• The Danny Howard Podcast 06

BBC Radio 1 Dance Anthem’s Host, Danny Howard, has had an incredible journey. From competition winner to international DJ, a producer signed to Spinnin Records, an album released on Ministry of Sound, a remix for Example, Chicane, Bingo Players and more, a residency in Ibiza, gigs in Las Vegas, Mallorca, all over the UK and including sell out festivals. With his album “Clubbers Guide 2013” hitting the top spot on iTunes‘ download chart already this year, the launch of his brand new Podcast is expected to explode! Like his radio show? Then you’re going to LOVE this. brandnite in Interview with Danny Howard!

Danny, a lot of people know you from your show on BBC Radio 1. And as radio, especially BBC Radio 1, always puts a mark on new artists, what does a new tune have to have for you to feature it on your show? Q
I get sent a lot of new music every single day into my inbox, which is an amazing privilege to have but at the same time it can be a bit of a task to sort through it all. I’d say a track has to have something different and unique, something that makes it stand out from the rest whilst at the same time having the energy and power needed in a dance record. It’s also down to opinion so I include tracks that I personally like but also I look at tracks that are getting a lot of buzz. My show is all about reflecting what is big in the scene at the moment so it’s important for me to be across everything that people are jumping on whilst at the same time introducing new music as part of that process. A
There have been a lot of great tracks out last year, also with heavy rotation on various radio stations around the globe including Radio 1 – what are the few tracks and artists that impressed you most? Q
Last year a lot of new young brilliant producers came through to achieve great success. The likes of Madeon, Porter Robinson and Zedd all have had huge hits and are working their way to becoming headline DJs in their own right. I hope this continues as it keeps the scene fresh, which is important for it to keep evolving the way it is worldwide. A
What can young producers out there do to make them heard by yourself or even have a track of them in one of your shows and/or sets? Q
They can e mail me tracks to listen to any time danny@djdannyhoward.com! It’s important that when you send tracks that you believe this is as good as what the likes of Madeon, Porter Robinson & Zedd (who I just mentioned in the above question) are producing. It’s such a competitive market out there that you need to hold your own. Get feedback off fellow producers and also off your friends to get a casual perspective. A
What do you personally think about the term “EDM” and the evolution of dance music in the US right now? Q
There are a lot of musical snobs who despise the term EDM but I just think, who cares?! It’s all dance music and with the US embracing everything we always have about our amazing genre, it can only be for the good of the music. The more exposure = healthier economy within the world of dance music. A
Besides your job as a radio host you’ve also been busy in the studio lately with tracks been released on huge labels such as “Ministry of Sound” or “Spinnin Records”. Whats coming out in the near future? Q
That would be telling! It’s been such a great start to the year with my remix of Duke Dumont & Bingo Players coming out and also ‘Apex’ doing well on Spinnin, I’m really working hard in the studio to make sure I get some big tracks ready for summer. Keep an eye on my soundcloud –  www.soundcloud.com/djdannyhoward A
Right now during this interview you’re already in Miami preparing your stuff for the show with Sander van Doorn amongst others. Where can people see you live this summer? Q
This summer in the UK you can catch me at two of my favourite festivals Creamfields & Global Gathering then in Ibiza I’ll be playing at Pacha and Judgement Sundays at Eden with my good mate Judge Jules! All my dates are on my website www.djdannyhoward.com A
And our last question that I always close an interview with – if there’s one artist out there that you could work with, who would you choose? Q
It would be Erick Morillo! He is my hero, my idol and someone I regard as my biggest influence! To work with him would be a dream come true :) A


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