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  • Years Active

    1976 – present (41 years)

There are five artists with name Prism :

1) A rock band from Vancouver, BC, Canada, first formed in 1974.

2) プリズム - A Japanese jazz-rock fusion band that formed in 1975.

3) An alias of Japanese techno artist Susumu Yokota. As Prism he made subtle and dreamy ambient techno.

4) A psytrance act signed to UK label Trick Music

5) An electronic music producer and DJ signed to Chefal's label Sub Freq
Canadian band:
The original composition of the band was a collection of session musicians brought together by Bruce Allen, manager of Loverboy. Drummer Jim Vallance and Bruce Fairbairn had a jazz rock band named Sunshyne. They incorporated Lindsey Mitchell and Ron Tabak, and switched names to "Under Construction" (also briefly "Stanley Screamer"). Then, when John Hall was brought in as keyboardist, the band's name became Prism. (See their official website at http://www.prism.ca/.)

Japanese band: Akira Wada (electric guitar), Ken Watanabe (bass guitar), Daisaku Kume (keyboards), Koki “Corky” Ito (strings ensemble), Katsutoshi Morizono (electric guitar) and Toru “Rika” Suzuki (drums). In 1976, the band toured Japan as Eric Clapton’s opening act. Prism have released a total of 28 albums since 1977. The band was signed to Universal Music Group in 2003, which re-released the band’s first four albums, and remained their record publisher.

After signing with GRT Records, they released their debut album with a lineup of Tabak, Mitchell, Lavin, Hall, Ab Bryant and Jim Vallance, who both produced, and played drums under the name of "Rodney Higgs." Vallance did not want to tour though, so left and was replaced by Rocket Norton.

In 1977, they released their self-titled album PRISM, and it had a hit with "Spaceship Superstar". The band subsequently issued See Forever Eyes (1978), after which Bryant left, and Allen Harlow was brought in as a new guitarist.

Armageddon (was released in 1979), featuring some compositional input from the then largely unknown Bryan Adams, and Young and Restless was released in 1980.

After the greatest hits album All the Best From Prism, Prism signed on with Capitol Records and after a few more lineup changes (Mitchell and Harlow went their separate ways, Tabak was fired due to "lifestyle" issues), and vocalist Henry Small was brought in), they released Small Change (1981). The lead single "Don't Let Him Know" became their first top 40 hit in America and the follow-up "Turn on Your Radar" also charted, becoming their fifth and final American hit.

In 1982, the band's touring line up was composed of Small, guitarist Paul Warren, bassist John Trivers, keyboardist Robyn Robbins, and Doug Maddick on drums.

The band broke up in 1982 but Beat Street followed in 1983 featuring Henry Small, Bill Champlin, Richie Zito, Mike Baird (drummer from Journey), and backup vocalists Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Alan Pasqua.

Plans for a Prism reunion with Tabak were cancelled when he died on 25 December 1984, one day after a brain hemorrhage he suffered from a cycling accident.

In 1988 they reformed for another greatest hits album called Over 60 Minutes with…Prism, and five years later another new album, Jericho (1993), with Darcy Deutsch as vocalist, Harlow, Mitchell, Norton, and keyboardist Andy Lorimer. Deutsche. Studio musicians included Bryan Adams, Paul Janz, Mark LaFrance, with Rick Springfield doing some of the songwriting.

The band has continued to tour, and released the album Big Black Sky in 2008.

Electronic music producer/DJ:
David Hanson studied under Vance Gordan in Boston, MA specializing in Afro Cuban rhythms and the Moeller technique prior to venturing into music production.

Becoming more intrigued by the intricate likeness of all societies, cultures and religions, Prism was created with a deeper purpose, not only to showcase all of these influences but to convey an awareness that all things, no matter how different they may appear in physical form, are all the same.

In 2010 Prism was signed to Lovewave Music and released the single "Future Samba." Prism gained support from DJ/Label Owner DJ Chefal on England's Rinse.fm in 2012 showcasing his unique jazz influenced tunes forthcoming on Chef's own label Sub Freq. Prism continues to bring an unmatched approach to fusing electronic music and jazz without coming off trite or stagnant.

As a DJ Prism fuzes Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Jazz and House seamlessly and has played among many acclaimed dubstep artists such as Silkie, Heny G, Razor Rekta, Joe Nice, Kahn, Cessman, Distal, Moldy, O-Dessa, etc…

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