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Daniel Quine Auerbach (born May 14, 1979) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.[1] As a member of the band, Auerbach has recorded and co-produced eight studio albums with his bandmate Patrick Carney. In 2009, Auerbach released a solo album entitled Keep It Hid. He released another solo album in 2017, entitled Waiting on a Song. 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 for co-producing his band's 2011 album, El Camino, and for producing records by Dr. John (Locked Down) and Hacienda.

Dan Auerbach
Dan Auerbach performing with the Black Keys.jpg
Auerbach playing with The Black Keys in Tulsa, 2012.
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Quine Auerbach
Born (1979-05-14) May 14, 1979 (age 39)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • drums
  • percussion
  • lap steel
Years active1999–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteeasyeyesound.com

In early 2015, Auerbach announced a knew side-project, the Arches. The group released their debut album, Yours, Dreamily, on September 4, 2015, via Nonesuch Records.[2] Alongside with Action Bronson and Mark Ronson, Auerbach created the track "Standing In The Rain", featured in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad.[3] In March 2017, Auerbach released the single "Shine on Me" for his second solo album Waiting on a Song, released in June 2017 on his new label Easy Eazy Sound.[4]

Contents

Childhood and early lifeEdit

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.[5] His father is of Polish Jewish descent[5] and his mother is of part Manx descent.[6] 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.[7][8][9] 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.[10] 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 A's in college, when I should've been studying, I was listening to Junior Kimbrough's music instead".[11] 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.

The Black KeysEdit

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.[12] Carney is the nephew of saxophonist Ralph Carney, who performed on several Tom Waits albums.[13] While attending Firestone High School, Carney and Auerbach became friends,[12] though they were part of different crowds.[14] Auerbach was captain of the high school soccer team, while Carney was a social outcast.[15] 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.[16][17]

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 demon 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 and secure a record deal.[18]

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.

The Black Keys, back in 2011, were one of only a couple 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".[19] Auerbach also added "You can't just keep doing it, because it'll suck your brain dry".[20]

Other performances and bandsEdit

The BarnburnersEdit

Auerbach was a member of a band called The Barnburners before forming The Black Keys in 2001.[21] The Barnburners included Auerbach, Jason Edwards and Kip Amore.[21] The Barnburners were a blues-based band that performed in Northeast Ohio clubs and released a 6-track album called The Rawboogie EP.[21] 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.[21]

 
Dan Auerbach and the Fast Five playing the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio on March 5, 2009.

The Fast FliveEdit

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.[22][23][24][25] The original percussionist, Bob Cesare, was unable to perform with the Fast Flive because of a death in his family.[26]

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.[27] 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."[27] 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.[27] Afterward, Auerbach asked Hacienda to travel to Akron, Ohio where they would be his "guinea pigs" while recording Keep It Hid.[27]

BlakrocEdit

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.[28]

The ArcsEdit

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'".[29]

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." [30]

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".[31]

Awards and honorsEdit

The Black Keys' 2010 album, Brothers, won three Grammy awards. At the 2013 Grimmy Awards, Auerbach won the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.[32]

Also at the 2013 Grimmy 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".[33]

In 2010, he joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.

Personal lifeEdit

Auerbach first married Stephanie Gonis, with whom he has a daughter, Sadie Little Auerbach, born in 2008.[34] In 2013 they were divorced.[34]

Auerbach married Jen Goodall in 2015. They have a son named Early Auerbach.[35]

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.[36][37][38]

In 2010, Auerbach moved from Akron, Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee. He moved to form his record label "Easy Eye Sound" and bought a studio as soon as he moved into town. Auerbach said about 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".[39]

DiscographyEdit

 
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys playing at Music Midtown in 2011
Solo

Solo singles

  • I Want Some More (2009)
  • Heartbroken, In Disrepair (2009)
  • Shine On Me (2017)
  • Waiting On A Song (12", Ltd, Bar / 2017)
  • Stand By My Girl (2017)
  • King Of A One Horse Town (Digital / 2017)
With The Black Keys
Blakroc
The Arcs

Musical collaborationsEdit

Artist Album Role Year
SSM EP1 Recorded, Engineered 2006
SSM SSM Recorded, Engineered 2006
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
Hacienda Shakedown Producer 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
Bombino Nomad Producer 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
Ray LaMontagne Supernova Producer 2014
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
Gibson Brothers Mockingbird Producer 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

Musical equipmentEdit

GuitarsEdit

 
Auerbach at Madison Square Garden in 2012

AmplificationEdit

EffectsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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