The Sunday Sessions

Pahaxau spindoctor DJ Dan Bain to be featured on tonight's Sunday Sessions

Initially inspired by Detroit techno parties of the late nineties, Dan Bain began DJ’ing in 1999. Blurring lines between genres by focusing on a track or song's emotional context, he has crafted a unique style rooted in many sub-genres and influences and conveys the message with a projection style that is unique and captivating.

Always seeking new challenges and an opportunity to share as much music as possible, recent bookings have seen Bain conjuring up marathon sets as long as seven hours; engaging the crowd with his unique charisma and feeding of the energy of the floor. This fundamental give and take is at the core of his performance, always yearning for that moment when he can look onto a dance floor and see that familiar sea of faces: smiling and sharing an unforgettable moment in time.

As a staunch proponent of vinyl only record labels and fully understanding the value of a timeless song that is a bit off the radar, Dan’s sets consist of a mix of vinyl and digital selections – always a bit left of center – but with enough boom to keep the floor moving. His record collection which began with a single Drum & Bass record in 1998, has surpassed 1,500 pieces and includes as many classics and rarities as one would expect from a true lover of fine music.

On the business side Dan started a small production company in 2001 and began to make contributions to the Detroit scene. Over the span of five years he played a key role in many executable events and debuted artists like DJ Three, Chloe Harris, Habersham and Avex Axiom to Detroit.

During the spring of 2006 Dan decided to volunteer for the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, which served as his platform to ally with Paxahau, the event’s producer. Impressed by his dedication, Paxahau brought Dan into their closely knit group and eventually nominated him as a resident DJ. Dan continues to contribute to Movement with Paxahau and shares their vision to continuously improve the event year after year.

In 2010 after 4 years of service to Movement and over a decade of quietly paying his dues on the Detroit Scene, Paxahau had him take the inaugural duties on the Beatport Stage for the festival's tenth anniversary.

In addition to his performance at Movement, Dan Bain has shared the stage with a broad range of talented artists who have influenced him over the years; most in intimate settings allowing him the opportunity to learn even more from the masters and peers that have inspired his cutting edge approach. Highlights include legends like John Acquaviva and Terry Mullan, Richie Hawtin, Sammy Dee and Alex Under. He has also performed with a dynamic range of emerging talents like Soul Clap, Daniel Bortz, Catz & Dogz, Francis Harris and Mano Le Tough.

2012 has brought some new and exciting adventures to Dan's door step, including his first North American tour in support of Movement - with stops in San Francisco, Winnipeg MB, St Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis. He has also built a strong partnership with the cutting edge Chicago-based party outfit Mischief in Making (MiM) and Detroit's dead tiger music.

In Dan’s view dance music is a constant evolution of sound through the conduit of technology and the accessibility of emotion. As each new day begins, there are fresh and unique expressions to search for and bring to the people.