Audioplayground's Daniel Warren Brings Life to Festivals and Still Has Time to Make His Own Music

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Daniel Warren, Vanessa Russell, Duncan Pate, Tisha Blake, Maxx Stiles, Morgan Jay, Kirsten George, Scott Solomon, Travis Bailey, Mike Jackson, and Milky Da Milkman.
When Daniel Warren moved to South Florida five years ago, he was a total music freak looking for a way to channel his energy and passion. What better way to use it than to enrich the community and help other local artists? Now his massive entertainment conglomerate, Audioplayground, supports all types of artists, books big names and runs festival stages. Have you been to Aura Music Festival? Warren's crew performed at the silent disco. Gotten weird at Moonfest recently? Audioplayground ran an entire stage.

With so much going on behind the scenes, it's wild to think that Warren still has time to be his own artist. But when music is all you do, you make time for the projects that make you happy. With ongoing shows at local hot spots like Respectable Street and Propaganda, it's about time for Warren to hop off the stage and into the studio to record a track under the name Mind Blown, that is sure to do just that. We chatted with Warren to get the scoop on all things music, only to learn that his roots are in trumpet and his new album might feature the sound of water dripping.

New Times: You are super heavily involved in music. Can you remember when that passion first hit?
Daniel Warren: I guess I was about 15 or 16 and that's when I started really getting into underground music that wasn't on the radio. Whether it was punk, ska, reggae.

At what point did you realize you could parlay that into a career?
It wasn't until I dropped out of high school to pursue my future in production. Music recording was my passion. My first passion. I always knew how to read and write music and I was in bands growing up, so I learned music theory and all that stuff.

My original love was the trumpet, and that brought me into jazz. But in high school, they made you do marching band, but I wanted to do jazz, and I had a big problem with that. So I ended up dropping out and just doing my own thing because I felt like it was holding me back. I went to Orlando to try and get with some friends and learn how to record and produce music.

Do you ever still pick up the trumpet?
You know, I want to. I can still play basically anything brass. It takes a while though to get my chops back. But yeah, I can still pick up a trumpet every now and then and rock some tunes and I expect to do that in the studio soon on the new album.

Reading about Audioplayground, it sounds like there is so much going on. How would you describe it to someone in a simple way?
I guess we are resources for entertainers. We have the connections to bring everything from booking to last minute sounds to lasers or graphics and printing or ideas and concepts.

You are involved with lots of festivals. Are you mostly behind the scenes when working with festivals or at the front of the line?
A little bit of both. I guess I am a fan first. My love from festivals came from back in the day when I actually got to be involved and play at the Zen festivals in Central Florida. It was a huge rave but I try to stray from that term. I like to think more of underground.

Besides music artists, you also try to work with material artists, right?
At all of our events, we try to incorporate live art and local community arts and crafts. People that create their own. We help each other build on our local art community. It adds that fifth element to a show.

What do you look for in an artist before they become involved in Audioplayground? Is it their sound, their style, if they have a following?
I don't think it is any of those things. It's more if they have a certain element or vibe. You definitely have to be creative and poetic in the things you love to do, whether it's set design or video mapping or music production or even DJing, as long as you have that passion and that right mindset.

What you do could be welcomed in any state, let alone anywhere in Florida. What about the Broward and Palm Beach area makes it home?
I don't know, we have met a lot of cool people since we have been down here and it just kind of spread like a virus. But in a good way. We might not be able to pay artists what they are worth all the time but hopefully the network that we establish within that will promote them in the future with whatever path they choose.

Tell me about the upcoming album. Is it your first album?
It's my first album that hasn't been released on vinyl.

So is this going to be more of a mix or original tunes?
For shows, we mash up of all these cool, different underground songs and then incorporate them into a live music in front of a crowd. The album is going to be in a totally different direction.

We are changing the name. It's a collaboration between me and my friend Garrett Phillips-- we came up with the name M!NDBLOWN. It's going to be drum and bass beats but we are looking to create a new sound but still keep that drum and bass feel to the production. We will be using a lot of my own vocals. And different sounds. Like different things we hear if we are out and about like we hear an air conditioner or a car wheel squeaking or the sound of water dripping. We will record it and mess with the sounds and incorporate them into this organic album.

When can we expect it?

We are hoping to push it out at the end of December.

Check out Daniel and his crew at their next event and shop local at the ultimate anti-Black Friday. The First Annual Northwood Art & Music Festival. Friday, November 29 from 1 to 10 p.m. in Northwood Village.




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djericrage
djericrage

Funny I google my name and this pops up months after the fact. OK very simple. Can anyone on here show me an original released track produced  by audio playground or Dan Warren that is on Beatport or any relevant dance music retailer. Just one release can anyone show me? Bad press is no press but printing false information is something else. Impersonating a troll character just to troll an irrelevant middle aged never was made my day. First time I have seen this article. I just find it funny that someone claims they have time to make their own music when they aren't a musician to start with.


