Daniel Gutierrez hails from the mean streets of Caracas, Venezuela. He’s often mixed up as an American, yet feels uniformly out of place everywhere.
He was a very grown-up kid, who always embraced the idea of being an adult as quickly as possible. Ironically, as an adult, the goal has been the complete opposite.
As any gifted (read: narcissistic) child, his life has been full of misunderstandings and unlearned lessons, which he has successfully defused by making witty observations, guaranteeing the love and approval of everyone. People just love that shit.
He started singing and playing guitar and bass in bands when he was 14 years old, and music became an integral part of his life. After a few dedicated years, he was able to transition that skill into a career in music, dropping out of college and following his passion. He has jammed, recorded and toured in over 20 countries with a bunch of people he would love to name drop, but feels self-conscious about doing that.
Love brought him to Europe in the fall of 2005 and uncertainty put him in Barcelona the following year. The beautiful and slow-paced Mediterranean city was exactly what he needed at the time and he made it his home.
After years of playing music professionally, he started doing standup comedy because, obviously, he wanted a financially secure option in case the music thing didn’t pan out anymore. Standup became the outlet for a lot of brutal honesty and it felt like home immediately, opening up the floodgates for a lot of creative possibilities and recapturing his love of writing.
Dan loves funny women, bar banter, accuracy, binge-watching good TV, delicious food experiments, seeing new places and faces and, of course, the Hitachi Magic Wand (sorry; he writes porn star bios, too.) Turn-offs include self-righteous people, extreme humidity, uninspired lovers and unwarranted confidence.
When asked about his “Most Likely To…” status in his high school yearbook, a typical response from his classmates was: “Wait, I went to high school with that guy?”
In a perfect world, Daniel would like to be mentally challenged. Which would not only make him happier, but it would make his accomplishments seem far more impressive and finally make him an inspiration for everyone.
Even though he abstains from using Facebook, you can follow Dan on Twitter or simply email him, he likes emails; they remind him of simpler times.