Interviewer: Anthony Huttley
So, Danny, you’ve got a few aliases, DNYO, Danny Olivera, Danny Loko… any more we should be aware of? Or just the 3?
There are a few more. These I like to keep hidden from the public. DNYO and Danny Oliveira already confuses people, imagine if they knew the other ones 🙂
Tell me about São Paulo. What’s the music scene like there?
Big metropolis. Lot’s of everything really. My fav city in Brazil for sure, great night life, best food, best service. Culture speaks very loud in São Paulo, so the music is always kicking.
How did you get involved in the scene there?
I started making my own little parties, soon enough I started spinning at local clubs. But after living abroad I had a much better experience when coming back. Times were good. This was 2005 I think. There were lots of groups of different tribes making the night of the city back then. I miss how simple it was and the effect it made on so many.
Have you always been into electronic music?
Pretty much since I was 14. I got into my first club night when I was 15. I used to sneak into a few clubs at that point back in Miami. By 16 I was already hooked on Oakenfold, PVD, Tenaglia, Sanches, Calr Cox, all of the ones that came to South Florida, I was there.
How would you describe your sound/the music that you play?
If I’m spinning straight up techno Danny Oliveira night, that sound is not the typical Pop “Business” Techno you hear these days, as I don’t like the usual, never did, so the sound is considered to be designed differently, when there’s time for “loops” they will be there, when there’s time for serious arrangements and progressions, they will be there as well. If I’m spinning as DNYO, then it’s a whole different world. It’s deeper, sometimes melodic, but mostly hypnotic. I go through big chunks of House and Techno as a base and DNYO comes out. It’s a mixture of a lot of things put into one, there are no rules for DNYO, but it does concentrate more fans alike around the Progressive House styles.
What’s been happening recently? Any releases that we should keep our ears out for?
Lately I’ve been working on a few ideas with some friends. These, consist of making a move towards some new ground for music here in Brazil, it’s a slow process due to our current situation in the world. I have some music due to come out on Juicebox India and Timeless Moment still this year but we’ll have to wait and see.
What have been your most memorable gigs over the last couple of years?
Hmmm, Hyderabad last October. I get the chills just thinking about it. Forest Peak 2 years ago, it’s an intimate techno experience up in the mountains of Rio, that was something to remember. Spun at D.edge with a couple of friends, very close and intimate night, lots of friends came out, special night.
What are the best clubs for underground tunes in Sao Paulo?
Probably D.edge is the only place to go as a club with an underground agenda.
Where can we hear you DJ?
Really underground parties when I spin techno. DNYO gets way more exposure and dates outside of Brazil. We will have to wait for this pandemic to pass and see what holds for the industry, so that many of us can start planning again.
Are you on the streaming bandwagon like the rest of the world? Or will we have to wait until this whole thing blows over?
I’m not on that wagon, I’m outside, like a drone. Just flying through, watching and consequentially waiting for that wagon to crash and eventually die. The Napster People. It’s unbelievable how millions of artists and musicians simply let these smart guys take away their rights. Pull it from the inside out and drain it for 14% of 1 cent on the Dollar. No wonder the world is at where it is these days.
Can you give us your top 3 plugs in the studio at the moment?
Ovox from Waves is really good. Parallels from Softube and Thermal by Output.
Any advice for budding producers looking to go down the rabbit hole?
They can dive in and fight their way through, hopefully they can come in with some history in their heads cause this, where we are right now, is far from being the best model of an industry. Or they can stay in wonderland. This is the worst time to be a musician/ producer/ let alone a DJ. It has been for a couple of long years. I’m doing it because I still have some fuel left in me. Not everybody does. That fuel comes from a lot of things put together, a certain structure that is extremely hard to come by and that in the days of today, it’s just not possible, I don’t see it any other way.
What do you like to do away from music?
When I’m away from music I race. Unfortunately I don’t live in Germany, but I do my best to drive as fast as I can, anywhere I can. Gives me an edge. When I can’t, you can always find me racing in my favorite Simulators in an online lobby somewhere.
Who are you listening to at the moment? Any artists standing out for you right now?
Mostly, these days, Ambient. Sound healing. Apart from that, any thing that sounds new, futuristic, “fresh”. Forest Drive West. Barker, BAILE, John Gurd, Altus and Poemme, put these one and take a deep dive.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020?
No idea man. My releases are on pause due to this pandemic. Right now the plan is to stay sane and persist the inevitable.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Grandma food is my favorite. There are a few places, but I’ll mention one that I’ve been going since I was a teenager, It’s called “Casa da Pizza” in São Paulo. It’s in front the Repreza do Guarapiranga – the main body of water the state. It’s a pizzaria. Best Pizza in town, best service in town. I usually grab a big table and make a lot of noise with friends, extremely friendly place, feels like home to me.