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Talkback: Danalogue

Dan Leavers By William Stokes
Published June 2021

TalkbackPhoto: Yukitaka Amemiya

After spending his formative years in the studio of remarkable inter‑disciplinary complex Total Refreshment Centre, Dan Leavers, aka Danalogue, set up his own East London studio, Oscillations. He and drummer Max Hallett, aka Betamax, play explosive jazz‑electronica fusion as the duo Soccer96. With the addition of formidable saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings they become trio The Comet Is Coming, who broke through with Mercury prize‑nominated debut LP Channel The Spirits. The Comet Is Coming are currently at work on their fourth album at Real World Studios. Beyond his own projects, Danalogue’s production CV features Snapped Ankles, Ibibio Sound Machine, Lunch Money Life and Alabaster DePlume.

At the moment I can’t stop listening to

A producer called Windows 96. I think I got into it because I’ve got a group called Soccer96, so I felt this immediate camaraderie and vindication that there’s someone else called ‘something 96’! It’s an album called Enchanted Instrumentals And Whispers, and at first I thought it was just some really nice‑sounding vapourwave, but I just keep listening to it. I find it deeply relaxing.

The project I’m most proud of

It’s probably when we finished Channel The Spirits, the first full‑length Comet Is Coming LP. I think I’m most proud of it because we self‑produced and self‑mixed. Half of it is self‑engineered and the other half was Capitol K. We’d had loads of experiences with Soccer96 where different industry bodies had gotten involved, producers and engineers. We were quite young and lots of people were telling us how we should do things, and we kept being quite respectful and listening to everyone yet never feeling fully satisfied with where we were ending up. So, by the time we made Channel The Spirits, Max and I had already worked out...

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