EDC Las Vegas 2017
For three nights every year, a beautiful and unmistakable energy comes alive in the Las Vegas desert. A celebration of life, love, individuality and hope. A musical experience unlike any other.
8 Stages. Over 200 Artists. Dusk Till Dawn.
Join us Under The Electric Sky on June 16th, 17th and 18th for the 21st Anniversary of the Electric Daisy Carnival.
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Born Justin Blau, 3LAU became fascinated with music at age five when he first taught himself to play the piano, and later guitar and drums. Now, as 3LAU (pronounced Blau) releases his first original mixes, each track still begins on the piano. Gleaning creative insight from inspirations Sigur Ros and Radiohead, 3LAU aims to bring beauty, melody, and emotion back into dance music. This year marks a fresh chapter for the young 3LAU, as he transitions from mash-up guru to big room house producer. The 22-year-old 3LAU first took the electronic music scene by storm, igniting dance parties and crafting beats to the delight of fans worldwide. Joining the release circuit less than two years ago, 3LAU amassed widespread acclaim with two eclectic collections of bootlegs titled "Dance Floor Filth," and the term continues to describe 3LAU's unique sound. Once his music and mixes reached the ears of fans and bloggers alike, 3LAU earned top 10 Beatport & Hype Machine charting as well as a DJ reputation for flawlessly blending together bootlegs, remixes, and originals into fast-paced sets that keep crowds guessing.
Born and raised in Paris, Aazar holds a major part in Point Point’s team. Since his first track “Shake” (in collaboration with UZ), he keeps confirming all expectations put on him. This first success was followed by a collaboration with DJ Snake for a remix of Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe”, an official remix of “Get Low” and some tracks out on the Mad Decent Label. Supported by some of today’s biggest acts, Aazar won’t stop to impress.
What do you do after your third studio album hits Number One on the iTunes dance chart in 20 countries? After the accompanying tour sees you become the first British DJs to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden – in fact, the first DJs from anywhere in the world to sell out both the legendary New York venue and The Forum in Los Angeles?
Where do you go after you sell 12,000 tickets in Sydney in one day, 12,000 tickets in Amsterdam on another day and raise over £200,000 for charity at a sold-out Wembley Arena show? After you’ve headlined stages at festivals everywhere, from Glastonbury to Creamfields, from Electric Daisy Carnival to Pukkelpop to Lollapalooza?
How do you top a global run of shows in 2015 that makes you the second-highest grossing electronic act in the US… but the only act of any nationality, in any genre, that can get Breaking Bad legend Bryan Cranston to join you onstage in Las Vegas and, you know, play along?
If you’re Above & Beyond, after all that, what next? You go acoustic. Specifically, you go Acoustic II and record a follow-up to your 2014 album, Acoustic, which was a stripped back reworking of some of the biggest songs from your catalogue. But because you’re Above & Beyond, a London-based trio for whom progress is everything, you go further, in every sense.
So for this second collection of re-imaginings of your songs, you record strings and brass at Abbey Road, and you present these wholly different productions in iconic global venues befitting Acoustic II’s ambitious, intimate-yet-expansive brilliance: the Royal Albert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, San Francisco's Greek Theatre, Sydney Opera House, New York's Beacon Theatre and the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu.
And you do that with a travelling party of 17 musicians – or, in the case of the Hollywood Bowl, you do it with the addition of 34 of Los Angeles’ finest classical players.
You are Above & Beyond, the UK’s most adventurous electronic band, and all of this is something only you can – or would – do.
Having spent much of 2015 touring We Are All We Need, Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki were keen to maintain the accelerated momentum created by their third album. Yes, they still had their weekly radio show Group Therapy, as well as two record labels (Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep), and their publishing company and management agency, to keep the trio busy. As Grant points out, “running a label and having a radio show naturally keep us in touch with what’s going on musically. If we didn’t have those we’d make music in the studio and that would be great, but we wouldn’t have so much context for it.”
But for a band who pride themselves on the song craft at the heart of their dance floor-friendly anthems, the untapped possibilities inherent in their music was a far bigger buzz – and challenge.
“With the first acoustic album, it was guitars, piano, strings and vocals that were the bare bones of what we were working with,” begins Siljamäki. “This time around we started from thinking: ‘Well, what other kind of things can we do?’ So brass is a really big player on Acoustic II: we added a lot of John Barry-esque brass horns. And we wondered what interesting things we could do with the voices, so there are a lot of choral and bigger vocal arrangements than on the first one. Really, this album is standing on the shoulders of the first one. If we’d have tried this then, it would have been overwhelming and too much for us to do.”
“It’s funny, we originally wanted to do it literally unplugged, and call it that,” continues McGuinness. “But even on the first album there were things that weren’t unplugged, electronic and orchestral things. But we stuck with the ‘acoustic’ label because to us Above & Beyond Acoustic means that band with electric guitars and electric bass and strings and horns and everything else. So it doesn’t really mean acoustic in the old sense, and I sort of think we’ve invented a new genre. I’m really pleased with that.”
In late summer 2015 Above & Beyond asked genius Leeds-based composer/arranger Bob Bradley, who’d worked on Acoustic, to assemble a new selection of songs from their catalogue, with a view to scoring, re-recording and reinventing them. In discussion with the trio, a core of 13 songs were agreed upon.
The Grammy-nominated title track from their last album, a collaboration with singer/songwriter Zoë Johnston, was an obvious choice. The addition of ukulele was less obvious, but the new instruments are an inspired addition to the wee-hours, orchestral-jazz rendering of ‘We Are All We Need’. ‘Sticky Fingers’, an album teaser single from 2013, is another standout, here re-rubbed into a stirring, swelling, 007-worthy love theme.
“The great thing about this version of ‘Sticky Fingers’ is that, before this, the only version we had out there was the dance mix,” says McGuinness. “There was more of the song written that we hadn’t included in that version. So the whole song is in this version of ‘Sticky Fingers’, and it’s the same with ‘Peace Of Mind’ – there are extra verses here.”
But while it’s in with extra verses, it’s out, obviously, with a lot of what made Above & Beyond one of the biggest electronic bands in the world: the beats and the production. And while harp and French horn help offer a whole new take on festival anthems like ‘Blue Sky Action’, what of the sense of momentous occasion brought by the band’s famous “Push The Button” moment in their DJ sets, when they invite a fan onstage to take the party several notches higher?
In Vegas last summer, that honour fell to one of the band’s heroes, Bryan Cranston. Above & Beyond are such huge Breaking Bad fans that they wrote a song called ‘Walter White’. Getting Cranston to join them onstage made their headline appearance at Electric Daisy Carnival even more memorable. “He was totally into it,” smiles Grant, “but he was a bit nervous. He’s done theatre but this was in front of 50,000 people.”
But making Acoustic II, and then touring it, offers no opportunities for button-pushing or banging beats. Was that a concern?
“Absolutely,” admits McGuinness. “We felt like we were kicking one of our legs from underneath us, which was the sound and the power of the dance productions for which we’d become famous. But over the years, the experience we’d have at our gigs is that our other leg – the songs we’ve written – came through. We’d end our sets with beatless versions of some of our songs and people were singing along at the top of their voices. That gave us the courage to do this.”
That sense of enhanced connection with audiences was apparent at 2013’s six shows the band performed in support of Acoustic, at London’s Porchester Hall and LA’s Greek Theatre (the film of one of the London shows has had over ten million YouTube views). Grant echoes that sense of intimacy and potency when he describes performing these acoustic/orchestral versions as “a musical holiday. It makes you realise how important the music is to other people, and gives you a focus.”
Clearly that sense of occasion and importance goes both ways. Most of this spring/summer’s six-week Acoustic II world tour is already sold out, including the Royal Albert Hall and both shows at the Sydney Opera House.
Are Grant, McGuinness and Siljamäki daunted by playing to eagerly expectant, packed houses in such august venues? In only positive ways.
“That is part of the charm of this,” nods McGuinness, “it unlocks the door to these venues that we have absolutely no right to go to. An Above & Beyond electronic show is never going to happen in the Sydney Opera House. And that’s just great fun for us as musicians.”
“That we get to play places like this is proper bucket list stuff,” adds Siljamäki. “This is stuff I didn’t even know I could dream about.”
“And just to make sure it’s not a dream,” concludes Grant with a smile, “we’re going to make a documentary about the tour, and film the Hollywood Bowl show in its entirety – if nothing else, so the three of get to see what Above & Beyond performing with 34 LA classical musicians looks like. That’ll be as much a thrill for us as it will be for the 18,000 people in the audience.”
Behind the Ace Ventura project is Yoni Oshrat - one of Israel’s biggest talents in electronic music, with a career on top of the scene, stretching for over a decade. Already from an early age Yoni was heavily influenced with music.
He was born in a musical family with his father being a famous Israeli composer and song writer (for instance behind the Eurovision song "Halelujah"), and it was therefore no surprise that he went for a career in the sound-business; at first in the TV and movie-industry as a sound producer.
After discovering the blooming trance-scene in the beginning of the nineties, he started DJ'ing and teamed up with his friend DJ Goblin to form the psychedelic trance project Children Of The Doc, which later changed name to PSYSEX. Together they released 3 critically-acclaimed full length albums on HOMmega Productons, and played a big part in establishing Israel as one of the most important trance-countries on the globe.
After several years of intense touring, playing at some of the biggest parties and festivals worldwide, Yoni's taste moved more and more towards the slower, groovier side of music though, and from 2006 he took the decision to leave the Psysex project and form the two soloprojects SCHATSI and ACE VENTURA. With Schatsi he was quickly featured on labels like Hadshot and Mylo's Breastfed Recordings, and top DJ's like John Digweed played some of his material on numerous occasions. More attention was put into the Ace Ventura project though, and using a fusion of the hard, pumping dancefloor-oriented style from Psysex and the deeper, groovier influences of progressive trance, the Ace Ventura project became a big success, and in a matter of just a few releases, such as the now classic debut "Cardiac Arrest", he was already considered among the top producers on the progressive trance scene.
After appearing on releases on labels like Flow, Echoes, Blue Tunes, Spintwist, HOMmega and Iboga Records he finally released his debut solo album "Rebirth" in 2007, which was without a doubt one of the biggest releases of the year. It resulted in Ace Ventura winning the Psytrance category at the Beatport Music Awards in 2008. About one year later the album was followed by a remix album "Re:Boot", which contained two CD's with remixes by various progressive trance, house, electro house and techno artists. This release, together with the release of "The Spark", the summer anthem remix of FREq's "Short Life Again" as well as a collaborations with various artists - also resulted in Ace Ventura winning the Psytrance category at the Beatport Music Awards in 2009, For the second year in a row. Recently releases such as 'Inside us' (together with Timelock) and the Interactive noise remix for the classic tune 'Presence' have reached the first place in the Beatport psytrance charts.
Despite playing all around the globe, at major events from Boom in Portugal, XXXPerience, Tribe and Universo Paralello in Brazil, Solstice in Japan, Glade in the UK ,Ozora in Hungary to Indian Spirit, Tshitraka, Antaris and Full Moon in Germany, Yoni isn't resting on the laurels – Working on other projects such as EASY RIDERS – together with fellow friend and partner Roy Tilbor (aka Rocky) – as well as on the project ZENTURA, together with Wouter Thomassesn (aka Zen Mechanics) and last but not least, on the longtime collaboration LIQUID ACE, together with Nicola Capobianco (aka Liquid soul).
Besides producing tracks for various labels, Yoni complied a few successfull compilations, namely the 'New order' series for HOMmega records, which was the first progressive release of the label, as well as 'Digital beings' for Echoes records. Recently he compiled the double CD 'Dance Computer' for Iboga records, and the 3rd chapter of the 'New order' as well on HOMmega records. These days, final work is underway on the 2nd Ace Ventura album – 'Paradise engineering' – to be released by the end of the year on Iboga records.
Few come as well versed in family values as that of long serving techno legend Adam Beyer. A husband, father and certified underground icon, the Stockholm-based DJ/producer has come to embody one of the most consistent and carefully constructed legacies to emerge from Europe and hold influence across the continents. From festival main stages and coveted club floors through to the global airwaves and Beatport charts alike, Beyer’s extended musical legacy is felt across the board.
At the outset of 2016, Beyer is positively beaming about the way things have panned out. “This is the most exciting it’s ever been - I’ve finally ended up where I was trying to get,” he explains. “As a techno DJ it’s never going to happen overnight. It’s a long road to walk to get to that point where you have earned the resect and loyalty of the industry and the fans.”
Many an advocate of the genre came before Beyer, but few have held a presence within the world of techno as respected and long serving. A DJ first and foremost, life as a producer saw Beyer gradually hone and perfect a sound that would seemingly fill a void within the modern musical landscape. Serving a more functional take on the sound that still honoured some of the heyday genre hallmarks of North America and mainland Europe, Adam’s mantra has remained a relatively simple one: Respect the sound, maintain its integrity and gradually push things forward. Brick-by-brick, the sound became a signature felt across club land, but a connection remains between the sound of Adam’s earliest work and the sought after productions he now brandishes.
At the helm of Adam Beyer’s career stands a brand that has taken techno to truly global heights. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Drumcode’s full-hearted philosophy of releasing music always with the DJ in mind has allowed the label to expand into an all-encompassing brand, one now heralded as much as a musical identity as it is an attitude among the underground community. Providing a rare opportunity for Beyer to simultaneously renew what is current whilst looking to the next generation of talents, it’s expansion into branded nights across the globe has made this one of the best travelled brands in modern techno, with its branded radio show taking further flight with broadcasts across more than 53 different countries. Its sound has been imitated, it’s durability tested by the changing tides of the music industry, but Drumcode’s ongoing peak is a testament to a brand that has dared to take the long way around in the name of becoming a sustainable and consistent musical powerhouse.
Behind the decks, there are many different forces to be experienced from Beyer. Be it an international festival headline spot or a more intimate club show, his solo sets adapt and evolve to fit the various moods of his globetrotting tour schedule. Alongside partner Ida Engberg, looser afterhours sets with the ability to focus on songs have become a favourite across the international club circuit. Paired alongside his ability to take the stage with numerous members of the global techno community, Adam Beyer’s live persona truly knows no limits.
Opting for business as usual over tired celebratory gimmicks, Beyer approaches 2016 in fighting form. Kick-starting a brand new venture in the form of Junction 2 Festival, a suitably stacked out summer of international festival and Ibiza dates add to a marker year for Beyer. Whether it’s on record, behind the decks or under the reliable Drumcode umbrella, Adam Beyer continues to unravel an unprecedented success story for the global underground circuit.
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…
Buoyed by the whirlwind success he has achieved since emerging as the new kid on the techno block in 2008, Alan Fitzpatrick is at the top of his game and brimming with the confidence you would expect of a talent acknowledged as one of the most influential techno artists of the moment. On the back of a standout 2014, Fitzpatrick’s underground momentum has seen him garner a wider fanbase resulting in the Englishman’s stock rising rapidly thanks to a profile-boosting Ibiza season and multiple end-of year accolades, most notably a debut entry at 85 in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 poll.
A universally respected and in-demand producer, Fitzpatrick has succeeded in carving out his own musical niche within the ever-expanding genre of techno, earning him the reputation of a seemingly unstoppable source of hit music. Tracks such as ‘Truant’, ‘Skeksis, ‘For An Endless Night’, ‘Always Something For Nothing’ and ‘Reflections’ (a BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune) all topped the charts over the last six years, drawing high praise from peers and tastemakers across genre divides for the vibrancy, originality and inventiveness that has come to characterise Alan Fitzpatrick’s music. Whether he is adding diva-like vocals to cavernous beat workouts, fusing emotive chord sequences with trademark heavy-funk grooves, or blending jungle beats and hardcore bass lines with barnstorming techno dynamics, Alan Fitzpatrick knows how to move the dance floor by delivering techno that stands out from the norm.
As if this impressive succession of high-impact, main room bombs was not enough to sustain him, recent times has seen a new sound emerged from Fitzpatrick’s sonic palette; broader in its range and rooted in experiments with more soulful or deeper influences from across electronica, breakbeat, dub or house. Despite these fundamental changes, Fitzpatrick’s magic touch remains with this musical departure producing the biggest hit to date in the form of his remix of Trus’Me ‘I Want You’. A universally popular choice for DJs spanning the club spectrum through the latter half of 2014, the remix combined the broad appeal of vocal hooks and mid-tempo BPM’s with the dance floor dynamics of techno to create a genuine club hit that took on a life of its own, resulting in numerous name-checks as one of the most played tracks in Ibiza. Fitzpatrick’s music evolution is set to continue through 2015 with forthcoming output for Hotflush Recordings, Drumcode and Figure plus remixes of Róisín Murphy (PIAS), Argy (B-Pitch Control) and Dubspeeka (Last Night On Earth), further reinforcing the necessity for observers of all things techno to recalculate what it is that they can expect from an Alan Fitzpatrick record.
The same intuitive sense that Fitzpatrick possesses in the studio is also evident when he steps into the DJ booth. A regular guest at a long list of high profile clubs across the globe and an alumnus of the coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Fitzpatrick has a global profile. Fans, who now can be counted as more than one hundred and seventy five thousand, from all over the world, fuel an increasingly busy and broad-ranging tour diary that has the man from Southampton headlining events across Europe, North America, Asia and South America. Attracted to the energy of his trademark tough, hooky grooves and incendiary beats molded together with cerebral moments of emotive melody. Away from the main room, Alan is equally adept, flexing his musical muscles in the daylight hours via residencies with two of the scenes most well established after-hours events - London’s long-established Jaded, where Alan took on the role of resident in 2013, and Lehmann Club Stuttgart, who invited Alan to be their first ever International resident during 2014.
Alan Walker has achieved remarkable success worldwide with his latest single ”Faded”. Precisely six months after its release Walker returns with the dance pop track “Sing Me To Sleep”. The title is sweet, but the theme is far from a lullaby. Iselin Solheim tells with her dramatic vocals the story about longing for a safe place in a world in constant movement. The video is shot in Hong Kong and takes you on a mission throughout the city.
“Wait a second, let me catch my breath.
Remind me how it feels to hear your voice.
Your lips are moving, I can’t hear a thing.
Living life as if we had a choice.”
”I´m so happy to finally release ”Sing Me To Sleep”. Melodies are more or less everything to me as a producer, and I´m very proud of what the team and I have put together in the studio. We have been working on this track for quite some time now, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the final result. I really hope my fans like this song as much as I do!” – Alan Walker
The 18-year old, Norwegian producer Alan Walker has emerged on the global music scene as one of the most successful artists of 2016. His record breaking single “Faded” was released on December 4th, 2015 and has today reached 3.8 million sold units worldwide and the music video has 310 million views on YouTube. It topped the singles chart in 10 countries across Europe and reached top 10 in UK, #2 in Australia and has recently entered Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It was #1 on the Global Shazam chart for 7 consecutive weeks and #1 on the European Radio chart for 6 consecutive weeks. Alan’s summer tour has already taken off, with multiple stops at major festivals throughout Europe.
Growing up in the digital era, Alan found an early interest in computers that later turned into a fascination for programming and graphic design. In 2012 he started making music on his laptop with the help and feedback from his online friends. His music gained great popularity among gamers who used Alan’s tracks in their own YouTube videos (UGC). The songs spread all over the world and later caught the attention of the record labels.
With over 3.5 million followers online, YouTube views in the millions, and fans including Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia, Grammy-nominated producer Alesso already has a huge following thanks to his hugely popular remixes and sold-out shows around the globe. His new single, “Tear the Roof Up,” and forthcoming debut album are set to be the tipping point that takes Alesso from dancefloor hero to household name.
Beginning his career five years ago as a self-taught 18-year-old bedroom producer in Stockholm, Sweden, Alessandro Lindblad’s trajectory to the forefront of the global dancefloor is truly incredible. He began by tinkering with other people’s songs, creating his own edits, adding piano riffs and melody ideas, and uploading his versions to Beatport. Alesso’s efforts reached Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, who swiftly took the teen under his wing, becoming his mentor, and signing him to his management and label. Alesso made an impressive entrance with the “Taking It Back” remix of Avicii’s “Alcoholic,” but it was his addition of a classic house drop to Nadia Ali’s “Pressure” that helped the single become one of the most-played dance tracks of 2011. Swiftly unleashing a barrage of brilliant remixes for Swedish House Mafia, Devolution and LFMAO, the then teenager was named EDM Artist to Watch by MTV.
In 2012, he teamed up with Ingrosso and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder for “Calling (Lose My Mind),” which went to No.1 on the Billboard Dance chart and has since been streamed over 33.5m times on Spotify. That same year, he was invited to open for Madonna on her MDMA tour, before releasing a volley of commercially and critically celebrated remixes, including David Guetta’s “Titanium,” Keane’s “Silenced by the Night” and OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself.” Since then, he has played to sold-out crowds all over the world, landed a Las Vegas residency, and became a festival favourite at Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra. During his first headline tour in 2013, he released “Under Control” with Calvin Harris and Theo Hurts, which topped the Hypemachine charts, was named Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, and hit 1m YouTube views in just 24 hours. He rounded the year out by producing Example’s “Queen of Your Dreams” and, alongside Swedish House Mafia, “Numb” for R&B megastar Usher. At the end of 2013, Alesso received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Remix for “If I Lose Myself,” another Billboard Dance No.1 with over 40m streams on Spotify to date.
Over the course of the last five years, Alesso has amassed 2.5m Facebook Likes, 900k Twitter followers and 370k Instagram followers, while on YouTube he’s hit over 100m plays to date.
Taught to play the piano as a young child, Alesso grew up on pop idols including Michael Jackson, before discovering hip-hop via Nelly, Pharrell and Timbaland. But it was hearing his first house track as a young teenager that really opened Alesso’s eyes to the possibilities and power of music. “We would go to underage parties when I was 13, 14 years old,” he remembers. “It was the cheesier end of dance music, but I immediately gained a new perspective of what music is. I had never felt that kind of feeling—I still get it today—that rush and excitement. I want to be alive, explore the world, show love and spread love. House music makes me feel like nothing is impossible. I can conquer the world.”
He quickly immersed himself in as much house as he could find; a friend made him a mix CD, and it was here that he discovered Daft Punk, Erick Morillo, Steve Angello, Daft Punk and Axwell. Throwing himself fully into making music at the age of 18, part of Alesso’s success is down to his diverse influences and huge appetite for life, which riddle his infectious creations with an energy that is palpable. Alesso’s debut album proves the Swede won’t be limited by genre or niche. There’s soul, melody and adventure in his compositions; there’s never merely one tempo or type of terrain. “Every song I make is house at its core, but because I’ve listened to so much hip-hop, I think you hear an element of ruggedness in my music. I like to mix it up a little bit—not keep the same beat all the time. I’m not in any way making hip-hop music, but I’m very influenced and interested in bringing different grooves into my songs.”
The recently-turned 23-year-old’s debut single with Def Jam US/Virgin EMI UK, “Tear the Roof Up,” is an unadulterated slice of sonic euphoria. Since creating the track in his hometown in Sweden earlier this year, “Tear the Roof Up” has proven itself to be an explosive opening to Alesso’s live set. Brilliantly building from a tautly wound intro of anarchic beats into an all-out four-to-the-floor rave smash, “Tear the Roof Up” is a joyous ode to living life to the fullest. “I wanted to make a massive song that would literally make people want to tear off the roof,” says Alesso. “I didn’t want to make just another ‘club song.’ I wanted to create a moment in time.”
“Monstrous,” raved Zane Lowe, who premiered the single on his hugely influential BBC Radio 1 show. “I didn't make it to Coachella this year, but I was streaming it like so many millions of people from around the world… I clicked on Alesso's set, and he started his set with this song. It was the most ridiculous, most unifying response from about 20,000 people streaming out of this huge aircraft hangar whilst the sun was beaming down on his face, and I was like, ‘This is what songs like this are designed to do.’”
“Heroes” is similarly uplifting. Opening with a gliding guitar riff, the vocal takes the listener on a journey through tempo and over-arching nostalgia before ending up in a hands-in-the-air sonic soul searcher. “It’s about believing in yourself and going for your goals. The song gives me the feeling that something might be over, but it’s ok, we’re still here together after it. This might be the last time we’ll be in that moment, but we can create new ones afterwards.”
A man clearly in love with music and life, Alesso’s ethos is all about living in the moment. He’s an impassioned producer seeking out life’s highs while defying genre, expectation and convention.
“I don’t ever want to make just another club song,” Alesso insists. “‘Electronic music’ sometimes feels like it’s all about the money; I can say 100 percent that I didn’t start doing this to make money. The main reason why I make music is to bring a message; I want to uplift people though music, I want to inject emotion into dance music. I want people to scream, jump, feel happiness. Explosive happiness. The best thing about music is it has no rules; I love the idea of breaking the rules.”
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?
Aly & Fila are now amongst a select elite, legends in music who alongside Sting, Kylie Minogue to name but a few to have performed at one of the Great Wonders of the World – The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. This was undoubtedly their biggest show in their career and they made history by becoming one of the only electronic acts to host their own show their and to perform there.
As hot as the Sahara and standing every bit as tall as pyramids, they͛re the single most successful group to have emerged from the spiritual lands of Egypt. From the Med to the Red and from up high in Cairo, to down deep in the Sinai, they͛ve built an immense, ultra-loyal in-country following, From that foothold turntable Shamans, Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Naguib went global. For close to a decade their spirited take on the trance sound has captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of planet trance. With their whip-smart productions and sandstorm sonics, their performances have raised the bar at some of the world͛s most recognized clubs. Comparably they͛ve also ruled at EDM͛s biggest festivals – EDC - Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, Global Gathering, Dance Valley, Stereosonic, WMC. Continuing in a long tradition of playing the world͛s most established and respected stages Spreading the A&F message around the globe is their Future Sound of Egypt radio show. Beaming to countless thousands of desktops every week, August 2013 saw its 300th episode hit airwaves. This was marked by the FSOE 350 Worldwide Tour over 5 Cities, which drew fans from all four corners to these events. 2014 saw Aly & Fila reach 350 Episodes of the Radio show and once again marked this celebration by hosting a worldwide FSOE 350 Tour with so far Sharm El Sheikh, New York City, El Salvador, Medellin and Lubiaz in Poland announced with more to be announced. The Future Sound of Egypt marque is further amplified by Aly & Fila͛s widely respected imprint of the same name.
2013 saw the duo release the follow up to their Rising Sun Album by releasing their second artist album ͚ Quiet Storm͛ with monster hits including ͚Mysteries Unfold͛ and ͚Running Out of Time͛ . 2014 was a very successful year for Aly & Fila. That summer saw the release of their Third Artist Album titled ͚ The Other Shore͛ with three singles off the album being released in 2014 including ͚For All Time feat Jaren͛ , Eye 2 Eye with Roger Shah and Sylvia Tosun and ͚Running with Sky Patrol and Sue McLaren͛. Also released in Early 2014 was the the Remix Album of their artist album Quiet Storm. This Year also saw Aly & Fila Mixing the legendary Trance Nation Compilation released by Ministry of Sound. With several Dj Poll Results in 2014 which saw Aly & Fila Voted No.28 in The DJ Mag Top 100, Voted No.1 in the Trance Podium Top 100 DJ Poll, Voted No.1 DJ in the Middle Eastern Music Awards, Nominated in the Best Trance DJ Category in the Ibiza DJ Awards, Voted No.5 in the Magnetic Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll. 2014 also saw the milestone of Aly & Fila reaching 350 Episodes of their weekly radio show ͚ Future Sound of Egypt. This milestone saw Aly & Fila celebrate by hosting seven Events broadcasted Live from Egypt, El Salvador , Colombia, USA, Poland, Argentina and England, with over Forty Two Thousand Clubbers attending the events and more listening online and various radio stations worldwide Also end of 2014 saw the release of Aly & Fila ͚ollab with Paul Van Dyk feat Sue McLaren – Guardian.
2015 was a busy year with two Albums . Aly & Fila – The Chill Out Album and the second released in summer of 2015 was Future Sound of Egypt Volume 3 Compilation. They also released their the single ͚Shine͛ with Roxanne Emery , The Other Shore with Aruna and the FSOE 400 Anthem with Omar Sherif and Jonathan Carvajal . With 10 FSOE 400 Celebrations announced all over the world that year there was exciting times ahead for Aly & Fila and their fans worldwide. The pinncacle of the shows was Aly & Fila proudly hosted FSOE 400 Celebration at the Great Pyramids in Giza , Egypt. Which took place in September 2015. The FSOE 400 Tour also conincided in a FSOE 400 Compilation being released Also announced in July 2015 is that Aly & Fila for the 2nd Year in a Row have been Voted No.1 Trance DJ in the World in the Trance Podium Top 100 DJ Poll of 2015 , Aly & Fila were also Voted Number 2 in the 'Best Trance DJ'Category in the DJ Awards in Ibiza . Also in September 2015 Aly & Fila released the highly anticipated second collaboration with Ferry Tayle, this time titled ' Napoleon' . Aly & Fila were Voted Number 1 Trance DJ in the 'Trance Podium Top 100 DJ Awards' for the 2nd year in a row. As we headed into 2016 as the dust settled on the epic FSOE 400 Event Aly & Fila hosted at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt they announced that they would host The 'Essential Mix' on BBC Radio 1 in February of that year 2016 has seen Aly & Fila continue their dominance as the biggest trance brands in the world. Aly & Fila were nominated for 2 IDMA Awards in Miami Winter Music Conference. Also early 2016 saw Aly & Fila Voted No.1 Trance DJ & No.1 Producer at the Trance Podium Awards Aly & Fila has also been Nominated for the 'Best Trance DJ Category' at the 2016 DJ Awards – Ibiza. Aly & Fila hosted x 34 FSOE 450 Celebration shows , July 3rd with Insomniac and Dreamstate @ The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and also October 1st@ Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, UK and also October 7th at the Ancient Temple of Karnak in Luxor , Egypt and finishing off in Taiwan on October 29thEarlier that year saw Aly & Fila remix the classic track by Ferry Corsten - Beautiful
June 2016 saw the first single of the year with the smash hit 'Million Voices' with Luke Bond featuring Audrey Gallagher. Several other singles have been released in 2016 including Aly & Fila with Ahmed Romel – Kingdoms (FSOE 450 Anthem) and also Aly & Fila meets Roger Shah with Susana – Unbreakable . All Singles in 2016 have reached #1 on Beatport Trance ChartAly & Fila were Voted # 1 Trance DJ in the 2016 Trance Podium Top 100 DJ Poll for 3rd Year in a Row and were also Voted #41 in DJ Mag Top 100 Poll 2016 (3rd Highest Trance DJ in the Poll behind Armin Van Buuren and Dash Berlin)The end of 2016 saw Aly & Fila meets Roger Shah & Susana – Unbreakable Voted the Number 1 track of 2016 on Armin Van Buuren's ASOT Radio Show.
The start of 2017 saw Aly & Fila Voted #1 DJ & #1 Producer on the 2016 Trance Podium Awards with FSOE 500 to come in 2017 and new artist album, the future looks bright.
Very few artists have truly been able to adapt to the constantly evolving electronic music landscape. Fewer have been able to organically rack up over 5.5 million plays, blow the internet away on both original content and remixes, gather support from some of the biggest players in the industry, and make an appearance at the legendary Coachella Music Festival. Still, even fewer have managed to do all of these things before their 18th birthday. Andrew Luce, a Bay Area native, has shown the talent of performers twice his age, making waves with a distinct and well-executed sound design that consistently employs a powerful low end. Whether you’re dancing on the floor or trying to impress that special someone back at home, Luce has you covered.
He's the modern-day Mozart -- today's leading talent in the ever-growing trance and electronic dance music scene. He's the pride of Moldova, known for his unique and very own sound. He is Andrei Rata, better known as Andrew Rayel.
Born on July 21st, 1992, his young age never stopped him from taking the lead amongst the next generation of EDM producers. Developing strong musical skills, he studied orchestral music and kicked off his producing career at only 13 years of age. It didn't take long for the passionate music lover to translate his ideas into sounds. He created a truly unique sonic signature - one of piano power, harmonic balance, and euphoric tales. And so, years later, his originals and remixes are praised by many and loved by more. But, rest assured, the Andrew Rayel story has only just begun.
