Dan FreeMan (CØm1x) is a producer/bassist and music technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Freeman comes from a bi-cultural background: his mother is Nicaraguan and his father American, so he grew up exposed to a rich variety of music. He started training as a classical pianist at the age of four and switched to jazz bass at thirteen.
After graduating from Harvard University, he came to New York to be a session bassist. As a bass player he has performed with such artists as Angelique Kidjo, and the B-52’s and throughout North America, South America, and Europe in venues ranging from underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. He also played keyboards for the RCA Records’ rock group Stellastarr*.
In 2008, he formed the electro-funk digital music and art collective Comandante Zero (CØ). CØ developed techniques for fusing live acoustic instruments with laptops running Ableton Live and created their own unique hybrid set as well as serving as a backing band for various artists including Polina Goudieva and Virgin Records’ artist Xavier. They performed in the US, Europe and South America including at such clubs as NYC's Webster Hall, Berlin's Berghain, and London's Rhythm Factory.
Currently, Dan has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he mixes, remixes and writes for film. He also performs a unique 'live production' solo set where he creates heavy electro funk grooves in real time using the Ableton PUSH instrument. His own music is heavily influenced by classic New York City Disco, especially Larry Levan's Paradise Garage between 1979 - 1983, Acid House and French house.
Dan is an Ableton Live 8 and 9 Certified Trainer and senior instructor at New York City's Dubspot where he teaches electronic music production and heads Dubspot International. He is also on the faculty of NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. He has given Ableton Live and production workshops at events, festivals and universities worldwide including SXSW, Sonar (Barcelona), Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Copenhagen, Harvard University, The University of Santiago (Chile) and the University of Caldas (Colombia). He also runs the NYC Ableton Live User Group.