About Daniel Carlin
What We Do
Who We Be
In a Nutshell: Chairman Dan.com is headed by Daniel Allan Carlin, a Hollywood hyphenate: Eminent Emmy-Award winning music editor-supervisor-conductor-director-producer-consultant-educator-entrepreneur-publisher.
Bio of Sorts: During the late 1960s, Dan served in the Air Force, working for the NSA as a cryptographer (really), followed by 7 years of college study and teaching anthropology/linguistics/political economy, after which he performed Ph.D. fieldwork in northeast China during the Cultural Revolution (also true). He then left academia for the much-more-glitzy-and-remunerative world of Hollywood film.
Initially trained as a music editor, Dan broke into the biz the old-fashioned way: nepotism. His Dad, the late Daniel A. Carlin III, was a highly regarded and innovative film/television music editor who left the studios in the early 1970s to blaze a trail in the emerging independent-film industry. Along with other family members and friends, Dan and his father began building La Da Productions, focusing on music editing. 5 years later, under the leadership of Dan and his junior partner Jeff Carson, the company was renamed Segue Music and expanded fully into music supervision and production, becoming the largest and most successful on-set and post-production music-services company in Hollywood history. Over 30+ years, La Da/Segue amassed more than 1000 film and television credits, including Ace Ventura; Against All Odds; Airplane!; Aladdin; All That Jazz; Annie; Alien 3; Beauty and the Beast; The Body Guard; Bruce Almighty; Coming to America; Days of Heaven; Die Hard(s); Ferris Bueller's Day Off; 48 Hours; Ghostbusters; The Golden Child; Goodfellas; Hill Street Blues; Mr. Holland's Opus; Hunt for Red October; Lethal Weapon(s); The Last of the Mohicans; Liar, Liar; The Little Mermaid; Lou Grant, Moonlighting; The Naked Gun; Planes, Trains & Automobiles; The Outlaw Josey Wales; Platoon; The Postman Always Rings Twice; Reds; Risky Business; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; Secret of My Success; Sister Act(s); Steel Magnolias; Stripes; The Three Amigos; The Three Musketeers; Tin Cup; Trading Places; Twins; and Witness.
Among its accomplishments, Segue beta tested ProTools and inaugurated the industry-wide use of that digital platform on the 1993 hit film Last Action Hero, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (who turns out to be anything but a hero, but we digress). In 1988, Segue also proudly launched and sponsored the first professional internship program for Berklee College of Music. The La Da/Segue enterprise also trained and produced some of the industry's most successful music editors and supervisors: Bob Badami, Kathleen Bennett, Chris Brooks, Patty Carlin, Jeff Carson, Kathy Durning, Jim Harrison, Ken Karman, Chuck Martin-Inouye, Thomas Milano, Craig Pettigrew, Curtis Roush, Curt Sobel, Richard Stone, Michael Tronick, Tom Villano, and James Weidman.
In addition to running Segue, Dan became a two-time Emmy Nominee, winning for music editing on the telefilm Under Seige, but NOT winning as music director for The Temptations (he's almost over it). He has collaborated on many award-winning projects, including Quest for Camelot, which won a Golden Globe for best song ("The Prayer," a duet sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli), as well as The Body Guard, the song from which, "I Will Always Love You," sung by Whitney Houston, won 2 GRAMMYs (Record of the Year; and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female). Some of his more memorable assignments had Dan arranging and producing choral vocals for the Steve Martin film, Leap of Faith; producing Laurence Fishburne's "Ike Turner vocals" for the film What's Love Got To Do With It?; supervising and conducting Tony Bennett's on-set performance of "If I Ruled The World" for the film Bruce Almighty, producing 53 re-recorded songs for The Temptations, and singing on camera with Kathy Bates while also conducting (offstage) Julie Andrew's performance of "Getting to Know You" in the film Unconditional Love.
In studios and on sets, he has collaborated with many other respected artists, including Herb Alpert, Angela Bassett, Burt Bacharach, Bruce Broughton, Georges Delerue, George Duke, Danny Elfman, David Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Elliot Goldenthal, Marvin Hamlisch, Lauren Hill, Whitney Houston, Trevor Jones, Queen Latifah, Barry Manilow, Michael Mann, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Ennio Morricone, David Newman, Jack Nitzsche, Art Pepper, Basil Poledouris, Phil Ramone, Smokey Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Shorty Rogers, Herbert Ross, William Ross, Carol Bayer Sager, Zoe Saldana, Lalo Schifrin, Al Schmitt, Tom Scott, Marc Shaiman, Ron Shelton, Alan Silvestri, Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, Usher, Shirley Walker, Patrick Williams, Bruce Willis, and Hans Zimmer. In addition, Dan has conducted several important film scores, including An Officer and a Gentleman, The Black Stallion, and The Last of the Mohicans, serving as music supervisor on the latter two films. For a list of Dan's film and television credits, please follow this link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0137498/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
During his many years in the film and music industry, Dan has maintained a tie with academia, lecturing and teaching at UCLA, USC, Berklee, MIT, Boston University, Belmont University, and schools in Ireland, India, and China. He has served for over 20 years on the Motion Picture Academy's Music Branch Executive Committee and an equal amount of time in the leadership of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMY organization), where he held several high-level positions before completing 2 full terms as Chairman of the Board. Among his accomplishments in that capacity was the creation of a formal Academy-advocacy program based in Washington D.C., an overhaul of the Academy's corporate governance, a major upgrade of the GRAMMY Award pre-telecast ceremony, and the establishment of the renown GRAMMY Music Educator's Award. Beyond his Academy work, he also helped design and establish both the UCLA film-scoring program and the Music Composer's Lab at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute.
In 2004, Dan stepped out of the Hollywood spotlight and into full-time music education, first serving as Executive Director of the Henry Mancini Institute, and then, in 2007, taking the position of Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. In 2012, he accepted the invitation of USC to assume leadership of that school's graduate program, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.
Finally, for now, Dan also is the proud publisher of composer Steven Cagan's catalog of splendid songs and anthems.