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Background information
Birth name Dotan Harpenau
Born (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 37)
Jerusalem, Israel
Genres Pop, indie
Occupation(s) Musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Labels Universal

Dotan Harpenau (born 26 October 1986), better known mononymously as Dotan, is a Dutch-Israeli singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.


Personal life

Dotan was born in Jerusalem and moved to Amsterdam at the age of one.

2014–2015: 7 Layers

On 31 January 2014, Dotan released his self-produced studio album 7 Layers at Paradiso, Amsterdam. The album quickly reached number 2 on the Dutch Top 100 Charts according to Dutch news website

The first single, "Fall", was released on 17 January 2014. The second single, "Home", was nominated SuperCrazyTurboTopHit, 3FM Megahit, and Alarmschijf on Dutch Radio.

After several weeks at number one in the Dutch iTunes top 100, "Home" entered the Dutch MegaTop50 at number 1 and remained there for 4 weeks. "Home" also became number 1 in Belgium on 22 August. It peaked at number 9 on the German iTunes top 100.

The album 7 Layers achieved Gold status on 25 August, and "Home" reached Double Platinum status. It also went Gold in Belgium. The album reached Double Platinum on 15 October 2015 in the Netherlands, and "Home" achieved Triple Platinum status on 23 December 2014. The single also reached number 2 on the Next Big Sound chart on the American entertainment website Billboard.

The record is in the top five most streamed albums in the Netherlands on Spotify and number 10 in the Top 1,000 best albums in the Netherlands of all time.

The song "Hungry" reached number 2 on the annual list of 2015 on Belgium's radio station Studio Brussel.

In 2015 and 2016, Dotan toured across the United States twice with Ben Folds.

2016–present: "Shadow Wind" and Numb

In January 2016, Dotan launched his own concert series, titled 7 Layers Sessions, at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, where he promotes talented new national and international musicians. After some sold-out sessions at Bitterzoet, 7 Layers also added a festival edition in 2016. Dotan announced a second season in 2017.

Dotan released his single "Shadow Wind" on 4 August 2016, and this was chosen as the 2016 Olympic Games anthem. "Shadow Wind" was nominated as a 3FM Megahit as well as a 538 Alarmschijf and Radio 2 Topsong in the Netherlands, and peaked on the airplay chart at number one. After several sold-out tours through Europe, Dotan sold out the music stadium Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam in 2018.

On 22 May 2020, Dotan released the EP Numb.



Album Year Peak positions Certification
Dream Parade 2011 55
7 Layers 2014 1 7 43 21 NVPI: 2× Platinum
Satellites 2021 14 80


  • Numb (2020)


As main artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Tell a Lie" 2011 59 Dream Parade
"This Town" 29 20
"Where We Belong" 48 90
"Fall" 2014 29 52 56 7 Layers
"Home" 2 3 1 6 51
"Hungry" 2015 12 24 5 70
"Let the River In" 31 53
"Shadow Wind" 2016 25 88 74 Non-album singles
"Bones" 2017 50 24
"Numb" 2019 20 86 56 98 82 1 Satellites
"Letting Go" 46 29
"Bleeding" (incl. acoustic version) 2020 50
"No Words" 52
"There Will Be a Way" 26 78
"Mercy" 2021 54 30
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Never Felt a Love Like This" (Galantis and Hook n Sling featuring Dotan) 2020 Church (Galantis album)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
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