Daniel Monroe aka Fat Pockets


When I was growing up, I was always trying to make music and spent countless hours listening to and analyzing everything I could get my hands on. My parents’ vinyl collection was the beginning of my obsession. The Beatles, Paul Simon, Phil Keagy, Willie Nelson, The Zombies, Bob Dylan, and John Denver were early faves. In my teen years, I developed a love for New Wave, Funk, Reggae/Ska, Hip Hop, and Jazz. Love & Rockets, Duran Duran, Beastie Boys, RunDMC, Fishbone, The Specials, RHCP, Jamiroquai, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Ben Harper, Sublime, and many more were very influential on me as I was finding my way into adulthood.

I had always dabbled with different instruments, but nothing really stuck until, at 15, I was given a bass by my uncle. It became my obsession in life. I played 4 to 5 hours a day or until my parents told me to turn it off. Within a few months, I was playing up front in my church. When I was 18, I found my way into live performing bands like Statue Man, Jalopy Taco Stand, Major Liegue, Clydesdale, The End, and many more. My life was changed forever. I played in as many bands as I could juggle, often with my favorite drummer Kasey Cox. We took great pride in being as tight and hard-grooving as possible. Over the next several years, I had the distinct honor to share the stage with many recognized acts like No Doubt, Incubus, Papa Roach, Pato Banton, Israel Vibration, The Roots, Pharcyde, Spearhead, Semisonic, Heiroglyphics, Digital Underground, and many more.

In my mid twenties, I got married and had 4 kids, the absolute greatest joy of my life, but music took a back seat for many years.

Fast forward to 40 years old. I downloaded Garage Band, and started developing a little home studio. Now I could make music with any time that I had free. Over time, I upgraded equipment and adopted the artist name, Fat Pockets. At first I was making mostly instrumental dubby music that very few ever heard. Eventually, I felt confident enough to reach out to other artists that I had met on SoundCloud and FaceBook. I started collaborating with as many artists as possible. In the last 5 years, I have worked with hundreds of like-minded artists on over 500 tracks. I now have a stable of ultra-talented musicians all over the world that contribute to my productions.

At 45, I started writing my own words down and spitting them in the mic to develop my own twisted brand of hip/hop and dub. Everyday, I am actively advancing my own personal music along with all the projects and productions I get involved with. I play many different roles in these tracks. I’m a producer. Im a bassist. I’m a rapper. I’m a sounding board for other producer friends.

My goals are to continually improve my production skills and quality, work with cool people, tour as a bass player, and eventually conquer the world as an artist. Fat Pockets is now a name that I actually respond to, and I am more satisfied with my musical life than ever before. I love working with people and being creative in any way I can. I adore the relationships I have developed along the way. Stay tuned much more music to come.