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Interview: Dannic
After his performance at Electric Zoo, Dannic takes some time to talk to Joonbug about his experience, his journey, and what he has in store for us in the future

Easily one of Revealed Recordings’ hottest artists, Dannic is the artist to watch as he continues to navigate the EDM circuit.  Between his current tour, his new radio show, and his most recent release, ‘Rocker’, the Dutch DJ isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.  With performances at the biggest festivals of the summer, including EDC Las Vegas and a debut at Tommorrowland, Dannic also had the chance to take the main stage at Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island in New York this past weekend.  After delivering a festival-worthy set, full of energy, big drops, and banging tracks, Dannic took a few minutes to chat with us about his experience, how he got here, and what we can expect from him for the remainder of the year.   

You just got off the main stage at Electric Zoo.  How are you feeling?

Exhausted [laughs]. This is a dream come true for me, playing mainstage in New York at Electric Zoo.  This has got to be one of my highlights of this year.

You kicked off your tour last night at Ultrabar in Washington D.C. How was that?

It was good!  It was more of a smaller club, but it was really intimate which is what I love.  The interaction with the crowd was really good, and they knew all the songs which makes it so easy to play for me as a DJ.  You get so much energy in return.  I love that.

You’ve had quite the exciting year, playing at EDC Vegas and your debut at Tomorrowland.  How would you say you’ve grown from these experiences?

I learned a lot from it, of course a lot of inspiration.  It’s always really inspiring when I DJ and I interact with the crowd.  It gives me ideas for new songs and new tracks.  You can see what will work and what doesn’t.  Sometimes I feel like I’m all in a rush, just one big rush.  Did I really play at Tomorrowland?  Did I really play at EDC Las Vegas?  It’s crazy.  The DJing thing doesn’t change if you’re playing at a big event [or small one].  Maybe I get more nervous for these kinds of gigs.  It’s overwhelming.

How do you take a step back and recharge from all of this?

I recharge when I’m at home with family and friends.  That’s where I really take my moment to chill and watch a movie or something.  That time is what keeps you grounded.  It’s a rush, but it’s my passion and I love it.  I’m definitely not complaining.

Hardwell has played a pretty significant role as a mentor and a friend.  What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned from him?

First off, we’re really good friends of course.  It’s not always about him teaching me.  We share tips, tricks, whatever, about producing of course, but also about life.  It’s good to have a friend and tour with him together.  That’s what it’s all about.

‘Rocker’ is doing really well, #8 on Beatport Overall, congratulations.  What went into making this track?

Thank you.  I wanted to do something different.  Of course there’s a lot of hard hitting stuff on Beatport right now, a lot of big gigs and whatever.  I wanted to keep it my own.  My signature sound is really important to me.  I think it came out really good.  I had the melody in my head and recorded it on my iPhone, then went on my laptop, then from my laptop to my studio at home.  I’m really happy with it.  It’s something different.  You can play it in a club, but you can also play it at a big festival.  The reactions are very good.

Who’s next on your radar to collab with?

I just did a collab with Sick Individuals.  They did a collab with Axwell.  I played that song also. They’re really talented and cool guys.  I think they’re the ones to watch for now.  They’re up-and-coming, and really talented.

What are you currently working on?

A lot of solo stuff, new tracks.  There’s a collab with Dyro, still working on that.  It’s coming along really good.  I didn’t play it today because it’s nearly finished, but you’ve got to keep something in the box, keep secret.  There’s a collab with Hardwell of course, maybe at the end of this year.  We’re working on it.  There’s a bunch of other projects, including a vocal track as well.  There’s also remixes of course.  It’s an ongoing thing.

You were just nominated “Best Newcomer” for the DJ Awards.  How are you using things like this to continue to thrive and grow as a producer?

I’m a really down-to- earth guy.  It’s really an honor to be nominated.  It definitely keeps me going.  I hope that I win of course.  You never know [laughs].  It’s cool that people really respect your work.  It’s recognition, that’s what it’s about.

How did you get into DJing?

It’s funny because I’m working on a video right now where I explain where I came from.  Some people think I just jumped into the scene and suddenly I was there.  I’ve been a DJ for ten years.  I started in a local bar playing all kinds of music from Robbie Williams, 70s, 80s, hip-hop, 50 Cent, I mixed it all together.  I did weddings and stuff.  I had my own equipment at home.  I gradually became more and more interested in house music.  I then entered a contest and won a spot on Dancetour which is a small festival in my hometown Breda.  I got to play for 50,000 people.  That was really awesome.  From that moment on was when I had the idea of becoming a house DJ.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

[laughs] That’s difficult!  I’m a really good mountain biker.  I don’t like running, it doesn’t give me that feeling.  With mountain biking, I like going into the woods and going really deep. 

Any interesting rides in particular?

I did one in Belgium, where there were really pretty woods.  It had the perfect trails.

What parts of your childhood have influenced your music the most?

That’s difficult because I was always into music.  When I was at my grandfather’s, I used to listen to his classical music.  At a young age I was always into music, always recording stuff on the radio.  When I was really young, I was in the kitchen banging on whatever I could find, pots, bowls, pans, driving my parents crazy [laughs].  That’s what my passion is about, music.

Who has been your biggest inspiration music-wise along the journey?

Fedde Le Grand.  He has his own style, his own sound, and he’s been there for ages already.  He’s doing so great, and I love his sound.

Anything you’d like to say to your fans?

First of all, thank you so much for all the support.  It’s really heartwarming to see you all, and with self-made shirts and bracelets.  It keeps me going.  I’ve got a lot of new stuff coming up, so I hope to surprise you guys.

Check out the video below that Dannic just released telling us more about his journey up to this point!

Joonbug would like to give a special thank you to Sheraton Times Square Hotel for their support as we covered Electric Zoo.