DC Nightlife: Dawit Eklund’s Dance Floor

Dawit Eklund is a Virginia-born, D.C.-based dance music producer. (Photo: The Washington Post)

The Washington Post

By Chris Richards

There’s room for you on Dawit Eklund’s dance floor

Citizens of the nightlife know that dance music is humanity’s most miraculous form of communication. Think about it: With the help of various sound-machines, an individual creates some artificial rhythms that, upon being dispersed in the open air, compel variegated mobs to register their emotional excitement by shaking their collective tail feather.

So it makes a lot of sense to learn that Dawit Eklund was one of those Beltway kiddos whose parents’ careers required the family to spend big chunks of his childhood abroad — in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and elsewhere. Now, at 25, Eklund has emerged as one of Washington’s most exciting dance music producers — but it’s not because he’s splicing styles from around the globe, it’s because he spent a lot of his young life learning how to communicate with different kinds of people.

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