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DJ Danny Howard playing O2 Academy tonight

SOUNDS fresh from Ibiza will be coming to Bristol when Radio 1’s Danny Howard DJs at the O2 Academy tomorrow. Craig Jones writes for What’s On.

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The star, who presents the station’s Dance Anthems show, is headlining the venue’s weekly Ramshackle club night. The event, starting at 10.30pm, is a special celebration welcoming students to Bristol.

Danny, who comes from Blackpool, has been touring the country over the last few weeks as part of freshers’ events.

“I’ve always loved coming to Bristol. I’ve played a few times at the O2 and it’s got an amazing vibe,” said the 28-year-old.

“I think the fact that it’ll be around freshers’ week will also help, because freshers are the liveliest people around so the atmosphere will be great.

“I’ll probably be bringing a little bit of what I’ve been doing in Ibiza. Lots of amazing house music, lots of fire and also a little bit of a party twist.”

This year was the 20th anniversary of Radio 1 holding festivities as part of the Ibiza party season and Danny was delighted to be involved in the celebrations.

“Ibiza was incredible. It’s definitely my favourite season by far. This is mainly because I played three different residencies as opposed to one,” said Danny, who played at Pacha, Amnesia and Sankeys.

“Being a part of Radio 1’s 20th Celebration was a huge highlight of Ibiza this year. Myself, Annie Mac and Pete Tong all curated and hosted our own events.

“It was a career highlight and I think a highlight for Radio 1 because they’d done something that had never been done before by setting up a stage on the rocks just in front of the sea’s edge.

“The crowd could look up and see people like Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Eric Morillo and Eric Prydz playing and it actually looked like they were floating.

“There were a few thousand people there and it was an amazing night. When I watch the videos back I think ‘wow, I was involved in that’, so it was a really a highlight of my career not just the season.”

A huge turning point for Danny was when he won the Radio 1 Superstar DJ competition in 2011 which eventually lead to him getting his own show which he hosts between 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays.

He said: “Winning got me a lot of exposure on a national level and also gave me the opportunity to get a foot in the door at Radio 1 and persuade them to let me do a demo for a show.

“It was sort of the pay off for a lot of hard work over the years. I was DJing wherever I could whether it be a friend’s birthday party or a wedding or putting on my own events, just grafting and literally doing anything I could to DJ in front of people for three or four years before I won the competition.”

Danny started playing decks when he was eight-years-old and has some words of advice for budding DJs.

“I think now it’s very hard to make it and compete on a level with the likes of Calvin Harris or Tiesto, or the more underground guys like Jamie Jones or Luciano.

“If you want to really cut through as a DJ you have to have your own sound.

“It’s the era of the Internet where everyone has access to the same music, and to make yourself sound different you need to make your own sounds, so producing your own music is very important.”

For ticket details for Danny’s Bristol show visit www.o2academybristol.co.uk or www.ramshackle.co.uk.

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