Trance is my passion, music is my lifestyle. EDM Producer / DJ - Daniel Ascot. Resident DJ at Syke.fm
Daniel Ascot is a man with passion for music and life. A relaxed and passionate man that loves his wife and family. A man who loves to be out in the nature and in the studio. A man who appreciates a broad range of music and has a special passion for electronic dance music (EDM), especially TRANCE music. Daniel Ascot spends a lot of time in the studio creating new music, remixes for other artists or mixing the next episode for his Trance Session series.
One of Daniels favorite quotations is, "Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.”
DANIEL ASCOT, THE PRODUCER, THE DJ and HOW IT ALL STARTED
Daniel Ascot has multiple interests. He likes to draw and paint, he likes photography and photo editing, filming and video editing, teaching(which in fact is his daytime job), programming, running, bicycling, working out, carpentering...you name it, but his biggest passion lies in music.
Daniel was born in Ekenäs, Finland (December 23, 1978), to a very musical family. His father was the keyboardist in a band. Therefore a lot of legendary synthesizers where a part of Daniels life while growing up, like the Yamaha DX7, Roland Juno-1, Korg M1, Roland D-50 etc. Daniels father, mother and his older brother all played instruments on a weekly basis. Daniel quickly learned to play the piano and keyboards and later on he also learned to play the guitar. Daniels brother had a special interest in electronic music. Bands/artists like Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and many more where influences early on in Daniels life. His brother also had a big interest in electronic music production and Daniel quickly caught interest in this as well. Still being just a child, Daniel programmed his first drum loop on his brothers Commodore 64 computer. Saving money for a long time, Daniel bought his first computer, an Amiga 500 and this was when the magic really started happening. Daniel started producing tracker based music with a software called Protracker. A few years later he upgraded his computer setup and moved on to OctaMED which allowed MIDI output. Working hard between studies Daniel bought his first synthesizer, a Yamaha CS1x. Daniel spent long hours and many nights learning the tricks about MIDI, sysex data etc. He kept spending his money on music, expanding his collection of synthesizers to a small studio in the tiny space that he had at his parents house. "I had an impressive setup with some great MIDI equipment and great synthesizers, like the Yamaha EX5, Yamaha CS2x, Korg M1, Roland MC-303, all crammed into this tiny room", says Daniel.
As the years went by, computers kept getting better and cheaper and software synthesizers were getting better and better. "I bought a new DAW for my PC, Propellerheads Reason and found myself being completely in love working with software synthesizers", says Daniel. Daniel ended up selling his synthesizers and buying a controller keyboard instead. "Although I was more or less a guru at MIDI at this point, I went from hardware to software, not once regretting it and this is how I'm still producing today", he says.
Deejaying was something Daniel was very impressed with and it was something that really interested him. "I used to buy a lot of CD's with DJ mix sets. Paul Oakenfold was one of my favorites back then. I remember getting the chills when I heard those great tracks getting beatmixed with each other. It was really something special", he says. With no real DJ equipment Daniel started making mixtapes using just a standard mixer, a couple of CD-players and a MiniDisc player. He managed to get a few gigs here and there and eventually learned the skills for beatmixing with CD's. Soon he was deejaying on a weekly basis. Daniel purchased a couple of vinyl decks and a mixer and started practicing techniques for beatmixing and scratching with vinyl. "Our neighbours used to complain that their windows were shaking from the music I was playing", he says. Daniel was deejaying at many nightclubs for many years but a change in his personal life made him take a break from it. "I was at a point in my life where I had to make some drastic decisions and taking a break from deejaying became a big part of that. I ended up selling my DJ equipment and moved to another country. This was also when I more or less took quite a distance to music production", he says.
"A few years went by and I didn't really find that same passion for music production or deejaying as I used to. Moving back to Finland was a big life changer. Suddenly one day, there it was! Passion, inspiration, creativity, for music, in a way I had never experienced before! So clear, so strong, straight from the heart and soul...and that passion has just kept growing and growing!"
Each month Daniel plays new episodes of his Trance Session series on tranceradio.fm and releases them as podcasts on Mixcloud and Beatport. Today you can find Daniels music on all major music portals, like Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon etc. Daniel is working together with labels and artists, with a lot of new original productions and remixes on the way. Each month Daniel plays new episodes of his Trance Session series on tranceradio.fm and releases them as podcasts on Mixcloud and Beatport.
Today you can find Daniels music on all major music portals, like Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon etc.
"Today my studio setup consists of an Axiom 61 controller keyboard connected to a PC running two DAWs simultaneously, connected together through ReWire, many virtual synths, a huge library of patches, soundbanks and samples, two screens, a mixer, a couple of guitars and some other stuff", he says.
When Daniel is on the go he likes to bring his Asus laptop, a pair of Sony headphones and a Alesis Photon X25 controller keyboard with him. "That gives me the freedom to produce wherever I go. I could never have done that with my synthesizers", he says.
"I love to be with my wife and my family. They are the treasures of my life. I’m very excited about what the future holds for me", says Daniel.