Don Clark (musician)

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Don Clark
Birth name Donald Clark
Also known as Chuck Knuckles
Born (1975-05-30) May 30, 1975 (age 41)
San Jose, California, United States
Genres Heavy Metal, Christian metal
Occupation(s) Musician, graphic designer
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1992–2009
Associated acts Demon Hunter, Training for Utopia, Deathbed Atheist,[1] Offset[2]

Don Clark (born May 30, 1975) is an American musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and bassist for the Christian metal band, Demon Hunter, which he co-founded with his brother, vocalist Ryan Clark.[3] Before Demon Hunter, Clark was a former guitarist and co-founder of Training for Utopia with Rob Dennler. He appears on Zao's The Lesser Lights of Heaven DVD.

History[edit]

Before forming TFU and Demon Hunter, Clark was in a local band called Offset.[2] Offset never recorded anything and was short lived.

Clark then started Training for Utopia with Rob Dennler.[4] Clark formed the band with the Rob Dennler (vocals), Steve Saxby (bass) and Morley Boyer (drums). Dennler left the band in 1996 and Ryan joined the band. The band released an EP, a Split EP, and two studio albums.

He and his brother formed Demon Hunter in 2000 and released their debut album late the following year through Solid State Records. The group would continue to steadily gain exposure throughout the 2000s.

His grandfather, an artist, helped inspire his grandsons' work in graphic design, which is their true day job. Ryan and Don founded Seattle-based Asterik Studio[5] with their friend Demetre Arges in 2000. The design studio has created CD packaging, poster art, web design, and/or merchandise design for hundreds of artists including Liz Phair, P.O.D., and The White Stripes; however, Clark also notes that he is not a fine artist and that such work is typically outsourced. Based on their design experience, Don and Ryan authored a chapter in the book New Masters of Photoshop, Volume 2 (ISBN 1590593154). In 2007, the brothers had announced that they were leaving Asterik to start Invisible Creature.[6]

Don was nominated for a Grammy for Best Album packaging for The Folds' Secrets Keep You Sick. Don lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and two children.

On August 12, 2009 in Seattle, Washington, at El Corazón, Demon Hunter announced that Don Clark had left the band to pursue his career in graphic design and to be with his family.

In an interview with Matt Johnson (ex-Blenderhead, The Out Circuit), He stated that, He, Don & Ryan, and Nathan Burke (ex-Frodus, The Out Circuit) formed a project called Deathbed Atheist.[1] Don quit the band to focus on life and work.[1]

Discography[edit]

Training for Utopia
  • The Falling Cycle EP (1997)
  • Plastic Soul Impalement (1998)
  • Training for Utopia / Zao (1998 w/ Zao)
  • Throwing a Wrench into the American Music Machine (1999)
  • Technical Difficulties (2004)
Demon Hunter

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Power, Billy. "Matt Johnson - Part 2". Urban Achiever. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited. p. 333. ISBN 0-9582684-0-1. 
  3. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Biography: Demon Hunter". Allmusic. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Decibel Magazine Archived April 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Asterik Studio
  6. ^ "Asterik Turns Invisible". HM News Update: Week Ending 1-27. HM. January 27, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2007.