Daniele started his music career as a professional bass player and toured the world with huge acts like Kane, Kofi Baker, Mad Professor, and Tony Spinner before becoming a solo artist and member of the project UMEME.
As Daniel Monaco, he manifested a fascination for Obscure Italo Disco, Dark Disco, Acid House, 90s Trance & Techno, and EBM. He has released music on Bordello A Parigi, Slow Motion, Pizzico Records, Spa In Disco, Espacio Cielo, Dogs & Vultures, and other labels, with support from names like Curses, Juan MacLean, Fabrizio Mammarella, Damon Jee, Franz Scala, Phunkadelica, Shubostar, Tulioxi, and many others. This got him bookings at Boom Festival, The Great Wall of China, Into The Woods, Wildeburg, Eurosonic Festival, and Pitch Festival.
All of this while also being an academic music teacher and lecturer at various institutes like Korean Music Academy of Electronic music (Seoul), Kaywone University of Art & Design (Seoul), Academy of Popculture (Leeuwarden), and Moog / Elektron (Seoul) covering Electronic Music and Jazz.
Lex van Aken.
Co-Founder & Industry Insights Trainer
Lex always had a profound interest in both music and education. As the founder of Deep House Amsterdam, he is the main curator behind the music media platform, serving 1.5 million monthly listeners. Sonar Barcelona sparked his first interest in the electronic music scene, after which he started to play music himself, shortly followed by the launch of Deep House Amsterdam. In the 8 years that followed he and his partner Niels Voorbach co-founded and did bookings for ‘The Ark Cruise’ and collaborated with ‘De Marktkantine on the summer series ‘De Zomerkantine’. Currently they co-manage the talented Colyn.
Artists booked: 2ManyDJs, Adana Twins, Adriatique, Amelie Lens, Axel Boman, B. Traits, Boys Noize, Cassius, Chris Liebing, Claptone, Culoe De Song, Dennis Ferrer, Fango, Gerd Janson, Henrik Schwarz, Italojohnson, Jennifer Cardini, KiNK, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Martin Solveig, Masters At Work, Matador, Patrick Topping, Peggy Gou, Prins Thomas, Rebolledo, Robag Wruhme, Sam Feldt, Stephan Bodzin, Sven Väth, Terr and many more.
Co-Founder & Music Curator
Niels is a music curator at Deep House Amsterdam and a DJ/Producer. With a background in event organization, he has over 20 years of experience in the Amsterdam music scene. At the age of 17, he started his music adventure working for ‘Chemistry’, one of the most notorious and long-playing club nights in Amsterdam. After a break of 6 years working in Finance & Pharma, visiting Club Trouw on a regular basis completely drew Niels back in. This was the start of a new chapter, where he developed his love for refined electronic music. This also sparked his interest in DJ’ing and producing.
His most recent endeavors include ‘The Ark Cruise’, a multi-day destination festival on a cruise ship traveling to Barcelona, Ibiza, and Mallorca, which he organized and co-founded together with Lex. Both are also responsible for the summer event series ‘De Zomerkantine’ together with the team behind leading club “De Marktkantine”. Currently, they co-manage Colyn.