Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

Dan Heathcote is the frontman for Zadkiel, a four-piece Alternative/Progressive Rock band from Nottingham. He’s recently released his new solo acoustic album, Limbic System. I caught up with the singer-songwriter to ask him the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
I saw Radiohead live on The Bends tour in 1995 at Nottingham Rock City. That gig was probably the most influential and inspiring gig I’ve ever been to. It was like an outpouring of feeling and a really journey of emotions.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
My computer is pretty vital. I have a Mac Book Pro Lap Top for Home recording with Logic X music software.
Playing the studio it’s a real asset to how the songs sound when recording. In terms of Live it stays at home and I go back to the basics of playing the songs.. with electric guitar and effects.. and sometimes some piano or synth.. I like my effects pedals especially my Strymon reverb pedal The Blue Sky and my Ventris Reverb pedal by Source Audio.. it gives a trippy ambience to the tracks.
My acoustic guitar is probably the most important thing for actually writing the songs. I have a Takemine electro acoustic, which I use for solo acoustic performances.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Steven Wilson’s The Future Bites. In 2021 no one has nailed the zeitgeist of the times like him.
It’s an album about consumerism and our online digital market place, but also a dark exploration of Self.
It’s not necessarily musically his best album. But it’s a fascinating social commentary all the same.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Probably would have to choose Trent Reznor and ask practical things about writing and recording techniques.
He’s a techno-wizard and a great piano player too.. so would appreciate some music theory from him about scales and modes! Thankfully he’s alive and going from strength to strength as a soundtrack composer.
I love his work with Nine Inch Nails in the 90’s.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Practice makes perfect, but nothing is ever perfect, or finished so it’s all a constant evolution. Evolution doesn’t happen without practice though.. so fend off the stagnation and get inspired to reach a technical level where you can do the things you want to performance wise. You don’t need to be a virtuoso player (although there’s nothing wrong with that though) but if you want to be there’s much work ahead.


Dan Heathcote’s debut acoustic solo album Limbic System Is out now at danheathcote.bandcamp.com/releases and will be released on CD in August on The Public House Brand label..

The first single Hive Mind Is available on most digital music platforms and the video at – youtube.com/watch?v=5qdr5WaWO-I
New website coming soon.. – www.zadkiel.co.uk
ZADKIEL UK Bandcamp – Music | Zadkiel
Zadkiel UK Twitter – https://twitter.com/ZadkielUK
DAN HEATHCOTE – Hive Mind Youtube video.. – Watch HERE
DAN HEATHCOTE  – LIMBIC SYSTEM album on bandcamp.. – Limbic System, by Dan Heathcote
Dan Heathcote – Hive Mind, iTunes / Apple Music – Hive Mind by Dan Heathcote