BIO: DANO HAMMER
Dano Hammer, a.k.a. Dan Ralph Miller, is a poet, singer-songwriter, musician and broadcaster based on Salt Spring Island, the largest of a chain of islands on the south-west coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Dano's original alternative Hip Hop uses spoken word with musical influences including Jazz, Soul, Blues, R & B and Rock & Roll.
Foremost an entertainer, Dano is broadcasting a radio show focusing on the last 30 years of underground hip hop music, every Friday night starting at 9:30pm Pacific Time, on Salt Spring Island Radio, CFSI 107.9 FM, http://cfsi-fm.com
Dano was born in 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but his family hails originally from Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he spent many summers growing up.
His father, prior to becoming a teacher and psychologist, was a horn player in Ann Arbor's jazz and blues music scene in the late 50's, and cultivated in Dano an interest in alternative music from an early age.
Dano's parents moved to Canada in the late 60's, eventually settling down on the West Coast. His mother was a nurse, and also a painter, igniting within Dano an interest in the graphic arts. He also took up writing both prose and poetry.
Dano took up the guitar when he was 12, and started his own graphic design business when he was 15. Over the coming decades he was to follow his creative impulses where ever they led, from working in the theatre and film industries, to photography, print journalism and radio broadcasting, even internet development, all the while continuing to perform his music and poetry in small venues and at summer festivals around the south-west coast of Canada. For the last decade, he devoted himself to reviving the ancient tribal culture of his European ancestors, founding two non-profits to that end, and holding many community events according to the old calendar of traditional pagan holy-days, http://fridhgard.org
"It took me a little while to actually try all the arts I'm interested in," says Dano, "but music is my first love. When I'm playing music, I feel like I'm doing what I was sent here to do."