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Dannic on Dubai, DJing and being Dutch



2014 was a great year to be Daan Romers. The DJ and producer, who performs under the name Dannic, stormed up the Top 100 DJ Poll thanks to high profile collaborations and big-name festival sets. He comes from a small Dutch town called Breda – which, if you’re into house music, will be on your radar already, being as Tiesto and Hardwell also call it home.

We spoke to the rising star ahead of his gig at White Dubai this Friday. He told us all about his love of Motown, Marvin Gaye and Ariana Grande.

Hi Dannic! Your rise has been nothing short of incredible, rising 44 places of the Top 100 DJ Poll in just a couple of years, how does it feel?

Amazing! Climbing to take the #30 place on this year’s poll was a surprise and an honour – It’s great to be recognised by those both in the industry and the fans that vote. To be ranked along some of my favourite DJs and super-talented peers really was just the icing on the cake of an amazing year.

We recently asked Martin Solveig why most of the biggest DJs are from Europe, but we can be more specific than that. We have a running joke that every second
DJ we interview is Dutch! You’re from the same hometown as Tiesto and Hardwell. What’s going on over there?

There must be something in the water, haha! No but I honestly, I think that coming from Breda – or even being lucky enough to be Dutch – means that electronic music is ingrained in us from when we are toddlers. It’s part of our culture from listening to names like Tiesto on the TV, to going out to clubs and finding the hot young local talents before they break the big time. I spent my early years on the circuit DJing in local clubs and there really is no place like home. I was experimenting and playing hip-hop, motown and house – it always felt like the home crowds were so receptive and open-minded.

Other than preforming what else will you be doing in Dubai?
It’s my first trip and I’m beyond excited! Everything in Dubai looks so sun-drenched and regal –  I hope to try some local foods when I visit and we’ve got a super-cool car lined up to show us the sights! Even the architecture is going to take my breath away for sure!

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