Pirahnahead

Real Name:
Maurice Herd
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Maurice ‘Pirahnahead’ Herd is a Grammy Nominated String Arranger, Producer, and multifaceted music aficionado. A true ambassador of music with tireless work ethic. From the age of two, music became his life's mission when his Mother taught him piano. Soon he discovered his passion for Guitar, and by the age of thirteen he became a young session musician who observed producers, arrangers and engineers as they turned musical ideas into magic.

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 the ‘old school’ flavor, plus the cutting edge that is sought by many. Pirahnahead arranged and conducted strings for Hip-Hop royalty De La Soul's album 'And The Anonymous Nobody' (which earned a GRAMMYTM Nomination in 2016) on tracks featuring 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 GRAMMYTM Nomination in 2017). In 2020, he elaborately orchestrated the short film for Victoria Monet's "Jaguar" project, and collaborated with Monet on "A Jaguar Christmas: The orchestral arrangements" charting at #1 on Apple Music's Classical charts. Pirahnahead also arranged strings for producer Salaam Remi's version of 'Strange Fruit' featuring the voice of the late Betty Wright for Salaam's "Black On Purpose" album. He has also done arrangements for Brandon Williams, Alex Isley, Shaun Martin (of snarky puppy), Carmen Rodgers, The Foreign Exchange, and various notables in the House Music & EDM genres such as Tom Glide, Shuya Okino, Quentin Harris, DJ Spinna, and Clara Hill.

Since his childhood, Pirahnahead has worked toward being the musically driven individual he is today. A record producer and engineer with over 30 years experience, he studied at the Recording Institute of Detroit in 1990. He still uses the various techniques he learned from many greats, such as legendary P-Funk engineer Jim Vitti. Pirahnahead is 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. He has engineered at the legendary United Sound Systems and is currently at Al Sutton’s Rustbelt Studios (where Greta Van Fleet got the Grammy Win). 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). Also, Pirahnahead did remixes for Kem, Avery Sunshine, Marva King, and Lex Empress which were hailed by many industry tastemakers. Pirahnahead has worked collaboratively with Reggie Dokes, DJ Minx, and Craig Huckaby, on releases from Women On Wax Recordings, Prime Numbers and Sound Signature. So in an effort to operate his own, he launched the label Whasdat Music in 2006 which continues to this day. He 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, (The Late) Allee Willis and Kern Brantley and was musical director and producer for Les Nubians.

As a String Arranger, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist and Engineer, he has worn many hats proudly throughout his journey and continues to build relationships throughout the music industry.
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Albums

Mahogani M-13 LP Pirahnahead - Solid: (A Moment) In The Mind Of Pirahnahead album art Pirahnahead Solid: (A Moment) In The Mind Of Pirahnahead (Album) Mahogani Music Mahogani M-13 LP US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MG-031 Pirahnahead - Poem 4 A Lost One Remixes album art Pirahna Head* Poem 4 A Lost One Remixes Moods & Grooves MG-031 US 2004 Sell This Version
Mahogani M-10 Pirahnahead - Dreams album art Pirahnahead Dreams Mahogani Music Mahogani M-10 US 2004 Sell This Version
MG027 Pirahnahead - Emotional Expression album art Pirahna Head* Presents Soulchestra Pirahna Head* Presents Soulchestra - Emotional Expression(12") Moods & Grooves MG027 US 2004 Sell This Version
M.M-16 Pirahnahead - ♥ (Love) album art Pirahnahead & Diviniti Pirahnahead & Diviniti - ♥ (Love) Mahogani Music M.M-16 US 2005 Sell This Version
WOW007 Pirahnahead - Live For The Night album art Diviniti & Pirahnahead Diviniti & Pirahnahead - Live For The Night(12") Women On Wax Recordings WOW007 US 2005 Sell This Version
ESPD-017 Pirahnahead - "United Legends" Pirahnahead Works album art 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 album art Pirahnahead Music(12", S/Sided) Whasdat Music WDM 1.5 US 2008 Sell This Version
WDM-Special Edition Pirahnahead - Come 2Gether album art Pirahnahead Come 2Gether(12", S/Sided) Whasdat Music WDM-Special Edition US 2008 Sell This Version
WDM 004 Pirahnahead - I Do Love U album art Pirahnahead Feat. Yaminah* Pirahnahead Feat. Yaminah* - I Do Love U Whasdat Music WDM 004 US 2010 Sell This Version
WDMDR2 Pirahnahead - NGTVNRG EP Stage 1 album art Pirahnahead NGTVNRG EP Stage 1 (EP) Third Ear Recordings WDMDR2 US 2009 Sell This Version
WDM006 Pirahnahead - (Just Like) A Dream album art Pirahnahead And Diviniti Pirahnahead And Diviniti - (Just Like) A Dream Whasdat Music WDM006 US 2011 Sell This Version
WDM 005 Pirahnahead - Celebrate album art Pirahnahead Featuring Abby B. Pirahnahead Featuring Abby B. - Celebrate(12") Whasdat Music WDM 005 France & Benelux 2011 Sell This Version
SS047 Pirahnahead - Black Music album art Theo Parrish / Pirahnahead / Craig Huckaby Theo Parrish / Pirahnahead / Craig Huckaby - Black Music Sound Signature SS047 US 2012 Sell This Version
3EEP-2012_06 Pirahnahead - The Sxulnrg EP album art 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 album art Pirahnahead Red Steam On Mars EP(12", EP) Old Future Music OFM002 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
none Pirahnahead - Other Side - A Tribute To Amanda Allen RIP album art Marissa Guzman, Pirahnahead, Roxanne Tomco, Ron Otis Marissa Guzman, Pirahnahead, Roxanne Tomco, Ron Otis - Other Side - A Tribute To Amanda Allen RIP(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Marissa Guzman Self-released) none 2017

Compilations

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

DJ Mixes

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

Miscellaneous

WDM-DR1 Pirahnahead - TimeLoveLIFE album art Pirahnahead TimeLoveLIFE(File, WAV) Whasdat Music WDM-DR1 US 2008