Boo!

San Francisco

BOO! made its devilish debut in New York City last year, bringing monstrously massive music to thousands of Headliners the most wicked day of the year. This year, it’s traveling west, touching down at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The last two days in October will have us dancing under the Halloween moon, celebrating all things enchanting, otherworldly and magical. Come celebrate with us and get your tickets to BOO! SF – we’ll be waiting.

2-Day passes ➙ http://insom.co/BOO_2daypass
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Totem and sign guidelines:
• Signs must be 11x17 or smaller.
• Totems must be no taller than 6 ft., and no thicker than 1/2 inch.
• Totems must be made of light material: swim noodles, foam, cardboard tubes, fabric, string, yarn, light plastic, balloons, and/or blow up items.
• Totems made of wood, metal and/or PVC will NOT be allowed. This includes flag poles and heavy sticks.
• Any item deemed dangerous will not be allowed.

Costume guidelines:
• Creativity and originality is encouraged!
• Masks are permitted as long as they don't obstruct the full face so IDs can be verified.

 

PERFORMING ARTIST

Flosstradamus

DJ / Producer

Flosstradamus spent the last 8 years breaking new sounds around the globe and becoming club kings in the process. But how do they keep doing it? J2K and Autobot’s knack for flipping your favorite tracks in unexpected new ways (from their earliest DJ blends to high-energy hybrids like the duo’s hit remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don”) certainly helps. So does having a catalog of original bangers on Fool’s Gold, Green Label Sound and Mad Decent/Jeffree’s. Yet the real reason Floss has been able to reinvent party rocking for close to a decade is because these Chicago boys bring an irresistible sense of fun to every single set, whether it’s a sweat-soaked nightclub or in front of thousands at Lollapalooza. Armed with a gang of new tunes straight from the studio and a brand new, extra-hype stage show, Flosstradamus is coming back to a town near you… get ready to juke!

Oliver Heldens

DJ / Producer

At the mere age of 17, Oliver Heldens was signed to Spinnin’ Records, the most renowned label in dance music.  After years of practicing his passion, creating music in his own bedroom studio, his dreams became a reality when his track “Gecko” caught the attention of living legend Tiësto. He immediately fell in love with Oliver’s sound and decided to release it on his very own label, Musical Freedom. Now, several releases, remixes and #1 chart positions later, Oliver has become one of the most desired DJ’s in the world.

Oliver is praised for his innovation – his ability to create original ideas and melodies. His best melodies came to fruition while cycling home from school or while he was bored in the classroom; he always stood out from the rest.  With the release of his hit single “Gecko” in 2013, Oliver quickly attracted the biggest names in dance music including Tiësto, Hardwell and Sander van Doorn to name a few. These legends not only became his biggest supporters, but some have grown to be mentors as well. This endless support stimulated the young DJ to work extra hard in the studio and gave him the courage to persevere, to keep doing what he loves the most: creating new music.

“Gecko” reached the #1 spot in the UK chart and remained top 5 for six consecutive weeks.  With a #2 spot in Beatport’s top 100, it was one way of making a grand entrance. After six weeks, ‘Gecko’ remained top 5 in Beatport’s Main Chart and it held the #1 spot on the Deep House chart for over a month.  And his success story continues. After the success of ‘Gecko’ Oliver hit the top 5 of the UK Chart with the release of ‘Koala’ followed by collaborations with Sander van Doorn on “This” and Zeds Dead on “You Know” that claimed the #1 spot on Beatport’s Top 100 chart. After that he released solo productions, like “Melody” and “Bunnydance”, that have amassed well over 1 million plays on Soundcloud and YouTube.  With the release of “Shades of Grey” with Shaun Frank featuring Delaney Jane, he is on his way to achieving similar success as well. 

Heldens has an impressive list of venues and festivals he has performed the last few years. The list contains clubs like Amnesia Ibiza and Hakkasan Las Vegas and festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, Ultra Miami, Coachella, and Creamfields.  He has even established residencies at two of the most prestigious nightclubs in the world - Omnia in Las Vegas and Ushuaïa in Ibiza.  

Now just a few years after his first record deal, Heldens who was already named ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling Stone and is acclaimed for his funny social media accounts is more than just a hit maker. Beside the success of his releases and his charismatic shows he is also responsible for the success of Heldeep Radio. And if that’s not enough, he even added a new chapter to his story. Not only did he launch his own record label Heldeep Records, but he also revealed himself as the mystery producer HI-LO, who released his debut track ‘Crank It Up’ on Mad Decent. HI-LO is also responsible for the first release on Heldeep Records, with his second track ‘Renegade Mastah’. We can reinsure you that this 20-year-old has a long music career ahead of him and he will continue to bring a unique, refreshing sound that bridges the gap between EDM and the underground.

