Dan Snaith
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Dan Snaith

Dan Snaith
Daniel Victor Snaith 2005.jpg
Snaith in 2005
Background information
Daniel Victor Snaith
  • Manitoba
  • Caribou
  • Daphni
Born 1978 (age 39–40)
Origin Dundas, Ontario, Canada
  • Musician
  • music producer
  • Synthesizer
  • drums
  • guitar
  • bass
Website caribou.fm

Daniel Victor Snaith (born 1978) is a Canadian composer, musician, and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni.


Snaith originally recorded under the stage name Manitoba, but after being threatened with a lawsuit by Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba (real name Richard Blum),[1][2] formerly of punk band The Dictators, Snaith changed his performance name to Caribou. Snaith's previous full-length albums were then re-released under the new moniker, and The Milk of Human Kindness was released in 2005 by Domino.[3] Snaith said that the situation was "like The Smiths suing John Smith or something".[4][5]

When playing gigs, Snaith usually performs with a live band and plays percussion. Ex-bandmates include bassist Andy Lloyd of Born Ruffians and drummer Peter Mitton, now a producer for CBC radio. Currently, the live band consists of Snaith, Ryan Smith, Brad Weber, and John Schmersal. Live shows also often include complex video projections on a large screen, as captured in a DVD released in November 2005. "In music I will have an idea to put some different sounds together or a melody that meshes with a chord sequence or a sonic mood," said Snaith in an interview. "I'm not the type of person who takes physical things apart and plays around with them, but I like taking mental ideas apart and playing around with them. That's what appeals to me about what I've spent my life doing."[6]

Caribou's 2007 album Andorra won the 2008 Polaris Music Prize,[7] and his DJ-influenced[8] 2010 album Swim was on the 2010 Polaris Music Prize shortlist.[9] In June 2013, Snaith's studio album, Jiaolong, released under the moniker Daphni, was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

In December 2011, Caribou curated the All Tomorrow's Parties "Nightmare Before Christmas" festival in Minehead, England, alongside co-curators Battles and Les Savy Fav.[10]

Caribou was awarded Essential Mix of the Year in 2014 by Mixmag for his "Essential Mix" on 18 October 2014.[11]

Caribou's 2014 album Our Love received the IMPALA Album of the Year Award.

In 2015, Up In Flames was selected by fans to be one of the ten albums re-issued by The Leaf Label as part of the label's 20th anniversary celebrations. This saw the album released on limited edition double vinyl and made available to fans via the PledgeMusic service.[12]

Personal life

In 2005, Snaith received a doctorate in mathematics from Imperial College London, for work on Overconvergent Siegel Modular Symbols under Kevin Buzzard.[13] Snaith described his work as "original, but I would still call it trivial"[14]


Studio albums

as Manitoba

as Caribou

as Daphni


as Manitoba

  • People Eating Fruit EP (30 October 2000)
  • give'r EP (26 November 2001)
  • If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be an Airport 12" (13 January 2003)

Most of Snaith's older Manitoba material has been subsequently rereleased under the Caribou name.

as Caribou

  • Tour-Only CD (Super Furry Animals Tour, Fall 2005)
  • Marino (DVD) (November 2005)
  • Tour-Only CD (September 2007)
  • Tour-Only CD (April 2010)
  • Caribou Vibration Ensemble - live album featuring Marshall Allen (ATP 2010)
  • CVE Live 2011 (January 2015)

as Daphni

  • Resident Advisor, February 2011 (5 tracks of episode #246)[15][16]
  • Daphni Edits Vol. 1, 12" [Resista], March 2011
  • Pinnacles / Ye Ye, 12" split with Four Tet [Text], March 2011
  • Daphni Edits Vol. 2, 12" [Resista], August 2011
  • JIAOLONG001, 12" [Jiaolong], October 2011
  • Ahora, 12" [Amazing Sounds], November 2011
  • Julia / Tiberius, 12" featuring Owen Pallett [Jiaolong], April 2014


as Manitoba

  • "Paul's Birthday" CDS (26 February 2001)
  • "Jacknuggeted" CDS (24 February 2003)
  • "Hendrix with Ko" CDS (14 July 2003)

as Caribou

  • "Yeti" CDS/12" (22 March 2005)
  • "Melody Day" CDS (August 2007)
  • "She's the One" (March 2008)
  • "Odessa" (24 April 2010)
  • "Bowls" (19 July 2010)
  • "Can't Do Without You" (15 July 2014)
  • "Our Love" (September 2014)

Awards and recognition

See also


  1. ^ https://variety.com/2018/music/news/handsome-dick-manitoba-dictators-singer-and-siriusxm-dj-arrested-for-domestic-assault-1202691982/
  2. ^ McDougall, David (7 October 2004). "Manitoba Changes Name, Fearing Lawsuit From Some Dick". Chart. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Caribou - Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Sound Fabrics: Caribou - Odessa". Radio Wroclove. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". Redbullmusicacademy.com. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Interview with Caribou, David Shankbone, Wikinews, 6 November 2007
  7. ^ "Music - HuffPost Canada". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Music Feature - Caribou". Totally Dublin. 4 May 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Thompson, Ciaran (20 September 2010). "Karkwa win 2010 Polaris Music Prize". Aux. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "ATP Nightmare Before Christmas - Thank You! - All Tomorrow's Parties". All Tomorrow's Parties. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Swift, Patrick (22 December 2014), CARIBOU WINS ESSENTIAL MIX OF THE YEAR, Mixmag, archived from the original on 22 December 2014, retrieved 2014
  12. ^ "The Leaf Label: Leaf 20". Theleaflabel.com. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ Daniel Snaith. "Overconvergent Siegel Modular Symbols" (PDF). 2.imperial.acuk. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "More Madness Than Method: Dan Snaith on the poetics of a blank slate - Telekom Electronic Beats". Electronicbeats.net. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Benson, Denise (3 March 2011). "Caribou's Dan Snaith reveals new project, Daphni". Eye Weekly. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Hughes, Josiah (15 February 2011). "Caribou's Dan Snaith Introduces New Daphni Project". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ Polaris Music Prize 2010 Archived 22 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Doole, Kerry (27 March 2011). "Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Shad Take Home Early Junos". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2011.
  19. ^ "City Slang's CARIBOU pockets IMPALA European Album of the Year Award". Impalamusic.org. 12 February 2015.
  20. ^ "Our Love - Polaris Music Prize". Polarismusicprize.ca=. Retrieved 2018.

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