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Precursor and talent-finder, Dee Nasty is best known for producing France’s first Hip Hop record. His name is forever linked with Hip Hop. After discovering break-dancers and graffittis in the United-States back in 1979, and in the mean time Sugar Hill Gang, Dee Nasty gave up guitar to fiddle with magnetic tapes. With an old beat-box and two record players, he started looking for new groove freshly imported from New-York.
Daniel is a messenger and drives all over Paris with his Vespa so he can afford to pay for discs. He starts at the bottom of the ladder, struggling to make himself known to radios and record companies and to make the hip hop movement grow. Every Sunday, he organizes hip hop sessions in a northen wasteland of Paris. A platform with a generator, two electrically amplified phonos… Dee Nasty mixes the funk and rack vinyls! Participants challenge each others, and fences become more colourful. Lionel D., Destroy Man and Jhonny Go sing their first rap song here.
But for now we're back in 1984 and DJ Dee Nasty is recording his first record: 'Panam City Rappin' on his own label 'Funkzilla', a 6 tracks record, mixing funk and rap sound. Thanks to Radio Nova and Actuel magazine, the movement grows bigger. They organize huge parties at Globo 'Chez Roger Boite Funk' and invite Public Enemy and Afrika Bambaata. In 1986, Daniel touches his very first Technics MK2 Turntable.
Dee Nasty is now part of the elite and by 1987 he becomes internationally recognized at the World DMC Championships. Through his airtime on Radio Nova, guests included MC Solaar, NTM and The Assassins. Before the 90’s, a lot of artists turn to Dee Nasty to help them arrange, mix and scratch their albums: : Amina, Cheb Khaled, the Rita Mitsouko, Beastie Boys, Arthur H, the funk and soul singer Rufus Thomas…
His personal discography becomes bigger with a series of maxis and compilations such as Deenastyle in 1993, with Cut Killer, Dj Abdel, les Princes du Swing (« A nos amis ») as guests. The European B.Boy is also seen in first part of concerts of hip-hop American legends such as Public Enemy, The Last Poets, Trouble Funk, Ice T, Spoonie G., Cash Money, Bambaata & the Soul Sonic Force, George Clinton and Maceo Parker… With the latter, Dee Nasty starts partnership on scene, which he continues with another saxophonist, Shimizu (Japanese).
Since then, Dee Nasty never left the scene : holding a flight-case or a pile of discs in his arms, he performs in house shows, on the field of a free party, during festivals and MJCs, bars, and Paris’ nightclubs and all around France. He also went world wide during two years with Cachaito Lopez (R.E.P), bass player for the Buena Vista Social Club, next to the explosive Cuban percussionist Anga DIAZ (R.E.P), who invited him to Cuba to record his first solo album Echu Mingua (World Circuit, 2005).
His last solo album Nastyness went out in 2001, the next one is very expected (Spring 2009), a foretaste is available on EP SYSTEM DEE (february 2009, Trad Vibe).