"Trance was the perfect solution, as it is a combination of melody, harmony and energy, elements that I prefer the most", says Andrew Rayel. Having Armin van Buuren supporting his tracks on the world famous A State of Trance radio show had always been a dream of Andrew. And sometimes, dreams come true. His tracks '550 Senta', 'How Do I Know' ft. Jano, 'Aeon of Revenge', 'Aether', 'Deflagration', 'Musa' and 'Zeus' , ‘Dark Warrior’ , ‘One In A Million’ and much more all made it to the show, often voted Tune of the Week and Future Favourite. The trance scene embraced Andrew's refreshing sound, giving him a very warm welcome.
His tracks found a solid home on the A State of Trance and Armind labels, both part of the Armada Music family. With such impressive originals, it didn't take long until the Rayel sound became hot property for remixes. And so, Andrew was lucky enough to take on remix duties for tracks by Armin van Buuren, Tommy Trash, Tiësto, W&W, Dash Berlin, and many more. Earning the support of the DJ elite, the Rayel sound has spread all across the globe, from underground clubs to mainstream festivals.
Though his career is fairly young, Andrew has already DJed the world's most legendary clubs and massive festivals. From Kazantip, Global Gathering, Creamfields, A State Of Trance , Trancefusion, Trancemission, Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnivals, Ball En Blanc and much more.
Not to forget performing and selling out world wide venues such as New City Gas, Exchange LA, Marquee New York, Ruby Sky SanFransisco, Zouk Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, Colossium in Jakarta, not to forget the magical Island "Ibiza" in which he has performed at clubs such as Ushuaia Amnesia, & Privilege, and much more as well as earning a Las Vegas Residency at the age of 21 at Marquee Las Vegas.
As a result of his hard work and dedication, fans voted him to become one of the Top 100 DJS in the world, as well as breakout dj & producer and highest climber in the poll voting, along side many world wide nominations such as the IDMA (International Dance Music Awards) which is hosted yearly in Miami during Winter Music Conference week.
The same goes for the highly anticipated Andrew Rayel debut album. Set for release on Armada Music, trance land eagerly holds its breath, craving more of Andrew's magic dancing dust. Andrew's very first and official compilation: 'Mystery of Aether' came out on Armada Music in early September, 2013.
2014 was the year that saw the first ever artist album from Andrew Rayel entitled “Find Your Harmony” which has taken the world by storm alongside his sensation hit collaboration with Armin Van Buuren “EIFORYA”.
The road to success has just begun and Andrew Rayel is ready to take on the world in the years ahead.
"I believe music is a universal language that unites people with nothing but love. I intend to make sure that my tracks are all about emotions and happiness. That's what's driving music, making the world a better place", says Andrew Rayel.
With 40+ awards to date, DJ sets that see him play mainstages from EDC to Global Gathering, and a reputation as the go-to remixer for the likes of Major Lazer, Rudimental, London Grammar and beyond, Andy C’s list of achievements grows by the week.
A reputation as one of the most significant British artists in global dance music has been hard earned, but it’s hard to place the tipping points. Was it his performance at Radio 1’s Hackney weekend, where his set was watched online by more people than either Jay Z or Rihanna? When he performed to 85,000 people at Glastonbury in 2013? Or when his remix of Major Lazer charted on iTunes after being added to the Radio 1 Playlist?
Andy’s success and status as a festival main stage headliner and DJ who guarantees sell-out roadblocks are driven by a phenomenal work ethic and the kind of tour schedule that makes rock bands look like part-timers.
Recognised as a cover star by both Mixmag and DJ Mag (he also won the latter’s Best British DJ Award 2013), he recently sold out London’s Electric Brixton in a matter of days. His eagerly awaited Nightlife 6 compilation ran riot across iTunes dance compilation chart and hit No.1 on Beatport. Zane Lowe and Annie Mac gave his equally anticipated new original productions, ‘Haunting’ and ‘Workout’, pride of place on their Radio 1 shows, which in turn followed a special programme on Radio 1 dedicated to Ram Records itself.
Radio 1’s attention is easily justified. As the figurehead for Ram Records Andy’s nurtured and developed huge headline artists such as Chase & Status, Wilkinson and Sub Focus, turning it into one of the world’s most respected independent operations across recordings and now festivals like EDC Las Vegas, where Ram host their own arenas and stages.
Andy’s main signature motif as a DJ is that he’s guaranteed to be packing tracks that no other DJ has. Hunting, digging, searching and signing: he is constantly immersed in new music. Not only does this ensure a wholly unique experience when you see him live, but it also gives Ram Records a front row seat when it comes to spotting new artists... As the likes of Loadstar, Wilkinson, Calyx & TeeBee, Frankee, Delta Heavy, Culture Shock, DC Breaks, Hamilton, Mind Vortex, Chords and many more exciting talents will happily confirm.
With more new acts joining both Ram Records and its burgeoning sister imprint Program on a monthly basis, this synergy between Andy successes as a live performer and label’s creative director continues to develop with matchless merit.
The tail end of 2015 finds ANGELZ on an exciting tip: tearing up his blueprint and digging into his experimental core. Known for pushing boom bap edits onto discerning dance floors and up the charts, the G-House pioneer is irrepressibly drawn to this creative axis as a prodigy and as a rebel.
ANGELZ synthesized his experience as a producer and his passion as a music lover. “I’ve always liked the rawness of hip-hop mixed with the repetition of house beats. In my live sets, I’ll take some obscure techno tracks and make edits, maybe add acappellas over it, and make them into new tracks. It helps people digest complex genres when you have something familiar.”The former Def Jam signee, who ghost-produced chart topping beats between homework assignments as a 15-year-old, says “Everyone, the labels, were coming at me, asking me to replicate a track I’d made for someone else. So I started sending them random stuff. I had started listening to Detroit techno and Chicago house, and they were like ‘No one can rap on these beats!’ So they stopped calling.” The demand for conformity reminded him of the time his piano teacher chided him for deviating from the assignment and creating a song instead of studying one.
Testing limits comes easy to ANGELZ, who as a teen was addicted to P2P networks like The Neptunes IRC, “It was super illegal, I didn’t know that Diplo was also on that channel and so was Tyler the Creator. I became a huge hip-hop head in love with Timbaland and the Neptunes. I learned how to sample by listening to Alchemist. I was the biggest pirate,” says the man who adopted the DJ alias Smasha at age 8 to label the Big beat-laden mix tapes he had started making.
Reinvigorated by a reclusive 2011 in Australia with a “crummy laptop”, ANGELZ prepared for his turn in the spotlight as Skrillex was blowing up. “I was really into Justice, Boys Noize, Crookers, Para One,” he says. “I realized then that there’s a market to be your own man.” It was a game changer for ANGELZ, who at 20 already had 8 years of producing rap to his credit but no idea how to DJ or do the “house thing”.
Embracing house wholeheartedly, ANGELZ has gone back to one of his enduring strengths: sampling. The proof is undeniable on his new single “Hey Girl”. To be released by French house-master Tchami, its slow, B-boy hard house groove captures ANGELZ’s new sound. “It’s 100% about the vibe.”
However divergent ANGELZ’s direction may seem, his sonic compass is clearly on point. Though still in his early 20s, ANGELZ’s baroque beats fuse hip-hop’s raw energy and house’s hypnotic rhythms with a psychic’s ear and a veteran’s finesse. Beats that once left executives scratching their heads soon had fans moving their bodies and superstar peers praising him in their sets. The world may not think it’s ready for ANGELZ; fortunately ANGELZ knows better.
Angerfist is the world’s leading hardcore act, underlined by the fact that he received the prestigious 37th spot in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ edition of 2014. Being the first hardcore artist ever to hit the chart.
Angerfist was founded in 2001, when he dropped his first EP on Overload Records, the former sublabel of Masters of Hardcore Records. After that EP, he has produced an impressive continuous streak of hit records on Masters of Hardcore. Danny Masseling has produced three albums: “Pissin’ Razorbladez’”, “Mutilate” and “Retaliate” were released in 2006, 2008 and 2011. The albums had a huge impact on the scene and the development of hardcore music wise, especially in the last few years: Angerfist is the only artist to have four consecutive #1 hits on the annual MOH Hardcore Top 100 with "The Voice Of Mayhem (vs Outblast & MC Tha Watcher)" in 2010, "Incoming" in 2011, "Catastrophe (vs Outblast & MC Tha Watcher)" in 2012 and the destructive "Street Fighter" slammer in 2013. Next to the Angerfist project, Danny Masseling also produces records under the monikers of Kid Morbid, Bloodcage and Menace II Society.
Besides the music, Angerfist is known for the unique live-performances dressed in hooded sweater and wearing the infamous Jason-mask while performing all over the world. Bringin the grimy beats to every continent, Angerfist is selling out virtually every venue. With an unstoppable drive to spread the hardcore virus, he is destined for a long future of destructive beats.
Three words to describe Angerfist? Retaliate and devastate!
In the beginning... David Bruce, now known as MC Armanni Reign, grew up rapping everywhere from elementary lunch room tables to high school hallways to college house parties as a hobby before realizing the worth of his gift. Back then, you had to prove that worth by progressing from cyphas to battles which is what he did to make a name for himself. He started in small competitions and eventually worked his way on to radio spots. After spending three continuous months as Philly 103.9FM's 'Cypha' champion and the battle circuit not being the flourishing sport it is today, Armanni decided he needed a change. In the year 2000, he found that in Drum and Bass.
By 2003, MC Armanni Reign had made quite a name for himself hosting and performing with everyone from Kenny Ken to DJ Craze and was even nominated that year for "Best Breakthrough MC" at the Knowledge Drum and Bass Awards. In 2004, he started touring the states with legendary producer, graffiti artist and DnB representative DJ Goldie. He is now currently touring heavily with one of the prolific DJs of our time, Andy C and is undoubtedly considered a veteran in the US Drum and Bass circuit amongst the most respected forces domestic and international. Forever humbled by winning the vote for “Best MC” in the 2015 USDnB Awards for the second year in a row, Armanni Reign has never taken a backseat to showing love for the scene that embraced a misfit.
Considering himself a hybrid, MC Armanni Reign has never been the one to settle into just one genre of music. Formally one half of the powerful Hip Hop group known as Mental Sharp along with Sharpness MC, the duo has released five mixtapes: On n Poppin', Above the Beats Below the Bass Negative 1, 2 & 3 and Epiphany while dropping Hip Hop/DnB anthems like 'P.H.I.L.L.Y. VIP' (GASM) and 'Hit Em' Hard' (TekDbz). He is now also the vocal presence in a collective that includes New Zealand’s super-producers, The Upbeats known as Society of Numbers.
MC Armanni Reign is now becoming a go to voice regardless of genre. While creating chart topping Dubstep smashers like Barely Alive’s “Hackers”, Riot’s “LSAR”, Zomboy’s “Outbreak”, Virtual Riot’s “Running from the Cops” to Hybrid Trap like Stereolize’s “Paper Chaser”, A Boy and a Girl’s “Stampede”, Mark Instinct’s “The Show”, “Suicide Pill”, “Pour It Out” and even to 12th Planet and The Trickaz’s floor killer “Bless That”… From smoother vibes like Kastle’s “Timeless” to Mayhem and Logam’s DnB roller “We Will”, he has proven versatility is an asset. With DnB releases currently on RAM, Gasm, Freak, Intasound, Westbay Music Group, TekDbz accompanied by Dubstep/EDM Trap releases on Play Me, Never Say Die, Rotton, Uplink Audio, Buygore and Firepower with even more collaborations in the pocket yet to be released… Armanni Reign shows no sign of slowing down.
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.”
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.
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
- International Dance Music Awards:
- Best Dance Radio Mix Show DJ
- Best Full Length DJ Mix CD (‘A State of Trance’).
- International Dance Music Awards:
- Best Radio Mix Show DJ
- Best CD Compilation (‘A State Of Trance 2006’).
- 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.
- #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.
- 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.
- #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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ‘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.
- ‘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.
- 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
Astrix has been one of the leading trance producers and DJs in the world for more than a decade, carrying his musical message of psychedelic emotional uplifting trance to every corner of the world, to the biggest urban clubs and far away beaches, huge festivals and underground events. Devoted to his art and a true perfectionist, Astrix is known for his massive hypnotic explosive sets on the dancefloor and for his precise detailed production in the studio. Both always laced with tons of feel and musicality. His music has been topping the charts and his albums are considered milestones. Astrix fourth studio album, “He.art” will be released early in 2016.
Astronomar has been a stalwart in the US club scene for many years lending his production efforts to labels like Mad Decent, Fools Gold, OWSLA, Dim Mak, Slow Roast, BNR Trax, Enchufada, Ministry of Sound, Top Billin and his own label Main Course (plus remix work for countless other imprints) and gaining support from many of the industry's leading tastemakers like Diplo, Skrillex, GTA, Clockwork, Congorock, A-Trak, Zeds Dead and Martin Garrix, just to name a few. His massive remix of Wax Motif & Neoteric’s ‘Go Deep’ (Dim Mak) blew up in 2013 after nightly plays from Skrillex & Boys Noize, including Ultra Music Fest and 2 years in a row at Coachella; it was also included on Skrillex's 2013 Essential Mix for BBC Radio1! His 2013 Mutant Club EP [Main Course] drew support from A-trak, Congorock, Torro Torro, Salva and your favorite djs favorite dj. More recently, his 2015 Magic Potion EP [Main Course] has received support from the likes of Porter Robinson, Diplo, and many more. Needless to say, Mar is always a few steps ahead of the curve when it comes to new & exciting sounds. 2015 has been shaping up nicely as Astronomar has completed his second Australia tour, played EDC Las Vegas for a second time, and made his second appearance on BBC Radio 1's Diplo & Friends. When Mar isn't touring the US & Internationally, he stays busy as the head A&R of Main Course Records, which is without question the hottest new boutique label in club music.
Producer, DJ and songwriter ATB – otherwise known in the real world as Andre Tanneberger – can look back on 20 extremely successful years in the international music business. The arrival of his new double album neXt allows us to share his equally promising vision of the future. Andre Tanneberger's sharp rise to excellence began in the mid 1990s when his debut single 9 PM (Till I Come) shot to the very top of the UK charts and scored top 10 successes in many other countries around the globe. His creative spirit continued to flourish with an impressive string of hits like Ecstasy, Let U Go, What About Us, Move On and When It Ends It Starts Again. Gold and platinum awards in numerous territories underlined his status, mirrored by his constant presence in the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 rankings for a decade and a half. ATB is one of just a handful of musicians to have emerged from the German club scene to become worldwide superstars – from Australia to Asia, Mexico to Poland, Russia and, above all, in the USA.
“These days everybody is talking about the massive effect EDM had on America – and the role played by ATB as things began to change. I was there from the very beginning, I saw how the crowds grew and venues got bigger. On my first USA tour back in 2001 I was one of the first to insist on getting my own stage so the audience could really see who was playing, to create a more lasting impression. DJs are now undeniably stars in America but that is something which has taken years to develop.”
Since his breakthrough two decades ago, ATB has released nine albums, five of which came in double album format. His most recent album Contact entered the German charts at #5.
The medial capital X in the title of his newest work neXt is a reference to the Roman numeral which marks his tenth opus.
“My taste in music is really broad. When I record an album, I want it reflect my interest in the full spectrum of electronic club music – from energetic, pumping tracks to chilled out, ambient pieces. And you can't squeeze all of that onto one CD.”
Every time ATB has released a double album, one disc has featured club tracks and the other one has showcased his ambient compositions. It is worth noting that ATB has made a mockery of the “one hit wonder” theory which so often accompanies a #1 hit single. He has gone on to establish himself as a genuine album artist whose vast fan base all over the world regularly purchase his double albums.
“My sound feeds on the long distances I have travelled and how they influence my state of mind. Whenever I am touring and playing to large audiences, I am drawn to dynamic tracks, sharing their energy with everybody in the crowd. But when I'm in my car, separated from the world, I tend to listen to quieter tunes. You need both in your life.”
ATB has thus managed to settle into a rhythm which enables him to collect ideas when he is out on tour or playing DJ gigs and then assimilating these for an album every two to three years. The gaps between releases may have stretched a little, largely due to the amount of time he spends on the road, but the rewards for his fans are as rich as ever. ATB always finds new ways to refine his distinctive electronic sounds, introduing new voices – as he does so prominently on neXt.
“I like to maintain close contact with my fans, which is now easier thanks to social media, but I'm also in touch with other musicians, producers, DJs and singers, everybody's exchanging ideas. Sometimes singers approach me directly or a producer might recommend an artist he has discovered. And if the voice strikes a chord inside me, you can be sure I'll invite him or her into the studio!”
Sean Ryan and Jan Loechel are among the familiar voices to return on neXt, but there are also quite a few artists who feature for the first time, including Lenachka, HALIENE and Mike Schmid, each bringing his or her own intensity and charisma to the production with amazing results.
In one sense, each new ATB album bears a hallmark of respect from a fresh generation of vocalists. Their voices find themselves embedded in ATB's unparalleled trance landscape which resonates with classic qualities. Andre is also more than willing to embrace contemporary updates on every record, as revealed by a healthy guestlist of contributions from producer or DJ friends and colleagues such as Myon, Andrew Rayel, Robbin & Jonnis, Alyx Ander, Anova Fade.
“Nearly all of my tracks can be played on guitar or piano – I see myself as a songwriter and I aim to convey emotions through melodies. Who knows, maybe one day I'll release an unplugged album...?”
Now, however, it is time to focus all our attention on neXt where ATB has, once again, crafted a compelling creative arc across two albums in one. Perhaps the best example of this is the single “Message Out To You”, a collaboration with F51, where melody and voice combine so effectively.
“Life is one great big source of inspiration. Especially when I'm travelling through America, Asia or Australia, there is so much to take in. Not only the people and places, but I get to hear so many different styles of music, I can pick up on microtrends as they happen and weave them into my own music, creating something new yet, at the same time, bearing the distinctive ATB signature.”
ATB processes this input incessantly – in his mind, in demos, sketching out new compositions, testing new tracks in live situations. The actual recording sessions for neXt took place in one seamless phase, which goes some way to explaining why the album sounds so harmonious without sacrificing any of its diversity.
“What really matters, is that I have a clear vision of the album in my head. And that takes time. I reach a point which you might call zero. Once I have arrived there, I can begin. The vocalists are fully integrated into the process, most of them are songwriters themselves so they often come up with melodies which can flow into my songs as essential elements of the tracks.
This is one of the main reasons why I can stay true to my own sound whilst still having the capacity to surprise people with new twists in the music.”
neXt is an ATB reality check for the year 2017: with 20 years and 10 albums in the game Andre Tanneberger now presents 25 new tracks, individually and collectively a timeless document of his art.
Atmozfears, also known as Tim van de Stadt, is a Dutch hardstyle artist pushing boundaries with his emotive and energetic sound. From what originally started as a trio in 2008, Atmozfears has grown to become a huge name in dance music with Tim at the helm sporting his innovative approach to music.
Support for Atmozfears has been flying in from all angles since Scantraxx signed the exciting hardstyle act back in 2012. The biggest names in the genre regularly play his tracks in their sets, including Headhunterz with his Hard With Style podcast. In the past 12 months Atmozfears has reached incredible performance milestones. Defqon.1 Festival, Intents Festival and Knock Out are just a few of the parties conquered so far, but who could forget the astounding appearances in Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome and Heineken Music Hall.
Tim is known for spending almost every waking hour of his day in the studio or on stage. His level of dedication to music isn’t something you can learn or forget. It’s a true passion to spread enjoyment and a sense of togetherness. Atmozfears is ready for the future, and will continue working non-stop to take this scene to the next level!
In the middle of a global explosion of Electronic Dance Music, a genre that thrives in the most exclusive nightclubs of the world’s cosmopolitan cities, a prodigious producer has emerged from the unlikeliest of places. The small seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut, has been the home of Audien (AKA Nate Rathbun) for his entire life, and it’s in a small apartment in Mystic where Audien began creating music in 2008. Using a very basic set up, and a secret cocktail of plug-ins, Audien worked diligently to hone his craft. By age 17, while his friends were either preparing college applications or teeing up jobs, Audien began to test the waters by sending his unsolicited music out to producers, labels & bloggers. Though confident in his sound, Audien carefully managed his expectations, suspecting it was unlikely that he’d hear back from a random demo submission. An enthusiastic response came, however, from Flashover Recordings, the trance label owned by beloved Dutch Producer/DJ Ferry Corsten. Audien’s single “Rise & Shine” was released, and soon thereafter he was off to the races.
Over the next two years a slew of renowned labels came calling, gravitating to Audien’s stunning melodies & innovative sonic landscapes. Audien worked meticulously, but prolifically, churning out anthems & remixes for labels including Armada, Spinnin, and Anjunabeats, with tracks routinely charting on Beatport. Audien’s tracks also began to appear on compilations assembled by some of the genre’s giants, including Tiesto’s Club Life, Above & Beyond’s Trance Around The World, and Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance. A particularly exciting opportunity presented itself in May of 2011, when Audien had the opportunity to open for Van Buuren at New York’s Roseland. In just 3 years, Audien had gone from idolizing Van Buuren to sharing a stage with him.
As Audien has continued to release tracks into 2012, his music has evolved to include elements of Progressive House. The monster 2012 release These Are The Days was lauded by influential blog Dancing Astronaut as a “catchy summer anthem,” while The Top Sound noted “the combination of flawless evolution, beautiful piano chords, & trance-y plucks makes this an absolutely brilliant track.” Never straying far from his roots, Audien released his highly acclaimed song Eventide on Anjunabeats in August of 2012. Audien’s relationship with Above & Beyond continued to blossom through the fall; in November, A&B premiered Audien’s track Wayfarer as the first ever song played on their new radio show, Above & Beyond Group Therapy.
Elsewhere in November 2012, Audien released the incendiary progressive house track SUP, via Trice Recordings. SUP was featured by Dutch icon Hardwell on episode 87 of Hardwell On Air. Commenting on the track, Elektro magazine declared, “… this production takes its listeners on a roller coaster ride of uplifting synth progressions, chaotic builds, and hard, bouncing drops that holds the ability to move crowds wherever this banger is played.” Shortly after the track’s release, Audien joined Hardwell on tour for dates in New York & Boston.
With his ability to create fresh tracks in auto-pilot, Audien has turned his attention to performing live, a craft he takes just as seriously as his production. Audien recently performed at some of the hottest clubs in the US including L.A.’s Exchange & Lure, San Francisco’s Ruby Skye & Harlot, New York’s Pacha, XS in Las Vegas, and Miami’s LIV. With more big shows forthcoming, Audien is ready to continue his rapid rise out of Mystic, and around the world.
Music has always been a monumental part in the life of Audiofreq. Better known as ‘Bioweapon’ or Sam Gonzalez, he needs no introduction to the hardstyle scene, being one of the most recognizable and infectiously passionate artists to date. Audiofreq is the culmination his drive and energy, an evolution born from Sam’s unquestionable passion to his music to higher heights.
Constantly exciting, continually surprising, and consistently excelling, Audiofreq is infectious with his passion and endless amounts of energy which burst through in each record and every performance.
His music is highly acclaimed and supported by the likes of Headhunterz, Noisecontrollers, The Prophet, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, Ran-D, Technoboy, Kutski to name a chosen few.
His dramatic rise to fame is a testament to the raw power of his music and explosive energy behind the decks; he has risen from Sydney’s famed underground music culture, conquering the Australia’s hard-dance scene, to signing with a European label, but not before taking over Europe with his unique sound and he is now a staple at the world’s leading Hard Dance events and festivals.
Audiofreq is guaranteed to bring the house down so be sure to check him out anywhere and everywhere! Without any doubt he will spread euphoric and banging sounds with an infectious energy!
Combining two artists and a stock trader into an all-encompassing art project was surely a novel concept. Autograf — formed by Jake Carpenter, Louis Kha, and Mikul Wing — crafted a shimmery mix of futuristic, tropical house with a D.I.Y. ethos that melded the skills from their former day jobs. The trio joined their talents together at a gallery exhibition, where Carpenter, a sculptor and painter who worked R&D for the Kentucky Department of Defense, and Wing, a street artist, created an installation that included a homemade robot.
As the EDM scene reached a certain peak in 2015, the group wanted to bring some sexy back to the genre. After remixing songs by a string of prominent artists like Lorde and Pharrell, they released their first original song, “Dream,” a languidly sensual track that recalled the most positive Avicii output. A month later, they dropped the electronic disco “Running,” another glittery jam, which featured original artwork to accompany the release. The third track in as many months, “Metaphysical” again featured Autograf-designed cover art, as well as vocals from sultry alt-R&B singer Janelle Kroll. Autograf’s future philosophy and artistic talents led them to create their own instruments and stage installations, which they hoped would revolutionize the EDM scene. In early 2016, the trio released their debut EP, Future Soup.
Axwell Λ Ingrosso. The new project from Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso.
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.
With 5 consecutive Beatport number 1s, over six million streams in the last 12 months off the back of their lively social media interaction, and collaborations and remixes for Zomboy, Datsik, SKisM, Excision, Destroid, Astronaut, Getter and more under their belt, few can deny that Barely Alive are one of the most exciting and fastest growing bass music acts to emerge over the last year.
The duo originating from Massachusetts, USA initially made a name for themselves when they released their debut EP through Disciple Recordings in early 2014 to global acclaim, hitting the number one spot across 4 different genre charts on Beatport in just 24 hours. This made Barely Alive an over night success, and to this date they have been labelled just under Skrillex as the second hottest dubstep artists of 2014 on Beatport.
International touring soon followed across the United States, Europe and the rest of the world, with Barely Alive making up one of the core artists of the Disciple Alliance tours, the Datsik Ninja Nation tour along side Trolley Snatcha and Kennedy Jones, and multiple headline tours in Australia, New Zealand, France and more. They have received regular DJ support from acts such as Skrillex, Datsik, Excision, Far Too Loud and Zomboy, as well as making regular appearances on huge online music platforms such as UKF, EDM.com, NEST HQ, This Song Is Sick, and a guest mix for the renowned BBC Radio 1.
This is just the start for Barely Alive, who within their first year at Disciple found themselves well on their way to becoming a future headline act.
Counting the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and Gareth Emery as firm supporters of his sound, and with his music “an essential part of my live sets” for Paul Van Dyk – it’s easy to see how Ben Nicky has tattooed his mark on the scene to become one of the most sought-after uplifting and psy trance DJs on the circuit right now.
Armed with a catalogue of productions signed to the biggest labels on the planet including Ultra, Spinnin, Armada, Vandit Recordings and more, Ben has taken his blistering DJ sets to the world’s biggest clubs leaving no continent untouched. From the US to Australia, India to Argentina, Ben Nicky’s name has become synonymous with the kind of once-in-a-lifetime sets that has seen him play at iconic festivals like Nature One, Tomorrowland and A State Of Trance, as well as world class venues like Godskitchen and Ministry of Sound.
Now boasting over a quarter of a million online followers, Ben Nicky’s reach is truly global; as one of the few people who can lay claim to a live mix on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Essential Mix’ show, multiple Beatport #1s, an iTunes #1 collaboration with Paul Van Dyk and a bootleg for Calvin Harris that was played by BBC Radio 1 for an impressive ten weeks straight, Ben Nicky has a legion of fans who have propelled this DJ to successes of global proportions.
His productions have featured on the compilations like ‘Gatecrasher Anthems mixed by Paul Van Dyk’, ‘Dave Pearce’s Trance Anthems’ and the world-renowned Ministry Of Sound’s ‘Trance nation’ CD, and it’s undeniable that the current tour schedule is an exhausting read. With his Head F**K brand going from strength to strength as a platform for his mashed up, twisted and often unexpected DJing style, Ben Nicky’s online and offline entrepreneurial skills have pushed him into the upper echelons of world class trance DJs– if you’ve not yet been introduced to Ben Nicky’s sound then you’ve got to ask yourself just one thing: why not?
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Bijou has taken his native scene by storm. Spinning hundreds of local shows a year at the most populated venues in the city, it was only a matter of time before Ben Dorman saw the light outside of Arizona...
Playing across the country in cities like Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Seattle, and San Diego, Bijou’s street cred grows even more reputable by the day.
With releases on Night Bass, Fool’s Gold, and Prep School Recordings, as well as support from AC Slater, Destructo, Don Diablo, Drezo, Malaa, Party Favor, and Wax Motif, Bijou has proved his validity and remains eager to continue his evolution.
Infusing elements of hip-hop with those of classic house, Dorman is poised to join the ranks of the G-House supreme. The vibes are sexy, the bass is dark, and the dance floors are primed for the sounds of Bijou.
British producer, DJ and engineer Billy Kenny is widely accustomed to the lower, more aggressive frequencies in the amalgamation between UK Garage, House and Techno. His hit track “Work” has reigned the bass heavy side of festivals ever since it’s release in August 2014 and continues to do so while more recent releases on Dirtybird, Sweat It Out and his co-run imprint “This Ain't Bristol” circulate the globe.
Hailing from Leeds, Billy now resides just across the channel in Germany although his sound still remains more Radio 1 than Berghain. This prolific writer now has to be seen as one of the most influential ambassadors in Germany for the sound he represents, despite the fact that over the last year he's been touring more than ever across four continents.
He and friends hold the reigns to their flourishing label This Ain't Bristol, which has turned more than a few well respected heads since it's launch in late 2014 and continues to pump out high quality releases to their ever-growing audience.
Unlike many producers on the circuit, Billy has perfected his craft behind the decks. His endless edits, live sampling, looping and unexpected choices of weaponry always make his unique set’s one to remember for those listening.
Black Sun Empire represent the finest in dark and tech fueled dance-floor drum & bass. Since bursting onto the scene back in 2000, they’ve continued to develop their own unique style and sound, releasing numerous singles as well as four full-length LPs and establishing themselves as leaders in the field. With their impressive DJ skills and inspirational productions, Black Sun Empire have reached far beyond their native Holland. They’ve toured the world over, with highlights including Glastonbury and numerous other festival appearances, and continue to build on their growing reputation as some of the most exciting and consistent performers around. Their fifth LP ‘From The Shadows’ is a 100% Drum and Bass album will be released in September 2012. This is the follow up to the hugely successful 2010 ‘Lights And Wires’ LP that demonstrated their versatility across tempos whilst still staying true to their own sound.
Borne of brothers Milan and Micha Heyboer along with René Verdult, Black Sun Empire is a DJ/producer collective based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Since first making music together in 1993, the trio experimented with various styles until they found their musical direction around 1997 and formed Black Sun Empire. Heavily influenced by releases from the darker labels such as No U Turn, Prototype and Virus, they took the techstep drum & bass blueprint and set out to make a new sound of their own.
With a sound that was fresh, new and progressive, their early demos caught the ears of several well-established labels. Their debut release came courtesy of Rotterdam based label Piruh in 1999 with the tracks ‘Skin Deep’ and ‘Voltage’ and further release on Piruh and another Dutch imprint, DJ Esta’s “A New Dawn,” soon followed. It wasn’t long, however, before their technically proficient productions came to the attention of Trace, the long-serving DJ and techstep pioneer, and he invited Black Sun Empire to compose a remix for his label DSCi4. They took on the classic “Mutant Jazz,” and provided a remix of truly devastating proportions that announced Black Sun Empire on the UK and indeed the world scene.
Further release on DSCi4 came and were followed by remixes for SKC and Technical Itch before, in 2002, the boys decided to start a label of their own. Set up as an outlet for their increasing body of work, Black Sun Empire Recordings became home for their own productions as well as collaborations with other like-minded artists. Their first album ‘Driving Insane’ was released in 2004 to critical acclaim and featured work with the collective talents of Concord Dawn and Stu from Cause 4 Concern alongside their own material. Deft, dynamic, devastating and deranged the album announced that the day of the Dutch was dawning. Supported by a mix CD, it showcased their sound in style and coincided with a highly successful world tour, taking in dates across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.
Motivated by the massive response they had received, the boys followed up with their second long-player, ‘Cruel and Unusual’, in 2005. Raising the banner of the Black Sun Empire even higher than before, the LP featured further collaborative work with yet more high-profile artists including Noisia, Corrupt Souls and Kemal. Feeling the urge to satisfy other sides of their collective psyche, a sister label was established in the form of “oBSEssions.” Designed to cater for atmospheric, unusual and funky flavours, this label is certainly no lightweight and proven itself as one to watch with releases from the likes of Chris SU, Noisia and SKC so far alongside newer names.
