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Sunday, 28 April, 2002, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
My Music: Dan the Automator
Dan the Automator
Dan the Automator: Master of invention
Dan "the Automator" Nakamura is one of hip-hop's most prolific DJs, working with Damon Albarn in Gorillaz as well as a host of projects under bizarre pseudonyms.

He has been known as Dr Octagon, Lovage, Deltron 3030 and Handsome Boy Modelling School, and is now releasing his first mix CD, titled Wanna Buy a Monkey?

He took BBC News Online's taste test.


Was it hard choosing your favourite tracks for the compilation?

Yes, because there are so many great songs that I like. Clearances are always a problem, and I actually had to submit twice as many tracks as appear on the record because we only ended up being able to clear about half of my choices.

What is your favourite track and why?

The track Smoothness with Black Rob. That is actually a demo we recorded together in 1992, and this is the first time anyone has been able to hear it.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Saturday Night Fever.

And the most recent?

Kathy McGinty.

How did you find the Gorillaz experience?

Fantabulous.

Do you prefer working solo or in collaboration? Why?

I prefer working with other people because we can bounce ideas off each other, and we usually come up with better ideas than either one would alone.

Who would you most like to work with?

Michael Jordan. I think we could win the big one... or possibly Morimoto.

Why so many different pseudonyms?

I gotta be me! I usually use a name (like Nathaniel Merriweather) when a record is thematic.

Where do you most like listening to music and why?

In the car, because I am a captive audience and there are not distractions.

Roughly how many records and CDs are there in your collection?

15,000.

How long do you spend browsing in record shops - and what's the best record you've bought on impulse.

I spend a lot of time. Not so much at home, but many hours when I travel. I usually manage to hit one or two stores in any given city. Many of my buys (vinyl) are impulse buys.

Which song from the last 12 months is likely to gain classic status?

I can't really think of one, but I'm pretty sure it won't be something by O-Town.

Which artists do you currently most admire?

Morimoto, Herman Miller, Stash, Futura, and Phil Frost.

If you organised a festival, who would you have on the bill?

Headliner - OS Mutantes, plus Beach Boys, David Axelrod and Can.

Do you visit any music sites regularly?

The only one I visit is for research - allmusic.com.

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