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INTERVIEW: Horace Dan D.

Hi Horace, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi, thanks, I’m fine. I just came back from a week of snowboarding in the French mountains. So, I’m with my batteries recharged and ready for new music and parties.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Do You Feel It?”?

The EP has 2 parts (sides). One of them is about some night parties that somehow have lost the energy on the dancefloor because of some music that is done almost just from boring loops and that has no energy, no tension, no ups and downs. In my opinion, the techno music is establishing a fantastic energetic bound between the artist and the crowd. The artist is sending to the public the energy of the music he’s playing and then the dancing crowd is receiving it and sending back its energy to the artist. I feel that this exchange of energy is missing at some parties. Let’s don’t lose it. This is what I’ve always felt about techno: full of energy and emotions. J

The other part is about “the golden hour” of a techno night party (+ – around that time) when all the people are in the club, they are full of energy, everyone is feeling fantastic and the party is on fire. I simply love to play around 3 am.

I was also delighted to have on the EP the remix of Martin Books that saw my track in an another perspective and brought his vision, with a subliminal voice, in a another construction.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

It was not just an event. There were many small and middle size events that had (in my opinion) an entire night of just warm-up music. Don’t get me wrong, I respect and appreciate the warm-up music and the warm-up artists, but I think a techno-night must have a warm-up part, a main-time part and then of course the after-hours.

Regarding the “3 am” track it was like a cumulation of peak times of the parties I was part of.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’m not sure but I think is too late to release a video of it now. But there will be a few videos, for sure, for some of the upcoming tracks.

How was the recording and writing process?

Usually I’m starting with the instrumental part and the words (if any) or the title of the track comes after the instrumental part is over 60% finished. This time, at “Do You Feel It?”, I was focused on the message and I tried to make the track not very hard or too underground so that it will be listened by many.

Why naming the record after this track in particular?

Because of the message. Of course, the message could be also “Let’s not lose the energy of the techno parties” or somehow else, but every story or every message can be said in a lot of ways. This is one of them. Do you feel it? J

What was it like to work with Martin Brooks and how did that relationship develop? 

The work with Martin Brooks came thanks to Simina Grigoriu and her new cool label Kuukou. She put us together and as I said I was surprised in a very good way by the vision of Martin on my track. Especially the transformation of the voice charmed me. I hope there will be also other opportunities to work together on another EP.

How much did he influence the song?

The remix has a totally other perspective and that’s the beauty of the music. Every good artist can reshape a track in a way that it will represent him. This time it’s about the artist’s touch as remixer.

What role does Romania plays in your music?

Since the 90’s, as a kid that lived and went to school for a while in Germany, I got there the “techno virus” and later, I tried to bring and promote in Romania the techno waves coming from the west-European countries. So, I have a strong base on my music especially from there, but with the time, living mostly in Romania, I was influenced also by the taste of the Romanian crowd. If you’ll listen to my track “Kalusharii noi”, you’ll find there the west-European techno influence mixed with the rhythm of the traditional Romanian dancers, calusharii. I’m sure that there will be also other such mixtures of the west and eastern European culture.

Where did you find the inspiration for the song on this record?

First it was the message about I told you and then the instrumental part came with the time. Sometimes I’m inspired by a sound, sometimes by a rhythm that is coming in my mind or maybe by accident when I’m playing with the sounds. I think that this time it was about all of them on the entire EP.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. 2016 ended very well for me, on NYE I played at a very good party too and after this week of snowboarding I’m so fully charged and ready to produce more tracks and play at very good parties in interesting clubs or locations and at festivals as well! I feel 2017 will be a very good year for me. J

What else is happening next in Horace Dan D’s world?

There will be a few tracks and remixes released, I’ll upgrade my studio a little bit, I’ll try to bring also some visuals together with my music. Also, I’d like to have a few collaborations with a few techno artists to bring together my ideas with their. The creativity offers us unlimited ways.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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