EDC Japan 2017



We're proud to announce the first ever EDC Japan!
Mark your calendars! Early Bird tickets go on sale this Thursday, December 9 at 12pm JT. #EDCJP #EDCJAPAN

EDC Japan初開催!
Early Birdチケット販売は12/9(金)12時(正午/日本時間)から。

PERFORMING ARTIST

Afrojack

DJ / Producer

Grammy award winning DJ and producer, Afrojack, is one of the most influential names in electronic dance music today. At only 27, he has played a large role in the worldwide explosion and popularity of dance music with The Hollywood Reporter calling him “a global icon” set “to conquer the world" and in 2014 Forbes placing him at #6 on its annual list of ‘The World’s Highest Paid DJs.' A talented producer and artist Afrojack is versatile and creative with his sound whether creating club hits or producing and remixing for the likes of Beyoncé, Pitbull or Madonna. Afrojack is adept at shifting between genres and playing with his sound and it’s easy to see why his skills are some of the most sought after in the world.

Starting off in his hometown of Spijkenisse, Nick van de Wall aka Afrojack, quickly made a name for himself with a slew of hard-hitting underground releases, before exploding on the music scene in 2011 with the release of ‘Take Over Control’ - an instant worldwide club and chart hit the single reached platinum status in the U.S. Afrojack then went onto develop his own imprint in the production world with his label ‘Wall Recordings’ – a platform by which other passionate EDM artists could grow. He also wanted his label to retain the ‘club music’ brand, something he strives for with every Afrojack release. 2011 also saw Afrojack sign a landmark deal to become one of the first ever DJ’s to sign an annual residency in Las Vegas, at the legendary Wynn Hotel. The residency saw Afrojack perform over a dozen times a year at Wynn clubs including Encore Beach Club, Surrender, Tryst and XS.

From there the success continued; as well as making club hits and collaborating with the likes of David Guetta (co-writing and producing the world-wide smash ‘Titanium’), he also began to team up with and write for A-list pop artists around the world, including Madonna and Chris Brown. In 2011, he co-wrote and produced ‘Give Me Everything’ for Pitbull and Ne-Yo, which to this day has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. Not to mention his production work for Beyonce’s ‘Run the World (Girls),’ his Grammy nominated remix for Leona Lewis’ ‘Collide’ and his 2011 underground track ‘Rock the House,’ which topped the Beatport dance music charts after just three days. The same year he headlined both EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) NY & Las Vegas to over 300,000 people, as well as UMF (Ultra Music Festival) in Miami, Tomorrowland (in Belgium) and Coachella (LA) in addition a colossal 40 city ‘Jacked’ tour of the United States, all packed into 2012.

Last year got off to a monumental start when Afrojack signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Def Jam Recordings (formerly known as Island Def Jam) and Universal Music Group. The deal saw Afrojack’s talent be recognized and supported by the renowned music label. The first project from the partnership was ‘The Spark’, a single that fused EDM and pop and showed a new sound for Afrojack as an artist. For his fourth consecutive year he returned to headline Creamfields and at the Ultra Music Festival and TomorrowWorld, where he debuted his own ‘Jacked’ stage showcasing his Wall artists. He also found time to shoot a documentary web-series, ‘March of the Afrojack’, which gave fans an insight into the real person behind the Afrojack moniker. The series was released on the Rolling Stone website and saw him share many intimate moments and thoughts from his journey on the road along with his personal mantra “If I can do it, you can do it too.”

In late 2013 Afrojack made history as he became the first DJ to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ Stock Market Exchange in New York, as electronic dance company, SFX, went public. This also came in the same week as Afrojack cemented his hands into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the second DJ to ever do this and in doing so reinforced his position as a global music icon.

2014 is proving to be yet another milestone year for Afrojack; after headlining Ultra Music Festival in Miami and hosting an intimate album listening party, the world-renowned producer and DJ released his debut album ‘Forget The World’ on Def Jam Recordings on May 19th. The album, which features collaborations with legendary artists including Sting, Snoop Dogg, Jared Leto, Wrabel and Matthew Koma, immediately skyrocketed to the #1 spot on the iTunes Dance Chart. He has also kicked off a new DJ residency at Las Vegas hotspot Hakkasan, where fans can frequently catch his unique self-designed stage experience.

Given Afrojack’s immense popularity and influence on the music industry it is no surprise that many corporate brands have flocked to him for brand partnerships. Afrojack recently announced a partnership with globally celebrated fashion label ‘G-Star Raw’ for his own line of Afrojack inspired designs sold worldwide. He recently released his second capsule collection with the brand, after his first collection sold out in only 48 hours. He was also sought out by leading gaming company, Razer, to be a brand consultant on the development of its future products. Further, Nick’s single, ‘Ten Feet Tall’, premiered as a part of Bud Light’s newest commercial during the 2014 Superbowl. He continues to collaborate with some of the world’s most legendary music artists, including his most recent appearance on Good Morning America with world renowned music artist Sting.

In August 2014, Forbes awarded Afrojack the #6 spot on its list of the world’s highest paid DJs, followed by placement on their distinguished ’30 Under 30’ list. Afrojack’s continued success and popularity led him to headline the first ever Forbes Under 30 Summit, which brings together business leaders and mentors also on Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list. Forbes continued the recognition once more, when they asked him to be on the cover of their “Forbes Life” magazine.

Afrojack will take things to another level and to a bigger venue: the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. This ADE 2014 performance will be his biggest show to date, and exhibits the barriers he continues to breach. All of his past and future ventures continue to be highly regarded across the globe, including two MTV EMA nominations for Best Electronic and Best World Stage 2014. Recently, his home country The Netherlands honored the DJ with a stamp in his likeness alongside other Dutch DJs.

Afrojack has built a global brand that is recognized for influencing attitudes and championing new levels of change for the music world. It is clear from his exponential growth that there is no stopping him and at only 27 years old this is just the beginning…

Armin van Buuren

DJ / Producer

This is a man driven by an unbridled and relentless passion for music. Armin van Buuren is a born perfectionist, striving to stay on top of the scene he’s helped build. As the flag-bearer of the trance movement, he’s one of the most influential figures in EDM worldwide. Even though he lives an extraordinary life as one of the world’s most popular DJs, he has always remained a down-to-earth guy. Armin van Buuren is constantly on the move, whether creating music in his studio or en route to his next high-end club or festival show around the globe.

Armin: “It’s not just love for music, it’s my passion. It goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby. It’s about a way of living. Music is essential to my life.”

For more than 20 years, the Grammy-nominated Dutchman has been living to the rhythm of his own international success. His five-time number one position in the critically acclaimed DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll has been the result of his loyalty to fans, his creativity in the studio, the perseverance with which he hosts his weekly radio show ‘A State of Trance’, and the energy he brings to the crowds in front of him. Despite the heavy pressure that comes along with being one of the world’s most popular DJs, Armin has always kept his focus on the music. And that’s exactly what keeps him going.

How it all began 
Born in Leiden, The Netherlands (December 25, 1976) to a musical family, Armin indulged his passion for music from a young age. He spent all the money he earned from his paper route on records. His mom won a computer when he was 10, piquing Armin’s interest in technology. “So as a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programs and learnt about the technology from there.” Armin progressed from making low-profile mix tapes for friends to higher profile mixes when he discovered experimenting with different sequences on his computer through his uncle. “I was so stunned by what I saw him doing on the computer that I got addicted to creating music right there and then!”

“I loved dance music immediately – this great rebellious sound that was so different to the ‘beautiful’ songs of the years before.” Armin cites electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre as a major influence, as well as Dutch producer Ben Liebrand, who later mentored him in his mixing and producing.

In the early days, Armin thought it was wise to have a back-up plan, and so he studied for a law degree. The final year of his course was inevitably stretched out as he juggled his studies with his increasingly hectic schedule; his rise to fame included lots of productions and remixes, as well as playing in front of packed clubs every weekend. It took him three years to graduate, but his determination made him succeed.

Despite having a Master’s degree in Law, the main ingredient in Armin’s life has always been music. Armin: “I see it as my responsibility to promote trance as a genre, and I want to support it in every way I can. Music should connect us. As long as the music keeps evolving like it is, I will continue and I don’t see any reason to slow it down.”

THE DJ
No matter how many hours Armin van Buuren has travelled to get there, as soon as he enters the DJ booth, the Dutchman puts his full focus on the music, the crowd, and how those two will combine. Once the beats of his first record have kicked in, the room lights up and chanting starts to fill the air. To witness a set by Armin van Buuren is to be blown away — to lose yourself completely in the music and become one with the people around you. Mixing seamlessly, he has created his own sound and style, making his DJ sets a truly unique experience. He unites millions, not only through the gigs in his challenging schedule, but also through his ‘Armin Only’ and ‘A State of Trance’ world tours.

