Audio On The Bay 2017
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Based in Los Angeles, Drezo is no outsider to the underground sound that is currently sweeping across the restless west coast city. Through his compositions and remixes, the 23 year old aims to represent the darker and more imaginative side of house music. Using influences from the LA scene has shaped this young artist’s music into a surge of haunting originality that is instantly recognizable. Currently being championed by some of the main tastemakers in the game, as well as Dillon Francis, has solidified Drezo's placement among the world's top tier producers. Constantly devoting time in the studio has forced Drezo to evolve and innovate towards a sound far from those of his more formula driven peers.
I've never been one to talk about myself. I'm not a big fan of explaining myself, or my actions, to people. Music however, has given me the opportunity to get up in front of my peers to try and communicate a story that relates to me. The DJ booth is my comfort zone.
Home Town: I was born in Las Vegas, but I grew up in Phoenix, AZ most of my life
Currently Living: Los Angeles
Origin Of Name: My name is Andre, and a lot of my friends call me Dre, so I tried to think of an alias resembling that. Hence, Drezo.
Weapon of Choice: Jameson whiskey
Source of Power: My family and friends. They always keep my motivated and level headed.
Tell me about your most memorable night out.
When I first started DJing, I got asked by a friend’s older brother to spin a birthday party. I got to the place and spun for about three hours before everyone got real liquored up. I was set up in the backyard, and I remember just seeing this 60-year-old man randomly get butt naked and jump in the pool. I was really confused, but then everyone followed suit. I asked someone still clothed what the hell was going on. Apparently it was an orgy as well as a birthday party. I think I played one more song and packed up.
Are you impulsive with your work or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
I'm probably too impulsive for my own good. In the studio I come up with many ideas and I get bored very quickly. It’s so monotonous hearing the same shit for hours. Same goes for when I'm playing live. I can't stand those sets where 12 songs are played over an hour span. I try to mix a ton of tunes and keep it interesting for the audience.
How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process?
It has everything to do with my creative process. I'm constantly inspired everyday by the wide variety of music I listen to. Anything from a piano melody to a big funky drop will trigger my creative mentality. I love listening to music and trying to decipher how it's made. And I think it had to have been Botnek's recent remix of DallasK's “Alienz.” Monster track.
How important is it for you to experiment and take on the risk of failure?
I think that's one of the glories of production. There's literally an infinite amount of possibilities. I mean just in that fact, why would you not take risks and experiment? Failure is a common and natural part of producing. No one starts out sounding like Porter Robinson.
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?
Probably Coldplay or something. I'm a sucker for sad songs.
What sound or noise do you love?
Babies crying on airplanes.
What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Everything and everyone. People talk way too much.
What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
The amount of upcoming talented producers and DJs. There are so many brilliant artists out there that need more recognition. The general public needs to stop the hyped up animosity towards the “mainstream” if we ever want to progress as a scene.
What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far?
People are in it for themselves, but that's life.
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Be creative—be different. Originality will catch people's attention, especially nowadays in this ever-expanding market.
If it’s music’s prerogative to change with the times, Laidback Luke is the master of evolution. The one time Chocolate Puma protégé turned Dance Music heavyweight has a two-decade track record of doing things his own way, keeping versatility at the core of his every move. He’s inspired the masses, rewired a worldwide passion for dance music and set a new precedent for fan interaction along the way. Add a who’s who list of collaborators, remixes, global live credentials and a side line in professional Kung Fu and there is still no rarer breed of superstar DJ than Laidback Luke.
Since minting his debut release in 1995, Luke’s authority has only strengthened with the changing tides of dance music. Boasting collaborators to-date as varied as Diplo, Example, Lil Jon, Hardwell and Swedish House Mafia, his music shows a rare balance of both chart and credible club success. The wealth of remixes and personal bootlegs under his belt begs no exception, with credits ranging from Daft Punk, Green Velvet and Depeche Mode to Robin Thicke, Madonna and Mariah Carey. Adding house sideline Nouveau Yorican alongside wife and fellow DJ Gina Turner to the equation, his agenda continues to push boundaries and break norms at every given opportunity.
