David Dunne has been a constant figure in the ever-evolving dance music scene and culture since 1988. He has been described and applauded as “the DJ’s DJ” (Manchester Evening News), “A true pioneer and champion of house music” & “If there’s been a radio station and a pair of decks, he’s been there” (DJ Magazine), “A DJ with no ego and plenty to talk about”(The Big Issue), “A man with a gold star in rocking crowds” (Trust The DJ.com), “A Guaranteed crowd pleaser”(BBM Magazine) and “the most deserving DJ to cross over to the premier league” (Radio One). His Dj career spans over twenty years behind the decks, breaking and supporting dance music on Radio.
He discovered house music on the dancefloor of the legendary Hacienda in it’s very early days and then his first major public exposure as a DJ came via Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio during the “Madchester” era presenting “The Isometric Dance Class” – the only radio show playing the huge tunes that clubbers were experiencing at legendary Manchester venues such as the Hacienda, Legends and Konspiracy. His listeners included a pre-chemical brothers Tom, the 808 State posse and a very young Yousef! He also gave djs such as Justin Robertson, Mike Pickering and Jon Da Silva their first radio exposure on the show as guests.
Radio, DJ-ing and Dance Music became the bedrock of his career, eventually taking him in 1994, to becoming a founder Staff member of Kiss 102 & 105 in Manchester and Yorkshire where as Head of Music & Senior Presenter, he was able to break new club records on air and at his gigs. He then continued to present on Galaxy radio, consolidating his profile in the North of England as one of the most familiar and best loved DJs. In late 1998, he consolidated his DJ work over the past decade by leaving Galaxy Radio to join National station Atlantic 252, not just as a Dance jock, but as Programme Director, giving Lottie, Eddy Temple Morris & James Hyman, and DJ Touche their first Radio shows. Following that, he left to join Ministry of Sound as Managing Director of Radio, setting up their Digital Radio station in London,, creating their Online internet radio service and helping to make it the most successful dance site in Europe with over a million hits every month. He subsequently worked for legendary radio production house Wise Buddah and for Trust the DJ.com.
In 2003 he joined the hugely successful Hed Kandi team, and became known as “the Voice of Hed Kandi” producing and presenting the Hed Kandi radio shows on the Galaxy Network in the UK, making them the highest rated Specialist show on Galaxy and the Most Listened to Saturday night programme on ALL radio in the UK and was syndicated to over 24 stations internationally. For six and a half years he also presented a Saturday morning eclectic show on the Galaxy Network, called “Nu Cool”. He started DJ-ing for Hed Kandi in 2004 and rapidly became one of their headline djs in demand internationally. Over the next five years he played over 250 times for the brand, all over the world including repeat visits to Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Korea, Switzerland, Russia, Miami, China, Marbella, Majorca, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and of course, Ibiza, where last summer he celebrated his 15th consecutive year of playing on the White Isle. He is one of the few Djs who can honestly claim to have played at evey major venue in Ibiza.
His club appearances as a DJ read like a “Who’s Who” of the last 20 years of Clubbing; Ministry of Sound, Cocoon, Cream, Subterranea, Gatecrasher, The End, Turnmills, Dave Haslam’s legendary Manchester nights Freedom and Yellow, Hanover Grand, Retro, Love 2 B, the Arches, Renaissance, Miss Moneypenny’s, The Honey Club, Fantazia, plus festival appearances at Creamfields, Global Gathering, Hi-Fi, V Festival and B-Live. He played at his beloved Hacienda over 30 times and was a resident at the club’s sister venue “Dry” for five years. He featured 8 times on MTV’s Dancefloor Chart Tour across the UK & Ireland. From 2002 to 2003 he held residencies in London at his own “Northern Scum” and “DJ Deathmatch” nights.
In 1999 he was named by Musik Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Dance Music, was featured in the books “Manchester, England” , “Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel” and Simon Morrison’s recent book “Discombobulated:Dispatches from the other side of wrongness” plus countless features and interviews in Mixmag, DJ, BBM, IDJ, The Big Issue and plenty of local and national press. On the other side of the keyboard, David reviewed records for DMC Update magazine and wrote a weekly column for their sister magazine “Seven”. David also served as a judge for 3 years on the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards.
Some of his more memorable experiences included playing for the Spice Girls (!) 3 times at their end of tour parties, for Motown Records’ 40th birthday party at the Cannes Film Festival, the Mysteryland Festival in Holland, DJ-in in a living room in Stockport with Take That’s Howard Donald, playing in the infamous subterranean Manumission Workers’ Bar in Privilege, at three Creamfields festivals and at private parties for Simply Red, Take That, MTV Europe, London Records, Talkin’ Loud, and Virgin Records. His guilty secret is that he was the DJ at Billie Piper’s 16th Birthday party!
In 2008, he began to remix with his fellow Hed Kandi DJ Andy Daniels under the name of Triple Dee, and has since remixed artists such as Simply Red, Cevin Fisher, Warren Clarke, Wawa & Herd and Dennis Christopher with a trademark sound of big room, peak time, hands in the air remixes, all of which were licenced to dozens of compilations around the world. February 2010 also saw the release on Hed Kandi of the Triple Dee remix of the classic “Fade” by Solu Music, which was widely seen as the best of the new remixes and they are back in the studio currently working on their first solo single.
After six and a half years with Hed Kandi, he made the decision in January 2010 to resign from the brand and to go it alone once again, focusing on remixing, radio shows and of course, getting behind the decks once again in clubs where he feels most at home. David joined the cutting edge Club Brand Pukka Up as an international resident and played for them twice last year at Space Ibiza and produced their weekly Pukka Up Ibiza Radio Show throughout the summer. He also joined the resident team for the Queer and Essential venues in Manchester’s Gay Village and the resident team of Gatecrasher.