The Magician

DJ / Producer

The Magician is the alias of talented DJ/Producer, Stephen Fasano.

One night not so long ago, he appeared from a place between space and time. Apparently he stepped into this world, materializing in a cloud of crystal stars and soft pink smoke. Some claim he’s a former airline pilot who crashed an afterparty – some say it’s all just an illusion, a well performed hoax.

Previously a member of revered Balearic disco duo, Aeroplane, he disembarked that flight and boarded his own magical carpet ride in 2010. Following a string of releases on the French tastemaker label Kitsune, Stephen finally struck gold with his re-work of Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” in 2011 (which has had over 55 million views on YouTube and chart topping placings across Europe) and Clean Bandit’s “ Rather Be” in 2014.

Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS6wfWu0JvA

Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”
https://soundcloud.com/themagician/clean-bandit-rather-be-the

After signing to Parlophone / Warner Records and joining the Machine Management roster of artists in late 2013, The Magician hit new heights with his massive summer 2014 smash “Sunlight” featuring the vocals of Olly Alexander from Years & Years.

The Magician “Sunlight”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFXlWfzW9Uo

With Top 10 “hit” status achieved in the UK, Europe and Australia, The Magician has been spending 2015 cultivating his own ‘Potion’ live events and record label across the globe. New single “Together” is also set to win The Magician a whole new army of fans.

The Magician “Together”
https://soundcloud.com/potionrecords/the-magician-together

During this whole time he has also been capturing the imaginations of music fans with his Magic Tapes on Soundcloud. Every month he sifts through new music - exclusives from other artists plus music from fans - crafting these tracks into new DJ mix tapes. He has now broke the 50 mark whilst along the way gaining a cult following of disco, pop and house fans. Everywhere The Magician DJs people come under his spell.

Alison Wonderland

DJ / Producer

2015 saw her US live show debut at Coachella, her debut album Run, debuting at #1 on the US Electronic Billboard charts, a US tour taking in stops in NYC, Miami and Chicago with EDC Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, European tour and a HUGE sold out Australian Warehouse tour, 2016 is looking very bright for Alison Wonderland.

The way you hear her tell it, Alison Wonderland has wanted to name her first album Run since before she knew how to play an instrument. It’s something that she’s carried with her over a diverse career spanning multiple projects, all of which have crystallised in a record that’s a twisted looking glass into the soul of one of Australia’s most promising musician/producers.

Welcome to the contradictory world of Alison Wonderland; an Australian artist who has written an album during her time in Los Angeles, a public personality who privately obsesses over her music with near-­?maniacal intensity; an electronic producer who is equally proud of her pop songs and her festival bangers.

She’s a chemical performer who has played cello in orchestras, rocked the bass in indie bands and graced turntables in front of thousands. From Stereosonic to Splendour and Coachella, not to mention a killer ‘Diplo and Friends’ BBC radio mix and a national run of secret warehouse shows that sold out in hours, Alison Wonderland has probably racked up more air miles in the last 18 months than hours of sleep.

Thanks to the non-­?stop rotation of her breakout hit ‘I Want U’, which topped Hypemachine and its EP Calm Down, which garnered millions of plays on Soundcloud, Wonderland has become known not only as a crowd-­?pleaser, but also for her ability to craft great songs. ‘The way to be a good producer is about using your ears,’ says Wonderland. ‘If you just did what textbooks said, nothing new would ever happen.’

To help her develop this vision on her first feature-­?length, Wonderland worked with some great songwriters from both sides of the equator; Djemba Djemba, known for his work with Diplo’s MAD DECENT label and the cutting edge up and coming producers from around the world AWE, Lido, Ganz and Alexander Burnett.

Run is a record that feels like the ones Wonderland bought growing up. As a DJ, if you don’t have a direction to take an audience in, what’s the point of playing a set? I feel the same about an album, she says. With its definitive opener and closer, Run is defined by its shapeliness. “Order is so important”, says Wonderand. “Even live, it’s not always about being ‘bang bang bang’; you have to have lulls, you have to bring people up again, you have to take them to another place and do it tastefully.”

Running the gamut from electronica, future beats, trap, and dancehall to classical and pop music, Run, is a dance album with personality. Wonderland sings on almost every track, a decision she made while in Los Angeles, and also took lyrical control. “My lyrics and melodies come faster the more music I’ve written, and it’s easier to delve into my mind,” she says. “Especially these days, music that’s made from your soul is better than music that’s made from your brain.”

