Cleveland-born producer and DJ Dan Curtin is one of the key figures shaping the Midwest Techno scene. He founded the label Metamorphic to mainly give new talents an outlet for their music. While continuing to support this scene and over 70 singles and 9 albums later, Curtin follows his passion for hip hop, funk and soul releases new music under one of his his many aliases such as Purveyors of Fine Funk. His refusal to lock himself into one style as well as his ability to collaborate with artists from a variety of genres has helped him to maintain his status as a legend.
Currently based in Berlin, his essentials are a genuine selection of items that portray his roots and source of inspiration to keep going – “When the music stops your mind and body return to the world of the sentient but you never forget your Origins.” said the press release of his “Origins” EP which was released under his alias Planetary 25 years ago. The re-mastered reissue was just released on Metamorphic.
1. SUNGLASSES (MYKITA, CHECK HERE): Sunglasses. Needed when there is light. Not sun, but light. Can’t leave home without them.
2. CRAFT BEER (STONE BREWING BERLIN , CHECK HERE): Really good, small run, independently run breweries producing excellent beer. Beer is one of my 4 vices and one of the two that I can mention socially.
3. LIFTING BELT (MY PROTEIN, CHECK HERE): Protects and supports the lower back. Heavy lifting and the gym in general is a daily must. It’s the one hour a day that I can truly escape and not think about anything at all.
4. SAMPLER AND SEQUENCER (OCTATRACK, CHECK HERE): It’s become my main sampler and the heart and brains of my live show. The possibilities for live sample mangling are endless and it works in a really intuitive way once you’ve finished banging your head against the desk for a year trying to understand it!
5. VINTAGE RECORDS (MY COLLECTION): It’s where I go to for pure listening, where I go to for sampling and all of my favorite music is to be found there. It’s travelled the world with me and it’s a life long project – the digging never stops.