Their third LP, ‘Endangered Species,’ drew together creative minds from across the drum & bass scene with input from Noisia, Bad Robot, Chris SU, Jade, State Of Mind, D.Kay, Optiv and Audio all featuring alongside BSE. The resulting tour was a resounding success worldwide with nearly 100 gigs and was soon followed by the ‘My Lightyear LP’ Tour alongside Telemetrik, to promote his debut album on BSE Recordings. In 2009, BSE stayed on a roll with a whole raft of releases across their labels including collaborations with State Of Mind, N.Phect and Eye-D and opened their dubstep label, “Shadows of the Empire.”
November 2010 brought the release of their fourth LP ‘Lights and Wires’ and an accompanying world tour, taking them to the USA, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. ‘Lights And Wires’ displayed their incredible versatility across tempo’s and genres and cemented their reputation again as unique, talented artists. Black Sun Empire continued to grow their musical reach in the first half of 2012 with a remix of Noisia’s ‘Thursday’ for the Mau5trap release of the Noisia album, plus a high profile collaboration with Foreign Beggars entitled ‘Solace One’ for their ‘Harder They Fall’ EP.
Never losing touch with their roots, Black Sun Empire continue to promote their bi-monthly event ‘Blackout’ in their home town of Utrecht which has recently celebrated it’s ninth birthday. This well-established event has attracted some of the best in DJ talent from across the globe and regularly draws crowds of up to 1,000 people, and has now spread to high profile residencies in Brussels and London.
The Black Sun Empire musical and creative strength leads to their 2012 album release ‘From The Shadows’ scheduled for September. With the album containing 12 original songs geared firmly toward the dancefloor, BSE delivers the perfect Drum and Bass experience. Black Sun Empire’s sound on ‘From The Shadows’ is as unmistakable as it is without compromise. A combination of dark and impressive themes, vocals, tough electronics, and memorable melodies. Collabs with Noisia, Audio, Foreign Beggars, Amatorski, Rido, Thomas Oliver, Youthstar and N.Phect showcase their expanding horizon. Musically, ‘From the Shadows’ sees Black Sun Empire move towards exciting areas.
Building a name for themselves in the last decade as true innovators of the Drum and Bass scene as we know it today, Black Sun Empire continuously capture the interest of a new generation of drum and bass lovers while maintaining one of the most committed fanbases in electronic music.
Black Tiger Sex Machine are a trio of electronic music producers from Montreal, Canada. Known for their heavy electro sound and post-apocalyptic visuals, they’ve quickly amassed a rabid fanbase since bursting onto the scene in 2012. Drawing from diverse influences ranging from old-school techno to classic rock to 90s boom bap hip-hop, they’ve maintained an intense production schedule over the last two years, releasing three EPs and an innumerable amount of remixes, collaborations and free singles that have drawn widespread acclaim.
Along the way, Black Tiger Sex Machine have built a reputation as one of the best live acts around. They perform a unique show in which they combine tracks, loops, drums, samples and synths into an intense barrage of sounds and beats, all while wearing their iconic Tiger Helmets. It’s no surprise that Ultra Records listed them as one of the Top 10 masked DJ acts in the industry.
Black Tiger Sex Machine are also the brains behind Kannibalen Records, which has quickly become one of the top independent labels in the game. Through Kannibalen, they’ve shaped the careers of breakthrough artists like Kai Wachi, Apashe, Snails & Dabin.
Having already accomplished so much in so little time, BTSM show no signs of slowing down their frenetic pace. They were recently featured as founding artists on EDM.com and they just completed two European tours, playing 25 shows in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in less than 8 months. With a packed Canadian festival season and a South African tour planned for October 20th, Black Tiger Sex Machine look set to truly stake their claim as one of the most promising acts in electronic music.
BlackGummy began as the brainchild of Los Angeles-based producer Iman Marouf. Marouf discovered the entity called “BlackGummy” in 2013 during a trip to the Middle East and Asia, and instantly formed a unique and inseparable bond with the alien-like idol. Since their first meeting, the producer and the entity have virtually conjoined into an indivisible whole, never leaving one another’s side.
Trained by Steve Duda, the legendary sound engineer (who counts mau5trap head honcho deadmau5 among his frequent collaborators) and creator of the Serum VST, BlackGummy consistently showcases his unique prowess for employing a wide variety of entirely original sounds in his songs. A graduate of the Icon Collective music production school in Burbank, CA, BlackGummy and Duda met via the school’s mentorship program, where his apprenticeship under the venerable sound engineer helped to hone the young producer’s sound design and engineering skills. That is when BlackGummy started beta testing the Serum VST for Duda (and is accordingly listed in the VST’s credits, along with deadmau5 himself).
BlackGummy has an obsessive fascination for sound design and music production. He views his productions as checkpoints in a tireless quest to improve his mastery of this skill, routinely spending 15 hours a day honing his craft. In 2015, mau5trap discovered BlackGummy, and immediately recognized his unique prowess for production and sound design. Later that year, the label released BlackGummy’s first original — “Lullaby” — on mau5trap’s We Are Friends compilation, which Earmilk called a “can’t miss.” Most recently, in February 2016, mau5trap released BlackGummy’s debut EP titled “Singularity,” inspired by the concept of “technological singularity,” which Dancing Astronaut praised as “an intriguing artistic vision,” which “moves uninhibited from dark industrial to uplifting progressive, challenging the notion that producing one style necessitates ignoring the other.”
Since the implicit convergence of the producer’s and idol’s identities into one amalgamation, BlackGummy spends almost all of his time locked away, with the idol, in his in-home studio, crafting new productions that attempt to lend a voice to the silent idol. He only withdraws from his studio in rare instances: first, to perform alongside the idol in nightclubs and music venues, and second, to search the four-corners of the Earth for more clues as to the idol’s origins. His fascination with the latter arose from a Latin inscription that lay emblazoned beside the idol when he first discovered it.
The quote read, “In perpetuum, salutem in omnibus locis; In omni loco, in omni tempore.”
Bleep Bloop’s musical world is one of stripped back, bass-heavy beats paired with stark, surreal soundscapes. Aggressive and off the wall sounds weave in and out of heavy drums as he blends genres into a low frequency style that works as well at a festival as it does in your headphones.
Bleep Bloop has earned the support of distinguished artists such as DJ Shadow, 12th Planet, DJ Craze, ƱZ, Kode9, Boyz Noize, Minnesota, Herobust, and G Jones, to name just a few. He has performed at sold out shows in flagship venues across the country alongside DJ Shadow, Cashmere Cat as well as Low End Theory (LA). His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio1, Diplo and Friends, Rinse FM, and on every continent except for Antarctica (maybe).
“Angular, brutal and barbed with a bass tongue that tickles with both a west coast and UK twang, it’s the sound Bleep Bloop has been cooking since he was first baptized by bass” -Dave Jenkins, UKF
Bass dipped in liquid question marks and rolled in lazers.
BONNIE X CLYDE, the DJ/Producer/Vocalist duo, debuted “The Ride” in July 2015, their first track in a series of hits that exposed the world to their unique style coined “Vocal Bass”. BONNIE X CLYDE followed up with their viral hit "Rise Above" which grossed over 700k plays on Soundcloud, 600K plays on Spotify, 900k hits on TrapNation's YouTube, and landed them a licensing deal with Insomniac Records. The duo later released "Why Do I," "Where It Hurts," "Worth It," and “Closer,” bringing their total play count well over 6 Million.
Fresh off of a direct support set for Skrillex, BXC made their festival debut at Life in Color Miami, and then immediately embarked on their 10 stop headlining "Gunshine State Tour". In Fall/Winter 2016, BXC hit the road again to continue their domination of the club and festival circuit nationwide. The duo performed at various festivals such as: Nocturnal Wonderland, Life Is Beautiful, EDC Orlando, LIC Fresno, and hit multiple club markets coast to coast. BXC finished off the year with a performance at Insomniac’s highly-anticipated NYE Festival, Countdown, on December 31st. Continuing their momentum in 2017, BXC will be performing at Life In Color Festival, CRUSH, and Middlelands, in addition to their streak of club performances across the country.
Their recent signing with Circle Talent Agency combined with the release of their debut EP in early 2017 via Interscope and Insomniac Records proves that BONNIE X CLYDE have undoubtedly positioned themselves for success for many years to come. Get ready to join the ride.
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.
In order to set the pace, one must never stop moving. It’s the only way to effectively bob and weave between encroaching trends and consistently remain steps ahead of the zeitgeist. Borgore doesn’t halt—ever. His onslaught is relentless with the release of The Buygore Album his second full-length studio album and first for his own Buygore label set for January 2015.
The electronic dance music renaissance man (rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, Buygore Records head honcho, and lady killer) has solidified himself as one of the genre’s most prolific artists and label bosses. Writing melodies, playing drums and keys, singing, and producing, he literally handles every aspect himself. He personally ensures that legions of fans worldwide receive the best experience imaginable from every release and gig.
2014 proved to be a massive milestone for Borgore. His debut full-length #NEWGOREORDER [Buygore/Dim Mak] captured #1 on iTunes Top Electronic Albums Chart, #3 on Billboard’s Electronic Albums Chart, #3 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart, and more. Iconic A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell and Miley Cyrus both enthusiastically jumped at the chance to collaborate with him, while he performed for sold out crowds everywhere from the Budweiser Made In America Festival and TomorrowWorld to the Mad Decent Boat Party. However, 2015 sees him break ground once again with the release of The Buygore Album and the launch of its companion jaunt: The Buygore Show Tour.
For the first time in the history of Buygore Records, Borgore assembles the roster’s artists for both an album and a tour exclusively comprised of “family.” This is his unbridled vision and he’s bringing BLVKSTAR, Ookay, Jauz, Dotcom, Riggi & Piros and “Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse” collaborator Sikdope along for the ride.
Since first founding the label, Borgore always wanted to launch a full-blown tour with all of its artists. 2015 provided the right moment to bring this dream to life. In between the sold out #NEWGOREORDER TOUR, he tirelessly worked on these collaborations, whether it be in his cabin during a boat party or backstage. The label’s familial mentality yields an explosive chemistry on The Buygore Album’s seven tracks. This is a group of bros just as down to go bowling or go-karting together as it is to hit the studio.
The first single “Lindsay Lohan” brings Borgore and Jauz together for a booming and bombastic bass romp. Trap production resounds in between the titular robotic refrain, churning out a bona fide banger and homage to the ultimate party girl. Meanwhile “Can’t Squad With Us” allows Borgore to expand once again with a dynamic vocal performance and declaration of his squad’s love and independence. Then, there’s BLVCKSTAR and Ookay’s “Blow Your Mind” featuring Borgore. It’s a slithering scuzzy and sexy anthem meant to burn a hole through the dance floor.
Each of these talents continues to engender excitement amongst listeners. Recently, Dotcom was sought by hip hop superstars, Far East Movement to do an official remix for their album which was released through Interscope. Jauz is currently working on a number of official remixes for various labels as well as putting together an EP. Ookay and Pizza are just friends now so he's ready for whatever.
With The Buygore Show and The Buygore Show Tour, Borgore once again doesn’t stop.
What started as a collaboration between two solo artists turned quickly into something much bigger: the birth of Born Dirty.
Hailing from somewhere between the guts of North and West London, multi-instrumentalists, producers and DJs Son Of Kick & Linden Jay joined forces in 2015 to drop two massive releases: ’Don’t Stop Get It’ featuring Kid Sister and now the soundtrack for the new Apple Macbook Pro campaign, then ‘Misbehave’ with Shift K3Y. Both have been heavily supported by top influential DJ’s and appeared on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra amongst other radios, top blogs and music channels.
Last June, Born Dirty has released a Miami Bass influenced stomper on the legendary Dirtybird - BBQ compilation with support from the likes of Jack Beats, Claude Vonstroke, Gorgon City, Anna Lunoe, Monki and many more, topping the Trakitdown and Beatport Breaks Charts at number 1 and 2 and 'Tune Of The Month' on Mix Mag Break section.
Since then Born Dirty dropped hot releases on their new imprint Way Way Records, AC Slater's label Night Bass and Record Record Paris, all supported by worldwide influential DJs and radios.
With an eclectic mix of influences, Born Dirty has created a signature hybrid sound resting on a solid backbone of Hip-Hop, House and Techno. After spending time in studios between London and LA, the duo has now an armada of heaters ready to unleash onto the world.
As a representative of Dutch dance industry, Brennan Heart is one of the leading brands in international hardstyle music. Tracks like 'Imaginary' and 'Lose my Mind' contain his remarkable signature: harmonious melodies, catchy vocal lines and an impeccable production. 'Lose my Mind' was an instant hit on YouTube with over 13 million views, which is an outstanding number for a hardstyle track. In 2013, Brennan Heart released a 50-minute documentary: 'Evolution of Style - a journey with Brennan Heart', the first longplay documentary on this epic genre. It confirmed his status as a top-50 DJ in the DJ Mag top 100, as well as his leading status in hardstyle music.
Brennan Heart (real name: Fabian Bohn) has an impressive track record as a DJ and producer with over 100 releases. He's known for his unrestrained efforts and perseverance, constantly improving his skills and studio setup.
He experimented with several styles of music like techno, hardtrance and techtrance, before focussing on hardstyle and establishing his own universal sound. Hardstyle is not only about the quality of beats; the songs, melodies and vocals are also important elements of the evolution of the genre. Brennan Heart is a pioneer with this sound; with a track like 'Just as Easy', he started a new episode for hardstyle music and opened the door to a new audience. He's also a pioneer for exploring new territories and cities, bringing him all over the world to serve his worldwide fanbase. In addition to his many great singles, Brennan Heart has composed several anthems (like Qlimax 2010 with a live symphonic orchestra) and played the main stages of all the top international events. His fans rewarded him with many votes for the DJ Mag Top-100, entering the list in October 201, rising to position 49 in 2012 and holding strong at #61 in 2013.
'Lose my Mind' was his eminent release in 2012 and the first offering from his own label 'Brennan Heart Music'. This collaboration with Wildstylez shows the catch-factor of his tracks; all party-people can sing the chorus by heart. This new status also created more interest for his previous releases like 'Wake Up' and 'Running Late', as well for his epic albums 'Musical Impressions' (2009) and M!D!FILEZ (2010). He also co-wrote the track 'Feel U Here' with Dash Berlin (#7 in DJ-Mag Top-100), which shows his ability to compose in various genres.
In 2013, Brennan rebranded his label to 'WE R Music', supporting artists like Code Black, Toneshifterz and Outbreak. 'F.I.F.O.' was a great release, followed by his collaboration 'Imaginary' with US-vocalist Jonathan Mendelsohn (Voted #1 Hardstyle track of 2013). ‘Imaginary’ is the soundtrack for his documentary, 'Evolution of Style - a journey with Brennan Heart', an epic document about the life and passion of this innovative DJ and producer.
Brennan Heart continues to make history, selling out the legendary Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam in January 2014 in the first event of its kind, gaining rave reviews from both fans and peers. The Evolution of this artist is certainly one to watch.
50 Shades of Techno
Contrary to popular belief, dance music isn’t new to America. One would only have to look at the career of Bro Safari to know that the American dance music scene has been thriving for years, making waves from the States to across the globe. Bro Safari’s productions have excited crowds and been critically acclaimed by the best in the business, and there’s nowhere to go but up for this talented producer.
In fact, if 2012 was the year that Bro Safari’s name grew, then 2013 is when the rocket blasted off. After his success releasing singles “Scumbag” and “The Drop,” Bro Safari partnered with his longtime collaborator UFO! for the highly anticipated album Animal; all were free giveaways via his SoundCloud. The Animal project highlights how these two drum & bass producers took a genres-be-damned approach, creating music that they felt. The album is a cohesive masterpiece, received great accolades and pushes from a number of well-respected outlets. In a fitting cycle, they even included some raucous drum & bass tracks on the project, never forgetting where they came from.
No one can predict the future, but with the trajectory that Bro Safari is on right now, he is on track to continue to excite audiences, challenge norms, and represent quality within the dance music scene for years to come.
A DJ of almost 15 years’ experience. A dedicated and driven individual with a relentless passion for all things energetic. A talented technician who has continued to climb through the ranks of global dance music to truly establish himself amongst the DJing elite.
Over the years, Bryan has honed his DJing skills by taking his experiences from the dancefloor into the DJ box. His current demand is at an all-time high; this is evident from the diversity in location of his appearances. He has performed at massive events such as Electronic Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, Tomorrowland, Stereosonic, Cream Ibiza and many more. He has toured extensively all over the globe in countries such as the US, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Egypt, India, all over Europe and beyond.
He is also a highly regarded producer and owner of one of the most respected labels in dance music, Kearnage Recordings. His diversity as a producer has seen him release tracks on labels such as Spinnin’, Armada, Garuda, Subculture, FSOE and Vandit, as well as remixing for artists such as Armin van Buuren, Aly & Fila, John O’Callaghan, Gareth Emery and many more.
An artist with an ever-increasing global fanbase with a career that continues to thrive on a daily basis and powered by a desire to do it all in the right way.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Bryan Kearney.
To drum & bass fans the world over, the names Calyx and TeeBee are synonymous with high-quality, perfectly sculpted music. Just as Michelangelo discovered statues in blocks of stone, so Calyx and TeeBee discovered the essence of D&B locked away in studio equipment. Always forward-thinking and packed with as much integrity as energy, their music has had an impact on the scene for over 15 years.
While Calyx & TeeBee’s first collaborations emerged in 2004, their history and friendship dates back to 1998, when they were introduced as label-mates of the legendary Moving Shadow imprint. In the following years, the two artists accumulated astounding solo back-catalogs of releases on a glittering array of D&B’s most respected labels.
When Calyx and TeeBee finally decided it was time to work together in the studio, the first tracks they produced (“Follow the Leader” and “Cyclone”) were highly acclaimed by the music press. Both tracks featured on Calyx’s debut album No Turning Back and were picked up by Rockstar, who used them as the soundtrack for a global TV campaign advertising the colossal Midnight Club computer games series.
Following this huge joint success, Calyx and TeeBee produced one of the landmark releases of 2006: “The Quest,” released on TeeBee’s renowned Subtitles label. In the same year, the pair also penned “The Shape of Things to Come” for Renegade Hardware’s 10-year anniversary album, before deciding to embark on the long journey of producing a collaborative album.
Now officially a duet, Calyx & TeeBee launched Momentum Music, which marked its first release with their debut long-player. The Anatomy LP proved to be one of the most highly anticipated albums in D&B for years, gaining massive support from the scene’s big players and topping sales charts for months.
Anatomy set a whole new agenda. Following its release, Calyx & TeeBee decided to embark on nonstop tours across the globe, venturing into their now-legendary and consistently in-demand joint DJ sets, sporting six decks and two mixers, with both players in action simultaneously.
The impact of their unique performances fed back into the studio, evolving their sonic signature once again in 2012. After signing exclusively with the mighty Ram Records, they delivered their long-awaited sophomore album All or Nothing, a kaleidoscopic array of music that sideswiped the scene with its jaw-dropping showcase of creations and collaborations. Five years in the making, this game-changer repped Calyx & TeeBee’s extensive range and abilities at a whole new level. The ensuing barrage of radio play and press exposure took the duo’s profile to unprecedented levels; with countless requests for high-profile remixes and a never-ending schedule of festival appearances, both their following and overall reputation reached an audience that transcended the genre.
The pair ended an amazing year with an avalanche of wins at the most respected awards ceremony in drum & bass: the Drum&BassArenaAwards. Home to the most dedicated and discerning fans on the planet, the brand’s community voted leading single “Elevate This Sound” (the first track that Calyx ever recorded his own vocals on) for Best Single, and the second single, “Pure Gold,” won Best Video. The duo were also recognized with the most coveted trophy possible: Best Producers. Adding to this gold-rush momentum, the duo were also short-listed in BBC Radio 1’s Top 5 best Essential Mixes of 2012. A moment of scene history, it’s the first time a drum & bass artist’s Essential Mix has ever achieved such recognition.
As All or Nothing continues to develop a life of its own—having spawned massive singles such as “Strung Out,” “Elevate This Sound,” “Pure Gold” and “Scavenger”—the duo can be found either deep in the studio working on their next releases, or at the world’s most respected drum & bass events, massaging the masses with their intricate six-deck sermons. More forward-thinking and packed with as much integrity and energy as ever, their music continues to have a peerless impact on drum & bass… and beyond!
WHAT IS IT about your favourite records that makes you love them?
WHY DO certain combinations of sounds surcharge your soul with emotion?
HOW CAN a chord progression invoke an elevation to an untouchable location?
The answers to these questions are the Holy Grail for all musicians. Understanding and unravelling the complex and subjective human relationship with tones, textures and triads is a constant quest for musical clarity. For the most passionate artists, this quest will take a lifetime…
Passionate artists like Camo (Reini) and Krooked (Markus): Two young Austrians who met on the skateboard but made a lifelong pact in the studio almost 10 years ago. Quickly identifying a shared vision and thirst for sonic communication, the pair have been asking themselves the questions above (and many more) since their earliest releases in the late 2000s.
At first they found answers within the high energy, chaotic parameters of drum & bass. But, as they’ve persisted on their quest, found more answers and asked more questions, they’re now exploring a much wider world of musical possibilities.
For artists so young, they’ve already achieved a huge deal: Few electronic acts are staring down the barrel of their fourth album at this stage of their career. Even fewer artists have created a made-to-measure live experience with as much attention to detail as their Zeitgeist show.
But everything you know about Camo & Krooked so far barely scratches the surface compared to their next ambitious project. Here’s what they’re up to… And how they got there.
“It’s about exceeding what you’ve done before. The next step has to be better. If we made the same thing over and over it would be painful. It’s not creative. We love the idea of not knowing what may happen. Fuck the safe path – we want to explore new paths. Some people might not like it. But that’s the risk we enjoy taking… And we’re not going to know if it has paid off until people receive it.” – Reini
These paths have been teased throughout their career – particularly with the brushed metal electro sheen of 2011’s ‘Make The Call’ and 2010’s paranoid minimal tech alias Chrome – but were properly swathed down in September 2013 with the release of their third album ‘Zeitgeist’.
After two successful thoroughbred drum & bass albums – ‘Above & Beyond’ (Mainframe, 2010) and ‘Cross The Line’ (Hospital, 2011) – ‘Zeitgeist’ was a game-changing document that showed Reini and Markus’s true passions, musical scope and future vision.
Embracing drum & bass’s famously high production standards while breaking down its infamously conservative formulas and tempo restrictions, ‘Zeitgeist’ compounded a stronger signature than they’d displayed previously…
Disco, techno, soul and funk were brazenly smelted down as the young duo carved delicate synthetic textures with soft plucks, spacious minimalist design and detailed arrangements. Abandoning scene expectation and fears of technical limitation, ‘Zeitgeist’ was a calling card for a genre-free future where artists transcend boundaries created by the fans, the labels and, ultimately, themselves.
“We want to create a sound that no one else has done before. Not just technically, but in terms of arrangement. The goal? For people know the Camo & Krooked sound at any tempo. There’s a safe way to play it when you’re establishing yourself and that’s how we did it on the first two albums… To a certain degree. But with ‘Zeitgeist’ we just did our own thing. Since then that way of thinking has grown so much it’s an intrinsic part of our musical journey.” – Markus
Joining them on this journey is essential. Many producers already have; the electric emotion and cosmic textures of ‘Zeitgeist’ are already being referenced, deftly nodded to and blatantly copied across drum & bass.
The referees have become the reference: Now, in the true spirit of exceeding past accomplishments, they’re about to take this sound, spirit and creative ideology to a new level.
JOURNEY THROUGH SOUND
In the aftermath of ‘Zeitgeist’ and its ambitious bespoke hi-tech live show, Markus and Reini have continued to study and analyse musical dynamics; how sounds ignite emotions and feelings from deep within, how space and silence are just as important as the musical elements. Above all: how music tells its own unique story.
“We listen to everything we love and constantly dissect the chord progressions and arrangements. That’s how we’ve learnt. We’ve made the connections between D&B and soul and funk. A lot of our development comes from listening and understanding.” – Reini
Studying the new masters from Jon Hopkins to Tame Impala to David August, Markus and Reini have toiled hard to understand their shared vision of their musicality and, most importantly, how they want to translate it to us.
Rather than use the same old in-the-box language, they’ve amassed a collection of analogue hardware to help them chisel and hone these messages furthermore: A Moog Sub37, Prophet8, Roland Chorus Echo, JoMoX MBaseII, Studer 961 mixing desk, mics to record their own percussion and drum libraries… The list is building, slowly but surely. Each machine helping them articulate their unique sound and define their own creative boundaries.
“Limiting your sound and understanding your machines and their capabilities is essential. Having that abundance of creative opportunities is dangerous; endlessly flicking through folders and VSTs means you never actually make anything .You never find your own sound. So we’ve thought about everything that pleases us and intrigues us so we can establish and really define our own sound. Besides…
Hardware just sounds better!” – Markus
The first taste of these analogue experiments since ‘Zeitgeist’ emerged in June 2015 with ‘Gravitas’. A dreamy, arpeggiated composition, it was the bespoke result of a creative partnership with Red Bull’s skydiving team, created to soundtrack one of the most beautiful aerial stunts the team have ever displayed. Sitting at a pensive 115BPM, ‘Gravitas’ instantly smacked of Camo & Krooked’s sound while rolling at a tempo they’d never explored before. Another example of Markus and Reini’s musicianship, it acts as the quintessential tease for their highly anticipated fourth album.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Camo & Krooked’s new album is their most ambitious project to date. Joining Markus, Reini and their stash of outboard kit are a score of local upcoming vocalists (because they love working with new artist and supporting Austrian talent), wild-skill session musicians (because they know their own technical limitations and when to call in a pro to replicate their own strums and sketches) and industry professionals such as award-winning pop architect Simon Britton whose discography is peppered with legends from Kool & The Gang to Eminem, Usher to Jimmy Cliff.
Even by the duo’s widescreen standards, it’s a brave new musical world. Building new sonic skylines on the impressive structures of their past, tracks such as the sun-freckled reflectivity of ‘Like I Do’, the delicate keys of ‘Black & White’, the slo-mo techno drones and dark bass tones of ‘If Else’ galvanise Markus and Reini’s capabilities well into the future in a way that’s not been done by their peers before. Many hugely respected artists who first came to fame in drum & bass have gone on to succeed on bigger stages… But not in the way Camo & Krooked intend to do it.
“We put so much effort and blood, sweat and tears into writing something that’s unique and fresh and not already done,” states Markus. “We don’t want to be the next big radio act”
“I wonder how long it will take till the bubble bursts? When radio moves on, everyone moves on… We want to make a deeper connection. We want people who stay with us and join the journey and not people who just respond to the hype and move-on as quickly after. But we can only do this if we are true to ourselves.”
With honesty and clarity as strong as their sonic signatures and musical passions, this is the sound of two men on a lifelong quest to understand and unravel the complex and subjective human relationship with music.
This is the sound of two men at a newfound creative peak.
This is next level Camo & Krooked.
Do you have any questions?
Talk about high expectations. When London drum’n'bass duo, Chase & Status aka Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) first laid down the tracks that would make up their third studio album, they were faced with a weighty dilemma: how to follow the sizeable footprint left by 2011’s multi platinum selling No More Idols, not to mention their hefty rep as festival headliners?
The answer was found with Brand New Machine, an album that brims with surging, dancefloor anthems, dusty trip hop grooves as championed by the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead, and a collection of jungle and garage breakbeats that increase with substance over repeated plays. Meanwhile, brooding ragga harmonies and hip hop samples deliver an updated take on No More Idols’ anthemic, catch-all appeal. The overall vibe? An instantly memorable collection of swaggering cuts tuned to a club setting, hyped summer festivals and arenas alike.
“This album was more about getting down what we were feeling, what we were into and what sounded good. No More Idols greatly exceeded our expectations, which was an incredible feeling and something we hadn’t planned. It was a real buzz.”
“This time around I guess we found the inspiration for what we wanted the album to sound like in our own record collections and experiences. We were born in the ‘80s, we grew up in the ‘90s, we went raving, we went to rock gigs. That scene, that vibe, that culture; the rude boy clothes, the end-of-the-weekend club scene going to see Jumpin’ Jack Frost it all seeped into the recording. The Prodigy, Massive Attack, the east coast and west coast rap sound…those things pushed us to get the tunes down. That was the inspiration for the record. We didn’t want to follow the crowd, we wanted to do what sounded good to us.”
Meanwhile, their studio quickly became a revolving door for the dance scene’s emerging singing talent. A role call of sensations-in-waiting were invited to lay down vocals on a string of tracks, and appearances by studio debutants, Louis M^ttrs, rapper Knytro and the smoky tones of Brighton singer, Elli Ingram followed on from Chase & Status’s previous work with A-listers, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, indie doom-mongers White Lies and greats such as Cee‐Lo Green and Rihanna.
“We used so many great singers in the recording process,” says Milton. “As with all our records, we liked working with interesting people like Nile Rodgers, and Pusha T, plus some newer, rawer names like Moko. But it was more exciting for the newer guys, they had passion and desire; that feeling of want. We’ve worked with artists who have gone on to do huge things after working with us… but they change! They aren’t the same in the studio anymore (once they make it big). They don’t have that same explosive desire that they had before. I love the eager vibe.”
An album’s worth of tracks were recorded. As the spring of 2013 became summer, Chase & Status made a series of appearances on the festival circuit, road-testing new material along the way. First up was Radio 1’s Big Weekend Festival. “We performed (first single) Lost And Not Found with Louis M^ttrs who’s just the loveliest kid in the world. We asked him to come on the road with us; we threw him in the deep end massively because it was his first gig. I remember saying to him before he stepped out in front of 30,000 people, ‘Have you ever sung in front of anyone before?’ And he said, ‘Nah, just my dad and my uncle…’ Then he walked out to a huge crowd. But he smashed it and took it in his stride.”
Next came their prestigious headline slot at Glastonbury, opposite The Rolling Stones, on the Other Stage, where Heaven Knows was premiered with Elli Ingram. “The way she moved onstage was so cool,” says Kennard. “Seeing her sing in front of that crowd was amazing, she has a cool sound already, and she has an incredible presence on stage. Elli’s a real talent.” Next followed a string of headline performances around the UK and Europe including T In The Park, Lowlands Festival and closing the main stage at Roskilde after Metallica.
To round up another phenomenal summer on the festival circuit the band performed their storming, riotous show at Reading and Leeds Festival, on the Main Stage before Eminem. It was such a wild show that they had to stop the music multiple times to get the crowd to take a step back, reducing the crush at the front. Melvin Benn, the owner of Reading and Leeds, went on to say they were definite one day headliners.
With the songwriting process completed, what followed was a period of soul searching as the duo took to polishing 14 tracks into an album that lived up to their high expectations. “We’re perfectionists,” says Milton. “It’s a gift and a curse at the same time. There’s a standard we won’t go below, which is great. But it also sends us around the bend because we go around the houses before we’re satisfied. We’ll write a track and then make 20 versions of it. All of them are very different.”
“It drives us mad. Then after making 20 versions we usually realize that the first version was the best. It’s just about being tough on ourselves; we have high expectations of what we do. That’s when it becomes a job and we tend to go right to the wire until somebody tears the album from us so they can release it. Hopefully the results of that process make it worthwhile.”
The hard work and perfectionism paid off when Brand New Machine stormed the UK charts at #2 and is currently quickly approaching Platinum status, not to mention closing the year with their first UK arena tour seeing the live band perform to over 80,000 people, which culminated in a phenomenal sold out homecoming show at London’s 02 Arena.
It’s not as if Chase & Status are without history in the production process, however. For the best part of 10 years, Milton and Kennard have continually pushed drum’n'bass’s experimental spirit into increasingly brave, unchartered areas - rock, reggae, hip hop and soulful club grooves are just some of the genres that have been underpinned by their love for clattering breakbeats. Remixing for the likes of Jay Z and The Prodigy, Milton and Kennard have had six tracks feature on three of Rihanna’s smash hit albums as well as Snoop Dogg requesting to write on their early hit ‘Eastern Jam’ transforming it into ‘Snoop Dogg Millionaire’. With Brand New Machine’s kaleidoscopic sound, they’ve rebooted their reputation as the one of most exciting production teams on the scene.
