“Taked From Defected Records”.
Dantiez is actually something of a late bloomer where dance music is concerned. He only started DJing in 2012 (influenced as much by his father and peers as by relative Detroit newcomers Seth Troxler and Claude VonStroke) and made his studio debut a year later, track ‘Undergo’ released via (current Defected Singles Manager) Wez Saunders’ former label First Step. Since then he has confidently landed EPs on Detone (‘& Friends EP’, 2013) and KMS (‘Can’t Stop Us’, 2013, and, with John Norman, ‘Stuck In My Mind’, 2014), remixes of Inner City and David Guetta (the latter alongside his father) and seriously upped his ante as DJ.
In the company of his father, Detroit’s youngest Saunderson phenomenon talks to us about family legacies and striking bold new paths beyond them.
Dantiez, what’s life like for you right now?
Busy. I’m just back from a show in downtown Chicago and have been producing a few new tracks in the studio. I’ve got a remix due soon on [Carl Cox’s] Intec Digital and something due for Noir Music. I’m enjoying myself.
Talk us through ‘Place Called Home’….
It was about pulling together different pieces of the puzzle. ‘The Harp’ was the first track. It’s not too deep; it has a relaxed, soulful feel and those warm vocals. I’d held onto it for about a year-and-a-half but now felt like the right time to properly introduce it. A few months after recording ‘The Harp’ I was working with LaRae [Starr] on ‘Place Called Home’ but we felt it still needed something. KPD was on the KMS label and someone whose music I respected, so I sent the track to him to get his input. He came back two or three weeks later having done his whole beat thing. He helped deepen things out and add some drive. The final edit was great.
Check it out his new release under the renowned label Glasgow Underground.