After joining SikTh in 2001 Dan recorded SikTh’s first official release,an EP entitled ‘Let the Transmitting Begin’. Released in 2002, it featured three tracks, as well as a limited-edition live CD from the BBC Radio 1 recordings of the same songs at the legendary Maida Vale studios.
The band then signed to Gut Records and released the ‘How May I Help You?’ EP, also in 2002. The title song was made into an animated video which went on to win the best video award in The Big Cheese Magazine, as well as reaching No.1 on MTV UK and being an A-list video on MTV Asia.
SikTh’s debut album ‘The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out: Wait for Something Wild’ was released on 18th August2003 through Gut Records. The album was self-produced by the band. In support of the album the band went on to appear at Download Festival at Donnington Park in 2003. They traveled to Japan in 2004, firstly supporting Anthrax and Killswitch Engage, then playing at the Fuji Rock Festival in August with Lou Reed, PJ Harvey and Primus. The album has sold approximately 30,000 copies in the UK, Japan and Australia.
After interviews with Drummer magazine and Rhythm magazine Dan opened the main stage and conducted two master-classes for Mike Dolbear at the first ever Drummer Live in 2004. A week later he also appeared at the Birmingham Drumfest.
SikTh continued its busy touring schedule before signing to Beiler Brothers Records in 2005, recording their second album in Florida. They were busy touring until 2006 when the second full-length album ‘Death of a Dead Day’ was released. This album entered the UK album charts at number 55, and was once again produced by the band themselves. The first track of the album ‘Bland Street Bloom’ got Dan voted 86th in the top beats of all time in Rhythm magazine.
The success of SikTh and the acclaim Dan received led to more masterclasses at the Institute, Bath Rhythm week, Drumtech and the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM). The master-class at ACM was one of the most highly attended in the school’s history, which developed into a relationship that saw Dan teaching weekly workshops at the school.
Since SikTh Dan has performed numerous master-classes, taught privately and has become a qualified teacher. He has also recorded for numerous artists and produced several records. One of the most recent is for the band The Primal Rock Rebellion featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Mikee Goodman (of SikTh).
Another project Dan became involved with during this period is the band Sol Invicto, featuring Steph Carpenter of the Deftonesand Richie Londres. Dan appears on their ‘Intium II’EP.
Dan has also embarked on European, North American and South American tours with 80’s Thrash Metal legends “Whiplash” (featured in the definitive documentary of thrash metal “Get Thrashed”). Shows so far include Hellfest Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal, headlining Convivencia Rock in Columbia (broadcast live on national television) and headlining LA’s legendary Whiskey a Go Go.
Dan is currently also a member of ‘supergroup’ “Krokodil” featuring James Leach also of Sikth, Lags from Gallows Simon Wright and Chris Binns from Liber Necris and BBC Radio 1 Rock show DJ Dan P Carter of Hexes and previously A.The band played their debut show at Download festival in June 2013 and made further festival appearances throughout 2014, including Sonisphere and Bloodstock. The band released their debut album ‘Nachash’ through Spinefarm/Universal records in November 2014 to rave reviews including that of Rolling Stone magazine who included the record in their “20 best metal albums of 2014”. Describing the record as “the most arresting metal debut of 2014”.
That same week the band embarked on the 22 date “Once More Round the Sun” UK/European tour with US metal giants Mastodon in support of the release.
The band are currently writing their second record and have been confirmed on a number of upcoming festivals in 2015 including: Temples Fest UK, MetalDays Slovenia, Copenhell Denmark, Dour Fest Belgium and Tuska Open Air Finland.On 16 December 2013 it was revealed in a surprise announcement that SikTh were reforming after a 7 year hiatus and they played a triumphant reunion set at Download Festival 2014,[12] headlining the Red Bull stage.[13] This was the band’s first live performance since 2007 and their first appearance at Download Festival since 2006.
Due to the overwhelming response from fans the band booked more shows including returning to France, headlining Euroblast Festival in Germany and headlining the UK’s Tech-Festin June 2014.
More dates followed, with a long overdue return to Japan headlining to shows at Tokyo’s Cyclone, followed by another first for the band as main headliner of Silence Festival V in Nepal in October2014, sharing the same stage where Enigmatik, Vader, Textures and Behemoth had previously headlined.
Less than two weeks later SikTh embarked on their first UK tour in 7 years. The 13 date “Download Freezes Over” sponsored tour was the bands most successful to date, proving the bands popularity had grown in their absence by culminating in a sold out show at London’s Koko.
Another first, and more proof of SikTh’s growing popularity, was the band’s first magazine front cover apperance on Indian Rolling Stone magazine. This coincided with their first appearance in India where they headlined the BIG69 Festival in Mumbai in January 2015. 2015. The show was sponsored by, and broadcast on, MTV India. In addition to writing, recording and playing live with SikTh and Krokodil Dan is an experienced teacher currently teaching at BIMM London/Drumtech in Fulham. He recently released his debut tuition package available from his website The package is the first in a series of tuition packages showcasing the many physical and theoretical techniques used by Dan in his varied career.