The record boasts a robust rolodex of guest collaborators, all of whom Wonderland describes as close family. “I’ve never dialled in someone. I only wanted to make this album with people I fucking love,” she said of Run, which features Norwegian wunderkind Lido, New York rapper Johnny Nelson, SAFIA’s Ben Woolner-­?KIrkham and even Flaming Lips impresario, Wayne Coyne. Wonderland’s approach to writing with others, like most of her life, is refreshingly unorthodox. “The first thing I say [when someone I’ve never met gets to the studio] is ‘Tell me what’s going on with your life. I want to hear the last thing that made you cry.’ And we sit for hours and talk to each other and then we get down to the music.”

Run is about striving for greatness, and never feeling like you’re quite there, which is sort of what Wonderland means she says it’s an album about her time in Los Angeles, and observations of people, love, anxiety and the industry. It’s the infectious groove of first single ‘U Don’t Know’, the crushing beats of ‘Ignore’ and the near-­?ecstatic release ‘Carry On’, the sound of the DJ who won’t leave the stage until the makeup is running down her face and she’s drenched in sweat. It’s the anthems-­?in-­?waiting, ‘Run’, ‘I Want U’ and ‘Games’, a pop number sneaking out of left field.

But what Run is really all about, what you can hear and feel when you play it, is Wonderland’s very real inability to sit still. ‘I always feel like I’m never satisfied,’ she says. ‘When I get to a certain place, I’m still not content. It’s really about pushing yourself.’

Alison Wonderland dives down all manner of audio rabbit holes with Run and emerges with something unique and personal. She drives everyone around her crazy. She drives herself crazy…But her debut album is out, she’s played Coachella had two ARIA nominations and here she is, still running.

The question is, can you keep up?

Ghastly

DJ / Producer

Growing up on a goat farm in the desert of Arizona might not be considered the typical American upbringing for the next big DJ and producer, but then again, Ghastly isn’t your typical American artist. Many have described the genre-bending musician as a partially insane young man with a dark sense of humor. Politely abominable and casually destructive, he wields the catch phrase “born to die” as a mantra to his chaotic lifestyle. His sets have been heralded as “energetic and eclectic live performances which are sometimes followed by odd speeches about the abnormalities of life, regretful sexual encounters, and well cooked food.” With such a diverse personality and rapport for his fans, it’s clear that Ghastly has one thing on his mind, and that’s to change the world.

After entering the music scene and practicing his talents with touring metal bands such as the Irish Front, David Lee Crow finally found his calling with dance music, and it inspired him to pack up and head to Venice Beach, California, to live out of his van and pursue a new career in bass-heavy music. It didn’t take long for him to find his place in the scene, as Ghastly quickly claimed himself a position as Bassrush Resident DJ at Exchange LA, and has also secured a number of releases on chart-topping labels such as OWSLA, Buygore, and Dim Mak, to name a few.

Ghastly’s approachable yet hard-hitting style ushers a forward-thinking dynamic that is not often seen in today’s saturated scene, and his solo productions and collaborations present an unequivocal level of determination and finesse that fuses multiple styles together. Uniquely creating hybrid blends of house, trap and dubstep into a potpourri of bass, the young producer definitively pushes the boundaries of the entire EDM scene today, and a handful of the industry’s finest have recognized his potential, including Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Tchami, DJ Snake, Datsik, Borgore, Zomboy, and Zeds Dead. With a slew of mentally stimulating originals and physically altering collaborations under his belt—such as his original “Miami Connection” with Jauz and single “Crank It” with Mija & Lil Jon—it’s safe to say that Ghastly is on a mission to redefine dance music for all.

Shaun Frank

DJ / Producer

Dr. Fresch

DJ / Producer

Since 2009 Tony Fresch has made a name for himself as one of the most distinguished up and coming DJs and producers in the LA edm scene. He has played at some of the most well known clubs in California including The Avalon, Club Nokia, The Key Club and Dim Mak Studios. He has opened for the likes of Steve Aoki, Diplo, Rusko, and Dillon Francis, among others. In 2011 his remix of Chromeo's "Hot Mess" under the alias Rolex was chosen as a winner in Turbo Recordings' official remix contest and was released on Turbo Recordings' Hot Mess Remix EP. In 2011 and 2012 Tony won the title of "Best College DJ in LA" in a live contest vote. Tony has recently developed the deeper alias "Dr. Fresch" and has released two acclaimed remixes for indie rock bands Y LUV and Kiven. The debut Dr. Fresch EP, "Fantasy / Ecstasy," was released on Prep School Recordings in June.

