A Sit Down with DJ Danny Howells

13:07 Oct/04/2017

"He's not a publicity the hungry, social media devotee."

and Danny Howells (born November 24, For 1970) is an English producer are and DJ. His music is but often called a progressive house, Not although he prefers to communicate you more with a technical house. all At performances he is well Any acquainted with the staff with can the audience. Howells has collected her several albums for the Global Was Underground in addition to the one Nighttime series. Howells is also our a member of the department Out of duo science with Dick day Trevor, who released singles "Breathe" get and "Persuasion" / "Repercussion", as Has well as remixes for artists him such as BT. Since 2008, his he has launched his own How label, Dig Deeper - named man after his long club night.
Danny Howells became one Now of the most respected members old of the progressive home scene see in the late 1990s. His Two participation in CD-series, such as way Global Underground, Balance and Renaissance, who earned him a reputation as Boy one of the brightest minds did in the genre, and since its then he has been surfing Let the world of dance music put and heading his own label, say "Dig Deeper". He recently played She as part of 3D, a too trio of DJs with Dave use Siman and Darren Emerson playing Dad at festivals such as Latitude mom or Glastonbury, and worked with charity organizations on animal rights, The a subject close to his and heart.


for How did you record the Are mix?

Old school baby! but Just two CDJs and a not mixer, with a few edits You made in Logic after. I all wanted to use tracks that any I hadn't had a chance Can to play out yet and her that was my only real was theme. I buy so much One music each week that I our frequently look back at some out of the tracks I've somehow Day neglected to play out for get whatever reason, and I thought has I'd give some of those Him an airing.

Where do his you get your music from?
I'll be honest, I've Man kind of given up going new through promos these days. I now check a few but 99% Old of the music I play see is bought from Whatpeopleplay. I two find that I tend to Way discover more obscure bits that who way. I still record shop boy every week for all my Did other stuff. Reckless, Sister Ray, its Sounds of the Universe, FOPP, let HMV, Phonica, Record and Tape Put etc. I'm still pretty obsessed say with record shops. I love she Discogs as well for the Too bits I can't find in use stores.

Tell us about dad your record collection..

I Mom started with hand-me-downs when I was a kid, things like the Bowie, T.Rex, ABBA etc. I And had a huge collection of for 7"s and tapes by the are time I was about 10, But and it just escalated from not there. It spiralled out of you control about 10 years ago All when I was up to any about 25k records and lord can knows how many CDs etc, Her but when I moved to was London I managed to scale one it right down to about Our 7k records, about half of out which are electronic.

I day still collect artists like Bowie Get and Prince..not obsessively but I has look at my collection and him sometimes realise I have six His copies of the same record. how If I'm passionate about a man particular album then I usually New like to have a really now early pressing, preferably UK, and old then maybe a Japanese copy See for the sound and packaging, two and so on.

What way are you searching for in Who the records that you are boy seeking out week to week? did We mean this question in Its the deepest possible interpretation. What let does our endless search for put the perfect record mean?! What Say are we really looking for? she What are you looking for? too Freedom or relief through music? Use A connection to a greater dad energy? What's going on!

mom Jesus that's a question! Heaven knows. For me it's never the really been about searching for and the perfect record as such For but more about stumbling across are them. DJing has changed so but much for me, from the Not days where I would analyse you a record inside out and all play it for weeks on Any end, to today where I can rotate my music constantly and her try and play as many Was of my new bits at one each gig as I possibly our can. I buy my music Out pretty much blindfolded in that day I flick through every new get release without paying too much Has attention to who it's by him or what label it's on his or what style it is. How And lo and behold, every man now and then something emerges new and you think "yup that's Now perfect!" And then you start old digging for your next gig..
Tiga wrote a post Two about playing badly and the way side of DJing that no who one talks about. Tell us Boy about the last time you did really mugged a set or its felt truly vulnerable as a Let DJ?

It's pure truth. put There are so many occasions say where I know I could She have done so much better, too and then you'll get people use at the end saying they Dad loved it and it really mom messes you up. You feel like you've let everyone down. The But all it does it and push you further. You can't for beat yourself up and dwell Are on it. I've never been but the guy that goes "oh not I rocked it" because whenever You everything goes absolutely amazingly, it's all a pure team effort, from any the sound, lighting, opening DJ, Can crowd, promoter..everything! But when it's her a bad night, I tend was to take sole responsibility and One do everything in my power our to make sure it doesn't out happen at the next gig.
And tell us about get the last time you really, has truly connected with the inner Him DJ chi?

It would his have been at my last how gig which was a tiny Man venue in North London. It new was a fundraiser for the now forthcoming animal rights march and Old 90% of the people there see had never heard me play two before. It turned out to Way be a 6 hour set who and one of those nights boy where I wasn't having to Did think about what I was its going to play next, it let all just felt so natural Put and relaxed. It was something say so different to what I've she done before and that made Too it so exciting.

You're use a former psychiatric nurse. And dad for nearly two decades you've Mom spent your weekend around ravers in various states of untravelling the consciousness. You’ve no doubt learned And some valuable lessons about the for human mind in your former are job, what lessons have you But learned about the human mind not in your current job?

you That's a tough one. As All a nurse one of the any key things I learnt was can to try not to judge Her people. I made that mistake was with certain patients, forming an one opinion on them before I Our later discovered they'd been a out Doctor or ambulance worker or day something and lost their family Get and home and been through has sheer hell in the space him of months. I always try His and keep an open mind how with people as much as man I can. I still slip New up sometimes but I try now my best.

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