Danny Howells

Danny Howells

Danny Howells is an English producer and DJ born in 1970. His music is often described as progressive house, though he prefers to associate more with tech house and is sometimes described simply as “deepsexyfuturistictechfunkouse”. At performances, he is well known to interact personally with the audience. From 2008 he has run his own record label, Dig Deeper – named after his long running club night.

Howells’s first event DJ-ing came in the late 1980s and he began to perform at local clubs. In 1991, Bedrock founder John Digweed heard one of Howells’s mix tapes and invited Howells to join the Bedrock club nights. For nine years he was a warm-up DJ for Digweed at Bedrock.
In 1995, Howells began producing experimental techno tracks with fellow Hastings native, Tim Cross. In 1997, Cross and Howells split, though Howells stayed with Jackpot. Jackpot teamed Danny Howells up with Rob Green to produce a remix of React 2 Rhythm’s “Intoxication”. Howells performed for the first time outside of the UK, traveling to the Netherlands for his first gig abroad, which gained him a large fan base there.

Following his international tour, Howells signed with Dutch record label ID&T to create his debut mix album, Nightlife Report 1: Mick Boskamp Presents Danny Howells. Howells began to produce solo as well, taking on projects such as Ashtrax’s “Kafka” and BT’s “Dreaming”.

In 1999, Danny Howells began his Nocturnal Frequencies series of mix albums on the record label Obsessive. He also began remixing with Dick Trevor, and the two soon adopted the name Science Department for their original productions and later in Global Underground’s Nubreed series. Howells’s album consisted largely of funky, progressive, tech house. Howells was voted number ten of the world’s top DJs in DJ Magazine’s 2001 Top 100 DJs poll.

Up until the late 1990s, DJs such as Howells allowed themselves to be categorised under genres like “deep trance”. However, with the commercialisation of trance, Howells and others began to be classified as progressive house, tribal house, or tech house.