The former Leeds student secured the feat in a charmingly anachronistic fashion: having just watched Kenny Dixon Jr perform alongside the 3 Chairs at Dimensions Festival, Dan simply handed over a demo CD with a collection of unreleased tracks. Moodymann was hooked almost instantly, taking the first plunge on welcoming an outsider into his tight-knit crew of Detroit strong artists.
Citing influence from the layered percussive rhythms of Afrobeat pioneers such as Tony Allen and Fela Kuti, the soul-drenched sampling of J Dilla and the kind of dark, dense grooves laid out by contemporary producers such as Flying Lotus and Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dan's situation in winding up on a label renowned for encompassing all those traits is obviously a blessing for the young producer.
2017 has seen him truly grow to international prominence, with numerous gigs as far afield as Japan and Australia, closing the main stage at Dimensions Festival and playing B2B shows with Jeremy Underground, Marcellus Pittman, Alexander Nut & Jamie 3:26 to name a few.
2018 has begun with a heated Boiler Room affair in Melbourne and a monthly residency on London based radio station Rinse FM.