so, here at last is my BRAND NEW RECORD! any comparsions to such politically awakened and powerfully eloquent artists like Ani DiFranco and Joni Mitchell are undeservedly (perhaps even absurdly) flattering to me, but I would like to express my humble thanks to these artists in particular (along with Bob Mould, Frank Zappa, REM, The MInutemen and a few others) for they have inspired me to finally come out of my romantic myopia and begin expressing my political feelings about the the world at large. I suppose I should also thank Michael Moore and Harry Shearer...
although I can't help continuing to write the love/spiritual stuff, this album marks the beginning of a more politically outspoken phase that has given me a whole new level of inspiration. Even though this is only directly evident on a few of these songs, you'll see where I'm headed, and I hope you can dig it and go there with me...
love and peace
PS bio to follow...
Daniel Mackenzie is a Los Angeles - based singer/songwriter who hails originally from New York, NY. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in music from Brown University, Mackenzie moved to LA in the mid nineties for "sunshine and cheaper rent".
Performing regularly in such esteemed LA venues as Largo, The Troubadour, Viper Room, Temple Bar and (his current haunt) The Mint gradually garnered Mackenzie a strong local following. In 2000, he struck a production deal with indie label fBoo Records and in June of that year released his debut album "Shakytown".
KCRW "Weekend Becomes Eclectic" DJ Anne Litt soon took note of Shakytown and began featuring certain cuts on her popular radio program. A few of the album's tracks have been featured in such notable TV series as SHO's "The Chris Isaak Show", FOX's "Higher Ground" and WB's "Glory Days" and "Popular", as well as a slew of independent films.
Although he has done a bit of TV and film acting, Mackenzie has derived most of his freelancer's income creating music for documentaries and independent films. He is currently the composer for Discovery Channel's brand new show MONSTER HOUSE, whose catchy theme song he also wrote, produced and performed.
Seriously perturbed by international events of the past few years, Mackenzie no longer refrains from lyrically voicing his political beliefs, which have recently added a touch of controversy to the otherwise romantic (and often humorous) atmosphere of his live performances. Consequently, he has begun to garner the attention of and lend his voice to the Green Party and other organizations that espouse his progressive standpoint.
While Daniel continues to conjure up a wide spectrum of whimsical music for MONSTER HOUSE (a full-length CD of his tunes from the show will be released in time for the holidays!), he fervently continues to pursue his solo career. His second album was just released by Universal Records in the Philippines and is racing up the charts. Mackenzie's third and latest album "A Complete Unknown", is now available for online purchase at www.cdbaby.com/dmackenzie2 while he shops it around for a record deal.
For further information on Daniel Mackenzie's CD's and concert information, check out www.danielmackenzie.com.