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Birth name Floyd Nathaniel Hills
Also known as Danjahandz
Born April 11, 1982 (1982-04-11) (age 27)
Origin Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Electronic, Urban pop, Rap
Occupations Record producer, Songwriter
Instruments percussion, synthesizer, keyboards, drums, sampler
Years active 1998 – present
Labels Danjahandz Muzik/CrownLife Ent.
Mosley Music Group
Associated acts Britney Spears , Whitney Houston, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, JoJo, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Simple Plan, T.I., The Clutch, P!nk , T-Pain , A.B., Björk

Floyd Nathaniel Hills (born April 11, 1982), better known as Danja (pronounced /ˈdɑːndʒə/), is an American record producer, composer and songwriter.



Hills, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, took up drums and piano in his early teens. He got his start by playing in his church when he was growing up.[1]

In 2001, a chance encounter with Timbaland turned into an opportunity to play some music for him. Two years later, Timbaland brought Danja to Miami to work in his studio.[1][2][3]


With Timbaland, Hills produced a wide catalog of songs that helped return the famous producer to prominence in 2006 with an ongoing string of hits throughout the year until present, including "Put You On The Game" by rapper The Game, "Promiscuous" and "Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado, "SexyBack", "What Goes Around...Comes Around" and "My Love" by Justin Timberlake among others, such as "Love Story" by Katharine McPhee, "Innocence" and "Earth Intruders" by Björk, and "Give It to Me" and "The Way I Are" off Timbaland's second solo album.[4]

In 2007, Danja produced "Gimme More" for Britney Spears, as well as "Break the Ice" and five other tracks for her Blackout album. The following year, he produced "Kill the Lights" and four other songs for Britney Spears' album Circus, but only two songs appeared on the album. It has been confirmed that he will once again produce tracks for Britney Spears to be included on Spears' upcoming seventh studio album. At the end of 2009 he was the 82nd most successful songwriter in UK singles chart history.[5]

His works in recent years include, Madonna, "4 Minutes", Mariah Carey on her song "Migrate" from E=MC² ,Keri Hilson on her song "Knock You Down" from In a Perfect World..., P!nk on her song "Sober" from Funhouse.

Danja is reportedly working on Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Britney Spears, and Travis Garland (former member of boy band NLT) upcoming albums set for release in 2010.

Production equipment

Danja uses a laptop, an Edirol MIDI controller, an Akai MPC4000, an Alesis Andromeda A6 synthesizer, a Korg Triton and a Yamaha Motif. He also uses Steinberg's audio sequencer Cubase, as revealed in an interview with Remix Magazine.[6] Also, in another interview on Danja's contribution to Clipse's new album, it was noted that Danja charges around $50,000-100,000 a track.[7]

Production discography

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