Some bands may flaunt the cliché “we’re big in Japan” even if they’ve played there once to an empty room, but Brooklyn’s Dasher can honestly boast about something far more exclusive–the fact that they were recently number one on the charts in Peru. Their current lineup came into being in spring 2007 in NYC, having met through mutual friends and the old standby, Craigslist. However, singer/guitarist Luis Salgado is a native of Peru and had more than his fair share of success there with his previous act, Electro-Z. When the Lima scene started to feel limiting, Luis picked up and moved to NYC to begin Dasher. He’s such a well-known musician in Lima that he’s still recognized on the street and is asked for autographs wherever he goes. No wonder the band decided to take a post-holiday trip to Lima to play a few key dates, including the Rock en el Parque Festival, last month.

What is your favorite venue/city to play?
Luis: We love playing anywhere in Lima, Peru, and Mercury Lounge in NY also has good vibes.

What’s your funniest band audition story?
We haven’t really auditioned that many people, we’ve been lucky enough to know right away who we want to play with, guess it’s some sort of magnetism. Aside from that we’ve had guys show up drunk to audition telling us how miserable they are… like we want a drama queen in the band!

What was the strangest/most interesting thing to happen to the band?
We convinced hundreds of Peruvian teenagers to [form a] mosh pit in slow motion at a festival. I’ve never seen something like that. Also, once we played at an art show in front of 8 or 10 drunk eleven year olds (they had been sipping on wine for hours). They were overexcited by the music and were sometimes louder than the band.

If you could meet any musical hero living or dead, who would it be and what would you say to this person?
Bruce Springsteen. I’d just give him a big fat hug.

What do you simply hate about being in a band? You know, like the soundman showing up two hours late for a gig, buying guitar strings from that guy at the music store who is more interested in his Chinese food than ringing you up, or trying to find your drummer, (sorry drummers), or your band mate who always goes missing, two minutes before your set time.
Aside from personality clashes (which is normal and worth it, anything for the music), I really dislike playing or practicing in places where you can’t hear your vocals, it’s super exhausting.

What are you currently working on?
Going into the studio to record the first part of our new full length, maybe a video. Searching for that new sound.