DJ Dannyboy Bio (Words by Heylady)
Dannyboy is a name synonymous with driving sound, haunting riffs, rolling journeys, hypnotic dance floors and good times.
Surprisingly, he wasn’t born with decks in his hands, that happened at the later tender age of 15 when, in an entrepreneurial brainwave he borrowed equipment from his high school to take to the local intermediate school and play 1st and 2nd form socials and with that he was bitten by the musical bug. By 17 he was playing club music and learning how to make a floor move, by 21 he was making moves on the Wellington club scene.
Which brings us to 1994. He got his break at Ecstasy Plus which set him up to take on various other residencies, beginning with Wellington’s stalwart underground music haven "Tatou". He became a regular musical fixture there and in 1996/7 he took on the head DJ role. Week in and week out he could be found breaking new musical ground in Tatou’s infamous basement, The Boiler Room.
He opened Firm Records in 1999 with Ryan Salt, the same year they began their infamous musical night, "Tequila Flange". This night would run over 10 years and cause the Wellington house scene many a dusty morning.
Dannyboy played virtually all of New Zealand’s big festivals and most major clubs in NZ through the 90s and 2000s as well as a few in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He has played alongside a plethora of local acts as well as some heavyweight internationals; he was the Global Underground DJ for NZ tours in Wellington, he played with Digweed at The Gathering, rocked Auckland with Sasha, and supported the likes of Danny Howells, Peace Division, Tom Middleton, Dixon, DJ T, Anthony Pappa, and even The Temptations to name just a few.
Between 1994 and 2008 he had 3 CD releases including Xpress which he independently licensed and successfully sold throughout NZ, he held down residencies at some of Wellington (and Christchurch’s) most beloved spots and formed musical partnerships that put him on a journey through sound that is still resonating and inspiring him to this day.
Residing in Sydney for the last 10 years focusing on family, messing with music and building up his music studio, he has produced and mixed under the Feng Shui Faders brand and honed his musical sound to one that is instantly recognisable, with elements of progressive house, balearic and storming techno. Everything blended with the same panache and style that cast him into the limelight in the 90s and held him there for so long.
The next phase is beginning. Danny has relocated to Auckland and is teaming up with a crew that have been rocking dance floors and producing music for almost as long as he has. Keep your eyes on the prize and your ear to the ground for A Complication of DJs. Coming soon to a town you might not expect.