Producer/Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist Dan Ubick grew up with music- his father Richard played jazz bass, his mom listened to the Beatles and classical music while designing jewelry while Dan’s older brother and sisters listened to Bowie, Traffic, The English Beat, Yes, Genesis, T. Rex and Zeppelin.
However, it was Dan’s little sister who turned him onto rap music in the late 80’s through to the early 90’s; Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, ATCQ, B.D.P. and Big Daddy Kane created endless possibilities. Soul, jazz, rock, country, funk and reggae all melded together perfectly.
Later on Dan’s friend Miles Tackett asked him to play guitar in the Breakestra which he did for six years traveling to Europe, Canada, the States and Japan backing everyone from Jurassic 5, Black Eyed Peas and Dilated Peoples to Quannum, Wu-Tang and Freestyle Fellowship. Dan got to play on Breakestra’s Live Mix Part 1 (Color Red) and Live Mix Part 2 (Stones Throw).
Dan absorbed all kinds of music – from Little Feat to Lalo Schifrin, Fela Kuti to Cymande, Jorge Ben to The Band and The Mighty Diamonds to the Roots Radics. As his record collection grew so did his interest in making records of his own in an attempt to add something new and different to this incredible legacy that he grew up on.
Motivated, Dan built his own Lion’s Den studio piece by piece, mic by mic and reel to reel, began to practice other instruments more and collaborated with Blood Of Abraham and Will.I.Am, then Madlib and Macy Gray. Dan started writing and putting out his own material, first as Connie Price and the Keystones (Now-Again, Ubiquity and now Superjock Records), then with The Lions (Ubiquity, Stones Throw, Names You Can Trust) while concurrently producing for television, film, gaming and advertising.
Currently Dan has been producing the groups Night Owls, The Mad Geezers (F-Spot Records and NYCT), Os Zabelês (Pangea International Recording Co.) and the Sand Dollars (Pangea & Now Again).
As a studio and live musician Dan has played guitar behind Lily Allen, Joey Altruda’s Crucial Riddims, Mulatu Astatke, the Beat Junkies (DJ Babu, JRocc & Rhettmatic), the Beatnuts, Big Daddy Kane, John Bingham, Biz Markie, Aloe Blacc, Black Eyed Peas, Black Shakespeare, Blood Of Abraham, Blue States, Eddie Bo, Brand Nubian, Breakestra feat. James Gadson, Brother J (X Clan), Busta Rhymes, Colbie Caillat with The Transcenders, Novena Carmel, Tia Carrere, Common, Hollie Cook, Craig G, N’Dea Davenport, De La Soul, Dilated Peoples, Chris Dowd, Eamon, EPMD, Kelly Finnigan, DJ Format, Neal Francis, Ghostface Killah, Macy Gray, DJ Greyboy, Spider Harrison, The Heptones (Leroy Sibbles & Barry Llewellyn), Durand Jones, Sharon Jones, Lonnie Jordan (War), Jungle Fire, Jurassic 5, Kurtis Blow, Talib Kweli, The L.A. Carnival (Lester Abrams & Leslie Smith), Lady Of Rage, Barrington Levy, The Lions, The Mad Geezers, Madlib’s Sound Directions, Masta Ace, Maxim (Prodigy), Method Man, M.O.P., Keyboard Money Mark, The Monophonics, Kendra Morris, Mos Def, Jay “J-Zone” Mumford, Chris Murray, Jeremy Sole’s Musaics, Myron & E, Night Owls, DJ Numark, Ohmega Watts, Orgone, Percee P, Playing For Change, The Pharcyde, Adrian Quesada (Boleros Psicodélicos), Rakim, Ranking Joe, Rapsody, Redman, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, The Rhythm Roots All Stars, Sixto “Searching For Sugar Man” Rodriguez, Sa-Ra, Sandy Gold, Noelle Scaggs, Guilty Simpson, Slick Rick, Snoop Lion, Ta’raach, Jr. Thomas, Tippa Lee, Too $hort, Trish Toledo, Ernie Vincent (Ernie & The Top Notes), Jade Vincent, Bunny Wailer, Fred Wesley, Wildchild, Wu Tang Clan, Butch Yates (Ike & Tina, Leroy & The Drivers) and many more.