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Music has been my biggest passion and served as my primary extracurricular since I was seven. Music has also always been an outlet for me to express myself when I couldn't verbally. I have created this outlet both in the studio and on stage. The primary reason I have pursued music so greatly has been for personal happiness, but I also strive to make others happy through my music. From playing Debussy and George Gershwin pieces at classic piano recitals to DJing Nocturnal, my end goal is to make others as happy as I am when I'm writing music.

 

Interview


Home Town: Tiburon, CA
Currently Living: Los Angeles, CA
Origin Of Name: My last name is Fresch, and I felt that I had to use that in my artist name. I chose to go by “Dr. Fresch” instead of Tony Fresch because I felt that it better represented the deep and groovy style of music that I make.
Weapon of Choice: For DJing: I will go through different phases where I have a specific “weapon on choice” track for the dancefloor. Right now that track is “Wonderland” by Denis Naidanow featuring Tyree Cooper. In the studio: My favorite virtual synthesizer right now is Togu Audio Line’s “U-NO-LX” plugin. It’s an emulation of Roland’s classic Juno synthesizer.
Source of Power: My friends, family and every music teacher I’ve ever had. I also look up to a lot of producers and DJs—right now MK (Mark Kinchen) especially. I love how he has produced both pop and underground music and has maintained a position as one of the leading forces in house music for the last 20 years.

Was there one particular moment in the recording or mixing process for your Discovery Project entry that made you feel like you were creating something pretty damn special?
When I finished recording my mix for the Discovery Project I realized that this collection of work was completely my own, and was entirely a representation of my personality and artist brand. Being able to look at the way I combined all of my original productions into one cohesive mix made me to realize that I had successfully created an artist brand.

Are there any dots to connect with where/how you grew up to your musical output?
My mom forced me to take classical piano lessons starting at age seven. I hated it at first, but as I grew older I realized that this knowledge would allow me to explore other genres. I joined a rock band in middle school, joined the jazz band in high school, and starting DJing at producing electronic music when I was 17, in 2008. Having an education and practice in several musical genres has given me the platform necessary to make the music I produce unique.

What do your parents think of what you are doing?
My mom is incredibly supportive of my career. I chose to pursue music full time after graduating college in May 2013, and she hasn’t questioned my decision once. She is excited by the strides I’m making as an artist and is willing to support me in all of my musical endeavors. There is no greater validation for my lifestyle choice than knowing that your family is 100% behind you.

What’s the strangest part of your job?
Being able to control and change people’s emotions with the music you release and the music you play live. It’s amazing to think that you are creating a different experience for people every time you play.

What’s the biggest misconception about being a DJ?
No one “blows up” overnight. Every artist and performer in the EDM community, and in the music industry at large, has put an enormous amount of effort into their career to get where they are now. It took me four years of producing electronic music to feel confident in my productions and share them with the public, and I recognize that I still have a long way to go. But, if it wasn’t this hard to establish yourself as an artist/DJ then it wouldn’t be nearly as fun or rewarding.

How does what you do for a living affect you on a day-to-day basis?
Being an artist/DJ is a completely unstable career path, but the rewards are much more satisfying. I am constantly sacrificing spending time with family and friends to work on music, but all of my family and friends recognize that I have to pursue this lifestyle in order to succeed as an artist.

What is your ultimate career dream?
It’s cliché, but: to inspire young producers to follow their dreams. I work hard to support myself, however it’s far more rewarding to know that your music has inspired people to do what they love for a living.

Are you impulsive with your work or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
For every song that I’ve written, I’ve come up with a basic concept before I sat down in the studio. I usually get a kick of inspiration, sit down to develop an idea and spend the rest of the day in the studio.

How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process?
I take inspiration from listening to new music every single day. This not only goes for music similar to my brand, but for all genres. I could be just as inspired by a vocal hook from a 90’s pop song as I could by a bassline from a contemporary garage tune. The last song I heard that made me get to the studio right away to produce was probably something by Hot Since 82.

What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio?
I don’t use too much analog gear, but I love my Korg Triton LE workstation for how juicy the pads are. I love Rob Papen’s Subboom Bass VST for creating pretty much any bass sound under the sun.

How important is it for you to experiment and take on the risk of failure?
Essential. There is a clear niche in EDM for deep, tech, and nu-disco, but I make a deliberate effort to create music different than the norm in an effort to brand myself as something new. I am always willing to risk my artist career by stepping out of the box.

