Introduce yourself? Hometown? Where do you currently reside? 1 fun fact about yourself.
Hi! I’m Dan, born and raised in Buffalo, NY but I’ve lived here in NYC for almost 10 years now. I throw parties and put out records with my label Sweat Equity and I have a crucial predilection for Karaoke.
Top 3 tunes:
Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual
Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
Linkin Park – In the End
Describe the vibe of your ideal party? Space? Smell? Drinks? Anything you can think of 😉
Minimal lighting, lots of water, smiling, laughing faces. The best parties are ones where people bring a little bit of themselves and a lot of joy.
Honestly anyone in this mix series (I’m a fan first and foremost!)
Guilty pleasure track?
Why do you think it’s important to DJ? And/of why have you chosen to become a DJ? How long do you think you will keep it up?
Sometimes it feels like it chose me! DJing can work as an exercise in self-reflection, a way to step outside myself and look back in on some part of my brain (soul?) that language can’t quite reach. It helps me understand myself in some small, intimate way a bit better. I feel a similar way about DJing your friends’ tracks, it’s a way of accessing some unspoken aspect of your relationship you get to share in that moment. I’ll probably just do it until it stops doing that for me.
Let’s play a pipipi game… I give you a situation & you give me a track
In a wormhole— like literally in a hole for worms
Went with the squelchiest thing I could think of
Wearing all your moms fur her closet
Endless tunnel with a bright light at the end of it
On your balcony trying to soothe the world
Advice to beginning djs?
All those spur of the moment selections and wild blends you try when you’re starting out might be the bedrock of what makes your voice unique. Don’t lose touch with those as you improve “technique.” Which is a long way of saying “always have fun.”
Describe the best dj/live set you have seen this year?
If I can go back a bit to November it’s maybe Ben Bondy’s set at our party with Terry Radio crew. Shredding viola over woozy downtempo cuts so beautifully it made Klauss tear up a bit.
Most underrated artist at the moment?
What do you miss most about clubbing?
I miss that last track… 7am light pouring in and the smiling faces of the folks you made it through the night with. The best!
Describe the vibe of your first DJ set?
I think it was in Portland. I was touring a live set and got asked to DJ a couple lil things. The really memorable one was for the Spoiler Room crew. I nerfed almost every blend while Sean Pierce made everyone crepes. I don’t think I could have asked for a better first go.
#1 stoner slammer
Describe what you would want your rider to look like as a DJ all star playing Ibiza…
Clean socks, a nice wine and a big paella for the homies.
Describe the first moment where you had an epiphany about your love for music?
The first day I got Napster I must have made 6 mix CDs. I was showing my dad all these songs from when he was like 17 and it dawned on me that I already was wayyyyy more invested in music than he ever was.
Favorite weird drug experience?
I have on multiple occasions started watering the plants at Nowadays.
What would you like to see in the future for the dance community?
Universal Healthcare and more snacks at parties.
Venmo or contact info to support a local club who is undergoing hardship…