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D. smith

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Background information
Birth nameDaniel Shafer
Also known asDaniel Smith, D.Smith, d.smith
Born (1969-04-19) April 19, 1969 (age 55)
Pequannock, New Jersey, United States
Genrespower pop, alternative, indie rock, punk
Years active1984-present
LabelsBar/None, New Red Archives, Coolidge, Triple X, Pyrrhic Victory, Dromedary
Associated actsJeff Buckley, Keith Morris, Shirk Circus, Inger Lorre, The 65's, d.smith

d.smith is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist, audio engineer and record producer, best known for his work with Shirk Circus and Inger Lorre.

Musical career[edit]

Shirk Circus[edit]

d.smith joined the seminal New Jersey-based power pop band Shirk Circus in 1992. After signing to Bar/None Records, he spent the better part of the 1990s recording and touring as the band's bassist.

d.smith (left) pictured with Shirk Circus

Inger Lorre[edit]

After the demise of Shirk Circus, d.smith did a brief stint as bassist for Inger Lorre (formerly of The Nymphs) where he, along with Jeff Buckley, played on the sessions that would eventually become the 1999 release, Transcendental Medication. During this period, he also played with Keith Morris after being introduced through Lorre.

d.smith (left) performing onstage with Keith Morris and Inger Lorre


After agreeing to produce local indie outfit The 65's, d.smith subsequently became the band's guitarist/singer until eventually deciding to leave and release an EP (The End of Everything) followed by the oddly-sequenced Groping for Luna trilogy (Volumes 2, 1 and 3, respectively).

Production career[edit]

Needing a break from touring and live performance, d.smith founded Brownout Studios in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Eventually, Brownout was relocated to Hawthorne, New Jersey, where it was redesigned and renamed Redrum Sound.

Armed with a newly designed studio, d.smith went on to produce numerous local bands, including Dromedary/Pyhrric Victory recording artists The 65's. Additionally, he spent time working on the soundtrack to the movie Rock Story (starring Eric Roberts, Dominique Swain, and Gilbert Gottfried, among others) with Lou Gonzalez at Quad Studios.[1] Eventually, the project was moved to Redrum with d.smith engineering, producing and contributing original music. It was later mastered at Homebrew Studios in Sparta, New Jersey.


As performer[edit]

Shirk Circus[edit]

Words to Say (album)

Summer Sun (single)

Homage: Descendents Tribute (compilation)

  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Coolidge

March (album)

This Band Will Destroy Your Life (album)

  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Dromedary


vs. The People of Earth


As performer/producer[edit]

Inger Lorre[edit]

Transcendental Medication (album)

The 65's[edit]

Strike Hard (album)

  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Dromedary

Walk On Selfishly (single)

  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Dromedary

Pretty In Pink (single)

  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Dromedary

I Got You (EP)

  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Pyrrhic Victory

Rock Story[edit]

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  • Released: 2015


The End of Everything (EP)

  • Released: 2013


From '93 'Til Infinity (compilation)

  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Dromedary

Groping for Luna, Vol. 1 (album)

  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Dromedary

Groping for Luna, Vol. 2 (album)

  • Released: 2013

Groping for Luna, Vol. 3 (album)

  • Released: 2015


  1. "IMDB citation - Rock Story". IMDB.
  2. Spavid (2011-11-02). "Wilfully Obscure: Shirk Circus - This Band Will Destroy Your Life (2011, Dromedary) - A brief overview". Wilfully Obscure. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  3. Damion, James (2013-11-07). "United by Rocket Science: D. Smith Sucks - The End of Everything". United by Rocket Science. Retrieved 2016-02-02.

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