His busy life as a DJ has inspired countless people both personally and professionally. In 2009, Dutch author Coen Bom presented his on-the-road biography of Armin, called ‘Eén op één’ / ‘Armin Only’, in which he reported on the hectic life of Armin and tried to find the secret behind the grand success of the humble Dutchman. In October 2012, the official documentary ‘A Year With Armin van Buuren’ was released, in which Armin was followed during an important year in his life, offering a unique look behind the scenes and inside his personality. Again and again, his life as a superstar DJ continues to inspire others.

Armin has had the privilege of performing at some of the world’s biggest and best festivals, clubs, events, and shows. One of the highlights of his career was Armin’s performance for the newly crowned King and Queen of The Netherlands in 2013, Willem-Alexander and Máxima. Together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in front of the monarchs and 15,000 fans, he performed both ‘The Bolero’ as well as an orchestral version of the title track from his ‘Intense’ album. During the ‘Koningsvaart’ (a special, cultural boat-trip through the city of Amsterdam), the King and Queen surprised both the crowd as well as Armin by getting on stage and dancing along with him.

Without question another memorable highlight of Armin’s career was his DJ set at the Museumplein in Amsterdam in July of 2010, during the ceremonial honoring of the Dutch national soccer team. Even though the national team lost in the FIFA World Cup final, they partied like they were the absolute winners with a crowd of 200,000 strong.

In 2013, Armin’s career hit another milestone when he was the first solo dance artist to play in Madison Square Garden. The event was completely sold out, representing another crowning achievement for the DJ.

After the 2013 summer season ended (along with his residency at the world’s biggest club, Privilege in Ibiza), Armin kicked off a new ‘Armin Only’ world tour based on his ‘Intense’ album, in collaboration with theatre director Jos Thie. More than 33 dates were set, with shows landing in cities such as Kiev, Mumbai, Saint-Petersburg, Helsinki, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Sydney, Johannesburg, and more. With the ‘Armin Only’ tour, Armin brought out a unique and exclusive show format, which unfolded like the many layers of his ‘Intense’ album. In total, more than 500,000 visitors attended, spanning 5 continents. A ‘Road Movie’ series was also created, documenting behind-the-scenes footage of the entire tour as it took place.

In 2014, Armin began a highly successful weekly residency at the famous Ushuaïa Beach Hotel in Ibiza, playing every Thursday night from June 26th to September 11th alongside top DJs from the Armada Music roster. After the residency, he released a compilation entitled ‘A State of Trance at Ushuaïa Ibiza’ to commemorate the season.

As if to underline the success of the residency, Armin returned to the Ushuaïa Beach Hotel a year later for another ‘A State Of Trance at Ushuaïa, Ibiza’ summer. His performances in the center of the Ushuaïa pool were met with widespread passion and enthusiasm amongst his fans, subsequently leading to the release of the second volume of his Ushuaïa compilation series: ‘A State Of Trance at Ushuaïa, Ibiza 2015’.

On January 26th, 2016, Armin van Buuren brought elation to his worldwide fan base by announcing the first two dates of his brand-new Armin Only Embrace world tour, to which even more dates were added later on as announced live at A State Of Trance Festival Utrecht on February 27th. So far, Armin Only Embrace will bring a spectacular offering to the cities of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Gdansk (Poland), Dubai (UAE), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Minsk (Belarus), and Mexico City (Mexico). More destinations are to be announced soon.

THE Radio host
What started as an obsession for radio has turned into a weekly highlight for more than 37 million listeners, broadcasting to over 100 FM stations and fans from over 84 countries. In June 2001, Armin van Buuren aired the first episode of ‘A State of Trance’. Fourteen years later, he still hosts the weekly 2-hour show, where he presents the biggest tunes of the moment and provides an interactive way for fans to discover new music. Regular features of the show are the ‘Tune of the Week’, ‘A State of Trance Radio Classic’, and the ‘Future Favorite’, which is based on an online voting poll.

Celebrating each milestone, Armin did an extensive world tour based around the 650th episode of ASOT in early 2014. The ‘New Horizons’ world tour landed in the cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Almaty, Utrecht, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Miami. The 8-week tour took place in January, February, and March of 2014 and included 9 shows in countries all around the globe, with events broadcast live on the A State of Trance website.

In continuation of the success of ASOT, Armin kicked off his A State of Trance Festival tour. ASOT Festival was a new concept developed for 2015 in conjunction with ASOT Episode #700. Armin van Buuren became the first DJ to have his own festival: the biggest trance festival tour in history. The tour invaded Utrecht, Buenos Aires, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Sydney and Melbourne, Mexico, and other destinations worldwide. Episode #700 was also the first time that an entirely fan-created show was used, with fans being given the chance to present their favorite tracks on air. Fans were asked to submit voice recordings of themselves introducing their favorite trance tracks of all time, and the resultant songs and recordings were used to create an entirely fan-made episode — it marks the first time in the world a major dance radio show has ever done this.

Reflecting upon the ‘A State of Trance’ world tours, Armin says: “I’m deeply honored by all the positive things that are happening for the show and for the sound in general. I’ve always said ASOT is not only a show for, but also a show by the fans. The show wouldn’t be where it is without the fans, so it feels amazing to see so many people celebrating along. It’s crazy to see groups of fans going crazy to the same music that we’re playing on the other side of the world. People wearing banners, flags, and making their own private party. This is what I meant with ‘turning the world into a dance floor’.”

Each year, the listeners of the show are asked to vote for their favorite records of the year, with the ‘A State of Trance Top 20’ as the official result. Each track on this list ends up in the ‘A State of Trance Year Mix’, released at the end of December. Weeks of editing and mixing come together in a two-hour mega mix showcasing over a hundred tracks and countless memories. Several hundred thousand copies of the series have been sold to date, and the series has been going strong for over ten years. Another series that Armin has linked to the radio show is the ‘A State of Trance Classics’ compilation. After years of providing some of the most essential classics and all-time favorites in EDM, the series continues to commemorate the early days of dance music. Furthermore, Armin was awarded 4x certified Platinum for his ASOT Year Mix series in late 2014.

In addition to the radio show, Armin started the weekly ‘A State of Trance Podcast’ with a selection from the previous episode of the radio show, ensuring that listeners never miss out on any highlights. Every Sunday, Armin also hosts a 24-hour radio day called ‘A State of Sundays’, broadcast on one of the biggest radio stations in the United States: Sirius XM Satellite Radio. In addition to the A State of Trance shows, A State of Sundays also introduces its listeners to the sets and radio shows of other popular DJs and talented artists.

THE Producer
Whenever he’s not on tour or having a daddy-day with his daughter Fenna and son Remy, Armin locks himself up in the studio. Giving meaning to his famous quote “Don’t be a prisoner of your own style”, he explores the boundaries of EDM through his originals and remixes. Some of his most beloved works, such as ‘Communication’, ‘Burned With Desire’, ‘Blue Fear’, ‘Shivers’, and ‘Yet Another Day’, have grown into highly revered classics, withstanding the test of time.

Armin van Buuren can now look back on the success of his ‘76’ (2003), ‘Shivers’ (2005), ‘Imagine’ (2008), ‘Mirage’ (2010), ‘Intense’ (2013) and ‘Embrace’ (2015) albums. ‘Intense’ was nominated for the Dutch Edison Pop Award for ‘Best Dance Album’. The follow-up to his ‘Mirage’ album featured collaborations with Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari, Australian duo NERVO, and singers like Trevor Guthrie, Emma Hewitt, Laura Jansen, Fiora, and more. ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ ft. Trevor Guthrie (the first single off the album) was nominated for the Grammy award for ‘Best Dance Recording’ and also received a nomination for a Canadian Juno Award. It became a worldwide hit, reaching A-List rotation on radio stations all across the globe and receiving silver, gold, platinum, and double platinum certifications in countries such as Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, and Italy. The video has reached over 64 million views to date.

After presenting his fans with a fresh Armin van Buuren presents. Rising Star record (‘Safe Inside You’ feat. Betsie Larkin), an official remix of the ‘Game Of Thrones Theme’, and a collaboration with Electronic Music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre (‘Stardust’), Armin announced the name of his forthcoming artist album during his ASOT radio show on Thursday September 3rd of 2015.

‘Embrace’ emerged as Armin’s sixth full-length artist album on October 29th, filled with remarkable collaborations with the likes of Mr. Probz (‘Another You’), Hardwell (‘Off The Hook’), Cimo Fränkel (‘Strong Ones’), world-famous Dutch Jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans (‘Embrace’) award-winning Dutch band Kensington (‘Heading Up High’), and fellow Grammy nominee Gavin DeGraw (‘Looking For Your Name’).

