Paleface is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and artist who has been active in the music business in the United States since 1989. He has never publicly revealed his real name. Paleface met songwriter Daniel Johnston in 1989. Johnston taught him how to write songs and Paleface began to make homemade tapes. At this time Paleface was roommates with Beck in New York City. Beck says, "We used to go to all the open mics together. He taught me Daniel Johnston songs on the sidewalk and let me sleep on his couch. He was a great songwriter, a generous friend, and a big influence on my early stuff". In 1990, Danny Fields (manager of The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5, and The Doors) discovered Paleface at an "Lach's Anti-hoot" (NYC open mic), and signed on as his manager.