“I guess that’s happened because we have good foundations,” says Kennard. “When times are hard in this studio and we think, ‘This is all rubbish’, I always remember what we used to do when we first started. Like driving up the M1 to do a gig in Manchester and then driving back to Leeds for 6am - in a battered Peugeot 206 ‐ to do an early morning show for a couple of hundred quid. We remember what we loved about doing this in the first place ‐ the music.”
2014 saw Chase & Status complete another huge summer of touring the festival circuit with their live show, taking in slots at Global Gathering, Benicassim and an explosive headline slot in their hometown at London’s Lovebox Festival. Alongside these festival commitments, they were also the first bass music act to be given a weekly residency at Amnesia, one of Ibiza’s biggest and best-known clubs.
At the end of 2014, Chase & Status and Rage teamed up with David Rodigan and Shy FX to form Rebel Sound, a dub dream team initially brought together to compete in the Red Bull Culture Clash at Earl’s Court. Rebel Sound took on 3 other crews - London grime collective, BBK; Reggae legends, Stone Love; and New York’s A$AP Mob and in front of a 20,000 strong crowd, won the title of Culture Clash champions for 2014.
2015 sees the duo head back to the studio to work on new material together while they continue to tour worldwide.
Chris Liebing is one of the artists in the steadily and rapidly growing world of electronic music who has faithfully dedicated the past 25 years of his life to the performance, production, distribution and broadcasting of Techno on a global level. He has run a club and several successful club nights, has held residencies in many of the most prestigious venues worldwide, produced his own music and the music of other artists, founded record labels, hosted radio shows, won awards for different branches of his professional efforts and has been an unshakable pillar and devoted ambassador of innovative Techno.
Just like many other artists who passionately dedicate a vast amount of time to a cause, evolution and constant change have been a significant part of his career and have led him to where he is at this very moment. In 2015 he is more in demand than ever and is continuously touring on various continents. After playing for established nights like Cocoon, Carl Cox and Music On in Ibiza, he is now holding a residency for HYTE at the island´s iconic Amnesia club and recently played several dates for Richie Hawtin´s ‘CNTRL: Beyond EDM’ US tour alongside artists like Loco Dice, Josh Wink, Seth Troxler, Matthew Dear, Matador, Dubfire and Victor Calderone.
Chris always stood and still stands for solid Techno on the deeper side of the musical spectrum. His sets are sonic journeys between darkness and light, always far away from the beaten tracks of the musical mainstream. Being a kid from the 80s and growing up with Synth Pop bands like Depeche Mode and electronic dance acts like Nitzer Ebb amongst many others, his musical background also contains the melancholy, the vocals and the melodies from this era, which he increasingly blends into his current sets. People who exclusively know him for his fast and unrelenting Techno sets of the past might be surprised about those new facets he is adding to his at all times dynamic sound.
He was one of the first DJs that used the new possibilities in the course of the digitalization of music in a consequent and creative way and is incessantly searching for new ways of intuitive expression. The real-time manipulation of the individual tracks and sounds plays an important role in his DJ sets. Due to the good co-operation with various software and hardware makers, his current setup offers him practically endless possibilities, which he uses to create an irresistible groove and an ever-changing, unpredictable musical flow.
With his continuous touring, his established CLR label and the CLR Podcast, which he hosted from 2009 until 2015, he has written international Techno history and has just recently started a new weekly radio broadcast. The AM/FM show is published every Monday and features an hour of one of his current sets without any edits or touches, just in its raw and unbridled form. After 25 years he is still inspiring generations of DJs and music lovers worldwide and is enjoying his craft more than ever.
GRAMMY Award winning CID (“Best Remixed Recording”) has garnered attention from industry veterans like Kaskade and Tiesto, with booked gigs spanning the globe – from Las Vegas to Barcelona. The Queens (New York) based DJ/producer is ready to stake his claim on the world of dance music.
As a young Carlos Cid his passion for music was evident early on at age 11, venturing on a city bus to traverse the boroughs of New York, just to spend his days scouring through new music at his favorite record shop. It wasn’t long before some of New York’s finest DJs became increasingly curious about this enthusiastic young kid, who was seamlessly browsing the same records that they’d been spinning at clubs the night before.
CID's love for DJing became the catalyst for his natural progression into the world of music production. It soon became evident that CID was not only a talented DJ, but also an in-demand engineer & producer. His striking and infectious productions continue to capture the gaze of many of the industry’s top personnel including Kaskade, Tiesto, Galantis, A-Trak, Don Diablo, Spinnin Records, Protocol Recordings, Size X Records, and many more. It is an exciting stage in the career of CID, with an arsenal of explosive new material on the horizon set for release on Big Beat Records, CID is set to take his burning ambition to the next level!
Code Black has played events such as Defqon.1, Qlimax, Mysteryland, Tomorrowland, HardBass and Decibel, being estimated as one of the greatest talents Hardstyle has to offer. Lately, tracks like 'Can't Hold Me Back' and 'Brighter Day' have confirmed the outstanding skills of Code Black as one of the top Hardstyle producers. His stage presence and fresh musical ideas are contributing to his status, being well respected among colleagues and supported by a fast growing worldwide fan base.
Go where it's happening...Code Black (Corey Soljan) acknowledged that his future as a Hardstyle producer wouldn't be in his hometown Sydney, so he relocated to the forefront of Hardstyle, the Netherlands. Originally moving in the beginning of 2011 as the duo 'Bioweapon' and later forming his solo act 'Code Black' by the end of 2011. Within the first months of his career he already struck gold with a hit which would place his name directly in the spotlight. "Red Planet" burst his name on to the scene with huge impact; the melody could be heard by thousands singing along in perfect harmony, no matter where it was played...from the Gelredome for Qlimax and Hardbass with up to 30,000 people, to the clubs and biggest summer festivals throughout the year, the crowd showed the proof that this was a hit and they loved it!
Summer 2012 came with another big success for Code Black, yet another hit with his dance floor smasher 'Can't Hold Me Back'. The track gained massive support from so many of the top DJ's and producers and has been played numerous times at every festival throughout the summer. 'Can't Hold Me Back' was named at the end of the year by 'Headhunterz' as his favorite track of 2012 and will forever be a memory of the 'summer-anthem of 2012'.
'Brighter Day' is yet another masterpiece and is already a huge success of 2013, gaining massive support from his colleges and being picked up by day-time dutch radio station SLAM-FM for their TOP40 playlist, reaching a peak of number 8 in the TOP40 chart after 8 weeks!
Code Black succeeds in combining epic melodies with raw edgy production and an overall awe-inspiring atmosphere to his tracks. It's the result of his talent and perseverance to be unique with his music, as well as a sensitive understanding on how to perform in a live environment and balance his sets that get’s the crowds moving. Be prepared for another big year from Code Black!
From a young age, Coone has been mesmerized by music in all its different shapes and forms.
The creation of his successful label Dirty Workz was a huge step in this young man's carreer, allowing him to take his music beyond even his own expectations and also giving new talents within the Hard Dance scene a respectable platform to launch new and exciting sounds into the scene.
By the age of 24, Coone was able to lay down an almost impossible feat; completely selling out one of Belgium's largest venues with over 10.000 Hard Dance fans for an exclusive event - Coone & the Gang. The event has certainly become one of Coone's most memorable moments, a clear pillar in his life which marked the beginning of big things to come and completely opened the Hard Dance scene in Belgium, boosted by national tv and media coverage.
As collaborations with some of Hardstyle's biggest names rolled in, Coone was able to impress the world with his unique sound within Hardstyle, imprinting a distinct signature sound into his productions. His experience has lead him towards a new "Challenge"; to create an album in 30 days including collaborations with some of the Hard Dance scene's superstars. The album was met with great support in the scene, catapulting Coone to new heights.
Coone's success within Europe has opened up many doors for him as his eyes are fixed on the horizon, towards the international Hardstyle scene in countries such as Australia and the United States.
Without a doubt, Coone lives and breathes Hardstyle. His passion shared by thousands of like-minded souls all over the world, each speaking a universal language. Music. A binding force uniting us all.
The year 2016 marks a time of change for the Los Angeles based duo Corporate Slackrs.
Devin (Corporate) Meadow, and AJ (Slackr) Ironman began the group in 2012 with the vision of making energetic records breaking the genre barrier. Their first original track, “Smash” w/ Landis, released on Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Music label reached worldwide acclaim with support by Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Bassjackers, Tujamo, Miss Nine --- additionally being released as a mash-up by MAKJ, and a Coachella 2014 feature by Gareth Emery. “Smash” has reached a total of 2.4 millon Spotify plays (April 2016), and is in rotation on Sirius XM BPM and Electric Area since its release.
Corporate Slackrs made waves with their Slackr Summer Tour 2014. Spanning from June – August, their first tour hit coast to coast highlighting some notable spots around California such as Ruby Skye in San Francisco, Lure in Los Angeles, and Bassmnt in San Diego. Additionally, they carried their talents to Albuquerque, Phoenix and Cleveland to name a few, before making it back to Florida.
First they woke your mind… now START TO FEEL! From Cosmic Gate’s very first drumbeat through to ‘Start to Feel’ – their new convention-challenging long-player – they’ve proved to be the perfect alliance of musical minds. A by-chance meeting in a Cologne recording studio in the late-nineties set Nic Chagall and Bossi on the course to becoming Germany’s most successful and enduring electronic music duo. Their original productions have thrust them to the highest reaches of download charts & streaming lists, whilst their remixography has included everyone from scene legends like Armin van Buuren to revered Hollywood composers like James ‘Avatar’ Horner.
Nic & Bossi’s behind-decks-brotherhood has now created floor-frission at an uncountable number of countries. They’ve sold out arenas, conquered electronic music capitals, spun at a litany of major festivals and 10 years into their career became the highest climbers on DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart. Driven by their critically applauded albums, club-busting singles (incl. ‘Not Enough Time’, ‘Body of Conflict’, The Theme, So Get Up and ‘Falling Back’) and scene-defining classics ‘Be Your Sound’, ‘Fire Wire’ and ‘Exploration of Space’, their place in electronic music’s hall of fame has long since been locked.
As DJs, feeding off each other’s turntable creativity, Cosmic Gate continues to push floors to supernova around the globe. In North America they’ve smashed the EDC, Electric Zoo and Nocturnal festivals and road-blocked clubs and events including Bal En Blanc & Guvernment (Canada), ASOT650 at Ultra, Pacha & Governors Island, NYC and their Marquee, Las Vegas residency. Similarly floors have been shaken in other hotspots worldwide, Tomorrowland, Belgium, ASOTs worldwide, Zouk, Singapore, Global Gathering, UK and Future Music Festival, Australia being but a handful). They sold out a 2000 capacity solo gig on Hawaii, as well as the Cosmic Gate Wake Your Mind In Concert events at the LA’s Palladium and Melbourne’s Festival Hall venues, each one hosting close to 4000 fans.
The summer of 2014 sees them approach one of their busiest festival seasons to date, as they play shows including Tomorrowland, Ultra Europe, Electronic Family, Global Gathering, SW4, and Creamfields. It will also see Cosmic Gate further expand their Ibiza appeal, branching out to play Space and returning to spin at the A State Of Trance nights at Ushuaïa.
C.G. Productions: In their homeland, Cosmic Gate has retained a consistently level of chart success, charting no fewer than 7 top 40 singles, and further afield scoring a UK Top 10 smash with ‘Fire Wire’. Most recently the pair completed their sixth artist album ‘Start To Feel’. The spiritual successor to ‘Wake You Mind’ (see below), through it Cosmic Gate inspired fans to experience electronic music in a deeper, wider, more complete way. It’s first single – the Eric Lumiere-vocalled ‘Falling Back’ – was described as “an-anthem-in-a-can” by the UK’s DJ Mag, who scored the track 9.5/10. ‘Start To Feel’ itself was hailed by UK electronic music publication MIXMAG as “audio chemistry and production physics in their most quantum forms”. Giving it their Album of the Month award, they went on to say “When they invent the amplifier that goes up to 11, you can score ‘Start To Feel’ 11. Until then it still has to be ‘just’ 10!”
Cosmic Gate’s earlier album years were marked out by ‘Rythm & Drums’ (in 2001), with ‘No More Sleep’ following in 2002 and subsequently ‘Earth Mover’ in ‘06. The latter, an artistic tipping point, edged the pair towards a more open-plan electronic music style and was the platform for the club hits ‘Analog Feel’, ‘Should Have Known’ and the IDMA-nominated ‘I Feel Wonderful’. ‘Sign of the Times’ landed 3 years later, bringing the vocal anthem ‘Body of Conflict’, a further IDMA-nod for ‘Not Enough Time’ and a then near unprecedented 43-place jump up DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart.
Wake Your Mind: In 2011 the duo released ‘Wake Your Mind’. It produced ‘Be Your Sound’ – a release which MIXMAG said: “finally unseats ‘Fire Wire’ as Cosmic Gate’s best-known-for track”. The track scored an IDMA nomination in 2012, with the JES-sung ‘Flying Blind’ following suit at the awards a year later.
Through ‘Wake Your Mind’s title, Nic & Bossi had communicated a belief in border-free electronic music to fans. Its message was embraced by untold thousands of clubbers and music lovers around the world, subsequently turning into a groundswell movement. The #WYM tag was widely adopted as the abbreviation-of-choice for those wishing to display a more flexible/less tribal outlook to electronic music.
Throughout late 2013 and early 2014, Cosmic Gate added other significant dimensions to Wake Your Mind, further spurring the #WYM effect. Following rave receptions to a string of sold out Wake Your Mind In Concert gigs they launched WYM Records. Attached to the Armada Label group, it was conceived as a home for freethinking, no-borders music, which was immediately underlined this by its first release. Winning widespread praise from the press, ‘So Get Up’ was seen by both fans and the media alike as an (aptly) bold ‘new-avenues’ musical exploration by Cosmic Gate.
Most recently #WYM has further come to encompass the Wake Your Mind Radio show. Across 60 minutes, the fully formatted broadcast features Nic & Bossi discussing and airing the tracks that have been setting their floors on fire. It’ll also encompass first-listen music premieres and tracks from the deeper side of the WYM psyche. The show, which is broadcast on Sirius XM, DI.FM and many other stations, also features comprehensive info on up-and-coming gigs, Nic & Bossi’s Big Bang track of the week and a host of other features including the Throw Back weekly classic and their Private Playlist tune.
Remixes: Over their production lifetime, Cosmic Gate’s remixes have become almost as illustrious as their productions. In essence a blow-by-blow of A-list artists, Nic & Bossi have lent their studio know-how to productions by Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond’s OceanLab project, Markus Schulz, Deadmau5 and Ferry Corsten. They rewired John O’Callaghan’s mega-seller ‘Find Yourself’ to breathtaking effect and produced remixes of veteran trance producer Vincent De Moor’s ‘Fly Away’ and ‘Carte Blanche’ (Veracocha). In early 2010 Atlantic Records US approached them to remix James Horner’s ‘I See You’ – the main theme from the film Avatar. This run culminated in Nic & Bossi being nominated for Best Remixer at the 2010 IDMAs. Most recently they put remix hands on Armin van Buuren’s ‘Pulsar’ release and Kaskade’s Late Night Alumni side project, reworking ‘Sapphire’ for Ultra Records USA.
With limitless energy, his trademark mane of long hair, and a passion for all things underground, Craig Williams has quickly built himself reputation as a musical tour de force both behind the decks and in the studio.
Hailing originally from Australia, Craig grew up playing bass and began DJing and producing 11 years ago. Taking a wild detour from music, Craig spent several years working as a Black Hawk helicopter crewman in the Australian Army, which saw him deployed to Pakistan and East Timor. After his Army tenure came to a close, Craig held a residency at the popular Full Moon events in Queensland. With the desire to continue honing his music craft strong, he moved to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in the SAE Institute and earned a degree in audio engineering.
In recent years Craig has continued to shift the gaze of the industry in his direction. His deft ability to produce both gritty banging electro and underground techno has opened many doors for him, with releases and remixes for notable labels such as Dim Mak, Motorik, Relief, Perfect Driver, and many more. 2013 saw Craig release an EP with Bromance starlet Louisahhh!!!, as well as "Paradise," a Beatport-charting collaboration with Chicago luminary Green Velvet which appeared on the legend's recent full length album Unshakeable. Craig has also made an immediate impact with his skilled DJ sets, delivering memorable performances at Chicago’s legendary Lollapalooza, EDC in Las Vegas, and main stage slots at renowned club nights such Control Fridays at Avalon in Hollywood and Porn & Chicken at Evil Olive in Chicago. With forthcoming releases lined up on Sweat It Out and Discobelle, as well as collaborations in the pipeline with Gunrose, Sharooz, and Jencen Interceptor, 2016 is quickly shaping up to be a breakout year for Craig Williams.
Hometown: Melbourne/Sydney, Australia
Currently living: Los Angeles, CA
Origin of name:
It’s my real name.
Weapon of choice:
Outboard synths and drums machines.
Source of power:
The people I surround myself with.
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Just throw your hat into the ring; you never know what could happen.
Do you have any memorable moments from past EDCs or any other Insomniac party?
At EDC [Las Vegas] 2013, I ran into Green Velvet after he played, and I asked him how I could release some material on Relief Records. We exchanged details, and two months later he called me at 6am, asking to do a collaboration for his LP. You never know what could happen and who you can run into at the festival.
Are you impulsive with your work (in the studio and/or DJing), or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
Most of the time, I’ll have a rough idea and elements in my head for the style of track I want to make. Apart from that, I’ll just go in on a track and jam away. I work mostly with hardware, so I just look at the drum machine and synths as different colors of sound that I’m trying to paint a picture with.
How important is it for you to experiment and take on the risk of failure?
Very. If you sit in your comfort zone your whole life, you aren’t going to grow as a person. Later on, you will find that you’re full of regret for not trying something new.
What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio?
I think this changes on the regular. My go-to synth would be my Arp2600 clone, and my go-to drum machine would be the Elektron Machine Drum. One weapon I would love to add is a pair of Audeze headphones. After having used these in the past, I can’t speak more highly of a piece of studio equipment.
What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
The hate. People going out of their way to hate on other people just blows my mind. There is nothing wrong with having opinions and staying true to who you are, but going out of your way to hate on others that have no effect on your life is just a waste of time and energy that you could invest into yourself and the people around you.
What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
I love seeing how dance music is growing, especially here in America. When I moved to America five years ago, dance music was still very underground to the mainstream media. Now, for better or worse, it’s everywhere. I like to think that people that get into dance music because they heard David Guetta or Calvin Harris on the radio will end up digging a little deeper and finding the wealth and depth that the dance music world has to offer.
Is success physical or internal? What does it mean to you?
I believe that success, at the end of the day, has to be a measured internally. No matter what you do, if you try and measure what you are doing by the amount of money that you are earning or the fans you have or the recognition that you receive, you will ultimately be unhappy.
Do you have a secret passion?
I definitely have a passion for fitness. In past year, this extended to distance running. My running partner for some time was Louisahhh!!! We even competed in an ultra-marathon together. Whether it’s running or some other exercise that you do for one–two hours with no phone or outside distraction, it can be phenomenal help when it’s time to work. It’s almost like meditation.
Just after a short time in the Hardstyle scene, Crisis Era has already become one of the top artists in Canada. With many strong productions in such a short amount of time, it did not take long for them to be recognized. As their popularity grows, so do their productions. Their enthusiasm on stage reflects their ability in the studio. Within a short amount of time, they have released numerous singles and collaborations. With much talent and a fast-rising rate of success, Crisis Era holds a promising future ahead of them. This driving duo is ready to make a statement in the international Hardstyle scene.
Over the past 12 months Cristoph has been causing a storm worldwide on the dance music scene.
His effervescent, broad ranging style encompasses heavy basslines, uplifting melodies and carefully chosen vocals, spanning the house to techno spectrum.
Growing up, Cristoph was influenced by the sounds of his father’s Motown vinyl, paired with his older brother’s Chicago and Detroit house and techno cassettes. This nurtured a passionate love for music from an early age, with him citing Masters at Work as early impressers. After a teenage phase of instrument playing and production testing, it was the coming of age club culture that really opened Cristoph’s eyes to the desire of a DJ career.
And what a career so far it has been and he continues to grow from strength to strength.
Recent bookings in Ibiza, across Europe and tours in India, Australia and Asia have really spread the word about Cristoph, paired with quality releases. This includes many chartings on the tech house, deep house and techno beatport charts.
Cristoph tracks have now been played to audiences worldwide, with support from the likes of Hot Since 82, Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli, Joseph Capriati, Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed, Nicole Moudaber, Groove Armada, Joris Voorn and Kaiserdisco.
Radio 1 have also taken notice, as Cristoph was selected as a Pete Tong ‘Future Star’.
It seems like Cristoph is the name on everyone’s lips right now, touting him as the next big thing.
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.
Harddance music is rising out of the underground into the international mainstream. On the forefront of it is D-block & S-te-Fan. This energetic Dj-duo has been the co-founders of the harddance as it is right now; Energetic, melodic and powerful. They showed their talent multiple times over the last couple of years which resulted in numerous hit records as: Music made addict, Rockin ' ur mind, Sound of Thunder, Ride with uz and the Magical mystery.
Born as Diederik Bakker and Stefan den Daas, they decided to become D-Block & S-te-Fan in 2004 when they met in a local record store. From that moment on their unique and melodic sound got picked up by all the artists representing the harder styles in dance music. They have been releasing on the record labels of; Dj Dana, Dj Luna, Dj Isaac, Dj Zany and Dj the Prophet before they decided to develop their musical vision on their own label: Scantraxx Evolutionz.
Their catchy sound and stage-performances didn't go unnoticed. They got picked up by all the big organizations promoting Harddance which resulted in many main-performances from 2006 till date. To name a few: Decibel(50000, 5 years) DefQon(40000, 4 years) Mysteryland (65000, 3 years) Qlimax, Gelredome(30000, 3 years) on which they provided the anthem in 2009.
In 2009 B2S chose them to be the host of Thrillogy 2009, held in Brabanthallen. This unique concept hosts 3 area, containing 3 different styles in which Harddance is considered to be the main style for the night. In preparation of this night, they produced and released an Artist album, called: Music made addictz. This cd was very well received and putted them right on top of the scene.
2010 brought them to their ultimate goals. By getting asked for January 2011's X-Qlusive D-Block & S-te-Fan was their dream coming true. This solo event, which takes place in the Heineken Music Hall (7500) in Amsterdam. In preparation to this event they did an anthem for 10 years of Q-Dance, a party held in the Amsterdam Arena (40000) and were the closing act of Mysteryland (65000). With huge demand on tickets they organized a "running up" party in Rotterdam's Outland(3200) which got sold out for the first time ever on a special night about a Harddance artist.
It was this night where they heard about their top 100 entry in the most prestigious Dj-list; the DJ MAG top 100. Placed #73 they were crowned "Worlds #1 Harddance duo".Living up to their title, they sold out their solo-event in the HMH 12 weeks in advance.This year they rose to #40 in 2012’sDJ Mag top 100.
Releasing a mixed album on the night of the event, they kicked off their world tour in 2011. This tour contained over 40 gigs in 3 months crossing 25 countries, which established their name globally. Besides the tour and a very busy European schedule, they managed to release over 20 tracks already in 2011. Being featured in this years DJ-MAG again makes an end to any doubt. Harddance is here to stay, and Harddance is D-Block & S-te-Fan!
Da Tweekaz, also known as Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordli, are a Norwegian hardstyle duo signed to Dirty Workz.
They are down-to-earth guys with a passion for hardstyle and hard dance in general. When not behind the decks or in the studio, you can probably catch them partying in the front.
Behind the decks, their energy is unlike none other. Sunglasses on, smiles from ear to ear, and fists pumping to each beat, they’re a true spark to energize any party. From the personal settings of a club to the vast and immense setting of a festival, they bring their unique style with an undying passion.
Besides their ever-popular debut album Time 2 Shine, which scored massive hits in hard dance charts worldwide, another major step in their career was moving away from their Norwegian roots and planting them firmly in Belgium, where they now reside. This makes an accessible means for bookings in the hardstyle-dense countries surrounding Belgium.
If you're not already entranced by this duo, make sure you check their performance when you have the chance. It's unique, it's wacky, and it's downright fun!
Over the last few years Danny Howard has ascended up the ranks to become one of the UK’s most prominent dance music advocates. As well as a constant flow of gigs around the globe, the Blackpool-born selector pulls in 1.8million listeners every weekend with his ‘Dance Anthems’ show on Radio 1, together with a weekly appearance on America’s SiriusXM and his own Nothing Else Matters online mix show. A DJ, producer, label owner and renowned tastemaker, Danny stands in a class of his own and represents the very best that the UK has to offer.
After winning Radio 1’s talent search in 2011, Danny swiftly assembled a multi-faceted empire, which revolves around his resolute passion for house music.
On Radio 1, the world’s largest broadcaster, Danny demonstrates his ability to curate playlists that merge everything from accessible grooves to the more ‘underground’ sounds. Playing an afternoon slot on national radio can be a difficult balancing act, but Danny’s skill for crafting a cohesive, authentic selection on a weekly basis has won him a legion of fans. Danny utilises his position to support UK acts, while introducing fresh new music from all over the world to his huge listening audience. A youth spent listening to Pete Tong’s legendary Radio 1 show (which Danny has covered for Pete several times) is one of the catalysts behind his astounding success.
On the road as a touring DJ, Danny has clocked up a succession of career-defining gigs, including appearances at Global Gathering, Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Creamfields and tours in America taking on clubs like Pacha NYC, Marquee in Las Vegas and Spinnin’ and Perfecto parties in Miami. Not to mention a weekly residency at Pacha in Ibiza and regular spots on the line-ups of Amnesia, Privilege and Sankeys. Danny prides himself on putting together high-energy sets that keep the dance floor pumped full of energy, often bopping away behind the decks himself as he revels in the atmosphere just as much as those who are dancing in front of him.
In the studio that energy is translated into the music he makes, which is just as scintillating as his DJ performances. Signed to global powerhouse Spinnin’ Records, Danny has produced a slew of tracks that have all flown up the Beatport charts and been supported by some of the dance music world’s most influential figures. With over 20 releases under his belt so far, Danny continues to spend as much time in the studio as he can, building an increasingly impressive catalogue of dance-floor fire!
The numbers speak for themselves; 45,000 Ministry of Sound Clubbers Guide albums sold, an iTunes #1 with his BBC Radio 1 Dance Anthems Compilation, of which 75,000 units were sold worldwide and a #1 iTunes Podcast. Such monumental figures place Danny alongside his Radio 1 colleagues Pete Tong and Annie Mac as one of the scene’s most respected tastemakers.
And it doesn’t end there, Danny has masterminded the conception of his own outlet, Nothing Else Matters, to further bolster his staunch support for UK music. Partnered with RCA Music, the label’s first release came via hot new British act 99 Souls, whose rework of RnB classic ‘The Girl Is Mine’ broke into the UK Top 10. Nothing Else Matters also takes the form of a club night, with showcases taking place across Britain shining the spotlight on acts like Disciples, Tough Love and Eli & Fur before they broke through.
With a mind-boggling list of achievements already in the bag, you could forgive Danny Howard for resting on his laurels. On the contrary, he is working harder than ever to share his love of house music to an ever-growing audience. Fuelled by an unerring passion for the music combined with a grafter’s mentality, Danny has his sights set firmly on the future and there’s no doubt that the next few years will see his empire become even bigger and more influential…
Darksiderz descend upon us from the far reaches of the unknown. He brings a powerful sound of exclusive hard beats that will control both your mind and your body once you step onto the dancefloor. He is a powerhouse behind the decks and in the studio with influences ranging from hard dance to industrial to death metal. He has combined different sounds to spawn a new hard EDM concept and the world will soon know the power of the darkside.
Since launching the Datsik brand, Troy Beetles continues to evolve as a solo artist, all the while pushing his beloved bass music world to new lengths, both on a personal artistry level and as a genre as a whole. From video game-loving fanboy—his moniker derives from his old Xbox Live gamertag—to chart-topping producer, internationally touring artist, and owner and founder of the enterprising Firepower Records, Datsik is poised to make bass music the sound of the future with his recent Down 4 My Ninjas EP (Nov. 2014 / Firepower Records) and upcoming release “Smoke Bomb” ft. Snoop Dogg (Nov. 2015 / Ultra Records).
Beetles launched Datsik in 2007, when the burgeoning producer began dabbling with original hip-hop and dubstep productions in his Canadian hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia. In 2008, he met and began to work with Canadian dubstep legend Excision, who later released their collaborations on his Rottun Recordings. In the years to come, the duo—both as a cohesive unit and individual artists—are credited for taking the Canadian bass music scene from its local roots to worldwide acclaim and for pioneering and shaping the bass-heavy North American dubstep sound.
It was in 2009, however, that the Datsik brand took its initial steps into global dominance with his first official release, the Nuke 'Em EP. It set the new precedence of the future of dubstep and bass music. Immediately following that was the Boom EP, featuring Excision and renowned producer Flux Pavilion as collaborators. In that same year, Datsik claimed 10 Beatport #1 releases, an impressive feat for any artist, not to mention one in such an early stage in his career. From that point on, there was no turning back for Beetles. Datsik was now a legitimate entity, a bubbling artist to watch, and a force to be reckoned with. With each original single, bass-intense remix and multiple EPs on various celebrated indies, Datsik shot up to the upper echelons of the growing international bass circles.
While these numerous releases helped define Datsik’s core, his scope of remix and original production work reaches much farther and much wider. Having released on every other cutting-edge independent electronic music label, including OWSLA and Mad Decent, he’s also landed massive remixes that span various genres and solidify Datsik as a master of his craft, including remix work for dance music icons and rising electronic stars Skrillex, Diplo, Kaskade, Zedd, the Crystal Method, Pretty Lights, and Noisia, as well as two collaborations with the one and only Bassnectar and two more with Diplo on his Express Yourself EP. He has also remixed artists from the mainstream pop world and hip-hop spheres, such as Coldplay, Lil Wayne, MGMT, Linkin Park, Wu-Tang Clan—one of the biggest influences on his sound—and most recently, Lana Del Rey, with his SoundCloud-obliterating “Ultraviolence” remix.
Nonetheless, Vitamin D, his debut artist album released on Dim Mak Records in 2012, remains his gleaming trophy of work. Rightfully so, as Vitamin D was the first project to illustrate the full spectrum of Datsik’s production canon and to give glimpses of the artist’s potential as a producer and songwriter. The bass wobble and grime of “Fully Blown,” featuring rapper Snak the Ripper, nods to Datsik’s deep love of hip-hop. The laser-blasting “Need You” allowed Beetles to conquer the art of vocal sampling, which would later influence his use of original vocalists in the near future. The powerhouse team-up of “Evilution”—a collaboration with psytrance legends Infected Mushroom and KORN frontman Jonathan Davis—showed that the distinct Datsik sound is still able to dominate even when working with such music giants. Vitamin D was the first major milestone of many to come in the Datsik storyline.
The next chapter came in 2013 in the form of a two-part release, the fire-and-ice-themed Cold Blooded EP and the corresponding Let It Burn full-length album, both released on Firepower. While shorter in length, Cold Blooded packs as much a punch as big brother Let It Burn. “Juicebox” mixes sophisticated string samples with warped bass crunch. “Vindicate” with Excision is no-holds-barred aggression. And the party-centric “Too Late to Say No” sees Datsik delivering original raps for the first time in his career. Let It Burn continues the heavy-handed scope with the metal-influenced title track and high-energy fervor of “Buckshot.” Paired with “Hold It Down,” which mixes the alluring vocals of Georgia Murray, Let It Burn is an exemplary step into the progression of Datsik’s songwriting abilities. Hand in hand, Cold Blooded and Let It Burn comprise the knockout one-two punch in Datsik’s artillery.
