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Gigs

Photos, videos, tips, upcoming dates, and everything related to my gigs and tours around the globe.

If you are a party promoter or a venue owner and would like to bring to your club or a festival, please send a booking request to my agent at Digital Om Productions.

An incident at the hotel

I remembered an amusing incident. Gig, Greece, PLUR Festival. The hotel nearby was entirely rented for the artists of the festival, so everyone used their artists name for check-ins, not passports as usual. I return from the gig and want to get a key from the number. A dialogue with the girl at the reception:

— A key from room 105, please.
— Sure. Your artist name?
— It’s Daniel...
— No, I mean, your stage name?
— Yes, my artist name is Daniel L...
— No-no, — the girl interrupts me again — you are an artist, right?
— Yes, I am, and my stage name is Daniel Lesden. I make music and perform under this alias.

The girl thought for a moment, a few awkward seconds of silence. I turn my back pointing at my logo on the back of the T-shirt. The girl looks around, holds out the key and hastily apologizes:

— Oh, sorry, I heard many weird artists names this week, but it’s the first time I hear someone with such music using a real name as the alias! That’s so nice!

Yeah, it happens.

Read also: Bad stage name?

Jan 1   Fun   Gigs   I am

Moscow in December

Party promoters! Presumably, this December I’ll be in Moscow for about a week. If you wanted to book me for your event, this is a great opportunity. Get in touch if it sounds exciting to you, or forward this message to someone you know who may find it interesting.

See photos, videos, and everything related to my gigs and tours by the “Gigs” tag below.

Oct 25   Gigs   Russia

How I prepare for gigs

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This vlog episode is all about my travel to London where I’m playing at The Egg Loft at Dance:Love:Hub. Also in this video I share 3 tips how I prepare for gigs, so I hope you’ll learn something new as well.

What do you guys think about this video format, pace, and duration? I’m still not feeling quite comfortable in front of a camera, so any suggestions are welcome.

P.S. Soundtrack credits: Sideform​ and AudioFire​

Oct 18   DJing and performance   Gigs   United Kingdom   Vlog

Photos from The Egg, London

The gig last Saturday at The Egg London was phenomenal, such a lovely people and great vibe! I love this kind of smaller club events as it gives a much more personal connection with every person on the dancefloor and allows myself to express musically. The full venue and the crowd’s reaction to each track was a testimony to this.

Many thanks to DanceLoveHub for making my UK debut happen and the top-notch organisation, all artists for beautiful music, and all people for sharing your smiles.

What a lovely crowd! JOOF team: Adam Thomas, Jon Cockle, myself, and John 00 Fleming Thumbs up! Jon Cockle with a beautiful opening set Dan Ascherl with a Trance-infused set The breakdown Hypnocoustics finishes off party with proper Psychedelic Fin

Photo credit: Robert Stainforth.

Watch also my vlog from London

2017   Gigs   Photo   United Kingdom

Backstory series. Part 4

First gigs as a producer

If you’ve been following this backstory series, you know that I had some gigs as a DJ in the mid 00’s, then I took a break, and then in 2011 I came back with ambitions to become a professional music producer and my education in the Audio School was the first step toward that goal.

Today, I would like to tell you about my first gigs but this time as a music producer.

Thanks to the new skills I got while studied in the Audio School, I’ve managed to get my first track released on Ovnimoon Records and that’s what I count as a starting point of my producer’s career.

As soon as my debut EP was released, I’ve got a proposal to make an EP for another label. Then I remixed a track from Magnus who already had a full-length album released on JOOF Recordings by that time. Then I got invited to make guest mixes for a few radio shows, plus my own Rave Podcast has started to have amazing guests too.

Here are some of my first tracks released at that time:

Soon enough, local party promoters noticed it. And we’re talking about gigs, remember?

Despite the fact I consider myself a DJ first, I have no doubts that it is my original productions helped me to get my first serious bookings.

Forest Quest Festival. Russia, 2012 Underground Avant-Garde. Russia, 2012

Advice: In today’s world, it is almost mandatory to be a DJ and a music producer at the same time if you want to make a career of a touring artist, despite these two are very distinguished professions. Your name probably won’t be interesting enough for a booking if you’re “just” a DJ, and you probably won’t be able to perform if you are “just” a producer that has no DJ skills whatsoever.

Being a music producer and a DJ at the same time is the formula of success today

If you are a local DJ who is struggling with getting more gigs with better time slots, start making your own music. Having music released on a credible record label opens new possibilities, you naturally get more followers and your name gets more value from the party promoter’s perspective.

To be continued.

Why music alone is not enough

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It seems my vlog pilot episode was accepted quite nicely, so I’ve made a new episode for you.

“Is having just music enough to make a career as an artist? Why producers need an audience? Is it artist’s duty to do marketing?” — in this vlog, I’ll try to answer these questions and give four tips based on my experience, along with taking you on my trip to Greece.

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2017   Gigs   Greece   Marketing   Social media   Vlog
2017   Gigs   Greece   Video

Upcoming gig: Dance:Love:Hub

🇬🇧 The UK, October 14, 2017

I’m happy to announce that this October I’ll be playing the UK, London, for the first time.

It’s going to be a day-time indoor party that will take place at The Egg Loft, with Hypnocoustics, Dan Ascherl, and Dj Jon Cockle also in the lineup. Really hyped about this one!

Tickets pre-sale and more info available at the Facebook event page:

2017   Gigs   Tour dates   United Kingdom

Upcoming gig: PLUR Festival 2017

🇬🇷 Greece, August 26, 2017

Next stop — Greece! I’m thrilled to be playing at PLUR Festival this month with such an incredible lineup: Atacama, Burn In Noise, Brainiac, Darma, Ectima, Lyktum, Suduaya, Sonic Species, Via Axis, Zyce just to name a few.

Tickets pre-sale and more info available on the official website and Facebook event page:

2017   Gigs   Greece   Tour dates

Shankra Festival: aftermovie

As being promised, here’s a little aftermovie I’ve put together from my gig at Shankra Festival 2017 earlier this month:

Shout-out to Jovan and Juan for helping me filming. Quite surprised how good a phone camera can be for a video shooting, slow-mo especially. Next time I’ll try to get more footage to make a longer video.

What a camera can’t do, however, is to show the real atmosphere and the vibe of this place, this music, and these people, because it was truly amazing.

2017   Gigs   Switzerland   Video
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