The notepad: Daniyal Shah

DJ Daniyal Shah jots down the tracks that have inspired him and influenced his work

April 03, 2016

DJ Daniyal Shah has played at some of Toronto’s hottest spots and founded Studio G in Lahore. He jots down the tracks that have inspired him and influenced his work

Grand National — Talk Amongst Yourselves

This is the opening Track from Sasha’s album Involver 1. The entire album is out of this world and was a decade ahead of its time, but this track in particular opened up a whole new dimension in underground electronic music for me. Till this day, it gives me goosebumps every time I play or hear it.

Moby — Porcelain


This track was featured in the soundtrack of the movie The Beach. At the time, this was a completely unique sound that I was not familiar with, and because I love exploring new sounds, this track means a lot to me. I would describe it as having a down-tempo acid house feel.

Hot Natured feat Ali Love — Benediction

This track brings energy to the dance floor. After playing hours of upbeat, groovy and techno beats, its tracks like these I close my set off with. It mellows the crowd down and finishes on a euphoric note. You could call it ‘the calm after the storm.’

Deep Dish — Flashdance

This track really gripped me and helped me transition to House music. It’s a true gem.

Sarah McLachlan — Sweet Surrender (Tiesto Remix)

My taste in music has evolved with time, but like many of you I started off listening to DJ/producers like Tiesto, John Digweed, Sasha, and Paul van Dyk. In my opinion this has to be the best Tiesto remix of all time because of its deep and meaningful vocals and Sarah McLachlan’s soulful voice.

Mihai Popoviciu — Closer (El Mundo Remix)

Remixed by two of my favourite producers, this track represents my current style of music. I like to use a lot of effects and loops in my sets to create a unique sound. It’s clean tracks like this that I turn to in order to express my style and make it my own.


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