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DAVID PENN

David Penn (Madrid, 1971)
David has many worldwide Dance hits, including massive 'The Night Train' under Kadoc alter ego in the mid-90s, scooped a string of awards for his DJing, production and Urbana Recording own label.

He's worked with a veritable who's who of house music, recorded for a string of top house labels such as Defected, Stealth, Black Vinyl and Purple, and is now releasing his long-awaited 'Sound Of Urbana' mix compilation that showcases the best of his own Madrid-based label.

David started out in music at the age of nine. Learning classical piano as a schoolboy, he'd soon gravitate onto jazz, bossa nova and Latin rhythms, and absorb the music that his drummer father would play around the house – Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson.

He played in bands a little bit, but when he started to meet DJs and go to clubs he became seduced by electronic music – particularly house and garage from the United States. For David it was a revelation that one person could make music by himself in electronic music production.

He was soon making dance tracks, and started up his own Zen label to principally release his own productions. Becoming a producer first, with the advantage of his early music training, has really helped David in his career, he believes. "It's easier for me to make a track with harmonies in the studio," he says. "I always try to use some musicality when I have to make remixes or do an original song. Not just kick and bassline – I need the music."

Urbana Records founder, largely as an outlet for his own productions that were scattered across a number of labels. Zen Records remains his overall music publishing company, and it's with the fresh sound of Urbana that he's been making waves over the past decade or so.

David is very particular about what he releases on Urbana, and says that he only releases tracks on it that are absolutely special. "I don't have the label as a business, it's not a big label – I just want to keep the quality high," he says. The attention to detail with Urbana has paid off, earning the label the Best Breakthrough Label at the UK's House Music Awards a few years ago and scooping the Best Label prize at Spanish magazine Deejay's awards. David has also won Best House DJ four years out of five, and a number of his collaborations have also been recognized by Dj1 magazine.

DJ Chus has been a friend of David's since before 'The Night Train', and they've worked together on many productions for labels like Black Vinyl, Defected or Stereo.
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