Since he was a child, Dan Rouse has considered music to be one of the most powerful forces in our universe. This idea drove his passion for music at an early age as he harnessed his skills as an instrumentalist, producer and advocate of the arts. Today, Dan finds himself using those very skills and more at the professional level. After years of establishing himself a keyboardist in the industry, he has worked with celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Patti Labelle, Village People, Ledisi, Demetria McKinney, Hoodie Allen, and many more.
Through the years, Dan has also embraced a seemingly natural role of musical director. Here, Dan continuously finds himself at the juncture where creativity meets taste. His understanding of musical placement, space and vision, puts him on the fast track to become a notable name in the music world. Never stopping, Dan continues to travel the world as a music director, keyboardist, and production manager.
Embedded in the vast musical roots of his hometown, Philadelphia, Dan draws inspiration from locally bred and industry renowned directors like Adam Blackstone (Justin Timberlake, BBE), Questlove (The Roots), Eugene “Man Man” Roberts (John Legend) and more. His understanding of musical placement, space and vision, puts Dan Rouse on the fast track to become a notable name in the music world. Never stopping, Dan continues to travel the world sharing his talents, advocate music enrichment and education for youth, as well as create music that reaches listeners worldwide.
“Giving back is something I value greatly. If there’s ever a chance to share knowledge or opportunities with other people trying to walk a similar path as me, count me in. I believe this is the key to keeping our scene, our culture and our art alive. We could be selfish and focus on our individual success only, or we can seek opportunities to inspire someone with our example, our knowledge, our empowerment. I want to do the latter.” - Dan Rouse
INDUSTRY DAY is a day where local students and aspiring musicians/artists/crew get a hands on opportunity to learn about industry level jobs in music/entertainment.
PAST INDUSTRY DAYS:
2017, 2019 - Hoodie Allen
2018, 2019 - Village People
• Provide a behind the scenes industry experience that gives a looK at life on the road.
• Teach attendees about touring jobs, expectations and keys to succeeding at the next level.
No matter what, Dan never forgets his roots. As a Philly native, the music programs he grew up in were monumental in his passion for a career in music. That same passion is what drives him to work with students and the Philadelphia School District as much as possible. He continues to be an ally and resource to good friend and his former music teacher Frank Machos (current Director of Arts and Education Director) whenever opportunity allows.
The Jawn is regarded by many as “Philly’s Hottest Jam Session”. Focusing on creative development and expression, The Jawn fosters undeniable “vibes”. Historically, Philly’s live music scene has been iconic, birthing the Neo-Soul movement with jam sessions such as the Black Lilly. Artists like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots, Floetry and more credit these Philly’s music sessions as pillars in their creative identity and development. Today, The Jawn has taken the baton and has resurged the energy that people have long waited for.
*The Jawn is great for anyone interested in networking and accessing a community of musicians from all levels and genres. It also serves as a much needed musical outlet for young musicians/singers.