Daniel's latest CD "REVIVAL" will be officially relaunched to national and regional press in September 2004, through KSA PUBLIC RELATIONS (co-owned by Sting... KSA handles all
the press needs for such luminaries as Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Bette Midler and of course Sting himself...)
"Why do I keep doing music? I guess I keep doing it so that when I'm an old man I can look back over my life and know that I never gave up. I want to know I did everything I could to promote good vibes, good times, and good love- whatever that love might be."
Daniel Cartier 2003
Growing up in a small conservative New Hampshire town, Daniel Cartier stuck out. "I was this artsy little gay kid who just kind of hid in my room absorbing any music I could get my hands on." One moment might find Cartier listening to an old Steve Miller Band album, the next moment some punk or new wave. "I never subscribed to the philosophy of 'I look like THIS, so I guess I have to listen to THIS'".
Evidence of this philosophy can be found on Daniels latest disc, "REVIVAL", a stupendous collection of homegrown recordings that will surely draw comparisons to other "electro/folk'" artists such as Beth Orton, Beck, David Gray and John Mayer.
On "REVIVAL" Daniel takes the classic cofessional singer/songwriter format and gives it glimpses of early 1980s new wave, deep soul, gospel, and electorica. Where many artists would get lost amid the
sudden genre changes from song to song, Daniel's distinctive 5 octave powerhouse voice becomes a unifying factor.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Daniel played in various local goth and punkabilly bands and also did solo folk concerts at local coffeehouses. It was all well and good, but he knew he needed more.
Arriving in New York City at the age of 21, Daniel immediately began honing his performing skills on subway platforms, literally becoming a true celebrity of the cities "underground". He liked the subway systems acoustics so much in fact, that his first CD was recorded live, right on the Canal Street subway platform. The resulting disc "Live From New York-The Subway Session" became a cult favorite, and Cartier found himself touring the country promoting it to enthusiastic crowds.
Back in New York, he took his act above ground and was filling venues such as Wetlands, CBGBs, The Mercury Lounge, Sine, and Fez, sharing bills with the likes of Ani Defranco, Lisa Loeb, X, Jill Sobule, The Indigo Girls, The October Project, Debbie Harry, and Jeff Buckley-just to name a few.
Soon major labels took notice, and ultimately Daniel was signed by Elton John to Elton's newly re-launched Rocket Records, which was part of PolyGram. The resulting disc "Avenue A" produced by Cartier and Fred Maher (10,000 Maniacs, Matthew Sweet, Lou Reed) was a critical smash, receiving 5 star reviews in various publications and landing on many "best of" lists at the years end.
Sadly, the party was cut short when a huge corporate takeover of PolyGram put countless artists, including Cartier, out of a deal.
Not one to be discouraged, Daniel forged ahead, recording two CDs on his own and building his own recording studio. He educated himself on the art of sound engineering, programming and sampling. His more recent recordings combine electronic elements with his earthy organic approach to songwriting.
Daniel's goals for the future are simple: To continue promoting music he believes in. To perform and record till he drops dead, and to never stop extolling his philosophy of "live and let live, l