Hey hello hello . Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. I wanted to start by talking about your local scene .
DANNY O : !I’m from Newcastle, UK but my local scene for most of the year is now Ibiza. It is constantly changing but it is the most important place in the world for my favourite styles of music.
!What’s it like for electronic music? A lot different than the usual Berlin, Ibiza , etc I imagine?
DANNY O : !Ibiza is fundamental to electronic music of many styles and tempos and has been for decades. There are many, many great artists living here and most of the key people in the genre will spend some of their summer here on the island.
!When did you first become interested in electronic music then?
DANNY O : !When I was in my teens. I grew up listening to a mixture of genres as my parents were into rock and roll, folk, pop, disco and many other styles. I started to listen to electronic music later on and then discovered house music in the 90s.
!What do you remember most fondly about the scene in your home town?
DANNY O : !I started my education in my home town of Newcastle. It’s a great party city with a handful
of specialist nights. It’s a very friendly city as well, on the whole.
!Which notorious dj had a big influence on you then? What others DJs were too?
DANNY O : !I started to take an interest in house and techno listening to the biggest names on the radio like Carl Cox and Pete Tong. When I moved to Ibiza I became more interested in other styles and tempos within house music. I then became really caught up in music from Miguel Migs, Dennis Ferrer, MAW and many others.
!Tell us about your future plans? Upcoming labels , releases ?
DANNY O : !More releases are due on my label Proof Recordings in August and September. A busy summer with lots of chart positions and radio play. I also have releases on Safe Music, Audiophile Deep and another on Go Deeva to come.
!If you would pick 5 tunes what would be those?
DANNY O : !It depends on the moment but –
!Danny O – Hypnotism (Go Deeva)
Horatio – 2000 Seconds (Rick Sanders Remix) (Proof Recordings) Scuba – Drift (Art Alfie and Mr Tophat Remix) (Hotflush Recordings) Raxon – Side Effect (Noir Music)
Joe T Vanelli, Sabb, Csilla – Voice Of Tears (Dream Beat Recordings)
!How do u do your own musical selection : Do you follow some producers or select what comes and goes?
DANNY O : !It’s a huge collection now. I am playing many genres from chill out and movie soundtracks to house and techno. I’m constantly receiving promos too and also music for my label. I keep an eye on certain people too. It is endless and incredibly varied.
!Do you have your own label ? Tell us about it? Best song? Upcoming stuff? Our readers are curious to hear more about it.
DANNY O : !I started Proof Recordings last year and only really pushed it this winter. I’ve had a lot of success lately with some top artists such as Horatio, Lau Frank, Pizeta, Gruia, and Rick Sanders signing to the label. Many others too. We are supported already by BBC Radio and most of the top names in our genre. I have two more releases this summer so take a listen and hopefully they will hit the spot!
!You will release your music on vinyl too, I believe. Is it a medium that you very much still support and believe in?
DANNY O : !I still buy vinyl and love to play it in my sessions at Cafe Mambo as the DJ setup there is incredible. I have no plans to release label music on vinyl this year but next year it’s possible.
!Dj set or live set?
DANNY O : !They are very different but I’m a resident DJ of many years so I choose DJ sets! !
!Tell us a bit about your gear?!What do you use for mixing / live set?
DANNY O : !Cafe Mambo, Ibiza is my main place at the moment and we use 4 x Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus limited edition, Nexus mixer, Allen and Heath Xone mixer, and Pioneer and Technics turntables. I use vinyl, USB, CD and have used Traktor from time to time.
!Clubs or festivals?
DANNY O : !Ibiza is one giant festival! I enjoy the club scene and like to visit new parties.
!One gig that u never forgot?
DANNY O : !With Todd Terry this summer!
!Why do you think that Ibiza is so special?
DANNY O : !It’s got a magical vibe that I feel in my music. It’s completely unique. The beaches and countryside are incredible and the music scene gives me exactly what I want and so much more. I could go on and on and on and on. I love this island.!
!Is a new wave now in industry: doing collaborations between producers . I also wanted to ask you about your collaborations?. Have u done those? With whom?
DANNY O : !I have done collaborations in the form of remixes. Not many joint projects yet but some are coming this summer. I’ve also worked with a number of vocalists and live musicians and plan much more of this in my future projects.
!From where do u get your inspirations?
DANNY O : !Mainly Ibiza I would say but many other sources too. Music from other artists and genres.
You never know when inspiration will strike and where it will come from.
!Finally, what more can we look forward to from you over the next while?
DANNY O : !I will be very busy with gigs in Ibiza all summer. I will have new musical projects to come – bigger and better ones. I also have regular podcasts on the way, recorded live in Ibiza. Find all of my music and social links on my website – www.djdannyo.co.uk
!Many thanks for your time… !