Danzel

Johan Waem

This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.danzel.be, http://www.myspace.com/danzelmusic, http://www.facebook.com/people/Johan-Waem/1542166831

Discography of Danzel:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Pump It Up! 4 Audio 2004 541
2 Pump It Up 3 Audio 2003-12-10 Not On Label
3 Pump It Up! 3 Audio 2004-06-17 Superstar Recordings
4 Pump It Up! (Remixes) 2 Audio 2004-06-17 Superstar Recordings
5 You Are All Of That 2 Audio 2004 541
6 Pump It Up 7 Audio 2004-09-00 Data Records
7 Pump It Up! (Remixes) 4 Audio 2004-09-23 Ultra Records
8 Pump It Up 3 Audio 2004-10-00 Data Records
9 Pump It Up! 2 Audio 2004 541
10 Pump It Up! 4 Audio 2004-11-22 Central Station
11 Pump It Up 3 Audio 2004-10-25 Data Records
12 Pump It Up 4 Audio 2004 Motivo Productions
13 Pump It Up 3 Audio 2004 Ultra Records
14 You Are All Of That 3 Audio 2004 541
15 Put Your Hands Up In The Air! 3 Audio 2005-05-23 541
16 You Are All Of That (The Mixes) 4 Audio 2004 Superstar Recordings
17 Put Your Hands Up In The Air! 3 Audio 2005-05-20 541
18 Put Your Hands Up In The Air! 4 Audio 2005-06-00 Superstar Recordings
19 Put Your Hands Up In The Air! 6 Audio 2005-07-00 Big Star Records
20 Put Your Hands Up In The Air! 4 Audio 2005-07-00 Universal Licensing Music (ULM)
21 Home Again 2 Audio 2004 541
22 Put Your Hands Up In The Air! 4 Audio 2005-10-00 Ritmica Records
23 Pump It Up 7 Audio 2004-10-25 Data Records
24 My Arms Keep Missing You 3 Audio 2006-03-06 541
25 My Arms Keep Missing You 3 Audio 2006-04-10 541
26 My Arms Keep Missing You 7 Audio 2007-03-01 Data Records
27 Pump It Up 3 Audio 2004 Superstar Recordings
28 Pump It Up! 5 Audio 2004
29 You Never Know (Remixes) / Pump It Up (Remixes) 10 Audio 2004 Big Star Records
30 Pump It Up! 4 Audio 2004
31 You Are All Of That 5 Audio 2004 Big Star Records
32 Pump It Up! 5 Audio 2004 Tanga Records
33 You Spin Me Round 4 Audio 2007 The Dance Division
34 Pump It Up! 6 Audio 2004 Tanga Records
35 Clap Your Hands 3 Audio 2008-06-30 541
36 My Arms Keep Missing You 3 Audio 2006-04-10 The Dance Division
37 Pump It Up 3 Audio 2004-10-00 Data Records
38 The Name Of The Jam! 14 Audio 2005 Superstar Recordings
39 Pump It Up! (New Mixes) 5 Audio 2004 541
40 My Arms Keep Missing You 3 Audio 2006 The Dance Division
41 Pump It Up! 6 Audio 2004
42 The Name Of The Jam! 19 Audio 2004 Sony Music
43 You Spin Me Round 3 Audio 2007 Not On Label
44 Clap Your Hands 3 Audio 2008 The Dance Division
45 Under Arrest 5 Audio 2010-05-10 Little Julian Records
46 The Name Of The Jam! 17 Audio 2005 Big Star Records
47 Pump It Up! 3 Audio 2004 Big Star Records
48 Pump It Up! 4 Audio 2004 Universal Licensing Music (ULM)
49 Jump 4 Audio The Dance Division
50 My Arms Keep Missing You 3 Audio The Dance Division


Johan Waem, aka Danzel, was one of the final 20 contestants of the Belgian version of Idol (called Idool 2003). "Idol" is a worldwide spread television show which tries to determine who is the country’s hottest, new musical talent.

Three thousand youngsters participated and only 20 were selected for the big final. Danzel was one of those lucky twenty. It was his chance to show the world what he was capable of.

And, his performance did not stay unnoticed: he proved to have a very remarkable, soulful voice and an enticing personality. The down-to-earth chap with spiky hair and blue glasses left a very good impression. Not in the least on the ladies, we might add. No wonder that he reached the finals.

Johan has always been interested in singing. He has been playing music for years and was one of the members of band Scherp op de Snee, in which he sang and played the bass guitar. Apart from that he has been a backing singer for the L.A. Band, which does a lot of gigs with many famous Belgian musicians. But, Johan does more: he plays the piano and guitar, and, being an all round musician and entertainer, he also composes and writes his own lyrics. By the way, did you know he worked as a DJ-entertainer in a karaoke bar? Well, that is where he developed his excellent MC-skills…

Idool 2003 gave Johan the chance to dedicate his life to music and record his debut-single ‘Pump it up’. He used the artist name Danzel, a name which refers to Johan’s favourite actor: Denzel Washington.

‘Pump it up’ is a remake of a song by Mix Masters "In the mix". Danzel’s remake was released at the end of 2003, only on 300 copies. A limited edition on yellow vinyl. People reacted very enthusiastically. The record was picked up by Airplay Records (France) and The Underdog Project producers (DJ Frank and Andy Janssens, also the producer of Kate Ryan) complimented Danzel on his version. The videoclip for the song was shot in a striptease club downtown Ghent. The ladies in the video are all regular clients of the hip Culture Club, which is - according to the Britisch Sunday Times Magazine – ‘the coolest place on earth’. On the annual music fair Midem (Cannes, France – last week of January) Danzel was licensed to the rest of Europe and some other, far away countries (eg. South Africa will release Danzel’s work). At the Midem Closing Party the famous French DJ Charles Schillings – who played after Pete Tong – played ‘Pump it Up’ two times during his set.

That's how it all began !


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