Demdranger (John-Henry Dale) plays a hybrid live set mixing live African percussion, synths + vocals in Ableton Live to create a one-man afro-tronic funk experience. He also plays drums in several bands, including Roan Caliban (experimental art rock) and Palabra (Gypsy Funk Electronica)


Demdranger is a DJ, drummer, and producer of music that both rocks your body and matters to your mindsoul. A fan of many global dance music styles, be it sun-soaked San Francisco house music, Brazilian BaileFunk, Appalachian fiddle music, GypsyFunk HipHop (Ojos De Brujo y'all) or Arabesque percussive breakbeats, Demdranger's hybrid DJ/percussion sets search for a kind of perpetual twilight, mixing the futuristic sounds of the city with the rhythmic beauty of nature.

His own compositions tend towards a blending of his influences: West Virginia and Washington DC, Mexico, Brazil and most of West Africa.

In September of 2006 he relocated to Edinbugh, Scotland to complete his Master's in Digital Composition and Performance at University of Edinburgh. He is currently completing his Master's Thesis using Ableton Live and Common Lisp Music (CLM) to create an 8 speaker, 3-D (sonically spatialized spiral-based) composition based around the African xylophone (the Balafon) and other percussion.


Band: Aubergine 3 (on hiatus)
LP: In All Things Modulation (2003)
Label: Transistor Recordings (LA)

Various tracks from "In All Things Modulation" are on NPR station KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" with Nic Harcourt, on both web and FM rotation. Aubergine 3's music is in rotation in numerous college and public radio stations nationwide, both FM and streaming. Track # 5 (Jinn) on the Aubergine 3 album was used in the 2005 Warner Brothers romantic comedy "Must Love Dogs" with John Cusack and Diane Lane. Aubergine 3's track's "Vapour" will be used in the upcoming ABC Series "Six Degrees" (from the producers of "Lost").

Set List

Typical set list is about 1.5 hours of both live original and remixed material, which is usually about 15-20 songs.