Popular Belgian dance/pop band D.H.T. was formed in 2003 and features DJ Da Rick and singer Edmée Daenen. Prior to teaming up with Edmée, Da Rick had already made a name for himself as an award winning MC, DJ and producer since the mid 90s with artists including Sergeant Pepper, Da Boy Tommy and D&D and scored hits with 'Rumble', 'Halloween' and 'Candyman'. Usually credited as D.H.T. featuring Edmée, the initials D.H.T. initially stood for Danger Hardcore Team that they later changed to Dance House Trance, while more recently promotional and marketing material has suggested it now stands for Definite Hit Track. Earning themselves a reputation as a popular live club act the duo released a series of hit dance singles in their native Belgium including 'True Love' (No 29 in 2002), 'Magic Melody' (No 33 in 2003) and 'Uninvited' (No 33 in 2003) before releasing the track that would introduce them to charts further afield. Their interpretation of Roxette's 'Listen To Your Heart', released on the Hardbounze Record label was a Top 20 hit in Belgium, Australia, Ireland and Norway but did even better in France, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA where it reached No 7, No 10, No 7 and No 8 respectively in 2003. Edmée had only been fifteen when the band first started releasing records and was unable to perform live on stage until turning eighteen in 2003. Unfortunately the pair were unable to consolidate their overseas success and the subsequent singles 'My Dream' and 'Driver's Seat' (a cover of the popular Sniff 'N' The Tears 1979 radio hit of the same name) were Top 40 hits in Belgium only (in 2004 and 2005 respectively.) While 'Someone' and 'Sun' even failed to chart in their homeland, 'I Go Crazy' (written by Paul Davis who took it into the US Top 10 in 1978) became their biggest domestic hit reaching No 3 in 2006. The duo's debut album Listen To Your Heart was released in 2005 on Impart Productions in Belgium while licensing deals saw it issued on Robbins Entertainment in the USA and Ministry Of Sound Records in Australia later the same year and on Exit Tunes in Japan in 2006. Typical of many dance acts D.H.T. released several other variations and mixes including a dance edition and an unplugged version of the record. Despite their lack of major chart success tracks such as 2007's 'I Miss You' and their 2008 cover of Belinda Carlisle's 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' have made their music exceptionally popular on club dance floors across Europe. In 2009 they released the single 'Your Touch' and while missing the mainstream music charts it did enter the US Dance Radio Airplay Top 20.
Far from being elitist and committed to one particular style of music D.H.T.'s records reflect dance pop music in all its forms with songs such as 'Listen To Your Heart' and 'I Go Crazy' incorporating banging house and trance rhythms while their album also features several softer and more melodic ballads. More surprising still are their unplugged versions of songs including Janis Ian's 'At Seventeen', 'Listen To Your Heart' and 'Driver's Seat' which reveal not only Edmée's plaintive voice unadorned of studio processing but also some appealing piano and guitar playing that reveals the band as real musicians who use technology out of choice rather than being wholly reliant on it so as to cover up for any lack of musical talent. While their music could hardly be described as innovative or groundbreaking D.H.T. are far superior to many of the normal purveyors of this type of Euro-pop and despite their biggest hits having been cover versions Da Rick's original songs such as 'I Miss You', 'My Dream' and 'Why' show him to be a talented songwriter, musician and producer.
Outside the confines of the band Da Rick still plays out as a highly respected and in-demand DJ across Europe, regularly gigging in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany. He works as a producer and promoter and under his real name of Flor Theeuwes is a regular speaker at music business events and seminars. He is also a member of the European Institute of Entertainment and is involved with both T2 Productions and the record company Impart Productions (for who D.H.T. record).
Whether Edmée and Da Rick can emulate their early popularity and repeat their chart success, they have already established themselves as one of the most popular and commercial dance acts to emerge from Belgium since the beginning of the new millennium.
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