Biography – 2000
Anthony Teasdale (Mixmag)
It’s hard to keep a quality Saturday night house club going in these days of corporate superclubs and worldwide clubbing tours. In a major city at least you can rely on a big population to help you out, but out of places like London, Liverpool and Manchester it’s hard to keep the vibe going. Which is why Danny Franks, resident DJ at the much praised Silk @ Enzo’s in Salisbury is so unique.
This is a man who not only DJ’s but co-promotes what must be the best long running house night in the south west ( It started in 1996 ). And it’s not some barn full of bumpkins either. Enzo’s is transformed on Saturday’s into a perfect clubbing environment complete with sumptuous decor and firing sound system filled with quality clubbers all ready to party, to lose themselves and their troubles. It’s what’s been keeping dancers going for years; the chance to lose it, to be who you want to be, to forget your job and your lousy boss for just a few hours once a week. And at Enzo’s they do it to Danny’s soundtrack.
Entering the club when Danny plays you’re struck immediately by the intensity of his sound, the fusion of deep bass and soaring synth riffs that echo round the club, assaulting the senses. But more than that you’re taken with the devotion that the Silk crowd show him. During the other DJ’s sets you can sense that the locals aren’t too bothered about the guest spinners, they’re merely waiting for, what is to them, the main event. And when Danny comes on for those final two hours and mixes that first track in, the club explodes. Franks is a true resident, working out every week what the crowd will go for, educating and entertaining them with his mix of deep or uplifting trance and harder house, adding breaks here and there when it suits him. This is a DJ on top of his profession.
Of course, it would be easy for him to rest on his laurels, after all Silk would be hard to top, but Danny’s not like that, he’s never satisfied. His guest spots have taken him all over the country. He’s played at The Zap, Brighton, Heaven, Ministry of Sound, London, and several guest mixes on Ministry Radio’s “Tranced Out” show just to name a few, playing alongside every, and I mean every big name in the business. Danny Franks’ career is taking off. Watch this lad, as all the best football managers say.