Dan Shevlin is the Well-Strung Cello Man
Have you got your tickets yet for Well-Strung? No? Hurry!
Daniel Shevlin is our third interviewee in the hot group Well-Strung coming to the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center for a one-night only performance on Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.
This awesome singing string quartet played three sold-out performances last year at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center and created a huge buzz and cheering word of mouth, and the group is coming back to town!
This time, owing to the raves of those who saw the group last year, they have been booked into the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center with a brand new show, so everyone who wants a ticket will have the opportunity to see this unique, exciting and very HOT group of musicians. Well-Strung, currently playing in P-Town on Cape Cod, is a unique boy band called the “hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games” by the New York Daily News. The group features a stunning combo of classical musicians who sing and put their own stamp on music from Mozart to Lady Gaga.
According to the Huffington Post, “The four boys of Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet know their chiseled torsos and matinee idol faces make them seem like an inspired novelty act. In fact, second violinist Chris Marchant says he has lost track of the number of times the all-male string quartet turned down offers to perform nude during their 2012 summer stint in Provincetown, Mass. “One of our aims is to blur the line between high and low art,” he says.
To introduce Letters readers to the group in advance of their fall appearance we have interviewed the musicians individually. Here’s our conversation with Daniel Shevlin:
When did you begin your affair with strings?
I began my affair with strings the summer after third grade. My school offered a summer string program for learning and then once the school year began, we would have orchestra rehearsals during the day. I started on violin and then switched to cello after a year. So I’ve actually been playing cello for 22 years now. Can you guess my age? ;)
What are some of the best reactions you’ve seen to your performances?
People have come up to me in tears after some shows and say how moved or inspired they were from our performance. Also some people have come back to our shows a year or so after seeing us and telling us how we inspired them to start playing an instrument again or other similar stories with their renewed relationship with music. It’s an amazing feeling to know that you’ve reached someone in that way.
How does it feel to be a classical/pop star?
Haha, I’m not sure if I consider myself a star, but it is wonderful to have gotten such positive feedback about who we are and what we do....
What’s the one thing you want people to know about Well-Strung?
I want people to know that while we have had some great success for being such a relatively new group, that we have big plans and will continue to expand our rep and touring plans.
What would fans be most surprised to learn about you in “real life”?
We are all very different, some things we all like, some things we all hate, and some things we all disagree on.... I actually think we find strength in our differences and it allows us some true versatility in our styles, tastes, and communication through our music. I’m sure part of it is where we’re from and what influences we had.
You come from different parts of the country. Did any interesting communication problems or taste differences result from that?
Yes. Hahaha. But to protect some of our opinions (which we all are most certainly entitled to...). I’m not going to reveal what songs they were!
Any advice for young musicians?
Keep practicing. We all hate it sometimes, and it can feel like you’re stuck, but guess what? It actually works. And don’t be too hard on yourself. As a musician we get in our heads that it must be perfect, but in reality it seldom is (and in even more actuality, 99% of the audience really has no clue anyway if you missed that one note that you will inevitably be beating yourself up over for.) Relax. Have FUN.
If you could add one person to your group, who would be your dream addition?
I don’t think I would want to add anyone else. It was always meant to be a quartet, so a quintet would just be weird. And odd numbers don’t travel as well.
Boxers or briefs?
Most definitely briefs—cute ones.
Tickets for Well-Strung at the Convention Center are on sale on the CAMP Rehoboth website or call 302-227-5620.