Dannic, up-and-coming Dutch house producer.
Dannic, the Dutch house producer supporting Hardwell on his Go Hardwell or Go Home tour, jumped on stage at the Saltair on Aug. 17 after coming straight off a plane from his show in Vegas earlier that night. The two have very similar sounds in that their music is really detailed, top-of-the-line Dutch house. I sat down for a few minutes with the up-and-coming dance music star before he took the stage, and discussed his career to date, as well as his new music.
Daan Romers hails from the small town of Breda, a town just north of Belgium, which happens to be the same place his tourmate and good friend Hardwell and EDM icon Tiesto grew up. “Robbert [Hardwell] and I have known each other for about nine years. We met at a local bar and immediately clicked––we had the same passion for music––and I met Tiesto about four years ago, but we never knew each other before,” Dannic says of how came to work with the two producers. Because Dannic has been into the dance music industry for so long, I was curious as to what he thinks of how much the scene has changed over the last few years. “I think what’s happening now is that the EDM scene has become about the harder sounding stuff, but I think it will always evolve. Trap was really popular a few months ago and I think there will always be styles that come and go,” he says.
Dannic began his music career by spinning various genres of music at local events and clubs. “I’ve been playing for ten years now. I started by playing weddings and stuff, but I have a wide taste in music. I love Motown and funk, and I think that translates into what I make now. I have to make things that are groovy or bouncy, and I think that’s what my sound is,” he says. Since winning a contest in 2009 that gave him the opportunity to play in front of 10,000 people, Dannic has played major festivals around the world including Tomorrowland in Belgium, Miami’s famous Ultra Music Festival and the multi-city Electric Daisy Carnival across America. “That was a dream come true, to play the mainstage [at EDC]. I had the opening slot, but then again, it was crazy to see people wearing shirts that said ‘Don’t panic listen to Dannic.’ It was a totally new experience for me, but it was really fun and I got a lot of inspiration,” says Dannic.
In his hour-and-a-half-long set, he dropped a mix of some of the summer’s hottest dance tracks, playing songs such as Tommy Trash and Axwell’s “Reload,” some popular songs from his tour partner Hardwell, as well as a mixture of his own tracks and collaborations with other rising artists on Revealed Recordings. What I really liked about the show Dannic put on was that, although he played a variety of styles of house, he did a good job of mixing the sounds to create a set that flowed well. During his set, the crowd grew and grew, nearly filling the entire field that is the outdoor portion of the venue. The upstairs balcony section was full as well, and the few thousand people in the crowd were dancing with full energy for his entire set. He ended the show by introducing Hardwell as the next artist to come onstage, and the response from the crowd was insane.
Dannic recently took the step of leaving his job to further delve into his career as a DJ. “Without the support of my family, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it, so I’m really thankful. It sometimes feels so awkward to follow your passion, but I’m so happy I did it now. A year ago it was a little bit tricky because I had a good job, but now I’m here,” he says, admitting to sometimes feeling insecure about making such a huge decision. Of course, working with and maintaining friendships with some of the world’s top DJs probably helps a little bit. “Hardwell is one of my best friends, he’s been so supportive. We help each other out music-wise, but also as friends. You give some you get some,” Dannic says.
Currently, Dannic says he’s working on some original music, with eight tracks ready to go. He’s also working on collaborations with Amsterdam-based group The Second Visual as well as other Revealed Recordings artists Dyro and Hardwell. Dannic just finished his American tour with Hardwell and has a stop in the Netherlands before coming back to play at this year’s Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle the final weekend of August. Dannic is definitely an up-and-coming artist to keep your eye on if you’re into killer Dutch house–styled beats with great attention to detail. Dannic’s latest single, “Rocker,” was just released on August 19 in the U.S. and you can find out more about him, as well as download his latest song here.