Datsik stands at a point of transition with his recent EP, Down 4 My Ninjas. It exemplifies a more mature Datsik, both in sound and in vision, as it sees the producer taking vast steps outside of dubstep and deeper into his ever-burning fondness for hip-hop. In essence, it is his love letter to the hip-hop and bass music genres and sees a full circle for Datsik, as it combines the best of both worlds. Featuring collaborations with DJ Paul of renowned Southern rap group Three 6 Mafia and the legendary KRS-One, Down 4 My Ninjas sees Datsik keeping one foot in bass and one foot in hip-hop and, for the first time ever, sees the artist pairing his original productions with bona fide, universally celebrated members of the rap world.
It makes sense, then, that Datsik’s independent label, Firepower, is the home to Down 4 My Ninjas. As much as the new EP is the launching pad for the evolution of Datsik, Firepower is, similarly, headquarters to the future sound of bass music. Launched in 2012, Firepower is both an extension of Datsik’s sum and substance and his contribution to the development of the bass world as a movement. Though tiny in size, Firepower is of the more influential independent imprints in the current-day electronic music market, and has given birth to such blossoming acts as Protohype, MUST DIE!, Terravita, Getter, and Fox Stevenson, just to name a few. The label has accomplished more in two short years than many other imprints achieve in their entire existence. Firepower solidifies Datsik as a tastemaker and trendsetter.
With Down 4 My Ninjas in tow and a hefty supporting tour scheduled for 2015, expectations are higher than they've ever been for Datsik. Beetles welcomes the challenge, though. It’s what’s kept him developing since those bedroom producer days, and it’s what verifies Datsik as one of the leading figures in the bass music scene of today and tomorrow.
Australian DJ, Producer & Singer
Dense & Pika are a British electronic music duo compromising of producer/DJs Alex Jones (Hypercolour label boss) and Chris Spero better known to many by his Glimpse alias.
The duo first came into fruition in mid 2011 with a number of white label releases. It wasn’t long until they were noticed by Scuba and have since had multiple releases under their belt on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, Scuba’s acclaimed Hotflush imprint and have branched out onto the elusive Hypercolour. Dense & Pika have also been showing off their remixing talents by reworking the likes of Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg, Audion, Digitalism, Disclosure, KDA, Leftfield, Maya Jane Coles, Tiga, X-Press 2 and also Paul Woolford’s ‘Erotic Discourse’, which won the DJ Mag category for ‘Best Remix’ in 2014.
Last year they released a retrospective compilation with their best tracks on Hotflush, including remixes from George Fitzgerald and Grain. They also released their first solo track with Drumcode, achieving a number one single and also releasing a two track single on their own imprint, Kneaded Pains.
This year has seen them release their first EP and two of the hottest remixes this year with their take on Audion’s ‘Mouth to Mouth’ and also Tiga’s ‘Planet E’. The latter, is already touted by Thump as one of the best tracks of the year and we can see their consistently growing profile rising with more releases in the wings.
Touring across the globe on a weekly basis has seen the duo play at some of the best clubs in the world including the now legendary Trouw, Berghain/Panorama Bar, Fabric, Gashouder and international festivals all over the world. Gaining club support from electronic music's finest DJ dignitaries such as Skream, Scuba, Chris Liebing, Breach, George Fitzgerald, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Jackmaster, Dusky and beyond.
Des McMahon signed his first record deal at the young age of 18. Now, almost seven years later, the Philadelphia-born producer has become a staple in Washington D.C.’s swelling electronic music scene. Whether composing mind-bending drum and bass, or pushing sound systems to their limit in his DJ sets, McMahon’s unique sound encapsulates both limitless range and time-tested drive.
Despite the sonic confidence throughout his music, Des is humbled to have shared the stage with fellow artists Skrillex, Nero, Spor, and Noisia in front of sold-out crowds. The backing his music has received from world renowned artists such as Diplo, Evol Intent, and Dieselboy only validates the many sleepless nights and thousands of hours that Des has committed to his vision.
In a field with little certainty, there is no doubt that Des McMahon is poised to shake-up the status quo with his unbridled experimentation and relentless pursuit of sounds to grip the soul.
Dillon Francis’ recent #1 EP This Mixtape is Fire (his first time snaring the top spot of the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart), signals new heights climbed and conquered for the talented artist/producer/DJ. The lively follow-up to his acclaimed 2014 full length album debut, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, has been hailed as a star-studded offering (High-profile guests include Calvin Harris on “What’s Your Name,” Skrillex on “Bun Up the Dance,” Chromeo on “Lies,” as well as appearances by Bro Safari, Kygo, James Hersey, and others) marking an inspired return to Francis’ Moombahton roots. But the affable Dillon says he’s always been passionate about keeping his influences within reach. “I don’t think I ever left Moombahton; if you listen to the album (Money Sucks, Friends Rule), you can hear it in places there. For this EP, I went through a bunch of old records – like what Munchi was doing and I was doing – and maybe reincarnated a bit the sound from around ‘Bootleg Fireworks’ (Burning Up, his 2012 offering.) But I’m always trying to mix it up. I’m never going to forget my roots just like I would never do an entire album that was straight Moombahton. This was just a fun record to make. Anyone who follows my career knows I thrive on surprises.”
And then some; Dillon’s humorous, adventurous approach in a multitude of social media and short film undertakings have also earned him the reputation as inventive visual artist and playful observer of pop culture. His participation in the upcoming movie, ‘Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse,’ which hit theaters at the end of October, seemed to dovetail nicely with his own off-the-wall aesthetic. “That was a blast to do,” he says. “They had used some of my music for the film, and the next thing I know they’re saying ‘we want you to be in it.’ Anytime someone gives you a chance to be a zombie and die too, who could say no to that.”
Directed by Christopher Landon, the film follows three scouts and lifelong friends that join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes, fending off a zombie invasion and saving mankind to boot. The movie may also be a harbinger of bigger and more imaginative film and video ‘badges’ in the works for Dillon in 2016. “I do enjoy the process of being on-set in the short films I’ve done, and in this movie,” he says. “It’s gratifying to put in the hours and then see what becomes of it all in the editing process. And I like the freedom of doing my own film projects. It’s kind of the same feeling as finishing a song. You feel this surge of euphoria when you get to the final process of something that took so many steps to get you to that finished product.”
More collaborations with director Brandon Dermer are also on the horizon. Dermer helmed Dillon’s acclaimed, hilarious “Not Butter” video (and other Dillon projects), which drew a huge social media response this summer, snagging nearly 750,000 views in its first week, alone. “We’re working on more stuff as we speak, and I also have a TV project I’m trying to get going for 2016.”
Always up for defying expectations at every turn, Dillon has even engaged social media as a self-professed ‘donut activist’ (temporarily changing his twitter name to Donut Francis) debuting a 14 minute film on his love for the snack - Exit Through The Donut Hole, and as a mustachioed beer-demanding redneck.
“The great thing about all these projects is they intrinsically align with the attitude of my music,” he says. “I think my fans appreciate that I’m using social media and video as a fun way to communicate crazy new ideas rather than just trying to stay trendy or to hype things.” His Columbia Records/Mad Decent debut, Money Sucks, Friends Rule arrived nearly a year ago as the capstone to an innovative career that has never been content to straddle the status quo. Hailed as one of Rolling Stone’s Top Electronic albums of 2014, tracks included the smash hit “Get Low” with DJ Snake, the anthemic “Love in the Middle of a Firefight” featuring Brendon Urie (from Panic! At The Disco), “When We Were Young” featuring Sultan + Ned Shepard VS Chain Gang of 1974, and “Set Me Free” featuring producer/DJ Martin Garrix, among other tracks.
In 2014/2015 Dillon headlined a sold-out North American tour to kick off the album, and he hasn’t stopped performing since. Known as one of the most engaging festival acts, he’s performed to record crowds in the UK, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, France, Australia, as well as drawing acclaim for his appearance this summer at Lollapalooza in Chicago and the Reading & Leeds Festivals in the UK.
Initially recognized for helping to bring the tribal dance movement Moombahton to the forefront, he’s scattered the dance music landscape with numerous influential EPs throughout his career. Recognized as one of Mad Decent’s most prolific artists, he set out on Zedd’s True Colors Tour this fall, which he says has been one of his most satisfying live treks. “Zedd and I have always hit it off. I consider him one of my best friends in music and touring with him is never a grind. We have the kind of relationship where we might not see each other for six months, and yet we’re able to pick up right where we left off.” Known for assembling phenomenal collaborations and partnerships throughout his career, Dillon has always been about charting the unconventional course to success.
Even from his earliest beginnings when he first attended art school, and then became a ‘trainee’ in a photography studio – the L.A. native had a sense music would be the true spark to all creative destinations. “I always knew I wanted to play and make music, kind of knowing I was going to have to ‘make’ the music I wanted to hear.”
After spending some time in Atlanta interning for Cory Enemy to get to know the dance music scene, he would move back to L.A., and from there it was his discovery of Moombahton that initially inspired him: “I was introduced to the artist Munchi because he had done a remix for Steve Starks on the same song (“Git ‘Em”) I did, except his was ten times better. I started scouring his SoundCloud, listening to everything. The tracks that were genre labeled “Moombahton” were the only tracks I couldn’t figure out the tempo of by just listening to them,” says Dillon. “So I started experimenting with my own productions.”
Later, Dillon would play a cut of his own for DJ Ruckus, who he was working for at the time, slowed down to 110 bpms. Ruckus loved the track (‘Masta Blasta’) so much, Dillon convinced his manager to send the track to Diplo. “And that was my break,” he says. “I’m so fortunate to be branching out into all this other stuff. I just try to stay genuine in everything I do.”
Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much an international brand as he is a musician/DJ/producer. He’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.
In 2004, after throwing influential parties in South Philadelphia, Pentz cemented himself as a full fledged artist through his debut album, “Florida” which received praise within the underground community. Diplo worked with M.I.A. on her mixtape, first and second albums, eventually creating the Grammy nominated track “Paper Planes” in 2007, which hit No. 4 on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart and has sold more than 3 million copies.
In 2005, Diplo founded label/culture lab Mad Decent to serve as a platform for showcasing the myriad of fascinating sounds Pentz encounters while touring the world. Notable artists include: Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Baauer, and Riff Raff. Coming full circle from his days of Hollertronix, Diplo has utilized the label to produce the annual and infamous Mad Decent Block Parties – a series of outdoor dance parties/concerts that now span 19 cities across North America.
After multiple Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year, and being crowned the #1 most streamed artist on Soundcloud for 2013, Beyoncé’s “Run the World” sampled Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and sold over a million copies, cementing Diplo’s place in the pop world.
Fast forward to present day, Pentz has 235+ show dates under his belt in 2015 alone, and three 2016 Grammy Nominations including Producer of the Year, Best Dance Recording, and Best Dance/Electronic Album. Diplo remains the go-to producer for the who’s who of the pop music landscape.
“Lean On” the global smash hit from Major Lazer’s June 2015 release Peace Is the Mission has garnered a host of accolades including reaching #1 at Top 40 Radio, a first for any independent label, being named Spotify’s Global Song of the Summer as well as earning the crown title of most streamed track of all time, currently with 573 million plays, making it the most successful independent song of all time.
“WE DON’T FOLLOW RULES”, Dirtyphonics collectively admit. “WE CREATE THEM”
With a Dim Mak album release and multiple continent-spanning tours to their name, the French electronic artists have earned the right to keep doing things their own way. Comprised of Charly Barranger, Julien ‘Pitchin’ Corrales and Julien Lignon, Dirtyphonics is a forward-thinking Bass Music phenomenon that made their name on defying labels and limitations.
“We started by playing in Metal bands”, recalls Charly. “Our sound was always meant to be powerful and high impact. From the day we started, we’ve challenged ourselves to create something new - we love to push boundaries”. With a unique stage presence and energy the boys did just that in translating the vibe and excitement from their head-banging days into Electronic Dance Music.
The group found its footing in a potent blend of muscular Bass Music, mixing high-octane Drum and Bass, Heavy Bass House and Dubstep that spoke to a new generation of dance music fans. Refusing to be limited to any given genre, Dirtyphonics made has incorporated dramatic tempo changes into their tracks, issuing an unmistakable clarion call to their contemporaries that they would not be governed by old rules and outdated notions of performance propriety. “Our influences come from everywhere” Pitchin says. “We have been raised listening to so many different musical genres and we definitively don’t want to be stuck in a specific one. We have the most fun mixing them all together to create something unique”.
Dirtyphonics crash-landed into dance music’s consciousness in chart-topping fashion, releasing their 2008 debut single “French Fuck” to the tune of a Beatport #1 hit. Follow up singles “Quark” and “Vandals” proved the act’s ascension was no fluke, showcasing the group’s signature genre defying low-end heavy sound. The group quickly became a hot commodity in the remix world, lending their talents to tracks by the likes of Skrillex, the Bloody Beetroots, Marilyn Manson, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Excision, Datsik, Borgore, Nero, Kaskade, Knife Party and Linkin Park.
In 2013, Dirtyphonics released their debut album “Irreverence” on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records label, showcasing the range of music they create. The critically acclaimed effort features singles “DIRTY”, “Walk In The Fire”, and “No Stopping Us”, and ran the stylistic gamut from anthemic electro to frenetic Drumstep as well as incorporating thrash guitars, pounding drums and other vestiges of the fierce heavy metal music that influences their art and characterized their past.
After this they released their “Write Your Future” sophomore EP with features including Grammy winner Trinidad James and Trap king Uz on “Hustle Hard”, Dubstep legend 12th planet, and singer Matt Rose, among others. Following this, Dirtyphonics shook the Drum and Bass world one more time with they’re anthem “Anonymous” that has been played well over a million times on Soundcloud.
2016 is set to be Dirtyphonic’s biggest year yet, with their infamous “Neckbreaker” North American tour, titled after their hit collaboration with Dubstep mad man Funtcase.
With a freshly bagged DJ Mag’s “Best French electronic band” award and new EP to be released, Dirtyphonics is re-inventing, once again, the rules of Bass Music.
Queen of italian Hardcore, her tracks are massive bombs, characterized by mighty sounds and unique vocals, inspiring many producers.
Thanks to the winning combination of potent music and magnetic charism on stage, she gained huge popularity, building a solid fan base all over the world and confirming herself as an undisputed power of the Hardcore movement.
As a volcano, new ideas are always flooding and hard work is a solid key.
In the beginning of 2016 her very first solo album was launched called: ‘EXTERMINATE’, a great success which is smashing the dance floors this summer.
Of course don’t forget her monster hits: ‘A-BOMB’, ‘HARDCORE MACHINE’, ‘BASS FOR YOUR FACE’ and ‘DETONATE’.
Europe, Mexico, Australia, Chile, Japan, Russia and Canada are introduced to this strong Hardcore woman already and that is not the end.
In 2016 she joins DOGFIGHT, the Hardcore Label of Tomorrow!
Special new things coming up in her musical career!
Isaac is at the forefront of harder dance music, a position he now holds for over 20 years. He is always sticking his head out for new revolutions in sound. Roel Schutrups can be considered as one of the founders of hardstyle. This background and his continuing efforts in the studio make him a regular headliner at the world’s biggest dance festivals and events like Electric Daisy Carnival (300,000 visitors), Defqon.1 Festival (40,000 visitors), Qlimax (28,000) and Decibel Outdoor (35,000). Still, Isaac’s own focus has always been an international career, which ultimately brought him everywhere in the world including the US, Colombia, Australia, Japan, Chile, Russia, Canada and South Africa.
As a producer, it is very clear that Isaac has been influenced by many different styles of music, besides harder dance styles. Isaac has been very successful with various trance projects, including Alice Deejay. This particular project reached gold and platinum album sales all over the world, something he would later do again with hardstyle anthems “On the Edge” and “Go Insane.” The latter can be considered as the international breakthrough of this sound, igniting artists worldwide to follow and build a harder dance scene. Other renowned artists quickly found their way to his studio, and Isaac soon remixed tracks for Dash Berlin, Martin Garrix, Showtek and Yellow Claw.
Isaac hosted a resident radio show for over a year at Dutch number-one radio station 538, and currently he is responsible for a monthly show/podcast, Isaac’s Hardstyle Sessions, on Q-dance radio, iTunes, SoundCloud and Youtube. Furthermore, he is responsible for big hits like “DJ, Ease My Mind,” “B*tches,” “In the Air,” and “The Sound of the Underground,” as well as co-productions with D-Block & S-Te-Fan and Wildstylez.
Coming up this year are another world tour, exciting productions, and much more—a bright future for an artist who has created his own world.
Filippo, today known as DJ Mad Dog, is one of the main artists on the Hardcore scene. He started his career at 16.
He's part of the legendary Hardcore label called Traxtorm Records.
Filippo has produced many unforgettables hits like "Welcome Down", "A night Of Madness", "Agony".
He has worked with legendary artists like: Nosferatu, Noize Suppressor, Tommyknocker and The Stunned Guys doing other big hits.
Thanks to these productions, DJ Mad Dog exported his sound in many continents around the globe from South and North America to Asia and Europe where he is playing almost 100 times each year.
Founder and A&R of Life and Death, Manfredi Romano grew up tour-managing punk bands and organising left-field music events in Italy around the turn of the Millennium. Having completed his studies in computer science at the University of Pisa, Manfredi went on to form DAZE, Italy’s first booking agency solely devoted to electronic music. Drawing on two decades of experience behind the scenes, Romano shifted focus in 2010, establishing himself as a DJ in his own right. As a performer, Tennis valiantly showcases an astute ability to create intimacy in even the vastest of gatherings. As a respected producer, Romano consistently channels his past relationships with post-rock luminaries such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise and Fugazi into intricately-synthesised electronic constellations. Fine chef and restaurant owner, Tennis splits his time between Miami and Barcelona, where he enjoys riding motorbikes, collecting vintage action-figures and building upon his vinyl record collection - which now numbers over eleven-thousand strong.
Dombresky, producer from Paris, made his name with his unique style and his finesse, which allowed him to make an official remix for A-Trak’s “We All Fall Down” and a collaboration with Tchami on the track « Freakin » released on his EP.
Dombresky keeps impressing the house scene with his track « Hardcore » fresh off his Ep « Reaching Perfection » released on the prestigious « Fool’s Gold » label in which he’s delivering us elaborated tracks and a very aesthetic music.
With his brand new single « Wait » Dombresky made the pressure rise once again and provides us a track of a cheerful melody, signed on Tchami’s label “Confession”.
Supported by artists like Diplo, DJ Snake, Anna Lunoe & many others, he highlighted a house way old school and stands out as one of the new faces of the French Electro scene.
Dutch DJ / producer Don Diablo was born and raised in Holland and is currently working on rapidly expanding his discography in between his global touring schedule. After scoring multiple number one hits on Beatport he became the #3 selling artist of the year in 2015 and also managed to rack up over a hundred million views on Youtube in the same year. In the meanwhile the Dutchman also became an in demand remixer, adding names like Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Birdy and many others to his portfolio.
In his Amsterdam based studio he has collaborated and produced with artists like Kelis, Alex Clare, Example, Diplo and Tiësto to name a few. In 2015 he also launched his "HEXAGON" record label, the first release held the no. 1 position on Beatport for almost two weeks and the label was awarded "best new label of the year". An obvious dream start for a label with a great future ahead. Warner Brothers also asked Don to create the worldwide theme song for the highly anticipated “Batman Arkham Origins” game. The track and the accompanying video became an instant viral hit racking up millions of Youtube plays and global hype.
Don's firm radio support in tastemaker countries like the U.K. and the U.S.A. introduced the Dutchman to a wider audience this year. His own HEXAGON radio show is currently aired in over 35 countries and holds a solid top 10 position in the iTunes podcast section every week, thus reaching millions of people across the planet.
In October 2015, during the annual DJMag Top100 awards, Don was awarded with the "highest climber of the year" prize, moving 52 places up the list from 82 to 30.His packed travel schedule headlining nearly every major club and festival around the world are also evident proof of his ever growing worldwide fan base. Don's many other passion projects like directing music videos, working on movie soundtracks and setting up his own fashion brand make it even more clear that it is safe to assume you can expect to hear a lot more from the ambitious Dutchman in the years to come.
Dubloadz aka Dave Nardolilli is a producer who's quickly proven himself a force to be reckoned with, shattering the idea of subgenres and turning the dubstep world upside down over the course of only a year. His sharp and hard hitting "Savage Wonk" style boasts some serious musicianship, and quickly grabbed the attention of a lot of the power players in the electronic music world. Determined to make his mark in the scene quickly, he showed the world how much can be accomplished in a short ammount of time. 2014 proved to be a successful first year with releases on SMOG, Rottun and Never Say Die as well as bookings across the globe. His high energy sets show his attention to detail and cover a spectrum influenced by everything from hip hop and funk to hardcore and metal. With support from 12th Planet, Datsik, Excision, Figure, Eptic, and many more, there's no disputing that Dubloadz got that meat game on lock. "I can only hope to inspire people. I love what I do and I want people to realize they can make their dreams happen as well."
“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.”
Ed Rush is one of the current leaders of the new school drum and bass. One of the originators to bring back the dark sounds of drum and bass and push it to new levels, Ed Rush continues to make waves with each new release.
Born in west London, Ed Rush originally started out into Hip Hop and electro but eventually found the growing underground rave scene. Fascinated by the breaks in the hardcore sounds at the time, Ed Rush convinced his neighbor, Nico Sykes, to let him produce tracks with him.
Eventually they released "Bludclot Artattack" in 1993 - a journey into the darkcore sounds. While most releases at the time had a certain momentum and feel, the track was like no other, and marked the shift of hardcore's split into drum and bass.
Ed Rush eventually released follow-ups nearly two years later, this time with DJ Trace, on "The Mutant" in 1995. "Guncheck" soon followed, another track developed in a recognizable Ed Rush style - gangsta attitude, and crunchy basslines.
Ed Rush soon found himself on the cusp of prominence, as his releases in 1996 on the Techsteppin' compilation, the Skylab EP on the Metalheadz label, and "Killimanjaro" on the Prototype label all helped to define the genres' direction towards techstep, a two-step style of drum and bass. He subsequently released more tracks on various labels, and his popularity as an artist grew, as did his sound as a producer.
The greatest collaboration was ahead of him though, when he teamed up with Optical. They created their own label, Virus, and their first release was "Medicine/Punchbag," Their eventual LP, Wormhole in 1998, was released to critical and underground success, and is regarded as a genre classic, as the sounds from that album again redefined the direction drum and bass was headed, and solidified their status as the forerunners of the new sound of drum and bass.
Excision. The name itself presents a terrifying image- a mangled, forced extraction, quite literally “removal by cutting”. It should come as no surprise that the sounds behind this name are just as filthy, brutal, and unforgiving as the namesake suggests.
Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload. Bass will rain down from above for hours as Excision’s skills as a DJ and producer shine like an unholy light from the underworld.
The true champion of bass music, Excision hails from Kelowna, British Columbia. The founder of the Rottun label, a bass music conglomerate that has shaped the sound of modern Bass music, Excision has created a vast roster of allies that has only bolstered his spot as a warrior of bass music. Armed with a library of destruction and filth, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the precious time you are engaged by Excision’s sounds will eclipse your mind for a lifetime, as you are constantly enlightened by the true fervor and energy that only an Excision set can provide.
Hailing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Ferry Corsten’s lustrous career is exemplified by a passion for music that began as a hobby and spiralled into a full-blown profession. Today, as it was in the beginning, Corsten’s skills lie in his ability to coax the maximum emotional impact from electronic dance music of all genres, not just trance, but also progressive-house and electro. He remains and has always been ahead-of-his time, making music that becomes a template for others to follow.
From the outset, Corsten has been a prolific music-maker. With seven full-length studio albums under his belt and multiple Gold records to his name with songs that include ‘Punk,’ ‘Out Of The Blue,’ ‘Rock Your Body Rock,’ and other world-class hits like ‘Made Of Love’ featuring Betsie Larkin, ‘Hyper Love’ Feat. Nat Dunn and ‘Radio Crash’, Ferry’s output has always been plentiful and diverse. None more so is this true then with collaboration and remix work that has seen Ferry line-up alongside star names from the world of pop, rock, electronic and hip hop in Justin Bieber, U2, Moby, Faithless, The Killers, William Orbit, Duran Duran and Public Enemy.
From his New World Punx project with fellow trance pioneer Markus Schulz to his FULL ON live show concept, whereby he melds different styles of dance music by playing back-to-back sets with his cherry-picked roster of DJ/producer friends and a state-of-the-art stage setup, through to his hotly anticipated new live show and tour concept ‘Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella’. Ferry has continued to push and excite the world with his live and DJ show experiences. A statement that has been felt everywhere from festivals in Tomorrowland, Creamfields, Dance Valley, EDC Las Vegas, clubs such as Amnesia, Space, Ministry of Sound, Avalon, and iconic arenas like Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall, Allphones Arena in Sydney and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Striving always for excellence, this is an artist who is never satisfied with all that he’s accomplished, instead always pushing for the next exciting idea. For Ferry Corsten, the possibilities are limitless.
Firebeatz, the dynamic Dutch duo of Tim Smulders and Jurre van Doeselaar, have become a true international sensation. Playing mostly self-produced records, the duo has delivered countless mainstage anthems, including collabs with Calvin Harris, Tiësto and Martin Garrix. On the remix front, they’ve delivered altered sides for a star-studded list that includes Rihanna, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Justin Timberlake, Pink, Snoop Dogg, James Blunt, and Sean Paul.
Fans have also come to anticipate their original recordings, including major tracks like 'Dear New York', Guitar Track' (with Sander van Doorn), 'Helicopter' (with Martin Garrix), 'I Can't Understand' (with Chocolate Puma), 'Go' and 'Ghostchild' (with Apster and Spree Wilson). Add to this the live Firebeatz experience - no one gets the exact same show twice. Catch them playing the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Beyond Wonderland in the Bay area, or the ADE Festival in Amsterdam, and you’ll get a very different party than if they’re playing a residency at Marquee in Las Vegas.
Every place they go, they meet enthused crowds, full of anticipation of what's to come. Because a Firebeatz show is the sonic equivalent of a blow to the gut and a kick in the head. And happily pummeled fans wouldn’t have it any other way.
Flosstradamus (AKA Curt Cameruci) is an American DJ and producer. Currently based in Brooklyn, Flosstradamus came to prominence in Chicago while collaborating with acts such as Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, A-Trak, and Baauer. In the last few years they’ve collaborated with the likes of G.T.A, Lil’ Jon, Waka Flocka Flame, Post Malone and Travis Porter. Career highlights over the past decade include iconic tracks like Major Lazer’s “Original Don” (Flosstradamus Remix), “CROWD CNTRL,” “Mosh Pit,” “TTU (Too Turnt Up),” “Soundclash,” and “Prison Riot.”
In addition to their musical endeavors, Flosstradamus has become synonymous with a Hi-Def lifestyle ultimately resulting in a lifestyle brand that’s extended to apparel, their own annual HDYFEST event, and record label Hi Def Youth. Flosstradamus’s devout group of fans known as the HDYNATION has developed into one of the most dedicated and recognizable communities in dance music.
In March 2017, Flosstradamus released their latest single “Back Again” with Mayhem and Waka Flocka Flame.
Flux Pavilion’s polymath-like ability to involve himself in all aspects of music cannot be understated. Known as Joshua Steele to friends and family, Flux is a singer-songwriter, record producer and label owner who plays the drums, guitar, saxophone and piano. His achievements range from releasing his first vinyl at 19 years old to selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado twice, notching up a UK top 10 hit with Sway and having Kanye West & Jay Z sample his dance floor anthem ‘I Can’t Stop’ in addition to featuring in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s 2015. Not bad for a guy who started out replaying jingles he’d heard on TV on his Casio keyboard.
Influenced by the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles and Frank Zappa in the early years, it was when he heard The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers that Flux Pavilion knew he had found a musical direction he truly wanted to explore for himself. A deluge of musical projects followed, writing instrumental hip hop and dirty drum & bass, joining local bands and producing for other acts all while studying at university. But the major turning point for this unquestionably talented musician was a visit to London superclub Fabric:
“I never went to clubs because I didn’t feel accepted into that scene; it felt too showy, too well-groomed. Then I saw Rusko play at Fabric and it changed my perception of everything. He was jumping around wearing a big cardboard hat shaped like a bird playing the most outrageous music I had ever heard. I loved it.”
From that day forth Flux Pavilion was destined to rise, first to the top of the dubstep scene, and then to the peak of electronic music the world over. His own label, Circus Records, started alongside childhood friend Doctor P with the backing of D&B pioneer DJ Swan-e and Earl Falconer of UB40, has been responsible for unleashing some of the most successful electronic music that the underground has to offer, launching the careers of scores of new talent in the process.
Meanwhile Flux’s own output has gone from strength to strength, having worked on a diverse selection of original tracks and collaborations with Childish Gambino, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki and Turin Brakes plus remixing for the likes of Skrillex, Jamiroquai, MIA and DJ Fresh. While most students are thinking about where to go on their gap year, Flux Pavilion was celebrating ‘I Can’t Stop’ being picked as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ when at the time he was still living in student halls. Ever since, Flux’s music can now be found regularly cropping up in the playlists of MistaJam, Fearne Cotton and Eddy Temple Morris as well as drawing attention from Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Prodigy, Fat boy Slim and Christina Aguilera to name a few. Reaching new heights, Flux has recently been the first producer ever to be officially asked to remix the Star Wars theme song in what will surely be a highlight of his career to date.
The intervening years have seen Flux notch up three headline US tours, two headline UK tours, DJ sets at every festival worth mentioning – from Glastonbury to Reading, Coachella to EDC Vegas and beyond – plus live performances with Example, Foreign Beggars and Chiddy Bang. In that time Flux has continued to develop his signature sound, retaining the all-important energy that The Prodigy and Rusko inspired him with in the early days and undoubtedly inspiring a generation of electronic music producers of his own in the process.
Flux Pavilion’s debut album, “Tesla” is out now on Circus Records.
Three years on from exclusively signing to Hospital Records and Exeter duo Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson have taken the drum & bass lands by storm, sweeping through with their melodic and euphoric waves in a whirlwind of musicality and dance-floor destruction.
It was Pendulum’s controversial and genre-changing album ‘Hold Your Colour’ and High Contrast’s sophomore ‘High Society’ that converted the pair to Drum & Bass although both initially into live music. As two keen musicians with Fred on guitar, piano and vocals and Josh on guitar and drums, unique instrumentation has become somewhat of a trademark sound on their production. Influenced by a wide-spanning range of sounds outside of the realms of drum & bass, from rock, funk, soul & jazz; Fred V & Grafix cite artists such as Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Bombay Bicycle Club, Biffy Clyro, Alt-J, Ben Howard, The 1975 and The Naked & Famous as key inspirations, alongside fellow Hospital D&B artists, High Contrast and Logistics.
Since 2006, Progressive Psytrance artist Freedom Fighters aka Shahaf Efrat has been making dance floors tremble around the world. Since his humble beginnings in Tel Aviv, Israel, his name has gone from relative obscurity, to a massive threat on some of the worlds biggest festival stages. From Electric Daisy Carnival (United States) thru Hadra Festival (France), Maitreya Festival (Australia), Playground Festival (Brazil), The Gathering (Japan), Ommix’s Atmosphere Festival (Mexico), Groove Attack (Israel) to name a few.
Not limiting himself to the confines of only psytrance, he draws influence from many genres which gives him a sound of his own. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to not only remix, but work side by side with some of the scene’s biggest names. The likes of Astrix, Simon Patterson, Ace Ventura and Skazi, only make up a portion of a massive list. With these collaborations and remixes has come some massive results including anthem “Marshmallows” with legendary Captain Hook, which has gained over 1.5 million views on Youtube till date.
An idea can only be confined for so long, and with psytrance becoming a global revolution, it was only a matter of time before others started to take notice. Freedom Fighters is now one of the most sought after names in the traditional trance scene after a groundbreaking remix of Simon Patterson’s Beatport #1 “Dissolve”. His remix not only put his name in the sights of other trance artists, but also landed him a spotlight on the world’s largest electronic music radio show, Armin Van Buuren’s legendary “A State Of Trance”.
