Danielle “Danz” Johnson is a song-writer, composer and producer.

Since 2010 she has been making music under the moniker of Computer Magic. Her discography as Computer Magic includes two LPs, ten eps, and one compilation record in the USA, and in Japan she has released six full length records with Tugboat / P-Vine Records.

She has written and produced songs featured in commercials (Lexus, Aria Casino) and has composed custom pieces for Panasonic in Japan, Body Mainte for Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and Kewpie. She has modeled clothes for the skate clothing brand X-Girl, founded by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon; and Sofia Coppola's clothing line Milkfed.

Her influences include New Wave, Italo Disco, Krautrock, New Order, Giorgio Moroder, Gary Numan, Stereolab, Belle & Sebastian and Radiohead. Her visual aesthetics are influenced by sci-fi films like Barbarella, Logan's Run and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

 

Danz runs her own label, Channel 9 Records, which releases limited edition vinyls and cassettes.

In 2019 she founded Synth History, a media site featuring musicians who embrace synthesizers. She has interviewed artists like Pete Townshend of The Who, Suzanne Ciani, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Rick Wakeman of Yes, Oneohtrix Point Never, Vince Clarke of Yaz and more. 

The first Synth History podcast episode on Wendy Carlos - written, recorded, scored and produced by Danz - was released in August of 2020.

Currently, Danz resides in New York City where she is working on her next record, scoring miscellaneous projects, writing the next Synth History podcast episode and developing a documentary series on synths. 

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