Ep35: Danz CM on having fun and being weird
Welcome to my conversation with Danz CM, recorded on 2nd March 2021.
Keep scrolling down for links to everything we discussed in this episode and remember Danz’s excellent new album “The Absurdity Of Human Existence” is available now.
In this conversation, we discuss:
- digging deeper to make the most meaningful music you can
- why your creative ideas have to light you up
- the whys and wherefores of changing a project name as a solo artist; how reinventing yourself is a way to grow artistically
- getting on with it – using the internet to learn how to do the things we want to do, then doing them!
Explore Danz’s work:
- Listen to latest single “I Don’t Need A Hero”
- Listen to “Amnesia” (from the album “DANZ”)
- Listen to “Spaces” (from the “Davos” album)
About Danz CM
Danielle “Danz” Johnson is a song-writer, composer and producer.
Since 2010 she has been making music, formerly under the moniker of Computer Magic and currently under Danz CM.
She has written and produced songs featured in commercials (Lexus, Aria Casino) and has composed custom pieces for Panasonic, Body Mainte for Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and Kewpie in Japan. She has modeled clothes for the skate clothing brand X-Girl, founded by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon; and Sofia Coppola’s clothing line Milkfed.
Her influences include New Wave, Italo Disco, Krautrock, New Order, Giorgio Moroder, Gary Numan, Stereolab, Belle & Sebastian and Radiohead. Her visual aesthetics are influenced by sci-fi films like Barbarella, Logan’s Run and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Danz runs her own label, Channel 9 Records, which releases limited edition vinyls and cassettes.
In 2019 she founded Synth History, a media site featuring musicians who embrace synthesizers. She has interviewed artists like Pete Townshend, Suzanne Ciani, James Murphy, Rick Wakeman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Vince Clarke and more.
The first Synth History podcast episode on Wendy Carlos – written, recorded, scored and produced by Danz – was released in August of 2020.
Her new record The Absurdity of Human Existence was released on 12th March, 2021 on her label Channel 9 Records. Get it now!
Visit Danz’s website and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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