Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith
Dean is what you would call a DJ’s DJ… a man who truly understands music and one of the UK’s most respected underground DJ’s and producers. He has been a frontline DJ sharing the more eclectic and soulful side of dance music for over a quarter of a century
Dean was one of the key members of the Garden Festival team based in Croatia, over the Festivals colourful history, Dean spent his summers sharing the sunshine sounds for a number of the key events namely – The Garden Festival, Southport weekender’s – Suncebeat, Soundwave, Electric Elephant and Stop making Sense. He still contused to play at Suncebeat and the new Love International Festival which is due to replace The Garden Festival in 2016.
Dean also promotes and programs one of the UK’s finest seasonal events – The Great Outdoors. Taking place each and every spring / summer at the award winning outdoor garden space of The Lord Clifden in Dean’s home city of Birmingham. It is now in its 4th year and invites some of the scenes finest selectors to share their sounds on a high end sound system to an appreciative audience.
He’s well respected for his love of the after hours slower darker house sound. Supporting and promoting the likes of Andy Weatherall’s A.L.F.O.S events, Jamie Paton, Craig Bratley, Crimes of the Future, Mushrooms project etc..
Having played throughout the globe at some of the most iconic clubs and venues in the world. To ask whom Dean has appeared alongside would be like viewing a who’s who of Dance music culture. He has shared the sounds with them all! From legends such as David Mancuso, Frankie knuckles, Francois K through Andrew Weatherall, DJ Harvey, Derrick Carter, Norman Jay, Giles Peterson to the new breed with artists like Eats everything, Nicolas Jaar, Metro area, Young Marco etc…
Dean is a true visionary – welcoming change and always moving forward yet still a master of the fading art – a DJ Journeyman taking in the soulful sounds of the dance music spectrum from past to present – If you want to feel the love and the warmth and be truly inspired, then Dean is most definitely your man. They don’t call him ‘Sunshine’ for nothing!
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