After 5 Beatport #1’s, It was time for Freedom Fighters to show the world his true colors. After a year of intense focus and dedication, February 25, 2015 saw the release of his highly anticipated album “Rebel”, out on world class label HOMmega. Not only was the album artistic success, But it saw itself sit at the #1 spot on Beatport for multiple weeks in a row, cementing his name as an artist worth remembering.
Brighton raised, multi award winning Friction is one of the most revered and recognised names in bass music today. Having risen steadily through the ranks since the early 00's as arguably the most adept and most ferocious DJ/producer in the scene, Friction now holds court in the D&B Hall Of Fame thanks to his inauguration at the 2011 Drum & Bass Arena Awards.
Friction has a vast catalogue behind him and has worked with most of the major labels in D&B including Hospital and Metalheadz. However it was in 2004 when he founded the now infamous record label Shogun Audio that really pushed the Friction name further into the musical limelight.
Whilst DJ'ing across the world every weekend and heading up the juggernaut record label Shogun Audio, Friction has achieved much commercial success but always keeps his feet firmly on the ground, he was announced at the start of 2012 as the new face of Radio 1's flagship Drum & Bass show he is set for even more accolades in 2013 and beyond.
Friction's last single release, 'Led Astray' got massive radio support from Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Mistajam, Fearne Cotton, and the whole of club land spending 6 weeks on the Radio 1 playlist at the start of 2012. His recent remix credits include Wretch 32 'Traktor', Example's 'Change The Way You Kissed Me', Maverick Sabre's 'These Days', 'YSK' by Jack Beats and 'Love Is All I Got' by Feed Me. All eyes are now firmly focused on Friction's debut album currently in the making.
Described by Pete Tong as 'one of the big dogs' Friction looks set to hit dizzying new heights in his career this year as he continues to trail blaze his way through the ever-evolving musical landscape.
So whether you're catching his radio show or a DJ set anywhere from Glastonbury, EDC in LA, to Sydney or Toyko you'll be sure Friction never disappoints.
Hardstyle DJ and producer Frontliner (Barry Drooger) is well known for his versatile approach to the genre. His latest album Producers Mind (2011) is a showcase of versatility and recent monster hits such as ‘Dream Dust’ and Lose ‘The Style’ are direct proof of his skills to both feel and surprise his fans. And while he normally makes his appearance high above the crowd, on just about every known mainstage, he is very much ‘one of the guys’.
This fueled thoughts for his 2012 campaign where he experiments with crowd fueled participation into his music, events and artist career. ‘For The People’ has that socialist charm while actually offering his fans and music enthusiast alike a chance to participate in his work as an artist and to even get something in return.
Frontliner’s career has been marked with success since he started in 2006, when he (at that time known as ‘Abject’) and Headhunterz joined forces to create two instant hits that were released under the Scantraxx Recordz Label; Scantraxx Rootz (2006) and End of my Existence (2006). From there he build on an impressive discography both as a solo artist and together with various fellow artists who were happy to work with his creative approach. ‘Spacer’ eventually became the most played hardstyle track of 2008 and can still be considered one of the most popular tracks in the genre.
Anthem wise Barry has become a popular name: ‘Save Exit Planet’ was the 2010 In Qontrol anthem, ‘Call Of The Visionary’ the theme for Reverze in 2011, ‘Never Come Down’ is the title of the 2012 edition of Emporium Festival and his latest track with Max Enforcer ‘On The Go’ is slowly becoming an anthem on itself. And with al this firework in recent years the magic word for the future can be easily guessed: “hardstyle”
Steve Blakley, aka Fury, has been a DJ and promoter in the electronic music scene for close to two decades. As a pro snowboarder in the early 1990's, Blakley was able to put his earnings to use as a rave promoter in Denver. Never one to be just a spectator, he bought his own set of turntables and submerged himself in the hardcore techno sound. As the genre evolved, it transformed into jungle and Blakley became known as Denver's, "King of Jungle."
As Fury, Blakley kept a rigorous travel itinerary, rinsing out high profile venues from coast to coast. Despite this packed schedule, Blakley continued to expand the Denver's growing dance music community from the event production side. The hugely successful Rewind and Reload event series pulled in thousands of Drum & Bass enthusiasts from all over the world, and the weekly series Breakdown Thursdays became one of the longest running electronic music nights in the nation.
Today regular Reload events continue to elevate Denver's bass music scene, and Blakley produces a new weekly at Rolling Stone's #1 club in the US- Beta Nightclub, entitled Bassic Fridays. In addition Fury has become a regular at many of the nation's biggest festivals including EDC Las Vegas, Paradiso, Global Dance Festival and Nocturnal Wonderland. As an Insomniac & Bassrush resident, you are sure to see him soon at an upcoming show.
Blakley is president and founder of internationally acclaimed The Firm Graphics, which he built built from the ground up to become one of the most influential design companies in EDM; catering to high profile clients such as Insomniac (EDC, Beyond Wonderland), V2 Presents, USC Events, Madison House Presents and Beta Nightclub. If you've seen a promotion for any large scale festival-style electronic music event in the past 10 years, it's a safe bet that Steve has had a hand in its design.
Throughout his career Steve Blakely has worn many hats, but underlying it all is a fierce entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic and a love for Drum & Bass.
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.
Gammer is some kid who discovered Happy Hardcore by way of a Bonkers CD then ended up making it his life mission.
Having being discovered by Dougal at a young age, Gammer went on to establish himself as a one of the top Hardcore DJ's, receiving many awards such as the coveted 'Best Hardcore DJ' award for 6 consecutive years.
These days Gammer continues to write UK Hardcore whilst pulling in many outside influences. He also dabbles into other genres and has recently collaborated with highly respected artists such as Mike Discala (Nero / CamelPhat) and Hudson Mohawke (G.O.O.D Music / TNGHT / Kanye West).
Gareth Emery is one of dance music’s most influential and innovative DJ producers, voted no.7 in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 100 DJs’ poll making him the UK’s highest ranked DJ, and one of the youngest DJs ever to crack the top ten. In 2010, he released his debut artist album ‘Northern Lights’ on his own label Garuda to stunning reactions from fans and critics alike, hitting no.1 on the US iTunes dance chart within hours of release.He also celebrated 100 episodes and four years of his award winning podcast, collaborated with Above & Beyond for the crossover international radio hit ‘On A Good Day (Metropolis)’, and penned the theme tune of the Global Gathering festival - whilst also finding time to play 130 shows, selling out clubs and rocking festivals in 40 countries to over 2 million people.
For American electronic music producer Tanner Petulla, more often recognized by his stage name Getter, 2015 was a year of exploration in the art of experimentation and 2016 has been proof he is not going anywhere anytime soon. With the dropping of his second EP signed onto Skrillex’s imprint OWSLA titled Wat The Frick, celebrated by his embarkment of his first headlining North American bus tour a mere week after, appearing on Last Call with Carson Daly as well as constant additions of new merchandise to his Trippy Burger clothing line along side a multitude of music projects – it’s been a busy year. As he grows as an artist – his musical repertoire has evolved from aggressive baselines early in his career, to a blend of beats sailing buoyantly over waves of reverb and bass, to mesmerizing hip hop beats as seen on Pouya’s, Dumfoundead, and $UICIDEBOY$ most recent albums – there’s truly no genre safe to his touch.
Growing up on a goat farm in the desert of Arizona might not be considered the typical American upbringing for the next big DJ and producer, but then again, Ghastly isn’t your typical American artist. Many have described the genre-bending musician as a partially insane young man with a dark sense of humor. Politely abominable and casually destructive, he wields the catch phrase “born to die” as a mantra to his chaotic lifestyle. His sets have been heralded as “energetic and eclectic live performances which are sometimes followed by odd speeches about the abnormalities of life, regretful sexual encounters, and well cooked food.” With such a diverse personality and rapport for his fans, it’s clear that Ghastly has one thing on his mind, and that’s to change the world.
After entering the music scene and practicing his talents with touring metal bands such as the Irish Front, David Lee Crow finally found his calling with dance music, and it inspired him to pack up and head to Venice Beach, California, to live out of his van and pursue a new career in bass-heavy music. It didn’t take long for him to find his place in the scene, as Ghastly quickly claimed himself a position as Bassrush Resident DJ at Exchange LA, and has also secured a number of releases on chart-topping labels such as OWSLA, Buygore, and Dim Mak, to name a few.
Ghastly’s approachable yet hard-hitting style ushers a forward-thinking dynamic that is not often seen in today’s saturated scene, and his solo productions and collaborations present an unequivocal level of determination and finesse that fuses multiple styles together. Uniquely creating hybrid blends of house, trap and dubstep into a potpourri of bass, the young producer definitively pushes the boundaries of the entire EDM scene today, and a handful of the industry’s finest have recognized his potential, including Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Tchami, DJ Snake, Datsik, Borgore, Zomboy, and Zeds Dead. With a slew of mentally stimulating originals and physically altering collaborations under his belt—such as his original “Miami Connection” with Jauz and single “Crank It” with Mija & Lil Jon—it’s safe to say that Ghastly is on a mission to redefine dance music for all.
Denis Jasarevic, better known for his stage name Gramatik, is an electronic artist from Portorož, Slovenia. His current genre falls under a mixture of hip-hop, glitch, electro, and dubstep.
Change has been a constant theme throughout the successful career of Green Velvet, but as he has crossed genres, explored themes from the comedic to the serious and changed monikers, the common thread running through the music he has made for nearly two decades is its roots in and dedication to the Chicago House sound.
His first transformation came when he left master's degree studies in chemical engineering at UC-Berkeley to turn a hobby into a career making music, influenced by the sounds he had been exposed to as a science-fiction-loving, video-game-playing kid whose father was a part-time Chicago DJ.
As Cajmere, he released his inaugural 'Underground Goodies EP' in 1991 on his Cajual label, keeping true to the early House sound. He quickly followed it up the next year with the smash hit 'Coffeepot (It's Time for the Percolator)'.
Not one to rest on his success, he soon changed things up, teaming with vocalist Dajae for 'Brighter Days', a more mellow House tune, this one released by Emotive. That pairing would be his last with a female vocalist until his recent partnership with rapper Kid Sister for 'Everybody Wants'.
The 17 years in between those two projects witnessed an incredible array of electronic music emanating from this prolific artist, as well as a second label under his direction,Relief. Adopting the persona Green Velvet (not to mention a Day-Glo shock wig) for his techno-oriented pieces and DJ appearances, he became the champion of new wave Chicago beats through the '90s-known best for hits such as 'Preacher Man', 'Flash' (a No. 1 U.S. dance hit in 1995), and 1997s laugh-inducing 'Answering Machine' The decade ended with his first album, 'Constant Chaos' in 1999.
The new century brought a compilation album, Green Velvet, during a brief signing with Warner Bros. Records' short-livedF-111 imprint, and a production album, 'Whatever', on Relief. The punk-inspired 'Whatever' explored darker themes than his previous work, including racism ('When?'), drug use ('Genedefekt' and 'La La Land'), alienation ('Sleepwalking') and bending to authority ('Gat').
'La La Land' went on to become by far the biggest selling track of his career. His live act expanded as he began playing a keytar, with two other musicians - Nazuk and Spaceboy - backing him, playing heavily distorted synths.
The last decade also saw Green Velvet become a fan favorite across Europe, playing to huge crowds at festivals in addition to live radio appearances and club gigs. Numerous side projects and remixes under various names also added to his seemingly nonstop musical output.
In 2005, Green Velvet released his third album, 'Walk In Love', which stayed true to the House sound, with a few pop and punk-oriented tracks for good measure, including 'Come Back' and 'Pin-Up Girl' both of which featured a live guitarist.
The ongoing evolution in the music, career and life of the artist born Curtis Alan Jones in Chicago has been and will continue to be fascinating to watch and experience for his many followers.
Today at age 25, GRiZ (or Grant Kwiecinski, to his mom) is already preparing for an active 2016. With his latest releases Say It Loud and Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 1 (both via his All Good Records imprint), follow-ups to their predecessors, End of The World Party, Rebel Era and Mad Liberation, GRiZ has had a massive year. A sold out spring tour saw the artist headlining some of the nation’s top venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philly, Nashville etc., the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Detroit Masonic Temple in his beloved hometown. Just this year alone, the sax man released six singles that all claimed the coveted #1 spot on Hype Machine’s most popular charts. Up next, GRiZ is ready to tackle the next chapter as we close out 2015 and head into 2016 – but first … let’s recap.
The year 2015 saw the release of the artist’s critically acclaimed studio album Say It Loud. More than a year-and-a-half of his life went into writing and recording the album + GRiZ began, of course, in Detroit, then moved to a remote cabin upstate with Exmag to escape the trappings of city cacophony and cell-phone service. From there, he landed in Brooklyn at Daptone Records’ studio, collaborating with Antibalas. And he hit Los Angeles just to work with the Children’s Chorus on the album’s opener.
Says GRiZ of the album as a whole, “I want to write better songs. I want to write contemporary funk songs. I want to produce an album that kind of has the new James Brown singing on it. You know what I’m saying? Something that sounds like it was made at Muscle Shoals.” As ambitious as Say It Loud may seem, this is a natural next step for GRiZ, who thrives on bending genres. “I could’ve sampled everything. Most of my music is created for a live experience,” he notes. “But now, I really want a body of work that is 100% my own.”
Critics agreed and caught what GRiZ was throwing their way. With Billboard calling the collection “brilliant” and DJ Mag projecting that with this release, the artist’s career will dominate the world of electronic music and “be much more than all good – it’s going to be great.” The album also landed at the top of the iTunes electronic charts which speaks volumes for Grant’s loyal fanbase considering he released the body of work on BitTorrent for free.
Most recently, GRiZ teamed up with fellow electronic funk icons, Big Gigantic, to put out “Good Times Roll” a feel good track that took the top spot on Spotify’s viral chart and is continuing to dominate the blogosphere. The artist also released part one of a two part mixtape as a thank you to the aforementioned following of loyal fans who have been with him every step of the way. Dubbed Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 1, the 9-songs were inspired by the golden era of hip-hop: Hi-Tek, J. Dilla etc.
So what’s next? More great music, a fall headlining tour and another spring/summer return to the festival circuit in 2016. In addition to building his own brand, GRiZ will continue to develop artists as he expands his self-run record label All Good Records. Speaking of growing – if you find yourself in Denver, you might want to check out GRiZ Kush, the artist’s own strain of weed that is sold legally in the mile-high city. That said, bring on the next chapter. GRiZ is ready.
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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.
Thirty push-ups and a shot of tequila each: that’s all the preparation Julio Mejia and Matt Toth need to transform laid-back, unassuming 24-year-olds into the scene-stealing DJ .and production duo GTA, throwing down killer sets across the globe.
Despite GTA’s wild, unpredictable sets, everything the duo does – both on stage and in the studio – is unified by a simple mission statement: Death To Genres. The duo’s open-minded-ness is closely tied to their Miami roots, as they were exposed to urban, electronic rock and Latin sounds in equal measure. “A lot of people argue about the kind of music they listen to, what’s cool and what’s not,” Mejia explains. “But for us, it’s just about good music.”
GTA finished their first collaboration in a single sitting, and sent it off to a few labels for feedback. Much to their surprise, Toth and Mejia heard directly from Afrojack who wanted to sign the song to his Wall Recordings imprint. “We got the email and we freaked out,” Mejia says. “That’s how GTA got started. And ever since then it’s just been constant.” Constant being an understatement, GTA has toured 5 continents headlining their own tours as well as thrilling crowds at premiere festivals such as; Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra Music Festival, EDC and countless more.
Promoting their genre-free ethos, Toth and Mejia have become bona fide tastemakers to fans and fellow artists alike, proving that “dance music” is best defined as whatever makes you move. GTA’s all-inclusive style is best exemplified in their new DTG Vol. 1 EP (out now on Three Six Zero Music/Warner Bros. Records). DTG Vol. 1 is seven tracks of genre-eradicating music that traverses multiple soundscapes, for the first single GTA masterfully craft the mammoth tune “Red Lips” that features the sultry vocals of Sam Bruno artistically juxtaposed with the bombastic horns and bass GTA has long championed. Also featured on the EP are the syrupy Southern vocals of rap legend & the ‘Peoples Champ’ Paul Wall, who weaves an icy flow over GTAs haunting hip-hop production on “Smokers Unite”.
For years GTA have supported numerous acts on the road and in the studio. In order to keep the karmic creativity flowing, GTA have called on talented comrades such as Valentino Khan(OWSLA), Wiwek & the master of bounce TJR. Whether you prefer to say the powerhouse duo is killing genres or creating their own, one thing is clear: GTA is on a bold musical mission, and they’re taking us along for the ride.
In early 2011 an underground alliance was formed in the shadows. Two colossal hardstyle assassins with an unmatchable, intrinsic passion for music joined forces and fused together years of sonic creation. The collaboration resulted in a sound unlike anything heard before: dark, hard, and unquestionably raw. At events up and down the country, frantic scenes have been witnessed due to hardstyle-fanatics freaking out as they suffer audio-overload at the hands of our two sound assassins. Tracks such as, 'Gangsters Don't Dance', 'Put It On', and 'Evolution Complete' have been causing scene of furious excitement on dance floors across Europe and beyond. Social media sites have been ablaze with rumours, questions, and theories as to the identity of those responsible. Now is the time to step from the shadows. Now is the time to unleash upon the world an unstoppable force.
Hailing from South of France, Adam a.k.a Habstrakt was a guitar and keys player before turning his mind onto samplers and grooveboxes. He first got into Trip-Hop and also wrote music for movies & theater, but in 2008 he discovered dubstep and drum n bass music, and immediately got involved in producing and DJing.
Three years later his tracks are welcomed by many established labels such as Dubsaw, Chateau Bruyant, Buygore or Never Say Die. The releases have instantly gained him huge support from some of the biggest names on the scene such as Flux Pavilion, Rusko & Datsik, amongst others. He’s now among those to follow closely with his long-awaited EP to be released on Never Say Die. It’s been a year now since he began touring as a DJ throughout Europe, always smashing the dancefloor with a tight and precise, yet energetic mix. So far in 2012, he seems unstoppable.
Music maturity came swiftly for the now seasoned-veteran Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell. At the age of 25, the young Dutch titan capped off a 10 year journey when he was crowned World’s #1 DJ in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll cementing his position as the electronic scenes newest superstar DJ and becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted Top 100 DJs award. In 2014 the Dutch megastar did it again - being crowned World’s #1 DJ in the 2014 edition of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll for a second consecutive year. Despite relinquishing his crown in 2015, though still taking the highly respectable second-place spot, it’s clear that Hardwell has already created a legacy that would put most of his counterparts to shame. This award-winning DJ, producer, musician, label owner and lover of all things music has not only helped shape the current state of EDM, but has left an everlasting imprint on it.
Hayden Kramer, better known as Herobust, is a Bass Music Producer from Atlanta, GA. Most notable releases include “Skurt Reynolds” via Mad Decent, “Sheknowshebad” via SMOG, and “Pump This (with Snails)” via Owsla. It was in Atlanta that Herobust started off making Hip – Hop inspired tunes. After climbing the ranks of the local music scene, Herobust noticed that his music slightly resembled elevator music when placed before an EDM set. As a self – proclaimed rule bender, it was this realization that triggered an overhaul of his creative process focused on integrating the filthiest sound design from Hero to date. “I’m Aloud” is Herobust’s latest EP, released via Mad Decent. “I’m allowed to make whatever I want, so it works in that way,” he says about the album. With the help of this release, Herobust skyrockets as a pivotal face in the bass music movement.
Armed with his arsenal of new sounds, techniques, and confidence, Herobust takes a visit back to his roots. His new releases will be inspired by Hip – Hop, with plans to include some of the hottest names in Rap music. Herobust is touring throughout the US this summer with appearances at EDC NY, Hard Summer Festival, and Imagine Festival to name a few. And recently, Herobust has been commissioned by the likes of Kill The Noise, Barely Alive, and NGHTMRE for official remixes.
Herobust was innovative on his path to get on the radar of these momentous acts. “Even if DJs love your track, they may pass on playing it if it’s difficult to mix” he explains. He started to arrange his tracks in a way that made them convenient to play out. With time, he garnered the support of Diplo, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Flosstradamus, Destructo and others. This success sent Herobust overseas for international touring and on to play showcases for Mad Decent and Buygore during Miami Music Week 2016. Herobust has been featured on BPM Sirius XM, Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV and many others. “I’m Aloud” debuted at #22 on Billboard Electronic Charts, and Herobust has recently surpassed 100,000 fans on Facebook.
On musical influences, he states – “What you’re hearing come out of me is just really an amalgamation of all the music I’m around, and because I legitimately like it, I’m going to throw it in. I couldn’t even stop it.” Through it all, Herobust cites Outkast, Skrillex, Kill The Noise, and Flosstradamus as key influences to his production.
YourEDM includes Herobust in their “Top 5 Best Trap Artists 2016” and Insomniac credits him as “one of the hottest voices in the trap-dance movement”. With accolades such as this, he vows not to disappoint with his future releases. If this much is clear, 2016 proves to be a definitive year for Herobust.
There are melodic bass producers, and then there is Nick Miller. The Denver-based producer known as Illenium has been turning heads in the dance music community over the past year and for good reason. Illenium has distinguished himself from the myriad of others through an unrivaled ability to create an immersive emotional experience of highs and lows that pulls on the heart strings and leaves the listener awestruck, accomplishing in the span of just a few short minutes what takes many a full set. He has displayed an adeptness for creating aural arrangements that vary in style, yet always maintain beauty, complexity and emotional depth. Illenium gave the world a taste of what he has to offer in 2014 with standout originals “Falling In,” “So Wrong,” “Make Me Do;” remixes of Dawn Golden, Odesza, Oh Wonder; and performances at Global Dance Festival, Decadence NYE and other select dates. However, as foreshadowed by his inclusion in UKF’s “Ones to Watch: 15 for 2015,” this is poised to be Illenium’s breakout year.
Electronic music, mega-revolutionaries Infected Mushroom are renowned for being the sonic innovators of crafting hypnotic arrangements, complex layered melodies and synthetic rhythms known as “Psy Trance”. The duo broke into the scene with the release of their first album in 1999, and unconsciously changed trance music forever.
Responsible for the evolution of psychedelic trance, they have gone on to experience the highest level of success in the psy trance scene, crossing over towards the electronic dance community, selling out venues and headlining festivals worldwide.
Widely regarded as the leader of the new sound of house, Jamie Jones is renowned for his pioneering music; his cross-genre band, Hot Natured; his groundbreaking label, Hot Creations; and his world-renowned event series, Paradise. In less than a decade, he has catapulted himself to stardom by shattering genres and breaking out of the confines of minimal techno.
Jamie’s revolutionary sound is an instrumental part of his success, being both artistically innovative and yet easily accessible. He and his label, Hot Creations, have been credited with creating an iconic sound that has paved the way for a warmer, more melodic, deeper side of techno to emerge. 2011 was the year that Jamie and Hot Creations took over. Continuing to power out hits, they released Hot Natured’s “Forward Motion,” featuring vocalist Ali Love. But it was Jamie’s remix of Azari & III’s “Hungry for the Power” that was the quintessential song of the year, heard everywhere in Ibiza and beyond.
In 2012, Jamie and Lee Foss evolved their project Hot Natured into a full band, adding Ali Love and Luca C as members. Taking elements of the grooves Jamie has long championed and forging them with song-based vocals and smooth synth melodies into a live act, Jamie looked to challenge conventions with this new direction. The first Hot Natured single, “Benediction,” reached the top 40 in the UK in 2013, and the debut album, Different Sides of the Sun, continues to sell strongly six months after its release. In 2014, Hot Natured is viewed as one of the most in-demand electronic live acts globally.
Jamie’s constant touring schedule takes in every major city and festival around the world, including such spectacles as Glastonbury, Timewarp and Burning Man, as well as highly esteemed clubs like Warung, Fabric and Womb. His weekly Ibiza party, Paradise, has completed two huge seasons at DC-10 and goes into its third year as the fastest-growing night on the island. This success has meant that Paradise has been offered stages at some of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals, such as Tomorrowland, Global Gathering, Kazantip and BPM, and the brand will continue to grow worldwide through 2014.
In early 2012, Jamie was voted the number-one DJ in the world by Resident Advisor. He continues to be seen as a leader in his field and an innovator who will dictate the direction of a booming industry.
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.”
Jay Silva, Joven de 21 años de edad originario de la ciudad de Chihuahua, Chihuahua México. Jay Silva a su corta carrera se ah convertido en una de las promesas mas grandes de México al tener un estilo único y versátil al momento de producir el genero Electrónico. Actualmente pertenece a uno de los labels mas importantes de la escena que es "Panda Funk Records" label que pertenece al gran Deorro.
Jake Osher, more popularly known as Jayceeoh, is a Los Angeles based Producer/DJ and world-renowned turntablist. In 2014, Jayceeoh gathered support from the likes of A-Trak, Diplo, Bassnectar, Borgore, The Bloody Beetroots, MAKJ, and TJR, to name just a few. His bass heavy production has also captured the attention of the music industry as a whole, and some of the largest online music platforms such as Dancing Astronaut, THUMP, Vibe Magazine, Gotta Dance Dirty, Run The Trap, and Earmilk. His debut original release titled “DAMN,” a collab with fellow tunrtablist, DJ Scene, released on “Fools Gold Records” in November of 2013. Since then, he’s seen releases on Dim Mak, Buygore Records, Smog Records, Ultra Records and Atlantic Records. Some of his more notable collaborations include SBCR (The Bloody Beetroots), Caked Up, Styles&Complete, Riot Ten and others. In addition to these official releases, Jayceeoh was also crowned champion of VH1′s “Master of the Mix” TV show in mid-2013 after competing on 10 episodes on the network.
In the club circuit and live performance realm, Jayceeoh has maintained premier residencies for years across the country in some of the most notable venues in the United States. He’s also been afforded the opportunity to play in over 32 countries worldwide and on some of the biggest stages, including iHeartRadio Festival in Vegas, TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, EDC Mexico, Fresh Island Fest in Croatia, Das Energi in Salt Lake City, Lights All Night in Dallas, Hellow Festival in Mexico City, and Empire Music Festival in Guatemala. Jayceeoh also headlines regularly in Las Vegas at Drai’s Nightclub, The Light Nightclub, and DayLight Pool at Mandalay Bay. As an LA native, he’s made headline appearances at Create Nightclub, Avalon, and Sound Nightclub, to name a few.
Jayceeoh is a brand ambassador for SOL Republic headphones and was the face and voice of the Smirnoff Vodka x Spotify Music campaign for the fiscal year 2014. To date, he has provided the sounds for some of the most well known brands in sports, entertainment, and fashion alike, including, but not limited to: Beats By Dre, X-Games, Myspace, OK! Magazine, Burton, Nike, Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley, Comedy Central, Warner Bros Records, and Playboy. He has been spotlighted in multiple magazines, periodicals, and websites including, but not limited to: Vice Magazine, OK! Magazine, The Source, Complex Magazine, Vibe, MTV.com, Dancing Astronaut, Examiner,VH1.com, The New Yorker, New York Press, Gotta Dance Dirty, Village Voice, New York Post, Perezhilton.com, URB, and Boston Globe.
In addition to his busy tour schedule and making a huge splash in the production world, he is also the creator of one of the most renowned and successful DJ mixtape series of all time, “Super 7,” which is a collaboration of some of the best DJ talent in the world. The Super 7 Series is critically acclaimed and has become an institution in the International DJ community. With over 12 million plays and counting on his soundcloud profile alone, Jayceeoh has a ton in store for the music world, with many more remixes and original records scheduled to release in 2015 and beyond.
If you’re not an avid follower of dance music but are tuned into popular culture at all you’ve likely experienced music touched by the hands of John Digweed. Originally hailing from England John has long since cemented his name in the pages of dance music history. His list of achievements is groundbreaking to say the least. Highlights of which would be the first proper dj mix compilation (“The Mix Collection”, done with Sasha), being the first British dj to hold a residency at what was then the world’s most well known club in NYC Twilo as well as having remixed music by Underworld, Quincy Jones, William Orbit and New Order.
John Digweed is a DJ’s DJ. The beauty of what he does lies in just how different he really is from his contemporaries. From his early beginnings in the blossoming scene of acid house to the apex of the international dj’ing world he has created and maintained a level of integrity that is the benchmark for both dj’s and producers globally. In fact, he has reached the very top of his profession, being voted #1 in a voter’s poll by DJ magazine in 2001. John Digweed has become the people’s choice while maintaining his longstanding presence in underground dance culture. His popularity as both a dj and a person seems to have no limits, but his efforts transcend dj’ing alone, he is as much a producer and promoter.
His management and creative direction for the Bedrock record label has helped launch the careers of many DJ’s To have a record released on Bedrock serves as the global stamp of production quality, ingenuity and integrity for underground producers worldwide. In fact, the name John Digweed is synonymous with those very qualities. From the nights he has either created or been a part of. To 30 of his world renowned mix cd’s ( Transitions, “Live In”, Northern Exposure, The Mix Collection) he has consistently produced characteristic products that stay in demand, himself included.
As one half of Bedrock the production duo he has produced and remixed over ? tracks. Two tracks made it into the top 40 (“Heaven Scent” and “For What You Dream Of”) the latter of which featured in the movie “Trainspotting”. He has even tried a bit of acting himself (“Groove”). He and Nick Muir as Bedrock the production team also scored a Hollywood film (“Stark Raving Mad”) as well as the animated series of “Spider-Man” for MTV.
John can also be found playing at the worlds biggest festivals ( EDC, Tomorrowland, Timewarp, Ultra, Coachella ) alongside some of the worlds Coolist clubs ( Output, Fabric) He was one on the first DJ’s to tour the States extensively (Delta Heavy and Area 2 (with David Bowie and Moby) and played alongside Fatboyslim at the massive one-off event ‘The Big Beach Boutique’ in Brighton to over 250,000 fans. His Transistions radio show is broadcast in over 60 countries worldwide to over 14 million people a week. It has achieved a near cult status with listeners trading cd’s and mp3’s of the various broadcasts across the internet. John shares his platform weekly by bringing in a variety of worldwide guest dj’s.
As a person John’s lack of pretense is complimented by imagination and invention. Good reason for John being one of the most respected, analyzed and imitated dj’s in the world. His dj sets are both solid and durable with unyielding precision. His dj’ing and production sound has practically become its own genre. He generates an aura of self-explanatory excitement and enthusiasm. His sets are often filled with moodiness and musical mystery but held down with a punchy distinctiveness and earthly rhythm. Always emanating a sense of boundlessness he overlaps dream events that spill into reality with an enormous certainty.
John O'Callaghan is an artist, producer, DJ and an internationally respected name in the world of Electronic music. O’Callaghan or 'JOC' as his army of fans have dubbed him, has long pushed the boundaries of musical genres in ways that have earned him a stellar reputation across the dance music industry. From the ambient progressive tones of the ‘Henrik Zuberstein’ guise to the techno wedged into his ‘Joint Operations Centre’ productions. He always showcases true diversity in his sound, and has emerged as a leader of the trance movement. In the past few years he has encapsulated the true artistry of uplifting melodic trance music resulting in smash hit remixes on the crème de la crème of the finest Electronic music labels around such as: Armada, Black Hole, Vandit, Garuda and of course his heavy hitting originals on his widely respected Subculture record label. John O’Callaghan has long been responsible for taking vocal records and transforming them into extraordinary Trance Classics. This was evident when his remix of Gareth Emery’s ‘Concrete Angel’ hit Number One in the download charts, and the original was voted ‘tune of the year’ by millions of fans on Armin Van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance’ radio show. An artist that is responsible for creating some of the defining sounds and biggest vocal tracks of recent times, John O’Callaghan has also retained unprecedented levels of credibility within the underground scene. With three studio albums and a discography littered with some of the most iconic Trance records of the recent era, such as: ‘Big Sky’, ‘Find Yourself’, ‘One Special Particle; and ‘Exactly’.
While many of the tenants of trance have recently waved the white flag in exchange for top-dollar, big-room business, John O’Callaghan has always stuck to his guns. An innovator by its very definition, the Irishman is untouchable due to his unwavering commitment to keeping the genre free from the pollutions of pandering to the masses. Tech and uplifting are his specialty, with a slew of pseudonyms at his disposal to ensure he always has a side option to spice up his discog. Either through his scene-defining sets or the sign-offs on his Subculture imprint, you can always count on JOC to push trance towards the promised land.
