Victoria, British Columbia, CAN

What if Forbidden Planet was a club? Blurring the lines between the expected and the experimental, dubstep/future bass artist Ookpikk crafts beats that echo out under a black sky, while neon melodies arc overhead and bass rumbles the earth below.


In Inuktitut, ookpik means snowy owl. In Victoria clubs, ookpik is all neon and black-lit faces. A city growing leaves and swaying. Open fields under humming power-lines. Okpk is not what it seems. Electronic or acoustic? Live improv or slick production? Guitar or synth? Dan combines these with a potent alchemy that is beyond any of the component parts.

With an eclecticism reflecting a life split between New Zealand and Canada, Dan walks between the worlds of the west coast bass music scene, and the avant-garde. Equally at home doing live PAs with synths and drum machines in the club as with playing analogue modular synths with members of Sun Ra's Arkestra in his other project, The Krells. He has performed with west-coast luminaries like Michael Red, Hrdvsion, Mathew Johnson, as well as psych-rockers Sun Araw, and members of Pat Metheny's touring group.

In February 2012, Dan's split tape release with fellow PLACEmachine Records artist Adam Saikaley hit #1 and #7 on electronic music charts at CJSW, Calgary and CJSR, Edmonton, respectively. That Alberta airplay propelled the tape to #5 on Earshot's national electronic music chart. Dan can't wait to show his appreciation in person at this year's Sled Island festival.

Ookpikk live

Ookpikk on the Buchla 200


Light Limited / Tropigogic Split EP
November 2011
CMJ RPM #31 /!Earshot top 5 (Feb 2012)

Captain Starlite
June 2010
Oh Shit Our Record Label Went Under Recordings
CMJ RPM Top 30 (#25)
Low res download at www.myspace.com/ookpikk

Total Home-Job
Dec 2008
Socalled Recordings
CMJ RPM Top 40 (#35)

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