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Daniel Donnachie is a rare kind of DJ best known for the Cosmic Dancing Mix Series and his superbly mixed sets bringing together the underground history of music combined with unheard music of the future. Heavily inspired by legends of DJ culture, Andrew Weatherall, DJ Harvey, Danielle Baldelli and David Mancuso and more contemporary influences such as Prins Thomas, Todd Terje, Idjut Boys.
Since he started out nearly 20 years ago, Donnachie has always tried to push the roots of dance music and fuse it into the modern day, making very old tunes sound just as fresh as the new ones but not forgetting his tastemaker duties and providing a selection of new music that hits the spot too. His early residencies in his home town Leicester set a platform for Daniel with his already established DJ partner and his favourite DJ on the planet, Kelvin Andrews (aka Sure is Pure and Soul Mekanik). Their first residency was for “Get It On” at Leicester’s Junction 21. They went on to playing together at many various parties such as Surface Noise Sound System. The highlight being the bi- monthly fabric residents doing 8-hour DJ sets in Room Three and appearing at the World Music Conference together showcasing their set in front of some of the world’s elite DJ’s and producers. Following on from this Kelvin and Daniel along with Kelvin’s brother Danny were some of the first organisations from the Midlands to revive the Balearic and Cosmic scenes of Italy and Ibiza and started the Time Machine parties at The Social in Nottingham. Guest DJ’s including the Godfather of Electro-Funk “Greg Wilson” who had just come out of retirement at the time and started to entertain a whole new generation of music lovers.
Donnachie has continued to set pulses racing across the UK doing guest slots at the country's coolest nights (Aficionado, Inside Out, Music Is My Poison, Snafu, Softmachine) and playing alongside highly regarded DJs such as Nick The Record, Francois K, Diesel, Moonboots, Mudd, Bill Brewster, Andrew Weatherall and Justin Robertson (to name a few) with his choice selection of cosmic colliders, discoid lovelies, house groovers and massive slab of Balearica. Daniel has also provided music consultancy and DJ performances for the Suzuki Rizla Superbike team within their hospitality area at race meets over recent years plus a lot more corporate work with product placement at various fashion and art events on a freelance basis. With future bookings already in place around the UK and in Europe the “Kosmische Kid,” or “Zeit” as he is known amongst fellow aficionados, is still on the rise and his performances are always worth checking out.
Cosmic Disco, Legendary Breaks, Krautrock, Deep House, Detroit Techno, Dub Disco, Industrial/New Wave/Synth Pop, Italo, Afro-Electronic, Balearic, Ambient/Ethereal, Funk, Northern Soul, Dub Reggae, Rosco.
Leicester: Luxor, Flaming Colossus, White Room, Junction 21, Bambu, 39 Steps, Attik, Helsinki, Charlotte, Leicester University, Demon FM, 9 Bar, Stax, Esko, Sumo
London: Turnmills, Fabric, The Cross, Pacha, Softmachine, Cargo (Liberty X Music Video Competition Finals), Smithfields, Public Life, 333, 93 Feet East, Earls Court, Olympia, Excel Centre (Pure Fashion/ Buyers Exhibition, drinking area and after show party).
Nottingham: The Bomb, The Social (Hot Lobster, Time Machine, Soulsavers), Dragon, Bar None, Loft (one of the many times I played I did a Strut Records party for my birthday), Maze, Chemistry @ Nottingham University, Deviant Disco, Edge, Stealth, Audiophile @ Escucha, My House Your House @ Saltwater, Poppycock @ Moog
Sheffield: Inside Out, Society @ Dulo
Stoke: Hupendi Muziki Wangu, Sound, The Same As It Ever Was
Manchester: Roots Before Branches, Aficionado, Last Rites, Electric Chair Forum Party, Freq @ Urbis Centre
Plymouth: Deadfly, Music is my Poison
Bangor, Wales: Goodbye Cruel World @ Bangor University, Badaboom
Bristol: Best Before Cosmic Christmas Cracker
Cambridge: Smutt NYE 2006
Birmingham: Bish Bash
Miami, USA: Shelbourne Hotel RIP Records Party
Pristina, Kosova: 4000 people in a sports centre first time, Millenium Party 1999 with 3000 people and a third time with 2000 people in March 2000.
Rizla Suzuki Superbike Team: Snetterton and Brands Hatch hospitality area and an award ceremony in Glasgow