Global warming is not only an ecological phenomenon, in club music there´s also been a heatwave and it´s called "tropical". What started as a genre-term on MySpace has risen to a label for a sound that is defined by an eclectic range of styles that include kuduro, baile funk, soca, chumpeta, cumbia and other genres that nurture from the contemporary dance music innovations of the Caribbean, Latin America or Africa. Mixed with European club beats, tropical is a fresh kick in the ass to all things nostalgic in club music and bound to define the sound of the new decade.
Daniel Haaksman is Germany´s tropical pioneer. In 2004, Daniel´s genre defining compilaton "Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats" put his name on the map. With his label Man Recordings he brought baile funk and its international adaptions to the world´s clubs, starting a new wave of Brasilian music apprecation and re-interpretations. His own productions are on heavy rotation on all kinds of dancefloors.: Kitsuné selectors Gildas + Masaya recently chose "Pobum Coco" for their "Tokyo" compilation, Italian top dogs Crookers selected Haaksman´s track "Kid Conga" for their Grand Theft Auto IV EP2 radio channel. As a remixer, Daniel has recently put his hands on the Phenomenal Handclap Band, Acid Washed, Schlachthofbronx, Beataucue, Gotan Project, Isa GT or Edu K to name a few, perfectly fusing the ryhthm science of the South with sound engineering of the North - all producing maximum club heat.
As a DJ, Daniel has played around the globe and is loved for his club ready sets . He knows no rules except for one: A DJ has to rock the party.