Born and raised in the Netherlands, Dan grew up loving all types of music from an early age. He was introduced into the performance scene aged nine, acting and singing in lead roles in musicals at the BSN (British School in the Netherlands). This was also the age he took up playing saxophone.
After starting high school he quickly became the lead alto sax player at the BSN big band, and the CFYM (centre for young musicians) senior jazz quintet. This lead him to playing opportunities as main soloist at prestigious events such as THIMUN (attendance of over 5,000) and the Queen’s birthday party at the British ambassador’s residence. He also began playing at weddings and conferences, including a corporate event for one of the biggest shareholding companies in the NL and a performance for the BBC young speaker’s competition. Aged 16, he received top grades for music, alongside an award for outstanding achievement. During this period his interest in modern, technical aspects of music were sparked.
He then began his further musical education at Chetham’s school of music in Manchester, where he played with distinguished jazz musicians such as Steve Waterman and Dennis Rollins. His peers included BBC Young Musician finalists Yuanfan Yang and Callum Smart as well as BBC Young Jazz Musician winner, Alexander Bone. During his time at Chethams he performed at prestigious jazz clubs such as Band on the Wall and concert venues such as the Bridgewater Hall. He also had the opportunity to play for the Director General of the BBC at his inauguration party. During his first year he released an electronic EP, Event Horizon, featuring a range of genres from deep house to complextro and chillout, and began DJing, for example in Club Deftig in the Hague. In his final year he passed his grade 8 sax with distinction, won the prize for music technology, and recorded his own 11-track jazz album, Playin’ It Cool, newly released.
Dan is currently based in London as a professional musician and studio technician. He also DJs and produces electronic music under the alias “Vibe” (VibeOfficial.com).