Ryan Dent is one of the most influential DJ’s, producers and songwriters in South Africa. Having been in the scene for 16years he is the DJ that has taking our local beats to an international level.
Earlier in his career he won numerous awards (2001: SA City Life DJ & UDMA Deep House DJ & Overall Best DJ, SL Magazine DJ of 2001, SA City Life DJ of 2000, Epic Magazine DJ of 1999), with this came the unqualified respect of his peers, and adulation on any dance floor. Proof that Ryan is a DJ to be reckoned with! As a producer and A&R on his own South African label, Platform Records, he forced the international dance scene to sit up and take notice of his unique Cape Town sound. His production success with “Haya” reaching No. 10 on 5FM Top40 is the tip of the iceberg, with vinyl releases on Dutch label Extrema, “Purple Ohm”, “Need It” & “FunkDust” through the world famous ‘Belgium StartStop Records’.
Ryan started mixing in early 1994 on inventive set-ups using twin amps and an array of music. Ryan has owned his own nightclub “Club Soda” and has released close to half a dozen albums. He has been nominated for various South African music awards and played live to over 15,000 people.
Ryan has been priveledged to open for Carl Cox, Deep Dish (Pharcyde), Fat Boy Slim, David Guetta, Basement Jaxx, Paul Oakenfold, Rafael Noronha, Emerson Todd, Dinky & has been resident at every house club in the Cape Town and Johannesburg. Commonly known as ‘The Dentist”, his raw energy & talent has taken him to Europe every year since 2001 to play alongside house legends Gene Farris, Derrick Carter & Tom Middleton from London to Paris to Amsterdam to Barcelona to Eindhoven!
When he is not dj’ing he is performing with his extremely successful dance meets rock band, Flash Republic.
Since 2006, Ryan has invested most of his time being an instrumental part in his band with singer/songwriter Tamara Dey and Craig Massiv. Their chart topping band is called Flash Republic. They have delivered 3 albums and a rack of singles (including last year’s monster hit ‘Twister’ and this year’s hits “Lonely’ & “In the Name of Dance”). Flash Republic have the respect of some of the dance world’s biggest-name remixes; among them Seamus Haji, StoneBridge, Thomas Gold, Prok & Fitch, Fonzerelli, Bellatrax and Henry John Morgan.
Given complete creative control to exhibit his full stratospheric dexterity on his decks, there is no telling where this sonic production alchemist might take you?
Open wide! This dentist operates on your soul!