Said Armin of the stylistic diversity of ‘Embrace’, “Each of the instruments you see on the album cover – which was shot by Anton Corbijn – was an instrument actually used on the album! I thought it would be a real challenge to myself to try to create dance music using all of these disparate instruments. I really wanted to push myself past my comfort zone and create something very exciting not just for me, but for all the lovers of music out there. I hope you enjoy it.” Judging by the ecstatic reaction of audiences whenever Armin plays his album cuts onstage, he has, once again, succeeded.

THE Label owner
In 2003, plans emerged to set up a record label: Armada Music. Together with Maykel Piron and David Lewis (Ar-Ma-Da), Armin built the foundation of one of the most successful record labels worldwide. Armada Music (voted ‘Best Global Record Label’ five years in a row) is home to more than 20 sub-labels and releases productions by some of the industry’s biggest names and rising talents. Armin’s very own ‘Armind’ and ‘A State of Trance’ labels have found a safe haven at Armada Music, as well as his ‘A State of Trance’ compilation series and artist albums.

With imprints such as Armada Trice, Armada Deep, Armada Captivating, and The Bearded Man as the main pillars of the record label, the biggest Trance label in the world has branched out to a whole array of different styles and genres, with Lost Frequencies’ hit singles ‘Are You With Me’ and ‘Reality’ (feat. Janieck Devy) as prime examples of ensued success.

Within the twelve years of its existence, Armada Music has become one of the most diverse record labels in Electronic Music, with over 50 employees working their hardest to ensure the prolonged growth of Armada.

Despite his ambitious and hectic schedule, Armin still serves as A&R of the Armind, WAO138?!, and A State of Trance labels.

THE Award winner: Facts & Figures
Even a basic list of recent successes reads like a lifetime of work, and the landmarks just keep coming. Armin’s trophy closet is crammed with awards, and here is a selection of them:

DJ Mag Top 100 positions:
2001: #27 2002: #5 2003: #3 2004: #3 2005: #3 2006: #2 2007: #1 2008: #1 2009: #1 2010: #1 2011: #2 2012: #1 2013: #2 2014: #3 2015: #4

2005:

  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Dance Radio Mix Show DJ
    • Best Full Length DJ Mix CD (‘A State of Trance’).

 

2007:

  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Radio Mix Show DJ
    • Best CD Compilation (‘A State Of Trance 2006’).

 

2008:

  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best European DJ
    • Best Radio Mix Show DJ
  • Buma Cultuur Pop Award – the most important Dutch musician award since 1986;
  • Armin plays for 35,000 people at his Armin Only show in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, making him the first Dutch DJ ever to have drawn such a big crowd to his own event.

 

2009:

  • #1 DJ in Australia’s IntheMix.au International Acts;
  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Progressive House/Trance Track (‘In & Out of Love’ ft. Sharon den Adel)
    • Best European DJ
    • Best Radio Mix Show DJ
    • Best Music Video (‘In & Out Of Love’ ft. Sharon den Adel)
    • Best Global Record Label (Armada Music)
  • DJ Awards – Best International DJ.

 

2010:

  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Global DJ
    • Best Podcast (‘A State of Trance Podcast’)
    • Best Global Record Label (Armada Music);
  • DJ Awards – Best Trance DJ;
  • Gouden Harp – highest distinction a Dutch artist can get.

 

2011:

  • #1 DJ in Australia’s IntheMix.au International Acts
  • International Dance Music Award:
    • Best Trance Track (‘Not Giving Up On Love’ ft. Sophie Ellis Bextor)
    • Best European DJ
    • Best Global DJ
    • Best Radio Mix Show DJ
    • Best Full Length DJ Mix (‘A State of Trance 2010’)
    • Best Podcast (‘A State of Trance Podcast’)
    • Best Global Record Label (Armada Music);
  • DJ Awards:
    • Best International DJ
    • Best Trance DJ
  • Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – Royal distinction.

 

2012:

  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Trance Track (‘Feels So Good’ ft. Nadia Ali)
    • Best Global DJ
    • Best Radio Mix Show DJ
    • Best Podcast (‘A State of Trance Podcast’)
    • Best Global Record Label (Armada Music)
  • DJ Awards:
    • Best International DJ
    • Best Trance DJ
  • FCN Business Award.

 

2013:

  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Trance Track (J’ai Envie De Toi’)
    • Best Radio Mix Show DJ
    • Best Producer
    • Best Global DJ
    • Best Podcast (‘A State of Trance Podcast’)
    • Best Global Record Label (Armada Music)
  • ‘This Is What It Feels Like’: gold in Italy, double platinum in Canada and The Netherlands, silver in the U.K., platinum in Australia;
  • Honorary pin of the city of Leiden;
  • ‘Save My Night’ featured in Heineken’s ‘Dance More, Drink Slow’ Campaign.

 

2014:

  • ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ certified 7x Platinum in the Netherlands;
  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Trance Track (‘This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie)
    • Best Compilation or Full Length DJ Mix (‘A State Of Trance 2013’)
    • Best Trance DJ
    • Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ
    • Best Artist (Solo)
    • Best Featured Vocalist Performance (‘This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie)
    • Best Music Video (‘This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie)
    • Best Producer
  • Grammy nomination and a Juno Award nomination for ‘This Is What It Feels Like’;
  • Edison Pop Award nomination for the ‘Intense’ album;
  • From June 26th-September 11th, he had a weekly residency at Ushuaïa on Ibiza every Thursday night;
  • 33 sold out Armin Only shows in locations including New York, Amsterdam, Moscow, and Sydney;
  • ASOT 650 world tour ‘New Horizons’: Moscow, Almaty, Yekaterinburg, Utrecht, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta & Miami ;
  • Honored on a commemorative Dutch postage stamp;
  • Honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam;
  • Second most followed artist Spotify playlist – ‘A State of Trance Radio’;
  • DJ Awards Ibiza winner: ‘Best Trance DJ’;
  • Lifetime achievement nomination from Sirius XM.

 

2015:

  • ‘Another You’ 3x certified Platinum in The Netherlands
  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Trance Track (‘Together (In A State Of Trance)
    • Best Trance DJ
  • DJ Awards Ibiza winner: ‘Best Trance DJ’
  • A weekly residency at Ushuaïa Beach Hotel on Ibiza every Thursday night from June 25th ‘til September 17th
  • JFK’s Greatest Man 2015.

 

2016:

  • Two 3FM nominations: ‘Best Artist Dance’ and ‘Best Single’ (‘Heading Up High’ feat. Kensington)
  • Kick-off Armin Only Embrace world tour in Amsterdam on May 6th and May 7th;
  • Edison Pop 2016 Award nomination;
  • Impala ‘Album Of The Year’ Award nomination;
  • International Dance Music Awards:
    • Best Trance Track (‘Another You’ feat. Mr. Probz)
    • Best Trance DJ

Axwell Λ Ingrosso

DJ / Producer

Axwell Λ Ingrosso. The new project from Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso.

Baggi

DJ / Producer

Few have channeled their life struggles into definitive musical landmarks to the extent of Baggi Begovic; a man whose revered melodic wizardry has afforded him an extensive grasp on global club land.

Born in 1979, the story of Ajdin Begovic far exceeds musical manifestation. As a Bosnian native, the Yugoslav Civil War proved an insatiable battleground of social and physical preservation to what should have been his tender teenage years. Through the suffering, imprisonment, loss of loved ones and his eventual release from a detention camp in 1992, his earliest tests and tribulations have served as considerable drivers to the leaps and bounds now associated with his global overhaul. Times have changed. Social landmarks have come and gone. Armed only with the haunting memories of his earlier tribulations, Baggi’s club deviance has been modestly tailored, yet wholeheartedly executed to make relevant marks on the modern market.

As an industrious playground, few could argue the positive legwork made by Baggi upon his relocation to Rotterdam. Away from the constant reminders of political unrest, Baggi would staple himself amid the thriving Netherland’s circuit, immersing himself among such long serving peers as Funkerman, Hardsoul and Rene Amesz – the latter of whom he would top the progressive house charts alongside for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” With a back catalogue including collaborative duties alongside Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez and a strong presence on Defected Record’s Ibiza 09 compilation, there is no shortage of indicators of Baggi’s preserved musical aptitude.

Call it house music, EDM, or assorted Begovic charm, but this is one artist whose ever-expansive studio arsenal knows no limitations but upfront quality. A tropical groove-master by inauguration whose stints for Musical Freedom, Defected Records, Toolroom Records and Spinnin Records alike broke incessant momentum across the industry, modern times are yet to hinder his eclectic get-up. More recently, remixes for Rita Ora, Kelly Clarkson and Rod Stewart have underpinned his unwillingness to shy from the ever-expanding boundaries of popular music; yet another asset that has kept him in consistent visibility amid his craft’s undeniable renaissance.

