Music Spotlight on DJ Name

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Name(s): My name is Daniel Whalen. My stage name is DJ Name.

Major(s): Liberal Arts

When did you start performing?

I started performing in 2004. I started making beats in 2000.

Describe what you do.

I am a DJ and producer. I mostly work with a rapper named Sean Anonymous. At our shows I play the music and do backup vocals. Sean raps. We perform in Minneapolis and around the country.

What inspires you?

I am most inspired by my friends and fellow artists, a lot of whom fall into both categories.

Who in the music industry do you admire?

I admire the behind the scenes people such as stage managers, recording engineers, and sound technicians. Without them, I can’t do my job.

Why do you play music?

I really enjoy it and people seem to like what I do. It’s also a good way for me to opt out of the rat race. I’m not really a day job type of person.

Favorite performance moment ( of yours or another artist):

My favorite performance so far was the first time I got to play in the main room at First Avenue.

What do you like about the Minneapolis music scene?

I like that there’s always something new and exciting happening.

Other local artists you enjoy:

Haphduzn & Dimitry Killstorm, GRRL Party, Greg Grease, Doomtree, Toki Wright, Ill 3, Prof, Rapper Hooks, and Big Cats to name a few. I could go on…

How do you feel about “top 40” music?

A few good songs mixed in with a bunch of garbage.

What song did you listen to last (don’t lie!):

It was a song I’m releasing a music video for next week. It’s called “Bouncing.”

What do you hope to accomplish with your schooling at MCTC?

I plan on finishing my degree and moving on to work on my Bachelor’s Degree.

Totally random fact about you:
I lived in Iceland for a year when I was a kid.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Grocery store sushi.

When and where are your upcoming performances?

The next two shows are Chicago and Madison on the 10th &11th of October.

Do you have a calendar or link to an artist page?

www.facebook.com/DjNameMusic

Do you have any recordings or videos online?

Here’s a link to a video that Sean Anonymous and I put out last year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oEUQzaLnIc

Below is a link to DJ Name’s music video which debuted Wednesday Sept. 11 called “Bouncin”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaVlBMXUYok

Photo from DJ Name’s facebook page

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