Backstage with Danny Howells at EXIT 5

On the third day at EXIT we were offered the opportunity to interview a very prominet figure on today's modern dance scene, Danny Howells and managed to ask him a few questions in the DJ Arena backstage just before his set.

After a quick hello to Danny, Nikki @ IMD was very kind to invite us into the dark room, a poorly lightened area at the back of the bar, where the interview took place.

BeatFactor: What are your first impressions on EXIT?

Danny Howells: Well I haven't seen much but looks impressive. The pictures I've seen before are quite amazing.

BF: Did you play here last year also?

DH: No it's my first time on EXIT.

I prefer night clubs where I can play till the end 9 -10 hours, sometimes longer but on festivals it's a total different experience. It's a short 90 min to 2 hours concentrated performance comparative to doing a whole night in a small club.
BF: Did you plan this for a long time?

BF: Are you fulfilled as a DJ?

DH: Yeah, I'm very much.

BF: Is there anything that you still need to improve?

DH: No, not really cause I'm not a very ambitious person and I don't want to start becoming ambitious or set up I'm going to do that, that and that...

DH: Nikki out there (IMD) she works with my agency, she's involved with EXIT, and she told me about it long time and tried to get me come over. Last year for some reason I didn't come; don't remember why, but this year it was in my diary for about 6 months...

BF: What do you think about the weather here?

DH: It's typical festival weather, it's often expected. In England in general they expect bad weather.

BF: You heard about Glastonbury...

DH: Yeah, I was away, but I've heard about it...

BF: I saw some photos with tents covered by water.

DH: But the people who go there really enjoy that, they just get stuck in, it's all part of the charm and that place.

BF: Ok, let's slip into the past a bit. Why did you quit your Bedrock residency back in '99? Was it because your career started to take off?

DH: Can't even remember...was so long time ago (laughing). The thing is about growing, the club being so successful it got me all the attention as being a warm-up DJ and I was sort of trying to do some showing to do my stuff. All the time I was there I felt a bit restricted and I don't think it's John's fault, it was just the way the whole thing was set up. You know, I was always doing the opening set which I loved and I still do, but I felt I need to move so when I did the brake it was quite scary and nerve-wracking but I think it worked and I'm still good friend with John.

BF: What do you think about the resident that followed you? (Ed. note: Moonface)

DH: Well he was always at Bedrock early for the warm-up set and he started making tracks and he's kind of giving me tracks "I made this one this is for 10: 45" ... He will tell me the time at Bedrock when it would work so I tried these tracks out and they were really good. As a dj he's got a unique sound.

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Backstage with Danny Howells at EXIT 5
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July 17, 2005 at 7:25 PM CEST

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BF: I suppose you had ups and downs in your career. What was the lowest point?

DH: After I left my job (I had a day job) I had to make a decision whether to carry on with my day job or to carry on as a dj as it was getting harder to do both. So I gave up my job in the hospital and for long time I have so, so little money, I was so poor, I couldn't pay bills, lots of parking tickets, just financial reasons...

BF: Do you prefer playing at festivals or in night clubs with a private audience?

DH: To be honest I prefer night clubs where I can play till the end 9 -10 hours, sometimes longer but on festivals it's a total different experience. It's a short 90 min to 2 hours concentrated performance comparative to doing a whole night in a small club.

BF: What would be the perfect crowd for you?

DH: I think the after hours with people that are slowing down with their eyes closed... I prefer to see that.

BF: Do you have any plans for a future mix album?

DH: I do actually, yeah. But I'm not sure, it's not confirmed yet. But it's going to be for the next year and it's going to something which is more about my influences, my home listening, it's not going to be all house music, it will be about different sounds, old music...

BF: What do you think about drugs?

DH: Well I've never touched anything personally, ever. I'm very opposed and I think everything is about motivation knowing what you get involved in. You know, you never can dictate it, say "Don't do it" because they're there anyway...

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