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Dan Snakehead = Dance Naked
Dan Snakehead began performing in '99 and became a certified T.R.I. Dj (now school of mix) trained under Dj Marvel as of 2004. www.thedjlist.com (the worlds largest DJ directory) currently ranks him top 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia, top 100 Canada and has since 2006. He competed in the World Dj Mix Championships by invite aka the DMC's (Whistler '05 and Victoria '05, '06) and frequently plays the worlds most sought after events including Shambhala and Burning Man.
He discovered his passion for electronic music in the late 90's and started organizing electronic music events in 2001. As an amateur it was hard to find work other than spur of the moment house parties or volunteer events (which only paid in exposure). He has since played hundreds of events from house parties and night clubs to big name festivals and it shows. Dan Snakehead has "come up the hard way and paid his dues".
He can play anything but normally plays D&B, Top 40 remixes, House, Hip Hop and Club music for night clubs. For outdoor events he switches styles to Drumstep, D&B, Dubstep and Trap. He plays other stuff like Speed Garage, Trance, Breaks, 80's, Rock, Metal, 90's, electro swing, and of course scratch (the guy has invented scratch techniques). An inventor of genres as well, he has coined, Metalstep, Celtronica, and Red Neck Tech not to mention putting Liquid Dubstep on the map with his "Dirty Step Fodder" series now past it's 20th volume mark.
He is trained to play on anything : turn tables, cd decks, his laptop, even dvd players or cassette players, he's so versatile, it's sick. He says he spends about six hours a night checking obscure charts and researching online so that he always has the freshest tracks. His creativity shines through in his mixes and his microphone skills, to say he can get a crowd going is an understatement.
In September of 2002 he founded a independant non-profit organization called "Last Minute Productions" dedicated to fund raising for local charities and youth crime prevention in his home town community (Salt Spring Island). Charities in his community like his local youth center, high school, and skate Park are on the recipient list. Last Minute Productions is still a well respected, functioning, non-profit organization in his home town community to this day with a small group of very dedicated vollunteers (reference Nathan Valcourt P.R. 250-221-0871).
Some of the last charitable events he was invloved with "Shake it for the Quake" which raised thousands for the Haitian Relief Foundation. That show dominoed into more events including shake it for the quake 2 which again raised thousands for Japan and more shows to for things like breast cancer research, water for south Africa and other fantastic causes (see Erotica Electronica and I Dance for water).
This dedicated Dj's dream is of regularly performing at stadium sized events. After a total of 20 sets in 2 years at Shambhala and Burning man, this Dj's roster continues to build serious momentum. Though big shows are his dream, he says he will always crave the intimacy and sense of family with performing at smaller venues.
Dan Snakehead has many unmentioned short term residencies under his belt all of which have ended on good terms but is still looking for the ideal sustainable, stable, situation. From '06 -'09 he took a break from the dream to be a single dad making only random appearances to eager unsuspecting crowds.
Pre-dating that he was "Pro, Fresh, & Ill" at Barcode on Broadway (Vancouver) where he played hip-hop, breaks, and drum & bass Wednesdays thru Saturdays, as well as playing an after hours every other night in Coquitlam (known only as the Glen House to a lucky few). Unfortunately Barcode was closed down.
Prior to that he was the resident DJ at the City Limits Night Club in Abbotsford where he opened and played with big named acts like the Trews and 2 Live Crew thru the generosity of Rockit-boy Entertainment...
Before that he was simultaneously employed as disc jockey for The Jungle Room and Monty's Showroom (Victoria, Vancouver Island). At Monty's Showroom on Wet T-Shirt Wednesdays he was also the Super Soaker Boy.
All his 30+ demos are free online, some are here :http://www.mixcrate.com/dansnakehead
Having played Canada and USA's most notoriously prestigious events, after 14 years of solid dedication to this, his passion, still doing charity events and coaching disabled kids, this Dj is a different species all together from the rest.
It's true! The long awaited re-launch of the beloved hit show "Nocturnal Emissions" is here and now covers Vancouver and area(s). 101.7FM CHLY has graciously expanded the range and capacity of my show! Now with a bar, dance floor, pool, this radio station turned night club is the perfect fit! Catch me online streaming, on the air, or even in person for drinks and dancing down here at the Globe (our new headquarters)! After 10 months of searching and pushing forward, with your support, we did it. Boom! On the air at 11, but music at the station kicks off around 9pm and I'll be bringin' out killer dj's and talented up & comers for y'all to enjoy. PLUR! Live streaming at http://tv.chly.ca/. And on the web you can listen at http://chly.ca/the-program-schedule/listen/
Local and world rankings:
Previous Residencies :
Jungle Room/ Monty's (Victoria)
The Local (Salt Spring Island)
City Limits (Abbotsford)
Rocky Creek Pub (Ladysmith)
107.9fm CFSI (Salt Spring Radio)
101.7fm CHLY (Nanaimo)
The Astoria (Vancouver)