Dj Dan

     For over 2 decades, DJ Dan has been a leader in the Electronic Dance Music scene. It's tough to say more about DJ Dan than what is most likely known by just about any dance music fan that has ever taken interest in the genre. Just take a look at what some other legends have said:

 

“Dan is a pivotal ingredient to live DJing and production, a real teacher to all."-DJ Sneak
"The thing I love about Dan is that he's always had a funky spirit and he always pushes the elements of music."-Carl Cox

 


     To those who still may not know all that much on Dan, we'll help you out from under that rock. As you can tell from just a bit of the praise from musical icons DJ Dan has received, our West Coast bred friend has been around the block a few times (and turning heads all the while). Music has been forever entrenched in Dan's life, having garnered a superior record collection at the age of 8 that would give Amoeba Records a run for its money. Starting his professional musical career with some smaller clubs in Seattle and then Los Angeles, DJ Dan had a rise to recognition in the dance music community that could be considered meteoric. Forming the Funky Techno Tribe in 1993, DJ Dan fused together breakbeat, house, dub, and techno to create a sound that later was fittingly crowned, “West Coast House". And with renowned tracks like “Needle Damage", and remixes for everyone from Depeche Mode to Duck Sauce, Dan's production prowess is undeniable. The journey that Dan's talents have taken him on could go on for pages and pages. He has played alongside the likes of fellow legends from Carl Cox to John Digweed with a mission of making club goers unable to fight the urge to dance the night away.

 

     And it's not just party goers and fellow DJ's who bow down to Dan, the press have drooled over his music. DJ Mag named DJ Dan the #1 House DJ in 2006 while Urb Magazine named him “America's Favorite DJ" and "America's Hardest Working DJ". The media has never been more accurate. But one of the proudest moments could be said when THUMP warned partygoers to 'never fuck with DJ Dan' much like one unfateful attendant did this year in Baltimore to which Dan had the most powerful of responses.

 

     Dan's widely renowned Los Angeles based label Instereo Recordings, has further etched his name into dance music's core. With TJR, Phunk Investigation, Wolfgang Gartner, DJ PP, DJ Sneak, Hatiras, and DJ Dan being amongst the many artists featured on the Instereo Recordings, the label is hard to ignore in the industry. Dan also has releases on Toolroom, Pacha Recordings, Ultra, Guesthouse, Work, XL Recordings, Magnetic, Rising, and many others.

     In 2014 Dan shows no signs of slowing down. His EDC set was rated as one of the best sets of the weekend by DJOYBEAT.com as well as Magnetic Mag. Similar buzz had Insomniac President/ CEO Pasquale Rotella chiming in:

 

"We go back since the early 90′s and he DJ’d some of my first warehouse parties. He’s an LA underground staple and music legend.”
And if that wasn’t enough, in the recent major dance music poll ‘America’s Best DJ’, DJ Dan clocked in at #9 in a extremely competitive field; beating out some of the largest names in electronic music.

 

     As this dance music world continues to evolve, it is safe to say that DJ Dan will continue to be one of its strongest voices.


Line-up 2017

2017 Performers

Dj Dan

     For over 2 decades, DJ Dan has been a leader in the Electronic Dance Music scene. It's tough to say more about DJ Dan than what is most likely known by just about an...

Eric Sneo

    From an early age, the now highly rated international DJ Eric Sneo, started learning to play many instruments, including drums, piano and accordion. As a result, he grew u...

Dj ESP aka Woody McBride

    American elektro-shaman, Woody McBride, aka DJ ESP, rocks the world with his unique style of tribal techno, acid house, breakbeats, elektro, ambidelics, hardtek and a...

Bebetta

    Bremen’s Bebetta is a playful, colourful and charming personality who likes to inject everything she does with a sense of fun. Her goal is to make people happy away ...

AFFKT

    Hailing from the Spanish mainland is a sound that’s resonating globally thanks to a choice select of tastemakers that are driving through the boundaries set out by t...

The Freestylers

     After a 15 year career the Freestylers have covered a full 360 degrees in the Bass music genre, having played all the biggest festivals and most talked about nightcl...

Kytami

     Having been trained as a classical violinist from the age of four, there is no doubt Kytami has mastered her skills on the instrument. Known for creating a musical s...

