Some call it classically trained.Â Others call it old school. Many call it the onlyway: Dennes Deen earned his stripes as a real DJ. Not as a DJ/producer. Notas a producer who has to play gigs to pay for his studio. Not because his man-agement told him to. Dennes is a DJ. A deeply passionate one whoâ€™s beenhustling for 20 years.
1996: The hustle is real. Dennes, a teenager fresh out of the army, is queuingoutside Viennaâ€™s most infamous nightclubs. Too young to even enter the club,he hands out mixtapes to promoters, clubbers, staff, even security. The hustlepaid off: By 17 Dennes was afterhours resident at Viennaâ€™s illustrious Volks-garten, one of Austriaâ€™s most respected, longstanding house havens.
This is where his life as professional DJ began:Â Dennes held down his after-hours residency every Sunday morning for many years. Fusing deep, groove-laden soul with robust, rolling techno â€“ a sound inspired by US originatorsSneak, Vasquez, Carter, MAW and many more â€“ itâ€™s at Volksgarten whereDennes carved his sound and developed a legendary reputation as a man whocould send off the city clubbersâ€™ weekend in style. From regular Sunday disci-ples to famous DJs passing through, during the late 90s and much of the2000s, Dennes entertained them all.
Reputation as one of the Austrian capitalâ€™s notorious sleep-stealers spreadand bookings rolled in: First around Vienna, then around the country, thenaround Europe, then around the world. Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro,Macedonia, Albania, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Hungary, Romania,Spain, Portugal, Japan, USA, Thailand â€¦ The list goes on.
Worldwide recognition as a DJ alone:Â Dennes has spent the last 20 years onthis selectorâ€™s crusade thatâ€™s almost unimaginable in the internet age where allÂ DJs have to produce. From Space Ibiza to Nocturnal Miami and back again,heâ€™s learnt the international language of house and techno playing the globeâ€™smost illustrious venues alongside the gameâ€™s biggest names.
Productions did eventually follow â€¦Â But only on Dennesâ€™s terms. Preferring tofocus on fine-tuning his DJ skills, Dennes refused to go into the studio unlesshe had a real creative message. As a result his first productions landed onMarco Baileyâ€™s MB Elektronics well over a decade after he first began life as aDJ: â€˜Skin Deepâ€™ and â€˜Break It Upâ€™ arrived in 2009 and were heavily supportedby the likes of Carl Cox, Umek and Valentino Kanzyani. It was followed by aremix of Philipp Straubâ€™s â€˜Big City Lightsâ€™ on Deep Dishâ€™s revered Yoshitoshiimprint. It landed to equally high acclaim â€¦ But his discography wasnâ€™t to beupdated until 2016.
One of Austriaâ€™s most in-demand DJsÂ with a schedule that takes him aroundthe world, Dennes â€“ who beat 40,000 hopefuls to become a Burn Studios final-ist in 2012 â€“ has been inspired to rebuild his studio and develop his largestrepertoire of releases to date on respected imprints such as SchÃ¶nbrunnerPerlen, LevelNONzero, Alchemy and DJ Sneakâ€™s eminent beat brand Iâ€™m AHouse Gangster â€¦ A serious moment in any artistâ€™s career, this is one espe-cially significant: Sneakâ€™s â€˜Keep On Groovinâ€™â€™ was the first record Dennesbought as a DJ all those years ago.
Now with a message he wants to spread, and studio skills heâ€™s proud to show-case, Dennes is ready to channel what heâ€™s learnt during 20 years of DJ life-style into a brand new sonic chapter of his career. Call it classically trained.Call it old school. Call it next level.