She lives in the city that invented house music - Chicago. She has a record label with the most respected brand in house - Strictly Rhythm. She writes for the United States' top industry publications - URB, BPM and TimeOut. She tours around the world and has a host of tracks on the industry's top labels. This is Dani Deahl.
Dani is sassy, punky and brings the attitude with her rock'n'roll meets electro vibe. Her music epitomizes a raw, hard style of electro that is still accessible to club-goers and her style is just as vibrant and unique; Her signature pink and black hair has become just as much of a calling card as her sound. Beyond the image, Dani is just as known for her personality as she is for her flawless sets, top notch production and working in multiple areas in the dance industry.
Dani began DJing eight years ago and within her first year conquered top Chicago clubs. Realizing she was quickly outgrowing the local scene, the fresh-faced artist quickly hit the road, extensively touring across the globe from Hong Kong to Bolivia while concurrently releasing her first records. Industry heads watched as Dani continually proved her clairvoyance in predicting the next hot thing, leading to "Dani Deahl Presents The Top 10" with the Canary Islands'/England's OasisFM, and a position as House Editor with URB Magazine. "It was unusual, and still is unusual, to see a woman in the industry multi-task on so many levels," says Dani.
Since those early days, Dani's career has blossomed, and keeps getting stronger. She continued writing with URB and began writing features for BPM and TimeOut Magazines, was selected as a top finalist for Rockstar Energy's "Beauty And The Beats" contest, extensively toured, continued to release records and began her own music blog D Squared. Dani is becoming one of the most recognizable female DJs, and is making a considerable impact in the process.
2008 is an exciting year for Dani. Aside from her numerous personal music projects (including new single "The Sound Of Disco" with Mike Gillenwater), she has been selected to be the subject of the feature film documentary "Techgirlz" (currently in production), which tells the stories of women making tremendous impacts in technology. Perhaps most thrilling though, is Calamity Jane, a project Dani has been keeping under wraps for the past eight months.
Launching Summer of 2008, Calamity Jane is Dani's new indie dance label done in collaboration with Scott Richmond and Strictly Rhythm Records, one of the largest global house brands. Focusing on new blog-centered musicians with a synth-centered sound offset by a tinge of rock (and remixes provided by the top global house artists), there has been incredible feedback on the label, even in its infancy stages. Dani attributes the positive response to her background in radio and journalism. "I've spent years critiquing and scouting new music with my work at OasisFM, URB, BPM and other media outlets," she states, "so doing the same for a label was just a natural extension and I'm excited to see that everyone else is just as taken with our artists as we are."
There are no limits for Dani Deahl. While the next few years present endless possibilities, Dani plans to focus primarily on her own production and DJing while nurturing Calamity Jane. "It's no longer good enough to be just a DJ. " she says. "The question now in our industry is, 'what are you giving back?' I can say for me, with the utmost confidence... a lot. "
Hosted Chicago nightlife show GOTV
Featured participant on ABC reality show “Switched”
Featured on Chicago’s CLTV for several nightlife stories
Freelance writer for BPM Magazine
Freelance writer for Time Out Magazine
Writer for Kissatlanta.com
Maintains blog d squared
Current House Editor for URB Magazine
Staff writer for Newcity Magazine
Freelance writer for Bigshot Magazine
Nightlife writer for Panasonic-sponsored marketing project
Hosted live mix show on Chicago’s Energy 92.7/5 FM
Hosted show “Maximum Impact” on iTunes
Produced nationally syndicated program Red Bar Radio
Hosted “Dani Deahl Presents The URB Top 10” on Oasis FM (Canary Islands / England)
Subject for currently filming feature documentary “Techgirlz”
Taught DJ classes to young women at Chicago’s Southwest Youth Collaborative
Finalist for Rockstar Energy/BPM Magazine’s “Beauty and The Beats” contest
Previous employee with Dusttraxx, Chicago’s largest record group
Current advisory board member for the Chicago Music Commission
DJ Solange & Mark Almaria – “To My Drumbeat“ – White label
DJ Solange - “You Make Me Feel Good” – Blue Iguana Music
DJ Solange – “Vascillation (Remix)” – Hot Sauce Reccords
DJ Solange – “You Can Buy Me (Remix)” – Hot Sauce Records
DJ Solange – “Allergy (Remix)” – Hot Sauce Records
Demarkus Lewis feat. Dani Deahl – “You Remind Me” – Lazy Days
Dani Deahl – “Too Hot To Handle” - Detour
Dani Deahl - "Roll The Dice (Remix)" - Hot Sauce Records
Dani Deahl & Mike Gillenwater – “The Sound Of Disco” (online boot)