Passion project turned career altering label venture Mixmash Records has played a huge part in Luke’s overhaul of the music industry. A place where new music is discovered, nurtured and celebrated, the label has invested in the next generation of talent like few other of its time. With no formal musical agenda other than outright quality, the culmination of Mixmash and its Ones To Watch sub-label has unearthed stars, spotlighted next generation players and kept quality and creative energy at the forefront of this definitive career highlight. Avicii, Bingo Players, Knife Party, Afrojack and many others all credit Luke for his early support.
Beyond his recording career, the live arena is where the magic of Luke’s musical versatility is let loose. Spinning records from across the ages and keeping the ‘skill’ factor at the forefront of his live sets, this long and prosperous career behind the decks has seen no short cuts or technological loopholes from the long serving DJ. Through his Super You&Me concept, which to date has scaled the worldwide clubscene and has hosted a multitude of global festivals along the way, Luke and his army of prestigious peers continue to remind the world that the sound of a superstar does not waiver the right to have fun in the process.
Launching into the New Year with a brand new residency at Wynn’s Surrender Nightclub and Encore Beach club in Las Vegas, the future has never looked brighter for the prolific Dutchman. The year ahead promises new music, fresh talent and an ongoing effort to invest in the future of electronic music at every possible turn. As enthusiastic as ever and with his activity engrained in the future of electronic dance music, Laidback Luke is still on hand to save the day one eclectic power move at a time.
A Bay Area Staple in the Dance Music Scene, Nick G aka Nick Ghetto has paid his dues. With more than 15 years DJ experience, Nick’s profound and diverse music skills & knowledge has allowed him opportunities to DJ at some of the most renowned venues, events, festivals and for well known talent! From rockin massive events such as: EDC and Ultra Music Festival to opening up and filling in for such DJ's as David Guetta, Nervo, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Tiesto, Hardwell, Calvin Harris & More.
In March of 2014, Tiesto had an accident at a show in San Jose, CA and was rushed to the hospital. Nick G was asked to fill in and rocked a crowd of 20,000 as the headlining DJ and stole the show. It was one of the most talked about incidents and events that happened all over the social media world. Nick G was mentioned on TMZ the day after the event. Tiesto reached out to Nick to say thank you and asked him to open up for him at a future event.
Nick G..A Ruby Skye Resident DJ & The Program Director of Dance Music Radio Show, GHR - Ghetto House Radio! A two hour syndicated show broadcasted across the country on 35 FM Radio Stations in the United States with a weekly listenership of over 1 Million Listeners.
Recently, Nick G's Production world has turned upside down. Recently remixing some of the hottest names in the Dance Music Scene, like: KREWELLA, CHROMEO, KIESZA, GALANTIS & MORE!
Nick’s passion & love for the Dance Music Scene has made him the DJ he is today. Continuing his humble vibe & thankful persona, Nick G will be a name in the EDM Scene for years to come.
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.
Tupelo, Mississippi. It’s the home of Elvis Presley, but even for those clued in on that fun fact, it’s safe to say that few, if any, know much more about the city. Nestled in the northeast corner of the Magnolia State, and with a population of just over 35,000, indeed, Tupelo, like most small metropolises, is easy to overlook. Rae Sremmurd - pronounced "Ray-Shrim-er," consisting of real life brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee, the first act signed to multi-platinum producer Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ear Drummer Records - is out to change that.
Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee were born in California, but moved to Tupelo at an early age, where they were raised in the notorious Ida Street housing projects, some of the worst, most crime-ridden in the state. Making matters worse, Sremmurd’s parents split while the brothers were still young, a devastating turn of events that found the brothers, over multiple stretches, seeking shelter in abandoned homes scattered throughout the area. For a city with little history outside of its musical heritage, and in a state where two young kids short on role models could look up to the growing star power of in-state hero David Banner, music, from a young age, became a way for Jxmmi and Lee to escape the desperation of their surroundings. “When we were growing up, it was just about perseverance,” says Slim Jxmmi, before flipping a quote made famous by Stark Trek character Richard Wakinyan. “Regardless of the situation, we couldn’t let the haters win.”
