Real Name:
Maurice Herd
Detroit musician, DJ, producer, orchestral arranger/conductor. His mother taught him how to play piano and shortly thereafter he began to learn guitar from copying Jimi Hendrix’s legendary riffs. Growing up, he listened to an eclectic range of music genres from rock and roll, blues, jazz, classical, and R & B-and each of these has continues to influence Pirahnahead’s musical style. Pirahna has written and produced songs for local artists such as Inohs Sivad, Mathias, Lathun, and the BLACKMAN (who gave him the name, ‘Pirahnahead’).

During the 1970’s, as disco grew in popularity, Pirahna developed a love for the upbeat and soulful music. While still quite young, he met the legendary DJ Ken Collier who also became his mentor. Pirahnahead went on to play at several parties and clubs in and around Detroit and his weekends at Detroit’s club Heaven and trips to New York’s Paradise Garage and Club Shelter played a significant part in inspiring Pirahna to become the DJ he is today.

His skilled musicianship enabled him to play guitar and tour with groups like Enemy Squad, Dub Culture, Charm Farm, Painted Pictures, and other bands in the Detroit and Lansing area. While touring with various incarnations of the P-Funk All-Stars, he had the opportunity to work with well-established artists such as Morris Day and The Time, Bernie Worrell and the Woo-Warriors, HR of Bad Brains, Fishbone, Buddy Miles, and Amp Fiddler.

He also performed Woodstock in 1998. Pirahnahead toured Europe, and Japan (with Moodymann) during the summer of 2005. He sang, played keys and guitar during this tour at mega festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival. These were performances of his original material to promote the release of his CD “SOLID: A Moment in the Mind of Pirahnahead” (Mahogani Music) which was released as a Japanese exclusive in 2005, and in Europe and the US in 2006.

Pirahnahead helped operate one of Lansing, Michigan’s first recording studios which used both digital and analog capabilities, Studio 707, where he produced local artists. He has studied at the Recording Institute of Detroit where he became a certified analog and digital audio engineer, and also Wayne State University as a music major. This has given him means to explore an exciting edge that he brings to his musical projects; classical orchestration.

He has written and conduct string parts for projects for DJ Spinna, DJ Genesis, and recently on Shuya Okino’s ‘United Legends’ project where he fused orchestral arrangement and production on the song ‘If It Is Love’ featuring Clara Hill. These elements were also incorporated into his DJ set during a Detroit Institute of Arts 2003 Christmas Gala when, as a DJ, he was accompanied by a string section and live percussion for which he composed scores and conducted.

He is currently working closely in a partnership with DJ Minx, CEO of Women on Wax Recordings. These two have come together to form the group Animal Trax, a moniker under which they released the EP “Deep Structures”.

Pirahna is also collaborating with Reggie Dokes, CEO of Psychostasia Recordings. Under the name Napi Hedz, these two producers have released singles on Women On Wax Recordings, Prime Numbers and Sound Signature.

In 2006, Pirahna launched his own imprint, Whasdat Music.

Pirahnahead Discography Tracks


Pirahnahead Solid: (A Moment) In The Mind Of Pirahnahead (Album) Mahogani Music US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Pirahna Head* Poem 4 A Lost One Remixes Moods & Grooves US 2004 Sell This Version
Pirahnahead Dreams Mahogani Music US 2004 Sell This Version
MG027 Pirahna Head* Presents Soulchestra Pirahna Head* Presents Soulchestra - Emotional Expression(12") Moods & Grooves MG027 US 2004 Sell This Version
Pirahnahead & Diviniti Pirahnahead & Diviniti - ♥ (Love) Mahogani Music US 2005 Sell This Version
WOW007 Diviniti & Pirahnahead Diviniti & Pirahnahead - Live For The Night(12") Women On Wax Recordings WOW007 US 2005 Sell This Version
ESPD-017 Shuya Okino / Pirahnahead Feat. Diviniti, Clara Hill Shuya Okino / Pirahnahead Feat. Diviniti, Clara Hill - "United Legends" Pirahnahead Works(12") Especial Distribution ESPD-017 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
WDM 1.5 Pirahnahead Music(12", S/Sided) Whasdat Music WDM 1.5 US 2008 Sell This Version
WDM-Special Edition Pirahnahead Come 2Gether(12", S/Sided) Whasdat Music WDM-Special Edition US 2008 Sell This Version
Pirahnahead NGTVNRG EP Stage 1 (EP) Third Ear Recordings US 2009 Sell This Version
Pirahnahead Feat. Yaminah* Pirahnahead Feat. Yaminah* - I Do Love U Whasdat Music US 2010 Sell This Version
Pirahnahead And Diviniti Pirahnahead And Diviniti - (Just Like) A Dream Whasdat Music US 2011 Sell This Version
WDM 005 Pirahnahead Featuring Abby B. Pirahnahead Featuring Abby B. - Celebrate(12") Whasdat Music WDM 005 France & Benelux 2011 Sell This Version
Theo Parrish / Pirahnahead / Craig Huckaby Theo Parrish / Pirahnahead / Craig Huckaby - Black Music Sound Signature US 2012 Sell This Version
3EEP-2012_06 Pirahnahead With Goddesstephanie And Mona Bode Pirahnahead With Goddesstephanie And Mona Bode - The Sxulnrg EP(12", EP) Third Ear Recordings 3EEP-2012_06 UK 2012 Sell This Version
OFM002 Pirahnahead Red Steam On Mars EP(12", EP) Old Future Music OFM002 Italy 2013 Sell This Version


CCRM-2018 Pirahnahead Works Selected By Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive)(CD, Comp) CCRE Music CCRM-2018 Japan 2009 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

none Pirahnahead Live At 'Rockets' In Osaka, Japan July 2005(CDr, Mixed) Not On Label none US 2005 Sell This Version
WDMX01 Pirahnahead In My Skin(CDr, Mixed, Lim) Whasdat Music WDMX01 US 2007 Sell This Version
WDMX 02 Pirahnahead Detroit: Check It In!!!(CDr, Mixed) Whasdat Music WDMX 02 US 2009 Sell This Version
WDMX-04 Pirahnahead The Detroit Rollersk8te Theory Vol. 1(CDr, Mixed) Whasdat Music WDMX-04 US 2009 Sell This Version
WDMX 03 Pirahnahead Detroit: Belle Isle 2 8Mile(CDr, Mixed) Whasdat Music WDMX 03 US 2009 Sell This Version
WDMX 01 Pirahnahead In My Skin: The Mack & Bewick Chronicles Vol. 1(CDr, Mixed) Whasdat Music WDMX 01 US 2009 Sell This Version


WDM-DR1 Pirahnahead TimeLoveLIFE(File, WAV) Whasdat Music WDM-DR1 US 2008
none Pirahnahead Life On Mars: Live From Mars Bar Detroit(CD, P/Mixed) Whasdat Music none US 2011 Sell This Version