As a prominent figure in music, Dani Deahl has been at the forefront of artist discovery and meaningful industry change for over a decade. She currently is Editorial Director at Output, a DJ, producer, and public speaker. She developed the coverage for the intersection of music and technology for The Verge, helmed YouTube series The Future of Music, and is President for the Recording Academy Chicago chapter.
When performing, she crafts house sets that are technically savvy and high energy. She has a regular presence on Twitch with the flagship show Demo Drop and can also be found on Clubhouse, where she runs the platform’s largest dance music club, World of EDM.
As an artist herself, Dani has released trap, twerk, and hard-hitting house with labels like Dim Mak, Monstercat, Flamingo, Cr2, and Armada. She has also been the subject of two documentaries, toured extensively across the globe, played festivals like Spring Awakening, Lollapalooza, and EDC, venues like Wrigley Field (with Fall Out Boy), hosted her own terrestrial radio show in Spain and the Canary Islands, and has been an official Red Bull DJ. She has headlined with or been direct support for artists like Alison Wonderland, Valentino Khan, Krewella, Diplo, Steve Aoki, NERVO, Yellow Claw, and countless others. As Diplo himself says: “She’s awesome.”
Dani previously held editorial positions with Nylon Magazine and DJ Mag, and she is the host of YouTube series The Future of Music, which features stars like Charli XCX and Oak Felder, producer for Kehlani and Demi Lovato.
Dani has been heralded for her impact in music by MTV, THUMP, Oxygen, Billboard, Nest HQ, Magnetic, Yahoo, Complex, Chicago Tribune, and many others. She’s also a prominent expert on the topics of gender equality in music and marketing for musicians, with speaking engagements at TEDx, Spotify for Artists, and more.
In 2020, she partnered with Bandsintown and Twitter to launch Net.Werk, a Twitch festival dedicated to underrepresented acts in dance. Featuring acts like Michael Brun, Varien, and GG Magree, the festival’s viewership consistently outperformed competing Twitch festivals.
Additionally, Dani has been a guest and expert voice for MSNBC and on podcasts like Reset, Vergecast, Switched on Pop, Ari’s Take, and more. She’s not only consulted on creating branding initiatives for labels and artists, and has been instrumental in breaking new artists like Valentino Khan and Louis the Child. In fact, she has a history of doing so, credited with being the first to tap acts to watch such as The Chainsmokers, The Knocks, Dillon Francis, and Flosstradamus.
As of 2021, Dani is also an elected President for the Recording Academy’s Chicago Chapter, engaging in outreach and professional development for the music community.