TerraGraphics Employees Spotlight
– Dan Mineer of Calling All Aliens
You may know Dan Minteer as a Mechanical Engineer at TerraGraphics. You may not know that he has recorded and produced an album Calling All Aliens and plays gigs on the weekends. He’s played at Adam West Day in Walla Walla for the past three years. Two of his songs, Adam West Blues, and 60’s Star, are the official theme songs of Adam West Day. The September event celebrates Adam West, the Walla Walla, WA born actor who played Bruce Wayne for three seasons in the iconic 1960s tv series Batman.
Dan was drawn to music as a kid and he grew up watching the show. It made a big enough impression that he wrote the song Batman at age 18. He describes his music as rock and blues with lots of guitar jams. He found influence in guitarists with a unique sound like Joe Walsh of the Eagles and Jimi Hendrix.
Dan self-produced his album with the help of his friends, wife and daughter. He built the album song by song, writing some new songs and using some from his archives. Dan tells people that the album Calling All Aliens contains his best lyrics and guitar work. There is also a video version of the album, with narration by a guy from the UK, revealing the alien tale of woe and tying all the quirky songs together. All in all, the album and videos took a year to finish. His daughter created the cover art and he produced the music himself, recording on a laptop. You can purchase digital downloads or stream from your favorite service. You can view the videos on YouTube, and find him on the web at minteer.live.