DWisaLiar
DWisaLiar

bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha


"We are changing the name. It's a collaboration between me and my friend Garrett Phillips-- we came up with the name M!NDBLOWN. It's going to be drum and bass beats but we are looking to create a new sound but still keep that drum and bass feel to the production. We will be using a lot of my own vocals. And different sounds. Like different things we hear if we are out and about like we hear an air conditioner or a car wheel squeaking or the sound of water dripping. We will record it and mess with the sounds and incorporate them into this organic album.


When can we expect it? 

We are hoping to push it out at the end of December. "

DWisaLiar
DWisaLiar

So where's that big release???  Wasn't it going to be made from waterdrops and animal farts?  More lies from the greatest liar of all times.

Knowsthetruth
Knowsthetruth

Eric - My poor sweet deluded boy....you have no talent.  So to make up for what you lack, you spend all your waking moments attacking those who just happen to be better than you are.  If you put half the effort into the music that you put into your fake screen names and your trolling, perhaps you would find that light you so desperately need to see in order to become productive.  Then, you might get some bookings, and people would start respecting you a little.  Life is too damn short to be so negative.  Open your eyes and your mind, my dear boy.  Time to become a man.

ad3chaos
ad3chaos

haters gonna hate Audio playground has always been good to me, . Daniel refurbished the bass scene here in West Palm Beach Florida. the open up the door for a lot of young new artist including myself, the one and only DJ AD3. Hustle all day, Trap all night. Peace.

audioplayground
audioplayground

Just tuning into this thread, I see Eric Rage is at it again. I will refer everyone to a clip from Kat Williams for my response to his 20 fake profile accounts commenting on this thread, and that will be all.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7z_ztMxBgk - Big Shouts to Dana and New Times for the love, and especially all of you who have been supporting the movement!! 

NigelDaren
NigelDaren

So....... you got your feelings hurt?  Didnt get booked?  I mean whats the problem?  Be an adult Eric show your face. 

BoomGoesDaDynamite
BoomGoesDaDynamite

This "article" should be titled- "Daniel Warren- A Legend in His Own Mind"

MrJackson
MrJackson

and if he trys to accuse me of being a fake profile again...he can meet me in person...

MrJackson
MrJackson

and if he trys to accuse me of being a fake profile again...he can meet me in person...

MrJackson
MrJackson

this troll here needs to get a life...

maybe concentrate on his own...rather than ATTEMPTING to start shit

kandib
kandib

how is it that no one has commented on this since november 26th and NOW all of a sudden every minute a new person has a cool story about Dan? Dan just stop.. ur pathetic and an embarrassment to the scene making all these fake comments about urself.

popcornmama
popcornmama

Met Daniel at Camp Bisco/Istill have that cd you gave us.. one of the best DnB mixes I have heard in a while.Thisthread is crazy tho, who is eric rage? im getting some popcorn

festypins
festypins

My girlfriend and I saw you guys play at Aura fest for the Silent Disco, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING DRUM N BASS... Was that you at the art tent too? You were killing it.. Best time ever.. You guys gonna be at the next Aura?

awesomesauce
awesomesauce

OMG Eric Rage troll comments are hilarious, Cant get famous without a few hatersz I guess. Daniel is such a humble guy. Good job buddy

Soundboi_Killer
Soundboi_Killer

Kandib nailed it- These are obv fake comments by Daniel himself.  Some of these brags are just psychopathic.  There hasn't been a packed night at Respectables since Proper Dosage left.  You play festivals for free and any other "bookings" you have are for shows you throw yourself. 
You are trashing local artists who play INTERNATIONALLY and have REAL releases on REAL labels.  Not this white label nonsense.  You can brag all you want to the fools who believe you because they don't know any better but you aren't fooling the people who really know what's going on. 

tonytonytony
tonytonytony

I have every mix Daniel has made since tapes went out of style - one of floridas best for sure

kandib
kandib

Daniel, I know curtis, mrhammerzz, and reazin did not write these comments.. you are seriously commenting anonymously to big yourself up.. or eric is trollin hard on ur shit.. either way we all know this is you again putting your foot in your mouth.. yes, please tell us about all these previous vinyl releases, lol.. i love the "We might not be able to pay artists what they are worth all the time but..." yet your changing the game right, doing bigger things than anyone ever right? You moved here like 4 years ago yet people have thrown bigger shows then you for decades at respects (and not on a Wednesday) you dont pay homage to no one as usual.. This is just another thing to laugh at you for trying to yet again be something your not..  And Dana Krangel, let me guess he said he'd hook you up with business cards or print or web work for this article? lol

kandib
kandib

Daniel, I know curtis, mrhammerzz, and reazin did not write these comments.. you are seriously commenting anonymously to big yourself up.. or eric is trollin hard on ur shit.. either way we all know this is you again putting your foot in your mouth.. yes, please tell us about all these previous vinyl releases, lol.. i love the "We might not be able to pay artists what they are worth all the time but..." yet your changing the game right, doing bigger things than anyone ever right? You moved here like 4 years ago yet people have thrown bigger shows then you for decades at respects (and not on a Wednesday) you dont pay homage to no one as usual.. This is just another thing to laugh at you for trying to yet again be something your not..  And Dana Krangel, let me guess he said he'd hook you up with business cards or printwork for this article? lol

tommy
tommy

I remember Daniel brought the first underground event ever in St. Augustine.. Dj Icey, what was the name of that place?.. and it packed out.. GLad your still doin your thing man.. Great article!!

miggiesmalls
miggiesmalls

Holy sheeeeeeet.. Is that Q4?  Dude practically started the scene here in Jacksonville back in the 90's.. He threw some of the first ever BOAT PARTIES.. Those were the days!! 

