan Kincaid said he's kind of glad he hurt his back as a teenager.
If it wasn't for that injury, the Aleppo man said, he never might have known his true calling.
After the injury, suffered playing sports while attending North Allegheny Senior High School, Kincaid, 32, spent his recovery time writing poetry. He also couldn't get enough music and had close to 400 CDs.
A son of Fran and Jack Kincaid of Aleppo, he spent a few years putting his two loves together while learning piano on his own after taking lessons as a child. Later, he added guitar.
Since then, he has recorded two CDs and will leave Friday, for Los Angeles to pursue master's and doctorate degrees in mythological studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. While there, he has plans to connect with musical contacts, record another CD and build up his production company, Mystic Productions, which he started while living here for his own music with the hope of helping other artists.
His first CD, “The Walk Within,” recorded with a band through Well Found Music and Smiling Dog Studio in Florida, was released in 2009. Kincaid remastered and remixed it, then let it lay for awhile. He recently resurrected it after his new CD, “Spaceship Earth,” was recorded in his own bedroom studio and released last month.
Both can be purchased on Kincaid's website, www.themusicofdanielkincaid.com. “The Walk Within,” is in the process of being uploaded to CD Baby for downloads.
Artist Michael Creese, 54, of Harmony Township, who grew up in Edgeworth, designed the artwork for the front and back of the “Spaceship Earth” CD. He drew inspiration from the song “Child of Wonder” and “Wide Awake & Dreaming.”
“The music is a wonderful, sprawling adventure,” Creese said.
Kincaid's mother said her son's music is “uplifting and encouraging and time-sensitive to this generation.”
Kincaid describes his music as the modern evolution of the classic rock style that carries the torch for the spirit of '60s and '70s music.
On his new CD, Kincaid sings multiple layers of vocals, wrote all of the songs and plays all of the instruments, except one.
Miralhi Taylor-Martin, 8, daughter of Josh and Heather Taylor-Martin of Sewickley, an Edgeworth Elementary third-grade student, sings the last song, “Miralhi's Wonderful World.”
She puts her own spin on it and is accompanied by Kincaid on guitar. So far, Kincaid said, it has the most sales of any track on the album on iTunes.
Kincaid, who recently received a bachelor's degree with a concentration in music, songwriting and psychology from Goddard College in Vermont, said it was while he was working, studying and playing with a band in Vermont that he had an epiphany.
He said he got such a powerful feeling he should be doing something else that he packed up and left at 3 a.m. and ending up in Florida recording his first CD, thanks to a connection through his uncle.
“Everything that unfolded in the six to seven years after that came from that 3 a.m. realization,” he said.
Four years later, he came back to Aleppo for a short period and then moved to California.
While there, he reassessed his musical goals and worked in another industry for awhile.
He made some new musical connections through his father and got back on track with his music with their help.
He again returned and finished his bachelor's degree with Goddard online; worked at alocal coffee shop, making friends and other musical contacts; worked harder and longer on his music than he ever has; found inspiration in several books about the mystic artist, which gave him the idea for his production company; and recorded his second CD.
“I think I grew as an artist with the goal always of going back to Los Angeles,” he said.
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.