If we pressed Shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
Britney Spears “Lucky.”

What sound or noise do you love?
An 808 cowbell with a ton of reverb.

What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Sub-genre classification in “EDM.” I understand that it’s important to be able to classify music under genres on platforms like Beatport, but I absolutely hate putting a label on my music.

What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
That dance music has reached a level of global popularity that has allowed more niche styles of music to become relevant.

What are your weaknesses?
I like too many different styles of dance music. This has made it hard for me to hone in on a specific sound.

Tell me about your most memorable night out.
As a fan, I went out in Berlin a few months back on a Wednesday from dusk past dawn. My best friends and I started at an A$AP Rocky show and ended up at Watergate club watching Italo Johnson spin an all vinyl set until mid morning. It was amazing to be able to see so many different styles of music performed in their purest forms. As a DJ, playing Nocturnal was amazing. Winning best college DJ in LA in 2011 opening for Steve Aoki, and winning best college DJ in LA in 2012 opening up for Rusko was amazing as well.

Do you have any memorable moments from past EDC's or any other Insomniac party?
EDC 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were amazing. EDC 2011 was especially memorable because my long time friend and colleague Clinton VanSciver and I decided that we wanted to start a record label together, Prep School Recordings.

Do you have a favorite all-time mixed CD or series?
Jamie Jones Fabric 59 Mix. It’s an amazing mix of styles and artists. I bought the CD at Amoeba and have been listening to it in my car for the last two years. Fabric London’s mix series is amazing in its entirety as well. Fabric London is one of my favorite nightclubs in the world because they maintain such diversity in their bookings; this is evident in their mix series.

What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Focus on showcasing your original productions. My Discovery Project mix included five original productions and one of my remixes. Convey that you not only write and produce good music, but that you also have an artist brand and a clear vision for your artist career.

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Winning Mix

 

 
 

 

Panic City

DJ / Producer

After topping Hype Machine with a slew of successful remixes for Universal, Dim Mak, Ultra, Sony and Mad Decent, Panic City continues to mix his love of Bass, House, and hometown Bay Area Hip Hop into his future leaning sound. Panic is ready to drop a fresh batch of original music, starting with "5AM" this fall and the release of his first EP on Dim Mak early 2016.

Seven Lions

DJ / Producer

Producer Seven Lions has never had a problem breaking rules and transcending musical boundaries to satisfy his creative vision. Catching his break after winning a Beatportremix contest in 2012 with his dubstepfocused version ofAbove & Beyond's 'You Got to Go', Seven Lions, born Jeff Montalvo, garnered early support from the likes of Skrillexand his OWSLA label. 2013 tour dates with Porter Robinsonand Krewella pushed Montalvo and his genre-bending production style to the forefront of the modern electronic music scene.

Putting sheer technical production prowess to work in soulful, deep, hybridized creations all distinctly his own, the multi-talented musician is single-handedly changing the sonic landscape for future generations to come by bridging the gap between the soaring, ethereal vibe of trance and intensely adrenalizing bass music. His productions have seen stages at world-renowned festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival (New York and Las Vegas), Electric Forest, Electric Zoo, South by Southwest, and HARD.

After several successful releases under the OWSLA label (his debut EP, 'Days to Come', reached #2 on the iTunes Dancecharts), Montalvo released his highly anticipated 2014 follow-up EP, 'Worlds Apart', on Republic Records' dance imprintCasablanca. Containing several notable features which include Ellie Goulding and Tove Lo, Worlds Apart debuted at #1 on the iTunes Dance Charts, and the title track was also featured in Billboard's 'Top 10 Electronic / Dance Songs of 2014' list. Even with the release of his fan-controversial single, 'Lucy', Seven Lions continues to receive high praise from notable EDM publications glorifying his itch to avoid creative stagnation. According to Billboard, Montalvo"continues to champion [dubstep's] melodic potential" andDancing Astronaut, while acknowledging that 'Lucy' was a significant departure from his previous sound, praised the track as "a potent crossover track that is destined to go over well in trance and big room sets alike".

Seemingly not content to simply alter the soundscapes that people will associate with EDM, Seven Lions has also begun to rearrange the way tracks are released and grouped, forgoing the typical "track by track" scheme for a more thematic EP format. 2015's 'The Throes of Winter' hints at a larger seasonal theme, to be continued through to his future releases. When asked about the spark for this vision, he explains, "Since artists aren't releasing proper albums anymore, it makes sense to create something that's digitally artistic with real cohesion as opposed to tossing out singles and just haphazardly seeing what sticks... I wanted to start making the music more thematic, interesting, and part of something larger."

