Danny Howard is an undeniable tastemaker of his generation. The producer, DJ, presenter, and radio host is widely respected as one of the world’s leading broadcasters in dance music. His hit BBC Radio show just celebrated 10 years on the air, and his imprint Nothing Else Matters just went fully independent in 2019. It’s fair to say, dance music wouldn’t be what it is today without Danny Howard.
Back in Lancashire, England, Howard attended Edge Hill University, where he studied exercise science. Outside of class, however, he was also playing a residency at the UK's biggest nightclub, The Syndicate, in Blackpool. This simple foreshadowing of Howard’s work-ethic and sheer talent would follow him through to the present day. After he graduated college, Howard took a brief stint playing for the multimedia entertainment brand Ministry of Sound in Egypt. Though this gig was short, his big break was right around the corner.
In 2011, Howard competed against five other mega-talented DJs in the BBC’s Radio 1 Superstar DJ competition. After he won the title, it ignited his career in a fanfare he never imagined. The next year, he not only released his first single “Twenty Nine” on the legendary label Spinnin’ Records but he was also offered his own show on the BBC’s Radio 1. His primetime slot would bounce around for the next few years. Most notably, his 11 pm - 1 am Friday night slot coincided with a time when dance music was dominating the commercial charts. With his ear to the ground for the finest new talent, Howard helped launch the careers of global superstars like Martin Garrix, Duke Dumont, and Rudimental.
Howard still maintains his weekly radio show–now the host of Radio 1's Dance Party on Fridays from 6 - 8 pm–while also releasing hot house tracks on his label Nothing Else Matters. As a self-proclaimed proponent of club culture, Howard has a distinct sound he showcases in everything he does: “back-to-back pure fire!”