The Philia Story

Philia (aka Dan Giffin) is a drummer, producer, DJ, and educator originating from Ohio. Dan combines his Jazz roots with funky, melodic bass music to create a truly unique and distinct sound.  


It's not uncommon for Philia songs to include fun samples of anything from goats to champagne bottles, while morphing them smoothly into songs.  

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In 2013, Dan moved from Ohio to New York City to study music technology, eventually becoming an Ableton Certified Trainer. Over the years he began teaching his skills and landed opportunities in the studio and on stage with artists like Mac Miller, The Band Perry, etc. He later trained under Electronic Creatives, a Los Angeles based team of engineers doing playback for The Grammy's, and today's biggest mainstream artists. Dan is also the host for the Ableton Music Producer Podcast, interviewing today's major producers and Ableton Live users. 

In early 2022, Philia relocated to Denver, Colorado where he continues to produce and perform music, while teaching his skills online to upcoming artists at as well as several universities.

When not performing solo, Dan plays with the Philia Live Band, adding heavy hitting saxophone, keys and other live instruments. 

Philia (Ancient Greek: φιλία)

brotherly love; intimate friendship


A Long Long Time Ago...

Dan was 13 years old when his dad bought him a drum set, encouraging him to pursue music. Weeks later, his father unexpectedly died, fueling Dan's passion to become a musician and artist.


Growing up in a small town, Dan traveled out of state to jazz camps around the USA to further develop his skills, and eventually moved to New York to study at Dubspot, a well-recognized underground music school where he was introduced to producing electronic music.


While in New York, Dan spent late nights networking with DJ's and producers at clubs, expanding his musical influences and further developing his creative genius.

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Dan began remixing songs while performing live drums on top of them, entering talent shows and winning several performance contests across the Midwest, USA. After struggling to pay the bills while doing music full-time in NYC, Dan moved to Indianapolis, IN where his family relocated. 


While working at a local donut shop to pay the bills, he began teaching music production and performance to other artists touring the Midwest, USA, building him a growing reputation in the music scene and eventually providing opportunities to collaborate with Mac Miller, The Band Perry, and other Grammy Artists.

While still working on his own music in the late evenings at home and teaching during the day, Dan started collaborating with local musicians in the jazz scene. Dan reached out to his longtime hometown friend on bass guitar, and a saxophonist he met at a local club. The three boys instantly vibed together while writing music and jamming, forming the Philia Live Band. 


Philia Live Band shows include jazzy bass-infused music, with blissful-uplifting vibes, creating a crowd-engaging and memorable experience.


The word "PHILIA" comes from the ancient Greek word "brotherly-love".

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