Born and raised in London, multi-instrumentalist Jonas Blue has so far taken the music industry by storm. A true dance vibe but with pop sensibilities, its clear to see that he has cleverly crafted a sound which fills the void that so many are craving for.
His debut release ‘Fast Car’ features the incredible young vocal talent, Dakota. The record itself is already a certified global smash. The track is also the number one best selling single of the year from a UK artist so far. It has also received multi-platinum status across the world, having sold 3 million records, with over 350 million streams across all platforms, and the official video rapidly closing in on 100million YouTube streams.
The success continues across the iTunes Charts in 53 countries, including #1’s in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. As well as reaching the #1 spot on the US viral chart on Spotify, ‘Fast Car’ was officially certified platinum in the UK and spent 10 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 Chart. The record also gained 4-times platinum status in Sweden, 3-times platinum status in Australia, Gold in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Poland and South Africa. His follow up single, ‘Perfect Strangers’ featuring the sublime vocals of JP Cooper, has now been released globally and is set to follow suit.
As well as working on his own music, Jonas has remixed tracks for the likes of Birdy and Coldplay. On the road, his touring schedule has taken flight in a big way with Jonas already playing to huge crowds, from 100,000 people at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City to taking the main stage at the legendary Webster Hall in New York City.
With that said and done, 2016 will continue to thrive for the London based producer who has already proven his worth in such a short period of time and across such a global scale. With a Summer Schedule that will see him play 8 shows at the renowned Ushuaia Club in Ibiza, to playing peak sets at some of Europe’s most illustrious festivals such as Tomorrowland and Lollapalooza, Jonas Blue is fully equipped and ready to launch himself into a lifelong career in music.
Now recognized as one of the principal profiles in techno, Joseph Capriati has established a reputation as a universally popular and in-demand talent. A naturally charismatic DJ with a back catalogue of standout productions, Joseph is an instinctive performer with a genuine enthusiasm for entertaining. Widely regarded as one-to-watch since making his production debut in 2007, Capriati’s rise to prominence has been relentless. Established as a key artist for Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label; resident at Marco Carola’s ‘Music On’ events in Ibiza; a priority artist for global festival brands Awakenings, Time Warp, Monegros, Tomorrowland and Kazantip; and a firm favorite with club crowds across Europe and North & South America; Joseph Capriati is a unique artist within the electronic scene, whose powerful performances and musical magnetism spontaneously attract affection from fans and peers alike, marking him out as a leading light amongst the next generation of international techno headliners.
2013 was a landmark year for Joseph Capriati. Not only did he release his sophomore 'Self Portrait' album on Drumcode, but the inspirational Italian lit up marquee events across the globe including Berghain Berlin, Space Miami, Pacha New York, Output New York, Stereo Montreal, Cocorico Riccione and Cavo Paradiso Mykonos, plus a festival-hopping summer schedule and a truly magical Ibiza season which saw Capriati complete a euphoric eight-date residency for Music On at Amnesia and make two unforgettable appearances for Circo Loco at DC10. All this comes on top of a series of impressive firsts, including closing the main room of the internationally respected Time Warp Festival in Mannheim; an all-conquering coast-to-coast tour of USA; a marathon 12-hour set in front of a sold-out 7000 capacity Metropolis club in his home town of Naples, and invitations to play back-to back sets with Marco Carola, Danny Tenaglia, Adam Beyer, Dubfire and Dave Clarke. It therefore comes as little surprise to even the most casual observers of Techno that Joseph Capriati’s name now appears as top billing at the most high profile events worldwide. Acknowledged everywhere he goes as an ambassador for the new techno cohort, Joseph is adored by his rapidly growing army of dedicated fans for his honest and humble approach to his art.
Nowhere is this adulation more evident than in the front few rows of any Joseph Capriati gig. One of an exclusive club of touring DJs who don’t just travel to their audience but actually attract an audience to their shows from outside the host country, Joseph Capriati fans travel miles across countries and continents to follow his sound. They are easy to spot with their Italian flags adorned with 'King Capriati' slogans and chants of 'Nap-O-Li, Nap-O-Li'. Those unable to travel have been able to follow Joseph’s landmark shows thanks to his popularity with the audience of live-streaming broadcaster, Be-At.TV, who have covered multiple Joseph Capriati events including his closing set at Time Warp Mannheim, a back-to-back session with Dave Clarke at Awakenings Eindhoven, a guest appearance at Victor Calderone’s Pacha Pool Party at WMC Miami, Drumcode showcase events at ADE AMsterdam and BPM Festival Mexico, and Joseph’s 12-hour marathon sets at Metropolis Naples and Cocorico Riccione. This global popularity is testament to the focus, preparation and energy that Joseph pours into every gig, in spite of an increasingly hectic touring schedule that saw Capriati complete over 130 appearances in 25 countries during 2013.
Despite being a DJ first and producer second, the strength of Joseph Capriati’s production portfolio can be measured in both the projects with which he has been involved and the chart success his releases achieve. A principle act for Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label, November 2013 saw the release of Capriati’s ‘Self Portrait’ album on Drumcode with tracks such a 'Fratello', 'Awake', 'Basic Element' and 'This Then That' captivating new and old Capriati fans alike. More than just a collection of singles, the project illustrated Capriati's ability to spread his studio wings as he brought together a range of influences under a techno motif, illustrating the depth to his music that has seen the Capriati sound enchant dance floors globally and propel Joseph to be central character in the rising popularity of techno worldwide; helping the genre penetrate into remote markets such as South Africa and Honduras as well as traditionally mainstream territories such as Ibiza.
Having made his debut for Marco Carola’s vibrant Music On brand in summer 2012, playing six memorable sets in the legendary main room of Amnesia, over the course of Music On’s opening term, including their closing party, Joseph Capriati returned to Ibiza in 2013 as an official resident for Music On, playing eight parties across the entire four-month season and in the process making the Amnesia main room all his own with his powerful, emotive techno providing the perfect foil to the sultry, energetic grooves with which Marco Carola ruled the Amnesia Terrace. However, Capriati's 2013 Ibiza season didn't stop there with a headline set at the Amnesia Opening party and two show-stopping appearances for Circo Loco at DC10 completing his schedule. Such a continuous and high profile presence on The Island has without doubt raised Capriati's global currency, manifesting itself in a 56 place ranking in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJ's of 2013 poll and a nomination in the Techno category of DJ Awards Ibiza.
Born and raised in the southern Italian city of Caserta, less than 30km from Naples, Joseph Capriati’s emergence as significant force within Techno continues the strong lineage of talent from the city as he follows in the footsteps of Marco Carola, Rino Cerrone, Gaetano Parisio and Markantonio. Having grown up on a diet of early hip hop and classic house from the likes of Masters At Work, Todd Terry and Eddie Amador, Capriati bought his first DJ console at the tender age of 11; cutting his teeth playing to his friends in garages and basements after school. It was not until he was old enough to attend his first rave party that his passion for techno over-shadowed his early musical influences and set in motion the journey that has taken him to the position he is in today. As Joseph himself remembers, “the first time I heard techno was at Old River Park in Naples in 2003. It was a 12 hours party with Dave Clarke, Billy Nasty and Rino Cerrone. I was totally impressed by that sound and something in my mind changed.”
Inspired and energized, Joseph made the leap into production; slaving away on a home PC and hi-fi speakers, honing his skills for three years and eventually creating his first important records like C’est La Vie and Microbiotik which found their way on to two of the most influential Neapolitan techno labels; Analytic Trail and Globox Records. From this moment on Joseph was made. What followed was an explosion in profile at home and abroad. From his first high profile gig at Naples’s infamous 5000 capacity Golden Gate venue in October 2007, the young Neapolitan has not looked back; spreading his wings and travelling all over the globe. Now located out of Barcelona, Spain Joseph has settled into a good rhythm for his life with his studio based within his home so he can make the most of the increasingly limited time he has available in-between touring to make music and also find time to relax.
Always quick to understand the professionalism and determination required in order to carve out a career for himself; Joseph’s passion and conviction is plain to see in the way he has gone about making and playing music. Whether it be having the confidence to release a debut album containing ambient tracks and Drum & Bass; or the discipline and creativity displayed to convince Adam Beyer to release two multiple-track EP’s on his Drumcode label; or the versatility and insightfulness that characterizes Josephs DJ sets and enables him to connect with crowds across the world; whether he be tearing up an after party in a dark basement with a pitch perfect mix of tech house, or thundering out a peak-time mix to crowds in the desert at Monegros Festival, instinctively dove-tailing with other DJs during back-2-back sessions, or hosting his own marathon parties and playing for 12 hours.
With a path laid out before him and the force of momentum behind him, Joseph Capriati welcomes the future with excited anticipation. “I just want to make music or play gigs everyday. It is the most important thing in my life. When I am in the studio or on stage I feel disconnected from the world and I enter another dimension where there is just the music, the people and myself. I could be sick, or be feeling sad about something, but when I’m playing I totally forget everything and this makes me happier. Looking at the people dancing and following my musical trip is an amazing thing. There is nothing better than this for me.” So the future for Joseph Capriati is simple. Keep on doing what he loves and do it with a passion and commitment that has proved so potent a driving force to this point.
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.
JSTJR's music is best represented by imagery and emotion rather than derivative subgenres and labels. Walk into the most thumping nightclubs and sweaty, wall-shaking basements from Lisbon to Los Angeles to Lima and you'll understand the 24-year-old producer's global sound that has earned him official releases on dance music's top labels including Mad Decent, Fool's Gold, and SMOG.
Hailed as the US ambassador of Buraka Som Sistema's zouk bass movement in America, the New England native has forged a love for regional sounds from around the world with his inherent tendencies for hip hop and experimental electronic production. This unique, hybrid and inclusive approach to dance music in a growingly homogenous market has earned him nods from an elite group of producers including Skrillex, A-Trak, and Diplo - the last of whom JSTJR worked with directly as a credited artist on Major Lazer's Peace Is The Mission in 2015.
Musician, Dj & Producer born in Acapulco, Mexico. At an early age he moved to Spain for 10 years, and with the influence of djs like: Mauro Picotto, Dj Quicksilver and Dj Sammy he started to like the dance music.
When he has 16 he started to produce his own techno, trance, hardstyle, house and Dutch House tracks, but some years later he found his own sound with the track "Perfect" a combination of hardstyle with house and dark melodies he called "Neo-Hard House".
In 2013 he signed his first "Ep" for Beatport ( "Check This EP" ) with the record label from Los Angeles, California "Audiophile Live Records" and with the track "Claps Up"
he started to get the support of djs around the world. Months later his talent got the attention of big djs and he started to make collaborations with Sandro Silva "Miraj", Carnage "Krakatoa", and got signed by the big labels in the world "Spinnin Records", "Musica Freedom", "Mixmash Records", Getting the top 10 of Beatport twice with the support of djs like:
-Sander Van Doorn
-Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
And sharing stage with Carnage at the "Ultra Music Festival 2014" in Miami.
Now he keep going with his "Neo-Hardhouse" and has alot of upcoming dark tracks for show to the world his talent and try to change the game...
Kungs (pronounced « Koongs ») (aka Valentin Brunel) is a 20 years old producer from the south of France. He started his musical career with a djembe gifted by his parents to him at the age of five. From these early days Valentin could spend entire afternoons listening to Rock’n’Roll classics with his father. From The Who to The Kooks with many in-between, this essential listening forged the first steps to Kungs inspiration as an artist.
Discovering a passion for electronic music in his teenaged years, Kungs became infused with interest for melodic sounds and crafted timbres always lead by a dominant vocal. By the age of seventeen his interests had evolved, and creating melodies using his own instruments became a passion.
Shortly after his first experiences with a digital production software, Valentin was sharing remixes across the board of online social networks. His remix of Bob Marley - ‘Jammin’ and Lana Del Rey ft Molly - ‘West Coast’ both boast several million plays on Soundcloud & YouTube.
After a few unofficial remixes, official remixes requests were around the corner. From Axwell & Ingrosso to Lost Frequencies, Kungs quickly became a key remixer for the other DJ producers. With early support slots with significant acts from many aspects of the melodic house landscape such as Kygo and Klingande, Kungs has quickly formed into a well established artist in the scene with a tendency to provide driven and impressive production and live sets.
In January 2016, Kungs traveled the European continent alongside David Guetta in order to ensure his Listen Tour’s warm-ups. Simultaneously, his tune « This Girl », a rework of the Australian band ‘Cookin’ On 3 Burners’, has been released mid-February in Europe. This track taking the deep soul classic and speeding things up a bit while adding catchy trumpets along literally blew up in the worldwide charts.
With a #1 position in 45 countries (including France, Germany, UK), “This Girl” also reached the #26 position in the Billboard Hot 100. Supported by Martin Solveig , The Chainsmokers, David Guetta or Tiesto, “ This Girl ” is now considered as one of the biggest track of 2016.
A few month later, the highly anticipated follow-up of “This Girl” called « Don’t You Know » featuring the British singer ‘Jamie N Commons’ as been released and hit the top 10 of most of the European countries charts including a #1 airplay in France and Germany.
In order to let the world discover his musical spectrum, Kungs released in November 2016 his debut album “LAYERS” lead by his new single “I Feel So Bad”. Two month after the release, LAYERS is already gold in France.
The young producer is now sharing his vibes around the world, playing alongside names like David Guetta or The Chainsmokers. Recently winner at the French Grammys for the best electronic/dance album of the year, Kungs will also play at the prestigious festival of Coachella in April. Back in the studio, there’s a lot more to come from the rising star in 2017.
Tipped by Billboard Magazine as the ‘the next EDM superstar’, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, a.k.a KYGO, has gone from bedroom producer to one of the most hyped electronic artists on the planet in unprecedented time. Having established himself as a household name thanks to his widely popular remixes, sell out shows in North America and Europe as well as headline performances at festivals including TomorrowWorld and Findings, KYGO signed a worldwide recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment in September.
His first original track ‘Firestone’, released at the end of 2014, has now amassed over 7 million plays across SoundCloud and YouTube and over 40 million plays on Spotify, peaking at #4 in the worldwide Spotify chart. With a hotly anticipated album scheduled for 2015, plus a new live show experienced due to be unveiled at Ultra Music Festival, this is only the beginning for this 24 year old Norwegian prodigy.
Lady Faith began her journey in Tehran, Iran. She grew up in a traditional household, but quickly developed a rebellious spirit, which resulted in all too frequent encounters with the Iranian Morality Police. After an almost disastrous ending to a high-speed chase, for the crime of attending a party, it became obvious that Faith was a free spirit that could not be contained and leaving Iran was the only solution. Her journey to America was complicated and took multiple attempts but she eventually made it and for the first time, she had the power to be herself and make her own decisions.
It didn’t take long for Faith to embrace EDM once she arrived in Los Angeles. The life of a DJ represented everything that was denied to her – it was the life she was finally able to choose. She got her first chance by being discovered by top EDM agent Leo Corson while spinning vinyl on the sidewalk outside of a local record store in the San Fernando Valley. She was invited to perform as the opening act for an event called Sin City Massive. It was huge and she played a Hard House / Hard Trance set to a crowd of a couple thousand eager ravers. The fans loved her energy on stage and the artist Lady Faith was born.
At the time, the North American rave scene was primarily located in warehouses, seedy clubs, in the forest or desert where the location of the event was unknown to the DJ beforehand. Faith performed at a countless number of these underground venues for many years growing with the North American scene, as we know it today. This dedication and perseverance is the reason why she performs and headlines on such high-profile events and festivals today all over North America.
As further proof of her dedication to the harder styles, Lady Faith was invited to headline the Q-Dance Stage at Electric Daisy Carnival in 2012. This was such an amazing experience for her as she had the opportunity to play on a major festival with hundreds of thousands of people in attendance. Today, Faith has performed with almost all of the top Hardstyle acts and has headlined extensively both domestically and internationally, bringing her own brand of American Hardstyle to the world. Over the years, Lady Faith has represented and supported the growing Hardstyle scene throughout the continent of North America.
Lady Faith is a DJ like no other DJ – she will rock you to the bone with her high-energy sets and fantastic skills on stage. She has a growing collection of tracks including chart toppers such as Moxie and Queen Bitch of the Universe, with many more in the works. Come see America’s number one Hardstyle producer and join her army of Faithful.
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.
Few DJs have made such a dramatic impact on the underground house and techno scene over the last few years as Lee Foss. Described by DJ Mag as “one of the most talented new forces in modern dance music today” and by fellow future house innovators Art Department as their favourite producer, Lee has firmly established himself in dance music’s collective consciousness. Lee and his Hot Natured band mates Jamie Jones and Infinity Ink are currently leading a whole family of like-minded producers that includes Richy Ahmed, WaFF, Digitaria, Robert James and Miguel Campbell, who are currently re-writing the rulebook of how to make evocative, emotive house music. In 2010 he was the highest new entry into Resident Advisor’s key Top 100 DJs poll, entering at number 38 and by 2011 he had climbed to number 18 in the chart, a huge feat given that he only played his first European gig in 2009.
Having hit the UK charts with ‘Benediction’ as part of deep house super group Hot Natured, with genre-spanning hits such as ‘Electricity’ (with MK) and ‘Reverse Skydiving’ under his belt, alongside remixes of chart topping artists such as Rudimental and Lana del Ray, Lee Foss is one of the most exciting forces in modern house music. Not forgetting Hot Creations, the groundbreaking label he runs with partner Jamie Jones, which is arguably one of the world’s most innovative house labels. His unique sound, born out a lifelong love of classic house, 90s hip hop, 80s electro and Detroit techno, has earned him fanatical grassroots support from clubbers in both Europe and North America.
Born and raised in Chicago, the birthplace of house, Lee now lives between London and Los Angeles. Lee made his name on both sides of the Atlantic playing at clubs like Fabric (London), Warung (Brazil), The Warehouse Project (Manchester), The Standard Rooftop (Lost Angeles), The Marcy Hotel (Brooklyn), Watergate (Berlin) and Spybar (Chicago). Lee’s rapid rise to prominence has been as much down to his focused but all-encompassing approach to DJing as it has his pioneering take on nu-school house and synth-heavy techno, backed up by a string of hit releases on labels like No 19, Culprit, Wolf+Lamb and his own Hot Creations imprint.
While growing up in Chicago, Lee cut his teeth on the clubs and raves of the late 90’s, experiences that initially sparked his interest in house and disco. However, it was a chance visit to Ibiza back in 2001, that changed his whole approach to music and helped steer his musical destiny for the next decade and beyond. It was in Ibiza that summer that he first became friends with Jamie Jones and the pair formed a tight brotherly bond that quickly blossomed into their highly acclaimed Hot Creations label partnership with Richy Ahmed, and later their Hot Natured band project with Infinity Ink and their worldwide event brand, Paradise.
Since then, Lee has gone on to release a string of hits on a variety of labels including ‘The Edge EP’, ‘Equilibrium’, ‘U Got Me’ and ‘Starfruit EP’, all of which have been independently awarded ‘Tune of the Month’ in Mixmag at various points. Lee has recently joined forces with house legend MK and vocalist Anabel Englund to form a second electronic outfit, Pleasure State. The trio’s first EP, Electricity, has already landed to much success with Pete Tong announcing the title track as his ‘Essential New Tune’ earlier this year.
With this many accolades under his belt in such a short space of time, it would be easy for Lee to rest on his laurels but this couldn’t be farther from the case. Hot Natured’s latest single release ‘Reverse Skydiving’, is shaping up to be one of the summer’s biggest hits. The debut Hot Natured album is due to follow in the summer, and backed by Pete Tongs legendary FFRR imprint is already garnering incredible anticipation ahead of its release. The innovative Hot Natured Live Show kicked off with two back to back sold out shows at Brixton Academy earlier this Spring and will lead into the band headlining slots at the new Silver Hayes dance stage at Glastonbury, Sonar in Barcelona, Bestival on the Isle of Wight and Wavefront in Chicago. Undeniably this is shaping up to be yet another career-defining year for Lee Foss.
Nicola Capobianco, based in switzerland, started at early age getting addicted to the magic of electronic music. He began playing progressive trance from the end of 1993. In 2001, after many years as DJ and producing in the studio, where he has played and performed at big raves and festivals, next to people like Tiesto and Armin van Buuren, he decided to start a new project and Liquid Soul was born.
In 2006 he founded his own label Mikrokosmos records. Besides solo project Sleek, he also partners Martin Knecht in the deadly duo “Earsugar”.
Being behind the best selling albums on Iboga Records as Liquid Soul, „synthetic vibes“, „love in stereo“, „cocktails“ and "Revolution", countless hypnotic releases on top labels and playing worldwide over a decade, he finally won the Beatport award for the best psytrance track in 2009.
In 2010 he achieved his biggest success by winning the price of the best Beatport artist, best Beatport track and the Dj Awards in Ibiza in psy trance categories.
In an ever-evolving universe, the art of maintaining complete and total fluidity is the most necessary key for survival. Renowned for his metamorphic capabilities and expertly crafted sonic adventures, Liquid Stranger has mastered his ability to slip in and out of genres all while honing his own personal style.
Liquid Stranger has earned his reputation for exuding incommensurable talent and taking audiences on a soul-stirring aural journey of genre-bending beats on the dancefloor. He has performed at some of the most innovative events and festivals around the globe including: Shambhala, Bella Terra, Escape from Wonderland, EDC Orlando, Summer Camp, Paradiso Festival, Beyond Wonderland, Shambhala, Inox Park, SXSW, Enchanted Forrest, Elements Festival, Infrasound Equinox, EDC Las Vegas, etc.
In his latest installment, Nomad Vol 2, Liquid Stranger seamlessly blends three tunes- Bounce, Freefall & Zenith- that radiate aqueous harmony, are dripping in luxurious bass and topped off with a splash of funk. The Nomad Series in itself is an excellent representation of Liquid Stranger as an artist as it was created purposefully to push the envelope of genres and create something that could easily satisfy the likes of anyone listening. In accordance to Liquid Stranger himself, "I travel a lot and go through phases of living a somewhat nomadic life style." He goes on further to explain how much of his inspiration is drawn from these journeys, "and the Nomad series is about taking all these influences and blending them into one sonic stew."
Liquid Stranger is no alien to the Beatport charts, and has held the #1 spot on numerous occasions and in several different genres including: dubstep, reggae and drum & bass. Over the course of six full-length albums, countless EPS and a plethora of single releases, he's yielded worldwide hits as diverse as "Ripple" and "Bombaclaad Star", which reigned supreme as the #1 reggae track of 2011. "Shake My Ass" dominated the drum'n'bass chart at #1, while his third album Private Riot has become a timeless dubstep classic, solidifying him as a force to be reckon with.
In 2015, Liquid Stranger continues to transcend musical dimensions by curating thoughtprovoking harmonies. This year he has also brought us Wakaan, a label pioneered by Liquid Stranger himself. With the new label he has given free-form compositions and artists a place to thrive. However, what's next to come is simply unforeseen, as he is a jack-of-all-trades. But one thing is for certain, whatever he brings to the table will be produced mindfully and masterfully to the highest artistic standard.
Those who are unfamiliar with his music often tend to categorize him as only a heavy dubstep artist, which is anything but the truth. The most effervescent quality of Liquid Stranger is his ability to shift from genre to genre all while maintaining a sense of smoothness and consistency, which in turn makes him one of the most unpredictable artists to date. In a sense, he has ended genre barriers for the sake of musical storytelling taking whatever sounds he needs to put forward the intended vibe.
Liquid Stranger's omnifarious approach to music has led him to stand out amongst a pack of artists desperately trying conform to a commercial demand. Proven to be a timeless staple to the world of electronic dance music by bridging the gap between mellow and heavy, what's next can not be foreseen for this contrastive musician.
Whether you don’t give a fvck about tomorrow, your trap is going techno, or you’re just a little paranoid, there’s a great reason to get fired up about LNY TNZ.
Teaming up in their hometown, Vlaardingen, Mitchell Vreeswijk and Jan Stadhouders formed LNY TNZ with the shared passion of putting a new twist on hard hitting EDM. As they released their music online, they were quickly noticed in the Dutch music scene as a DJ tandem, known for their totally unique sound. Even then, they were trying to push the genre boundaries and gained support from other leading artists.
Over the next few years, LNY TNZ tracks appeared on numerous compilation CDs and received radio play worldwide. After mixing their second official compilation CD in 2007, LNY TNZ toured at major festivals and events around the globe. Following a string of tours, Mitchell and Jan took a break to study, travel, and work on other art forms, including film directing.
In 2012, LNY TNZ recorded several underground bootlegs, and quietly returned to the scene. After re-establishing their studio in Rotterdam, it didn’t take long for fans to notice and welcomed the duo back from hiatus. LNY TNZ kicked off some hits in succession, and in collaboration with some of top artists in the space. They’ve recently toured around the world, stopping at festivals including Tomorrowland, EDC Vegas, Summerfestival and Defqon to name a few.
LNY TNZ continuously pushes the boundaries of the EDM genre, famously embracing the term FVCK GENRES. Their music is proof of this, as they collaborate with rappers, vocalists, and DJs expand the sounds and reach of their music.
Located deep in the underbelly of the Australian dance music fraternity and supported by some of the most influential names on the planet – Blonde, Rudimental, The Magician, Kry Wolf, Chris Lake, Fake Blood, Todd Edwards, Franky Rizardo, Bookashade, DJ Target, Tommy Trash, A-Trak, AC Slater, Monki, Gorgon City, Taiki Nulight and Oliver Heldens to name a few…
LO’99 has quickly jumped from virtual unknown to the new name on lips of tastemakers across the planet.
LO’s debut single ‘Take Me Back’ rose to become a #5 UK & #3 Australian club record while his recent EP with Cause & Affect and Taiki Nulight on Night Bass just hit the #1 House Release spot on Beatport!
He has officially remixed Kaskade, Moby, Riddim Commission, CRNKN & Royksopp, with the later growing to become a #1 remix on Hype Machine.You can find current and upcoming LO’99 releases on Bunny Tiger, Night Bass, This Ain’t Bristol, etcetc and of course his original home town label Medium Rare Recordings.
It is, without doubt, LO’s absolute mastery of the rumbling, prowling, bassline infused house and garage sounds that have proven the key to his recent success. His ability to pare music down to the bare essentials, then inject his score with immense, deeply beautiful and energetic rhythm and vocal lines, shows both restraint and a willingness to let the music do the talking without relying on over-used drops or emotion begging effects.
It is pure heart of the dance floor; a welcome descent into the darkened halls of clubland.
At the tail end of 2014, a shining new talent emerged from the Belgian house community and sent sizeable waves through both the genre and the music charts of Europe. Felix De Laet, better known by his moniker Lost Frequencies, released the global smash hit ‘Are You With Me’ back in August 2014 and quickly cemented himself as a name to watch, with the track rapidly ascending to the #1 spot on British, Australian, German, Austrian, Irish and Swiss music charts simultaneously – an incredible achievement for such a young artist. De Laet also spent an astonishing 6 weeks at the top of his native Belgian chart and was the first Belgian artists to have a number one record in the United Kingdom. With the track also charting highly in Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden, Europe quickly accepted the young artist with open arms and embraced his melodic, ethereal and inspiring sound. ‘Are you with me’ has now been certified 4x platinum in Sweden and 2x Platinum in Switzerland, all but confirming the ambitious young producer’s huge talent and signalling to the rest of the world that Lost Frequencies will soon be both a titan in the deep house community and a household name.
This worldwide smash hit – a reworking of country artist Easton Corbin’s original track of the same ‘Are You With Me’ title- followed up by the equally majestic ‘Reality’, was another production that rivalled its predecessor in terms of both success and scope, spectacularly proving that Lost Frequencies would be much more than another simple one hit wonder. ‘Reality’ is, as of September 2015, the #1 track for airplay in Europe and the tune on the lips of the entire continent, receiving support from top-tier artists including Smash The House label bosses Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tiesto and Alesso, at events including the Ultra Japan mainstage and only further demonstrates the intense buzz that De Laet is generating across the entire planet.
Lost Frequencies has taken inspiration from a diverse mix of genres in order to craft his unique sound, expressing a love for hip-hop, drum and bass, pop and jazz amongst others, incorporating ideas from each of these into his music.
Recently playing at world-recognised settings including Amnesia Ibiza and Tomorrowland - in both its original Belgian setting and the inaugural Brazil event down in South America - he’s also taken his signature grooves to a mainstream audience on the airwaves via BBC Radio 1’s internationally-recognised Live Lounge which saw him perform a captivating performance of original material, whilst also playing a one-off cover of One Republic’s ‘Counting Stars’, showing a no holds barred approach to his dazzling talent and reach, both behind the decks and in front of huge audiences.
With Lost Frequencies now firmly positioned on the radars of the music industry and the music loving public, the only way is up for this young superstar in the making.
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.
Low Steppa’s tenure in the scene has been short but explosive due to his forward thinking and intelligent production work, making his popularity rise rapidly.
Catapulting his career with his massive bootleg of Route 94’s ‘My Love’ reaching over 1.4million plays on YouTube in 2013 truly set the pace of things to come. The track received so much hype that Route 94 replaced his own version within club sets, giving it away for free across his social media channels. This prompted Low Steppa’s Soundcloud page to become an essential download destination for house fans. Now, a regular feature on the UK’s favourite radio shows, you can hear Low Steppa’s tracks on Kiss FM, Capital/ Capital Xtra FM and BBC Radio 1 Xtra.
Since “My Love” success, notable productions include his most recent rework of Hardrive’s ‘Deep Inside’, which was picked up by legendary dance label Strictly Rhythm, also reaching No.1 on Traxsource within the first week of release.
Playing Radio 1’s Big Weekend Opening Party, EDC Las Vegas, Mysteryland and becoming a favourite with the Sankeys brand as a ‘one to watch’ in both Manchester and Ibiza clubs, the DJ has secured a headline summer 2015 residency at the latter, reaching new heights.
House music’s new prodigy has received huge support from Radio 1 DJ’s Mistajam, Target, Cameo and B Traits as well as Pete Tong, Gorgon City and Shadow Child. The versatile talent, Low Steppa, has gone from strength to strength with his latest single ‘So Real’ released in June 2015 on Universal’s premiere dance imprint label, All Around The World Records which reached number 1 in the music week dance charts.
Alongside his heavy DJ schedule and releases, Low Steppa operates his own label by the name of Simma Black, nurturing new talent.
Low Steppa is in hot demand for his wired bootlegs he is so well known for and can be heard on Rinse FM every third Friday of the month.
Born in Nantes 21 years ago, Hugo Leclercq aka Madeon was introduced to electronic music aged 11, when he came upon a documentary about Daft Punk. A few years later, his breakthrough came by entering and winning an online remix competition for drum’n’bass band Pendulum. His repositioning of their 'The Island' single won global applause. Hugo then went on to remix the Deadmau5 “Raise Your Weapon” single Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out”.
His Pop Culture (the celebrated video featuring him live mixing 39 different tracks, featuring everyone from ELO to Britney Spears, into three and a half minutes of music) has now been played over 30 Million times on Youtube. He’s also found his production skills called upon by some the biggest names in pop: alongside his credits on records by Muse, Ellie Goulding and Two Door Cinema Club, Coldplay as well and producing and co-writing three songs on Lady Gaga’s Artpop album.
Fast forward to 2015 with a string of acclaimed singles under his belt as well as touring around the World playing at festivals such as Coachella to Lollapalooza, his stunning debut album, ‘Adventure’, arrived at the end of March 2015 and went straight to Number 1 on the Billboard Electronic/Dance album chart. The album features a fantastic array of collaborators including Passion Pit, Mark Foster from Foster the People, Dan Smith from Bastille, Kyan and Aquilo alongside Madeon who also performs vocals on 3 tracks on the album.
The year is 2069. After years of travel across the galaxy Major Lazer has returned to Earth from his triumphant interstellar campaign against his mentor-turned-arch-nemesis General Rubbish. The victory rings hollow, though–there is something he left out among the stars that he can never replace.
