Dana Kelley's sound and music has made a major impact on the House scene since 1995. He has worked on such labels as Strictly Rhythm, Guidance, Subliminal, and a Whole lot more. DJ's worldwide have played a remix of DKMA or an original track of Dana's from Louis Vega to Chris Fortier, evidence that Dana's influence has cross genre appeal. Growing up in Roxbury Massachusetts, in a single parent household, Dana's musical influence started with his mother. Ophelia played numerous R&B hits that are considered classics by today's house folk. George Benson, MFSB, O'Jays, and Herbie Hancock. Ophelia enrolled her children into the Elma Lewis School of Performing Arts, where he excelled as a classical violinist, selected as a Suzuki violinist, was chosen with 5 other students to play for Chinese embassy. Music is not the only passion, art as a whole was exposed to Dana. At the age of 16, Dana demonstrated a flair for fashion illustration, and won a 2 year scholarship to the Museum School of Fine Arts.
The dream of illustration was cut short, since growing up in a tensely racially segregated city - Boston; Dana was the victim of a senseless act of violence because of his skin color. A year of recuperation followed, where Dana's renewed interest in music emerged. The Paradise Garage , alas Larry Levan, was the turning point for Dana. Dana purchased an EPS sampler, and started writing music. In 1994, Dana approached DJ Bruno at Boston Beat with a cheesy demo of tracks he was working on. Bruno called Dana and told him to stop sitting on the music, and recommended house labels to send a demo to. Kult, Strictly Rhythm and Eightball received demos, and 3 days later Gladys Pizzarro called with an offer Dana could not refuse. Krimp was born, a name derived from the locks Dana cut the day before to look for work in Boston. This was the beginning of something truly special.
Dana received accolades from Louis Vega, Frankie Feliciano, Armand Van Helden and DJ Sneak for the different sound he brought to Strictly Rhythm - rough gritty tech house. At the time no one knew what to call the music but deep and he was featured on the "Next Generation EP". "This is Krimp" was the last and best of the Krimp series for Strictly Rhythm and in 1997, Dana played also a part in the UK revolution called Speed Garage. A bassline from "In the Spirit" was sampled numerous times and was released on Strictly Rhythm as Praxis featuring Kathy Brown "Turn me Out". Beside a lot of releases on labels like Strictly Rhythm, Contrast Records, 4th Floor Recordings, Chug Recordings and Subliminal Records he also released his first album on Plastic City under the name "DKMA presents Andrastea".
Hot! Free Download: DKMA presents Andrastea - On Ya Andrastea
Interview with Dana Kelley aka DKMA feat. Andrastea