For our fourth featured artist/streamer we are heading to the Worthing, UK as we bring to you, the one and only Danny C!
Where are you from and where are you living now?
I currently live on the south coast of England in a small town called Worthing born and bred. Not many know of the town so usually easier to say, Brighton.
How did you come up with your DJ name?
My name was only meant to be temporary until I could think of something cool and catchy many years later I still haven’t come up with one so Danny c has just kind of stuck!
What’s your equipment list?
Currently, I use Pioneer DDJ800 and HDJ00 headphones.
MacBook Pro 2013 purely for running Rekordbox
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 4GHz with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, Gigabyte A320M-S2H Motherboard, 16GB 2400Mhz DDR4 RAM
corsair vs550 PSU
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow, Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX Smart Gaming Case, White
Where did your musical journey begin?
I have always had a music culture in my house when growing up which was influenced by my parents as they loved dance music. I really got into Hardcore and Hard Dance when I was working nightshifts at Heathrow airport and Kutski was on Radio One (UK national radio station), this was the first time I had ever heard of Hardstyle and Hardcore and I was like “Damn, this sound is great” and I fell in love with it. I then started to search for more artists and DJs which led to the next stage, learning to mix!
What made you decide to take up DJing?
I started really late probably around 2009 and I never owned turntables or vinyl, so I jumped straight to CDJs and MP3s (I still can’t mix vinyl LOL!). I asked a friend of mine (Lee) who had been DJing for years to teach me how to do it. I started learning using House music as a starting point, getting to grips with beat matching and the art of mixing. From there I found a love for House music which took me on a different path of musical tastes. I still enjoyed Hardstyle and Hardcore, but struggled to mix them at that point.
House music was the genre I was playing mostly which then led to mobile DJing and trying to get into bars and clubs. I teamed up with Lee and we played on the mobile DJ circuit for a few years, but did it differently than usual mobile jocks using remixes of popular chart toppers and dance music to help us stand out but also keep it interesting. We still had to play commercial music though, which was painful at times. After a few years of doing a few bar nights and mobile parties, we stopped as it was losing its appeal to be fun. In between the mobile parties I was also playing on a couple of online radio stations. One was called Radioactive FM, which was mainly playing House music, the other was Brighton’s local pirate station, Codesouth. This is where I found my home for the Hard Dance scene again. They wanted something different and I was able to deliver Hard Dance and Hardcore.
Every Thursday I would turn up to this little studio down an alley, deep in the heart of Brighton. It was a very underground set up with so many doors and locks to get through to access the studio. You have to remember that pirate radio was (and still is) illegal, so these studios were always in secret locations. I would then broadcast my show playing Hard Dance music across the FM airwaves and online. This lasted about a year or so before I stopped as times were not great and my show was very early in the morning and I took a break from DJing altogether.
What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?
I do like to game when I have free time from family life. I created a gaming channel to stream with, which isn’t as big as my music channel but one where I could do different content and sit down stream without risking my main channel if it wasn’t popular. I do enjoy a workout in the gym but I’m not much of a cardio fan, which is probably why I can’t shift my beer gut and love my food 😂
When did you start streaming on Twitch?
It was during the start of lockdown in 2020 I got that itch to mix again so bought a DDJ800 before the Covid streaming craze made buying kit impossible, so I was pretty lucky there. I had never streamed online before using cameras and streaming software, so this was a whole new platform and skill I had to master, which I’m still learning to this day. Plus I love an emote!
Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?
One of my goals is to have a track made or try and work out how to make music. I have dabbled many times and got lost in the music software, so nothing has ever materialised. Yes, I can pay someone to do it but where’s the fun in that? My next goal would be to have a consistent stream schedule and build my viewership up with more exposure to my Grubby Nation brand and also aim for Twitch partnership. I would be happier with a growing channel than anything else and get on a few live sets. I guess it’s harder for relatively unknown DJs such as myself to grow into bigger things where I don’t have a big following or music production to get my name out there. That has been life’s dream to play in clubs the music I love to play.
Who are some of your favourite streamers? Why?