The movement started locally, with the brothers throwing parties and shows around town, often in the same abandoned buildings where they once stayed. The pair always had larger ambitions, though, and so the brothers, natural performers since elementary school, taught themselves how to record, make beats, and DJ, building enough buzz to earn an appearance on the popular “Wild Out Wednesdays” segment during BET’s music video countdown show, 106th & Park. Back home, Lee and Jxmmi earned the attention of fellow Tupelo native P-Nazty, who also happens to be a producer signed to super producer Mike WiLL Made-It’s Eardrummers Entertainment production team. P-Nazty introduced Rae Sremmurd to Mike WiLL, and the multi-platinum producer (Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Future, Juicy J) was instantly impressed by the brothers’ energy and the quality of their music, signing the duo to his label, Ear Drummer Records. “When I met them,” recalls WiLL, “they just had a real young dope energy about them. So me and the Ear Drummer team locked in the studio like we normally do, had a lot of fun, and cooked up some amazing music. This is just the beginning of our working relationship, and they’ve got a bright future. I believe in them."
Rae Sremmurd’s first single under the Ear Drummer Records, “No Flex Zone,” was a breakout for the duo, becoming a cultural touchstone throughout 2014 and entering Billboard’s Hot 100 and Top 40, peaking at number 36, while earning the brothers a performance on the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards, along with a remix from Nicki Minaj and Pusha T, and co-signs from the likes of Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Juicy J, and plenty more. The follow-up, “No Type,” has proved even bigger, peaking at number 16 on Billboard’s Top 40 charts and earning the duo their first late night appearance, with a performance (a medley of “No Flex Zone” and “No Type”) on The Tonight Show. To start 2015, Rae Sremmurd released their highly anticipated first album, SremmLife, with a top 5 debut on the Billboard Top 200 and a number 1 debut on Billboard Hip-Hop, and have since had "Throw Sum Mo," featuring Nicki Minaj & Young Thug, emerge as their third consecutive single to break into the top 10 at urban radio and second consecutive single, following “No Type,” to peak at #1. With each new success, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have managed to keep a level head, focused simply on showing the world what two young brothers from Tupelo can achieve. “It’s the energy, that’s what #SremmLife is all about” says Swae Lee. “We bringing the fun back to music!”
Though Derek and Scott have been perfecting their craft since 2010, Slander has entered the dance music scene with the feel of an overnight success story. Veteran DJs and skilled producers, Slander has crafted their own genre dubbed "Heaven Trap" with a devout following.
Despite their rapid rise, they are no stranger to the industry's top producers, including Skrillex, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, Snails, and Carnage. Their Nuclear Bonds EP was a stand-out release from Dance Music's top underground label, Mad Decent. After dozens of remixes, their first big vocal hit, a Heaven Trap original entitled "Love Again" featuring vocalist WAVZ, garnered over one million listens on Soundcloud.
With past performances at EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, EDC Orlando, EDC Mexico, Something Wicked, Sun City Music Festival, Contact Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Il Soniq, Moonrise, LifeInColor, and Global Dance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater primarily on the main stage, Slander has had the opportunity to show that their tracks are festival worthy. They've headlined every AAA venue in North America including LIV, Pacha, Create, The Mid, The Hoxton, Ruby Skye, Foundation, Elektricity and Beta. They did this all while holding down a monthly residency at the #1 nightclub in the United States, XS, whose other DJs include Megaclub juggernauts such as Avicii, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and Zedd. Besides the top clubs and festivals in the U.S. scene, they've headlined in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Athens, and other European cities, then hopped over the Pacific to hit up legendary Australian clubs such as Pacha, Oh Hello, and HQ. Undeniably the fastest growing act in dance music, they've lived up to all the early hype and then some. After spending 2015 playing almost exclusively on main stages at every festival in North America, don't expect to see them anywhere else for the rest of their career.
