When Dan Carey was eight he took apart two tape recorders and rebuilt
them as a primitive multi-track studio. At 10 he was into a band
with his best mate at school and recorded four albums of punk reggae
before the age of 15, flogging tapes for a quid in the playground.
to University on Manchester in 1988, you might have expected the
familiar outside interests of raving at the Hacienda and slavish
adherence to the Roses or Mondays. Dan got into clubbing: but
ever contrary took 1988 as the perfect time to get into hip hop.
"I used to go to a tiny club called Man Alive, while everyone
one else was going to the Hacienda! It's weird that people look
at '88 as such a great time for house, 'cos it was equally brilliant
for hip hop, with all those great Mark The 45 King Records,"
Dan left Manchester in 1991, and played guitar for funk band Pushmepullyou
and South London dub reggae producer Nick Manessah. "It was
Nick that first made me realise the studio was the most exciting
place to make music, rather than the stage," Dan enthuses:
"the way he played the mixing desk like it was an instrument
in its own right."
produced the beats for hip hop group Unsung Heroes first releases,
delivered chill out room favourites on the Sunday Best label and
made dancefloor winners for Dust II Dust.
then became (and still is) one half of leading breakbeat terrorists
Danmass with breakbeat DJ Massimo. Their debut album 'Freak Forms'
came out in April 1999 to universal critical acclaim, with the
NME declaring it 'was more essential than bog roll at Glastonbury'.
Danmass continued to release a spate of 12" singles and mix
albums; to play clubs such as Big Beat Boutique, NY Sushi, Fabric,
Sonic Mook and Blow Pop; to remix for artists such as Afrika Bambaataa,
187 Lockdown, Dub Pistols.
2001 saw Dan sign to Virgin Records as Mr. Dan and release his
debut album 'How Things Work'. It displayed both a manifesto and
masterwork, a 'How To' for producers and songwriters tired of
the narrow constraints of both rock and dance. A mix of lullabies
and calls to arms, of broken beats and broken dreams, the no-man's
land between imagination and initiative. It was the debut album
all mad scientists had been waiting for.
following year was an extremely busy one for Dan. Danmass' classic
'Happy Here' (featuring vocalist Harriet Scott), had huge exposure
when it was chosen for Sony Ericsson's advertising campaign to
launch their latest mobile phone. This was quickly followed by
Skint records snapping up and releasing the single 'Haze', which
went to rock crowds around the world and finally ended up on Fat
Boy Slim's 'Big Beach Boutique II'
Carey then decided to create The Rules, and subsequently released
'In The Bag'; a 10 track album of dynamic techno and electronica
made by following these rules. Every Sound Must Be Electronically
Generated - Four Separate Sources Of Sound Must Be Used In Each
Track - Each Track Must Be Between 100 And 120 Bpm - Every Track
Must Be Completed Within 24 Hours - Tracks Can Only Be Played
Outside The Studio When Complete.
of his many guises, Dan has also found time to write & produce
music for film & TV, including Tales From A Hard City (dir
Kim Flitcroft), Building Sights USA (BBC2) and the feature film
Entropy starring Stephen Dorff (dir Phil Joanou)
a busy man you can keep up to date with what Dan is doing next
by checking out our NEWS page or www.danmass.com