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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