Daniel's latest invention, his LP (Latin Percussion) One Shot Shaker Live! took top honors at the 2004 Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA). His best-selling "One Shot Shaker" continues to be called "brilliant" by musicians and critics nationwide. Daniel's revolutionary new LP One Shot shaker's unique design enables both novice and professional musicians to execute simple or even the most complex rhythms for an entire musical track with improved precision and ease.
Recent recordings include Sheldon Reynold's "Devoted Spirits: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire" in stores now. Daniel also recorded on John (JR) Robinson's "Funk Shui," the Jimmy Hendrix tribute project titled "Power of Soul," and Earth, Wind & Fire's "The Promise" CD. Video appearances include best-selling DVs and videos such as "Don Henley Live-Inside Job"; Yanni's "Tribute"; Jennifer Lopez "Feeling So Good"; and Ricky Martin's "The Ricky Martin Video Collection" featuring the 2000 Grammy performance of "Living la Vida Loca."
De los Reyes' most recent film work was a musical appearance in the smash hit salsa-filled VH1 Original Movie "The Way She Moves". Daniel also added songwriter to his long list of credits when he collaborated with Mario Rodriguez and Frank Simmes on a high energy salsa tune titled "Una Vez Mas" which aired in a club scene on the popular ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live."
Born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, Daniel is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent and a third generation musician in the de los Reyes family. He received his early drum instruction from his father, Walfredo de los Reyes Sr., one of Cuba's most prominent and influential drummers. His grandfather, Walfredo de los Reyes II, was one of the founding members of the successful Cuban orchestra Casino de la Playa.
Daniel continues to broaden his musical talents to include recording and producing new projects. Stepping into the spotlight as bandleader and producer, Daniel celebrates his Cuban roots while playing the driving rhythms, upbeat tempos, and danceable mambos, rumbas, and cha-cha-chas of his heritage. His critically-acclaimed SAN RAFAEL 560 album has earned him high praise and recognition from fans and music critics alike. Cuban music legends Armando Peraza, Candido Camera, the Los Papines family, and Buena Vista Social Club's Amadito Valdez have all praised SAN RAFAEL 560 for its authenticity. The album was selected as one of the "Top 10 Albums of 2000" in the World Music Category and is a favorite with DJs and dance audiences of all ages across the country.
On SAN RAFAEL 560, Daniel plays congas, timbales, drums, guiro, clave, shekere, maracas, and cowbell in addition to adding vocals. Over the years, Daniel's musicianship has earned him the reputation as one of most respected and versatile performers amongst both his fans and peers in the music industry today.