Daniel C. Keplinger grew up in Dodge City, Kansas during the 70’s and 80’s and remembers a certain rock vibe for a small town. The band Kansas played a few times.

One time in particular they played at the local 1/4 mile dirt track. He didn’t have the money to get in so he stood on top of a neighbors truck to watch the concert. From that day forward Daniel fell in love with rock music. Daniel started playing guitar in 1983 when he purchased his first guitar (a Gibson Epiphone) along with a Peavey Encore 65 Amp. In 1999, he met twin brothers Jim and Jerry Endsley and along with Mike Petrow formed the rock band 3HP. The band wrote originals and played covers and had great chemistry as far as music was concerned. recorded our first album with Mike at Air Born Group studios in Indianapolis. 3HP recorded 10 tracks in one night (without a click track) and couldn’t believe the results of the session as it was their first time in the studio (resulted in songs like Mary Jane, Mix The Rum, and Sunshine). Daniel fell in love with the studio atmosphere and convinced myself that music was it.

Daniel moved around and ended up in Holland, Michigan for 12 years and met up with several music industry people along the way and formed my own independent studio in 2006 (Blue Bottle Productions). He relocated back to Indianapolis in 2017 and have been playing and recording with his two sons Daniel jr and Mackenzee and have reformed 3HP.

What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?

Pop Rock, Punk sound

How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?

Named after Daniel Boone and Christopher Columbus because I was born on George Washington's birthday and my mother and father wanted me to be named after gentlemen who helped form our country.

What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Ratt, Motley Crue, Metallica, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Linkin Park, Sevendust, Nonpoint, Volbeat

What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

Working on new 3HP album with my two sons.

What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

Write, produce, engineer, and play music. Sell music and play festivals.

What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

Mix The Rum. It's powerful and in your face with a message for the times in a short 2 and a half minute song format.

What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?

Life balance and finding quality dedicated like minded people.

What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?

Start out just jamming and finding a good hook and rhythm and then writing to that.

How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

It helps me stay current with music, artists, and bands. It really helps with distribution.

What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

Sevendust, Suffer, Shinedown, Sound of Madness, Weezer, Pork and Beans, Volbeat, Dead But Rising, Evanescence, Disappear, Nonpoint, Breaking Skin

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

Computer Engineering and Operations Program Management

Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

Pick it early, stay with it, and make it a life long commitment. People and things WILL attempt to take you away from music.

What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

Totally change the way schools support and teach music. Most musicians are self taught.

How Do You Feel About Originality?

Dig it and support it!

Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?

I love life and music makes it even better.

Websites or Social Media Pages:

https://www.reverbnation.com/danielckeplinger

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