Sleepy Tom is Canada's latest homegrown talent putting a unique stamp on modern day dance music. After the Vancouver-based producer dropped The Currency, his firecracker of a debut EP on Fool's Gold, he became an in-demand remixer adding stomping club muscle to official releases for Diplo, Zeds Dead, Martin Solveig & other festival favourites. Sleepy Tom has since left an indelible mark on dance music with a string of highly anticipated releases, not to mention a non-stop stream of DJ mixes, bootlegs, and gigs worldwide. Stay woke!
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?
Residing in Los Angeles, Mexico-born artists Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina have built a name for themselves as a “must watch”, highly talented, up-and-coming duo. Having an incredibly diverse musical background, Boombox Cartel combines their love and knowledge of music with an innovative and unique sound.
Los Angeles-based producer Joey Khodanian, better known as JayKode, started his musical journey at age 7, when he began playing classical piano. By age 15, he had immersed himself with the guitar while experimenting heavily with metal and hardcore, demonstrating his commitment to developing a well-rounded knowledge of music composition. Building on this foundation, he started to explore both hip-hop and electronic productions soon after, and fused his knowledge of both traditional and experimental music genres. JayKode’s passion for strong compositions and melodies stems from his classical training, a rarity among today’s electronic music producers.
Armed with an eclectic repertoire of originals, remixes, and bootlegs, JayKode has cultivated a rapidly growing fan base in dance music. Pioneering the genre he calls “Classical Bass,” a tribute to his musical roots, he effortlessly blends melody-driven compositions with aggressive basslines and production techniques to push the tonal boundaries of electronic music. Now with characteristic sounds rooted in future bass, trap, and hip-hop, JayKode readily brings a unique set to every stage, spinning a wide variety of genres, from bass music to electro-house, twerk, moombahton, and even oldies, ensuring no two JayKode sets tell the same story.
JayKode’s originals and remixes are consistently supported by A-Trak, Borgore, Diplo, DJ Snake Snake, Jack U, RL Grime, The Chainsmokers, and many more - but his most significant exposure came from Skrillex, who featured his remix of Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” during his iconic set at Coachella 2014. Since then, he has released tracks on Ultra Records, Big Beat Records, Atlantic Records, Fool’s Gold Records, Buygore Records, Elysian Records, Main Course Records, Arkade Records, and Unborn Records. He’s also seen his remix of Galantis’ “Runaway (U&I)” soar up Hype Machine, claiming the #1 spot on the overall charts. Some of his most recent successes comes from his collaboration with Party Thieves on “Origin,” which debuted at the top of the Beatport charts, and his remix of “Closer” by the Chainsmokers and Halsey.
When it comes to good music, Kenny Beats and Ryan Marks know how to bring it. Together, the NYC hip-hop producer and LA electronic producer make up Loudpvck, a dynamic, genre-mixing duo that refuses to be bound to just one category of music. Performing together since 2012, the two met while attending Berklee College of Music where they joined forces and haven’t looked back since.
Kenny got his start in the music business by producing rap artists such as Ab Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Smoke DZA, while Ryan was out on the west coast producing and DJing electronic music. They’ve collaborated on countless tracks and energetic remixes. Loudpvck has worked with everyone from Zed’s Dead, NERVO, Carnage, Paper Diamond & Dada Life to name a few. They continue to mix things up on the music charts with individual projects and outside collaborations.
The distinctive sound the duo makes is a direct combination of both their influences, with beats in almost every sub-genre of EDM mixed with a hip-hop approach. The most important thing when it comes to making music is “overall musicality and everything being in its right place,” according to Ryan, while Kenny adds, “We try very hard to make sure nothing goes overlooked or unnoticed, even when it’s the simplest idea. Also, being in the right space to make music is extremely important for us, which means cracking a lot of jokes and smoking violent amounts of weed.”
Based out of Downtown Los Angeles, Mija has established herself as an innovative and fresh new DJ/Producer of this era. Her roots may be based in house music, but nobody puts Mija in a corner. Her genredefying mixtapes and bassline productions keep the masses dancing around the globe.
