In 1997 Daan and Rudy Trouvé, ex-dEUS-gitarist, met and they decided to found Dead Man Ray. Their sound was rather experimental, energetic and highly melodic, but the real break- trough failed to occur. In 1999 Daan came up with his first solo record “Profools”. A complex puzzle of organs, guitars and absurd lyrics. It was only by the time his second album was released that Daan got his first real 15 minutes of fame: the release of “Bridge Burner” with the massive hitsingle “Swedish Designer Drugs”, which was accompanied by a videoclip, full of cowboys and Nilfisk vaccuumcleaners.
The album sounded as diverse as “Profools”, but a lot more electric and danceable. In the meanwhile Daan was on the look-out for his live band to tour with and soon he got some of the finest musicians playing together. His fifteen minutes of fame, became a couple of years when later on “Victory”, his third solo record, was released, containing hits such as the clubclassic “Housewife” and sing-a-long titelsong “Victory”. Daan received gold in no time thanks to both singles. The third single to be taken from this album was this mid-tempo sexy song, called “Addicted”. Eventually the live band consisted of 6 people, including a male backing vocalist and a female drummer. Then, at the end of 2006 “The Player” entered the building: Daan's fourth solo record of which the melancholic titeltrack becomes a great succes, as well as the videoclip that came along. Next single to be released was “Promis Q”, a provocative and completely wrong single, once again accompanied by an unique video, shot in the Alpes by the Mont Blanc, showing German influences like Heino. Medio 2007 “The Player” was published pan- European. The new album, Manhay, was released in Belgium in 2009, and was immediately accompanied by a cosy, intimate club tour. End 2009 Daan has been nominated for 5 Music Industry Awards: Album, solo artist male, music video, author-composer & artwork. He eventually won the last 4. The Hit Single „Icon“ peaked the Charts at No. 2 and in the video Daan again re-launched the unique Nilfisk vacuumcleaner for a bigger audience.