But for the most part, Baggi remains as relevant and club-footed as ever for 2013. Tiësto, a long time provocateur and advocate of Baggi’s pursuit of solo stardom, has played a considerable part in this full-circle of musical liberation. Dropping his debut single for Musical Freedom exactly 21-years after losing his father to the atrocities of war, their new found collaborative partnership – as formally celebrated during Tiësto’s set at UMF, signals a liberating streak for Baggi and his accomplished studio persona.

Trends have taken wind, but the well-travelled artists buoyancy on the global club circuit remains evident in the sheer scope of his global presence. Between landmark stints at Mysteryland, Global Gathering, Creamfields and Space Ibiza, Baggi’s studio output and fluid turntable maneuvers continue to cater for every facet of club land without compromising on the quality that has kept the air miles racking up throughout his whirlwind career.

Baggi’s story has not always been one of plain sailing, but through music, the chimes of liberation have offered considerable redemption. Taking 2013 like a man driven only to excel the ranks of his craft, one thing remains painfully evident where the long serving Bosnian talent is concerned: music is an outright liberator when placed in heartfelt hands. 

Carnage

DJ / Producer

“Making music is about having an impact,” exclaims DJ Carnage.

It's easy to feel the impact on every track the Los Angeles-based artist produces or remixes. With a versatile mindset and deft approach, he siphons electro, hip-hop, pop, and trap into an intoxicating brew unlike anything out there. It’s dirty, defiant, and diverse.

Carnage embraced music at a very young age. Before moving to the suburbs of Maryland, he grew up in Nicaragua and Guatemala. It gave him an international consciousness and perspective at a young age that would pervade his art. In order to get through long car rides with his mom, he’d make mix CDs of everything from Kanye West to Michael Jackson, and they’d listen to them together. It was with mom’s encouragement that he began actually building his own tracks.

He recalls, “It's funny, because one day my mom was like, ‘Why don’t you make your own beats?’ I'd never thought of it before, so she bought me Fruity Loops. From there, I just got hooked.”

He carved out a sizable local following in Maryland, slinging independent mixtapes and solidifying an online presence. Niles from the Cataracs actually stumbled upon his MySpace page and immediately became a fan. Their correspondence turned into a creative partnership and led to Carnage’s signing with Indie Pop.

One of his first projects under that banner was a tripped-out and captivating remix of Yuna’s “Live Your Life.” Soon, Tiësto began spinning the cut on his popular Club Life podcast, while Paul Oakenfold inserted it into regular rotation on his radio show, Planet Perfecto. Carnage began turning heads. His “Festival Trap” remix of Hardwell’s “Spaceman” soon exceeded 100k plays on SoundCloud, and he teamed up with Theophilus London and A$AP Rocky for the 2012 single “Big Spender,” and he coproduced the Cataracs’ “All You,” featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade.

Everything simply laid the groundwork for the release of his proper debut, “Bang,” on Fool’s Gold. It’s an incendiary instrumental with a big hip-hop bounce and a dubstep drop at just the right moment. “It's really massive,” he enthuses. “It's a rap record with a huge drop. You never hear that kind of climax in hip-hop or trap records. It’s the perfect introduction to who I am, because it touches on so many genres.”

The single’s B-side is a grimy and guttural gem that sees him collaborate with 15-year-old Chicago underground rap sensation Katie Got Bandz. It’s bound to get the internet going crazy.

There’s nothing quite like seeing Carnage live, though. Every show explodes, based off his hyperkinetic energy and formidable presence. He’s rocked stages at Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella and more, as well as performing alongside Borgore, A-Trak, the Cataracs, and countless others.

“I'm a big black guy who loves to rage,” he chuckles. “I'm not what you expect. I feed off the crowd and go for it.”

That’s why Carnage’s impact will be felt for a long time to come.

Cut Snake

DJ / Producer

Zero f*cks given – some would argue that’s the mantra when it comes to the Cut Snake way of life. “It’s about enjoying the moment and having a great time,” Paul “Fish” Fisher explains of his group with Leigh “Sedz” Sedley. However, it’s worth noting that there are, in fact, a few fucks the guys do give when it comes to their music. Which they have no problem showing.In the studio, Sedz and Fish channel their unabashed, fuck-all attitudes into tracks like their sultry debut single “Face Down”, and the lush vocal cut “Echo”. The guys coin an atmospheric and deep-leaning sound that’s suited to no one particular environment. As Fish tells it, “you should be able to enjoy it everywhere.” Mates since childhood, Cut Snake grew up on the Gold Coast of Australia; surfing professionally and competing against each other from the time they were 12. In this time, they developed the hilarious banter and incredible dynamic that is still prevalent in interviews and on stage. The guys got into dance music while they were touring the world for surf contests and quickly grew passionate about the underground scenes from each country they visited. With plenty of time waiting for waves, they fine-tuned their production skills from beachfront bungalows, giving their music a fresh feel and their live show a vibe like no other. Outside of their wildly successful surf careers, Sedz channeled his passion and focus for the sport into his music production, and for that he’s known as the “mad scientist” of the duo. Fish is known for his web series, Followthefish.tv. His wild personality and contagious laugh have made him one of the biggest personalities in the surfing industry to date. Now that Cut Snake has relocated stateside and inked a deal with Three Six Zero / Warner Bros. Records, the guys flout the seriousness of the scene in every way possible. Their crazy video antics have amassed a cult following in their home country of Australia and given the guys an edge on US turf. The edge, of course, is in teaching their American audience how to take a break from their day jobs and have a fucking beer...or seven.

Dubfire

DJ / Producer

From global success in the commercial domain, to equal accomplishments within the underground scene, Dubfire (aka Ali Shirazinia) is an artist whose drive, talent and intuition have placed him in the top tier of electronic music artists in the world. He maintains this position within the industry with an unrelenting work ethic and a determination to innovate, evolve, and entertain. Whether it’s his involvement with Deep Dish, his solo performances at an extensive list of the world’s most influential clubs and festivals, his dubfire:live HYBRID show, running his label SCI+TEC, or simply his exploration of audio and visual technology, Dubfire is in a class of his own.

Duke Dumont

DJ / Producer

“I did 150 DJ shows last year. That’s 3 per week, and 110 of them were overseas,” explains Duke Dumont. “The problem is,” he laughs, “I’m not the type of person who can record music on the road.” Quite how the hell the London producer has finished this debut album, Blasé Boys Club, then, is both a total miracle and a tribute to his work ethic. “I try to push myself as hard as I can, and I hope this record represents that.”

In a way, the enormous success of Duke Dumont has somewhat slipped under the radar. So unassuming is Adam George Dyment, that it’s easy to forget he played one of the most pivotal roles in making UK deep house the thundering global juggernaut it is today. When his single ‘Need U 100%’ soared straight to number 1 in March 2013, it became the first UK house track to do so in over a decade, reaching Gold certification, and opening up a gap in the British music consciousness for deep house to really prosper on a massive scale. It’s fair to say that the success of “Need U 100%” blew open a void for other deep house acts like Route 94 and Gorgon City to fill, transcending so many from club favourites to serious chart contenders.

Dumont followed that success 9 months later with his next single, ‘I Got U’, a Whitney Houston inspired Waikiki Beach of a dance track, that, again, topped the UK singles chart. An achievement put into stark context when you think of the acts – Pharrell Williams and John Legend – that it was keeping from top spot. And when his third big single ‘Won’t Look Back’ rose to number 2 on the UK chart, whilst topping the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, Dumont’s name as a top ten producer was cemented.

Away from the charts though, he continued the underground explorations that first made his name, through the For Club Play Only EP series on Turbo Recordings. So while ‘Won’t Look Back’ was snaking into Radio 1’s A-list, the more radical and rigid percussive banger ‘Drumapella’ from his other project was simultaneously permeating the underground club scene. It’s this multifaceted success, a fingers on all turntables approach, that unleashed such a relentless touring schedule for Dumont, taking him worldwide – and all the while he would be snatching at moments of downtime to work on the material that would comprise his first full length record.

At Coachella this year, Dumont put this prospective album material to the test – performing a 60 minute live set of all original work to a crowd that swelled from 3,000 to 25,000 during his show. “I was between 2 EDM acts, so I was a little scared,” he admits. “When you are performing music at a live level, things can get very competitive. Is the act before you going to be more aggressive, louder, are their lights going to be bigger and better? The thing a lot of people lose in that respect is that music should have a lot of emotion to it. It should be heartfelt. It should trigger something. I put most of the songs from the album into that set, so it all hinged on my stuff. This was no DJ set. And I felt proud when it really captured the crowd’s attention.”

