Known for her dynamic performances and infectious energy, divaDanielle started her career after catching a record that the infamous Darren Emerson threw into the crowd in 2003 (Grant Nelson’s “Free & Switch” for those who were wondering). After many years in the LA underground scene, she started releasing original tracks through InStereo Recordings. Her debut track (and now Diva theme song) “Work” spent 6 months on the Beatport House 100. In 2015 she struck gold with “I Got A Man,” a collaboration with DJ Dan, spending a month in the House Top 10. She has since released charting Funky House, Tech House and Bass House tracks on labels such as WyldCard Records, Fort Knox Recordings, Late Night Munchies and Wulfpack as well as put out numerous bootlegs, including a Tech House remix of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”. With forthcoming releases on InStereo and Admit One Records, she continues to consistently place in Beatport and Traxsource’s Top 100 charts and be featured in their curated Best Of and Staff Picks lists.
Fun Fact: I not only produce dance music but I also do sound design for film and tv. Recently, I did sound design for IMAX and Thor!
What stands out to you as being the piece of music that has changed the game for the industry?
Right now, I really feel like the artist Fisher has really influenced all the Tech House you hear out there. And so much of the whole EDM world as well. “Losing It” came out in 2018 and that sound has been the sound of Tech House since then. It’s had an amazing run especially in dance music where things move quickly.
You are a game changer yourself… how do you want to change the game with YOUR music?
I hope that me being here doing what I’m doing inspires other women out there to produce music. We are still only 2% of all music producers and over half the population here in the states. Music production is definitely a place where we are very underrepresented. So by simply showing up and being creative, we are revolutionary! I hope one day it’s not a big deal to see women behind the decks or producing dance music. This is what inspires me every day!
How are you putting together your next project?
I’m collaborating right now with one of my creative besties – DJ Denise. She sent me some awesome vocals so I have been working on a down and dirty bassline. I’m feeling something pouding and relentless. Techno inspired but still housey. I’ve got lots of songs lined up right now. Summer is crazy but I’m making my way through them all. I feel like I’m really moving towards making a full length album next year. Seems like a huge task but I’m up for the challenge.
Who are you giving credit to when it comes to how this upcoming music is being made?
My collaborators. I feel like everyone I work with is so inspiring. So even when I am busy, I keep going. I’m always being creatively challenged and I owe a lot of that to a lot of my co-creators – DJ Denise, Skolo, The Incredible Melting Man, DJ Dan…they are all amazing artists.
Biggest lesson so far this year that you are taking into this summer?!
Slow down. Take a breath. The world is picking up again. It can feel a bit crazy and fast. So everyday I remind myself to stop, breathe, and focus my energy and attention. Everything will get done. It doesn’t all have to get done right this second.
What is something EPIC you’re doing this summer to contribute to your art?
I built a giant unicorn mobile DJ booth art car for Burning Man. 100 people can ride on it at any given time. The horn blows fire. It’s pretty epic! This Summer is the last year I will be taking it to the playa. Gearing up to say goodbye, it feels very bittersweet. It’s been sort of a home base for myself and spot for a lot of DJs to get their starts. Life is busy though and there’s not the same amount of time to dedicate to it so I know this is the right time to end on a high note. I feel like we are curating a ton of amazing dance music on it for the burn so I’m really excited. Much like making a song, it’s been a journey to see something that started out in your head actually became a reality. We’ve been taking it to festivals since 2011. If you’re at all interested in what I’m talking about, you can check out The Unicorn here: https://www.instagram.com/theunicornsca/
You are just EPIC! Give us everything we need to keep up!
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