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Danzel performing at Q-music
Background information
Birth name Johan Waem
Born (1976-11-09) 9 November 1976 (age 41)[citation needed]
Beveren, Belgium
Genres Dance
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Magic Records
Website www.danzel.eu

Danzel (born Johan Waem,[1] 9 November 1976) is a Belgian musician, who reached the number 11 in the UK Singles Chart in November 2004 with the single, "Pump It Up!".[1]

Musical career[edit]

"You Are All Of That" was Danzel's first single, released by Ministry Of Sound in late 2003. It sampled Sylvester James's Hi-NRG Classic hit "Do you wanna funk?" It reached number 69 in the UK Dance Chart. The single was not promoted outside the UK and Ireland, where it peaked at Number 85.[citation needed]

"Pump It Up!" was Danzel's second single, remixing a late 1990s hit originally recorded by the Black & White Brothers. The single was released by Ministry Of Sound UK and did relatively well, selling more than 500,000 copies worldwide.[citation needed] In the singles' charts it reached number 11 in the UK, number 7 in Germany, number 11 in France and number 9 in Australia. In the more specific dance and club charts it did even better, becoming number 2 in the UK, number 3 in Australia and number 15 in the US.

"Put Your Hands Up in the Air!" was the third single from Danzel, released in 2005. This is a remix of Black and White Brothers' hit song with the same title from 1998. The single was released in the UK in May 2005, but did not chart in the UK Official Singles Chart. The single was a hit in the UK Dance Chart, reaching the Number 6 and was a hit in the UK clubs. The single was released one month later in Europe and Asia, but it has not generated much interest outside the UK, peaking at the #40 in Ireland and France, and in Germany peaked at #52. In the US, the single charted only in the USA Chart.

Danzel's fourth single, "My Arms Keep Missing You" was released again by Ministry Of Sound, in the summer of 2006. It was a cover of the 1988 single with the same name by British singer Rick Astley, done with Belgian DJ F.R.A.N.K. The single did not perform as well as "Pump It Up!", charting in Australia, peaking at the position Number 74. It was also released in the Spain, but only as a physical release. The single had a minor success in the clubs of Ibiza. In Spain, the single was included in a summer compilation album called Disco Estrella Volume 9, which was released by the Spanish record label ValeMusic Spain, a subsidiary of SonyBMG Spain. The single was released in late 2006 in the UK, and featured in the UK Dance Chart, rising to Number 9.


Studio albums[edit]

  • 2004 - The Name of the Jam
  • 2008 - Unlocked'´


Year Singles Chart positions
2003 "You Are All of That" 30 9 34 24 61 49
2004 "Pump It Up!" 3 5 8 6 4 8 10 16 52 5 11
2005 "Put Your Hands Up in the Air!" 56 34 14 40 52 77 74
2006 "My Arms Keep Missing You" 15
2007 "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" 32
2008 "Clap Your Hands" 64
"What Is Life"
2010 "Under Arrest" 30
2015 "Stronger"


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 140. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.