Hello. My name is Dan.
I think writing a bio is a real drag, so I'm just going to tell you some things about myself and trust that that will suffice. Ok? Awesome.
When I was 3 or 4 my parents gave me a drum set that I used to beat on while screaming at the top of my lungs. Frankly, not a lot has changed. When I turned 13 I got really interested in the guitar and started playing a lot. A passion for being in a band quickly morphed into an obsession with records and how they are made. I was blessed to get to grow up around music and recording studios as my parents are both musical and my Dad started a school in Florida called Full Sail that teaches, among other things, recording.
From the age of 15 on I've steadily worked in music, sometimes as a freelance musician, sometimes writing and recording music for advertising, and sometimes as an engineer. My real passion is producing records and pursuing my own musical and sonic experimentations.
I went through a rough patch working with some, shall we say, unscrupulous characters who claimed to have cracked the code of musical success. I was naive and wasted a good deal of time and effort on them, but the experience wasn't wasted on me. I learned that there's nothing more important than integrity, both artistic and personal, and that God doesn't waste anything, even the crappy experiences.
What I do now: work on my own projects and collaborations, most of which are available via Oceanographic Records, produce records for open-minded and open-hearted artists, and play whatever instrument I can with as many good people as time and circumstance allows. For a selected list of projects that I'm proud of, please follow this link.
I think people working together in real time is best way to get music made, but I can't deny that working on projects long distance can be convenient and economical. I have a home studio that's geared for both of those scenarios.
I spend most of my time working in and around the Seattle area, where I live with my delightful family. My wife and I have been married since 2006. We share a passion to take care of people and help them make good art (or possibly just eat a good meal). She helps manage my work world and is an amazing host. We have two mind-bogglingly cute kids and we enjoy living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Lastly, this website is an opportunity to share what I am working on, things that inspire me, and hopefully have some connection with like minded people. If you think there's a way that I can serve your music, please get in touch. I would love to talk about it. Guitars, classic recording techniques, sci-fi, and coffee are also acceptable topics of discussion.
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Thanks very much,