Earlier this week, we lost a really great talent and person in the Austin music community. Daniel Sahad, singer for the band Nané, died at the age of 29. We here at KUTX want to extend our condolences to his family, friends, and bandmates. It’s such a sad loss. Daniel’s big voice made Nané a band to see live, and we at KUTX were really excited to see this up-and-coming talent start to push outside of Austin.
I only got to meet Daniel once. We taped a guest DJ set virtually back in January 2021. But I’m not alone in saying this: I came away from that taping feeling like Daniel was already a friend. He was such a warm, inviting presence, with a big personality to match. For his DJ set, he picked an hour of songs that influenced him as a singer, and I was really amazed at what a great listener and student of music he was. For each of his picks, he closely listened to the song and really articulated what it was that he liked about it. That kind of craft is rare, and it’s rarer for an artist to then share that craft with an audience. It shows what a big heart Daniel truly had.
In the DJ set, he also described the bass line in the Steve Lacy song he picked as not just a fat bass line, but an “obese” bass line, and we laughed so hard at that. I’m going to remember Daniel whenever I hear bass lines like that.
So this week on My KUTX, we’re re broadcasting Daniel’s guest DJ set from January 2021 as a tribute to him and his music. I hope you’ll enjoy this small token of appreciation. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.
[intro music: Nané – “Always On My Mind”]
- Alabama Shakes – “Sound & Color”
- Moses Sumney – “Plastic”
- The Arcs – “Stay In My Corner”
- Son Little – “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches”
- Fleetwood Mac – “Need Your Love So Bad”
- Michael Kiwanuka – “The Final Frame”
- Sault – “Living In America”
- Franc Moody – “Dopamine”
- Steve Lacy – “Playground”
- Vagabon – “Water Me Down”
- James Blake – “Life Round Here” (feat. Chance The Rapper)
- EARTHGANG – “UP”