Introducing Dan Snaith

Part #1

Introducing Dan Snaith

11-10-2012 | 10.41

Last summer me and some good friends of mine were driving through Poland when Job (booker of Trouw at that time) called me and asked if I'd like to deejay in Trouw, on a Sunday, alongside him and Daphni. So, in my favourite club, on my favorite day, with a good friend and my favourite musician of all time: ye ye ye.

To explain and spread my enthousiasm about Daphni  (I have to say Daphni, I'll come back on this later) I thought it would be a good idea to shine a light on his oeuvre on this blog. Let's start with his debut – as Manitoba in 2001 with the beautifuly entitled Start Breaking My Heart.. But first we need to go back to 2009, November in Utrecht.

In 2009 Daphni and Four Tet were the favourite artists of Job (who wasn't yet the booker of Trouw at that time) and me. It was an exciting time, both Daphni and Four Tet were about to release their new album, and there were rumours that both albums were more connected to the dancefloor -our favourite floor.
By that time Daphni and Four Tet were not the well known deejays they are now – I think their gig at the 19th of November in Tivoli de Helling was even their first gig as deejays in the Netherlands. And the cool thing was: Job and I had the chance to do an interview with both Daphni and Four Tet. Even though we weren't journalists, our English was pretty bad and we didn't have a blog. But we knew Jorn Liefdeshuis (aka J.Lo; allround DJ/agent), who offered us space at his Bar Weinig blog.
One of the first questions we asked Dan Snaith was under which moniker he was playing in De Helling: as Manitoba, Caribou or Daphni (under which he just released his first remixes). Dan started telling about how he was prohibited to call himself Manitoba. In 2004 he had been sued by Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba (“A dick he is!”) and lost his Manitoba moniker. So because of that no Manitoba anymore. Back to 2001.

Start Breaking My Heart is what they called folktronica around that time. Koushik was part of that scene, just like Four Tet and Efterklang. Music for bonfire nights, produced on a laptop. At Caribou's album it sounded something like this. In 2001 I was eleven years old, and wasn't already sitting next to a bonfire listening to Start Breaking My Heart at that time. I think I got introduced to the album by Nathan Fake's ultramagic Proton Radio Mix, which is full of folktronica.

To be continued.

Text: Luc Mastenbroek