Musician adapts to deteriorating sight

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 October 2015

Daniel Roberts.

Daniel Roberts.


A PERFORMER who is losing his sight due to a genetic condition has released a new album and continues to sing in venues in and around Weston.

Daniel Roberts, who performs under the name Dan DroiD, has been performing at venues across the UK for the past eight years.

But unknown to his audiences, he has been progressively losing his sight due to a genetic condition called retinitis pigmentosa.

He said he has had to adapt to his increasing loss of vision.

He said: “When I was in my teens, my sight wasn’t as bad then.

“I went around Europe singing songs and people seemed to like the sound of my voice and it went from there.

“I have to have someone with me now who will drive me everywhere.

“They operate the sound gear and help me establish a safe area in the venues.

“Often when I’m performing, people think I am looking at them, but actually I’m creating the impression I’m looking at them.

“But I have been doing this for a long time, so people often say they had no idea I have lost most of my sight.”

Daniel, aged 38 and from Worle, recently released an album called Liberated, and one of the songs will feature in an independent film titled Seen, which will be released next year.

He describes his sound as a combination of classic and contemporary rock, with some symphonic and electronic elements.

He has been producing his own music since 2009, and released his first album called Blind Man’s Bluff two years later.

He has also been learning martial arts, and is aiming to get a black belt in November.

He said: “Over the past five years, it has helped to develop my self-confidence and balance.

“It is one of the most empowering things I have done.

“As my independence has shrunk as my sight continues to deteriorate, I’m still able to balance it to some degree by still feeling strong and capable.”

Liberated is available from electronic download online or to stream on Spotify.

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