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Dave Winnel: “My Music Has That Quirky Feel To It”

Dave Winnel opens up about touring, his "quirky" sound, working with labels and more.

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The last few years has saw Dave Winnel build a solid reputation for himself in the world of dance music. He has become associated with many of the top labels within the scene, with releases on the likes of Axtone, Armada Trice, Armada Zouk and other platforms. He has brought with him a sound like no other, adding a different tone and style to it. During Amsterdam Dance Event, Dave Winnel celebrated his birthday (which usually happens each year for the artist), so I wanted to see what it was like to celebrate both events, as they are both rather important.

Every year my birthday falls during ADE and normally I keep it under the radar as I don’t like to be the centre of attention. But this year I thought stuff and decided to do something about it. So I decided to do a birthday boat party for family and friends to come along. Originally it was meant to be thirty people, but I think there was sixty-five on a fifty person boat. There were people on the roof and everything, so it was pretty sick.”

When hosting his own birthday party, he also invited friendly faces such as New_ID and Bougenvilla on board to perform which Dave Winnel described as “it was just my mates coming on board and throwing down a set, dropping some tunes and having a good time”.

During Amsterdam Dance Event, Dave Winnel had just released his track ‘The Quack’ on Armada Zouk and this was a track that was certainly a little different to what you would usually hear on the dance music scene. In terms of how it all came about, Dave opened up about how the idea came about and why he wanted to produce a track like ‘The Quack’.

I wanted to make a weapon that I could play in my sets, straight to the point, nothing too serious or anything. A lot of my music has a quirky kind of feel to it. And with this one, the lead was sounding more and more like a duck and I was like, oh god. This time last year I was sitting here talking about ‘Mosquito’, a track I released and now I think, what’s next year, ‘The Mouse’?

In terms of the production behind the track, Dave Winnel opens up about how he goes about producing a track in the studio, depending on how he feels or the direction that he wants to go in. “I normally think to myself do I want to make a club banger, or a more progressive styled. But I usually start off with a kick drum, I know that sounds simple, or I’ll start with a bass line or sample that might kick start an idea, there isn’t really any pattern or technique, I wouldn’t say I have much of a flow in the studio”.

As already mentioned, Dave Winnel has worked with some of the biggest labels in dance music. Whether that be with Armada Music and their various sub-labels such as Trice or Zouk, or with the likes of Axtone where ‘Kazoo’ was released, Dave has been working with labels that are hugely influential. He has also been performing at a number of Axtone’s parties. It was interesting to find out how influential these labels have been for the artist.

Immensely. Before I started working with these labels, I was very domestic back in Australia. It wasn’t until I started releasing on these labels like Armada and Axtone, I started branching out to the world. Now I’m kind of living in Amsterdam which is due to Armada because they are based here, so yeah they’ve been hugely influential in the work. And with the way that the labels work, they will tell me if my ideas are good enough or not. They definitely push me to make better music. When I first signed my track to Armada I had been pushing to do this for years, and once you sign this one track, you have to keep up this level of work. So they help push you to a higher level and continue at a higher level.”

Touring has become a huge talking point within dance music. The stress, the loneliness, the huge amount of shows, it all takes its toll on the DJ and has led to the rise in mental health issues and other such problems. So to hear how Dave Winnel works with touring was intriguing to say the least.

I don’t mind touring, I love touring. That’s why I do it really, I love DJing. I love travelling and holidaying so that aspect of it is sick and that’s what I really like. I love going to different countries, trying new foods and trying different cultures, meeting new people around the world. And you pick up new influences. I noticed when in Spain this year it’s very Tribal so I thought I could do this with new tracks, while China is still very influenced by EDM sounds, so you can feel influences and different sounds through touring as well.”

Looking towards the future then for Dave Winnel, he opens up about his plans for the Winter months (or Summer depending on where he spends it). “I’m heading back to Australia soon to spend Summer there and doing some shows there. And then in January I’m coming back over to Amsterdam to get ready for the Summer here. Chasing the sun basically”.

And on a final note from the talented and budding artist, he reveals his one piece of advice for an upcoming DJ and producer. “Don’t waste time doing crap, pointless things in your life. Spend as much time as you can making music or working with music and doing what you love. Don’t waste time with distractions as well such as Playstation or whatever, do what you have to do and then take a break, chill out. Oh and don’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend, they take up too much time as well haha”.

Dave Winnel continues to be a name to watch out for with his different style and different tracks he brings to the dance music scene. Hopefully we will have more of these coming in the new year.

For more information on Dave Winnel:
https://www.facebook.com/davewinnelmusic/
https://twitter.com/davewinnel
https://soundcloud.com/dave-winnel

Dave Winnel Long Press

Dave Winnel.