So much tireless work has gone into making his live show what it is, taking cues from acts like Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, in an effort to create a performance that truly reflects the artistic craft of electronic music rather than pandering to the cultural clichés of hedonistic immediacy. His performances are pulsating, emotional journeys. But, at the end of the day, the show would be nothing if the source material wasn’t strong enough, and that’s where Dumont excels.

The album has also given him a chance to breath some new life into existing material. ‘The Giver’ first dropped in 2012 on Turbo, and quickly turned a deep house staple, it’s use becoming almost ritualistic in the way so DJs would consistently deploy it as their peak time banger. And soon, it developed an organic life of its own online. “When I wrote it, I don’t even think deep house was invented in its current form,” says Dumont. “I’ve always wanted to play it to as wide an audience as possible. It did really well by itself, but that was without any promo or marketing. Now, with the re-polish I’ve done on it, I want it to have the best possible chance to do well on radio.”

Away from Dumont’s clear affinity for deep house, prominent vocals and textured electronic pop, there’s also one other key influence that bleeds through his work. “I came through as a DJ with a lot of the French wave guys like Justice, Sebastian, Mr Oizo,” he explains. “And Daft Punk’s Discovery: that just has the perfect balance of incredible music alongside massive dance tracks.” Somewhere in his subconscious, this powerful French influence is etched and it comes across most prominently on standout track ‘Ocean Avenue’ – a hard and slinky pop jam that conjures nocturnal visions of a lost scene from Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film Drive.

The record has also given Dumont a chance to widen his scope of collaboration. His fine ear for vocals has already seen him team up with MNEK and AME, and the record boasts further features from Vincent McMorrow, and the legendary 80s house vocalist Robert Owens. The grooving 8 minute disco track that features the latter is like Dumont’s very own homage to Daft Punk’s epic ‘Giorgio’.

The funny thing about all the success that now surrounds him is that Duke Dumont hasn’t really changed the way he makes music, and the re-release of ‘The Giver’ will pay testament to that. The change has come more in both the UK and American music culture, and the way club music now finds itself positioned so boldly on both sides of the Atlantic. “I remember I went to America in 2008,” he says, “and I played in a nightclub in New York called Studio B. I remember I got heckled by people asking me to play hip-hop. So, when I went back in 2012, I was genuinely petrified, but it ended up being one of the best tours I’ve ever done. The scene just seems to get bigger and bigger.”

With his eyes set on some huge UK shows, and massive forthcoming collaborations, Harrow-born Adam George Dyment looks set to play a huge role in the way UK pop music continues to shift ever further into new realms, just like an early noughties Timbaland did for the US or a recent Pharrell has done for the world. Still, he remains unnervingly grounded: “I don’t necessarily want to be the biggest DJ or biggest act in the world, but I certainly want to be one of the best.”

Fatboy Slim

DJ / Producer

This musical chameleon grew up in Surrey and began to DJ when he moved to Brighton to study for a degree. After playing bass guitar with the Housemartins, he had his first success as a solo artist with a remix of Erik B And Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul" which reached number 13 in the charts in the late 80s. In the 90s, he formed Beats International, who achieved a UK number 1 in February 1990 with "Dub Be Good To Me", and later Freak Power (with Ashley Slater), who reached number 2 in the UK charts in March 1995 after their "Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out" single was featured in a Levis jeans commercial. Cook has achieved most success producing dance music under a number of different names, and in his roles as a club DJ and in-demand remixer. In 1994, he turned to house music as Pizzaman and had a number of Top 20 hits including "Tripping On Sunshine' (Loaded Records). At the same time he began to write in a style that later became known as big beat, and to purvey this sound at the Big Beat Boutique (from which the movement took its name). Following the success of the club, he signed to Damian Harris" newly formed Skint Records as Fatboy Slim and released "Santa Cruz" as his first single.

He subsequently became big beat's best-known and most successful artist with a number of hit singles including "Everybody Needs A 303", the album Better Living Through Chemistry and various remixes including Wildchild's "Renegade Master" (Hi-Life) and Cornershop's number 1 single "Brimful Of Asha" (Wiija). He has also recorded for Southern Fried Records as the Mighty Dub Katz, notably "It's Just Another Groove" and "Magic Carpet Ride". In 1998, his success continued with a Fatboy Slim single "The Rockafeller Skank" and Freak Power single "No Way", recorded with just Ashley Slater. In October, he was honoured with the UK's Muzik magazine's award for best producer. In January 1999, the Fatboy Slim single "Praise You" topped the UK chart, while You've Come A Long Way, Baby consolidated its crossover appeal and enjoyed transatlantic success. In February, he won a BRIT Award for best producer, and in August married Radio 1 DJ and television presenter Zoe Ball (their son, Woody, was born the following December). He also won three MTV Video Awards in September.

Cook's success lies in his ability to blend funky breakbeats with the most catchy melodies and riffs, and he has reached a wider audience than many DJs by combining elements of rock and dance music. "Everybody Needs A 303" mixes a funky bass guitar riff with various analogue effects and "Song For Lindy" features slide guitar, busy percussion, tubular bells and house-style piano, while "Magic Carpet Ride" has a ska-edged feel with its guitar and horn hook. In this way he has coloured his music with a variety of styles and been broadminded enough to look further than the "old-school" hip-hop and acid jazz clich‚s which pervade much of the scene. While he admits his music is simple, cheesy and obvious, describing himself as "just a party fiend who nicks bits of other people's records", his light-hearted attitude and unashamedly amateurish approach, which also pervades Skint, could prove more important in the long run than the sound itself. His high-profile marriage to television and radio personality Zoe Ball, has ensured tabloid coverage for his every move during his present popularity.

Galantis

DJ / Producer

The lights begin to shimmer at Coachella’s Gobi Tent, as the curious crowd packs the stage to witness a never-­before­‐seen act, and something unexpected occurs: 10,000 people compelled to sing in unison. It’s the result of a tangible feeling hanging in the air, that this is the birth of a movement; this is the birth of GALANTIS.

At its core, GALANTIS is two friends making music together. The fact that they’re Christian Karlsson, aka Bloodshy, and Linus Eklöw, aka Style of Eye, is what changes the plot. The accomplished duo’s groundbreaking work as GALANTIS destroys current electronic dance music tropes, demonstrating that emotion and musicianship can indeed coexist with what Eklöw calls “a really, really big kind of vibe.”

Earning the rare honor of debuting in a prime-time slot at Coachella, the festival of festivals, GALANTIS quickly became the talk of the town. The packed stage and thrilling live show earned the attention of Dancing Astronaut, who named the set Best Debut of the festival, while an online poll from Billboard magazine found GALANTIS shattering the competition for Best Dance Music Moment at Coachella.

“GALANTIS is about challenging, not following,” says Karlsson.

Karlsson should know about shaking things up. As half of production duo Bloodshy & Avant, he reinvented pop divas like Madonna, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue in the early 2000s. He cowrote and produced Spears’ stunning, career-­changing single “Toxic” to the tune of a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. Since then, he’s been breaking more ground as one-third of mysterious, jackalope‐branded band Miike Snow. The trio’s two albums, 2009’s self-­titled debut and 2011’s Happy To You, fuse the warm pulse of dance music with inspired songcraft, spanning rock, indie, pop and soul. And they recreated that special synthesis live, playing over 300 shows, including big stages like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Ultra Music Festival.

As Style of Eye, Eklöw has cut his own path through the wilds of electronic music for the last decade, defying genre and releasing work on a diverse swath of labels including of-the-moment EDM purveyors like Fool’s Gold, OWSLA and Refune; and underground stalwarts like Classic, DIRTYBIRD and Pickadoll. He also co-wrote and -­produced a little song you might have heard: Icona Pop’s international No. 1 smash “I Love It.”

After mutually admiring each other from afar, Karlsson and Eklöw kept meeting by chance at Robotberget studio in Stockholm, home to Karlsson’s label of the same name, and soon discovered shared creative values and complementary goals. Karlsson wanted to go deeper into electronic music; Eklöw wanted to apply songwriting to his track-­making prowess.

And both wanted to give the finished product, whatever it was, a live life—an audiovisual experience that matched the really, really big vibe of the music.

After several remote track swaps between the usual planes, trains and automobiles yielded nothing worth keeping, the pair decided to try to change their work by changing its setting. So they set up a studio in one of the world’s most stunning natural phenomena, the Stockholm archipelago in the Baltic Sea. This fantastical 37-mile belt has inspired Swedish artists, playwrights and poets throughout time. It’s on one of its over 65,000 individual islands where GALANTIS became real.

