"Having spent time with the songs, I'd grown to learn their individual characteristics," he says of the tour set-list. "It's like I've got a deeper relationship with the songs now than when I recorded them. I know what care and attention they require, which words need a little softening, which ones need a good kick every now and then.
"I very much wanted to make a record in the 'traditional' method, where the performer enters the studio to simply capture/ record a performance. Over the years of listening, I think the records that have had the strongest emotional impact on me were made that way.
"There's something about these raw, exposed performances and soulful singers that connects with me, like a direct line to the listeners' heart."
"The recording process can be tough and with technology there is the temptation to undo, re-do and edit in the extreme," explains Dan. "Working with Danny and Chris we removed the magnifying glass from the process. I felt confident in doing this as the songs themselves were fully formed, so I felt free to cut loose a little, and simply play."
"The whole experience, from touring Reaching For A State of Mind, to recording and collaborating with Danny and The Champions Of The World and BJ has been incredible,'' admits Dan. ''I've learned so much and Raw State captures that experience, that growth - it is the album I've always wanted to make. It's the end of one chapter and beginning of another for me."