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|Birth name||Daniel Pierre Lanckmans|
|Also known as||Dan Lacksman Association, Electronic System, Transvolta, Pangea|
|Born||19 May 1950|
|Origin||Brussels-City, Brussels, Belgium|
|Genres||Electronic, avant-garde, synthpop, post-disco|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, sound engineer, music producer|
Lacksman was born in Werl. He started learning music and piano when he was 12 years old. A year later, he received a tape recorder and a guitar for Christmas, and formed a band with school friends. They were playing songs of the Shadows, and some early compositions.
He then discovered the music of the Beatles with their huge hit "She Loves You", and started composing more intensely, recording demo songs in his parents' dining room, which gradually became his first home studio, with the purchase of a second tape recorder and more instruments like a drumkit and a second-hand Fender Jazz Bass.
In 1968, after high school, he decided to become a professional recording engineer. After a few months in a specialised school, frustrated by the slowness of the studies and the lack of practice, he looked for something more "in the field", and was lucky enough to find a job as tape-operator in Studio Madeleine, in Brussels. Working every day in a "hit making" studio with some of the top engineers and musicians in Belgium was a dream come true for Dan.
He soon became captivated by synthesizers, and thanks to his family, bought his first one (the first one in Belgium) in 1970. It was an EMS VCS 3, and Lacksman still owns it: it is part of his collection of vintage analog synthesizers.
As composer and artist, he had several international hit records in the seventies, and was working as a synthesizer specialist in Belgian and European studios for a lot of famous artists like Patrick Hernandez (more than 25 million records sold with "Born to Be Alive"), Plastic Bertrand and Thijs Van Leer, from the Dutch band Focus.
In 1979, he co-produced with Marc Moulin Lio's first album, and her first multi-million selling single, "Le Banana Split".
In 1980, he founded Synsound studio I in Brussels, and has worked there with many Belgian and international artists like Sparks, Alain Chamfort, Etienne Daho, and Haruomi Hosono from Yellow Magic Orchestra. In 1983, he recorded Thomas Dolby's second album, The Flat Earth.
In 1990, he co-produced with Sacha Chaty, and engineered two albums of French female vocalist, Sara Mandiano, which included her biggest hit "J'ai des doutes". He also co-produced and engineered for the German label Metronome, Camouflage's albums Methods of Silence and Bodega Bohemia.
In March 1995, he opened the second Synsound studio in an old brewery close to his home. The new studio's acoustics were designed by the famous designer Andy Munro (more than 200 studio designs including George Martin's Air studios in London).
He has worked there with artists like Will Tura, Maurane, K's Choice, Clouseau, Ozark Henry, Arno, Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), Youssou N’Dour, Alain Chamfort, Benabar, Eros Ramazzotti, Hooverphonic, David Bowie, Viktor Lazlo...
During all those years, Lacksman has recorded, mixed and produced albums in all genres, including jazz, classic, pop, rock, dance, and of course electronic music, one of his first passions. He has combined the big modular Moog IIIP and more vintage analog synthesizers with some of the best virtual plugin synthesizers to form a powerful electronic music studio.
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