Dan  Ghenacia  is  the  undisputed kingpin of the Paris techno scene, one of France’s hottest DJ exports and runs the critically and popularly adored Freak n’ Chic label.

Not bad going for a man who admits he once refused to listen to “anything other than 120bpm deep house” and was told  as  a  teenager  that  he wasn’t  “cool  enough”  to go raving.

Times change! Dan’s love affair with music ignited when he spent a year in California, soaking up early West Coast house and psychedelia. Dan parlayed this passion into a record-selling business on his return to Paris, but as a true fan of  the music he didn’t just want to peddle vinyl – he wanted to play it.

Dan  accelerates  his  career,  stamping  his  distinctive  intelligent techno-meets-deep-house sound on influential clubs like Fabric and The End in London, Tenax in Italy, and Space and DC10 in Ibiza.  Always  averse  to  peer  pressure,  Dan  avoided  Ibiza  for years –  until DC10  won  him  over –  and  he  quickly  scored  a coveted  residency  there.

“I was  afraid  Ibiza was  going  to  be cheesy,” he grins. This caution about chasing “the next big thing” is apparent in Dan’s work – and it’s the trait that has enabled him to effor tlessly ascend to the dance music A-list without ever compromising his style.

Both as a DJ and producer, and as head of  Freak n’ Chic label, Dan unfailingly stands for quality over quantity, substance over style, and — freakiness over mere chic.

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