If there’s one man who’s helped cultivate and pioneer a groovy, fonky sound into EDM, it’s Dannic. Throughout his career, he’s infused the genre with some of the most electrifying tracks that have been played on the biggest stages all over the world. He’s a man who really does it all, from owning and operating his very own imprint, Fonk Records, to playing eminent festivals such as Tomorrowland, and still somehow finding time to produce and collaborate with incredible talent (including a new track with Fedde Le Grand). Whether he sleeps or not, that’s a mystery. What we do know is that Dannic has truly been a leader within this industry and we were thrilled to sit down with him to ask him a few questions about what’s going on in his life right now, and what we can expect from him later this year:
2017 has been a big year for you and your label Fonk Records, can you share with us any fresh news about your next projects?
I can! We’ve just released a track from Holl & Rush ‘The Witch Doctor’ on Fonk which is a really cool, anthemic and groovy track. It’s a milestone – sort of! – as it’s out 20th release! We have so many exciting things coming up for the label that I can’t wait to reveal, tracks that I think are gonna be really big especially approaching the Autumn as we’ve had a lot of great feedback already. Looking forward to the fans all hearing it, man!
We know you are going to release a brand new track with our friend Fedde Le Grand. Tell us about this collaboration.
I’ve been a fan of Fedde forever, he is such an inspiration as a fellow Dutch DJ so to work with him was really like a dream come true. He is one of the reasons I first got into house music, the time we spent in the studio felt really natural and for us to come together to remake a classic with ‘Coco’s Miracle’, it feels like a labour of love that incorporates both of our styles. It’s already going down great in our sets, I’m excited for the full release on August 25th!
We are in love with your "Fonky" style, where does your inspiration come
Thanks! I grew up listening to old soul records – and Motown, everyone has a favourite Motown record! – thanks to my grandfather. He really influenced me in that way, I guess that even after I started producing and DJing dance music that I took on that influence subconsciously. I want the funk and groove to always be there and for the crowd to feel what kind of vibe and emotion I’m trying to pour into my music.
What about your studio setup and your favorite VST plugins?
I use a mac pro, dynaudio bm6mk2 studio monitors with a Dynaudio sub, roland a49 midi controller, apogee quartet soundcard. Fav VSTs, hive, nexus, kontakt.
Are you getting ready for ADE 2017?
We are! We can’t say too much just yet as we’re finalising information but I’ll be playing a bunch of showcases and shows with friends and artists that I can’t wait for! We’ll be bringing Fonk back for a special label showcase aswell – keep your eyes on my social media and dannicated.com and we’ll announce the info soon!
Please leave a message for your malaysian fans!
Thank you for supporting me all the way, DJ Mag Malaysia readers! Every single one of you has helped contribute to me and my music in some way, I’ll be back soon with new music – let’s party!
More about Dannic
Dannic, the prodigious DJ and producer from Breda in the Netherlands – the hometown of Tiësto and Hardwell - is one of the fiercest acts to emerge from a new generation of Dutch artists, cementing himself as a go-to name that delivers within the world of big-room, grooving house. Bursting onto the scene with a DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll placing 4 years in a row as of 2016, it’s confirmed to tastemakers that Dannic is a driving force within the scene. Dannic’s long-running stance behind the radio airwaves including his globally-syndicated Fonk Radio venture, also demonstrates a producer that is well and truly tapped into the most vital and important industry trends that appeal to his ever-expanding audience.
From his debut releases on world-class labels including Toolroom and a longstanding relationship with Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings, Dannic’s constant output of dance floor-ready bangers and groove-laden productions continues to excite across live shows globally, as well as productions that set alight the biggest mainstage sets. Seeing the Dannic sound grace the stages of Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Miami Music Week, plus many more alongside the launch of his own aforementioned, independent imprint - Fonk Recordings – Dannic has reflected his musical flair from every angle. From sourcing Demos, A&R’ing, design and production, the first release through Fonk Recordings (A collaboration between Dannic ehhimself and HIIO titled ‘Funky Time’) was supported by industry stars Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Fedde Le Grand and W&W, as a swathe of Top 10 releases signified it’s status, with the label still only in its early stages, Fonk Recordings also recently hosted a sold-out showcase party of label family and friends during the Amsterdam Dance Event in October. As over 350,000 music-lovers descended onto the city, all of these components proved the perfect catalyst to propel Dannic and the future of Fonk Recordings into its next exciting chapter.
After a slew of impressive dates across Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, China and Singapore, Dannic also returned to Tomorrowland, Ushuaïa Ibiza, threw down sets at the World’s Largest Club Germany’s World Club Dome and played numerous, extensive North American headline dates. Dannic also performed a career stand-out set during the final ‘I Am Hardwell: United We Are’ show at Germany’s Hockenheim, marking the first show that DJs had ever performed at the racing track – but taking his sound to his fans live is one thing, immersing them wherever they are in the world is another. Launching Dannicated at the start of 2017 as a sleek fan portal, Dannic is giving devotees unprecedented access to high-class video content, track streaming and the latest and greatest news in his world, an ongoing project that will be adapted to meet modern and current trends, whilst also staying ahead of the curve.
