Born in Toronto, as a teenager Daniel became involved in the city's DIY music community, and in the early 2010's became closely affiliated with the flourishing electronic music and party scene in Montreal surrounding cult indie label Arbutus Records, frequently performing as a touring musician with Grimes, Sean Nicholas Savage and Doldrums.
A cassette of Daniel's first recordings as Moon King caught the ear of Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk, who released two 12" EPs on his label One Big Silence. Performing with guitarist and vocalist Maddy Wilde, as well as a rotating cast of musicians, Moon King toured heavily from 2013-2015, supporting artists including Unknown Mortal Orchestra and TOPS, and played over 100 shows to support the release of Moon King's debut album Secret Life, but at the end of the year Daniel decided to relocate to Detroit, Michigan, putting the brakes on any future touring.
Daniel spent the next year immersing himself in Detroit's dance music and DJ culture, which eventually began to influence his own recordings. A collection of new material found its way back to Arbutus Records in Montreal, and Hamtramck '16 was released in the summer of 2017, documenting Moon King's shift towards disco and dance music.