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Daniel Lesden

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Daniel Lesden
Birth nameDaniel Sokolovskiy
BornSeptember 27, 1987
OriginMoscow, Russia
GenresProgressive House, Techno, Psytrance
Occupation(s)DJ, music producer, A&R manager
Years active2011–present
LabelsJOOF Recordings

Daniel Lesden (real name is Daniel Sokolovskiy, born on September 27, 1987) is an electronic dance music producer, DJ, A&R..[1] from Moscow, Russia. He has had releases on such record labels as JOOF Recordings, Perfecto Fluoro, Iono Music, Digital Om Productions, Ovnimoon Records and more. He has performed in Switzerland[2], Hungary[3], United Kingdom[4], Greece[5], Israel[6], Russia[7], and also The Netherlands[8] is being on his upcoming gigs list[9].

Rave Podcast is his monthly mix broadcast on Digitally Imported.[10]

Music career[edit]

Daniel Lesden has started his music career as a Psytrance producer, but in 2019 he moved forward musically towards Progressive and Techno music.[11]

Over the course of his career, Daniel Lesden made many guest appearances in various radio shows, hosted by Lisa Lashes[12], Christopher Lawrence[13], Simon Patterson[14], John 00 Fleming[15], and many more.

Charts and press[edit]

His second artist album titled '2000 Years Ahead' was the top-selling CD on Psyshop[16] and reached #2 in the Top-100 chart on Beatport[17].

The style change turned into success for Daniel Lesden. The first single he introduced after the shift from Psytrance to Progressive music, 'Breaking From The Shadows', has become the most popular release of JOOF Recordings on Beatport that year[18] and is getting close to 100.000 streams on Spotify[19]

Open To Close sets[edit]

In 2019, Daniel Lesden played his first 5-hour 'Open To Close' set to showcase the broad musical palette he's got over the years as a DJ. Later on, in 2020, he played a 6-hour 'Open To Close' set.[20]

Rave Podcast[edit]

In February 2011, Daniel Lesden introduced Rave Podcast as his regular mix series. One year later, in November 2012, Rave Podcast became a monthly broadcast on Progressive Psy channel of Digitally Imported radio[21]. It was mainly focused on Psychedelic music at first, and over the past years featured guest mixes from artists like Astral Projection, Vini Vici, Mindwave, Beat Bizarre, Ovnimoon, Flowjob, Sonic Species, and more credible artists.[22]

On September 2018, Daniel Lesden took a break[23] from hosting Rave Podcast, and returned to his duty half a year later[24] with a new format, focusing on Progressive and Techno to reflect his new music direction as an artist.

From now on, Rave Podcast is broadcast every second Friday of each month on Progressive channel of Digitally Imported radio, and also available as a podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Spotify playlist.[25]

A&R duties[edit]

Daniel Lesden meets John 00 Fleming on his gig in London, UK, at Dance:Love:Hub party at The Egg Club. October 14, 2017. Photo by Robert Stainforth.
Daniel Lesden playing a DJ set alongside Astrix in Moscow. December 12, 2018. Photo by Alpaca Agency.
Daniel Lesden is playing a 5-hour 'Open To Close' in Moscow. April 20, 2019. Photo by Pavel Tzimisce.

In January 2015, Daniel Lesden has been invited as an A&R manager to JOOF Recordings[1], a British underground record label originally set up by John 00 Fleming in 1998. Daniel helps the label team with listening to incoming demos, scouting new talents, and internal communication. He retains this position to the present day.

Advice series[edit]

Daniel Lesden is a strong advocate of education in the music industry[26]. In 2015, Daniel has introduced the advice series in his blog where he's answering the questions he gets sent on DJing, production, marketing, business, and more topics of the music industry. As of today, he has written over a hundred educational articles and behind the scenes.[27]

His articles also has been published on DJ Tech Tools[28] and Tinkoff Journal[29]

Rave People[edit]

