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Dan “The Automator” Nakamura has never waited for approval or applause. For over two decades, he has created progressive, genre-warping music on his terms. A producer, composer, engineer, and DJ, Nakamura remains in constant motion, performing on stages around the world and lending his singular artistic vision to one endeavor after another.

Whether collaborating with like-minded artists such as Del the Funky Homosapien and Damon Albarn or scoring films (e.g., 2019’s Booksmart), he has disregarded accepted convention and fleeting trends.

Raised in San Francisco’s Sunset District neighborhood, Nakamura began playing music at just three years old, when his mother enrolled him in violin lessons. Once he absorbed the pop and soul music of the late ’70s, he became enamored with rap groups like Run-DMC. In high school, he traded the violin for turntables, bought a drum machine, and built a studio in his parents’ basement. When the foam that he glued to the studio walls didn’t reduce the sound level upstairs, Nakamura wryly dubbed the noxious-smelling room the Glue Factory.

The Glue Factory became home base for countless rappers and producers in the ’90s. In addition to providing a space for artists from Bay Area label/crew Solesides to record, Nakamura assisted on records like DJ Shadow’s seminal 1996 debut Endtroducing….. At the same time, he and New York rap legend Kool Keith were working on the groundbreaking Dr. Octagonecologyst.

A sci-fi space odyssey narrated by Keith’s alter-ego Dr. Octagon—an intergalactic gynecologist and homicidal surgeon from Jupiter—Dr. Octagonecologyst recalibrated the parameters of rap. While other producers sampled the same jazz and James Brown records, Nakamura went left, using eerie string arrangements, grinding guitars, skull-cracking drums, and scratches from world-renowned turntablist DJ Qbert to score Octagon’s lurid tales of rectal rebuilding and facial rearrangements. Originally released independently on Nakamura’s label Bulk Recordings, the album sold by the thousands at record shops in the Bay Area before Mo’ Wax and Dreamworks re-released it in the UK and the US respectively.

In the wake of Dr. Octagonecologyst’s success, Nakamura made a series of unpredictable turns. First, he produced When I Was Born for the 7th Time, the raga-meets-indie-rock masterpiece from British band Cornershop, which was certified gold in the UK and ranked the number one album of 1997 by Spin. Then, Nakamura formed Handsome Boy Modeling School with Prince Paul, the producer behind iconic De La Soul albums like 3 Feet High and Rising. Handsome Boy Modeling School’s debut album So… How’s Your Girl? was hip-hop’s answer to the Chemical Brothers, a comical but banging and musically complex album that featured elite rappers like Del the Funky Homosapien and El-P while mining the intersection of rap and trip-hop. After his work with Prince Paul, Nakamura collaborated on two of the most influential records of the 2000s: Deltron 3030 and Gorillaz.

Set in the year 3030 (of course), Deltron 3030 is a dystopian rap opera scored by Nakamura’s brilliant amalgam of dark, lush string arrangements, thunderous drums, and spaced-out synths. Backed by these suites, Del the Funky Homosapien became Deltron, an aggrieved activist penning anti-capitalist screeds with the same fervor as the unnamed protagonist of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Released to widespread critical acclaim, the album remains a vivid and arresting epic unlike any the genre has produced. It is perhaps the closest rap will ever come to Orwell’s 1984.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Dan The Automator

    Speaking fees for Dan The Automator, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Dan The Automator are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Dan The Automator, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Dan The Automator speak about?

    Dan The Automator is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Music, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Dan The Automator travel from?

    Dan The Automator generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Dan The Automator’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dan The Automator for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dan The Automator for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Dan The Automator or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Dan The Automator Biography

Dan “The Automator” Nakamura has never waited for approval or applause. For over two decades, he has created progressive, genre-warping music on his terms. A producer, composer, engineer, and DJ, Nakamura remains in constant motion, performing on stages around the world and lending his singular artistic vision to one endeavor after another.

Whether collaborating with like-minded artists such as Del the Funky Homosapien and Damon Albarn or scoring films (e.g., 2019’s Booksmart), he has disregarded accepted convention and fleeting trends.

Raised in San Francisco’s Sunset District neighborhood, Nakamura began playing music at just three years old, when his mother enrolled him in violin lessons. Once he absorbed the pop and soul music of the late ’70s, he became enamored with rap groups like Run-DMC. In high school, he traded the violin for turntables, bought a drum machine, and built a studio in his parents’ basement. When the foam that he glued to the studio walls didn’t reduce the sound level upstairs, Nakamura wryly dubbed the noxious-smelling room the Glue Factory.

The Glue Factory became home base for countless rappers and producers in the ’90s. In addition to providing a space for artists from Bay Area label/crew Solesides to record, Nakamura assisted on records like DJ Shadow’s seminal 1996 debut Endtroducing….. At the same time, he and New York rap legend Kool Keith were working on the groundbreaking Dr. Octagonecologyst.

A sci-fi space odyssey narrated by Keith’s alter-ego Dr. Octagon—an intergalactic gynecologist and homicidal surgeon from Jupiter—Dr. Octagonecologyst recalibrated the parameters of rap. While other producers sampled the same jazz and James Brown records, Nakamura went left, using eerie string arrangements, grinding guitars, skull-cracking drums, and scratches from world-renowned turntablist DJ Qbert to score Octagon’s lurid tales of rectal rebuilding and facial rearrangements. Originally released independently on Nakamura’s label Bulk Recordings, the album sold by the thousands at record shops in the Bay Area before Mo’ Wax and Dreamworks re-released it in the UK and the US respectively.

In the wake of Dr. Octagonecologyst’s success, Nakamura made a series of unpredictable turns. First, he produced When I Was Born for the 7th Time, the raga-meets-indie-rock masterpiece from British band Cornershop, which was certified gold in the UK and ranked the number one album of 1997 by Spin. Then, Nakamura formed Handsome Boy Modeling School with Prince Paul, the producer behind iconic De La Soul albums like 3 Feet High and Rising. Handsome Boy Modeling School’s debut album So… How’s Your Girl? was hip-hop’s answer to the Chemical Brothers, a comical but banging and musically complex album that featured elite rappers like Del the Funky Homosapien and El-P while mining the intersection of rap and trip-hop. After his work with Prince Paul, Nakamura collaborated on two of the most influential records of the 2000s: Deltron 3030 and Gorillaz.

Set in the year 3030 (of course), Deltron 3030 is a dystopian rap opera scored by Nakamura’s brilliant amalgam of dark, lush string arrangements, thunderous drums, and spaced-out synths. Backed by these suites, Del the Funky Homosapien became Deltron, an aggrieved activist penning anti-capitalist screeds with the same fervor as the unnamed protagonist of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Released to widespread critical acclaim, the album remains a vivid and arresting epic unlike any the genre has produced. It is perhaps the closest rap will ever come to Orwell’s 1984.

Dan The Automator Videos

  • Dan the Automator: SP1200 Beat Making & Workflow

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  • How do I book Dan The Automator to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Dan The Automator for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Dan The Automator, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Dan The Automator or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Dan The Automator

    Speaking fees for Dan The Automator, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Dan The Automator are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Dan The Automator, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Dan The Automator speak about?

    Dan The Automator is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Music, Speakers by Industry.
  • Where does Dan The Automator travel from?

    Dan The Automator generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Dan The Automator’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dan The Automator for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dan The Automator for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Dan The Automator or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Dan The Automator is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dan The Automator for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Dan The Automator generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Greg Cerrone, Honey Dijon, White Panda and DJ Pauly D. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dan The Automator for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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