Record stores and clubs around the world are shut, and opportunities to find new music out in the wild have been ripped from under our feet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While hearing new music played out by your favourite DJs will have to be put on hold due to these unprecedented circumstances, it’s never been easier, or more important, to support the artists and labels putting out EPs, albums and compilations in the midst of all the madness.
With tour cancellations and festival postponements leaving many members of the international electronic music community out of pocket, Bandcamp has become an even more vital platform for supporting the music you love, with 80% of all sales from the online music store going directly to artists and labels. Last month, the platform announced it would be waiving its revenue share for all sales for one day, and on 20th March, took no cut from purchases made. In total, $4.3 million was spent on music over the course of 24 hours, all going straight to the creators.
In our new regular series. Selections, we’re inviting DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share recent additions to their Bandcamp collections. In lieu of opportunities to discover new records on the dancefloor, Selections – along with radio shows and mixes – will give you the chance to nab new sounds from the crates of tastemakers, and support the artists behind them while you’re at it. Win-win, right?
This week, Danny Daze flags up ten gems, spanning steamed-up Miami bass, hazy ambience and intergalactic grooves, as well as some hidden highlights in the catalogue of his Omnidisc imprint. A champion of the Miami bass sound, a rough and tough blend of electro, hip-hop and rowdy low-end energy, Daze’s versatile productions and infamous DJ sets are hot and heavy, and burst with a technical proficiency that has been built over two decades. His new EP, ‘Propaganda & Manipulation’, is set for release on Omnidisc on 6th May, and speaks to that versatility with its boiling hot beats and sizzling electronic freak-outs. The EP features two collaborations with Brazillian producer and Omnidisc affiliate RHR, and 50% of its sales will go to Miami-based independent record store, Technique Records.
“Supporting our hometown cultural institutions during this global crisis is important to me in preserving the chainlink when (financially) their existence is under attack,” says Daze. “Record shops like Technique Records in my hometown play an important role in the development of our independent music scene. Lending any support to some of these institutions through these uncertain times is crucial for the vitality of independent music around the world.”
Dig into Danny Daze’s Selections below.