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A world traveler by the age of 4, Def 3, aka Danny Fernandez, lived for six years on board a hospital ship with his family. Going to school on a ship, living in close community with folks from 40 nations, while travelling to 27 countries from the Caribbean through Europe and West Africa gives Def3 a unique perspective on life. From musical parents with Latin rhythm from his Chilean father, Ramon, and a flair for words from his mother it was only natural that he would produce his own brand of music.
He began performing at the age of six in a song and dance group called Ships Kids, entertaining hundreds of people in some of the worlds poorest nations where Mercy Ships offered free surgeries and medical help. Spending most of the year docked in a developing nation and the rest in Europe moving from country to country Def 3 developed an appreciation for diverse cultures.
After a year in East Texas his family moved to Regina where Danny became Def 3 and began making waves of a different sort. He has been a major contributor to the Saskatchewan arts scene not only through his work as an established MC, but also as an experienced Graffiti Artist and highly Active DJ. With over 100 International shows in the past 3 years alone, he has gained international notoriety through his highly active touring schedule and repeat official showcases at festivals such as SXSW, Shambhala, Juno Fest, NXNE, CMW, Breakout west, and Prairie Scene, even headlining the Saskatchewan pavilion for the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His contagious songs combined with his interactive and high-energy live show has landed him gigs around the globe. He has gained his experience performing to all types of crowds from coffee shops, pubs, clubs, galas, award ceremonies, and festivals all over the world. By special invitation he performed at private galas for the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency, Michaelle Jean, and the Lieutenant Governor of Canada during their Saskatchewan visits.
He has released several music videos all landing rotation on Much Music's Much Vibe and Rapcity. His most recent "Real Talk" from the Amnesia EP is currently on rotation. His last 2 major releases were nominated for WCMA awards for "Rap recording of the year" in 2008 and again in 2010. His album "Dog River", a collaboration with Canadian veteran rapper Moka Only charted #1 on Chartattack and Earshot for college radio stations throughout Canada for 12 weeks before moving down in the charts.
Def 3 is also known for his work within the community. From 2006 till the present he has started, organized, and led instructional workshops to all ages of youth and a wide variety of students working with inner city youth programs, partnerships with the Regina Board of education, and even Graduate classes at the IMP labs through the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. He has toured extensively throughout Canada east to west, United States, Europe, Japan, and South America performing more than 150 International Showcases. He has shared the same stage as well as toured with a wide variety of hip hop heavyweights such as Nas, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Ace, Bliss N Eso, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Grieves, K-OS, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Maestro Fresh Wes, Classified, Shad, Swollen Members, Choclair, Zion I, Mystic, Cage, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, and many more.
Recently he joined forces with Vancouver's Sweatshop Union on their latest release as a touring member of the Leisure Gang. Def 3 has been touring extensively with Sweatshop throughout Canada and the U.S for the past 23 months. He is currently promoting his latest EP entitled "Amnesia". The EP features Moka Only, Josh Martinez, Tonye Aganabe and Ra Focus. His newest album with Saskatoon native super producer Factor is entitled wildlife and is set to be released Feb 25th, 2014 on Ship Records Inc. / Fontana North. Expect to hear a lot more from Def3 in the next few years as he is just getting started. Please download his latest "Amnesia" FREE at www.def3.ca.