Danny the Wildchild aka Daniel Garcia was born on the South side of Chicago in 1977. The brother of a once aspiring DJ, he keenly watched and quickly learned the tricks of the trade. Danny began djing at age nine soon surpassing his brother’s abilities and eventually inherited his equipment and records. At twelve, Danny entered a Chicago area contest for young DJ’s and won. He took home that fifty-dollar prize and was called “The Wildchild” from that day forward. Although Danny’s roots were as a Hip-Hop DJ, he was eventually introduced into the Chicago Rave scene and to the world of drum-n-bass. He enjoyed this new form of music, but also loved hip-hop and began to creatively blend the two genres creating a unique sound of his own. As Danny’s turntable talents grew, he began to incorporate scratching and DMC style battle tricks into his Drum-n-Bass sets. His precise mixing skills and unique style and sound gave him the opportunity to bring Drum-n-Bass into the DMC and Hip-Hop scenes. Danny’s recognition has earned him a collection of praises from domestic and international magazines such as Mixer, Thousand Words, Faqt, and Lotus to name just a few. Danny was also featured as one of the people making waves in the scene in Urb’s Next 100 Artists to Watch Issue. Today Danny has become one of the most valued U.S. Drum-n-Bass DJ’s. His unique blends of jungle and Hip-Hop beats and amazing scratching and beat juggling have proved to be show stopping. His talents have brought him to perform in venues worldwide and opening up for such acts as Eminem, Method Man, The Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Moby, Goldie, MixMaster Mike and The Pharcyde. Danny also toured extensively throughout Europe with DJ Q-bert in 2002 (see djqbert.com). Although most weekends he is on the road, he still has time to host the 12midnight slot on Chicago’s Alternative Radio station Q101FM and is gotten back in the studio. In March, the Wildchild released a follow-up to his 1999 12″ release on Bad Boy Bill’s Canvas label. His first effort at mix CD culminated in the release of “Danny The Wildchild: Booked” (March 2001). The Wildchild’s was the first in a series of “Booked” CD’s from Chicago’s Strictly Hype Recordings. This was followed by the successful release of his latest CD in 2002 on Surge Recordings entitled “Fully Sorted”.
TWITTER INTERVIEW 01.22.14
Apart What / where / who was your first experience of electronic music?
Danny The Wildchild Huge jungle party in Toronto Canada, called RENEGADES Oct 8 1994 w/ UK headliners Dj Rap, Dj Trace, Mc Rymetime and..
Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
Danny The Wildchild Thats easy @DJHYPE_PLAYAZ is responsible for who i am, he showed me the best of both worlds scratching over dnb!!!
Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
Danny The Wildchild Chicago’s Smartbar for that KIller sound system, Nola’s Dragons Den NO last call and 9 am Bass! LA’s Medusa lounge
Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?
Danny The Wildchild Thats tough so many great places i havent been to as of yet, but on the spot i’d say Japan i’ve got to go!
Apart Do you have any of your productions out? If so on what labels?
Danny The Wildchild Yes you can look for them Sound Solution Digital, Rockers 175, Combat Recordings.Danny The Wildchild radio on Pandora
Apart Can you Youtube us one track that we can expect to hear you play in Milwaukee?
Danny The Wildchild Oh yeaaaa, here’s a snippet of that seriousness that i’ll be bringing with me – http://t.co/aGHX40H9RK
Apart When your not listening to electronic music, what do you like to listen to?
Danny The Wildchild I’m always listening for things to sample or that have been sampled i like rares, dusties, original breaks and grooves