Auerbach playing with The Black Keys in Tulsa, 2012.
|Birth name||Daniel Quine Auerbach|
|Born||May 14, 1979|
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Daniel Quine Auerbach (born May 14, 1979) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and vocalist of the Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.As a member of the group, Auerbach has recorded and co-produced eleven studio albums with his bandmate Patrick Carney. Auerbach has also released two solo albums, Keep It Hid (2009) Waiting on a Song (2017), and formed a side project, the Arcs, which released the album Yours, Dreamily, in 2015.
Auerbach owns the Easy Eye Sound recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as a record label of the same name. He has produced records by artists such as Cage the Elephant, Dr. John, Lana Del Rey, Ray LaMontagne, Jake Bugg, and the Pretenders. In addition to winning several Grammy Awards as a member of the Black Keys, Auerbach received the 2013 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical and was nominated again for the award in 2019.
Auerbach was born in Ohio, and is the son of Mary Little (née Quine; b. about 1948), a teacher of French, and Charles Auerbach (b. about 1950), an antique dealer.His father is of Polish Jewish descent and his mother is of part Manx descent. His maternal cousin, twice removed, was philosopher and logician Willard Van Orman Quine, and his second cousin once removed was the late guitarist Robert Quine. Auerbach grew up in a family with musical roots. Auerbach became infatuated with blues after listening to his father's old vinyl records during his childhood, his first concert was Whitney Houston with his mother at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. His second concert was a Grateful Dead show with his father at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland. He was influenced early-on by his mother's side of the family, notably his uncles who played bluegrass music.
Auerbach described himself as a normal teenager in high school who smoked marijuana and captained the soccer team at Firestone High School.He attended University of Akron. During college Auerbach was heavily influenced by Junior Kimbrough, eventually resulting in his dropping out to pursue the guitar more seriously. "I've listened to him so much, it's just how I hear it... I studied him so much... Getting F's in college, when I should've been studying, I was listening to Junior Kimbrough's music instead". Other major influences include: Robert Johnson, R.L. Burnside, Clarence White, Robert Nighthawk, T-Model Ford, Hound Dog Taylor, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Kokomo Arnold, Son House and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Auerbach is best known for his work with The Black Keys. Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney first met when they were eight or nine years old while living in the same neighborhood of Akron, Ohio.Carney is the nephew of saxophonist Ralph Carney, who performed on several Tom Waits albums. While attending Firestone High School, Carney and Auerbach became friends, though they were part of different crowds. Auerbach was captain of the high school soccer team, while Carney was a social outcast. Encouraged by their brothers, the duo began jamming together in 1996, as Auerbach was learning guitar at the time and Carney owned a four-track recorder and a drum set.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the duo revealed that their big start came from a demo-recording session in Carney's basement. Auerbach initially went to record a demo with his band at the time but no one showed up. He and Carney then decided that they would just play instead. What came out of that session was ultimately sent out to several labels to try to secure a record deal.
After signing with indie label Alive, they released their debut album, The Big Come Up in 2002, which earned them a new deal with jazz/rock label Fat Possum Records. Their third album Rubber Factory was released in 2004 and received critical acclaim; it boosted the band's profile, eventually leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006. After self-producing and recording their first four records in makeshift studios, in 2008 the duo completed Attack & Release in a professional studio and hired producer Danger Mouse, a frequent collaborator with the band.[ citation needed ]
The group's commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers , which along with its popular single "Tighten Up", won three Grammy Awards including Best Alternative Album of the Year. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band's career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single "Lonely Boy" won three Grammy Awards. In 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue , their first number-one record in the US, Canada, and Australia.
In 2011 the Black Keys became one of only a couple of bands in Saturday Night Live's history to appear as the musical guest twice in one year. They played the January 8th episode as well as the December 3rd episode.
After the touring for Turn Blue was concluded, Auerbach and Carney decided to take a break from The Black Keys. Both Auerbach and Carney have been on record talking about needing a break from the constant working process. Carney said "I love making music with Dan and I'm excited for when we do that next, and we will do it. But both of us have PTSD from being on the road constantly".Auerbach also added "You can't just keep doing it, because it'll suck your brain dry".
