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Dannic, the highly prodigious DJ and producer from Breda in the Netherlands – the hometown of Tiësto & Hardwell – has already achieved a great deal since exploding onto the scene. Having now debuted for the first time at #74 in this year’s Top 100 DJ Mag poll, he is starting to harness the recognition he deserves.
This talented selector drew the attention of the spotlight early in his career thanks to a series of amazing mash-ups. He has since gone on to demonstrate a natural understanding of audio arrangement and structure, alongside possessing an impressive prowess as a peak-time performer, whose technical ability leaves club and festival audiences wowed each and every week. With his music remaining a staple in the sets of Tiësto, Avicii, Hardwell, Nicky Romero and Bingo Players, Dannic’s positions amongst his peers continues to soar.
Daan Romers (in real life) won the Dancetour DJ contest in 2009 and a slot playing his productions to an audience of 10,000 people. Having started out as a DJ 10 years ago Dannic earned his stripes the old fashioned way, playing bars and small clubs, honing his craft. As Dannic says “It’s funny because a lot of people know me as a producer but I like to see myself as a DJ who started producing”. It was only when he wanted to set himself apart from other DJs that he began experimenting with production and creating mash-ups to add something special and unique to his sets. By 2010 this level of dedication paid off.
Dannic’s first solo track on Revealed Recordings was called ‘Doster’ and received heavy supported from Hardwell and Nicky Romero. He then went on to release multiple records before catching the attention of the major labels. An early, but career path defining release, saw him go into the studio with close compatriot Hardwell to create ‘Kontiki,’ a tune with went on to become a hallmark of many of that summers festival sets. Recently Dannic has left his imprint on projects for famed artists that include Nicky Romero, Chuckie, Example, Arty, Nadia Ali, Ciara and Sean Paul. Dannic has built his reputation to a point where his distinctive remix work is highly sought after by artists’ both in the underground and mainstream music scene. At the beginning of 2013 his track, ‘Clobber’, was released on the globally renowned imprint, Toolroom records. A fixture in many DJs sets during WMC, Dannic had delivered a hit that rivalled his previous peak time tracks ‘Flare’ and ‘Tombo’ both released on Revealed Recordings. Doused with Dannic’s distinctive style, ‘Clobber’ is a cool, dirty roller with a heavy groove that has illuminated the playlists of artists such as Swedish House Mafia. Danny Howard of BBC Radio 1 when discussing his music said “(I am a) Big big fan, been supporting his music since day one”, a sentiment which is shared by many..
Having been given his first big break by Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings imprint, Dannic has now, three years later, become an integral member of the Revealed family and seen his association with the label grow into a regular feature at Revealed’s global events and tours. From performances with the label at Amsterdam Dance Event to his fixture on the 12 date sell-out Revealed Recordings Canadian Bus Tour, that took place at the turn of the year and saw Dannic perform alongside label mates Hardwell and Dyro, as they took in the biggest clubs Canada’s club scene has to offer. Dannic’s profile has also soared in North America of late with him having played a number of prestigious shows at this year’s WMC. The panicle of which was, the Hardwell presents Revealed Miami at Mansion nightclub. It is undeniable that Dannic has moved beyond the tag of “one to watch.”
The Revealed Recordings North American Tour concluded in June and saw him destroy clubs along both coasts with label mate Dyro. During this tour, Dannic demonstrated to colossal audiences his skills and tight technique as a DJ. His ability to read the crowd shone through proving he can mix it with the world’s best, as he delivered sets varying from peak time madness to low slung, sexy, funky grooves. With the pinnacle of the tour being a main stage set at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dannic has undeniably joined the upper echelons of the dance music scene. This unrelenting schedule has been interspersed with dates across the globe and appearances at the summer’s hottest festivals including spell binding sets at Electric Zoo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Dance Valley and TomorrowWorld.
Not one to ease up, Dannic’s consistently released music over the summer period. ‘Viper’, released on Revealed, is another dance floor weapon with anthem potential. Armed with fatal drops and energetic lead work ‘Viper’ followed his previous tracks and received heavy support from a who’s who of the scenes leading DJs. Following this with another release of the prestigious Toolroom Records, ‘Ignite’, has all the attributes of a Dannic classic with its big room vibe. His relationship with Toolroom Records has been further entrenched as he was bestowed the honour of mixing the latest edition of the fabled Toolroom Knights compilation in the labels tenth anniversary year. His eagerly anticipated next Revealed Recordings release ‘Rocker’ dropped in early October and became an instant fan favourite, adding another instant classic to Dannic’s rapidly swelling back catalogue. Not limited to solo releases his recent collaboration ‘Blueprint’ with up and coming Dutch artists ‘Sick Individuals’, yet again finding the perfect balance between melody and high impact club tune, this serves as a timely reminder of the Dutch mans talent. Already receiving heavy support from the scenes big guns this track has hit record written all over it and coming just a few weeks since placing for the first time in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll it is apparent Dannic’s career is on and upward trajectory which has no limits…
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