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The best kept secret in music


"College Times"

Justin Reed, Jon Hammel, and Dean Farmer-other wise known as Fat-N-Tan- release their CD Saturday at the Big Fish Pub. The band, named best newcomer in 2002 by the Arizona Infusion of Music Awards, incoporates a wide range of influences, including ska, punk, indie and hardcore sounds. The band can change from a skanking style riff to a heavy thrash mid-song - creating a dizzying euphoria that would near perfection mixed with Corona and a little sunshine. Very cool stuff. - college times.com(Editr)

"Arizona Republic"

Hammel recruited a drummer and a bassist and formed Fat-N-Tan, a Tempe ska punk band voted the 2002 best newcomer band in the Arizona infusion of music awards. With its mix of reggae and punk, Fat-N-Tan is frequently referred to as Sublime. - Carlos Miller


"DUI"- Summer 2002 10 tracks
"Sunclipper"- Spring 2003 14 tracks


Feeling a bit camera shy


Founded by Jon Hammel thru a Tascam 4-track recorder and a drum machine. Teaming up with drummer Justin Reed and bassist DJ Farmer, they formed the ska-punk-reggae trio known as Fat-N-Tan. Through this endeavor, they gained attention by being named the Best Newcomer for 2002 by the Arizona Infusion of Music Awards. This led to many gigs opening for touring bands such as Unwritten Law, Dick Dale, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Tippa Irie, Collective Soul, Authority Zero, and Slightly Stoopid. Promotion includes local radio airplay along with air time in southern California, Las Vegas, NV, Tucson, AZ, and college radio around the southwestern United States. Fat-N-Tan released its first album in the summer of 2001 with a follow up in March of 2003. With over 1000 CD sales in two months and no sponsorship, Fat-N-Tan is a driven group of diehard musicians that will do whatever it takes to succeed.
Band interests: Parties, beaches, friends, and harmony.

Jon “Slide” Hammel (guitars/vox): Born in Huntington Beach, California and raised all over so. Cal. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona In, 1993 with wide assortment of musical influences. Thru the years of writing endless pages of songs and poems, he bought a guitar and recorded his songs onto a mini-4 track recorder and SR16 drum machine, which caught the interests of Justin Reed.
Personal statement: “Die trying”

Justin “Toxicated” Reed (drums): Raised all over the world as a military brat, he started playing drums in 1996 when 2 years later
joined his first band, Mandarin Storm. Conflicts occurred which eventually led to the bands break-up. After a short break from the scene, Justin sought a new band and was introduced to Jon Hammel.
Personal Statement: “Wish in one hand, shit in the other and see which one fills up faster.”

Dean “DJ” Farmer (bass): Born and raised in Chino, CA. DJ moved to Arizona sometime in 2000. He was originally the guy who got the pit going until Fat-N-Tan fired their first bassist. He bought a bass and within a month was rockin the stage in Rocky Point, Mexico.
Personal Statement: “The barter system is the best system”