Daniel P. Carter

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Daniel P. Carter
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Daniel P. Carter, Nibe Festival, 2009.
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Philip Carter
Also known asDenial P. Cartier
Born (1972-11-16) 16 November 1972 (age 47)
Reading, England
GenresAlternative rock, post-hardcore, hard rock, heavy metal, hardcore punk, punk rock, pop punk, indie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, DJ, Illustrator
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, vocals
Associated actsHexes, A, Krokodil, The Subways, Bloodhound Gang

Daniel Philip Carter (born 16 November 1972) is a British musician and radio DJ. He is the former singer and guitarist for hardcore punk band Hexes, the former bassist for A, and the former lead guitarist for alternative rock band Bloodhound Gang and current guitarist for metal group Krokodil. Daniel is also the host of BBC Radio 1's Rock Show.

’A' - 1997-2007[edit]

Born in Reading, England. Daniel joined the rock band 'A' in 1997, replacing original bassist Stevie Swindon.[1][2] The band had just released their debut album How Ace Are Buildings, and spent the next year touring the UK.

In 1999 they released their second album A vs. Monkey Kong. With its release they began touring internationally for the first time. The single "I Love Lake Tahoe" was a big hit in Germany, and in 2000 the band embarked on a worldwide tour with The Bloodhound Gang.

The third album was Hi-Fi Serious, recorded in Germany with producer Al Clay in 2001. The first single from that album was "Nothing". The track reached the UK top 10. This was followed by top 20 hit "Starbucks". The band spent 2002 touring worldwide, appearing at many of the world's major festivals, and won a Kerrang award for best British band. In 2003 'A' released a brand new single "Good Time".

Album four was recorded in early 2004 in Seattle, with producer Terry Date. Around the time the album was completed, the band's UK label, London Records, was bought out by Warner Music, which unfortunately meant the album was shelved for the rest of the year. 'A' made a brief return in August of that year, appearing at the Reading and Leeds festivals headlining the Concrete Jungle stage.

The album Teen Dance Ordinance was finally released on 18 July 2005. The album's first single "Rush Song" was released in May. The single entered the charts at number 35, giving them a fourth top 40 hit. After 6 months of touring, including dates with Avril Lavigne in Germany, a main stage appearance at the Download Festival, it was announced that the band was being dropped by their label, Warner Music, due to poor record sales. The band then went into hiatus, stating that they were unable to continue financially.

The return of 'A'[edit]

'A' returned in 2007 to play a one off festival in Rochford, but when a tour with The Wildhearts was announced in 2008, Carter declined to rejoin, posting the following on the band's forum.

"'A' was some of the greatest times I have ever had playing music and I love those boys. I don't think I am 'too good' to be playing in 'A' and its not because I am too busy with my job at Radio 1. Its simply that when we drew a line in the sand and said we were done, I felt like we were. We played the one off show a while back and though it was fucking great whilst we were playing, as soon as it was finished I felt a bit confused as to what had just happened. So, to cease any speculation and so no one thinks there is any weirdness, I won't be playing the shows because I am trying to sort out my new band and focus on that for a little bit... If there are going to be more 'A' shows in the future, I may play them, I may not, depends if they still want me after John has shown his bass skills, but whatever happens I will be at the London show watching my brothers play some rocking tunes and I will sing along. The end."

Carter was replaced by John Mitchell, producer of Enter Shikari and Hexes as well as vocalist of It Bites.

It was announced via the bands on 26 May 2010 that Carter would be touring with 'A' on their October tour of the UK and Ireland supporting Bowling For Soup


In 2005 Carter teamed up with old friend and established songwriter Julian Emery and fellow 'A' member Jason Perry, and formed "Collective", a songwriting and production team. Collective is managed by Jason Perry's brother Adam. Their first project was co-writing and producing the debut album from Matt Willis, Don't Let It Go to Waste. Carter co-wrote "Luxury", "Who You Gonna Run To", "Get Bored", "Not Over" and "Whats the Point". The album reached gold status and included three top 40 UK singles.

The team's next project was McFly's third album, Motion in the Ocean. The album reached the top 10 and produced three number-one singles in the UK. Carter co-wrote "Star Girl", which was a number-one single, and "Friday Night", which also appeared on soundtrack of the 2006 film Night at the Museum.

The team have also been involved with a string of writing sessions with the likes of Sugababes and Andrea Corr.

Other work[edit]

Over 2005 and 2006 Dan briefly became a member of Matt Willis live band after playing bass and guitar on the album Don't Let It Go to Waste. He played bass with Matt Willis at a Radio One Live Lounge session, V Festival, Top of the Pops, Popworld Childline Concert and a UK tour. He did not feature with the band on the Crash video because of other commitments. He wrote the guitar parts for Stargirl by McFly, which was the first song to be broadcast from space.

From June 2011 Daniel P. Carter became the official voice of Scuzz TV, a rock and metal music TV station based in the UK.

He is also the lead singer of British Hardcore punk band Hexes, and was previously in The Lucky Nine, alongside members of Hundred Reasons.[1]

In 2013 Carter created the cover artwork for the HIM album Tears on Tape.

In 2009, Carter joined former A bandmate Adam Perry in the Bloodhound Gang, replacing former guitarist Matt Stigliano, who had left due to issues with the other members.


When playing guitar for Krokodil, he can currently be seen using both a Gibson SG fitted with a Seymour Duncan 'Invader' pick-up and a Fender Telecaster Jim Root Signature Series being played into a Diezel VH4 head and cab.


  1. ^ a b "A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DAN CARTER", BBC, retrieved 3 November 2010
  2. ^ McIver, Joel (2002) Nu-Metal: The Next Generation, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0-7119-9209-2, p. 27

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