THE LEGEND OF DIRTY DAN
Dirty Dan has spent over a decade crafting a his own unique style of Nu-Disco, House and Techno into a sound that has no bounds. From his prolific marathon dj sets at Burning man to his epic deep house and deep techno productions this hard working artist has taken his talents to airwaves,clubs and festivals all over America, Europe and Mexico.
Dirty Dan (known to friends and family as Dan Uhl) started his journey in music decades ago, stocking the latest releases at a Queens record store and pursuing a future in club promotions. Little did Dan know that eventually, he'd work with many of classic artists whose records he shelved back in Queens. Dirty Dan's story has weaved its way through the clubs of NYC to DJ sets around the world; from label management for the hit-making Fresh Farm Music to a calling in sound design and music education. Dirty Dan is immersed in the music and guided by the beats.
From those humble beginnings at the record shop — "stocking, cleaning, and handing out flyers" — Dirty Dan's obsession with club culture led him to The Sound Factory and Webster Hall where he performed as a light technician. Event promotions and DJ'ing followed, and soon Dan was found in the booth at classic venues like Pacha, London's The Egg, and Playa Del Carmen's La Santanera, dropping tunes in faraway places for enthusiastic floors.
After years of honing his skills behind decks, in studios, and managing events all over the US, Dirty Dan started Fresh Farm Music. Formed in 2015 with afro-house master Oscar P, this multi-media company focuses on club culture as a lifestyle. In addition to releasing music as a label, Fresh Farm Music creates exclusive merchandise, audio/visual productions, and unique events. Among those events are the Fresh Farm Market parties in Los Angeles, featuring cookouts and like-minded local vendors amongst the summery house music vibes. But it's for the releases that Fresh Farm Music is best known — with every recent single breaking the Traxsource Top 100 (and many times the Top 10) as well as appearing on Beatport's Hype Chart.
Broadening his music-related activities, Dan has ventured into sound design and education. He's released four sample packs with Xelon Digital, available on Sounds.com, and for use with Native Instruments hardware and digital DAWs. The packs have proven popular and the series continues. Dan also teaches Ableton Live to private students, to at-risk teens with the Safe Place for Youth non-profit, and at workshops at festivals like West Coast Weekender. Recalling his own mentorships under producer David Harrow and disco great Patrick Adams, Dan sees education as his way to continue passing the torch and paying back to the scene that made him.
Dirty Dan's journey is not even close to the finish line. Fresh Farm Music continues to go from strength-to-strength, with festivals and other surprises planned for the future. Dan remains an in-demand DJ and producer, and his latest role as a teacher cements his expertise and commitment to house music's legacy. An adventure in music continues.