Dane Alderson was introduced to the language of music by his father (a jazz drummer) at an early age. His first musical love was the drums, but by the age of 13 he had switched his attention to the electric bass. A fan of rock, blues & jazz, he began sitting in and performing regularly with local musicians & bands around his hometown of Perth, Western Australia.
In 2001, at the age of 18, backed by James Muller and Scott Lambie, he achieved 3rd place at the National Australian Jazz Bass Awards, held at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, where he also performed with the critically acclaimed jazz/fusion band ‘K’ featuring Andrew Fisenden, Grant Windsor & Graeme Blevins. In 2002, he won the James Morrison Scholarship, and also completed his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Graeme Lyall, Ray Walker, Chris Tarr and Paul Pooley. He was also a member of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra Composers Ensemble for two years, under the direction of Graeme Lyall.
william_dane-32Dane performs regularly throughout Europe & Australia with James Morrison’s group ‘On The Edge’. He was also featured on James’ album ‘On The Edge’ which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. Dane was one of the founding members of the award winning & internationally acclaimed Perth group ‘Void’ which consists of Tom O’Halloran on keys, Troy Roberts on sax & Andrew Fisenden on drums. The band has toured throughout the United States & Europe and released the self titled studio album ‘Void’ in ’06.