Dan the Automator

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Dan the Automator
Dan the Automator 2015.jpg
Dan the Automator during an interview with Velvet Einstein
Background information
Birth name Daniel Nakamura
Also known as Nathaniel Merriweather
Born (1966-08-29) August 29, 1966 (age 51)
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
Primal Scream

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, a classically trained violinist, 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 Crudo with Mike Patton.


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



  • "Earth People" – Dr. Octagon (1995)
  • "3000" – Dr. Octagon (1996)
  • "Blue Flowers" – Dr. Octagon (1996)
  • "Good Ships" – Cornershop (co-produced with Tjinder Singh) (1997)
  • "Sleep on the Left Side" – Cornershop (co-produced with Tjinder Singh) (1997)
  • "Magnetizing" – Handsome Boy Modeling School (co-produced with Prince Paul) (1999)
  • "Rock 'n' Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This)" – Handsome Boy Modeling School (co-produced with Prince Paul) (1999)
  • "The Truth" – Handsome Boy Modeling School (co-produced with Prince Paul) (1999)
  • "The Projects (P Jays)" – Handsome Boy Modeling School (co-produced with Prince Paul) (1999)
  • "Sunshine" – Handsome Boy Modeling School (co-produced with Prince Paul) (2000)
  • "Virus" – Deltron 3030 (2000)
  • "Battlesong" – Deltron 3030 (2000)
  • "Tomorrow Comes Today" – Gorillaz (2000)
  • "Positive Contact" – Deltron 3030 (2001)
  • "Time Keeps On Slipping" – Deltron 3030 (2001)
  • "Clint Eastwood" – Gorillaz (2001)
  • "19-2000" – Gorillaz (2001)
  • "Rock the House" – Gorillaz (2001)
  • "Make The People Sway" – The Magic Disco Machine (from One Big Trip)
  • "The World's Gone Mad" – Handsome Boy Modeling School (co-produced with Prince Paul) (2004)
  • "Underdog" – Kasabian (co-produced with Sergio Pizzorno)
  • "City Rising From the Ashes" – Deltron 3030 (2013)
  • "Melding of the Minds" – Deltron 3030 (2013)
  • "What Is This Loneliness?" – Deltron 3030 (2013)
  • "Do You Remember" – Deltron 3030 (2014)


  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 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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