Like the beast from which he took his moniker, Great Dane (nee Dane Morris) is more than meets the eye. The giant canines appear fierce but are, as a breed, gentle and playful. Great Dane, the 20-something L.A.-based EDM producer/DJ, crafts tracks rife with the heavy bass beats of hip-hop and trap, but weaves in emotive, harmonious vocals and instrumental lines—turning what could be a monotonous march into engaging, hypnotic music.
A member of L.A.'s "beat scene," which Pitchfork called "a sprawling collective of musicians ... aiming to bridge connections between left-field electronic styles and underground rap," Great Dane has toured with the likes of renowned beat-scene artists Daedelus, Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer and Gramatik. He also nurtures Team Supreme, the popular 20-plus-strong beat collective he co-founded in 2012. The group delivers new beats via beatteamsupreme.com every week, when a Team Supreme producer pick two samples and a BPM which everyone uses to create a rhythm.
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