Danny Daze on Underground Music and South Beach: "It's an Odd Mixture, It Kinda Works"
After spending years grinding out five-day work weeks in the MIA, this local EDM mastermind finally broke free with "Your Everything," a major club banger that officially turned him into a big fucking deal.
He's relocated to Spain. And he's become a fixture on the European club scene. But this weekend, Danny's back on South Beach at Story Nightclub for a homecoming show.
So we here at Crossfade hit up Mr. Daze to discuss his move to Barcelona, hanging out at Story, underground music, his hatred for Clear Channel, and the dangers of South Beach.
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Crossfade: What's life like for Danny Daze, these days?
Danny Daze: It's fun. It's been about 14 years in the making.
You've called this weekend's show at Story a homecoming show. Is that just 'cause you spend most of your time on the road now? Or have you moved outta Miami?
I actually live in Barcelona now. And I started a project with a buddy of mine, Maceo Plex. It's also just easier for me to do touring, being that most of my gigs are in Europe. So it makes more sense to be based out of Spain. And then do tours in the United States.
I don't play too much in Miami anymore. Which, I used to play five times a week. That's how I know it's gonna be a good night. People are going to come out who I haven't seen in two or three years.
Did you make the move to Barcelona specifically for the project with Maceo Plex?
It was actually Maceo Plex who convinced me to move to Spain since I was already out there so much. He said, "Hey, dude, why don't you come out here, man. It's the best thing I ever did." And he said, as soon as he moved to Barcelona, everything pretty much fell into place. And it seems as though that's exactly what's happening to me now.
Since most of my gigs were in Europe, I had to consistently travel eight hours every single time. And it was taking a huge toll. I wasn't able to make new music. But now, living in Barcelona, everything is an hour and a half away. Then I can get back home the next day and feel ready to make music, where if I were coming back to the United States, it'd take two days just to get back to feeling even remotely close to normal.
Is living in Europe like crashing in the Garden of Eden?
Well, my life basically revolves around music and Clear Channel is the devil to me. And the fact that Europeans play underground music on commercial mainstream radio proves that this place is where I belong. I wish I could stay for the rest of my life. But I'm not sure I can, because I have family in Miami. But hell, if I make enough money to bring everybody to Barcelona ... By all means, I'm taking my whole family out there.
Have you been to Story since it opened in December? What do you think of the joint?
I was actually there for Dubfire. And I like it. There's a mixture of models and bottles, just a blend of really good looking people with everyone who knows what's up. It's an odd mixture, but it kinda works.
Hoepefully, what comes out of Story is a bunch of people who aren't sure why they're at Story listening to underground sounds actually get into good music, ditching all that same crap that's being pushed by absolutely everyone on the radio all the time.