Danny Russell is a Berlin based British DJ, who has seen impressive international success through his consistent stream of productions and edits, most notably his 2018 release ‘Watchin Out’, produced with Milan based duo, the Dirty Channels. The record debuted #1 in the Juno vinyl sales charts across all genres, a position it held for several weeks. As well as was selected by Mixmag as ‘Tune of the month’ for July 2018 and voted as one of their biggest records of 2018. The record was subsequently licensed to Defected Records and included on their ‘Most Rated 2019’ compilation, after widespread festival and club play from DJ’s such as Dan Shake, Red Rack’em, Josh Wink, DJ Boring, Jeremy Underground and Giles Peterson. With Giles including it on his BBC Radio 6 Music show, and Dan playing it on his Sugar Mountain Boiler Room mix to thousands at the Australian festival.
Danny’s 2016 debut release ‘Party All Night Long’ on DJ Kaos’ Jolly Jams label became a big favourite for DJ’s such as James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area), Marcel Vogel, Luke Solomon, Jacques Renault, Danny Krivit, and DJ Harvey. This was followed by ‘Hoppers Rant’ and ‘Let’s Go’ released in 2017 and produced with Timothy Alexander. ‘Hoppers Rant’ went on to top the Beatport acid house chart, and ‘Let’s go’ became a summer hit with DJ’s like Neil Diablo (El Diablo’s Social Club), Ron Basejam (Crazy P), and Phat Phil Cooper, with Juno comparing it to releases by the Idjut Boys.
With a discography now peppered with iconic imprints such as Defected, Paper Recordings, Jolly Jams, Midnight Riot, Berlin Bass Collective, Sprechen & Athens of The North and others, the studio output from Danny is frequently finding its way not only into sets by the scene’s elite DJ’s, but also onto top tier record labels.
A DJ since 98’ and nephew of the legendary Hacienda Regular and Home Club Resident DJ Billy Caldwell, Danny honed his skills on the Manchester Underground scene and was a constant fixture at many of the city’s most reputable venues from The Attic and Zumbar to The Music Box and Sankeys. Berlin appearances have included venues such as Watergate, Suciide Circus, King Size, Kitkat club and Neue Heimat, and globally gigs across Europe, the U.S.A. and Mexico. With recent standout shows seeing him DJ at Kinkin club in Guadalajara, Pygmalion in Dublin, a rooftop party in Havana, Cuba, and the 50th Anniversary of Pride in New York City.
Beyond the club and festival circuit, Danny has also DJed at parties for major brands such as Native Instruments, Interview Magazine, Delivery Hero, Zenmate, Shazam, The Collective (at the Berlin Tech Open Air), as well as Pathé Films.
His work as a sound designer for brands such as Charles Worthington Spa, Original Source, Imperial Leather and Chicago Town pizzas, coupled with his previous experience as a Postproduction Engineer on movies that include ‘Lizzie’ directed by Gillan Wood – which featured at the Cannes film festival. All of which proves that Danny has a unique ear when it comes to understanding the musicality of what works on the dancefloor all the way to the big screen.
With a number of productions in the pipeline, a residency at Berlin’s Neue Odessa bar in Mitte, alongside a growing schedule of local and international shows on the horizon for 2020, the next phase in Danny’s career looks set to be his most exciting yet!