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Dan the Automator/Kasabian

Daniel M. Nakamura, who works under the name Dan the Automator, produces, arranges, engineers, remixes...you name it, he does it.  If you haven't heard of him, I know you've at least heard some of his work.  He's mostly known as a hip hop producer, but that's changing, as I'll demonstrate...Here are a few things he's worked on: his own stuff, under Dan the Automator, and lots of collaborations: Handsome Boy Modeling School with hip hop producer and DJ Prince Paul, Deltron 3030 with rapper Del Tha Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, Kool Keith (rumour that he won't work with the eccentric rapper anymore), Lovage (with Mike Patton from Faith No More and Mr. Bungle - Dan also formed a band, Crudo, with Mike Patton), and there's some stuff with which you might be more familiar.  The first Gorillaz album (from 2001 - ten years ago!) was produced by Dan the Automator.  Maybe you haven't heard the entire album, but you've heard the song "Clint Eastwood", with vocals from Damon Albarn from Blur and rapping by Del Tha Funky Homosapien.  TEN YEARS AGO!  As Handsome Boy Modeling School (his collaboration with Prince Paul), he's remixed a song you've heard before:  Jack Johnson's "Breakdown".

Right now, Dan the Automator is working on the new Kasabian album, Velociraptor; it should be out in September.  It's not his first gig with them; he also produced their last album, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

Kasabian's first single from Velociraptor is "Switchblade Smiles", so you can compare and contrast Dan's production.

I *heart* Dan the Automator (his music).








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