An enigma of individuality, Danielle Johnson aka Danz aka Computer Magic is her own sound. Fueled by an obsession with music stemming back to growing up in the Catskills of New York, music has always been her mainstay.
Danz joined the NYC music scene at 18 as a DJ and Promoter, eventually leaving her studies at Hunter College to focus strictly on her music career. Her party roster as a DJ included Ruff Club and Germs with Denny Le Nimh and Spencer Product, Saturdays at the TriBeca Grand for GBH, Space at the Darkroom with Dev Hynes, and Movie Night at the Darkroom with Anton Glamb.
Eventually she took the next step toward something she had yet to do, develop her own music. Danz relocated to her Mother’s in Tampa, Florida where she began teaching herself to create music in Ableton. The result was Computer Magic – a solid mesh of space-like dance beats and personable, sweetheart lyrics; Computer Magic melds the human and the machine. “When I was younger, one of my favorite movies was Blade Runner. And after I saw it, I read ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,’ the Philip K. Dick book that inspired that movie. I loved the book, I loved the movie and it was just such a cool subject – what’s going to happen in the future, robots being hardly detectable among humans – that it was an interesting thing to play on.”
Danz returned to New York and with drummer Chris Egan – another darling of the New York scene, who’s played with Solange Knowles, Turing Machine, Har Mar Superstar, and Adam Green – started performing live. Two years later and Computer Magic has just finished a tour in Japan, while simultaneously releasing Scientific Experience, a compilation album (P-vine & Tugboat Records). They will be releasing a debut full length album this summer. “The idea is to keep improving, to become the best I can. It’ll have the same kind of theme: 1970s science fiction and the vintage future.”