Daniel Butterfield


Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Piano.


Singer-songwriter from Burlington, Ontario. Lead vocals, steel-string acoustic guitar, nylon-string acoustic guitar, keyboards, trumpet, harmonica.

All modesty aside: I am a very good singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter. I like to write pop hooks and melodies, and I have excellent control of my voice and expression, honed through singing lessons. I had one woman tell me my singing was making her "literally swoon."

I have at least three or four albums worth of songs and song ideas to bring to life. I have been making music for over 30 years, but this is my first go at a project of my own music. I am committing to a career as a singer-songwriter, and I am determined to bring my music to as many listeners as possible.

I am looking for four backing musicians: drums, bass, electric guitar, piano/keys. I provide songs in notation, lead sheets/chord charts, and demo MP3s. Very important: ability to sing background vocals and harmonies while playing--I want at least three of the four players to contribute vocals.

MUST HAVE: Drummer must be able to play a Purdie Shuffle, as well as a range of styles, including jazz, reggae, bossa nova, etc., plus original rhythms and grooves that I occasionally come up with.

Ability to improvise/solo preferred; if you can, there will be opportunities to solo and show off chops. Songs are already composed, so there's little need to develop the material. For the electric guitarist and keyboardist, I'd like you to play to the songs and be creative and develop your parts to the degree you'd like to, but I'm also willing to compose guitar and keyboard arrangements myself if you prefer being directed. For the bassist and drummer--I'd like it if you can play the song better than (or the same as) I did on the demos.

I tend to lean towards major-key songs. I like to create music in a range of styles and grooves, but all around the basic drums-bass-guitar-keys combo, with verses, choruses, instrumental sections. I like jazz chords in moderate amounts; enough to add flavour.

I write positive lyrics. I sing things I want to become. Prefer people with optimistic, upbeat personalities, a professional, positive mindset, and excellent time management skills.

I want this to be an easy band to join, so I'm doing as much of the work of creating the music as I can. The rehearsal space already has amps, keyboards, PA, mixers, drums, microphones, so all you'd need to do is bring your axe and pedals and show up on time, ready to perform.

I also intend to handle as much of the business and promotion as possible. The goal of this business is to eventually tour, produce recordings, and turn profits. If you're looking to be a working, touring musician in an original band, well, so am I, and that's what I intend to do, for as long as it takes to get there.

Screen name:
Daniel Butterfield
Member since:
Jul 19 2018
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week


I grew up on 60s/70s/80s pop and rock. Also love 70s-80s game show music, TV theme songs, and Sega 8-bit video game music.

Would love to achieve performances good enough for a Steely Dan record. Would love to sound as good live as Procol Harum.

Favourite artists have included The Cars, The Who, The Moody Blues, The Zombies, The Guess Who, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tim Buckley, Burt Bacharach, Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead, Love, Frank Zappa, Scott Walker, Nicky Hopkins, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, Mozart, Beethoven, George Benson, Steely Dan, Karen Carpenter, etc.

Despite my boomer-aesthetics, I'm trying to go for as commercially viable a sound as possible, given my melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic and textural sensibilities. Mostly three-to-four-minute songs, but there will also be a few instrumentals, and possibly a longer jam song.

Also important: songs with danceable grooves. People gotta dance. Make 'em shake 'em. Not all the time, but enough to be fun. There will be a synth-electronic-dance element in the aesthetic toolkit.

Instrument experience:

Background Singer:
Rhythm Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Bass Guitar:


2 Peavey PV-900 P.A. systems.
Phonic Helix Board 24 MKII mixer.
Behringer Eurorack MX 2004A mixer.
Peavey Mark III Series bass amplifier.
Roland Cube 80x guitar amplifier.
Traynor K1 keyboard amplifier.
Yamaha MX88 digital piano.
Roland JX-10 analog synthesizer.
Roland XV-3080 synth module.
Roland JD-Xi digital/analog synthesizer.
Takamine G Series steel-string acoustic-electric guitar.
Almansa 400CW nylon-string acoustic-electric guitar.
Pearl Vision 5-piece drums.
Boss AD-10 acoustic guitar preamp.
Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer processor.
Roland StudioCapture digital audio interface.
6 vocal microphones and stands.