Hi I'm Danny O the long-time resident DJ of Cafe Mambo in Ibiza. I'm also know as Nex Tone & AtalaiA and have signed many records over the years to legendary labels such as Stil Vor Talent, KMS, Toolroom & Perfecto. I've recently moved to London where I'll be working out of 2 Shoreditch area studios. Get in touch for help with your tracks!
I've been in the production game since I first moved to Ibiza over 12 years ago. I've made most of my success as a DJ and can also offer tuition in that having warmed up and played alongside countless DJs including Fatboy Slim, Duke Dumont, Roger Sanchez and Hot Since 82.
I've moved to London to fulfill my potential musically under my new alias 'AtalaiA' which has already received BBC Radio 1 plays and support from Kolsch and on Pete Tong's Friday night show.
I will be available to help with your music as well. I can write top lines/melodies, produce entire tracks, work with vocals of any length, arrange, mix to a very high standard and even make jingles and ads!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Danny O
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My track 'Contrition' that was dedicated to my late cousin and featured as Kolsch's track of the month on his BBC Radio 1 show in December.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Fulfilling my potential as AtalaiA, my new musical alias.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their merits. As long as the output is of high quality.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Hard work until the end product is right.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I live for the music. It flows with my life and doesn't normally feel like a job.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'm new to this so nothing yet! I will endeavour to answer well!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's simple. The barriers to entry are low so a lot of people are giving it all a go. Like any profession, you have to dedicate fully to it to reach the top.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What would you like the end product to feel like? How do you want it to sound?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'll be flexible to fit the needs of your projects but have my own quality control and standards.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Generator, Sony MDR heaphones, Macbook Pro, hard drive, some type of transmitter to send it all to humanity.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career so far is really all about my time in Ibiza. I had much of my success there as a DJ from 2008 onward and also started producing around this time.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I focus on the music first and like to work with real instruments and vocals where possible. I also enjoy making very electronic tracks and using synths and software. The beats are secondary to this but they will support and compliment the best elements of the music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kolsch as he has supported by music and I find his productions to be original, powerful and outstanding.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen again next week.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: House and techno but also chillout and I'd love to work with bands and extend my repertoire.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing. I am an expert at balancing sound. This comes from many years of producing in headphones and in the studio but also from my 16 year DJ career on numerous sound systems around the world.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A deep understanding of the mix and the drive to be unique in the final product.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll begin with the idea and a minimal drum beat. I'll develop the idea until it's outstanding and unique and then begin to arrange this as if I'm sketching a drawing. I will then add the colours and begin to fine tune. After I have completed the first draft I will set it aside for a week and go back to it to fine tune again. I will then leave it for a month or more and then return to complete it. Once it is finished then it is final.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Well I've been very mobile because of living in more than one country. This has given me a raw talent for using minimal equipment and also mixing and finishing tracks in headphones. Now that I have two pro studios to work out of in London, I expect to drastically develop my game. I will be using Adam monitoring and bringing with me my Nord Lead which is responsible for many of my toplines as AtalaiA and Nex Tone.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians that have broken down boundaries and created their own sound or style and carried it off.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm new to producing music for clients as I've focused only on my own productions until now. I have very high standards that will be passed on to their work.