DJ Dan has been at the forefront of dance music culture since the early days of the Rave scene. He has been setting trends in dance music ever since. After a move to San Francisco in 1993, he and two friends formed the now legendary group Funky Tekno Tribe. Through an innovative and clever approach to marketing double pack mixes of his live sets from the Funky Tekno Tribe, he was one of the first in the wave of mixtape culture that became dominant throughout the 90â€™s electronic music scene. This marked the start of the burgeoning Breakbeat craze that Dan pioneered by combining House, Breakbeat dubs and Techno into a psychedelic fusion dubbed as the "West Coast House Sound".
His 1995 single, "Loose Caboose," by the Electroliners (a collaboration with Jim Hopkins), proved one of the definitive tracks of the breakbeat era. Later, his 1998 classic "That Zipper Track," on DJ Dan Presents Needle Damage, put a fresh new spin on the genre, and his #1 Billboard Club Hit â€œThat Phone Trackâ€ (2003) proved a new level of maturity in his studio aesthetic. It is no surprise that visionary artists come to Dan looking to tap into his unique sound, Dan's remix discography reads like a â€œwho's whoâ€ in the industry.
With remixes of artists such as Depeche Mode, New Order, The Pussycat Dolls, and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as his remix of Orgy's cover of "Blue Monday" earning him his first Platinum record in 1999. Playing a staggeringly diverse array of venues and festivals across the globe such as Amnesia in Ibiza, Cream in Liverpool, Pacha in Buenos Aires, London's Ministry Of Sound, Gatecrasher, Fabric, Coachella, the Love Parade, Virgin Fest, Mayday-Berlin, Creamfields, Ultra Music Festival, and SAMC, the list is endless. Comrade-in-wax Carl Cox handpicked Dan to join him on his 2000 Phuture tour of Africa and Europe, while Moby recruited him to join an all-star line-up including David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, Tiesto, and John Digweed on the Area2 Tour.
In 2008, Dan embarked on a North American tour promoting his own innovative label "InStereo Recordings", inviting good friend Donald Glaude along for a historic 2x4 DJ set.
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