Our Stories: Danni Skerritt

Craig Gamblen

Also known as Dirty Freud – Danni is currently celebrating success after his new track ‘Kadema’ taken off his latest EP, Boxing with God, was given its debut on DJ Target’s show on BBC Radio 1Xtra last Thursday.

It’s only March, and 2018 has already been quite the year for Electronic Music Production & Performance tutor, Danni Skerritt. Eager to find out more, we stopped Dirty Freud in his tracks to talk about his recent achievements and his plans for the future.

Hey Danni, thanks so much for chatting with us this morning! We’d love to chat about your new EP and what you’re up to this year, but first it’d be great to hear how it all beganSo, how did you first get into the music industry?

I never planned to get into the music industry at all. In fact, I got into it quite vicariously. When I was introduced to things, I was actually writing for theatre and doing performance poetry.

While I was at University in Lancaster, I met a couple of DJ’s – two lads called Bondax. I also met Mr Scruff when he was running a few different nights and told him I wouldn’t mind getting into this sort of thing. Next thing, we became mates, had a few beers and ended up in the studio working on some stuff. Fast forward a year, and I was on tour with him.

I also met a few people when I was playing out in Ibiza too, in a place called Eden, and they suggested I came to Manchester and put me on in Sankeys. After that, things just started to snowball.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

Wow, let me have a think about that one.

My mum was a roadie, so I met a few people that way – Gary Numan was always nice to me. I’m a massive fan of The Prodigy, but I also really like good songwriters too like Woody Mason. Kate Bush too, she smashes it. I could go on forever.

Who are you listening to at the moment that we should check out?

There’s quite a few. Ruby Tingle, she’s quality. Lou Barnell, she’s incredible as well at the moment. Another guy called Fullmarx, he is mint. They’re the main people I’m checking out. Oh and Mabel, she’s smashing it too.


What’s one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring producers who are trying to make a name for themselves?

So, I’d say take all your influencers for one, but make sure you’re always doing you. I was given a firm, but really good, piece of advice from Mr Scruff when I first started. When I did my first performance with him, I asked him his thoughts and he told me it was alright but sounded like a tribute act. But it was true, my sound was made to mimic him. So, I would say find your own sound and don’t try to sound too much like one of your heroes.

So, your new music is sounding great! What inspired the track ‘Kadema’?

The name ‘Kadema’ is a mixture of two words; Karma and determination. I’ve always had a thing about Karma and being determined to do the right thing. But we are all human and we don’t always get it right.

As for recording the track, I got my mate Fullmarx to come into Audient Studio 1 to record his rap part. Salio (who is based in Georgia which didn’t make things easy) recorded her part when she was gigging in and around America and then I put it all together here.

And ‘Kadema’ got its debut on BBC Radio 1Xtra last week. That’s awesome, how did it come about?

I’ve been getting a lot of airplay recently on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire. Luckily, the right people were listening when my EP was being played and then it got picked up. I’ve played a few times on BBC Radio 1Xtra, but this was actually the first time they proper bigged me up and I got the UK unsigned part of the show. It was mint.

Is there any advice you would give to aspiring DJ’s/Producers who are trying to get their work played on the radio?

Make sure you’ve got a body of work, like a minimum of 5 or 6 tunes, because usually when you get a tune played you will be asked whether you have any more of the same quality. A decent body of work is killer. Also make sure you have a decent team around you to give you honest advice on your music.


We can’t wait to hear the full EP ‘Boxing with God’, but we’d love to know, how did you come up with the title?

Myself and my best mate, Ben Tallon – who did all the artwork for the EP – have always said how small man is compared to everything else around us. It was really illustrated when we climbed to the top of Mt. Snowdon. When Ben took a photo at the top, you could barely see me compared to this huge beast of a mountain.

Are there any more releases for us to look forward to?

The EP, Boxing with God, is coming out in April so I’m really looking forward to that. After that, I start touring with the Electro duo, Indus Traps, we’ve got 15 dates booked and we’re playing one special date in Croatia, so we’re really buzzing for that.

What’s next for Dirty Freud?

Pretty much, spend more time in the studio. A few more collaborations with people you may have heard of as well and then just work on getting the next EP out after this.

Sounds like you’ve got a fantastic year lined up Danni!
We can’t wait for Boxing with God’s release on 6th April and to check out everything you get up to!