Auerbach was a member of a band called The Barnburners before forming The Black Keys in 2001.The Barnburners included Auerbach, Jason Edwards and Kip Amore. The Barnburners were a blues-based band that performed in Northeast Ohio clubs and released a 6-track album called The Rawboogie EP. The album includes the Junior Kimbrough song "Meet Me in the City", which Auerbach later covered with The Black Keys on their Chulahoma tribute studio album.
The band "Fast Flive" toured with Auerbach in 2009. The Fast Flive's other members drew from the band Hacienda and percussionist Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket.The original percussionist, Bob Cesare, was unable to perform with the Fast Flive because of a death in his family.
Auerbach and fellow Black Keys member Patrick Carney met the members of Hacienda at a club, Emo's, in Austin, Texas while watching a band during the Austin City Limits Music Festival.Upon seeing one of the Hacienda band members hit on an intoxicated woman, Carney walked over and leaned in saying, "Dude, trust me, that's a bad idea." After becoming acquainted with each other, Auerbach e-mailed Hacienda a month later asking for more demos, which eventually led them to being asked to open for The Black Keys and Dr. Dog at a show in Austin, Texas. Afterward, Auerbach asked Hacienda to travel to Akron, Ohio where they would be his "guinea pigs" while recording Keep It Hid .
Blakroc was a studio album and collaboration by Auerbach and Carney of The Black Keys and Damon Dash, co-founder and former co-owner of Roc-A-Fella Records, who oversaw the project. The album featured a plethora of guest appearances from several indie and popular hip hop and R&B acts, namely Mos Def, Nicole Wray, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Billy Danze of M.O.P., Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Jim Jones and NOE of ByrdGang, as well as Raekwon, RZA and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan.
Back in 2015, Auerbach announced the formation of a new musical group known as The Arcs. Auerbach said about the band: "'I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird. I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. It's basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record'".
The debut album was released later in the summer of 2015 called "Yours, Dreamily,".
During the Bataclan Theatre massacre, Auerbach and his band The Arcs were performing at the similarly-sized nearby venue, Le Trianon. Auerbach subsequently stated, "I know people that were there last night. I know people who are like, ‘What am I gonna do -- see the Arcs or the Eagles of Death Metal?" And I've woken up feeling very out of sorts. What do you call it, survivor's remorse? Why the hell did it happen there and not where we were playing? I'm just so brokenhearted about all those people."
On July 3rd, 2018, Richard Swift, the multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter who was a member of the Arcs, passed away at the age of 41. Swift and Auerbach were very close friends with Auerbach describing Swift as "one of the most talented musicians I know".
The Black Keys' 2010 album, Brothers, won three Grammy awards. At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Auerbach won the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
Also at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Auerbach won the award for Best Rock Song for his song "Lonely Boy", Best Rock Performance for "Lonely Boy", and Best Rock Album for "El Camino".
In 2010, he joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.
Auerbach first married Stephanie Gonis, with whom he has a daughter, Sadie Little Auerbach, born in 2008.In 2013 they were divorced.
Auerbach married Jen Goodall in 2015. They have a son named Early Auerbach.
Auerbach, Patrick Carney, and Jack White have been involved in several public feuds. The roots of the conflict date back to 2012, when White banned Auerbach from his Nashville studio. They have since made amends and are now on good terms.
In 2010, Auerbach moved from Akron, Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee. He moved his record label "Easy Eye Sound" and bought a studio as soon as he moved into town. Auerbach has described Nashville as not just being "a little tourist music spot" but much more. As Auerbach grew older he realized Nashville was "the spot I wanted to go to. There's the most music that I felt a connection to".
