Dan Black Biography
Last updated: 06/24/2011
Dan Black (born November 16, 1986) is a British wonky pop artist. He was originally a member of alternative rock band The Servant before their 2007 split, and he is also known as a guest vocalist for the Italian group Planet Funk. He is currently signed to The:Hours, releasing his first two singles – "Alone" and "Yours" – in 2008. His breakthrough song was "HYPNTZ", with the lyrics inspired by and in response to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" and using a drum sample from Apple GarageBand's Vintage Funk Kit 03, the same loop Rihanna's "Umbrella" used.
Black gained further popularity in 2009 when his album track "U + Me =" was chosen as the UK iTunes Store's Free Single of the Week. This single was later used as the signature tune for BBC Switch's 'The Cut'. His debut album UN was released on 13 July 2009. The album was preceded by a single, "Symphonies" which was released after a successful performance at Glastonbury 2009 in the John Peel Tent.
Black also performed on the Freeze:Freesports On 4 main stage at London Battersea Power Station on 1 November 2009. Other acts performing at the same event were Friendly Fires and Chase & Status.
"Symphonies" was released as the U.S. iTunes "Single of the Week" for the week of 28 December 2009, and the video was released on iTunes for free for the week of March 15, 2010 UN was released in the United States on 16 February 2010. The U.S. version of the album contains three bonus tracks, including a collaboration of "Symphonies" with American rapper Kid Cudi. "Symphonies" is currently being serviced to American alternative formatted radio stations in its original version. The song has so far peaked at #34 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. He recently was in the song "Ghost" from Kids in Space.
Black toured the U.S. and Canada in February 2010, including a showcase performance in March at SXSW 2010 in Austin, TX. On 6 April 2010, it was announced that Dan Black would perform at Lollapalooza 2010. He performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October 2010, and was captured 'photobombing' a number of attendees.
Black was nominated for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards for Breakthrough Video and Best Special Effects for his video for the song "Symphonies".
Two of Black's songs are featured in sporting video games. His song "Wonder" appears on EA's FIFA 11 and his collaboration with Kid Cudi on "Symphonies" is included as part of the soundtrack on 2K's NBA 2K11.