DJ Name: Boony
Real Name: Daniel Haines
Where are you from? Brentwood Essex
How long have you been DJ’ing? Roughly 20yrs
What got you into being a DJ? Summer of Love 1989, Wharehouse raves and Partying in farmers fields, like anyone at the time we bought the music we heard at the raves, it was so difficult to find the songs we’d heard, it was like a massive victory to have a tune no one else had at the time, as my record collection grew I was finding ways to create mixtapes without a typical dj set-up, when I think of the crap I had hooked up in my bedroom, wires everywhere, old bits of this stereo and that stereo. My poor mum!!
When was your first exposure to electronic music? Pirate Radio, I loved that it didn’t sound like anything before, I grew up being force fed all that 80’s pop believing that was what I was supposed to listen to, acid house showed me you didn’t even need lyrics, seeing Adamski live, what he could do with drum machines and keyboards, wow! I was blown away and grown ups hated it which I loved.
Who are your musical influences? Musically I can listen to nearly anything, Jazz/Folk/Funk/Indie, I’m not a producer so I don’t really look at music the way they do, I used to obsess over particular dj’s then realised I was just copying them, I take away a little something from most mixes I hear.
What parties are you playing at this year? I’m hoping to play some more MERJ events at Night Tales in Hackney, got a few little places I’m trying to get into, also Hackney, a few house party’s are on the cards too.
What were your favourite parties you’ve played at? My friend’s house Parties are always good, we have so much fun, as the Tech has changed over the years we’ve used all kinds of equipment, had a few special guests too.
Do you produce your own music? No, I use up enough time looking for new music, the hours these guys put in to produce one track, well, I’d never leave the house!!
Are you signed to a record label? no
Do you ever play live or do you just DJ? Just DJ
Who are some live acts that inspire you? Orbital, these guys are just brilliant live, if you know their stuff you have goosebumps all night, check out their DJ set on mixmags The Lab on YouTube, they were The Labs very first guests, it’s a brilliantly crafted set. Groove Armada are very good live too, their mixture of sounds is fantastic.
Who were the 3 most influential artists of last year? Black Coffee, he’s been putting himself about DJ,ing, I’m expecting some studio work soon, great vibe,
PBR Streetgang, really like their sound, Disco/Funk influences.
Eats Everything, has a residency on (god I can’t believe I’m gonna mention this) Radio 1, he sources music from everywhere,
If you could go to one gig tonight where would you go? I’d like to see Black Coffee live, hell, I’d go anywhere at the moment!!
What can we expect from you this year? www.housefreqs.com for sure, keep my show ticking along, time allowing I’d like to add some new features, and hopefully some live gigs.
What would you say the single most vital piece of tech is? You can’t say that to a DJ, everything is connected, one thing goes with another thing then it works better with this thing and of course this thing over here, I don’t really need it but it does this flashy thing etc etc etc….
What is that thing that most people don’t know about you? I love old cameras and film photography.
If you could give any advice to young DJ’s just starting to get into DJ’ing what would it be?
Get out of the bedroom, hit small bars & clubs, get as many slots as you can, play as many different places as you can with different crowds, play what makes them want to get dancing, open up your musical tastes for the crowd and eventually you’ll find your own style.
I got into DJ'ing around 1989/90, hosting local parties and small events, over the years it's remained more of a hobby, pushing my mixtapes onto my network of friends, wether they want them or not.
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