Blackpool’s superstar DJ Danny Howard has shared his love of classic northern soap Coronation Street, in a new photo on the Manchester set.
This quirky photo was taken by Jessica van der Weert as part of her FlipSide project – shooting top DJs and producers as they show off their interests away from the decks.
“I was sent inside Ken and Deirdre Barlow’s house to get changed - well, behind the front door as there’s nothing inside!”
Danny got comfy on the hallowed cobbles for FlipSide, which has been spearheaded by Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook, husband of Blackpool-born TV presenter Zoe Ball.
He’s one of 28 DJs to feature, in aid of the British Tinnitus Association, alongside car enthusiast Carl Cox, film fanatic Example, Chelsea Football Club fan Paul Oakenfold and 10-pin bowler Zane Lowe, among others.
Danny also played the after party at London’s Cargo nightclub for the exhibition’s opening at Hoxton Gallery.
“It was great to be on the Coronation Street set, and the photo was actually taken so long ago that it was on the original Coronation Street about two weeks before they moved to Media City,” he said.
“When they asked me about my passions, I said I love football, but Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold were already doing that.
“I didn’t really know what else to say because it is generally all music, so I jokingly said Coronation Street and they took it literally.
“I am a fan of Coronation Street though, although I try to keep it quiet, I get the mick taken out of me all the time for it but I’m proud to be northern.”
Photographer Jessica set up the shoot on set in Manchester and even sourced the pyjamas to help Danny look the part.
“I was sent inside Ken and Deirdre Barlow’s house to get changed – well, behind the front door as there’s nothing inside!
“I came out to see Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria, walking past and I – embarrassingly – waved at her like I knew her – it was just automatic,” the 27-year-old former Lytham St Annes High School pupil added.
“But there’s a serious message behind the photos about tinnitus.
“It’s something that can happen if you’re around loud noises, in clubs or working around machinery.
“Even if you’re a regular club and gig goer, be mindful of not standing next to speakers and wear ear protection.
“The exhibition’s based around musicians because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do if we couldn’t hear.
“You’re not invincible: People do lose their hearing, and tinnitus is the start of that.”
The London exhibition has now closed, but FlipSide will be shown in New York, LA and Ibiza.