As a child, George’s favourite toys were cassette tapes. His older sister’s interest in Disco music also played an important part on his ongoing love for soulful dance music. By 1987, he was influenced by the legendary “Flamingo” Disco club in Zurich, which it possibly was one of the first European clubs dedicated purely to House music. From that year, George begun to buy vinyl records and today he is well known for his in-depth background and huge knowledge of House & Disco music. Dan Piu’s record collection is extensive and it contains well over 10,000 records.
By the late 80´s, already known as a collector on the “vinyl scene”, he started deejaying at different clubs in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Encouraged by the success as a resident DJ in the hottest Zürich clubs ‘2. Akt’ and ‘Toni Molkerei’, he also started to produce his own tracks on his self-founded labels “No Acting Vibes” and “Motomusic”.
By using a variety of analogue synthesizers and analogue effects, Dan Piu’s productions are known for its pure and warm sounds. “The Shine EP” released in 1996, was followed by the “Limitless Expanses EP”, the “Innercity Terror EP” and the “Quenchy EP”. These were not only the result of his passion for working with machines, but also a homage to the DJ’s (Freddy Fresh, Terry Hunter, Jeff Mills, Todd Sines, Carl Craig) who included George’s productions on their Top Charts.
In 2006, he created “deepArtSounds“ (a mix-podcast platform for local DJ’s). In 2011, alongside Okan Akpinar and his former Label partner Roberto Pistolese, he launched deepArtSounds as a vinyl label, releasing deep and soulful house music by loads of international artists, as well as his own productions under the Project Name “Allstarr Motomusic”. In 2014 he contributed with his song "Little Trinidadian Girl" on Ernie's Top Label Minuendo. One year later in 2015, his debut EP "Beauty & Simplicity Vol. 1" was released on “Deep Explorer”. Very quickly it found the recognition of one of his musically idols: Ron Trent, who also released under his label later on, as well as other renowned producers as Glenn Underground and Anthony Nicholson, among others. In 2018, Grant and Dan Piu released a new self-titled collaborative album as Theory Of Movement which is being a true success. They both continue to work together as Theory Of Movement‘ and new monikers as well.
Dan Piu aka George is undoubtedly a sound aesthete. His sets are particularly emphasised by long mixes and quick changes through several music styles. They burst with energy and personality, and are aimed at the dancefloor without losing sight of their fundamental sound values.
George has played since the early 90´s at festivals and clubs such as “Rohstofflager”, “Toni Molkerei”, “Hive”, “Limmathaus”, “Streetparade”, “Club Q”, “2. Akt” and 4. Akt” in Zurich, Kantine Club in Ravensburg (Germany), “Club Stone”, “Cafe Berlin”, “Rauch Club”, “Cuba Club”and “Conrad Sohm Club” in Austria, “A1 Store” in New York City, “Studio 76”, “Siroco” and “El Amante” in Madrid, "Fuse" in Brussels and "Corsica Studios" in London,… among others.
George is also known as Filmmaker. He has launched his Music Documentary about the deep House scene in Madrid: “Exploring Madrid”.