Destiny and finesse: how Dan Shake became one of the best in British house music – Features

After a dodgy first rodeo, Dan quickly learned the ropes and took on an increasing number of gigs across the UK. The producer-turned-DJ still claimed he was enrolled in college the whole time, even as his name began to slip from the lips of the music industry. Enough gigs, he recalls, to find himself in an agency alongside a handful of his musical predecessors: Palms Trax, HNNY, Madlib, etc. “It was a cool roster, they pushed me even further and helped me progress. But a few people left, and it ended up being just me, A$AP Rocky and Lil Wayne,” laughs Dan. “It was so random, I could tell I wasn’t on their priority list.” Now with the crème de la crème of hip hop, Dan had nearly come full circle — even more so when asked to return to Dimensions Festival, this time as a performer.

“It was the first time I hadn’t worked there in six years. The dimensions were kind of what got me into the music, so playing there was a real looping moment,” he says. “It was a big step in my career. It almost felt like coming home, it just brought me back to reality.” This pivotal moment was the boost to the now endless touring schedule of Dan and would see him come up with longer sets, five hours, six hours or even seven hours with just as much relentless energy His ability to take on a crowd and use the tracks as a vehicle to keep the fans on their guards for hours, Dan Shake’s companies are one of the best to do it in. And the thousands of people returning to his newly curated, always-sold-out House Party series would certainly agree, too.