|Patrick Sweany||C'mon C'mere||Guitar on "One More Time"||2006|
|Brimstone Howl||Guts of Steel||Producer, engineer, mixer||2007|
|John Doe||A Year in the Wilderness||Guitar||2007|
|Nathaniel Mayer||Why Don't You Give It To Me||Co-producer, co-mixer, Guitar, Drums, Vocals||2007|
|Radio Moscow||Radio Moscow||Producer, engineer, mixer, Acoustic Guitar||2007|
|Patrick Sweany||Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone||Producer, engineer, mixer||2007|
|Black Diamond Heavies||A Touch of Someone Else's Class||Producer, engineer, mixer||2008|
|Buffalo Killers||Let It Ride||Producer, engineer, mixer||2008|
|Hacienda||Loud Is The Night||Producer, engineer, mixer, BG Vocals, Guitar||2008|
|Jessica Lea Mayfield||With Blasphemy So Heartfelt||Producer, engineer, Mixer, arranger, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, Drums, BG Vocals, Piano, Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Toy Piano, Lap Steel, Percussion||2008|
|The Ettes||Danger Is EP||Producer, engineer, mixer||2009|
|The Ettes||Do You Want Power||Producer, engineer, mixer, Piano on "No Home"||2009|
|Nathaniel Mayer||Why Won't You Let Me Be Black?||Co-producer, co-mixer, Guitar, Vocals||2009|
|Hacienda||Big Red & Barbacoa||Producer, engineer, mixer||2010|
|Cadillac Sky||Letters in the Deep||Producer, engineer, mixer, Waterphone, Vocals||2010|
|Parting Gifts||Strychnine Dandelion||Guitar||2010|
|Shivering Timbers||We All Started in the Same Place||Producer, engineer, Drums, mixer||2010|
|Jessica Lea Mayfield||Tell Me||Drum Loop, engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Moog Synthesizer, producer, Vocals||2011|
|Brian Olive||Two of Everything||Engineer, Mixing, producer, BG Vocals||2011|
|Reigning Sound||Abdication... For Your Love||Producer||2011|
|Dr. John||Locked Down||Producer, Guitar, Percussion & Background Vocals||2012|
|JEFF the Brotherhood||Hypnotic Nights||Mixing, producer, BG Vocals||2012|
|Grace Potter & the Nocturnals||The Lion the Beast the Beat||Composer, Handclapping, producer, Vocals||2012|
|The Growlers||Hung at Heart||Producer||2013|
|Hanni El Khatib||Head in the Dirt||Producer, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Percussion||2013|
|Connie Britton||The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2||Producer, guitar and vocals on "Bitter Memory"||2013|
|Valerie June||Pushin' Against a Stone||Co-producer, guitar and vocals on "Wanna Be On Your Mind"||2013|
|Lana Del Rey||Ultraviolence||Producer, handclaps, shaker, electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, synthesizer||2014|
|Nikki Lane||All or Nothin||Producer||2014|
|Lee Fields||Emma Jean||Guitar, vocals||2014|
|Cage the Elephant||Tell Me I'm Pretty||Producer and co-writer on "Trouble"||2015|
|A$AP Rocky||At. Long. Last. ASAP||Guitar||2015|
|The Pretenders||Alone||Producer, guitar||2016|
|Robert Finley||Goin' Platinum||Producer, composer, guitar||2017|
|Jake Bugg||Hearts That Strain||Guitar||2017|
|Shannon & The Clams||Onion||Producer||2018|
|Sonny Smith||Rod For Your Love||Producer||2018|
|La Luz||Floating Features||Producer||2018|
|Shannon Shaw||Shannon in Nashville||Producer, composer, guitar||2018|
|Chuck Auerbach||Remember Me||Guitar, Producer||2018|
|Dee White||Southern Gentleman||Producer||2019|
|Night Beats||Myth Of A Man||Producer||2019|
|Yola||Walk Through Fire||Producer||2019|
|Leo Bud Welch||The Angels In Heaven Done Signed My Name||Producer||2019|
|Kendell Marvel||Solid Gold Sounds||Producer||2019|
|JIMMY “DUCK” HOLMES||Cypress Grove||Producer||2019|
|Purple Mountains||Purple Mountains||Co-writer on "Maybe I'm the Only One for Me"||2019|
|Marcus King||El Dorado||Producer||2020|
|Early James||Singing for my Supper||Producer||2020|
The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson.
The Big Come Up is the debut studio album by the American rock duo The Black Keys, released in May 14, 2002 on Alive Records.
Patrick James Carney is an American musician and producer. Carney serves as the drummer for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thickfreakness is the second studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys, released in 2003. It is their debut release for the Fat Possum record label, although in the UK and Europe it was co-released by Epitaph Records.
Rubber Factory is the third studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. It was self-produced by the band and was released on September 7, 2004, on Fat Possum Records. The album was recorded in an abandoned tire-manufacturing factory in the group's hometown of Akron, Ohio. Rubber Factory received positive reviews and was the band's first album to chart on the Billboard 200 in the United States, reaching number 143.
Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough is an EP by American rock duo The Black Keys. Essentially a tribute album, it is a collection of the band's cover versions of songs by Fat Possum Records bluesman Junior Kimbrough, who died in 1998. The title is a Choctaw word for red fox and is a reference to Chulahoma, Mississippi, location of "Junior's Place", a juke joint bought by Kimbrough around 1992 and operated after his death by his sons until it burned down on April 6, 2000
Magic Potion is the fourth studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was released in 2006 and was their first record released on Nonesuch Records, the band's current label. This album marks the first time they wrote and composed entirely original material, unlike on previous albums and EPs.
"Hard Row" is a single by American blues-rock duo The Black Keys from their second album Thickfreakness. The song, along with the rest of Thickfreakness, was recorded in drummer Patrick Carney's basement on a 1980 8-track recorder. The lyrics were written by Chuck Auerbach and bandmember Dan Auerbach, and the music composed by both members of the band.
Attack & Release is the fifth studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. It was produced by Danger Mouse and was released on April 1, 2008. The sessions saw the band transitioning away from their "homemade" ethos to record-making; not only was it the first time that the band completed an album in a professional studio, but it was also the first time they hired an outside producer to work on a record.
Keep It Hid is the debut solo album by the American blues-rock musician Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, released in 2009 on Nonesuch Records. The final track "Goin' Home" was included in the soundtrack of the 2009 film Up in the Air.
Blakroc is a studio album by American rock band The Black Keys, in collaboration with Damon Dash, co-founder and former co-owner of Roc-A-Fella Records, who oversaw the project. The album features guest appearances from several hip hop and R&B acts, namely Mos Def, Nicole Wray, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Billy Danze of M.O.P., Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Jim Jones and NOE of ByrdGang, as well as Raekwon, RZA and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan.
Brothers is the sixth studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. Co-produced by the group, Mark Neill, and Danger Mouse, it was released on May 18, 2010 on Nonesuch Records. Brothers was the band's commercial breakthrough, as it sold over 73,000 copies in the United States in its first week and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, their best performance on the chart to that point.
"Set You Free" is a single by American blues rock duo The Black Keys from their second album, Thickfreakness. It was recorded in Patrick Carney's basement at his old house in Akron, Ohio. The song appears in the film School of Rock (2003) and the soundtrack album, as well as in the film I Love You, Man.
"Tighten Up" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the third track on their 2010 album Brothers and was released as the record's first single on April 23, 2010. Dan Auerbach told The Sun how the song originated: "That was the last song we did for the record. We had a couple of days off and so did Brian and since we are friends and like hanging out with each other we thought it would be fun to go into the studio and see if we could come up with a tune. We always have a blast when the three of us get together."
Drummer was an American indie rock band from Akron, Ohio. The band was founded by The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney who plays bass guitar. All the members of the band are drummers in other groups from Ohio.
El Camino is the seventh studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was co-produced by Danger Mouse and the group, and was released on Nonesuch Records on December 6, 2011. The record was the band's follow-up to their commercial breakthrough, Brothers (2010), and was their third collaboration with Danger Mouse. El Camino draws from popular genres of the 1950s to 1970s, such as rock and roll, glam rock, rockabilly, surf rock and soul. Danger Mouse contributed as a co-writer on each of the 11 songs alongside guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney.
Locked Down is a 2012 album by New Orleans R&B artist Dr. John. It was well received by critics and features the Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach as guitarist, background vocalist and producer, and Max Weissenfeldt of the Whitefield Brothers on drums.
Turn Blue is the eighth studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was released through Nonesuch Records on May 12, 2014, and co-produced by Danger Mouse and the duo. The record was their fourth collaboration with Danger Mouse, following their previous studio album, El Camino (2011), which was their biggest commercial and critical success to that point. For Turn Blue, Danger Mouse reprised his role from El Camino as an equal songwriting partner alongside guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney.
"Fever" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It was released on March 24, 2014, as the lead single from their eighth studio album, Turn Blue. On April 15, 2014, the song was released on CD with the album's title track as a B-side, along with a credit applicable to purchases of the physical formats of the album. For the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, "Fever" was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.
Let's Rock is the ninth studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was released on June 28, 2019, through Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records. It was their first release since Turn Blue (2014), marking the longest gap between studio albums in their career. After collaborating with producer Danger Mouse for their previous four records, the duo decided to self-produce Let's Rock and to eschew keyboards in favor of a basic recording approach of guitar, drums, and vocals. Drummer Patrick Carney called the album "an homage to electric guitar".
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