Danny de Graaf, aka David Gravell, is one of the quickest rising stars in the EDM scene. David has been on fire the last year and has just released a miraculous compilation titled ‘Discover'. Through his Beatport topping tracks or his fist-pumping high-energy sets, Gravell never fails to impress. With support by some of the biggest names in the trance scene including Andrew Rayel & Armin van Buuren, Gravell is here for good.
His newest mix compilation ‘Discover' is out now and includes over 40 tracks & is a whopping 2 hours and 18 minutes long. You can download/stream it NOW right HERE .
Check out this EXCLUSIVE interview we did with David, as well as this 68 minute guest mix he wanted to share with all of you as well!
How did you get into the EDM scene, and when did you start making music?
I was always inspired by music at a very young age, my dad used to build his own synthesizers. But it was always to complicated for me haha. So I started making music when I was 16 years old and trying out every software I could get my hands on. After many years of blending a little bit of my own flavor into music I finally was starting to build my own sound when I released my track Bulldozer in 2013 on W&W their label ‘MainStage Music'!
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
I always try listen as much music as possible. On tour, at home and even when I am going to the gym. Names like Flume, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5 & The Beatles, are the onces that still inspire me every day.
Your latest remix of ‘Children' by Robert Miles is fantastic, is it intimidating to try and remix such a classic like that?
Thanks!! Of course, I always keep in mind when remixing a classic to keep it a bit Original as it is. Thats why I mixed the sounds with a new approach to sounddesign and blending it with a crowd pleasing version which works fabulous on the dance floor everywhere I play it live!
What are some tips you could give up and coming DJ's about getting there music heard?
Can’t say this enough but having your own sound is probably the best advice I can give you. For example; If you are going to copy someones sound, his sound will always sound better because he created and designed it in the first place. It will take time for people to get to know your music but trust me it will come. If your music is good, Music will speak for itself =)
Your new Discover compilation is huge. What went behind putting that together?
I have been working on the compilation for months now and did the final mixing on the plane back home from touring in Europe and Asia. After that I was flying back to Miami to play at A State Of Trance 800 in Miami with Ultra Music Festival where I played a lot of new music from the mix compilation.
If you could collab with 1 person on a song who would it be?
Armin van Buuren of course!
What do you enjoy doing for a hobby besides making music?
I like to go mountain biking in the forest and mountains, skate boarding and I love freestyle snowboarding =)
Favorite home cooked meal?
Pasta with bacon & mushrooms!
Favorite junk food?
Big Mac :p