Nicky Romero

DJ / Producer

Strike up a conversation about the current state of electronic music, and it won’t be long before Nicky Romero gets an emphatic mention. And quite rightly so—because at the age of just 26 and in the space of only a few prolific years, the Amsterdam-based superstar has managed to build nothing short of a remarkable musical empire. Celebrated the world over for countless chart-topping records and his electrifying energy in front of hundreds of thousands on the world’s most distinguished stages, the loveable Dutch performer, producer, Protocol Recordings chief and global brand ambassador has already carved an international reputation for himself as one of the most exciting and industrious artists of his generation. Perpetually dedicated to growing and maturing the Nicky Romero brand at every turn, the Protocol don continues to vindicate his position as one in just a handful of the most influential and venerated forces in the international music arena today.

Real name Nick Rotteveel, Nicky Romero was born January 6, 1989, in the small city of Amerongen, Holland. A keen interest in the drums and an early career spinning house and R&B quickly evolved into an unbridled passion for music production, with early releases (picked up by boutique outfit Once Records) catching the attention of some of the more established house music labels, such as Spinnin’, Fly Eye, Toolroom and Flamingo Recordings. As Nicky worked on honing his own exclusive sound—a seductive blend of progressive house tinged with electro and acid—2010 saw him release an unofficial bootleg of David Guetta’s smash hit “When Love Takes Over” to the online world, a move that would shape his entire career. The track’s viral success piqued the interest of David Guetta himself, and in that moment, Romero found his mentor and champion. They have since collaborated on multiple projects, including “Metropolis” and “Wild One Two,” and in the summer of 2012, Nicky Romero accepted a yearly residency at David Guetta’s infamous FMIF club nights at Pacha and Ushuaia in Ibiza.

Fast-forward to today, and Nicky Romero is now paying forward this experience as a youngster through his own burgeoning Protocol brand—one that has quickly established itself as one of the industry’s leading independent dance music platforms and a go-to outlet for forward-thinking dance music. Championing up-and-coming artists like Deniz Koyu, Arno Cost, John Dahlback, Vicetone, Kryder, Michael Calfan and Volt & State, Romero now extends his own influence to help develop the next generation of artists, while also supporting more established acts. With the label’s releases consistently charting in the Beatport Top 10, international Protocol Reboot events selling out some of the world’s most iconic venues, and with Protocol Radio (a weekly show syndicated to more than 60 radio stations on FM) consistently listened to by over 40 million listeners every week, the emphatic impact his carefully nurtured Protocol brand has around the world continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Back in the studio, and whether it’s his own original song, a star-studded collaboration, or an inventive remix he’s conjuring, Nicky Romero’s productions consistently receive massive support from both fans and a veritable who’s-who of dance music aristocracy. With early notable output including “S.O.T.U.,” a single released on Steve Angello’s label Size Records, Nicky is now most widely appreciated for worldwide hit “Legacy” with Krewella; solo singles “Symphonica” and “Toulouse”; his UK #1 collaboration with Avicii “I Could Be the One”; smash hit “Feet on the Ground” featuring Dutch superstar Anouk; and most recently, “Let Me Feel,” a collaboration with Dutch duo Vicetone for his Protocol Recordings imprint. With additional remixes for Zedd, Calvin Harris and many more, Romero has also produced music for Rihanna (“Right Now”), as well as two tracks for Britney Spears.

Of course, Nicky Romero wouldn’t be where he is now if he weren’t also a serious force to be reckoned with outside the walls of his studio. A natural-born performer from the off, his tenacity behind the decks and his innate ability to read and work a crowd of any size has seen him electrify some of the most revered festival stages on the planet, including those at Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, Coachella, Stereosonic and countless others.

Add to these his intense Nothing Toulouse North American headline tour, road-blocking Protocol events in Miami, New York, London, Manchester and Amsterdam, multiple headline slots at ID&T’s Sensation events, a residency at Omnia in Las Vegas, and a nonstop touring schedule of the world’s most iconic nightclubs, and you begin to understand why this breakthrough star with a bulletproof work ethic is credited as a driving force behind the fantastic health the scene currently enjoys. In every aspect of his life—as DJ, producer and label head—he is a tireless advocate for his art. Couple this with his distinctive signature sound and compelling output, and it is no surprise that he exploded into the DJ Mag Top 100 chart at number 17 in 2012, the highest new entry that year, and rose up to number 7 in 2013—the year that also saw him receive a nomination at the MTV EMA awards for Best Dutch Act.

