Danny Daze is a man who has many different musical tricks up his sleeve.
He emerged on a label and with a sound that doesn’t do him justice, and since then has dipped this toe into techno and electro with great results. Ultramajic, Kompakt Extra, OMNIDISC, and others have released his music, while he continues to play hard to define sets at essential venues around the world.
On Saturday, October 6th he plays the huge Mosaic party curated by Maceo Plex at Printworks Next to the likes of Len Faki, Ellen Allien, Silent Servant, and Jennifer Cardini, he will play a special back to back with New York techno talent Anthony Parasole. Before that, we asked him about how much he will prep for the set, talked about shaking off preconceptions and much more besides.
“I’m guessing by the shows I’ve been doing the last couple of years people now understand what it is I do”
How has summer been, what’s been good, what’s been bad about it?
Summer has been great. My sister just had a baby so I’ve got a niece now which is awesome. I’ve not really had anything “bad” about this summer other than the constant lack of sleep, which, unfortunately, I’m used it.
Do you feel you have finally managed to distance yourself from your breakout hit, and become known for the sort of music that actually inspires and informs you?
I’m not sure to be honest, that’s something that I just leave with the listener. Most of my energy and focus has just gone into Omnidisc and showing up to the venue and doing what I do. It was quite a bit of work for me back in 2012/2013 to have promoters understand and not get upset when I was up there playing Electro so I decided back then to not focus on changing peoples minds and having it happen naturally. I’m guessing by the shows I’ve been doing the last couple of years people now understand what it is I do and where I come from musically.
You play Printworks soon. It’s huge. Does that alter what you might play? Do you have to sidle up, play bigger tunes, so you connect with a bigger crowd in a bigger space?
I’ve always loved trying to find that pocket where you don’t have to play “obvious bangers”. I don’t like playing those kinds of records and have made the mistake before of thinking I had to. Most of the dance music I play fits in quite a few different scenarios so I can’t really say I change my sound or intention too much when going into a bigger stage or venue.
How much will you talk about the set beforehand with Anthony? Will you plan it in anyway?
Nah, I’ve always thought if you have to plan or talk about your set with someone, you more than likely shouldn’t be playing together. If you’re going b2b with someone, that means you trust their judgment and they trust yours. B2b’s have become a common thing as of late but it’s very easy to get it wrong, which is why I like to be precise about who I do them with.
Will you do one each or half hour each or how will it actually go down? Do you have a preference?
We’ll more than likely just play it by ear the way we did in Brazil at the Dekmantel after party. There’s no need to have strict rules when it comes to a b2b. Anthony is a great DJ, so if he feels he’s got another track that will go well with the one he just played, then there’s no reason for him to not drop another one right after …… or vice versa.
What makes him someone you are happy to play with? Do you know you have a certain musical kinship?
He and I recently played b2b in Brazil as I mentioned above and it just felt natural. I also like the fact we both have different sounds that are still cohesive enough to compliment each other. He’s from NY and I’m from Miami. Although I’ve never really been a house DJ, I see where his NY house roots and my subconscious Miami house influence would align. I say subconscious because as I mentioned, I’ve never really been a house DJ but I was always around it being we had guys like the Murk boys out there.
And while it’s going on, will you chat about the direction and what you might play next and so on, or will it be instinctive do you think?
Instinct for sure. The best b2b sets are those you barely have to speak to the other Dj in order to get the story across.
Might it get competitive? One-upmanship on sick tunes or dropping ones that are hard to mix out of and so on?
Trying to one-up each other can be disastrous. I definitely tend to go for b2b sets that make sense once the set is done. The great thing about these sets is the other DJ having another complete arsenal of music you would’ve never discovered. So the goal for me is to have the audience think “they must do these sets a lot” because it seemed seem-less and nothing was too sporadic or out of place.
How different do you approach four hour or more sets than two hours? is it a totally different thing or just another set?
Longer sets mean more time to actually be able to tell a story. These two-hour sets that are extremely common nowadays are absolutely impossible for me to tell a story. It’s usually going in and play bangers, then leave. Do with this four-hour set you can expect a nice journey throughout.
What else have you got coming up/are you working on?
Been really focused on Omnidisc. We’ll have the next release by Dean Grenier coming out next Monday then another release in November by Antoni Maiovvi. As far as my own stuff goes, I’ll have a collaborative EP with DefeKt coming out on Omnidisc in February of next year and my first album at the end of 2019.