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Magnetic Magazine is gearing up for a massive takeover at Beta Lounge this Saturday, December 17th with the veteran DJ Dan and his friends.
For those that are not familiar with the iconic DJ, he started his professional musical career with some smaller clubs in Seattle before shifting to Los Angeles and becoming a part of the Funky Techno Tribe in 1993, where he fused together breakbeat, house, dub, and techno to create a sound that later was dubbed “West Coast House.”
The talented artist has been making way since then as one of the industry's best, and with his latest event at Beta Lounge happening with us this weekend, we sat down with him to chat more about what we can expect, plus a mix that'll give us a further preview for this Saturday.
Denver’s scene is pretty phenomenal, the food is great, the beer is fantastic and the cannabis is legal. What are some of you favorite things about playing in the mile high city?
Denver is very special to me because it was the first city that ever invited me to play outside of California in 1992. I laugh when I look back at my first flight to Denver. At the airport, I checked in my records packed in a cheap plastic milk crate with a hunk of cardboard taped over the top and and hoped for the best. When I arrived at baggage claim, records were falling out of the crate and I scrambled to grab them all.... LOL. Yes, I got a proper travel case after that but I really didn't know what was going to become of this whole DJ thing so I hadn't invested in any good travel gear yet.
The second I stepped outside the airport I knew that Denver was a very special place. The party turned out phenomenal and the crowd was amazing. To this day, I still have an amazing group of friends that I consider family and we are going on 25 years now and I'm still coming back. And yes, I always go to the amazing cannabis shops and always eat the most amazing food after :-) Waaaaay too many stories I could tell here...LOL.
What were some of your highlights of 2016? What were some of the disappointments?
Highlights of this year have been seeing my label InStereo have it's most successful year since its start 15 years ago. Another was my album "DJ Dan & Friends" be one of the top selling albums on Beatport and having a #1 track on the house chart. It was also great to reunite and play with Donald again on 2X4. Lastly, my InStereo parties at Burning Man, LA, and SF were all very successful so I am planning more for 2017.
The disappointments for me have been losing icons like David Bowie, Prince, Alan Thicke and even crazy-assed Joan Rivers. And then there was the ever eventful presidential election which I would rather not comment on. 2016 was a bit of a rollercoaster and I'm looking forward to stepping into 2017 with a clean slate.
What can we expect from you in 2017? Any new material, new tours, etc. A DJ Dan Cannabis brand perhaps… kidding, kind of.
For 2017, I have an arsenal of new tracks to release on InStereo.....more on the tech house vibe but personally some of the best productions I have done so far in my opinion. Next year will be 15 years of InStereo and we will be releasing a new album featuring the top producers on the label as well as myself and there will definitely be a tour around it. Hopefully all vinyl :-)
As far as a Cannabis brand, I think you may have just given me an idea....:-)......I'll keep you posted! On that note, I just recently played an amazing event in Malibu, Ca. called The Emerald Exchange, which showcased Northern California's most elite cultivators and artisan hash makers. My personal favorite were the "Deep" and "Balance" vaporizer pens from Evoxe Laboratories which definitely have helped me with sleep and chilling out :-) The healing properties of cannabis are incredible and it's so exciting to see so many people discovering and enjoying it's wonderful benefits!
You’ve played Beta many times, what keep you coming back?
I can truly say that Beta is one of my favorite clubs in the world and I just feel right at home playing in that room. It just seems like everything connects when I play there. The crowd really "gets me" and they always show their appreciation when I play a great set. It has a similar feeling of loyalty that I only experience in San Francisco. There's been so many great shows I've played there like the all vinyl birthday set with Hipp-E and the recent 2X4 set with Donald Glaude and of course all the amazing record release parties I've played there over the years. Too many great times there to count. At the end of the day.....It's a family thang and that's what keeps me coming back!
What can we expect from your set on the 17th, are we going to get deep and funky, techy, all of the above… ?
I'm definitely going to drop all my new unreleased tracks. Like I said, more on the techy tip but there are some serious floor shakers.....and of course I'll be mixing in the funky beats as well. I've also got a slew of unreleased remixes from my latest album that I will be dropping from artists Jude & Frank, Leandro Da Silva and Jed-X. It's going to be a slamming party and I'm really looking forward to rocking it out with my good friends Broomy and Gettoblaster! And yes I'm sure we will be dropping some classics as well :-)
Thanks DJ Dan!