“It’s strange making electronic music in a place like this,” says Karlsson. We are on a tiny, isolated island surrounded by water, but it inspired us to go where we wanted to go.”

That sense of simultaneous smallness and grandeur made its way into “Smile,” a soulful song in the cloak of a festival anthem, with dusky keys adding depth to the energetic builds. And it was then that Karlsson and Eklöw knew they had it: the sound of GALANTIS.

Following its release, “Smile” became a dancefloor staple internationally. The track was championed by a wide array of GALANTIS’ peers, including Pete Tong, who made it an Essential New Tune; Diplo, who called it the best house tune of the year; and Laidback Luke, who tweeted, “Galantis is light years ahead of us.”

“You,” their follow-­up single, received an ecstatic response, with Kaskade and Steve Angello supporting it in their mainstage sets at the Ultra Music Festival, where it was also one of the 10 most­‐Shazamed songs. Legendary DJ Tiësto and his protégés Twoloud were the first to remix the track, while Porter Robinson showed support on social media.

The accompanying video brought the Seafox, the creature that serves as GALANTIS’ logo, to life, spending a night on the town with friends and talking about her search for love to underscore the message that “Love is love, no matter who you are.”

Releasing a song a week in advance of their debut self­‐titled EP, it took only days for the tracks to cross 100,000 plays. The EP went on to #4 on the iTunes dance chart upon its release.

GALANTIS spent months creating a live show that matched their music’s innovation and spirit. With infectious energy onstage, the duo had their sights set on taking over Coachella. The festival was followed by a North American tour, including sold-out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre.

GALANTIS are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut full-length album, coming in 2015.

Gryffin

DJ / Producer

Over the past couple of years, NYC-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Gryffin aka Dan Griffith, has cemented his path to the international spotlight with his melody-rich style of house music that fuses indie with dance in tasteful fashion. Known for some of the biggest remixes from the last year, such as his remix of Tove Lo’s “Talking Body,” Maroon 5’s “Animals,” Years & Years’ “Desire,” and more, this gifted up-and-comer has already seen a significant amount of success, hitting #1 on Hype Machine consistently, on top of racking up 100 million streams online.

Although Gryffin has recently been on the cusp of a major breakthrough, he began his musical journey growing up as a classically trained pianist, before expanding his sonic palette with guitar at an early age. He played in bands to initially hone his instrumental abilities, until he dove head first into the world of music production at the University of Southern California. Throughout college and beyond, Gryffin further refined his skills that have blossomed into his artistic mastery that is appreciated by his counterparts and adoring fans around the world. In his genre, artists typically DJ to showcase their talents, but live performance is where his heart lies in capturing the essence of his work.

With a world-debut at this past SnowGlobe Music Festival, Gryffin unveiled his anticipated live performance to finally connect with those who have been behind his impressive play counts. His passion and love for musicianship, and artistry within music shined through as he performed with live instrumentation (guitar, keyboard, synths, & drum pads) in a continuous dance music format to keep up the energy characteristic of DJ sets. Since this performance was a resounding success, the excitement is brewing for his next two sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ The Roxy, and New York’s Bowery Ballroom to close out his first-ever live tour.

Following the conclusion of the tour, Gryffin made the leap to his first original production, “Heading Home” featuring Josef Salvat, which immediately became #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, US Viral Chart, and accumulated a million plays in one week after being released via Darkroom/Interscope Records. It’s already looking like 2016 is going to be Gryffin’s biggest year yet.

Jauz

DJ / Producer

Genre blending has always been a core tenant of Jauz – the project of 21 year old LA-based and Icon Collective graduate, Sam Vogel. Over the course of the past few months we have seen the young star rise, turning in some of the biggest tracks of the year, from taking on the likes of Ed Sheeran, Asap Mob, Childish Gambino, and more. Jauz has released addictive mid-tempo originals like “Feel the Volume” and remixes like “Hella Hoes” that have left both the festivals and clubs wanting more and garnered him support from industry heavyweights like Zedd, Skrillex, Diplo, Borgore, Destructo, Arty and others. His euphoric originals and viral remixes seamlessly weave in and out of several musical categories, staying true to his creed: “music has no boundaries.”

Joyryde

DJ / Producer

In a little over 6 months, Joyryde has risen from complete unknown to one of the most buzzing acts on the planet. With support from the likes of Axwell^Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Skrillex, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Yellow Claw, Tchami, Jauz, Knife Party, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, GRiZ, Don Diablo, Ephwurd, Ghastly, Dyro and more, the highway to success is paved with bass. Joyryde's brand of #SwerveHouse is firmly expressed through his massive singles “FLO” and “SPEED TRAP.” Jauz not only champions his “Stick It In Reverse” mix of last summers hit “Feel The Volume,” he has been opening his sets with it for months. 

His most recent hit “HARI KARI” made it all the way to BBC Radio 1 via NGHTMRE’s Diplo & Friends mix and was also heard in Yellow Claw’s heralded mixtape series. With every blog raving about the lad, Dancing Astronaut put it best; “At a time of radio-safe club maneuvers, his is a brand out for blood." He ended 2015 with the launch of his self designed apparel line #RYDRWARE.

He opened 2016 with a Rick Ross feature on the 160 BPM "Windows,” a track who's genre still cannot be identified. With an arsenal of unreleased tracks, all the big names chatting about him, and some lofty touring goals, Joyryde is sure to hit the ground running in 2016 ... and bring all his Rydrz with him.

Kaskade

DJ / Producer

Having been through the trenches as an original recording artist, producer and in-demand DJ for more than a decade, American juggernaut Kaskade continues to be at the forefront of the dance music scene. Breaking down barriers and shattering records, he’s created a career of unprecedented milestones for himself and the industry: the first U.S. DJ to secure a Las Vegas residency, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell-out Barclays Center, as well as the first dance artist to sell-out Navy Pier and the Staples Center during his Freaks of Nature Tour, which was deemed “the only successful national stadium tour undertaken by a solo ‘EDM’ artist” by Billboard.

Most recently Kaskade returned to the iconic two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the fourth time, where he was the only electronic artist to take the main stage. In a historic achievement, Kaskade drew the two largest crowds the festival had ever seen in its storied sixteen-year existence.

Prior to kicking off Coachella, Kaskade released his much anticipated single, “Never Sleep Alone,” which premiered at #1 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart and is currently on iTunes Top 10 dance chart. Poised to become this year’s summer anthem, it’s rooted in contemporary house music fused with an explosive energy fit for any massive arena or festival.

Crowned by The New York Times as “the new face of electronic dance music,” Kaskade has laid the groundwork for a titanic musical and cultural shift: a post-rock electronic music revolution that has captured the imagination of a new generation of fans across North America. He received his fourth consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording for his edit of Galantis’ “Smile.” Previously, his eighth studio album Atmosphere scored him his second and third Grammy nominations for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica album. He received his first nomination for his double-album Fire & Ice, which debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album chart. With his unique creative prowess, the two-time “America’s Best DJ” title holder has created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lana Del Rey to Beyoncé.

Along with taking the festival-circuit by storm, Kaskade performs to jam packed crowds all over the world at Wynn Las Vegas daylife and nightlife venues – Encore Beach Cub and XS Nightclub, where he has a multi-year exclusive residency deal. Wynn Las Vegas served as his first exclusive residency in Las Vegas at Encore Beach Club in 2010.

While he cut his teeth in nightclubs, today Kaskade’s live shows are arena-sized; a jaw-dropping spectacle that finds him performing in front of massive LED screens broadcasting evocative images synced with the music in meaning and tone, while strobe lights scan the crowd. “I'm trying to create an environment where you can lose yourself in these really big, grand, euphoric moments and to do that, there has to be a certain intensity.  We’re barraged with so much information in modern-day culture, and I want people to forget their worries and cares and be able to come together and celebrate life by hearing these songs that they love, with words that have touched them in a certain way. That’s what I’m trying to do at each and every show.”

The veteran superstar’s fan base speaks for itself with more than 1.5 million fans on Facebook, nearly 820,000 followers on Twitter and more than 26 million views combined on his YouTube channel. Kaskade continues to prove his dedication and loyalty to his fans by catering to them through his infamous Tumblr page, including #Askade, a Q&A that allows Kaskade lovers to ask him anything on a one-on-one level.   He made headlines during the premiere of the docu-film “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” in Los Angeles after tweeting fans to join an intimate block-party festivity.  The “Kaskade effect” took thousands by storm; fans ignited the streets filling every inch of Hollywood Blvd in hopes to see and hear the icon perform. Due to the overwhelming turnout, Kaskade urged fans to peacefully clear the streets and they did so almost immediately. It was a true testament to the dance music guru’s far reaching influence.

