Beck

Born: July 8, 1970
Los Angeles, CA, USA
cancer

Beck Hansen was born in L. A. to actress/musician Bibbe Hansen and bluegrass musician David Campell. He was raised in a creative, hippie-like environment, and he was encouraged to play instruments and sing at a young age. By the time he was 12 years old, he was playing the guitar fluidly. It wouldn't be long before he began to write his own songs. When Beck turned 18, he moved to New York to check out the music scene. He began to combine his folk and blues roots background with the flourishing punk movement that was beginning to happen in the late 80's as a rebellion to the slick hair metal that was dominating the airways. He returned to L.A. in the early 90's, and he began paying his due, playing clubs and parties. He recorded a couple of singles for the independent Bong Load Records, and from these, the single "Loser" began to get nationwide attention and a lot of airplay. DGC Records quickly signed him, and the following year they released his first major label album, Mellow Gold. It was wildly popular, as was his 1996 follow-up, Odelay. Odelay was responsible for the singles "Where It's At" and "Devil's Haircut." Beck also engineers, mixes and produces for several other bands and rap artists.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Songwriter Piano Synthesizer

Genres:
1990's Alternative Lounge

Beck Has Worked With:
Snoop Dogg

Beck Was Influenced By:
Tom Waits

Artists That Were Influenced By Beck :
Robert Lamm

Beck 's Discography:
Odelay
Release Date: June 18, 1996
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