He started his production career working in his own studio with his brother Bob Lanois in the basement of their mother’s Ancaster, Ontario home. The most notable artist to record in their basement studio was Simply Saucer. Later Daniel would create a studio in an old house he purchased known as Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. He worked with a number of local bands, most notably Martha and the Muffins (for whom his sister Jocelyne played bass), Ray Materick, as well as the Canadian children’s singer Raffi.
Lanois worked collaboratively with Brian Eno on some of Eno’s own projects, one of which was the theme song for David Lynch’s film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. His career was given a huge boost when Eno invited him to co-produce U2’s album The Unforgettable Fire. Along with Eno, he went on to produce U2’s The Joshua Tree, the 1987 Grammy Winner for Album of the Year. Bono of U2 recommended Lanois to Bob Dylan in the late 1980s; in 1989 Lanois produced Dylan’s Oh Mercy, widely considered one of Dylan’s greatest later albums. Eight years later Dylan and Lanois worked together on Time Out of Mind, Dylan’s first studio album of original material since 1990, which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1997.
In his autobiographical Chronicles, Vol. 1, Dylan describes in depth the contentious but rewarding working relationship he developed with Lanois. Dylan’s account goes a long way to explain why Lanois is held in high regard by serious musicians.
In 1993, Lanois participated in the Another Roadside Attraction tour in Canada, and collaborated with The Tragically Hip, Crash Vegas, Hothouse Flowers and Midnight Oil on the one-off single “Land” to protest forest clearcutting in British Columbia.
Wrecking Ball, his 1995 collaboration with Emmylou Harris, received almost unanimous critical praise (many critics placed the album on their year-end “best albums of the year” lists), and revived the aging country artist’s career, bringing her to the attention of much younger rock audiences; it would go on to win a 1996 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
As well as being a producer, singer and songwriter, Lanois plays the guitar, pedal steel and drums. His wide range of talents are put to use on many of the albums he produces, where he often leaves his atmospheric and emotionally resonant signature sound.
In 2005 he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. He worked on Dashboard Confessional’s 2006 album, Dusk and Summer, but the producing duties were later taken over by Don Gilmore.
Both Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews have been known to regularly cover his songs during their live performances. The Jerry Garcia Band used to perform “The Maker” in concert in the early 1990s. Hal Ketchum performed “The Maker” during his 2008 tour (videos of these performances are on YouTube). Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris released a cover of “The Maker” on his album Teatro.
Lanois premiered a documentary entitled “Here Is What Is” at the Toronto Film Festival on September 9, 2007. The film, co-produced by Adam Vollick, includes footage of the actual recording of the album bearing the same name. The film also shows Lanois’ usual collaborators such as Emmylou Harris, Billy Bob Thornton, U2, Brian Eno and Brian Blade. There are also guest appearances by Garth Hudson and Brady Blade Sr. Subsequent concert performances showcasing the new material were held in Toronto on the 10th and 11th, with Brian Blade on drums. The CD Here Is What Is was released in the spring of 2008; Lanois had previously made it available as a high-quality web download, via his new Red Floor Records label.
At the 29th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Lanois played four evening concerts at three venues and met fans for a question and answer session at the Salon des instruments de musique de Montréal.
In September 2008, Daniel Lanois headlined Niagara Ontario’s annual Wine Festival. Niagara Wine Festival
From June 2007 – December 2008, Lanois collaborated with U2 and Brian Eno on No Line on the Horizon, where he was involved in the songwriting process as well as mixing and production.
Since the late 1990s, Lanois’s main stage guitar has been a 1953 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top with the original P-90 pickups, modified for a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic bridge. He also owns and has recorded with several ’50s and ’60s Fender guitars, including a 1958 Stratocaster. His main stage amplifier is a Vox AC/30, often driven by the preamp of a Korg SDD-3000 Digital Delay unit and Chandler Tube Driver. A late ’50s Fender Bassman 4x10 combo has also been part of both his road and recording kits. His collection of acoustic guitars features examples dating back to the 1920s, including models from Martin, Gibson and Guild.
* Demo - Simply Saucer, 1974 (not released commercially until 1989, on the album Cyborgs Revisited)
* Blues and Sentimental - Jackie Washington, 1976 (As “Dan Lanois”)
* More Singable Songs - Raffi, 1977 (Recording credit as “Dan Lanois”)
* Can’t Wait For Summer - Ron Neilson, 1978
* Choice Cuts - Crackers, 1978 (As “Dan Lanois”)
* This is the Ice Age - Martha and the Muffins, 1981
* Dream Away - Bernie LaBarge, 1981
* Mama Quilla, KKK, Angry Young Woman - 3-song 12” Album- 1982, Mama Quilla II
* Dance After Curfew - Nash the Slash, 1982
* Danseparc - Martha and the Muffins, 1982
* Ambient 4/On Land - Brian Eno, 1982
* Parachute Club - Parachute Club, 1983
* Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno, 1983
* The Pearl - Harold Budd and Brian Eno, 1984
* Mystery Walk - M + M, 1984
* The Unforgettable Fire - U2, 1984
* Secrets and Sins - Luba, 1984
* Thursday Afternoon - Brian Eno, 1985
* Hybrid - Michael Brook, 1985
* Birdy - Peter Gabriel, 1985
* Voices - Roger Eno, 1985
* Power Spot - Jon Hassell, 1986
* So - Peter Gabriel, 1986
* The Joshua Tree - U2, 1987
* Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson, 1987
* Acadie - Daniel Lanois, 1989
* Oh Mercy - Bob Dylan, 1989
* Yellow Moon - Neville Brothers, 1989
* Home - Hothouse Flowers, 1990
* Achtung Baby - U2, 1991
* Flash of the Spirit - Jon Hassell and Farafina, 1992
* Us - Peter Gabriel, 1992
* The Last of the Mohicans - movie soundtrack, 1992
* For the Beauty of Wynona - Daniel Lanois, 1993
* Ron Sexsmith - Ron Sexsmith, 1994
* Wrecking Ball - Emmylou Harris, 1995
* Night to Night - Geoffrey Oryema, 1996
* Fever In Fever Out - Luscious Jackson, 1996
* Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan, 1997
* Brian Blade Fellowship - Brian Blade, 1998
* 12 Bar Blues - Scott Weiland, 1998
* Teatro - Willie Nelson, 1998
* The Million Dollar Hotel - movie soundtrack, 2000
* All That You Can’t Leave Behind - U2, 2000
* How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - U2, 2004 (track “Love and Peace or Else”)
* Dusk & Summer - Dashboard Confessional, 2006 (also produced by Don Gilmore)
* loudQUIETloud, A film about the pixies - movie soundtrack, 2006
* “Back Where You Belong” - Sinéad O’Connor, 2007.
* Snake Road - Bob Lanois
* No Line on the Horizon - U2, 2009 (plus songwriting credits).
* Mercy - Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, 2009.
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