There are quite a few for various reasons. These could be anything from content, online presence and what they play that is to my tastes. In no order at all my usual go-to for streams are: Blklight , Brisk , kutski , Swagesound , Chardj , Uk Dave London, Hartshorn303, Steve Disco Newsome. There are so many others I couldn’t possibly list them all. I also have my newly created group of Grubby Nation DJs which I will come to in a bit.
What is your favourite genre to play? Why?
I like variety but my streams are more renowned for Hard Dance and Hardcore. I do dabble in House and Trance now and again. My reason for the Hard Dance choice as my main genre was because I’ve always wanted to play it but never had the following interest in it until I started on Twitch. Since then viewers and supporters have found my channel through networking and I feel humbled that now I express my tune selection to those who enjoy the genre.
What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?
There have been a few moments of amazement that happened on stream and being a part of the Twitch community. One was asked to join two teams. One is team KTRA. I have been a follower of Kutski since the Radio One days plus when he started his record label and KTRA podcasts, so to get noticed was a huge honour. The second of course was Team Brisk, I had found Brisk by chance when I was looking for Hardcore streams to listen to. I found the Sunday sessions and had to drop this guy a follow. Since that day I was hooked to the streams andBbrisk. I’m not sure how he noticed my content or why he picked me to join his new team. Nonetheless, here we are two years in and glad he did. The support from him and the team has been second to none and my channel has grown more than I can imagine. The team raids have been brilliant so much variety and character from the team is what I like the most.
A year ago I created a brand called Grubby Nation. This was to bring together streamers and viewers alike that love the hard scene. I never imagined it to go anywhere in all honesty. A year later I have merchandise that has been purchased from viewers we have a small selection of DJs representing the brand and logo, some even have tattooed themselves of the logo (so proud of that). Just recently I was gifted a huge neon sign of my logo that the community paid for. You will see this soon. Grubby Nation is my little project that I’m proud of and look forward to the future with the brand and seeing where it goes.
What does Team Brisk mean to you?
There is no ‘I’ in team with this crew. Support from Brisk has been on point. He looks after the team and is very passionate about his streamers and the content he brings shows this. The team are very supportive, you could go to a stream and guarantee someone from Team Brisk will be in there. It’s Always welcoming and humble every time. There is never a feeling anyone is bigger or better than anyone else which I like as you feel at home and relaxed.
What’s your favourite thing about DJing on Twitch?
I like the ability to meet new people I wouldn’t ever have a chance to interact with IRL. I’ve met some great friends through twitch and connected with DJs in the scene I would never have met IRL before. I’ve always seen myself as just some guy who plays tunes online. So when I have support and followers that is such a morale booster for why I keep doing what I’m doing.
What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer?
Everyone is doing it, competition is fierce! Nah, the big challenge was learning pc builds and new programs such as OBS. I’ve never used YouTube tutorials as much before lockdown, so big up to all the YouTubers helping out there. Plus real life stuff gets in the way of a proper schedule however, I am working on getting that sorted now I have moved to a new home.
Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?
Depending on when this gets published I will be doing my 1000 follower stream celebration, which was put back a few months due to moving house, which I will now combine with Grubby Nations 1st birthday. This will be happing on a weekend in June/July. (I hope) details in my Discord for updates.
Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank?
100% to Paul Brisk. I feel without his support and Team Brisk I probably would have quit ages ago. Competition is fierce online and takes hard work and dedication to build a good channel. Plus support from streamers and viewers helped me reach goals and achieve what I thought would be unrealistic goals.
Huge shout out to my Grubby Nation DJs; Mas-q, Cuthy, Chaosraver, Tomfastrack, Cypher, DJ Floyd, DJ Weedee and Meiremax. These dudes have been epic in supporting the cause and deserve a mention and kept the Grubby Nation brand alive with me. For the next 12 months, I plan on looking for new DJs and growing alongside the best of them out there.
Then I have my top moderators. Zora and Spurry these two are always in the streams no matter what. Hyping the chat (a bit delayed on link sharing lol) but support from these two deserves a mention.
Also, how could I forget Ken Jones? This dude I think is a credit to team brisk. His bots and features are wanted by many of the team’s great mod and top notch geezer. Last one is to my best mate Lee who taught me mix which has got me where I am now.