Fishman Artist // Duncan SheikDuncan grew up in South Carolina and New Jersey, learning to play the piano and guitar. He played with Lisa Loeb while studying at Brown University, and later appeared with His Boy Elroy on a 1993 album for Epic Records. Duncan recorded his debut Atlantic Records album in 1996 - a suite of songs that was dominated by the recent ending of a personal relationship. The first single to be lifted from the self-titled album, the huge radio hit "Barely Breathing", was typical of its contents, eschewing any distinctive pop content in its determinedly downbeat observations. Despite the absence of any quantifiable mass appeal, the debut album quickly gained a foothold in the Billboard Top 100, buoyed by the inclusion of Duncan's song, "In The Absence Of Sun", on the soundtrack to The Saint. In 1998, Sheik worked on the soundtrack to the remake of Great Expectations, and recorded his sophomore album Humming. His next project, Phantom Moon, saw Duncan setting New York-based scriptwriter Steven Sater's dialogue to music
Dunkan uses Rare Earth pickups, and Acoustic Matrix pickup systems.
"I have struggled with the sonic difficulties of reproducing the natural sound of an acoustic guitar through a P.A. system for as long as I've been playing shows. Of all the systems I have tried (and there are many!), the Rare Earth Blend soundhole pickup has managed to strike a fantastic balance between authenticity and power. It is a truly versatile solution that makes all my guitars sing in even the toughest of performance situations." – Duncan Sheik, Grammy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter and composer