Last weekend saw a slate of electronic producers bringing the sun down at the very first Sunburn pool party at Silvasa. The Sherp caught up with progressive house producer Dannic while he was here, and he spoke to us about returning to India, his various collaborations and his biggest influences.
Hey Dann, we are very excited to have you back in India. Since you’ve been to the country before, what is your favourite thing about India?
The food and the culture! I love curries, biryani and fresh juices, vegetables, that kind of thing! Everything is so bright and vibrant and of course, the crowds never fail to bring the energy!
Your journey through dance music has been quite an electrifying one, could tell us how it feels to be one of the top Dutch producers in the house scene?
Thank you! It’s a feeling like no other, I’m so lucky to have the fan base that I do supporting me and the music that I make, I want to be doing this until I’m old and grey and without their support and a great team, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Your version of house touches upon a bunch of genres; what genre of music has driven you the most when you were growing up?
I was a big fan of Fedde Le Grand and he is also Dutch, that style of house and dance music really caught my attention but also listening to my Grandfather’s records and he liked to listen to classical CDs but also a lot of soul and Motown from my parents, that is why I’m always trying to capture the perfect groove but still have that “Dannic Sound” in my music.
Who/What has been your greatest influence in life?
My Grandfather for sure; an amazing man, a true inspiration.
When it comes to collaborations, Blueprints with Sick Individuals for all intents and purposes was pretty damn “sick”. If you had to make a smasher of a collaboration like that again, which artist would you pick?
Good question! My next single will actually be the follow-up to “Blueprint” but there are so many artists I’d love to work with in pop and rock and electronic music. To work with a great vocalist is always fun, you know to really take a track to that next level but I also love artists like John Legend and Jason Derulo, they’re both unstoppable!
Speaking of guest collaborations, out of the ones you’ve made, which is your favourite and do you have any new collaborations in the works?
My new collaboration “Feel Your Love” with Sick Individuals that I mentioned in the last question; it’s a really cool house track with this pitched-up vocal that’s been driving the crowds at my shows crazy this Summer! Can’t wait to play it out in India soon!
Now that you’ll be back in India, are there Indian producers you like to check out or collaborate with?
I always try to check out to local talents but there is such a huge emerging scene coming out of India with dance music, hoping to check some out when I touch down.
Lastly, if you had to give some piece of advice to amateur DJs looking to be producers, what would you say?
Staying true to yourself and your sound is so important, that and hard work!
Since we’re a festival based site, here are a few fun festival related questions we’d like you to answer-
If you had to get married at a festival, which would it be and why?
Tomorrowland, it is the biggest and best festival in the world for a reason, there are floating stages, DJ booths up in trees and theatrics that are out of this world, everything I would need would be on-site already!
Who/What is your favourite festival buddy? Tell us why.
I’d have to say my tour manager Gideon, he knows my schedules down to the very last interview and he understands the importance of keeping sneakers out of the mud, always important!
A festival you would consider being sober at?
Any festival! You don’t need alcohol to have a good time!
If you could take only three things to a festival, what would they be and why?
Baby wipes are always important, lots of water to stay hydrated and a good jacket! No-one wants to be caught in the cold!
Name a festival you would like to attend alone.
I’ve attended festivals alone before, I think maybe a something like Electric Adventure in New Jersey that is smaller but has great acts like Dillon Francis and Pretty Lights across their stages.