Always evolving, he’s expanded his resume into the world of health and well-being. In May 2014, he kicked-off a series of fun-runs called The Spark Run, the ultimate high energy, family friendly nighttime 5K run/walk, which celebrates fun, health and originality. At its core, The Spark Run sets out to give back to the community by partnering with local charities and providing a portion of the events proceeds to the individual organizations. 

The former skateboarder has been known to show up at gigs in flip-flops, but that no way indicates how seriously he takes his music. “The first thing I think about when I make music is the melody and the lyrics. Production styles come and go, but good songs can stand the test of time.”

Knife Party

DJ / Producer

2012 saw the birth of dance duet Knife Party, having rocketed from an unknown entity, to one of the most renowned dance acts in the world with a barely a moment to catch their breath. The groups first EP ‘100% No Modern Talking’ racked up over half a million downloads and was backed up by their second EP ‘Rage Valley’ achieving top 10’s in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia iTunes charts and debut at #1 and #2 in both the Beatport and Trackitdown dubstep charts. They have amassed over 2.3 million Facebook fans, achieved over 20 million plays of ‘Internet Friends’ on YouTube alone, and have headlined shows and festivals to tens of thousands of fans the world over. Remixing Porter Robinson, Labrinth and Nero to name a few, Knife Party also collaborated with Swedish House Mafia on the phenomenal worldwide smash ‘Antidote’. November 2014 saw the release of a debut ‘Abandon Ship’ which saw the profile of the group continue to grow internationally. The opening single ‘Resistance’ was released as an instant grat track and was impressively streamed over 20 thousand times in the first 24 hours. 2015 saw the bands profile expand further with various headline slots around the world, including Global Gathering and Tomorrowland as well as touring their sell out Haunted House tour to arenas throughout America. The group also played a number of festivals throughout the summer, these include the Earstorm stage at the Future Music Festival and the main stage at Ultra in Miami. Q4 for the guys also sees the release of their latest EP along with headline shows at both Warehouse Project and a huge Halloween show in Brixton Academy, where they will be unveiling their incredible new show to which will soon be played to a global stage. The Knife Party movement is both a viral and a global one, and this will come as no surprise to anyone that has witnessed their performances or heard their music!

Louis The Child

DJ / Producer

Hailing from Chicago, Louis The Child is an electronic music duo with the simple goal of creating music that makes people happy. Their single, “It’s Strange”, has been played on BBC, Triple J, and KCRW, and racked up over 5 million plays on both Spotify and SoundCloud. In 2016, SnapChat listed Louis The Child as one of 3 EDM Artists to Watch, and Mix Mag ranked LTC as the #1 Artist Taking Dance Music to the Next Level. 2015 involved numerous tours supporting Madeon, Kaskade and The Chainsmokers. Currently embarking on their first headlining tour, LTC is on the rise.

Marshmello

DJ / Producer

Martin Garrix

DJ / Producer

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers behind Martin Garrix’s meteoric rise. From his adolescent years to the onset of young adulthood, the Dutch superstar has already set precedents and scored landmarks at every corner of the music industry. Picked up by Spinnin’ Records and subsequently backed by Scooter Braun, Martin has become one of electronic dance music’s youngest superstars, amassing a chart-topping, high-streaming musical legacy along the way. The young producer has made both Billboard’s prestigious ’21 under 21’ as well as Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, he won a MTV European Music Award for Best Electronic Act, is holding the #3 position in the DJ Mag Top 100 and has hooked up with superstars like Usher and Ed Sheeran. Not only the music scene is impressed by the talent Martin Garrix posses, world renowned brands like 7UP and Tag Heuer are lining up to collaborate with him and that while Martin Garrix’s story has only just begun.

Behind his humble attitude and encouraging smile is an artist wise beyond his years; setting a precedent for young and aspiring musicians across the globe. Martin has come a long way since DJing his parents’ parties, wandering music festivals as a fan and unofficially remixing Christina Aguilera. The young savant shows through hard work and talent. Garrix’s living testimony demonstrates that up and coming artists can realize their dream of topping global charts, scoring multi-platinum sales, and headlining festival main stages across the globe.

By the time 2013 came knocking, the bar had been set notably high, but the whirlwind success of Martin’s breakout year was just around the corner. Hitting number one in the UK charts and reaching the double platinum status in the US, “Animals” has to date garnered more than 100 million streams on Spotify and over half a billion views on Youtube. Having subsequently linked up with such heavyweights as Tiësto, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dillon Francis, Sander Van Doorn and DVBBS, this who’s who of collaborators set a spotlight on Martin’s avant-garde studio prowess. Playing soundtracks to such prestigious festivals as Coachella, the main stage at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and with residencies at nightclubs like Omnia Las Vegas and Ushuaia Ibiza, Garrix’s sound has become ubiquitous around the world.

Nearly six months into 2016, the year’s ramping up to be one of the most ambituous ones to date. Martin’s releases have been strong as ever, with a hotly anticipated free download ‘Bouncy Bob’ and his single ‘Now That I’ve Found You’. The last of which simultaneously acts as the first major release on his newly founded imprint STPMD RCRDS, which launched in March. Most importantly of all, after being the youngest artist to ever grace the main stage of Ultra, Martin made history again by closing out the main stage on the first day of Ultra Miami. Premiering an astonishing array of unreleased music much like his performance of last year, Martin kicked off with his new recently released collaboration with Third Party ‘Lions In The Wild’. With a debut album fresh in the works and a summer schedule filled with every major festival worth attending, the young adult wiz kid shows the he’s at the forefront of today’s electronic music scene.

Nicole Moudaber

DJ / Producer

Nicole Moudaber holds true to the belief that the power of music brings us together as one. The beat of a drum, the very first instrument created by humans, remains at the heart of the music she creates and plays, while the diversity of her tastes, and her ability to create spellbinding club experiences, promote harmony on the dance floor. 

Growing up in Nigeria exposed Nicole to the hypnotic tribal rhythms of artists like Fela Kuti. This was her first taste of the power of the drum, and lies at the core of her sound. Nicole moved to London in 2000 where she quickly integrated herself into the city’s club scene, becoming a promoter at Turnmills, holding her own party called ‘Soundworx’, which she started in Beirut. Her unrelenting desire to unite people through music couldn’t have been demonstrated more explicitly than that first party, where people of all races, religions and classes danced together under the stars in an abandoned, bombed-out mosque and cathedral.

Nicole then brought her party to London, building its reputation from the ground up and making it a total success. Her ability to operate ahead of the curve leading to Paco Osuna’s very first London booking, among many other luminaries from the world of house and techno. But working behind-the-scenes was not enough and she was soon appearing on the decks, building her skills as a DJ - that visionary ability revealing itself during her diverse, enchanting sets. The next step was to express her passion for music through production and she attended world-renowned music school Point Blank to learn the basics. From that point there really was no going back, she remixed Carl Cox ‘Chemistry’, which stayed in the techno charts on Beatport for three months and won her an IDMA Award in 2012.

In the years since that record hit the charts, Nicole’s career trajectory has been swift and steep. She has travelled the globe playing everywhere from intimate basement venues to large stages at festivals such as Exit, Glastonbury, WMC, Time Warp, Electric Daisy Carnival, Awakenings and many of the world’s most renowned electronic music spaces. She also curates her own MoodRAW events, taking clubbing back to those grimy, raw spaces where it first started, as well as the more intimate In The MOOD parties, which have included annual sold out showcases at WMC in Miami and BPM in Mexico.

Fuelled by a desire to keep achieving at the highest level, Nicole is working on the debut of her very own one-day festival, to be held on Coney Island, New York and she’s in discussions to host her own stage at numerous large-scale dance music festivals. She is a regular at Carl Cox’s legendary Revolution night in Ibiza, as well as being welcomed into the Circoloco family at the seminal DC10. Her performances are full of passion and drama, cultivating musical journeys designed to reach her audience on a deeper level and make each individual’s experience a memorable one. 

Away from the touring Nicole has established her label, Mood Records, as a go-to platform for any self-respecting techno fan. Releases have come from a long list of techno heroes, including Carl Cox, Stacey Pullen, Joel Mull and Carlo Lio. As a producer she has also progressed rapidly, thanks to her dedication to the craft. Remix work and originals have all cemented her reputation for high quality production, which is clearly evident on her collaboration with Skin from Skunk Anansie – an emotive collection of tracks that highlight Nicole’s ability to take the listener to the deeper side of electronic music.

Her diverse tastes in music and curation skills also manifest themselves via her radio show, In the MOOD, which is produced by the same team who work on shows with Carl Cox and Adam Beyer. The show is syndicated globally, airing on 55 FM stations worldwide and is available on Mixcloud every Wednesday, spreading her sound to millions of listeners around the globe.