Mija began her career in her hometown Phoenix, where she became a fulltime DJ in early 2012. In 2014 she was invited to perform on Kalliope, a Burning Man art car, at Bonnaroo Music Festival. It was on that car where she serendipitously ran into Skrillex and played a b2b sunrise set. Just a couple months later, Mija won a mix competition to play on the Black Butter Records stage at TomorrowWorld, where her set was recorded, and truly helped build a steady platform for her career.
Mija is quickly building a massive fan base from countries around the world. With her latest production “Crank It” feat. Lil Jon being released on record label OWSLA, she is making headlines on some of the biggest EDM websites out right now. This is just the beginning for yung Mija. She has national and international bookings under her wing in 2015, with the talent and drive to back it.
One of the most impressive young leaders of the American trap scene, California-based Ookay (pronounced “okay”) exploded onto the scene when both his freshman and sophomore releases on Ultra Records charted in the top 10 on Beatport. Since then, he’s shown no sign of slowing down, working with some of the greatest producers in electronic music while developing a signature style that weaves across genres, reflecting influences as varied as Borgore, Diplo, DJ Snake, Showtek, Deorro, TJR, Boaz Van de Beatz, Valentino Kahn, Waveracer, Cashmere Cat, Lindsay Lowend, Skrillex, Lido, and Wiwek while always returning to a hard-hitting trap beat.
The producer and DJ has racked up credits and quickly made a name for himself with remixes of tracks like Congrorock’s “Bless Di Nation Ft. Sean Paul” and Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo’s “Boneless.” Ookay teamed up with iconic producer Diplo to remix Avicii’s “You Make Me,” and his recent remix of “Kanye” by the Chainsmokers on Republic/Dim Mak Records layers his signature mix of dance music and hip-hop over fluttering pop vocals. His side project Coaster serves as an outlet for his love of alternative dance and house music, proving Ookay to be no one-trick trap pony.
His much-anticipated spring single "Bouncer," produced with the venerable Dutch duo Showtek, hit the top 3 Beatport overall chart after its March 2014 release and was a staple on summer festival stages across the country. Ookay has also quickly become known as a charismatic performer both on and off stage, appearing at venues like EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, Red Rocks, and TomorrowWorld. His live shows are known for sleek transitions, sensitive song selections, and entertaining MC’ing from the booth. He’s also no slouch on Twitter, commenting on everything from the struggle to Shazam an unknown song to LA’s Korean BBQ scene.
It’s no surprise that Ghost, out November 10 on Dim Mak Records, is one of the most exciting dance music releases of the fall. Promised to be “a blend of listening tracks as well as club bangers,” it fulfills that goal. Ghost is one of the too-rare records that will bring you from your morning commute, with the meditative “Ghost” and “Matters,” to 4 AM on the dance floor losing it to “Egg Drop Soup.”
The Ghost Tour this fall and winter is sure to blow up dance floors across America, and truly solidify Ookay’s status as one of America’s premier young electronic artists. With support from such icons as Showtek and Diplo as well as Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Major Lazer, Borgore, Nervo, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Deorro, TJR, Krewella and more, it seems certain that Ookay’s star will only continue to rise.
Straight from the kitchens of Pastanistan, SPAG HEDDY delivers your daily need for filthy, wonky and juicy tomato bass. Since 2011, Mischa Reining (NL) has been well known for his constant flow of both heavy and melodic tunes in the dubstep and drumstep genres.
Major players like Skrillex, Datsik, Excision, Skism, Must Die!, Cookie Monsta and Seven Lions have touched his noodly appendage, while official releases and remixes on Firepower, NSD Black Label, Rottun, Play Me, Monstercat and Disciple, have made him a producer you won't soon forget.
SPAG has a large dedicated fanbase, full support from Mega promotion channels like EDM.com, DropTheBassline and DubstepGutter, and has his own official sample pack released through Prime Loops.
Now, after multiple top charting Beatport hits, tens of millions of online plays, numerous shows in nearly all continents, including his own tour in Australia, he's aiming for the biggest and best; expect tons of new ferocious, melodic and neck breaking anthems to come.