Danny Kim is a classically-trained cellist, techno house DJ and a professional sound designer on over 50 feature films. He developed a lifelong passion for synthesizers through his interest as a teen in industrial and synth wave bands such as Front 242, Kraftwerk, Moby, Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and many more.
As a film student in Las Vegas, Danny began to DJ at the KUNV college radio station where Crystal Method got their start. He was booked to play several after hours clubs and raves in Las Vegas and the SF Bay Area. While on a hiatus from film school, Danny produced six episodes of a public access tv show called SETI that covered different aspects of the rave scene and featured performances from many local Bay Area DJ’s.
While working as a professional feature film sound editor in LA, Danny played as a DJ at several after hour clubs in Koreatown, Hollywood and DTLA. Danny partnered with a couple promoters to put on Club Spiral in Hollywood, which featured techno, house and progressive music.
In 2007, Danny made a highly influential trip to the Detroit Movement Festival, seeing Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Octave One, Bookashade, Hardfloor and many many more excellent performances set against downtown Detroit. The following year, Danny returned to Detroit to direct “Inside”, a music video homage to horror movies for the duo of Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperis aka ADULT.
Upon returning to LA, Danny became disillusioned with the commercialization of electronic dance music. Seeking something different, Danny was introduced to the indie electronic music scene with everything from chip tunes to circuit-bending and experimental noise. These shows largely resided in downtown LA loft and warehouses featuring performers such as Wet Mango, Gingee, Lofi Freq, Igor Amokian, Baseck and many more.
After a long public hiatus from music, Danny put together a modular synthesizer event series called Binary Society in 2016. Many hidden gems emerged from the Bay Area synth scene such as James Cigler, r beny, Haptic Synapses, m.0, Doug Lynner, Shipwreck Detective, Kurt Kurasaki, Vector Hold, Nathan Moody, Normalien, Mark Camp and Antacid. At the culmination of Binary, Danny brought in great performers from across the country such as Richard Devine, Baseck, Lightbath, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, SunFalls, Red Stripe Down and Patrick O’ Brien.
In 2018, Danny saw that the events were becoming unsustainably expensive and inefficient at reaching and educating audiences about the current synth scene and its rich history. Over the following year, Danny collaborated with several renowned musicians, artists and companies such as Robert Rich, Endorphin.es, Bill Wiatroski, Nathan Moody, Lisa Teng, Austin Cairns, Kurt Kurasaki and James Cigler to create Open Source, a multi-disciplinary arts journal dedicated to synthesizer culture and history, visual performance and art, and the creative journey.