As one of three children, Dantiez Saunderson, was born and bred in Michigan and is the middle son of Recording Artist (and techno pioneer) Kevin Saunderson and Singer/Songwriter Ann Saunderson. So you would imagine that it was a ‘given’ that Dantiez was automatically going to establish a career for himself in the music industry. However, you would be sadly mistaken.
It wasn’t to be until 2012, at the age of 20 that Dantiez decided to take a plunder into the music industry. He realised that music was the way to go for him, when he saw the change in electronic music and how his generation (as a whole) were starting to interact with the music, so much more.
Not only has he immersed himself into producing music, but he has stepped into the world of djing. Although his inspiration to dj was by watching the likes of the three ‘Originators of Techno’ (namely Derrick May, Juan Atkins and of course his own Dad, Kevin Saunderson), he has also been influenced by DJs such as Marco Carola (from Italy) and Seth Troxler, (Seth is one of the new generation of DJs, currently riding high and co-incidentally, he’s also from Michigan).
His productions, reflects all sides of his personality (depending on his mood and the time of day) and for anyone who knows Dantiez, that would certainly be a true assessment. His influences are definitely infused with Detroit, although his productions are energetic. He’s found a nice balance between underground, fused with a pop vibe, mixed with a touch of tech house and techno. “No doubt my father was a huge influence. Watching him in the studio, when I was growing up, was amazing and obviously my mother has been a big influence also. I listened to “Spastik” by Plastikman (aka Richie Hawtin) and I still really love that track. I’m also into Dubfire (formerly one half of Deep Dish) and Oliver Hunttington. However, my early influences would most definitely be Hip Hop, so artists such as Eminem (“Cleaning Out My Closet” was a favourite track), Timberland and his productions; for instance “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” and the list goes on…”
“Undergo” will be Dantiez’s debut release (co written and co produced by Kevin Castro). It will be released on First Step Records, a UK label (and a subsidiary of Endemic Digital), in May 2013.
This young man knows where he’s going and as he says “music is my life (just as it is with my Mother and Father), so the sky’s the limit… Ultimately, I wish to travel the world and share my music and good vibes with others. Just being able to do that is rewarding enough”.