Dane Rumble (born February 9, 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand), also known as Kid Deft, is a singer-songwriter, rapper and founder of the hip hop group Fast Crew. He formed the group in 1999 and after releasing two successful albums with them he decided to pursue a solo career. His first solo single, Always Be Here, peaked at #11 on the RIANZ charts and he has since released a further two hit singles, Don't Know What To Do and Cruel. His debut album, The Experiment, was released March 2010 on Warner Bros. Records.
"Music is my passion, Style and Genre is a minor technicality " Dane Rumble is the co-founder ,writer and co-producer of the incredibly popular Fast Crew.
Since 2003 the Fast Crew have had a long list of defining achievements. Their hit single "I Got" Reached 3 in the New Zealand singles chart, and their debut album "Set the record straight" Peaked at 10 on the album chart and produced another 3 top ten singles, "it's the incredible", "Suburbia Streets" and "Set the Record Straight". This Album secured them a deal with Warner Music Australia, which saw the Fast Crew hit the road for nearly 3 years, performing with everyone from Busta Rhymes to the Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliot to Common and performing along side some of the greats on the Big Day Out Australia circuit. With all three singles and the album achieving top 50 chart placings in Australia, performing at a number of festivals, providing music for the hit T.V show "Dangerous"and receiving Australasian award nominations; Fast Crew's venture across the Tasman can be considered a great success.
2008 saw the release of Fast Crew's sophomore album "Truth Lies and Redtape", followed by a series of shows, including a "Boost Mobile Rock the Schools Tour" through Victoria, cementing the crews fan base in Oz. The controversial first single "What happened to yesterday" saw the Crew win a Kodak Video Award, and the follow up single "Fly" was well received on urban radio, throughout NZ. After finishing up recording sessions for the new Album, Fast Crew producer and fellow founding member Jerome fortune quit the band, months before the albums release in 08. "It was hard for me to take on the roll as producer, but it was also a blessing in disguise " says Dane "I had to learn alot about audio engineering, which quickly led me into producing my own music " After spending the best part of 2008 touring and working with Fast Crew, a mutual decision to split the band was decided as Dane continued to develop his own sound.
" I really wanted to write something new and fresh. Something which combined Rock, hip-hop and pop.. but in a new way?. I'm tired of being boxed into a genre, I find writing so much more enjoyable when there are no bounds!" Eager and equipped with a new vision, Dane stepped into York street studio's and Beaver Studio's in July '08 and working closely with Jonathan Campbell came up with his first solo's offerings. "Always Be Here" generated a buzz which led to a major label signing, and is due for release Jan 09. Dane is currently working on his album, which he hopes to have completed late 2009. "I think it's time for change, popular music needs a new perspective and I hope to be the one that brings it"
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