Dan grew up with records around the house… his dad’s jazz records, his mom’s Beatles and classical records, his oldest sisters Bowie and Traffic records, his brother Yes LP’s and his little sisters rap records (well, she had cassette’s!). Dan comes from a long line of obsessive collectors (“some might say pack rats”) and loves digging for new music… it keeps him going.
Dan learned a TON about records while playing in Breakestra with his good friends (and avid collectors) Miles Tackett and Mixmaster Wolf and from the many stellar DJ/collectors in the L.A. scene (“I have been lucky to have been surrounded by some the deepest collectors here in L.A. like Miles and Wolf, JRocc, Rhettmatic, Babu, Z Trip, NuMark, Cut Chemist, Marvski, Hymnal, Egon, Octavio, Madlib, Clifton Weaver, Danny Holloway, Adam Hayden, Hector Waluyo, Jeremy Sole, Garth Trinidad, Eric Coleman, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dennis Owens, etc… .through the years these guys have turned me onto so much great music”).
At the same time Dan was also collaborating with Benyad and Mazik (Blood Of Abraham) and Will.I.Am for BofA’s sophomore LP “Eye$Tree”. Ben and Will were huge record collectors, Will turning Dan onto the Fela & Ginger Baker LP and Ben, Jorge Ben’s “A Tabua Du Esmeralda” and many incredible soundtracks and Jamaican records.
Years later when Dan backed up long time musical inspirations De La Soul, The Beatnuts, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, The Pharcyde and others (as a guitarist with his group Connie Price and The Keystones or with Rhythm Roots All Stars) Dan got to talk records directly with musicologists like Maceo, Juju, Diamond D and Kane who turned many onto so many amazing LP’s through sampling them in their music. Dan feels ever grateful and have learned so much from all these heavy musical guru’s.
As a DJ and a collector himself Dan loves finding new and inspiring music, is on the hunt constantly and loves spinning his favorite tracks for people at bars and clubs like Funky Sole, Dub Club, Good Foot, Love Song Bar at The Regent, The Virgil, The Townhouse, The Standard and General Lee’s here in LA as well as private parties and events. Dan’s collection includes everything from 50’s Rock ‘N’ Roll & Rhythm & Blues, late 60’s- early 70’s soundtracks, rock, “golden era” rap, jazz, soul, soul jazz, breaks and funk to Jamaican, Brazilian and African music and everything in between.
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