Few individuals can claim to have done so much for musical exchange across the globe as Berlin based DJ, producer, journalist and label boss Daniel Haaksman. With the release of his 2004 compilation "Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats" he introduced the sound of Rio ́s favelas for the first time to a global audience, parallely creating the genre term „Baile Funk“ (in Brasil, the music is called „Funk Carioca“).
From 2005 Daniel gave the sound of Rio De Janeiro its own platform and the Berlin treatment and started Man Recordings, today considered one of the leading international labels in tropical bass music. Man Recordings has released countless records by artists such as such as Diplo, Schlachthofbronx, Crookers, Bert On Beats or Daniel Haaksman himself amongst others, as well as the creme of Brazilian artists such as Deize Tigrona, João Brasil, Lovefoxxx, Marina Gasolina or Edu K.
Daniel´s own musical output includes various EP releases, the „Rambazamba“ album, plus dozens of smashing, official remixes for artists such as Ray Baretto, Gotan Project, Bonde Do Rolê, Schlachthofbronx, Waldemar Bastos or Lord Nelson amongst others. As a DJ, he has travelled the world and played countless clubs, festivals and events, from Hollywood wedding parties to gunman patrolled bailes in Rio´s favelas. His party friendly mix of baile funk, house, trap, bubbling, kuduro and everything in between has excited audiences everywhere. Daniel knows no musical rules, except for one: A DJ has to rock the party.
Since 2013 Daniel hosts the weekly radio mix show „Luso FM“ on German public radio „WDR Funkhaus Europa“. In February 2016, Daniel released his second album "African Fabrics" to international acclaim. Currently, he´s working on a live show version of "African Fabrics. 2017 saw the release of his "Remixes 2008-2017" which featured some of his best remixes of the last decade. Daniel released his new album "With Love, From Berlin" in January 2019 to much critical acclaim, including the tropical slow-jam "La Añoranza" ft. Coco Maria, Dengue Dengue Dengue + Ori Kaplan as well as "Corpo / Sujeito" ft. Cibelle