Def3

Def3

 Regina, Saskatchewan, CAN
SoloHip HopSinger/Songwriter

2015 WCMA award winner, Def3 is a hip hop artist who has gained an International following with his music throughout Canada, U.S., Europe, Japan and South America. He's performed multiple official showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MIDEM, 2010 Olympics (SK Headliner), Pop Montreal, JUNOFEST, NXNE, CMW, Breakout West & more. His last release "WILDLIF3" topped the college radio Hip Hop Charts last summer in the top 10 for 23 weeks reaching #1 overall in Canada and #8 overall in the US.

Biography

 Danny Fernandez better known by his stage name ​Def3 ​is an award winning Canadian hip-hop artist from Regina, Saskatchewan.

 A world traveler by the age of 4, Def 3 lived for six years on board a hospital ship with his family. His preteen years were spent traveling to 27 countries with his parents and brother from the Caribbean throughout Europe and West Africa giving Def3 a unique perspective on life. From musical parents with Latin rhythm from his Chilean father, Ramon, and a flair for words from his mother it was only natural that he would produce his own brand of music.

 He began performing at the age of six in a song and dance group called Ships Kids, entertaining hundreds of people in some of the world’s poorest nations where Mercy Ships offered free surgeries and medical help. Spending most of the year docked in a developing nation and the rest in Europe moving from country to country Def 3 developed an appreciation for diverse cultures.

 After a year in East Texas his family moved to Regina where Danny became Def 3 and began making waves of a different sort. He has been a major contributor to the Saskatchewan arts scene not only through his work as an established MC, but also as a professional Spray Paint Artist and DJ. Boasting well over 500 career shows it makes sense that he is often recognized for the strength and consistency of his live performance. He has gained international notoriety through his highly active touring schedule performing official showcases at major festivals such as Midem, Project Pabst, SXSW, Shambhala, Dawson City Festival, Rifflandia, Juno Fest, Pop Montreal, NXNE, CMW, Breakout west, Prairie Scene, even headlining the Saskatchewan pavilion for the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. By special invitation he even performed at private galas for the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency, Michaelle Jean, and the Lieutenant Governor of Canada during their Saskatchewan visits.

 In June 2014 he released his album ​WILDLIF3 ​with Saskatoon super-producer Factor to critical acclaim, receiving the award for ‘Rap Recording of The Year’ at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. In its first week of sales, ​WILDLIF3, ​climbed to number 6 overall for best selling albums on the iTunes Canada hip-hop charts and reached #1 overall in Canada on Earshot Magazines’ college radio hip-hop charts and was in the top 10 charts for 23 weeks straight. ​WILDLIF3 ​then peaked at #8 overall on the CMJ US College hip hop charts. Def3 has also landed 6 videos on rotation on Much Music’s Much Vibe and Rapcity including two of his 4 videos from the Wildlif3 release for “So Far” and “Wildlif3”. His highly anticipated new album "Small World" produced by Denver's Late Night Radio will be released Aug 4th on Urbnet records and features the likes of Del The Funky Homosapien, Masta Ace, Skratch Bastid, JFB, Probcause, Sweatshop Union & more. 

In his career thus far, he has shared the same stage and toured with countless major hip hop acts including Nas, House Of Pain,  Flatbush Zombies, Masta Ace, Blackalicious, Ghostface Killah, Post Malone, Inspectah Deck, The Pharcyde, Salt N Pepa, Bliss N Eso, Michael Franti and Spearhead, BADBADNOTGOOD, Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Grieves, K-OS, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Maestro Fresh Wes, Classified, Shad, Swollen Members, Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz, Choclair, Zion I, Mystic, Cage, Fashawn and Exile and many more.

Music aside Def3 is also a well-established visual artist who has produced numerous murals around the globe and contributed to several respected art shows across the country. On top of that he is also known for his work within the community. He has organized, and led instructional workshops to all ages of youth and a wide variety of students working with inner city youth programs, partnerships with the Regina Board of education, and even Graduate classes at the IMP labs through the University of Regina in Saskatchewan.

Discography

Professionally released Discography:

Personal Releases

Dead Can't Bounce - " i aint afraid of no ghost" full length LP 2003 FrekSho Records

Def 3 - "Huglife" full length LP
2005 Ship Records Inc.

Metropolis Now - "Self Titled" full length LP 

2006 Sideroad Records

Def3 & Moka Only present Dog River
2007 Ship Records Inc. / Fontana North

Def 3 and Factor Drumbo
2009 Ship Records Inc. / Fontana North

Def3 x Mosaic "Amnesia" EP
2011 Ship Records Inc.

Def3 - Wildlif3 LP

2014 Urbnet Records

Def3 - Wildlif3 (Late Night Radio Remixes) 2016 Urbnet

Def3 x SkiiTour - The Original Feat. TARA - Westwood Recordings 2016

Def3 - Fill Your Soul - Single 2017 - Urbnet Records

Def3 - Small World - Release Date Aug 4, 2017

Featured on:

Factor - "3" "Whatup Sun"
2003 Sideroad Records

Cam the Wizard - "For The Rest of My Life" "Sideroad Trip "
2004 Sideroad Records

Factor Heights- " ourglass"
2005 Sideroad Records

Ismaila- Mark of The Zebra - 12" and LP ForceFeed"
2005 Freksho Records

Nolto- Red All Over Forum
2006 Sideroad Records

Laugh And Cry - Sounds of Humming Hip Hop - Metropolis Now "Another Tomorrow"
2006 Hue Records (Japan Only Press)

After The Fact Boundaries, What Couldve been
Hue Records 2006

Factor - Famous Nights empty days 12" and LP " I Can't Put My finger On It"
2006 Sideroad Records

Pimpton The Newer Testament Do the Right thing, Exs and Ohs
Propagate 2009

No BS No Phukkin Clu
Medici State 2006

Factor presents old souls vol 1 Old Soles Exclusive track,

Kay the Aquanaut Spinning Blue Planet To The Last Drop Sideroad records 2009

Selfhelp Old Friends The mantra
2009 Secret Cloud

Factor - 13 Stories Luck Ducks
Sideroad Records 2009

Kay The Aquanaut - Nickelodeon Ethics Roll Call , First and Fifteen
2010 Sideroad Records

Factor - Lawson Graham Battle Scars
Fake Four Inc. 2010

Ron Contour and Factor Saffron Shoebox
Fake four inc. 2010

Aries Now and later 2010

Evil Ebeneezer and Factor - Widows Creek "Leave the Dead"
2011Camobear Records

Sweatshop Union - Infinite -
"Feed feat. Snak the Ripper and Def3"
" & "We Ready feat. Def3"
2013 Urbnet Records

K+lab - Neck Breaker feat. Def3 -  2016 Lowtemp Records

Late Night Radio - No Grave feat. Def3 - 2016 


Set List

Varies depending on Band presence and Gig Location