In 2019, Daniel Lesden and his mates created an event company called Rave People, focusing on small underground raves in Moscow[30]. They've managed to run five successful events so far, with the sixth and other planned parties being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Studio Albums
Year Title Record label
2017 2000 Years Ahead[32] Digital Om Productions
2014 Chronicles Of The Universe[33][34] JOOF V2
Singles and EPs
Year Title Record title
2020 To Be Revealed soon JOOF Recordings
2019 Breaking From The Shadows[35] JOOF Recordings
2019 Constellations (with Tim Bourne) Digital Om Productions
2018 Confront Reality (with Mechanimal) Digital Om Productions
2018 The Last Of Our Kind Iono Music
2017 Existence Digital Om Productions
2017 Arrival Digital Om Productions
2016 Another Earth: Remixed Digital Om Productions
2016 Surreal JOOF Recordings
2015 Enuma Elish[36] JOOF V2
2015 Genesis (with Cosmithex) JOOF V2
2015 Another Earth Digital Om Productions
2015 Life Simulation JOOF Recordings
2015 Thru The Stars Digital Om Productions
2015 Aurora (with Mekka) Borderline Music
2014 Mirai (feat. Spinney Lainey) JOOF V2
2014 Imitation Of Life (with Argonnight) Tandava Records
2013 Space Form Tandava Records
2013 Mars One Synergetic Records
2012 Illusion Of Reality Synergetic Records
2012 Contact Ovnimoon Records
Daniel Lesden Remixes
Year Original artist Title Label
2015 You Are My Salvation As The Horizon Comes Closer Research & Development
2014 Christopher Lawrence, Jonathan Allyn[37] The Human Element Pharmacy Music
2014 John 00 Fleming Healing JOOF Recordings
2014 Whirloop Feel The Effect JOOF V2
2013 Ace Ventura Presence Not On Label
2013 Mac & Monday Yoruba Borderline Music
2013 Lyctum Galactic Society Synergetic Records
2013 Magnus Signal Strength Not On Label

Personal life[edit]

Daniel Lesden has double citizenship in Russia and Israel. In 2013 he moved from Moscow to Israel where he lived for five years, and in 2018 he returned back.[38]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "John 00 Fleming welcomes Daniel Lesden to the JOOF Recordings team". Twitter. February 2, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Daniel Lesden Interview | Shankra Festival | 10 - 15 July 2018". Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  3. "Star Pathway, Verőce (Hungary)". goabase ॐ parties and people. Retrieved 2020-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Dance:Love:Hub The Evolution". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  5. "PLUR Festival 2017, Greece". Psy Trance Events Worldwide. 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2020-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Daniel Lesden Live @ Tel Aviv, Comfort 13". March 7, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Astrix at Izvestiya Hall in Moscow". (in русский). Retrieved 2020-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Luminosity Beach Festival 2021 Lineup". Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Daniel Lesden Gigs". Daniel Lesden Official Website. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Rave Podcast with Daniel Lesden". DI.FM. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  11. "Where I'm going to musically". May 16, 2019. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "Lisa Lashes announces Daniel Lesden in Lashed Podcast". August 2, 2014. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Christopher Lawrence announces Daniel Lesden in Rush Hour". January 15, 2015. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "Simon Patterson announces Daniel Lesden in Open Up". Twitter. August 1, 2013. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "John 00 Fleming announces Daniel Lesden in Global Trance Grooves". September 9, 2015. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. "Digital Om Productions: Daniel Lesden album is at highest selling position". February 5, 2017. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. "'2000 Years Ahead' Evolution In Beatport Charts". Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. "JOOF Recordings Beatport Charts". Retrieved 2020-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. Breaking From The Shadows, retrieved 2020-08-10
  20. "Daniel Lesden Open To Close". Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. "DI.FM Progressive Psy introduces Rave Podcast". Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  22. "Rave Podcast radio show on DI.FM". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  23. "Stepping aside". Facebook. September 30, 2018. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  24. "Rave Podcast is coming back!". May 1, 2019. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  25. "Rave Podcast official website". Daniel Lesden. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  26. "Interview with Trance Magazine". July 3, 2016. Archived from the original on June 6, 2017. Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  27. "Daniel Lesden Advice". Retrieved 2020-08-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  28. "How To Send Demos To Record Labels". DJ TechTools. 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  29. "Сколько стоит быть электронным музыкантом". Т—Ж (in русский). 2018-09-12. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  30. "Андеграундные рейвы в камерном формате". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  31. "Daniel Lesden discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  32. "[Review] Daniel Lesden – 2000 Years Ahead [Artist Album] - TranceMag". 2017-04-12. Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  33. "Your EDM Album Review: Daniel Lesden - Chronicles Of The Universe [J00F Recordings]". Your EDM. 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  34. "Daniel Lesden Album Review by Trance for Infinity". Trance for Infinity. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  35. "Breaking From The Shadows is out on JOOF Recordings". JOOF Recordings. Retrieved 2020-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  36. "Enuma Elish review in Zone Magazine (Ireland), Issue 008, by journalist Danny Slade". 2016-03-14. Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2020-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  37. "Trance: Christopher Lawrence & Jonathan Allyn - The Human Element (Daniel Lesden Remix) [Pharmacy Music]". Your EDM. 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  38. "Пять лет в Израиле: плюсы и минусы". Daniel Lesden Blog (in русский). Retrieved 2020-08-10.

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