Building upon these accolades in 2015, whilst simultaneously furthering the Protocol brand and his own individual solo career, Nicky Romero continues to make his indelible mark on the music industry—a mark that is increasingly felt in the hearts of his devoted fans. Pushing relentlessly forward with the wind at his back, Nicky now looks to the next chapter of his already highlight-studded career and has big plans for all facets of the Protocol brand on the horizon. Having made early waves by collaborating with and producing tracks for some of the most iconic names in music (Rihanna, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii), it’s Nicky’s sheer determination—combined with an incredible, raw natural talent—that now sees him stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these superstars, perpetually striving to be the very best he can possibly be. “The main aim is to up my game at every possible turn without compromise” he says—a holistic life motto which now manifests itself in a truly remarkable career. Long may it continue.

Will Sparks

DJ / Producer

At 22 years young, Will Sparks has cemented his position as the undisputed KING of the globally loved Melbourne sound. Countless original productions have spent weeks inside the Beatport top 10 in addition to signature remixes of global hits such as Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Selfie’.

In his home country he was voted ‘Breakthrough Artist Of The Year’ only to be named the #1 DJ in Australia just 12 months later. Now expanding his horizons, Will Sparks is spreading like wildfire with recent festival appearances at Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld as well as the announcement of a 50-date 'Bounce Bus' tour of North America and hitting the 250k Facebook fans milestone.

Since his genre-defining track, ‘Ah Yeah!’ hit #3 on the Beatport overall charts at the tail end of 2012, Will Sparks has become unstoppable, hit after hit. Producing original tracks like ‘Catch’, ‘When The Lights Go Out’ and ‘This Is What The Bounce Is’ he garnered the attention of global heavyweight dance label Ultra Records. In the past 2 years alone, he has seen more achievements than most artists see in an entire lifetime.

In celebration of reaching the quarter-million mark, Will gave out a remix of 'Maps' by Maroon Five - a track that gained 500,000 plays in the first week, quickly gaining him support from Tritonal, W+W, R3HAB, Joel Fletcher, DVBBS, Vinai and Dada Life. In the same week - Will was nominated for 'Best Electronic Act' for Australia's prestigious 'The Age music awards.'

Will Sparks has been named one of Billboard Magazine’s most exciting young talents as well as landing himself a residency at XS Las Vegas, a gig at Jay-Z's 'Made In America' festival, a headlining spot at Paradise Ibiza as well as a set at the world’s biggest Electronic Dance Music festival, Tomorrowland.

His SoundCloud page is testament to his phenomenal influence as a producer, racking up millions of plays on a single release alone. With a debut album in the making including collaborations, with some of the biggest names in dance music, this superstar is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Snails

DJ / Producer

Snails is a Montreal-based producer and DJ who pushes a forward-thinking brand of dance music combining trap rhythms, dirty bass lines and off-kilter sound design. His first tracks appeared online in 2012 on Kannibalen Records. Since then he has amassed a burgeoning fanbase of snail-heads and bass- lovers. Recent releases like “Dirty Raxxx”, “RBBR” and “SLUGZ” blend hypnotic melodies, huge drops and mind-bending sample manipulation into a tight, dance- floor friendly package. Snails’ latest track “Wild”, co-produced with Antiserum and released on Skrillex’s Owsla Records, was one of the standout tracks at the 2014 edition of Ultra Music Festival. Having recently signed with Circle Talent, Snails looks primed to bring his unique take on dance music to the mainstream.

Kennedy Jones

DJ / Producer

From festival stages to sold out nightclubs, Kennedy Jones has quickly made his mark on the dance music movement. Incorporating elements from all of his favorite styles of music, Kennedy Jones has managed to become one of the most unique sounding artists; Coupled with his exceptional lyrical ability Kennedy has time and time again proven himself become one of the most versatile producers and live performers. With overwhelming support from artists such as Skrillex, Diplo, Major Lazer, Borgore, Carnage, 12th Planet, Ookay, Brillz, Bro Safari, Mt Eden, Just Blaze, and more, Kennedy Jones is continuing to show the world that his high-energy, bass-fueled, twerk-enducing, music can take any venue to a whole new level.

With releases on some of the most prominent record labels in the world (ULTRA, SONY, MAD DECENT, DIMMAK, RED BULL, UNIVERSAL, FIREPOWER, BUYGORE & more) as well as electrifying performances at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Escape from Wonderland, Electric Zoo, Paradiso Festival & Marquee Las Vegas to name a few, Kennedy has shown us that there is no slowing down in his ever-evolving production and enthusiastic performance style.

