The ClubPlanet Interview: Dannic

The ClubPlanet Interview: Dannic

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
01.14.2015

Daan Romers, aka Dannic, started like most DJs- making mashups before moving into original productions, and just as his mashups were played by all the big name DJs, his tracks quickly were as well.  From his contest-winning debut, remixing Funkerman’s “Automatic,” to the solid string of club hits (“Doster,” “Ignite,”  “Rocker,” “Lion,” “Zenith”), his productions are highly regarded.  His partnership with Dyro yielded their first headlining party at the Amsterdam Dance Event 2013, which was a sold out success. Over the past year, he’s worked with Bright Lights, Shermanolgy, and Merk & Kremont to create even more massive club tracks.  With his Front of House web series and his packed release / tour schedule, you will definitely be hearing a lot more from Dannic.

RS: How are you doing today?
Dannic: Really good, how are you?

RS: Doing great. Did you just fly in today?
Dannic: No, I just arrived here, but I live in Breda, which is an hour from Amsterdam, so I drove.

RS: Everyone is from Breda... isn’t Hardwell from Breda?
Dannic: Yeah, Hardwell, Tiesto, R3hab, Fedde Le Grand, and a lot of other guys are from Breda.


 

RS: Is there something in the water that just makes y’all such great producers?
Dannic: A lot of beer I guess. We drink a lot of beer.

RS: Last time I spoke to you, you were doing your Front Of House tour with Dyro. Is Front Of House your label or your radio show? What exactly is it?
Dannic: It is a concept that I came up with for my radio show, and of course I have my new web series, called Front Of House TV as well. I was looking for a good name for my promo mixes at the time, and Front Of House was something that I came up with because it’s upfront tunes and my sound is a little bit more housey. In the future it may be Front Of House records or recordings, you never know... 


RS: You did a collaboration with TV Noise, how did you guys collaborate in the studio because there’s two of them and one of you?
Dannic: It’s a funny story, I was doing a Dannic Selection EP on Revealed, which are songs that I A&R’d for Revealed, and they sent me a snippet of a break. They had heard about it and really wanted the song on Revealed and thought that maybe the breakdown would be something that I could work with. I told them we should do a collaboration and we ended up sending it back and forth because we both work in Logic.

RS: Is it a vocal track?
Dannic: It is really just a club and festival track.

RS: Have you started modeling as well as DJing?
Dannic: No, why?

RS: I see you in those clothing ads, are they just a sponsor of yours?
Dannic: No, they are just press photos.

RS: Have you thought about doing modeling on top of DJing? Sort of like the Avicii thing?
Dannic: No, not at all, I am a musician not a model. 

RS: I read that you are looking for a vocalist; when you are looking for a singer what do you look for?
Dannic: Something special, and I know it sounds really clichéd but it’s true. I don’t need a vocalist that is really well-known, I really like to search out people that are just starting with writing their own songs. I think it is really interesting. I just put it out on Twitter to see what would happen, and there are actually two really good vocalists that I came up with.

RS: How many responses did you get?
Dannic: A lot, actually, but only 4 or 5 of them really caught my attention.

RS: I read that you are doing something with #mydannicmoment, what exactly is that?
Dannic: I did the web TV series and there were a lot of people that were making things for me. For example, someone posted a picture of them wearing a “Don’t Panic Listen To Dannic” t-shirt and I just saw that someone baked a Dannic cake. It’s so funny and so I was thinking that I would do something in return and actually answer them in my web series. People can use #mydannicmoment and I respond to whatever Dannic moment it is and thank them for making something cool. 

RS: You have your fans tweet a Dannic moment, which DJ or producer would you want a moment for?
Dannic: That is a good question, I think Fedde Le Grand. He is one of my biggest idols and he is a great guy. I know him personally and I have been a huge fan for ten years.

RS: So what would you do for #myfeddelagrandmoment?
Dannic: I would probably go fangirling in front of him.

RS: I just read that you are working on a new track that you are going to launch tonight at ADE. What’s that track about?
Dannic: I only made a snippet of it on my laptop and it has some potential, so I wanted to test it. The first version is what I finished today, and obviously it’s not done yet, but it is there to roadtest and I am going to drop it at this ADE.

RS: You mentioned before that you are going more house with your sound, what is inspiring that?
Dannic: Basically my roots, I am really into Motown, groovy and funky music. I started playing more R&B/funk kind of tracks and I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson and John Legend. I think that you can hear it in my sounds as well. Sometimes it can be a banger, but it’s still groovy and the track that I just made is totally different, it is more groovy than progressive house.

RS: Very cool. You mentioned those classic Motown vocalists, if you could rework a Motown song or artist what would your dream be?
Dannic: I think that Otis Redding is definitely a big idol for me and of course he is not around anymore, but it would be awesome.

RS: What is something that no one knows about Dannic?
Dannic: With the web series, I think that people are starting to get to know me a little more, but I have no patience. If I have to wait somewhere like an airport I am so impatient.

RS: Good to know, I won’t keep you waiting anymore. What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Dannic: Thank you guys so much for all of the support. I see all your post on social media and I try to respond although sometimes it’s really hard to answer all of you guys but I see you and thank you so much!

Interview conducted during Amsterdam Dance Event 2014.


 
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