With his live performances gaining unmissable status, it is clear to see that his vast studio outputs appear just as prolific, making it undeniable that Dannic has moved beyond the tag of “one to watch”. As his unrelenting schedule is interspersed with huge dates across the globe, his high-quality audio weaponry only adds another string to his bow. Take anthems ‘Viper’, ‘Golden Hearts’, ‘Feel Your Love’, ‘Light The Sky’ and recent big-hitter on Maxximize with ‘Noise’, that also shot to #1 on the Beatport Big Room Chart; all of these factors create a flawless cocktail as Dannic looks forward to a bigger and better 2017, gearing up to release his long-awaited collab with personal hero and dance aficionado Fedde Le Grand on ‘Coco’s Miracle’ that already send fans crazy at the iconic Miami Music Week recently.
Ready to champion Fonk Recordings and its talents no matter the artists’ experience or infancy, Dannic’s musical passion underpins his every move as a DJ for the people, weather this be his noteworthy peers passing praise or his millions of fans around the globe connecting both in the flesh and via a plethora of digital mediums, the scene waits with bated breath for the next move of this shining Breda producer…
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Originally from Siberia, Katty Q is, without doubt, one of the most traveled International female DJs in the circuit as of 2017, requested by fans of different genres all over the world.
What makes her DJ sets and appearances so unique, Katty Q. has never been showcasing only one style, rather made her name as an Open Format DJ, being dubbed the "The Queen of MashUp" with exceptional technical skills and mesmerising stage appearance and the ability to read her crowd, to give them exactly what they want, either on the big stage of EDM festivals, the intimate club experience or at one of her regular gigs in Super Clubs all across Asia, Europe and last but not least Russia, where she is a resident DJ for the most luxurious brands and venues, including one of Moscow's major venues - ICON - since 2013.
In recent years Katya, what is her real name, who is a professional model since the tender age of 14, has appeared on numerous magazine covers, sets of catalogues of major brands and even been an actor/model in music videos, commercials and movies, plus being booked for projects and corporate events with world-renowned brands such as Swarovski product launches, "Russian Standard" - (exclusive tour DJ on a tour in all Asia), official DJ "Miss Russia", FHM DJ tour, Hennessy Artistry, Official DJ Mag Asia and DJ Mag China Tour DJ, FDJ List Asia Club Tour and the list goes on.
The following destinations have been conquered by this young and aspiring talent, who has already gathered hundred thousands of fans throughout the four corners of the world. Party capitals like Moscow, St Petersburg, Barcelona, Beirut, Singapore, Phuket, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Tivat, Bahrain, Delhi, Goa, Zurich, Paris, Jakarta, Bali, Yangon, Shanghai, Manila & Saigon are the places you will meet Katty Q. voted "World Sexiest female DJ 2015/2016" two years in a row in the prestigious “World’s Sexiest DJ” poll 2015 & 2016 by Clubbing9 Network & EDMdroid magazine, Playboy’s favourite DJ same as 3 years in a row top 5 Russian international female DJs.
KattyQ ranked World's Number 27th in the FDJ List in 2016 and made a big jump up to #17 in 2017.
- Ranking 17th on FDJ Top100 2016/2017
- Ranking 27th on FDJ Top100 2015/2016
- Top 5 Russian international female DJs 2014/2015/2016/2017
- World's Sexiest female DJ 2015 by WorldTopDJs Middle East and EDMdroid 2015 & 2016
What do you think about Future Bass and the recent fusion between EDM and pop music?
I am very happy about this fusion, I am a great pop fan myself and have always, even way before it was a trend, implemented pop songs on my sets and it always went well. So maybe I set the trend haha
How do you select the music you play during your live shows?
I of course do pre select tracks for my gigs, based on expected crowd and location, however it always comes down to the people, how we interact, what I feel they would want to hear and how we connect through the music, being that said I don't think I ever played a set twice or have I ever stuck with a playlist if I made one.
Clubs vs Festivals, which one you prefer? and why?
Festivals, sorry to say, most DJs might disagree, but I love the huge crowds, the massive energy and YES, specially the demand for poppy, commercial known tracks which lets the crowd go off, are exactly the things I love to see.
Which kind of equipment you like to use in your studio? analog or digital?
Mainly digital, always trying to play with new stuff and my co producers are very techy guys, who must have the newest equipment on the market to create the most unique and also up to date sounds.
You visited many places, what's the difference between play a show in your country and in Asia?
I enjoy playing everywhere, really I never had a gig where I was thinking that it was a bad experience for me. Every show is special and I get something out of it every single time. But yes, most of the time I am touring Asia recently, so I think I have a special connection to the crowd there ;)
You recently have been voted FDJ #17 in the World by a relatively important Top 100 for female DJs, what's your comment on this big success?
I am surprised and happy at a time, I am thanking all my fans, followers and friends for believing in me, supporting me (super thanks to my team) and most of all for having voted. People need to know that such polls are a reflection of ones popularity and even if there are many other talents with more achievements and or followers, if you don't get them to vote, it is not bringing results. Anyway, a big THANK YOU to anyone who has voted for me.
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