Dan first moved into music editing in 2011 on the landmark BBC series ‘Human Planet’. In 2014 Dan received an EMMY nomination in the music and sound category for his work as a music editor on six-part follow-up ‘Africa’. Dan co-wrote two original scores for the BBC’s ‘Natural World’ series: ‘Madagascar, Lemurs and Spies’ (with Barnaby Taylor) followed by ‘Africa’s Fishing Leopards’ (with William Goodchild). It was with William he later collaborated on the score for feature-length National Geographic film ‘Rise of the Warrior Apes’. This went on to win the coveted WWF Golden Panda award in 2018.
Most recently, he has been music editor for the BBC series ‘Dynasties’.
A graduate of Leeds College of Music (BA Hons Jazz Studies) and prior to becoming a music editor, Dan has a rich history working with artists and bands. In 2002 he signed a record deal with Virgin/EMI as one third of Bristol-Based band ‘Ilya’, and then signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis in 2003 that released Ilya’s critically acclaimed first album ‘They Died for Beauty’. The album’s single ‘Belissimo’ supported a worldwide ad campaign for Revlon, and a four-year ad campaign for Cacharel.
Dan was also a co-founder of Bristol-based country/soul group Phantom Limb, writing, recording and performing with the band until 2009. Around that time he joined Stew Jackson to create a production duo know as ‘Robot Club’. They worked with a wide range of artists including Will Young, Skin (Skunk Anansie), and trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack, with whom they co-wrote ‘Paradise Circus’ and ‘Saturday Comes Slow’ for their 2010 album ‘Heligoland’.
Dan continued performing with and producing artists. In 2014 he began co-writing and producing for Swedish electronica artist Karin Park. Five of his songs made it onto her 2015 album ‘Apocalypse Pop’. Then, in 2015, he produced Michael Baker’s debut folk/soul album ‘Dust & Bone’, co-writing songs that have since featured on the BBC’s Radio 1 and 6Music playlists. He followed this with work on two EPs with Jerry Williams – the ‘Let’s Just Forget it’ EP winning the UMA award for ‘Best Produced Record 2016’. In 2017 he co-wrote and co-produced for LUCA’s forthcoming album.
Dan’s numerous roles encompass music editing, production and performance – through these he has contributed to a variety of TV and Film works such as ‘Frozen Planet’, ‘Africa’s Giant Killers’, ‘Wild Alaska’ and ‘Beyonce: Life is but a dream’, among many others.