The model for the polymath producer might as well be 46 year-old Daniel Nakamura, or Dan the Automator as listeners know him. He's the all-purpose musician, who started out making unorthodox, alternative hip-hop and ended up creating sci-fi rap masterpieces alongside full-fledged, fully-trained orchestras.
Flickr user "anthonysanfrancisco" Dan the Automator
"It's always organic...I kind of go wherever I feel like going musically, it's just whatever I feel like at the moment," explains Nakamura.
Nakamura's whole career appears to be a shining, successful example of going wherever an artist feels likes going. At the age of three, his parents propelled him into learning the violin, but by the time he had began growing up the allure of DJing, Run DMC, and LL Cool J had swayed him towards another direction.