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Hillary Clinton's political strategist Peter Daou was once a serious house music producer

From house to the White House

  • Cameron Holbrook
  • 26 September 2017

Who is Peter Daou?

Today, he is the founder of political website Verit that strongly supports the Democratic Party and also a member of Hillary Clinton's campaign team. But it might be surprising to find out he's also an accomplished house producer who has worked alongside the likes of David Morales.

As uncovered by Pitchfork, during the early ‘90s - before his political aspirations - Peter Daou was a committed house music producer who racked up over 400 production credits on a multitude of old-school house labels such as Nu Groove Records, Delicious Vinyl and Nervous Records.

Daou's career in the music industry is well-documented, having also worked as a music engineer alongside artists like Diana Ross and Miles Davis. His group The Daou (which he founded with his then-wife Vanessa Daou) released the Billboard charting single ‘Surrender Yourself’ in 1992; supplemented by a 13-minute Danny Tenaglia Ballroom mix. He's also credited on David Morales’ Def Klub Mix of Björk’s 'Big Time Sensuality'.

Many of Daou’s tracks received praise from the New York underground community, but he would later abandoned his desire to make house music after the upset of the election in 2000. Daou then decided to make a move into politics, first working on John Kerry’s 2004 campaign before becoming Hillary Clinton’s senior digital strategist in 2006. He was later named Internet Director for Clinton's 2008 presidential run.

Nowadays, you can find Peter Daou angrily spewing on Twitter about Donald Trump and his disregard for Bernie Sanders.

Cameron is Mixmag's US Editorial Intern. Follow him on Twitter here

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