Moon King is the pop music project of Daniel Woodhead, often performing as Daniel Benjamin, Daniel Moonking, or Daniel BW. His music has been described as dream pop, electronic pop, or indie rock, and recently the project’s sound has shifted to include disco, synthpop and house music.

Born in Toronto, Canada, as a teenager Daniel became involved in the city’s DIY music community, playing in numerous bands and organizing events including several all-night concerts at a circus rehearsal warehouse, and on the Toronto Islands.

In the early 2010’s he became closely affiliated with the flourishing electronic music and party scene in Montreal surrounding cult indie label Arbutus Records, and began frequently performing as a touring musician with Grimes, Sean Nicholas Savage and Doldrums.

A cassette of Daniel’s first recordings as Moon King caught the ear of Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk, who released two 12″ EPs, “Obsession I” and “Obsession II” on his label One Big Silence. Performing with guitarist and vocalist Maddy Wilde, as well as a rotating cast of backup musicians, Moon King toured heavily from 2013-2015, supporting artists including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Austra, TOPS, Majical Cloudz and Alvvays, showcasing at SXSW, CMJ and Iceland Airwaves, and receiving favorable press coverage. In 2015 the band played over 100 shows to support the release of Moon King’s debut album “Secret Life”, but at the end of the year Daniel decided to relocate to Detroit, Michigan, putting the brakes on any future touring. A completed second album was shelved, and longtime collaborator Maddy Wilde left the band to focus on other projects.

Daniel spent the next year immersing himself in Detroit’s dance music and DJ culture, which eventually began to influence his own recordings. Although the tracks were rough & homemade, a collection of new material found its way back to Arbutus Records in Montreal, who offered to release it. “Hamtramck ’16”, named for the Detroit-area neighborhood, was released in the summer of 2017, documenting Moon King’s shift towards disco and dance music.

May 11, 2018 11:00 pm Moon King