The Sherp: Hey Dannic, great to have you back In India! How was it performing at Sunburn this year in front of your loyal fan base here in India?
Dannic: Like you said, it’s for my fans. It’s been two years since I played in Goa for Sunburn and now here in Pune; it’s just amazing. When I announced that I was playing here, people went nuts on my social media pages and that makes me feel really good because I feel very welcomed and very supported. I just can’t wait to play more music.
The Sherp: Since releasing your first solo track “Doster”, how have you dealt with the success and the fame that accompanied it?
Dannic: It’s like a journey for me. A journey of hard work and passion and I never stop making music and I will never stop making music since that’s the key. In fact, nothing’s really changed for me. Only my profile is growing and my fan base is growing and that’s what I live for. I get so much energy from it.
The Sherp: In the course of your career as a DJ and as a producer, can you pinpoint one favourite moment over this whole journey so far?
Dannic: That’s really easy. It’s the first time I played main stage at Tomorrowland. For me, at that point in my career, I never expected it. I was so nervous before I went on stage and only after the first three songs it went away gradually. But that was sick.
The Sherp: Which has been your most memorable performance of 2016?
Dannic: So difficult, but one of the highlights of the year was the Untold Festival in Romania. It’s for 60,000 people in a giant stadium and I played 90 minutes there and it was 90 minutes of jumping and screaming and shouting and it was just amazing.
The Sherp: What about your favourite festival performance of all time? Is it Tomorrowland?
Dannic: No! Actually, and not because I’m just saying it, Sunburn Goa was the first time that I played for 50,000+ people. It was in 2014, which was also in December, and I showed it to my entire family since I made an intro and a movie for them. I sent it to them and they were like “Woah”. It was ridiculous and crazy. So, for me at that time, it was the most memorable thing.
The Sherp: Can you let us in on any rituals that you follow before performing in front of a power-packed full house show?
Dannic: Drink more beer, that’s all (laughs). Maybe something more, but sometimes it depends on how I handle it.
The Sherp: Which fellow artists from the Sunburn roster are you looking forward to watching live?
Dannic: Actually I’m looking forward to seeing Lucas & Steve. They’re very good friends of mine as well and I like their sound; it’s very house-y. Shaan is a big talent of course and I really like his style of sound. I’m also looking forward to the other Indian DJs as well. Sartek for sure.