Maurice ‘Pirahnahead’ Herd is interwoven into the very fabric of Detroit's musical and historic tapestry as one of Detroit's true ambassadors of music. As a Producer, String Arranger, Mixer and Historian - his tireless work ethic solidifies him as a mainstay in the industry. From the age of two, music became his life's mission. At that young age he learned piano (from his mother), then guitar and bass, thus becoming a session musician, which formed a young producer from his observations in those sessions. Served as String Arranger with music industry gamechangers De La Soul, Mali Music, Victoria Monet, D’Mile and Supa Dave West. As a producer, guitarist and musical director for Les Nubians, yet has toured alongside Moodymann, Diviniti, Los Hermanos, and factions of the P-Funk All-Stars, such as Enemy Squad which toured with Bernie Worrell, among many others. He has performed at Woodstock, Montreux Jazz Festival, North
Sea Jazz Festival, and Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival (with Diviniti), and has had the honor to share the stage with high caliber musicians; Don Was, Amp Fiddler, Allee Willis and Kern Brantley.
A naturally gifted string arranger, he honed his talent as a Wayne State University music major; but as the protégé and music copyist for the iconic MOTOWN arranger Paul Riser, he gets an edge which gives him the ‘old school’ flavor which many have sought out. In 2016, Pirahnahead arranged and conducted strings for Hip-Hop royalty De La Soul's album 'And The Anonymous Nobody' (which earned a GRAMMY Nomination in 2017) lacing tracks which feature Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Estelle, and Pete Rock. Also, he arranged strings for Mali Music’s ‘Loved by You (ft. Jazmine Sullivan)’ and ‘Still’ (which earned a GRAMMY Nomination in 2018). In 2020, he scored the short film for Victoria Monet's 'Jaguar' project. He has done string arrangements for Carmen Rodgers, The Foreign Exchange, Brandon Williams, Shaun Martin (of snarky puppy), and notables in the House Music genre, Shuya Okino, Quentin Harris, DJ Spinna, and Clara Hill. (Since the early 1980’s), Maurice ‘Pirahnahead’ Herd has worked toward being the musically driven individual he is today. A record producer/engineer with 30 years experience, he studied at the Recording Institute of Detroit in 1990 and he still uses the various techniques he learned from many greats. He’s a ‘purist’ having learned the old-school way; threading tape machines, and making coffee for the lead engineer. He became chief engineer at Studio 707 in Lansing, MI - one of Michigan’s first hybrid recording rooms in 1992. Since, he has engineered at the legendary United Sound Systems and is currently at Al Sutton’s Rustbelt Studios (which just rebirthed Rock &Roll with the band Greta Van Fleet [Lava-Republic / Universal). As a producer, in 2004 pirahnahead burst onto the house / dance music scene with Diviniti’s ‘Find A Way’ which became a dance floor staple and still is. It was even sampled by The Foreign Exchange in "Asking For a Friend" (Tales from the Land Of Milk & Honey, 2015). Pirahnahead has remixed for top-notch artists: Kem, Avery Sunshine, Marva King, and Lex Empress. Hailed by many tastemakers, he launched the label Whasdat Music in 2006, releasing gems by Diviniti, Arnold Jarvis, Carolyn Victorian, and Carolyn Harding. Just recently Whasdat enlisted Carmen Rodgers for what is her first foray into soulful house - ‘The Beauty Of Life’. In 2014, he co-wrote the release “ Everlasting Love” with Diviniti and Louie Vega which is featured on Louie Vega’s GRAMMY nominated album Louie Vega Starring XXXIV. Pirahnahead (also being a Funk & R&B/Soul producer) received a Detroit Music Award in 2017 for ‘outstanding EDM producer’.Pirahnahead is now producing Les Nubians upcoming album, set to drop at some point in the future.
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