This 8 piece band plays an original blend of jazzy tunes on ska to reggae beats...Featuring singer Phil Santschi and, on special request, Dennis Bovell
Led by Daniel Spahni, who is currently drummer for: LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band, Dub Dancers, Amadou Diolo, Djinbala.
DANIEL SPAHNI was born on the 29th of May 1967, in Lausanne, Switzerland. As his parents were musicians too, he got into it very early, and entered the Conservatory with the age of six, where he first studied the Piano for a short wile. Very soon, he fell in love with the sounds of Drums, and started practiceing his instrument when he was eight years old. First of all in a Marching Band, where he received the Rudiments of Drumming, then during the rehearsals of his dad’s band, he learnt about the pleasure of sharing Music…
Later, 16 years old, he studied more in the EJMA (Ecole de Jazz et de Musiques Actuelles), and got influenced by Olivier Clerc’s advices (BBFC). Fromthese early years remain his need for musical friendship and high involvement into it. Lately he had the opportunity to get some advice from Jojo Mayer that opened to a wide new range of drumming perspectives (would advice his dvd “secret weapons for the modern drummer”). Jojo is definetly the best regarding drum techniques.
After playing in many cover-bands, “Les Sales Combles” a band leaded by Christian “Dodo” Addor (Ex-Débile Menthol), gave him the opportunity to do his first recording “Les Salles Vides” (1989). In 1990,”The Heart Beat Band” got together again, associating Daniel to its new identity: “The Mad Lighters” released their first CD “Play on Mr Music” (1991), featuring Trombonist Rico and went on tour… Another collaboration happend for the album “Shine” (2000) followed by “Freedom call” (2002) and lately “Move on” (2010) feat. Vin Gordon.
During the same period but in a totally other style, our percussionist tried something with sax player Gilbert Ummel, and this experienced went,with the help of bassist Andre Schenk, into the production of a CD “Larsen Rupin: A Ban” (1991)and a number of gigs. The rhytm section also got hired for “Die Vögel Europas” work: “Short Stories”(1993). Larsen Rupin releases a second album in 2001: “Contredanses” and “Procès verbal” (2008).
For a few years Daniel went busking with “The Flying Tidburys”, a sort of musical comedy act, a street performance that brang them through eight countries.
Spahni is well required session drummer (see Disco…), and it’s during one of these sessions that he got to know Victor “Fizzè” de Bros (Mensch Records), with whom he worked frequently since: “Peeni Waali… The Return” (1997), “Fizzè: The Peeni Waali Phenomenon” (1999), “The Eve of… Peeni Waali” (2000). This Gentleman also intoduced him to severals productions like Helmut Lipsky’s “Moontide” (1997),or Pippo Pollina’s “Rossocuore” (1999), or even Jamaican Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson’s “More Time” (1998) and Dennis Bovell “All over the world” (2006).
Other opportunities gave him the chance to play live with Daniel Bourquin, Elliott Sharp or Archie Shepp, for example..
Working with Dennis Bovell Dub Band since 2001, he was brought to Sweden where he met Internal Dread, and JonahGold, who used Spahni’s playing for their own productions.
New projects are : Djinbala, Djinbala in the kosmos, The Mad Lighters, Internal Dread, Spahni’s Dub Dancers, LKJ, Dennis Bovell, La Bande à Mani.
Get in touch in case you’d like to hire me for one of your musical projects or one of my bands to gig at your’s….