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Mix of the Day : Dantiez

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Dantiez, born and bred in Michigan, is the son of Techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson and singer / songwriter Ann Saunderson. From an early age, surrounded by such influential creatives, Dantiez knew music was the way for him. Inspired by his generation’s reaction to electronica, Dantiez completely immersed himself in production and DJing.

Directly connected to Detroit’s rich musical heritage, he learnt from his dad and fellow Techno innovators: Derrick May and Juan Atkins, whilst drawing further inspiration from the likes of Marco Carola, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin and Dubfire. From this Dantiez honed his craft, with songs beginning to reflect all sides of his taste pallet: energetic, Detroit-infused, underground but with a Pop vibe that’s still rooted in Tech-House and Techno.

When talking about Detroit and the Detroit music scene, no matter what you’re talking about, the word “Saunderson” has to come up. Of course Techno legend Kevin Saunderson is on top of the list but his sons, The Saunderson brothers are now also part of the bigger picture of the Detroit music scene. Dantiez & Damari delivered some massive performances at Movement Detroit and Dantiez has now played there 5 years in a row!

He’s delivered todays Mix of the Day and we chatted with him briefly about his great accomplishments in 2016, his work as A&R for KSM records and his plans for the remaining of the year. 

What were you listening to while growing up? Was there mostly electronic music being played at the house?  What is it like to be the son of a techno music pioneer? 

No doubt! There was definitely a nice combo of techno and house music going off at home, always on a daily basis. I would either be waking up or going to sleep grooving to those sounds, sometimes both ends of the day, it was dope for sure! It’s great being able to do special b2b sets as a family and what not. On top of that I get to soak up years & years of his DJ and production knowledge and wisdom. Can’t complain!

Any big plans for KMS Records? 

Oh yes, we have lots planned for 2017! We’ve now teamed up with Armada and have already got loads of dope releases lined up for this year. We’re putting out tracks from myself, E-Dancer,  The Saunderson Brothers, Orlando Voorn and various other artists both old and new to KMS.

I had some big releases in 2016 that I was really proud of. Putting out tracks on the likes of D-Vine Sounds (Curtis Gabriel actually smashed the remix as well, so was an all around great release I think!), Madhouse Records, Stereo Production and more was really awesome, I felt very blessed working with labels of such a high caliber, having them support my music.  Was also great getting a shoutout from Traxsource who put me in at #16 in their Top 100 House Artists of 2016.

What is the process for making a track as The Saunderson brothers with your older brother DaMarii? 

There’s not really a set process every time but more often than not one of us will start the project, then the other builds on it, sends it back on and so forth. After a bit of bouncing more ideas around we’ll come together in the studio for those final refinements plus mix and mastering touches, often working on a vocal if the track needs it, which we’ll source through one of our go to singers or by digging for a dos sample.

Can you describe what is the scene like in Detroit? Everybody knows Movement but what is it like during the rest of the year? 

The scene in Detroit is ever growing and expanding, which is nothing but a positive thing. The underground vibe is really getting pushed, so you can usually catch a good party with some top artists at any given weekend. The talent at a local level is also really strong, so you can scope plenty of residents throwing down in the city also. Both a good time I’d say, there’s definitely always something going on for everyone. 

I’ve been pretty involved over the last few years I’d say. This will be my 5th year in a row playing now. Twice solo and twice as The Saunderson Brothers so far, and we also do a KMS after party every year. Each edition has been a seriously dope experience so far, so can’t wait to do it all again in 2017!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/dantiezofficial/

 

 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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