Greg Eversoul

    Celebrating 25 years of music, Greg joining us only seems fitting as he is one of the longest running "regulars" of the Connect festival. As a teenager in the late 80&rsqu...

Kloves

    Krystle Brieger, a.k.a “Kloves”, is a Canadian techno producer, currently working from Calgary, AB. Kloves heritage is a blend of Hungarian and Filipino decent...

JFB

    JFB is definitely an artist to regularly look out for. His successes have mainly been obtained from his technical ability to smash lots of differently styled events, cross...

Deko-ze

    Deko-ze is the co-owner of Jungle Funk Records with Jerome Robins and has tracks and remixes out on Hotfingers, Milk & Sugar, Deported, Pacha, KULT, Housesession, Vamo...

Neon Steve

    There are not many Canadians that can claim they’ve held down top spots on Juno; Hypema- chine, DJCity, Soundcloud, and Beatport charts, had exclusive premiers on taste m...

Father Funk

     Lost in Michael Jackson’s woodland estate young Will Williamson was a happy soul, breast fed and reared by a family of disco Llamas, he’d canter hither a...

WBBL

    Little is known about new artist WBBL – some say he was brought up on a diet of misunderstood folk music and balearic basslines, others say he is the first true star...

Czech

    It’s a standard formula for world domination and DJ Czech is sticking to it well. First, control you own neighborhood, Czech’s initial step into the Canadian u...

Jon Delerious

    Calgary's own Jon Delerious has been a staple in the West coast House music scene since his first 'big' gig in 1992. Since then his production talents have seen him grow into a...

VJ Carrie Gates

    Carrie Gates’ video mixing works use sound-reactive 3D processing and unusual rhythmic juxtapositions to create throbbing, psychedelic, responsive compositions that ...

Monkey Twerk

    MonkeyTwerk is all about the sounds that dance between the genres, the high energy that runs between the BPMs, the excitement that keeps people moving, and the happy vibes...

Senseless Live

    Hailing from Canada, Senseless Live started out as a team-up between seasoned DJ and producer John Glassey and talented songstress Kim Sykes. Joining Kim’s song writ...

Ashes and Dreams

    Lisa Saunders is the Canadian half of chillout dream-pop duo, Ashes and Dreams. Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lisa collaborates electronically with her Transylvanian ba...

Hubbz

    From funk and soul, to latin, dub, breakbeats, to 80’s, dance classics and beyond…DJ Hubbz is strictly for those who are in for a raw musical feast.
By d...

The Gaff

    The Gaff is a soulful brother on the wheels of steel, a lifelong DJ with tight skills & cuts, a lengthy
list of accomplishments, tonnes of records, heart & cl...

Jeff Galaxy

        Jeff Galaxy is the Curator and Director of the Connect Festival. Humble roots and an undying love of music have provided the people of the prairies...

    Cueball

        Unlike everyone else, who posts a bio to promote themselves for the next gig this is the very last time I will ever DJ so I thought I would just tell a few stories. When J...

      Dr J

          Dr.J began his life-long love of music in 1985 when he purchased his first vinyl LP – a copy of Grandmaster Flash’s “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done&...

      Jeff Prankev

          Jeff Prankev (Formerly known as “Dislexik”) has been playing with electronic music in various forms since 1994. What started as a hobby, producing music slowly...

      Crippled Wheel

          Connect 99 was the first place I ever got down to electronic music. I was 16 years old and I was introduced to a scene that would forever change my life. There was crazy c...

      Dj US Marshall

           Marshall is one of the Production and Talent managers of The Connect Festival, Canada's longest running electronic music festival and has been playing electronic mus...

      Kinder

          DJ Kinder (aka Ryan Mayer) is definitely one of the favorited local artists to play Connect. Playing for crowds in the prairies for over twenty years. His vast experience ...

      Nick James

          I perform at two distinct event types, clubs and parties/festivals, and the way I approach programming and the style of music varies between the two. I never plan my sets ...

      Paul Who?

          Certified Audio Engineer, DJ and Producer all make Paul the perfect candidate for any situation demanding a talented electronic DJ. With over 13 years of DJ'ing under his ...

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