Dan Israel Santana Maldonado was born on June 23, 1995 in Tampico, Tamaulipas. He started playing bass at 14 and his first band was a Colombian Christian Thrash Metal band. Dan is graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (UAT), the Faculty of Music, where students called him “El niño slap” (the slap boy).
“The lesson” by Victor Wooten, was the piece that led him to progress as a bassist, to take it seriously. But he also recognizes that “Flea,” the charismatic Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ bassist, was the one who encouraged him to develop the slap technique. His attraction to Progressive Metal begins after watching a video by bassist Tony Dickinson, playing the songs “Panic Attack” and “The Dark Eternal Night” by Dream Theater.
Dan has a Lakland 55-02 Skyline bass, Deluxe Series.
His most influential bassists are Victor Wooten, Gary Willis, Henrik Linder, Alain Caron, Stuart Hamm, among others. Among the most significant pieces for his development are: Three Lives – Octavision; Glassglow Kiss – John Petrucci; New Jerusalem – Affector, and Initiate – Haken.