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Dan first started playing the drums at the young age of 13. He formed a band called 'Paint Yourself Green' which included other Rumbah Tribe member Carlos the grape. He played with this band for 3 years in the north east and surrounding areas. He started Djing at 17 and was involved with the local house scene, making the infamous Havana club in Middlesbrough his second home.

He first played percussion with a funk band called Crocodile Jesus in 1993. He then went on to form the storming local band Cabin Fever, writing songs and playing drums. When the Middlesbrough underground venue, The Purple Onion started its house nights in 1997/98 he played congas there, joined by Carlos the grape on guitar.

Influences: Curtis Mayfield, Tito Puente, Masters at Work, Santana