A fervent campaigner for human rights, Nicole studied Combined Social Sciences and was a straight A student before the music really took hold. Her passion for fighting inequality in all its forms runs deep, and she recently became involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club in New York. It’s a crucial part of her ideology and something that spurs her on to keep sharing music, spreading the love and uniting dance floors around the world.

As she looks forward to the release of her EP with Skin, a huge one-day festival, original productions for high-profile labels and remixes on her own label from some of the scene’s biggest names, Nicole presides over an empire that continues to grow in stature and the future looks full of exciting prospects.

Nicole Moudaber is a professional, innovative, hard-working artist who has become a contemporary icon. From her long, curly locks to her slamming techno sets and her intense, empowering performances, she truly stands in a class all of her own…

Sander van Doorn

DJ / Producer

Some people call Sander a technical & musical genius. And who can deny it? He has cranked out more dance floor destroyers, sold-out gigs, number one records, and awards than most artists do in a lifetime.

With the help of classics like Grasshopper, Punk’d and Riff, recent hits like Love is Darkness and ofcourse massive collabs and remixes of The Killers (Spaceman), Sia (The Girl You Lost To Cocaine), Robbie Williams (Close My Eyes) and Depeche Mode (Peace) Sander shrugged off the confines of genre typecasting long ago and created something he preferres to call 'SvD-style'.

Besides his busy production schedule, Sander has worked tirelessly to bring his radioshow 'Identity' and his clubbing concept, Dusk till Doorn to fruition. And if this mountain of accomplishments were not enough, he somehow makes time to produce his quarterly ‘how-to’ show called ‘Studio Sessions’ on his YouTube channel (SanderVanDoornTV).

With a tour diary that sees the superstar play to more than a million fans each year, there’s no doubt that Sander van Doorn is one of dance music’s favorite sons. Within just a few years, Sander has blasted his way to the top. And this is only the beginning.

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 Beatport remix contest in 2012 with his dubstep focused version ofAbove & Beyond's 'You Got to Go', Seven Lions, born Jeff Montalvo, garnered early support from the likes of Skrillex and his OWSLA label. 2013 tour dates with Porter Robinson and 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 Dance charts), 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."

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

DJ / Producer

People always ask if there is something in the water in Holland that makes this tiny country churn out so many prolific and successful DJs and producers. Seems there may be some credence to this tale because we have another pair joining the ranks of the Dutch musical super elite. Welcome to the year of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano! These two guys from Amsterdam met in 2006 in the clothing store where Sunnery worked, and were Ryan applied for an internship. While working together they noticed a lot of similar interests, and started working on some music together. From that moment on the two never stopped doing what they love most and they’ve created a big name for themselves since then.

Axwell [SHM] said after playing with them in Ibiza that: “If there were a Dutch version of Swedish House Mafia, it would be Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.” Impressive accolades for these relative newcomers, who were plucked from their obscure retail jobs back in 2007. It seems their funky house and tribal sound struck a chord with partygoers and, after gaining popularity in their home country, these best friends took their electric energy worldwide.

Sunnery and Ryan DJ sets are becoming the stuff of legend. With hair flopping and body rockin’, there is no time to sit on the sidelines at one of their shows. They embody dance music fully, bringing the crowd to epic peaks, arms in the air and smiles all around. It’s not a genre thing, it’s a music thing, and Sunnery and Ryan convey that passion to the dance floor in a way very few artists can. See them one time and you will understand.

Yellow Claw

DJ / Producer

At first it was two DJs having more fun playing shows together rather than separately. That turned into an Amsterdam club night, after which Yellow Claw took their show on the road—in the Netherlands and across the world. Their first songs came out in 2012, Blood For Mercy became a mantra and Barong Family was established as a record label. With a huge, loyal fanbase crowding their gigs from Las Vegas to Seoul and everywhere in between, Yellow motherfucking Claw’s is one of the most electrifying shows you’ll come across.

As much as their music is about energy release by any means necessary, Yellow Claw’s whole approach is highly conceptual and deliberate: from the numbered mixtapes to the branded merchandise (from parkas to bathing suits), the slick (music) videos and collaborations with artists as diverse as Diplo and Ty Dolla $ign, Tiësto and Pusha T. Launched in 2014, Barong Family has become a home to upcoming, likeminded artists like Cesqeaux, LNY TNZ, Moksi, Mightyfools, Mike Cervello and more.

Over the years, Yellow Claw has performed at the main stages of EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, Jack Ü’s New Year’s Eve party, Spring Awakening and Coachella in the United States, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Mysteryland, Kingsday Festival, The Flying Dutch and Sensation in the Netherlands and Future Music Festival in Australia, has held a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas and played numerous headline shows in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and all along East Asia.

In November of 2015 Yellow Claw finally delivered its full-length debut album Blood For Mercy on Mad Decent, followed by a massive US tour. Featuring many big name features, it went straight to #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums as well as Top Dance/Electronic Albums charts and also reached #1 on Beatport.

In 2016, Blood For Mercy won the Edison award (Dutch equivalent of the Grammys) for dance music in the Netherlands. The single “In My Room”, made in partnership with DJ Mustard and featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga has so far clocked almost 7 million views on YouTube and over 72 million streams on Spotify (not counting remixes).

Currently working on their second album, Yellow Claw is continually keeping the pressure on with their record label Barong Family, with releases scheduled from new as well as more established family members.

Zedd

DJ / Producer

Zedd started with music in his daily routine from early childhood on. Born Anton Zaslavski, Zedd was raised in Kaiserslautern, Germany by two classically trained musicians, he began playing the piano at the age of four and built up his knowledge of the Classical repertoire throughout his childhood, at times writing a song a day. At age twelve, Anton learned to play the drums and, soon after he began performing with the post-hardcore/metal trio Dioramic. As a preteen he was already composing and producing numerous rock songs in his band's own studio. As the aughts progressed, Anton’s awareness of other genres widened, and in 2009 his interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing the French electronic duo Justice. With his gift for musicality and background in instrumentation, composition and production, the move into the realm of electronic dance music was seamless.

2009 proved to be a watershed year for Zedd. It was during this year that he began producing electronic music, and within an incredibly short period of time amassed widespread critical and audience acclaim. Within a few months of beginning his production work, Zedd won two Beatport remix contests, the "Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest" and the "Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest". These critical wins gave the budding artists the notoriety and clout to catch the interest of Skrillex who essentially found him on the net and signed him to his new OWSLA label. He caught the ear of Interscope A&R Dave Rene and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex on labels including mau5trap, Interscope, and EMI.

In the realm of his original compositions, Zedd’s hit singles 'Shave It' and 'Slam The Door' (out through OWLSA) both held the top spot on Beatport's charts for multiple weeks at a time. In the same year, his remix of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” appeared on the deluxe edition of the superstar’s latest album Born This Way and his remix of “Born This Way” appeared on Born This Way: The Remix. In addition to his own compositions and reworkings of others’ songs, Zedd has had other electro heavyweights take their turn at his tracks, including Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Knife Party and more.

Zedd’s stellar development is undoubtedly linked to his unique and highly recognizable style of composition. It stands out in a crowded field as meticulously detailed and carefully produced, very playful and at the same time remarkably catchy despite the complex musicality drafting it up. Drawing from his diverse musical background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house Zedd’s music not only draws from uncommon sources but also has the ability to appeal to an audience outside the realm EDM.

Zedd signed with Interscope records in 2012 and released his debut LP Clarityin October to much critical acclaim. The album’s first single, “Spectrum,” featuring singer/songwriter Matthew Koma, garnered massive global attention climbing into the the Top 10 on the iTunes dance chart and holding on to the #1 spot on Beatport Worldwide for almost three weeks. The track then soared to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Song chart and was ultimately named their Dance Club Song of the year as well as iTunes “Breakthrough Album of the Year (Dance) for 2012.

In addition to racking up original production credits for artists including Eva Simons’ “I Don’t Like You” and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty And A Beat,” Rolling Stone named Zedd an “Artist to Watch” for 2012, and more recently, MTV deemed him an “Artist to Watch” for 2013. Zedd has performed at major festivals, including Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Nocturnal and in 2012, he performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hard Summer in Los Angeles, and Electric Zoo in New York. Zedd made his national television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in October where he turned his signature style upside down performing a stripped down version of his new single “Clarity” -showcasing his classical training by playing piano alongside a string quartet and vox from Foxes. The performance is a prime example of Zedd's true musicianship beyond the realm of EDM. Zedd was also chosen to be the only opening act for the Asian leg of Lady Gaga's world stadium-tour "The Born This Was Ball”.

A musical prodigy from the start, Zedd is already a powerhouse beyond the EDM realm. His originality and momentum will unquestionably propel him into the ranks of superstars.