Danger Mouse

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  • Birth Name: Brian Joseph Burton
  • Birth Place: White Plains, New York, United States
  • Profession: Music producer, Songwriter, Musician
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  • Introduced to hip-hop by his older sister.
  • Influences include Pink Floyd, Portishead and Woody Allen, whose auteur approach to filmmaking he applied to music.
  • Passed Cee-Lo Green a tape of his music when his group opened for Green's Southern rap ensemble Goodie Mob at a University of Georgia concert. It would be a few years later when they joined forces as Gnarls Barkley.
  • Left college one class shy of graduating.
  • Moved to London to pursue a career as a trip-hop DJ, but once there decided to pursue making music instead.
  • Called himself Danger Mouse after a cartoon character he liked as a kid.
  • Composed interstitial music for the Cartoon Network in the early 2000s. 
  • Created The Grey Album in 2004, which was a mashup of the Beatles' White Album and Jay-Z's Black Album. EMI, the Beatles' label, did not look kindly on the project: they sent him a cease-and-desist letter.
  • Named one of GQ magazine's top men of 2004.
  • "Crazy," Gnarls Barkley's 2006 debut single, became the first single to reach No. 1 in the UK based on download sales alone.
  • Rolling Stone ranked "Crazy" the No. 1 song for 2000-2009 in its Top 50 Songs of the Decade list.
  • Has produced or worked with such artists as Beck, the Black Keys, Gorillaz and Norah Jones.

Awards

  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2006, Grammy — Best Alternative Music Album: Winner
  • 2006, Grammy — Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Winner
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
  • 2017, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2016, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within a Scripted Program: Nominee

College

  • Attended University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Brian Joseph Burton
  • Birth Place: White Plains, New York, United States
  • Profession: Music producer, Songwriter, Musician

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