In Short

I wear multiple professional hats, perhaps more than most: Parent, Songwriter, Singer (well, sorta), Producer, Designer, Developer, Nerd, Slacktivist, Minor Thinker, Major Cynic.

I’m probably most notable for the music I made from the nineties into the oughts, for a handful of different record labels, with varying degrees of artistic and commercial success. Do I regret quitting that awesome product design gig after my boss called me into his office and asked “Look, are you an Art Director or a Rock Star?”  I still don’t know. What I do know is that I got to hear my songs on the radio, tour the world, meet amazing people (many of whom I got to meet because more amazingly, they liked my work!) and then come home to live like a broke undergrad. I also know that I am tremendously proud of nearly all of those songs and many of those recordings.

In my full-time musician era, I supported myself with music production, graphic design, web development, site hosting, and frequently tech support. As of late, I am The Macist, a freelance tech consultant focusing on Mac platform creative solutions, specializing further on small offices and home project studio/media creation and editing environments. I know those environments really well since I put in plenty of end user hours as both a visual artist and as an engineer/producer/editor for myself and other musicians. I love it when stuff works, and I have pretty solid ideas of when and why they don’t.  Interestingly enough, thanks to the strange powers of teh internets and my heightened international profile I now find myself fixing a Protools rig remotely in Östersund, or designing a home recording space on the Upper West Side as often as installing drivers or dropping cable here in Washington DC.

I have also been fortunate (though I might have not seen it that way initially) to “drop out” and stay home with my infant son. (I actually thought I would be “working from home” but that turned out to be a little optimistic.)  In that role I was fairly active in the NYC Stay-at-Home Dads Group, becoming an advocate for men (and hell, any parent) who chose to do that. Now that my son is of school age I am more involved in the PTA. I bake a pretty convincing fake Tate’s chocolate chip cookie.

Do I really need a blog? Probably not. But I’ve had this domain for nearly 25 years now, and I sure would hate you having to look at a “Site Coming Soon” banner.

One thought on “In Short

  1. Hi Dan,
    My name is Saied. I thought of reaching you directly. I went through your site and read your background and admire your achievements. Enough with the flattery; I was wondering if your domain is up for sale. It might be a long shot but I thought I’d try. My partner and I are a bootstrapping start up in the real estate sector. Our product is called Bryk. We have reached out to godaddy.com to make an offer to you as well for your domain name.
    I thought it will more personable to contact you directly.
    It might be a long shot, but…if you are willing to part ways with your domain, I can promise we will adopt it responsibly and honor your name 🙂
    Thanks,
    Saied

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