To those who still may not know all that much on Dan, we'll help you out from under that rock. As you can tell from just a bit of the praise from musical icons DJ Dan has received, our West Coast bred friend has been around the block a few times (and turning heads all the while). Music has been forever entrenched in Dan's life, having garnered a superior record collection at the age of 8 that would give Amoeba Records a run for its money. Starting his professional musical career with some smaller clubs in Seattle and then Los Angeles, DJ Dan had a rise to recognition in the dance music community that could be considered meteoric.
Forming the Funky Techno Tribe in 1993, DJ Dan fused together breakbeat, house, dub, and techno to create a sound that later was fittingly crowned, “West Coast House". And with renowned tracks like “Needle Damage", and remixes for everyone from Depeche Mode to Duck Sauce, Dan's production prowess is undeniable.
It's not just party goers and fellow DJ's who bow down to Dan, the press have drooled over his music. DJ Mag named DJ Dan the #1 House DJ in 2006 while Urb Magazine named him “America's Favorite DJ" and "America's Hardest Working DJ". The media has never been more accurate. But one of the proudest moments could be said when THUMP warned partygoers to 'never fuck with DJ Dan' much like one unfateful attendant did this year in Baltimore to which Dan had the most powerful of responses.
Dan's widely renowned Los Angeles based label Instereo Recordings, has further etched his name into dance music's core. With TJR, Phunk Investigation, Wolfgang Gartner, DJ PP, DJ Sneak, Hatiras, and DJ Dan being amongst the many artists featured on the Instereo Recordings, the label is hard to ignore in the industry. Dan also has releases on Toolroom, Pacha Recordings, Ultra, Guesthouse, Work, XL Recordings, Magnetic, Rising, and many others.