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Daunt was born in Hastings in East Sussex, England. He grew up with a musical grandmother, who was a pianist. At fourteen, his mother gave him his first acoustic guitar, and he began learning to play from students at school. His mother had recommended that he stick with the acoustic for a few years before moving on to electric guitar.
Leaving school at 18, he found a job working for Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music guitarist). He performed as an assistant in Manzanera's studio – making tea, re-stringing guitars and cleaning tape machines. It was there Daunt met producer/mixer Ash Howes, who has since provided Daunt with several opportunities to play as a session guitarist on many successful records.
A year later, Daunt met Dan Brown, who introduced him to Santa's Boyfriend. The band was playing the club circuit in London, and he was invited to join them for a few songs. He played atmospherics, since he was unfamiliar with the band's chord structures. He did not join the band until several years later.
In 1998, he was a member of the London-based indie band Bok, which featured Matt Crutchlow (guitar, vocals), Andrew Holdsworth (bass, keyboards), and Richard Young (drums). The band released an EP called "Alarm in the Beehive", which received praise from BBC Radio jockey Steve Lamacq, as well as some positive reviews.
Kerrang! gave the album three out of five stars, saying, "'Alarm in the Beehive' boasts the muscular exuberance of Ash with shed-loads of unconventional artistry, head-spinning high velocity twists and turns, and a gnashingly delivered lyric of utter lunacy. In short, this is a mind-warp of soul-stinging genius and definitely worth a look."
Santa's Boyfriend and Fiction Plane
In the spring of 2000, Daunt was asked to join Santa's Boyfriend. Between playing club shows and demoing original material, the band self-produced one album, "Swings and Roundabouts". In 2001, the band played its first US tour with The Funky Meters from New Orleans. At the close of the tour, Santa's Boyfriend performed at the Mercury Lounge in New York, where they began to receive major label interest.
A few months later, the band, under new moniker Fiction Plane, was signed to MCA/Universal. In the summer of 2002, Fiction Plane recorded its debut album, Everything Will Never Be OK with producer David Kahne and engineer Joe Barresi in Los Angeles. Fiction Plane spent 2003 and 2004 touring and promoting the album in the US and Japan until MCA folded into Geffen Records.
During the band's downtime, Daunt began to engage in session work (see Discography below).
In 2005, Fiction Plane recorded and released the Bitter Forces and Lame Race Horses EP for the Geffen imprint, Everybody's Records. The EP was produced by Paul Corkett, with whom the band continues to record to this day. The band promoted the release with a short UK tour as well as opening for Sting in America and Europe as part of his Broken Music tour. Rob Mccarthy
In 2007, Fiction Plane recorded and released Left Side of the Brain for indie label Bieler Bros. Records. The band proceeded to tour the world as the opener for The Police's anniversary reunion tour. They followed that up with tours with The Feeling, The Bravery, and the 2008 Summer Unity Tour with 311 and Snoop Dogg.
In 2009, Fiction Plane released the live album, Paradiso, and plans to record a brand new studio album later in the year.
Outside of Fiction Plane, Daunt works with The Daunting, a Desert Folk band, in which he collaborates with his wife, Halima. The band plays in and around London from time to time and plans to release an album later this year. The Daunting's acoustic-based sound has been compared to Mazzy Star and Isobel Campbell.
Daunt uses the following equipment live and in the studio:
- Fender Nocaster Custom shop, Black with 59" neck pick-up & Fralin Bridge Pickup (used for touring 2007 – 2008)
- Fender Telecaster Custom Shop, Blonde (used on Left Side of the Brain)
- Fender Telecaster Custom Shop Rosewood
- Gibson Les Paul Standard, Black, (used on Everything Will Never Be OK and Bitter Forces and Lame Race Horses)
- First Act Modified Delia, Black, (used with The Daunting)
- Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic guitar
- Vox AC30, Top Boost
- 65 Amps, London
- Pete Cornish Boost / Loop / Mute
- Pete Cornish G2
- Pete Cornish SS3
- DigiTech Whammy
- Lovepedal Eternity Overdrive
- Ibanez Tube Screamer by Analog Man
- Menatone Red Snapper
- Dunlop Wah Wah
- Eventide Timefactor Delay
Equipment used in recording 2010 album Sparks:
- Fender Custom Shop Jaguar Baritone
- Way Huge Swollen Pickle
- MXR script Dyna Comp
- MXR tremolo
- Echoplex EP-3
- Pete Cornish P – 2
- Pete Cornish LP – 1
- Alarm in the Beehive (1999) by Bok
- Swings & Roundabouts (2001) by Santa's Boyfriend
- Everything Will Never Be OK (2003) by Fiction Plane
- Holes motion picture soundtrack (2003) ~ contributed the song "If Only" by Fiction Plane
- Bitter Forces and Lame Race Horses (2005) by Fiction Plane
- Left Side of the Brain (2007) by Fiction Plane
- Paradiso (2009) by Fiction Plane
As session guitarist
- Everything's Eventual (2003) by Appleton
- Guilty (2003) by Blue
- Introduction (2004) by Alex Parks
- Some Day Soon (2004) by Kristian Leontiou
- Counting Down the Days (2005) by Natalie Imbruglia
- Honesty (2005) by Alex Parks
- Lee Ryan (2005) by Lee Ryan
- All Good Things single (2006) by Nelly Furtado
- Taller in More Ways (2006) by Sugababes
- In God's Hands single (2007) by Nelly Furtado
- This Is the Life (2007) by Amy MacDonald
- Lost Without U single (2007) by Robin Thicke
- Down on My Knees single (2007) by Ayọ
- X (2007) by Kylie Minogue
- Songs for You, Truths for Me (2008) by James Morrison
- Hands (2009) by Little Boots
- Official Website Seton Daunt's own website, which he personally updates
- Fiction Plane: Fiction Plane's official MySpace page
- AllMusic.com: Seton Daunt at AllMusic.com