Dan the Automator

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Dan the Automator
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Nakamura performs at a Handsome Boy Modeling School concert
Background information
Birth name Daniel Nakamura
Also known as Nathaniel Merriweather
Born (1966-08-29) August 29, 1966 (age 50)
San Francisco, California[1]
Genres Hip hop, electronica, trip hop, alternative hip hop, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Producer, arranger, engineer,
Instruments Synthesizer, sampler, drum machine
Years active 1986–present
Associated acts Got a Girl
Miles Kane
DJ Shadow
Handsome Boy Modeling School
Deltron 3030
Kool Keith
Head Automatica
Mike Patton
DJ Quest
Emily Wells
Depeche Mode

Daniel M. Nakamura (born August 29, 1966), better known by the stage name Dan the Automator, is an American hip hop producer. He founded the record label 75 Ark, which was distributed by Tommy Boy Records during its short existence (1996-2001).

Nakamura is a classically trained violinist and started DJing when he was a teenager.[2] He first gained fame producing Kool Keith's 1996 album Dr. Octagonecologyst.[3] Nakamura's studio, dubbed The Glue Factory, was a recording workshop for DJ Shadow, Latyrx and other artists on the Solesides label.[2]

Alongside Prince Paul, Nakamura formed the collaborative project Handsome Boy Modeling School in 1999, assuming the character Nathaniel Merriweather. In 1999, he joined with Del tha Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala to form Deltron 3030. He also produced Gorillaz's debut album[2] and is currently one half of Got a Girl, along with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead.[4] Among his other current projects, he formed a band with Mike Patton called Crudo.


This list does not include singles, remixes or instrumental album versions.




  1. ^ "California Births, 1905-1995". Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software, 2004-2005. Accessed 27 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Comaratta, Len (August 29, 2010). "Whatever Happened no To: Dan the Automator". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Downs, David (November 20, 2008). "Kool Keith and KutMasta Kurt". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Salomon, Dan (2014-07-22). "Dan The Automator And Mary Elizabeth Winstead On Being A Band ...". Fast Company. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

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