Mischa DanielsApril 10th, 2014
Have you ever heard the unmistakable sound of house beats blasting from somewhere in the distance? Chances are good it was one of Mischa Daniels’ tunes riding the sound waves at full throttle. The Dutchman, known for his groovy, sweeping mix of house and progressive, has been working his way up in the music world since his teenage years. Time has gone by swiftly, and the landmarks just keep on coming.
A young Mischa Daniels discovered another world within music. After learning how to play the trumpet and any other instrument he could get his hands on, Mischa was captivated by the beats of the EDM scene at the age of 12. Struck by this new passion, he taught himself all the DJ tricks by testing his skills playing at school parties. Just 4 years after his newfound love for music (age 16), he won a DJ contest on Dutch national radio and saw his weekends filled with bookings across the country. His dream of making music his full-time activity and first priority looked brighter with every beat he dropped in the club. But no full-fledged DJ is complete without being able to play his own tracks. So Mischa decided it was time to introduce the crowd to his own soul-sketches of productions.
In 2002, his first release, ‘Pumping Groover’, paved the way for the slew of housey, speaker-rocking tracks that now fill his discography. Mischa’s very first Armada release, ‘So Strong’, was chosen to be the official theme of Dutch dance festival Extrema Outdoor. After that highlight, there was no stopping him, and everything went uphill fast. Not only did his ‘Take Me Higher’, ‘Are You Dreaming’, and ‘Disconnected’ tracks turn into big club hits, they were also released on Fame Recordings, Mischa’s very own record label that was launched at Armada Music in 2005. Fame Recordings has proven to be a big success, hosting some of the hottest house tracks available.
The latest peaks in Mischa’s discography are his originals ‘Take Me Higher’, ‘Round And Round’, featuring Natasha Hamilton of Atomic Kitten, ‘Another Place’ with Dutch singer Crown, and De Nuit remake ‘All That Mattered’. On the instrumental highlight list, you’ll find Mischa’s ‘Model Mansion Tool EP’, with the catchy ‘Lost In Strings’ and ‘Tea Yes Too’, followed by the ‘Mega’ release just a few weeks later. Mischa has spent the last few years building his release repertoire in the form of remixes for the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Lil’ Wayne, John Legend, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Chicane, Natasha Bedingfield, Kaskade, Wamdue Project, Roger Sanchez, and many others.
In October 2010, as the sum of all of his hard work in the studio, Mischa released his debut album: ‘Where You Wanna Go’. One of the singles taken from the album, the title track ‘Where You Wanna Go’ featuring hip-hop wordsmith J-Son headed right up the charts. Rocking the American iTunes Top 100 for weeks in a row, ‘Where You Wanna Go’ reached high chart positions in the US, Belgium, Canada and France and received major airplay on national radio. It reached the number #5 on the Canadian iTunes Dance Chart, and was in the Top 5 of the most played tunes on national radio in Canada, and #1 on BPM/Sirius Radio. Last but not least, the track went GOLD in Canada after selling over 40,000 units. The official music video of the feel-good houser received more than 5.1 million views on YouTube, and the numbers keep on rising.
In the summer of 2011, Mischa was invited to host the infamous F*ck Me I’m Famous party in Las Vegas. The party concept of Cathy and David Guetta is highly regarded by the international clubbing elite and VIPs alike. Since then, Las Vegas has been his place of destination multiple times a year, where he plays some of the world’s most famous clubs.
With the success of his latest productions – the golden record in Canada – the impressive sales in the USA and the #1 spot in the BPM/SiRIUS radio USA, it was only a matter of time until his next story of success would be told. ‘Let’s Connect Tonight’, the highly anticipated second artist album of Mischa Daniels, came out on Armada Music on September 13th, 2013.
Embracing diversity, the album brought old-skool, modern, eclectic, hip-hop and progressive, nestled nicely under the house music sound. Racking up more than 15 years of experience, there’s no style that Mischa can’t handle, and that’s exactly what makes ‘Let’s Connect Tonight’ stand out. He’s done collaborations with Sharon Doorson, Jonathan Mendelsohn, Mandee, Nicole Jackson, King Louis, Craig Smart, Mugz & Rosette, U-Jean and many more.
With such a strong legacy to build on and a newly-lit flame and blazing musical inferno in his heart, Mischa Daniels now reverts to his roots to deliver his famed Ibiza house style to the masses as he did with ‘Take Me Higher’. Sexy, groovy, tribalism, funky, housey, and deep is Mischa Daniels. And there’s plenty more where that comes from…