The release of Elvis Crespo's "Suavemente" (Kennedy Jones Trap Remix) on the Buygore All Stars Album (http://bit.ly/kjsuavemente ) which was signed officially to Sony Latin Records in 2014, received worldwide radio support from Los Angeles based radio stations like Power 106 and 102.7 KIISFM and UK based radio stations like BBC Radio 1 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p013jsw3). The All stars Album also included a giant collaboration between Kennedy Jones and Borgore with their 110BPM dance floor smasher remix of "Macarena".

On the other side of the genre spectrum, his radio-supported remix of Katy Perry's “Roar” (Kennedy Jones LOUDER remix), multiple Hip Hop releases, hard dance anthem "No Return" and original hit “INTL” have showed the world that Kennedy isn’t just a one-trick-pony. Branching out into genres like Hard Dance, Hip Hop, Big Room House and more, Kennedy Jones used 2013 as a time to show everyone just how musically diverse he really is.

Having started his solo project in early 2013, Kennedy quickly became recognized as a diverse and dedicated artist showing special attention to the human side of musicianship and supporter interaction. His pace has not slowed in 2014 as he continues to gain support from fellow producers and fans alike that continue wanting more of his highly versatile productions and awe-inspiring interactive live performances.

4B

DJ / Producer

East Coast to the bone, 23 year old deejay/producer 4B is relentless in his pursuit of aggressive vibey club perfection. Since his first release ‘Bomboclat’ premiered on BBC Radio 1extra’s Diplo & Friends mix, 4B has been wow-ing all the heavy-hitters in the industry, receiving track support from Skrillex, DJ Snake, Diplo, Tiesto, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Carnage and many more. 4B knew his career was about to get moving when DJ Snake introduced him to Diplo as “the next big thing with the hottest s**t in the streets”. Following up with a slew of original releases on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, he quickly solidified himself as one of the most exciting new artists in dance music.

Making it his mission to channel explosive energy into ever-refined productions, 4B’s come a long way since writing his first beats on a high school lunch table in Westfield, New Jersey. His dynamic remixes, including one of Fetty Wap’s ‘My Way’ with Flosstradamus, have garnered millions of plays and praise from all of the major dance publications. His latest release ‘Pop Dat’ was the single most played song on the Mad Decent Boat Party and went on to become the quintessential winter booty-dropping anthem of 2015. It spent weeks on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, where it recently peaked at #6.

As 2016 sets in, 4B continues to push the limits with his music. Upcoming releases find him incorporating a new down-tempo sound into his signature Jersey Club roots. While remaining at the forefront of innovative production, fans can also still count on him to supply them with his recognizable club anthems.

DallasK

DJ / Producer

Dallas Koehlke better known as DallasK started producing dance music when he was only 15 years old. Now 22 years old he is quickly becoming one of the most talked about young producer/DJs. His first Beatport top 10 “Front/Back” and remix of Nero’s “Guilt” were supported by legendary DJs such as Sander Van Doorn, Benny Benassi and BT. His energetic live show has taken him across the country and now he is currently working on singles, remixes and production for other artists.

Shmitty

DJ / Producer

"Anyone can play a familiar track that’ll make the crowds go crazy. The challenge is finding a sound that no one knows and evoking the same reaction.” –Shmitty

It’s this challenge that fuels Shmitty’s never-ending chase for the perfect sound. The Los Angeles-based, Netherlands-born producer/DJ combines funktion and form with style, taste, and class; he mans the decks like a sniper at the watchtower, with house and techno as his artillery. A chameleon onstage, shifting from groovy down-tempo to cultish techno, he covers the full spectrum of true house music.

With a deep knowledge of the history of electronic music and with a direct mainline source to the current music landscape, Shmitty melds past and present in all his meticulous sets, which have allowed him to share the stage with a diverse roster of dance music titans, including A-Trak, Claude VonStroke, Dash Berlin, Cosmic Gate and countless others. The stage is his first home, having performed at some of the top venues and music festivals across the US, including Escape from Wonderland and the Hollywood Palladium, as well as Los Angeles nightclubs Create and Exchange LA, where he holds a double residency.

With the stage as his castle, the studio is his laboratory, where he grinds out techno and house-laced deep cuts, including his original debut track “Claves & Warps” featuring Tyler Rouse. The track goes hand in hand with his forthcoming single, “Pressurize” again with Tyler Rouse, out this May to create the knockout combo you didn’t see coming.

On the stage and in the studio, Shmitty dominates his craft. You’ll hear it in his sets. You’ll feel it in his music. And when you do, you’ll be in for a ride.

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