With his initial release on Spinnin Records in 2015 “Ertesuppe”, the young DJ/Producer phenom, Dante Klein burst onto the scene. The track was quickly featured in Pete Tong’s radio show along with those of Avicii, Watermat & The Magician. Collabs followed with Sam Feldt, along with remixes for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Kim Churchill. Now with 2016 in full swing, Dante Klein is about to ‘turn on’ the world with his latest release featuring the LA group Cheat Codes.
Dante always had an interest in everything musical, dating back to the pots and pans jam sessions he had together with his sister during childhood. Those ‘instruments’ soon gave way to a real piano and the first compositions were born. At the early age of 10 he got hold of DJ equipment and and his life’s passion was discovered. Dante soon followed suit with producer software, and then went on to finetune his skills at the renowned Herman Brood Music Academy in the Netherlands, from which he has since graduated.
Now, just having turned 21 years old, Dante Klein is setting things alight in quick succession. Shortly after his highlight performance at Tomorrowland 2015, he was asked to remix “Higher Place”, the groovy # 1 Billboard dance track by Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Ne-Yo. This was quickly followed by a brooding collaboration with Sam Feldt & Belgian singer Milow, “Feels Like Home”, which became the focus track of Feldt’s EP.
All this has led to the biggest release to date – “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” had been secretly gaining global traction on Spotify as an ID track, with more than 2.000.000 streams before its official “reveal” on June 29th. First week of August it hit 40 million, reaching a number 48 position on the Spotify Global charts and a number 21 position with 88 million streams by the end of that month. The track keeps on going strong. This rework of Kevin Lyttle’s hit features the succesful LA based Cheat Codes who are currently also enjoying a world-wide hit with “Sex”.
Accompanied by an equally unique extended video, ‘Turn Me On’ is already a dance floor mainstay, on its way to becoming THE European summer anthem of 2016.
What’s the story behind the name Dante Klein?
My real name is Max Krul and I wanted a name that would be more international but still European. So I asked my dad for some Ideas and he came up with Dante and I added Klein to that. Klein means Little in Dutch and I’m very very very tall. So that makes it a little ironic.
You released the single ‘Contagious’ last month, can we expect any more new music from you, possibly debuting this week?
Oh yeah definitely, there are three or four tracks coming up in the next month and I’m gonna tease two new records on Friday and Sunday. Very excited for those.
Who do you draw your inspiration from?
Diplo, I love him. Calvin Harris. I love Coldplay and a lot of people, I listen to a lot of different music.
What was it like working with a legendary group like bone thugs & harmony?
It was a very big honour to work with them!
Which Dutch producer do you look up to the most?
That will be Hardwell, He accomplished a lot and I’m very glad I was able to play a couple of shows together with him this summer.
As you know, new music is constantly getting churned. And of course not all music is created equal. With the current state of electronic dance music, what do you think artists have to stay relevant?
Set yourself apart with the music and on a personal level and you have to stay in the loop with social media. It’s a combination of all those things.
How do you want your audience to perceive you?
As an artist, not a DJ. I want to be recognized for my production.
What’s your favorite festival to play and what’s one you’d love to play soon?
Coachella is one I’d love to play soon. Tomorrowland I’ve played three or four times and it’s just a magical place.
What was the biggest difference you noticed between the Asian and European crowds?
The Asian crowd will jump on everything you play haha. With the European crowd you need to think more about how you build up your set.