It's hardly any wonder that Daniel Fuerst-Zoffel, aka DisasZt, ended up as a phenomenon in the dance music scene - his mother owned a club during his formative years, and music and the world associated with it were a ready part of his upbringing. It was in his mother's club that the Vienna native touched his first vinyl and turntables; hearing Shy FX's Original Nuttah (at the age of fifteen) was an affirmation that the time had come to purchase his own.
DisasZt became completely immersed in drum and bass, and in 1998 he took his DJing out of his bedroom and into the clubs. Before long he was organizing his own events, creating Vienna's largest regular drum and bass party, Mainframe, and holding down a residency at D.Kay's famed d'n'b weekly, Beat It.
Following in his mother's footsteps DisasZt opened his own club: The Zoo (www.thezoo.at) a veritable melting pot for electronic and urban music and culture.
In addition to his Mainframe club nights, he began Bass City, famed for bringing the whole Austrian scene together for a yearly celebration of drum and bass and its local contributors. Before long he had built an empire of d'n'b events in his hometown.
Inspired by the talented producers with whom he was frequently billed (including the likes of Dillinja, Andy C, Pendulum, Marky, LTJ Bukem, et al), DisasZt began to shift his focus towards making music and developing the characteristically dirty Austrian sound. His dance floor-oriented tunes, with their big synths and epic intros, attracted the attention and turntables of many; in 2001, DisasZt's "Get It On" was featured on Austria's Inside Aut compilation.
During the summer of 2008, DisasZt launched Mainframe Recordings. The label immediately turned out a number of huge hits: "Together", "Bounce", and "Zoids" with Shimon, and the dance floor smasher "Oh My Dear" with Infame.
Mainframe quickly became known for introducing some of the biggest rising stars to the scene. These stars included Camo & Krooked, who are responsible for dance floor and radio favorites such as "Vampires", "Tonight" and "One" - all of which were released on DisasZt's Mainframe imprint and touted by BBC Radio 1.
More acclaim followed in 2010 when Big Riddim released DisasZt's collaboration with Kos and Tenchu, "Raise it Up", and Viper Recordings released "Rumours" by DisasZt and Shimon featuring MC Coppa as the lead single on its highly successful 'Summer Slammers' compilation; the single also received ample recognition and airplay on BBC's 1Xtra.
2011 sees DisasZt off to a busy start with continued releases on Mainframe, further collaborations with Shimon via his AudioPorn label, massive sets booked both at home and overseas, and DisasZt's much anticipated debut album Shadow & Lightning. Due out in May, the album features sixteen original tracks, including collaborations with Shimon, Chris Su and Cassandra.
Look for DisasZt this summer as he destroys the dance floors at Austria's BeatPatrol Festival, Italy's Sun and Bass Festival, or on tour throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand later in the year alongside Shimon.
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