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Belfast Music Club present Daniel Wang
August 5, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - August 6, 2017 @ 2:00 am
Wangers is back!
Born in California and raised in Taiwan, the well-traveled producer Daniel Wang has been among the most restless and classically minded members of the dance music community over the last 2 decades. Wang made a name for himself in the mid ’90s Chicago house scene with a series of playful, funky, sample-delic 12-inches on his own Balihu label, compiled on 1998’s I Was a Disco Malcontent: The Best of Balihu Records. Rooted in the pioneering disco and techno innovations of Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Francois K, Arthur Russell, the releases earned Wang a reputation for being something of a dance music purist, a notion underscored by his philosophy that the whole of house music can be summed up in 200 pieces of vinyl, while all the rest are merely variations.
Later in the ’90s, Wang relocated to New York City, where he forged a friendship with the similarly retro-minded Morgan Geist of Metro Area. By this point, Wang had given up on the samples which cluttered his early releases, taking his back-to-basics ethic one step further. He’d also become an avid theremin enthusiast. In 2001, Geist’s Environ label put out Wang’s soulful, ’70s boogie-inspired album Idealism.
In 2009, Daniel released a compilation of the best records released on Balihu from 1993 – 2008 and has just released a sparkling edit of Janice McClean’s “Smack Dab In The Middle” under his Oto Gelb alias.
Daniel’s recent releases include the extremely popular “Best of Balihu Records 1993-2008” 2-CD Compilation from Rush Hour in Netherlands, his Salsoul and West End mix CDs for Japan, and his 2016-2017 remixes for disco era superstar Cerrone and photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. His earlier work for Playhouse, Ghostly, and his three vinyl EPs for Morgan Geist’s Environ label are still sought after. He is currently working on new material together with French-Berliner musician Jules Etienne. New tracks are coming soon!!