One of the fastest rising house/tech-house DJs in the Adriatic region holds a residency at leading Slovenian club Cirkus, Ljubljana. He performs regularly at the up to 30.000 capacity events such as Schengenfest, Škisova Tržnica, Ritem mladosti and DiscoNautica. In summer 2013 Manuel Dark held residency in Kalypso club at the infamous Zrće beach on the Isle of Pag. He already made first steps in the international area performing at various venues in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Croatia and is now breaking through also as a producer with his house anthem ˝La Musica˝. At 2013 he release his EP at TeddyBear Records with two groovy tracks: It Is What It Is and Funky Beat (feat. erXon). In february this year the track ˝La Musica˝ has been released on Sume Music Records. The most recent success was of course winning the Slovenian Burn Residency 2014 competition, which is the biggest DJ competition in the world. It takes him at the beginning of summer 2014 to the beautiful Isle of Ibiza where he was alongside the biggest names of this industry like PETE TONG, CARL COX, JOHN DIGWEED and many more. He had the opportunity to perform in the most renowned clubs in Ibiza. Not bad for a 28-years old guy who is a master of all-nighters as well as a trustworthy warm up DJ.
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Although he is still a very fresh name on the regional scene Manuel has his own share of experience when it comes to making people dance. His now almost a decade long career has started as with many of his peers: “I was some 14 years old when I entered the club for the first time with some friends and it was a love on the first sight. I was fascinated about the music, ecstatic people on the dance floor and a deejay who made them move. After the first experience I’ve spent most of the weekends in that club, listening to the music, watching the scenery and enjoying the vibe and at some point I realized I really wanted to become a DJ,” remembers Manuel.
He booked a DJ course, learned the technique and subsequently won the competition mentors held as a conclusion of their class. “That was just the thing I needed – the prize for a winner was a series of gigs at various local venues.” So he started playing field and in a couple of years he secured his first weekly residency. “Every DJ should do that, at least for a while, as that’s the best way to learn the trade. Once you are responsible for a program for the entire night throughout the whole season, if the club is packed or empty, you quickly learn to program the night and to communicate with the people on the dance floor - or you crash and burn for good.”
Holding a residency in a major club Manuel Dark became attractive for the promoters of big outdoor and indoor events who wanted benefit from his increasing fan base. So it’s not surprise he also became a regular performer at the up to 30.000 capacity mainstream events such as cross-border festival Schengenfest, Ritem mladosti, Dance Republic, DiscoNautica and the major Slovenian student festival Škisova Tržnica.
The competence to play quality all-nighters for different crowds as well as warm-up sets for guest DJs, including top international artists, assured Manuel a wild card invitation to a DJ booth at the leading Slovenian club Cirkus. In addition to monthly residency the new associates supported young Mr. Dark by commissioning the winter edition of their promo CD as well as using his tune "La Musica" in their TV advert.
Music production is the one aspect of his career to which Manuel now pays the most attention. He's working under the wing of studio jock Erik Margan (releases on labels such as Kontor, he participated in the Eurosong competition). Currently he promotes three tracks: "It Is What It Is" "Funky Beat (feat. erXon)" and "La Musica" the latest being a great reflection of his energetic house & tech-house sound, built on strong vocals, funk and Latin influences. And, combined with his warm personality, that's just what makes him one of the hottest newcomers on the regional scene.
Manuel Dark’s tracks