Mocean Worker

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Mocean Worker
Mocean worker live.jpg
Background information
Birth name Adam Dorn
Genres Jazz, Drum 'n' Bass
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, Vocals
Associated acts MoWo
Website http://www.moceanworker.com/

Mocean Worker (pronounced "motion worker") is the recording alias of jazz musician and producer Adam Dorn.

Biography[edit]

Philadelphia native Adam Dorn is the son of famous jazz and R'n'B producer Joel Dorn. He grew up around the jazz and R&B discs his father produced for Atlantic Records in the '60s and '70s. As a 15-year-old, he sent a fan letter to bassist Marcus Miller. When Miller responded, inviting Dorn to come by the studio, one visit turned into three years hanging around artists David Sanborn, Luther Vandross and Miles Davis. Dorn is a bass player and vocalist. He studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dorn adopted the Mocean Worker moniker as a DJ of drum 'n' bass music. The project came about almost by accident, the results of a series of half-serious recording sessions.[1] Since the release of his first album, Home Movies from the Brain Forest, the style has varied from a drum 'n' bass sound to a jazz-oriented dance sound that some call Electro-Swing, incorporating elements of funk, big-band and swing.

Dorn currently resides in Los Angeles after living in New York city for the better part of 25 years

In 2008, Dorn led an eight piece band, which featured some of New York City's most revered soul and funk players. Assembled by Dorn to bring to life the "breakbeat jazz" stylings of the Mocean Worker studio albums, the group gave a series of high profile performances, including Bumbershoot, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and a residency at NYC venue Nublu.

Mocean Worker's music has been used extensively in TV, advertising and film, including "Tres Tres Chic" in "Devil Wears Prada" and "The Pink Panther", "Chick a Boom Boom Boom" in "Inside Deep Throat", "Reykjavak" in "The Namesake", and "Right Now" in "Client 9- The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer". He also scored the Showtime/BBC film documentary about the life of comedian/actor Richard Pryor entitled "Richard Pryor-Omit the Logic". Additionally, Mocean Worker's song Intothinair from Aural and Hearty was featured in the Bourne Supremacy

In early 2014 Dorn and partner Charlie Hunter launched the podcast "Compared To What" which features conversations with a wide variety of people. Also of interest is a sudden interest in the Japanese market for Mocean Worker's sound. In Feb of 2014 Mocean Worker through the Voil Label in Japan will be releasing a best of album featuring some new and unreleased material entitled "It's Pronounced Motion…"

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Home Movies from the Brain Forest (released April 7, 1998)
  • Mixed Emotional Features (released February 23, 1999)
  • Aural & Hearty (released September 26, 2000)
  • Enter the Mowo! (released April 6, 2004)
  • Cinco de Mowo! (released June 26, 2007)
  • Candygram for Mowo! (released September 27, 2011)
  • It's Pronounced Motion... (Hits compilation featuring three new tracks) (released April 7, 2014)

Singles and EPs[edit]

Remixes[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Appearances[edit]

  • Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project features two tracks "produced and constructed" by "Hal Willner's Whoops I'm an Indian," credited to Hal Willner, Mocean Worker, and Martin Brumbach.
  • Although it is not on the movie's soundtrack CD, the song "Intothinair" is featured in the film The Bourne Supremacy during the Moscow club scene.
  • In 2005 Mocean Worker supported Marcus Miller in his tour of Japan. In preparation, Mocean Worker paid an inordinate amount of money for designer trousers.
  • The Song "Right Now" is featured in an advertisement for the 2007 Lincoln Navigator, and also "The Shower", an episode of Fox TV's The O.C..
  • The song "Tickle It" is featured in an episode of the television show, CSI, and is also used as theme music for the "All Tech Considered" segments on the NPR show, All Things Considered.
  • The song "Tickle it" is featured in the award winning independent film Skills Like This.
  • The song "Swagger" was featured in the Dec. 19, 2011 episode of the American Public Media show Marketplace.

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