Dan was born in Northampton on 22nd August 1975. He first started djing when a couple of other school friends started up there own mobile disco "Audio Sonics". He helped out the group doing the usual circuit of weddings, birthdays and christenings. Thankfully the days of the "Grease Mega-mix" and "Jive Bunny" didn't last that long but did provide a valuable stepping stone for the future. After discovering the Hardcore scene, and virtually becoming a resident clubber at the legendary Milwaukees, Dan decided to become a Hardcore dj. Looking up to the likes of Slipmatt and Dougal he was probably 5 HQ's (Leicester record shop) best customer!!
Soon after SENSi-TIZE was formed the djing took a back seat. But after the first three SENSi-TIZE releases Dan decided to move away from the Hardcore scene as he was becoming more and more influenced by Dj's such as Jeremy Healey, Greame Park, Judge Jules and Tony De Vit. It was at this point that he met up with Big Geoff Hawkins who was resident DJ at Central Nightclub in Stamford, Lincs. Geoff become a big supporter in Dan's early DJ career helping him obtain his first residency on a Friday night called Creation @ Central playing uplifting piano house. This soon progressed to an additional Saturday night at Maddisons in Nuneaton. During this time Dan worked along side such names as Liquid, Ratpack, Isha D, Sam Ellis, Yomanda, K-Klass, Brandon Block and Tony De Vit to name a few. Also within this time he guested several times with Big Geoff at the Ministry of Sound in London playing at he High Bias records launch night and also playing the Seduction House Weekender.
After the success of Stamford and Nuneaton Dan moved to the Isle of Man because of his work within the Leisure Industry. Thankfully the DJ work continued as he linked up with James Gale (AKA DJ Gid) and the Switched On Crew. The dance scene in the IOM was slightly behind the UK and therefore gave the crew the chance to hold more than half a dozen outdoor dance parties. It was like going back to the early 90's rave days with around a 1000 people partying throughout the night under an erected Marquee in the middle of the Manx countryside. Dan still says now these were probably the best gigs of his career, purely for the rawness of it all. After all they lost count of the times the generator broke down and the local Constabulary tried to halt proceedings. Unfortunately it wasn't long before Manx law caught up with the UK and put an end to some of the greatest nights ever. Luckily the scene continued with Switched On and Paul Aldridge promoting nights at the Cave Nightclub. Dan was grateful enough to be gracing the decks with Ricky Rooney and Gid where they were joined by Dave Seamen, Nick Warren, Matt Hardwick, Graham Gold, Nick Rafferty, Lee Burridge and Anthony Papa.
While out in the IOM Dan was regularly visiting the UK to work on more material with SENSi-TIZE and they were rewarded for their hard work when they were signed up to Tony De Vit's TDV Label. Unfortunately Tony's sad death had a huge affect on Dan and Marks progression.
In March 2000 Dan decided to quit the whole music scene to go travelling to Australia with his girlfriend. Unfortunately it didn't quite turn out as planned and Dan returned to the UK (without the girlfriend!!) after 4 months. After much discussion Dan decided to link up with Mark again and reform SENSi-TIZE. Dan was also determined to re-launch his DJ career.
It's taken time but Dan is finally starting to reap the benefits of several years of perseverance. Over the past few years he has been thankful to play on the hallowed turntables in Australia, Dublin, Isle of Man and of course the UK.
More recently Dan has played for Hed Kandi, Minimal, In 2 Deep, Milwaulkees reunions, to name a few and is now a resident at Fever nightclub in Northampton.
2011 is looking to be a huge year with the highlight so far in February at Ministry Of Sound playing alongside Mark Knight.
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