The last few years has saw Dave Winnel build a solid reputation for himself in the world of dance music. He has become associated with many of the top labels within the scene, with releases on the likes of Axtone, Armada Trice, Armada Zouk and other platforms. He has brought with him a sound like no other, adding a different tone and style to it. During Amsterdam Dance Event, Dave Winnel celebrated his birthday (which usually happens each year for the artist), so I wanted to see what it was like to celebrate both events, as they are both rather important.

Every year my birthday falls during ADE and normally I keep it under the radar as I don’t like to be the centre of attention. But this year I thought stuff and decided to do something about it. So I decided to do a birthday boat party for family and friends to come along. Originally it was meant to be thirty people, but I think there was sixty-five on a fifty person boat. There were people on the roof and everything, so it was pretty sick.”

When hosting his own birthday party, he also invited friendly faces such as New_ID and Bougenvilla on board to perform which Dave Winnel described as “it was just my mates coming on board and throwing down a set, dropping some tunes and having a good time”.

Dave Winnel.

During Amsterdam Dance Event, Dave Winnel had just released his track ‘The Quack’ on Armada Zouk and this was a track that was certainly a little different to what you would usually hear on the dance music scene. In terms of how it all came about, Dave opened up about how the idea came about and why he wanted to produce a track like ‘The Quack’.

I wanted to make a weapon that I could play in my sets, straight to the point, nothing too serious or anything. A lot of my music has a quirky kind of feel to it. And with this one, the lead was sounding more and more like a duck and I was like, oh god. This time last year I was sitting here talking about ‘Mosquito’, a track I released and now I think, what’s next year, ‘The Mouse’?

In terms of the production behind the track, Dave Winnel opens up about how he goes about producing a track in the studio, depending on how he feels or the direction that he wants to go in. “I normally think to myself do I want to make a club banger, or a more progressive styled. But I usually start off with a kick drum, I know that sounds simple, or I’ll start with a bass line or sample that might kick start an idea, there isn’t really any pattern or technique, I wouldn’t say I have much of a flow in the studio”.

Dave Winnel.

As already mentioned, Dave Winnel has worked with some of the biggest labels in dance music. Whether that be with Armada Music and their various sub-labels such as Trice or Zouk, or with the likes of Axtone where ‘Kazoo’ was released, Dave has been working with labels that are hugely influential. He has also been performing at a number of Axtone’s parties. It was interesting to find out how influential these labels have been for the artist.

Immensely. Before I started working with these labels, I was very domestic back in Australia. It wasn’t until I started releasing on these labels like Armada and Axtone, I started branching out to the world. Now I’m kind of living in Amsterdam which is due to Armada because they are based here, so yeah they’ve been hugely influential in the work. And with the way that the labels work, they will tell me if my ideas are good enough or not. They definitely push me to make better music. When I first signed my track to Armada I had been pushing to do this for years, and once you sign this one track, you have to keep up this level of work. So they help push you to a higher level and continue at a higher level.”

Dave Winnel.

Touring has become a huge talking point within dance music. The stress, the loneliness, the huge amount of shows, it all takes its toll on the DJ and has led to the rise in mental health issues and other such problems. So to hear how Dave Winnel works with touring was intriguing to say the least.

I don’t mind touring, I love touring. That’s why I do it really, I love DJing. I love travelling and holidaying so that aspect of it is sick and that’s what I really like. I love going to different countries, trying new foods and trying different cultures, meeting new people around the world. And you pick up new influences. I noticed when in Spain this year it’s very Tribal so I thought I could do this with new tracks, while China is still very influenced by EDM sounds, so you can feel influences and different sounds through touring as well.”

Dave Winnel.

Looking towards the future then for Dave Winnel, he opens up about his plans for the Winter months (or Summer depending on where he spends it). “I’m heading back to Australia soon to spend Summer there and doing some shows there. And then in January I’m coming back over to Amsterdam to get ready for the Summer here. Chasing the sun basically”.

And on a final note from the talented and budding artist, he reveals his one piece of advice for an upcoming DJ and producer. “Don’t waste time doing crap, pointless things in your life. Spend as much time as you can making music or working with music and doing what you love. Don’t waste time with distractions as well such as Playstation or whatever, do what you have to do and then take a break, chill out. Oh and don’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend, they take up too much time as well haha”.

Dave Winnel continues to be a name to watch out for with his different style and different tracks he brings to the dance music scene. Hopefully we will have more of these coming in the new year.

For more information on Dave Winnel:
https://www.facebook.com/davewinnelmusic/
https://twitter.com/davewinnel
https://soundcloud.com/dave-winnel

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