Masonmann
Masonmann

Can anyone get me Daniels number of email? I remember him from Jacksonville scene back in the day.. And I do have one of his acid jazz tunes still on vinyl somewhere.. If I find it I will upload it.. It was a white label toon.. It was pretty dope for back in the day.. Cant wait to hear something new!! 

Cbella
Cbella

Hey Beat Thiefers.. I saw you guys headline in Jax at Crunchay Sunday!!! Probably one of the best sets I have ever heard in a long time.. I still have that CD you gave me:)

dvvvl
dvvvl

I saw you guys at Bear Creek!!! You and Morgan Jays set was off the chain!!!! Kudos

dnbfan1
dnbfan1

Please bring back Reboot Drum n Bass.. Best Parties ever.. Daniel is one of the most down to earth people I have ever met, and he has done more for the community and the underground scene than most. I read the comments below, and we all know who is posting them.. He literally stood up against the biggest losers in the scene and prevailed.. We all know the truth.. good job mann

Soundboi_Killer
Soundboi_Killer

So where is the info on these old releases mentioned in the article.  You know you are flat out lying about having any releases... especially on vinyl.  Why aren't you addressing that?  What re the names of these releases and on what label???

Patiently awaiting your response...

bassheadz
bassheadz

I see all the hater comments below.. Fact is that New Times wouldnt have done an article if this guy wasn't on top of his game.. We have been following audio playground for years now and they always do dope events.. The people that hate are the ones who are jealous.. Every show at Respectables we have seen is packed with the coolest people ever!! Great article, well deserved!! 

ragemachine
ragemachine

Great job at Moonfest.. your guys set was amazing!!

mrhammerzz
mrhammerzz

Thank Basedgod for Daniel and his crew, they have brought soo much life and originality to the area. The entire crew holds it down in WPB where many other have failed.. Long live Audioplayground.. They are the only ones to stand up for the real scene in the area.. 

DnBBroooo
DnBBroooo

Just look at the picture.  Pretty much says it all.  Look at what an ego maniac this guy is holding everyone by their throats.  Pretty much what he tries to do to any local artist that has something good going on.  Sneak in and take them by the throat.

djericrage
djericrage

@Knowsthetruth If you knew the truth you would go to my Beatport page you know the one you or Dan dont have. I have been a charted artist yet you claim I have no talent. You don't know the truth cause you cant handle it. lol Editor should be shot for printing such garbage.

BoomGoesDaDynamite
BoomGoesDaDynamite

@audioplayground You expect people to read this and not see that you created a bunch of fake comments?  Why is it that almost 2 weeks after this was published that all these "supporters" decided to comment?  Eric Rage just called you out for being a straight liar and a poser and you went did exactly that... posting a bunch of fake comments praising yourself.  Who does that?

audioplayground
audioplayground

@NigelDaren Its a lost cause.. I tried to get him to meet me to talk about his issues, but he refused. This shit is funny tho.. Thanks for the love Nigel.. See u soon brothah!!!

tonytonytony
tonytonytony

I actually have a few tapes of his too- 

auggiedog
auggiedog

@Soundboi_Killer I remember he had a few white label releases in Jacksonville.. I had some of them on vinyl, got them at Smash music and down in 5points what was that record store.. B=? Cool trip hop stuff.. He went by Q4 back then

mrhammerzz
mrhammerzz

@DnBBroooo Thats why they are booked everywhere and you guys are pretty much the joke of Sfla.. We all know this is mr felony speaking.. He squashed you lame ass druggies with love and has the entire community behind him.. except you.. 

audioplayground
audioplayground

@BoomGoesDaDynamite @audioplayground This is the first I commented to see what more BS you can come up with Eric, and this is the last thing I will say.. I didnt post this thread about the article to all of our channels until they edited a few things just on my main wall once, until I realized that they left left some names out, yes the article was published last week, but I didnt want to drop it until it was fixed. Now it is, and thank you for helping get the word out!! You have been caught with at least 20 different accounts on FB alone..  And thanks for the attention, it has only helped us :) 

kandib
kandib

you can just go down the comments and look at the times and realize all those post are fake. this is probably one of the worst fails in edm history. a 40 yr old guy lying threw his teeth to boost his own ego.

Soundboi_Killer
Soundboi_Killer

@awesomesauce @Soundboi_Killer Looks like you have so many haterz you can't keep em straight. You can't hide forever. Can't block them here ;)

kandib
kandib

@tonytonytony  ^ forgot u were using the same name there.. as you can see all these comments are from 2 people. lame fail once again!

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