Dani Siciliano

Dani Siciliano
Dani Siciliano
Origin London
Genres Electronica, jazz
Instruments Vocals, clarinet
Years active 1998–present
Labels !K7
Associated acts Matthew Herbert

Dani Siciliano is an American singer. She has worked with Matthew Herbert on several of his projects including the albums Around the House, Bodily Functions and Scale. She has also released two solo albums, Likes... and Slappers.


Early life

Siciliano grew up in Arizona[1] and moved to San Francisco when her father, a civil servant in the Department of Defense, was transferred there.[2] She sang in church as a child[1] and at the age of seven she began playing the clarinet.[3] While attending the University of Richmond she was a member of a jazz combo, playing gigs at local cafés.[3]

After college, in the mid-1990s, Siciliano began DJing in San Francisco. She played 1970s disco, funk, and soul records that she was able to buy inexpensively at thrift stores.[2] While living in San Francisco she also worked as a nanny which led to a chance meeting with Matt Herbert. He visited the family that she worked for in 1995 and the two met. This led to her visiting London, working with him on his album Around the House, and eventually moving there and marrying him.[4]

With Matt Herbert

Siciliano has worked with Herbert on several of his projects including Herbert, the Matthew Herbert Big Band, and Doctor Rockit. The pairing began with 1998's Around the House[5] with Siciliano providing "sultry vocal work".[6] Other Herbert releases that she has contributed to are 2001's Bodily Functions[7] and 2006's Scale.[8] On Bodily Functions she contributed vocals on the single "Audience"[9] and her singing on Scale has been called "sumptuous".[10]

She also provided vocals on "Sumer of Love" from Indoor Fireworks the 2000 release by Doctor Rockit, a Matt Herbert led project.[11] She is featured on the track "Simple Mind", which has been called "the coolest track" from the 2001 Matthew Herbert Big Band release Goodbye Swingtime.[12] She has also toured with Herbert's big band.[2]

Other collaborations

Siciliano is also featured on two tracks, "You, Me and Us" and "Wandering", from the 2002 release by Andy Brooks, You, Me and Us.[13]

Solo career


Likes... is Siciliano's first solo album . It was released by !K7 records in 2004 and was recorded and produced by Siciliano in her home-studio with additional production from her husband Matt Herbert. It contains a cover of the Nirvana song "Come as You Are".[14] It debuted at number 28 on CMJs airplay chart.[15]


Sicilano's second album, Slappers was released in September 2006. It was also mainly self-produced and released by !K7. It was made in the same year that she worked on Herbert's album Scale.[16] The album includes the country blues[17] single "Why Can't I Make You High?" with backing vocals from Kitty Daisy & Lewis.[18] The track includes a sample of the sound of "some of her girlfriends...slapping their own asses".[19]

Vocal style

Siciliano has never been classically trained as a vocalist but has worked with a vocal coach.[3] Her voice has been compared to Anita O'Day,[20] Siouxsie Sioux[21] and Ella Fitzgerald.[20]


  1. ^ a b Strickler, Yancey (January/February 2004). "Dani Siciliano". CMJ New Music Monthly (120): p 17. http://books.google.com/books?id=eyoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA17&dq=%22dani+siciliano%22&hl=en&ei=VpJNTbLgHNHpgQfkjO3mDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22dani%20siciliano%22&f=false. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Emmerald. "Dani Siciliano Interview". About.com. p. 3. http://dancemusic.about.com/cs/interviews/a/DaniSicInt_3.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Emmerald. "Dani Siciliano Interview". About.com. p. 2. http://dancemusic.about.com/cs/interviews/a/DaniSicInt_2.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Biography: Dani Siciliano". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/artist/dani-siciliano-p439911/biography. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Bush, John. "Review: Around the House". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/album/around-the-house-r375966/review. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Kleinfeld, Justin (1 July 2002). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report (769): p 11. http://books.google.com/books?id=JsaVuq0GoyEC&pg=PA10-IA1&dq=%22dani+siciliano%22&hl=en&ei=VpJNTbLgHNHpgQfkjO3mDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22dani%20siciliano%22&f=false. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Bush, John. "Review: Bodily Functions". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/album/bodily-functions-r537310/review. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Review: Scale". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/album/scale-r826309/review. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Paoletta, Michael (6 October 2001). "The Beat Box Hot Plate". Billboard. http://books.google.com/books?id=WxEEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA47&dq=%22dani+siciliano%22&hl=en&ei=_55NTbqRHpDUgAfv9o39Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCoQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=%22dani%20siciliano%22&f=false. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Ratliff, Ben (9 July 2006). "Suite for Gas Pump and Coffin Lid". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/09/arts/music/09play.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1296928830-7EufjlAkTViZ2H68523uRw. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  11. ^ Bush, John. "Review: Indoor Fireworks". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/album/indoor-fireworks-r489274/review. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Walters, John L (13 February 2004). "Electric avenue". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2004/feb/06/1. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  13. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Review: You, Me and Us". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/album/you-me-and-us-r621695/review. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  14. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Review: Likes...". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/album/likes-r670579/review. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Airplay Reports". CMJ New Music Report (851): p 21. 9 February 2004. http://books.google.com/books?id=QIWytxIrbvgC&pg=PA21&dq=%22dani+siciliano%22&hl=en&ei=VpJNTbLgHNHpgQfkjO3mDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22dani%20siciliano%22&f=false. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  16. ^ Raber, Rebecca (September 2006). "Abridged too Far". CMJ New Music Monthly (142): p 49. http://books.google.com/books?id=LysEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA49&dq=%22dani+siciliano%22&hl=en&ei=VpJNTbLgHNHpgQfkjO3mDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22dani%20siciliano%22&f=false. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Kealoha, Ami (22 June 2006). "Dani Siciliano: Slappers". Cool Hunting. http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/dani-siciliano.php. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Murphy, John (21 August 2006). "Dani Siciliano - "Why Can't I Make You High?" (K7)". musicOMH. http://www.musicomh.com/singles/dani-siciliano_0806.htm. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  19. ^ Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo (22 September 2006). "Interrobang (?!)". Pitchfork. http://pitchfork.com/features/interrobang/6440-interrobang-19/. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (3 September 2001). "Dance Music Meets Jazz, Splinters and All". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/03/arts/pop-review-dance-music-meets-jazz-splinters-and-all.html. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  21. ^ Muggs, Joe (24 January 2004). "CD reviews". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/3610784/CD-reviews-Joss-Stone-and-more.html. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 

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