David Karsten Daniels is a San Francisco-based songwriter by way of North Carolina and Oregon, whose music relays a personal history of diverse musical experiences - among them, a childhood of hymn singing, membership of a high school jazz band, and a formal university training in composition, theory, free improvisation, and performance art. For several years, David travelled throughout Texas and ...
David finished his studies and spent the subsequent year in Portland, Oregon, briefly experimenting with a laptop before moving to North Carolina with Daniel Hart and Alex Lazara to found the Bu_Hanan Collective. There, while giving his first two albums a wider release, he wrote and recorded the self-released album, 'Angles' (2004), as well as contributing to the records of the collective's other bands.
Since then, David's work has come increasingly into focus. With his debut, the beautifully ambitious 'Sharp Teeth' (released by FatCat January 2007), gone are the noise freakouts, drum programming, and obsessions with Steve Reich and John Cage. In their places are richly orchestrated songs in which his guitar and voice are the foundational elements fleshed out by up to nineteen musicians and at least as many instruments.
Following his debut, David kept himself busy playing live (largely in the USA, with a smattering of European shows), writing and recording - the fruits of which can be heard on his 'Fear Of Flying' LP, released in April 2008. 'Fear of Flying' is a somewhat different proposition to 'Sharp Teeth', spreading itself over a more diverse sonic terrain, traversing a wealth of styles and ideas, presenting a more disparate yet immediate record, with David as ever managing to pull the reigns in tight enough to give the album coherence, context and meaning.
David also scored additional music for Frightened Rabbit's Christmas single, a re-issue of 'It's Christmas So We Will Stop', released in December 2008. June 2010 saw the release of the gorgeous 'I Mean To Live Here Still' album, a full-length written and recorded with Richmond, VA's 9-piece jazz ensemble Fight the Big Bull.
FatCat Remix Comp Closed
Wednesday 7th July was the closing date for our incredibly successful and first ever remix competition. We offered up the stems of Smoke by David Karsten Daniels and Fight The Big Bull to everyone via Soundcloud. The standard of entries were surprisingly high, and the next comp is in the planning stages.
So, thanks to:
Brighton City Airport
Sounds Polar Kid
Our Brother The Native
The Monroe Transfer
experiments with machines
...For your remixes. The winner and prize will be picked by us and David Karsten Daniels, and announced on Monday via the FatCat site.
Due to the success of this competition, we have decided to release Smoke as a digital single on 16th August, one of the remixes will be chosen as the b-side.