The world he’s come back to is missing something too: unity. In his absence Earth has been transformed into a worldwide maelstrom of conflicting armies, gangs, cults, and crews. The Fearless Hyenas, the Deathless Lovers, the Pitch Black Knights of the Inner Wild–a multitude of factions, each of them sworn enemies of every other.
Having proven himself adept at the art of war, Major Lazer has dedicated himself now to becoming a champion of peace. With help from a squad of anarcho-pacifist hackers, he’s taken control of a top secret network of military satellites and repurposed it into a global sound system to broadcast a righteous dub designed to unite the tribes of Earth and overthrow those who have thrown them into disarray for their own personal gain. Peace is the mission, and the fate of the world depends on its success.
The two time Grammy award winning DJ and producer Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz) has had an unprecedented career that’s taken him from the outer fringes of club culture to the top of pop’s A-list. He first drew the attention of forward-looking listeners in the mid-aughts through zeitgeist-smashing DJ sets that defied the borders of geography and genre, as well as the Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1 mixtape he created with M.I.A. His commercial breakthrough came with her 2007 hit “Paper Planes,” which reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year. Since then he’s split his time between working with pop stars (Beyonce, Usher, Snoop Dogg, No Doubt, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Iggy Azalea, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, and Madonna among them) and carving out a niche as one of the leading figures inEDM culture, in the process racking up over 13 million track sales (and 12 million Spotify streams a month) as both a producer and an artist. One of the world’s most sought-after DJs, he’s also a world-class tastemaker who’s appeared on the covers of Fast Company and Billboard and lent his creative talents to brands like Alexander Wang and Blackberry. His label Mad Decent has spawned a roster of cutting-edge dance music acts, as well as a 22-city annual touring festival, its own themed cruise, & new to 2017; a beach party that will be held over 4 days in Mexico.
Currently made up of Diplo and fellow DJ/producers Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, Major Lazer’s latest album, Peace is the Mission, was released in June 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. Lead single “Lean On,” featuring DJ Snake and Mø, took the world by storm, becoming the most successful independently released song of all time after peaking at #1 on the Top 40 chart, becoming the most streamed song on Spotify of all time with more than 673 million streams to date, is currently the #1 most played track on Soundcloud, and became one of only a handful of videos to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. “Lean On” is certified ten times platinum in the Netherlads, eight times Platinum in Sweden, five times Platinum in Norway, four times Platinum in Australia and New Zealand, three times Platinum in Italy and Spain, two times Platinum in the U.S., Switzerland & U.K., Belgium, Finland, and Brazil, and Platinum in Germany. Major Lazer was the most-Shazamed artist of 2015 and is the third most-streamed artist on Soundcloud of all time. Peace is the Mission debuted at #1 on he Billboard Dance/Electronic albums chart and has spawned further hits including “Light It Up” featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG and “Powerful” with Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Reilly.
Launched in 2008 alongside his fellow “Paper Planes” producer Switch, Major Lazer is Diplo’s outlet for his lifelong love of Jamaican dancehall music. Their wildly popular 2009 single “Pon de Floor” is an EDM touchstone that singlehandedly reshaped the sound of contemporary dance music, and provided the foundation for Beyonce’s chart-topping single “Run the World.” Over the course of two albums and three EPs they’ve not only collaborated with the likes of Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, but have earned the respect of venerated Jamaican dancehall artists like Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel, and Elephant Man, all of whom have graced their tracks. They’ve also become fixtures on the festival circuit, headlining Coachella, Glastonbury, Ultra Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals. The group’s cartoon series based on the character Major Lazer debuted last year on Fox and Diplo’s BBC Radio show “Diplo and Friends” continues to enjoy success.
Marco Faraone is a prolific and versatile producer whose incendiary live sets have earned him the attention of all the right people.
Hailing from Tuscany, Italy, Faraone grew up immersed in music – his father was a DJ in the 80s, working for a local radio station, whilst his grandfather was also a folk singer and a musician. Surrounded by these diverse musical influences, Marco started playing around with hiphop records from the likes of Run DMC and Tupac, graduating into drum n bass when he wanted something a little “freakier”. His talent didn’t go unnoticed for long, as Faraone landed his first gig at just 14 years old.
As his style developed, Marco became fascinated with the 90s house championed by Masters At Work and Todd Terry, whilst admiring Laurent Garnier for his ability to effortlessly play diverse sets.
Developing his production skills led to his first release in 2008, ‘Arabia’ on Tenax Recordings. Although this effort was well received, it took a further few years of hard work and sending out demos before Faraone’s “big break”, with the 2010 EP ‘Strange Neighbors’ on Moon Harbour. When label boss Matthias Tanzmann played the title track out at DC10 in Ibiza, it prompted a huge reaction with a dancefloor sit-down. Marco Faraone had arrived.
He’s since developed a worldwide reputation as an extremely skilled producer, with releases ranging from the warm analogue house grooves of his most recent Moon Harbour EP ‘Next Level’, to the relentless, hypnotic techno of his latest EP for On Edge Society, ‘Black Air’. It’s thanks to this versatility that Faraone has released on so many respected labels in a relatively short period of time – Drumcode, Desolat, Be As One, Sci+Tec, Moda Black, Holic Trax, Get Physical and Truesoul have all provided a home for Faraone’s productions.
As a DJ, Faraone is equally busy. His popularity back home in Italy is plain to see, with 3 years of a residency and counting under his belt at the famed Tenax club in Florence. Founded in 1981, the club’s 16-year old Saturday night series ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ has played host to the likes of Adam Beyer, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villlalobos, Dixon, Marcel Dettman, Ben Klock, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Solomun and Chris Liebing. Faraone believes “It’s one of the best clubs in the world.”
He’s managed to maintain the residency despite his increasingly packed tour schedule across the globe – a selection of recent highlights from his calendar include Belgian super festivals Tomorrowland and Extrema Outdoors, Barcelona’s Elrow, tastemaking US clubs Output, Verboten and Stereo Montreal, and infamous Berlin techno havens Panorama Bar and Watergate, with BPM Mexico on the horizon for 2016.
Having earned his stripes as both trusted resident and a travelling headliner, Marco has now launched his own event series in Italy, ‘Marco Faraone and Friends’. The latest edition saw 4000 clubbers invading the beach in Sicily, demonstrating the extent of Faraone’s loyal fanbase at home.
With so many high-profile dates behind him and the support of some of the most respected names in electronic music, Faraone is now perfectly placed to begin running his own imprint. Uncage Music will launch on November 16th, with Faraone’s brand new EP ‘Rotaryknobs’. Including an incredible extended Radio Slave remix of the title track and an edit from Markus Suckut, the EP has already been creating plenty of noise and attracting attention online.
Marco Faraone is an exceptionally multi-talented young DJ and producer, yet the launch of Uncage shows he is still adding strings to his bow – a sign of true staying power in this fast-paced industry.
Forged in the fires of Arizona’s seminal 90s rave scene, Schulz first went state, then with equal speed national and international. From the building blocks of progressive, trance & house, he crafted early anthems like ‘The New World’ and latter-day ones like ‘Destiny’. Caught between have been a half-dozen revered albums (most recently ‘Watch The World’), a convoy of club hits and thousands of transfixing performances, played out before untold millions. He’s helmed the scene-essential Coldharbour label for 11 years, chaired the Global DJ Broadcast radio show for 15 and remixed everyone from Moroder to Madonna.
His floor-bound adventures have met with equal acclaim. Through his effortless audience affinity, flawless mixing, instinctive tune selection and now famous, stylistically vast open-till-close sets, he has wowed crowds in every major city on Earth. Markus has scaled the upper reaches of the world’s DJ rankings and charts; is a two-time winner of DJ Times’ America’s Best DJ crown and has drawn acclaim from every electronic music portal & press outlet on the planet. A regular fixture at the world’s biggest & most famous clubs, arenas and festival stages, weekly, he lays down his inimitable musical vision. In Europe, he’s floored audiences at events like Transmission, Electronic Family, Nature One and Dance Valley. He’s creamed Creamfields; gridlocked Global Gatherings and hosted his own stage at Tomorrowland. Stateside, EDC, Ultra, Nocturnal and numerous others have similarly all felt Schulz pressure. His legendary open-till-close sets, at spots like Space, Miami, LA’s Avalon, Stereo, Montreal, Amnesia, Ibiza and his International Residency at Ministry Of Sound have become rites of passage for music lovers around the world.
His most recent album ‘Watch The World’ (his sixth) included the Beatport #1 hit ‘Destiny’ and ‘Facedown’, his boundary-breaking team-up with Romanian quartet Soundland. Both stylistically and artistically, the album was a significant departure for Schulz. With more of a radio edge, it saw Markus take a lead role in its song writing process for the first time. A commercial and critical hit, ‘WTW’ reached the #1 position on iTunes’ international dance chart. The UK’s DJ Mag described it as “ambitious”, “expeditionary”, and “content-wise, for someone from his ‘bloc’, without precedent”. Giving it their Album of the Month accolade, MIXMAG called it “a work of art”. Dancing Astronaut saluted ‘Watch The World’s “meaningful lyrics played out with live instruments”, “that captured his (Markus’) authenticity as an artist”. Hailing its “impressive vocalists”, YourEDM.com summed it up simply as “a monumental release”.
Leaving a mark on charts, dance floors and music enthusiasts the world over, Dutch born, Australian raised MaRLo has established himself as one of the worlds most in demand DJs. In 2016 MaRLo polled #49 in the DJMag Top100 and #1 at the ‘In The Mix Awards’ in Australia. 2016 also saw MaRLo launch ‘Altitude’, his curated headline tour. Selling out the infamous Festival Hall in Melbourne & Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, with 15,000 tickets sold across 4 cities.
MaRLo’s early inspirations were drawn from pioneers such as Mauro Picotto, Aphex Twin, Armin Van Buuren and The Prodigy. Driving an incredible talent in the studio he has risen to striking heights claiming top chart spots. Signed to Armin van Buuren’s Armada Music, with Armin personally noting that MaRLo knows how to program the best lead sounds.
The MaRLo sound reaches far and wide, ‘You & Me featuring Chloe’ garnering radio play globally. With Christina Novelli on vocal duties ’Hold It Together’ hit over a million plays on YouTube. His current single ‘Leave My Hand’ featuring Emma Chatt has been captivating dance floors worldwide. Crowd favourite ‘Dreamers’, featuring wife Jano has been streamed over one million times on Spotify. Constantly driven to be at the forefront of the scene MaRLo is pioneering a new wave of Trance, recently being commissioned by APRA to produce a one of a kind production. For the project MaRLo searched far and wide to incorporate elements not often heard in electronic music. He chose to collaborate with World Music artist Piotr to create ‘Magical’, wowing fans across the globe, leaving them in awe performing together on stage at Altitude.
On the remix front, MaRLo is in high demand. All the biggest Trance stars from around the world have received the MaRLo sound Remix treatment including heavyweights like Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Dash Berlin, W&W, Gareth Emery, Emma Hewitt and many more.
From Beatport #1’s to headlining some of the most sought after dance events in the world, MaRLo sets ablaze A State of Trance crowds from Ibiza to Beirut, Den Bosch and Amsterdam. MaRLo has graced the stages of the world’s biggest festivals including Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Creamfields UK, Stereosonic, Electronic Family and Beyond Wonderland USA. He has become one of the standout artists on the powerful Armada label with hit after hit, which have gained him a cult like following. The success of his releases combined with the energy MaRLo brings to every performance, have seen him become one of the most highly anticipated acts at events around the world.
The future holds an explosion of musical glory for MaRLo, The combination of his upcoming releases and epic spots on the world’s most incredible electronic events, he will continue to shine at every performance.
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.
Martin Solveig continues to reinvent himself. Be it through his new music, on point fashion and inventive styling he creates for himself, the world of Solveig is an ever-changing environment that is instilled with fun and vitality.
Always ahead of the curve he is currently steering a new wave of mainstream electronic music – namely the future house sound and his latest endeavour - a product of a decades long career for the producer, DJ, filmmaker and creative Frenchman, which has spanned over four studio albums.
The latter; Smash was released in 2011 and launched the Parisian into superstardom. With lead single Hello, featuring Dragonette selling over 5 million copies, the Queen of Pop herself - Madonna, asked Martin to co-produce six tracks for her album MDNA and accompany her on a blockbusting worldwide tour in 2012.
While releasing summer anthems Hey Now with the Cataracs and Blow with Laidback Luke in 2013, the Frenchman also maintained a residency at the legendary Pacha in Ibiza, whilst touring the world’s grandest festivals.
January 2015 saw the next step in the French maestro’s trailblazing career – showcasing his pioneering future house sound with Intoxicated, a collaboration with Miami duo GTA. The foot stomping anthem hit both the Hype Machine and Beatport #1 within days of release and went on to be one of the most talked about tracks of the summer as it took position on BBC Radio 1’s A-List Playlist in August.
Solveig then proved his ever-infallible ability to remain perfectly in tune with public demand, releasing +1 in June, a funked up future house classic with vocals from Sam White. With the latter already gaining incredible global support and an exclusive 19-date residency at Pacha underway with his new project ‘My House,’ Martin continues to build on his already stellar reputation as a truly multi-faceted artist.
A fresh duo of former Drum&Bass producers from London and Hannover have arrived on the House scene causing all sorts of chaos with their 'no rules' mix of bass music, hip hop, jungle, trap and even oriental beats. Constantly pushing boundaries and exploring sounds, spaces and scenes, MAXIMONO are hitting the biggest labels in the game (CUFF, DIRTYBIRD, THIS AIN’T BRISTOL) creating grooves, mixing beats and turning dance floors into their very own wild paradise!
Colorado junglists know him as MC Dino, the infamous 8-year resident of Breakdown Thursdays at the Snake Pit, the nation's #1 Drum and Bass club night. The rock star emcee most notorious for his poetic genius with a microphone has commanded crowds at such well known and respected events as Cyberfest, Bassrush, Electric Daisy Carnival and countless other raves and festivals across the United States. Recognized for his high-energy lyrical prowess on the microphone, MC Dino is a crowd favorite on the mic and is an asset to any DJ he rhymes alongside.
Although Dino is not his given name, it is his preference and insists that the other is irrelevant. Though born in a small farming community in Northern Colorado, Dino spent time growing up in Mexico and various parts of California before returning to Colorado well over a decade ago. In high school he spent more time writing lyrics, songs, and practicing with bands in backyards than on his schoolwork. He began going to raves when he was 14, a time when raves were new and entirely underground. This exposure had great influence on him; electronic music provided a new medium and mode of tampering with instrumental sound. In this scene he also discovered jungle music and emceeing. Besides the obvious electronic movement that so dramatically shaped his personal musical efforts, Dino's other prominent influences include Prince, Roni Size and Santana. Exposure to these along with an upbringing encouraging all music is especially evident in his individual work, emceeing, and collaborations with Urban Aboriginee.
In 1997 he set out as an emcee and, inspired by the aggressive new sound jungle provided, used it as an outlet for the poetry streaming through his head. By this time he had already taught himself to dj and moved between rhyming and spinning, while continuing to write his own music. 1998 proved a year of reckoning and direction. He started performing regularly at the Snake Pit on a night then called Plastic Thursdays that offered techno one half of the night and jungle the other. During this period Dino gathered his musically-inclined cohorts and formed a solid group called Urban Aboriginee. The idea behind Urban Aboriginee was to promote the various but sometimes neglected talents (emceeing, DJing, producing, etc) of his intimate circle. The name alludes to modern day tribesmen surviving the streets of a concrete jungle (the city). Urban Aboriginee was recognized throughout Denver for its dedication to Jungle music. For five years, UA sponsored Kombat Battle, a party that allows young deejays and MC's to showcase their talent and provided an opportunity for up-and-comers to perform live in an actual party atmosphere.
In 2004 Dino was introduced to Divine Elements through the drum n bass scene when he moved to Los Angeles. Fast forward 6 years of non stop MCing for some of the biggest names in the business and the biggest festivals and night clubs across the United States and we find Dino falling into the front man position with D.E. He ended up filling the void Divine Elements had long been waiting to fulfill with a front man MC. Dino was a fluid fit in the dynamic super group. He now is a consistent, positive force in an already solid musical group, touring and writing music with them all the time .
During the for mentioned 6 year fast forward between 2004 and 2010, MC Dino has emceed for the greatest names in Drum and Bass, and Dubstep including Andy C, Shimon, Pendulum, Nero, Skrillex, Diesel Boy, AK1200, Dara, Bad Company, Mampi Swift, Teach Itch, and Craze, to name a few. Of course, he performs weekly and nationally as well as being featured on tracks produced by the likes of DJ Icee, Gridlok, Breakdown, Reidspeed, Divine Elements, and DJ Swamp. Other such accomplishments include co-creating Urban Aboriginee Records with his Partner Casey Bonse. Current works include on going production and live performance with Divine Elements, solo projects and audio engineering for various artists in the music community.
With millions of Soundcloud & YouTube plays, not to mention a string of Beatport Number 1's, Megalodon is no stranger to the dubstep scene.
Since 2008, the San Francisco based producer has seen ever growing demand, touring both North & South America, Australasia and Europe on a regular basis. Megalodon has collaborated with some of biggest and best names in bass music around today such as Zeds Dead, Skism, Habstrakt, 12th Planet, Virtual Riot, Bar9, Antiserum and has gained regular DJ support from major players like Skrillex, Datsik, Excision, Borgore, Skream, Benga and Hatcha to name a few.
No stranger to the spotlight, his music can often be found featured on some of the biggest music platforms around such as UKF, EDM.com, This Song Is Sick Rinse FM and the infamous BBC Radio1.
Now signed to the world-leading Never Say Die records, responsible for building the careers of A-list acts such as Zomboy, Skism, MUST DIE! and others, few can deny the momentum Megalodon has gained in recent years. His technical mixing style, alongside his dedication to making forward-thinking tracks with a hint of Dubstep's roots has helped to define him as a standout act, and definitely one to watch over the next year.
Known for impressing crowds across the world with his peaktime dancefloor tunes, metrik has captured the imagination of many fans and will undoubtedly continue to do so in the coming years.
With diverse tastes ranging from Eric Prydz to Björk, Depeche Mode to The Prodigy, Metrik’s love of music doesn’t stop there. An avid fan of synthwave, film and dance music across the board, his influences culminate in a vidid world of cinematic themes, emotive melodies and atmosphere combined with modern, high-energy production values.
Metrik’s first big break came in 2008, when he debuted “Your World” which became an overnight liquid drum & bass anthem. He was further catapulted into the spotlight when his track “Technicolour” was used as the sound bed for Barack Obama’s victory speech on BBC Radio 1. Following this came a slew of singles and EPs with notable releases including the sci-fi inspired “Between Worlds EP” and the smash hit “Freefall”. He signed exclusively to Hospital Records in Autumn 2012.
2013 was a non-stop year for Metrik with worldwide tours and the release of his self-titled debut EP. This went on to be heavily supported by key players of the scene including Sub Focus, Mistajam and High Contrast. This success led to being invited to do the prestigious BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and taking on a residency at BBC Radio 1Xtra.
In 2014 Metrik hit us with acclaimed drum & bass anthem, “Want My Love” perfectly combining Elisabeth Troy’s vocals with razor sharp production. Later in the year he released his debut album “Universal Language” culminating in performances at key events across the globe including Glastonbury, Global Gathering and Hospitality Brixton Academy. Garnering the support of many A-list and radio DJ's aswell as entering the UK album and singles charts, the LP solidified Metrik as one of the top-tier artists in drum & bass.
The following year got off to an explosive start headlining a Hospitality tour of USA & Canada and flying the flag for drum & bass at some of the largest festivals in the world including EDC, Pukkelpop and Let It Roll. It is this hard-working ethic that has established him as one of the most in-demand DJ’s in the scene.
Metrik has forged a reputation as a prolific remixer having been called upon by Eric Prydz, DJ Fresh, Ellie Goulding, Gorgon City, Sub Focus, Swedish House Mafia and Enter Shikari to give his midas touch to some of their biggest tracks.
And there’s no stopping him, Metrik rang in 2016 with a fire-breathing addition and stand-out track of the “Hospitality 2016” compilation, “Terminus”. With his sophomore album well on it's way, it’s shaping up to be another exciting chapter for the London-based producer.
The Florida based bass music producer Midnight Tyrannosaurus has been making quite a quake in the underground dubstep community. Quickly gaining recognition and DJ support from big names like Excision, Figure, and Cookie Monsta. With multiple top charting Beatport releases on Chronos Records, I. Am. Audio, Prime Audio, and Anemnesis; Midnight Tyrannosaurus is well on his way to making his own unique staple in the industry. Raw literal dinosaur sounding synths, and heart thumping sub bass make a Setasaurus one you'll never truly forget!
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.
Some people are destined to be an artist. Masters of Hardcore’s gorgeous Miss K8 was born in Kiev Ukraine and has been passionate about hard EDM since she first started to listen to music. The very first day she saw deejays play, perform and interact in the Kiev clubs she chose her path and she instantly knew the stage was her domain. As time passed she noticed that she got more and more attracted to the energetic & rough side of hard dance music.
Her drive and sonic skill got picked up by local Kiev deejays and soon Miss K8 started to perform in small underground clubs in Kiev. During this period Miss K8 evolved into the artist she is today, an artist born from true dedication to our noise. As her national career moved on Miss K8 wanted to contribute to the hardcore scene and show her passion for hardcore music to the people in her home country. The best way to infect people with hardcore was to organize hardcore events.
Her unconditional belief in hardcore music resulted in the first real hardcore events in Ukraine. Due the events she personally created, Miss K8 got in contact with Masters of Hardcore and the worlds leading artist agency Most Wanted DJ. When one of the agents witnessed a Miss K8 performance they were blown away by her skills, interaction with the crowd, knowledge of music and her stunning beauty. 3 months later Miss K8 signed an exclusive contract to Masters of Hardcore and her dream became reality.
Nowadays Miss K8 is embraced by thousands of fans and is called the ‘goddess of hardcore’ with performances on stages like Masters of Hardcore, Dominator, Syndicate, Defqon.1 and many more. Her solo releases and collaborations are of the highest grade and worshiped by people all over the world.
In July 2014 Miss K8 presented her anthem for Dominator Festival during a mesmerizing show and 40.000 witnesses. Miss K8 proved that persistence, devotion, power and purity lead the way to international hardcore stardom and her #1 position as female artist.
In 2015 Miss K8 reached the historic DJMAG TOP 100 position (#94) being the first female hardcore artist to ever enter the list. In 2016 she went up 6 positions to #88!
In March 2016 Miss K8 unleashed her first solo album called "MAGNET" at Masters of Hardcore. A salvo of sublime solo tracks are complemented by raging collaborations and remixes. Miss K8 was responsible for this years official Masters of Hardcore "Raiders of Rampage" anthem!
"Make music like no one's listening" is the motto of Aaron Carmack, and appropriately so. His story is a three-part series, divided into factions of past, present, and future. Every element of the past, as Aaron Carmack would explain, has had an effect on who he is today as both a writer/producer and DJ. Being born and raised in San Francisco, attending and dropping out of college in Long Beach, CA, moving to Oahu for three years and living off income from monthly releases on Bandcamp – Carmack’s music is an expression and perpetual reflection of all of it.
“My music is an expression of experiences that I’ve had in my life up to right now. I take inspiration every day.”
Constantly translating personal experience into his craft, Carmack finds inspiration from a range of sources, from his friends and fellow musicians in production cliques, Team Supreme and Soulection, to his travels and numerous sold out tours of five continents over the past two years, sharing stages with folks like Hudson Mohawke, Just Blaze, Cashmere Cat, and Diplo. These influences, combined with a hunger for discovering the newest, most cutting-edge sounds on sites like Soundcloud, are some of the ingredients to the now-Los Angeles-based producer’s distinct creative process.
“I used to see music as an escape. Now, it’s just what I do.”
Like a hinge to the doorway between dance music and hip hop, Carmack’s musical output increasingly occupies a void frontier between the two genres, identified by his contemporaries, fans, and himself purely as “Carmack”. With a devotion to the studio and a grinding work ethic, the inventive producer aims to release a prolific amount of music in coming months, all while performing as often as possible. Stay tuned.
“It’s mine, it’s Carmack, whatever I choose to write. I’ve grown to accept that. That’s kinda why I call myself Carmack. I can’t really do anything else.”
With his roots in the Toronto after-hours circuit and a profile that has since seen him smash premiere international platforms across the globe, Nathan Barato’s carved out a reputation as not only one of the most playable producers in dance music, but amongst its most prolific DJs as well.
In other words, Nathan Barato isn’t just the guy being invited to play all the big parties, he’s the guy everyone else on the bill is spinning too. Whether it was Marco Carola first rinsing Nathan’s 2012 hit “Hard Werq” to worldwide audiences just months before asking him to join the Music On roster, or Jamie Jones deeming Nathan a new star at the Hot Creations camp while making this year’s ‘Wobble Talk’ EP a mainstay in his superstar sets… the T.O. native has skyrocketed to international prominence as a well-respected and sought after name.
Many credit Nathan’s success to his genre diversity. His eclectic sound infuses many styles and has been recognized as one where the likes of 90's garage get sampled against the backdrop of funky techno. As a result, Nathan’s music is being released on some of the most prestigious imprints in the industry, including the aforementioned Hot Creations and spinoff Hottrax, as well as Rekids, Cajual, Saved Records, MOOD, and of course, his very own Roots And Wings label.
As Nathan Barato keeps on turning industry eyes and ears in his direction, he continues to get booked at some of the most vaunted events and clubs around the world, from festivals like BPM (Playa Del Carmen, Mexico), Ultra (Miami, USA), and We Are (London, UK), to venues that include Womb (Tokyo, Japan), Fabric (London, UK), WHP (Manchester, UK), Stereo (Montreal, Canada), Coda (Toronto, Canada), Output (New York, USA), Sound (Los Angeles, USA), Club Space (Miami, USA), Barn (Modena, Italy), DC10 (Ibiza, Spain), Amnesia (Ibiza, Spain), and more.
This upcoming summer plans to be another busy one for the in-demand selector, especially in Ibiza, where Nathan’s time on the island will be highlighted by a much anticipated residency at Jamie Jones’ powerhouse Paradise jam at DC10, 3 gigs at Space's Do Not Sleep gathering, his return to Marco Carola’s Music On at Amnesia, and that's just the beginning. You don’t want to miss it!
NGHTMRE’s (aka Tyler Marenyi) rise to the top has been a dream to say the least. Some would say he arrived the day Skrillex made his ID the only unknown record in his 2015 Ultra set, a record that would go on to be arguably the biggest Trap song that summer. After playing his first headline gigs the week after, Tyler went on to hit almost every major festival in North America, including Lollapalooza, EDC Las Vegas, TomorrowWorld, Snow Globe, Freak Night, OMFG NYE, Moonrise, Contact Music Festival, and LifeInColor Festival. Only three months in as a touring DJ, he headlined six cities throughout Australia at legendary clubs such as Chinese Laundry and Ambar. After Australia, he went on to headline almost every major market in North America, hitting marquee venues such as Webster Hall, Avalon, The Mid, Beta, and Elektricity. He's known for his various Mad Decent smashes, including the trap song of the summer “Street” and his collaboration with Flosstradamus entitled “Lighters Up.” His Nuclear Bonds EP with long time friends, Slander, was one of the premiere EP releases from Diplo’s imprint.
From the writers online to the industry's top producers, it's ubiquitous: NGHTMRE is dance music’s next multi-genre prodigy. His tracks have charted #1 on Hype Machine multiple times and he was dubbed “Skrillex 2.0” by EarMilk.com. At the same time, he's gained support from the top dogs such as Skrillex, Diplo, Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, and Snails. In fact, the list of people he has been tapped to do official remixes for reads like a massive hipster festival: The Prodigy, Theophilus London, Keys N Krates, Flux Pavilion, The Griswalds, and Elliphant. If you want to hear something you’ve never heard before, make sure you always listen to Tyler’s most recent track, whatever it may be.
Nicole Moudaber is an event promoter, record label founder, radio host, and one of the most passionately followed DJ/producers in the world. The one-woman army is marching her muscular take on techno all over the globe, winning fans not only with her music, but her way of being, that’s at once uncensored, inclusive, and fierce.
With her trademark shock of untamed dark hair, the Nigeria-born artist can be spotted in a DJ booth by profile alone, rocking crowds before she even drops a record. In-demand all over the world, Moudaber has played everything from intimate after-hours clubs; to revered nightclub institutions like Space, DC10, Output and Stereo; to massive festival stages, including Glastonbury, Electric Daisy Carnival, and two appearances at Coachella. She’s been featured by the New York Times and CNN, named “one to watch” by Billboard and Paper magazine, and has graced the cover of electronic music magazines in several countries. Her weekly radio show InTheMOOD - which Moudaber hosts with her unmistakable husk-and-honey voice - is syndicated on 66 FM stations in 45 countries, commanding over 15 million listeners worldwide. She has over half a million social followers who she dialogues with daily, sharing candid thoughts on music, work, and life.
Mood Records, the imprint she founded in 2013, is a vessel for her own music, and that of other artists who complement her style - which is percussive, deep, and dynamic. She linked up with Skunk Anansie frontwoman Skin for the “Breed” EP (2015), and a set of high-fashion, black-and-white music videos. She’s also logged releases with mentor Carl Cox’s Intec, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode (including full album “Believe” in 2013), and Jamie Jones’s Hot Creations. Her hit remix of Alcatraz house classic “Give Me Luv” (on Deep Dish’s Yoshitoshi) used bass, drums and silence to make a moment so big, it was used by DJs of all stripes. The track was the No. 1 techno track of 2015 on online retailer Beatport, and one of the year’s Top 20 tracks overall.
Moudaber often brings different elements of her style and taste to life under the MOOD banner, showing her roots as a party promoter, and a New York City clubber during the golden age of the resident DJ. In 2014, she headlined the sold-out MoodRAW tour, set in in off-the-grid warehouse venues from Los Angeles to London. During Miami Music Week, the annual industry confab in South Beach, she hosts MoodDAY and MoodNIGHT showcases, capturing both the pool and after-hours party vibes with packed lineups of superstar friends (like Carl Cox and Danny Tenaglia). She curated a Mood stage at the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas; and is a fixture of the annual BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and played the 10-day event’s official closing party in 2016.
A true global citizen, Moudaber resides in London and Ibiza, with frequent stopovers in New York and Los Angeles. She supports NYC’s Lower Eastside Girls Club, which helps disadvantaged young women access the tools they need to pursue their passion for music.
With his flawless technique and signature style behind the decks, DJ Nightstalker is a name that has become synonymous with dancefloor mayhem and West Coast junglism. Having earned his stripes in the underground drum & bass scene of Los Angeles in the late 1990s, DJ Nightstalker’s role as a journalist and editor-at-large for Bassrush and Insomniac's ever-expanding empire continues to earn him immeasurable recognition and respect worldwide.
It was his early success as a music journalist for legendary mags like Knowledge (UK), URB, XLR8R, Rinse, ATM, Lotus, and even Vice that DJ Nightstalker credits with helping launch his own career as a heavy-hitting DJ in his own right. In the same way that the name Chris Muniz came to be seen as an expert in global bass culture, his pseudonym as DJ Nightstalker soon came to represent an unparalleled dancefloor experience that would soon propel him onto the national and international stage.
Originally paying his dues in the Los Angeles rave scene, DJ Nightstalker has fond memories of legendary L.A. underground venues like the Masterdome, La Casa, Shaolin Temple and the Stillwater Hotel. Even more important during these early years was the creation of his infamous Thursday night rinse-out Primordial on the now-defunct vibeflow.com. While it was definitely a space for local talent to represent, most heads tuned in to catch sets from the all-start cast of VIP players who would often drop by unannounced. Heavy-hitters like Pendulum, Klute, Photek, Panacea, DJ Rap, E-Sassin, and even non-d&b artists like John Tejada, Ron D. Core and Omar Santana would regularly roll through and flex their skills for the internet massive.
It wasn’t long until DJ Nightstalker found his own skills as a DJ in high demand, unleashing his infectious energy and signature blend of high intensity drum & bass on dancefloors as varied as the legendary Desert Sound Coalition parties in the Mojave Desert on through to Club Yellow in Tokyo, Japan. Having headlined all across the United States as well as rocked crowds alongside the likes of Goldie, Ed Rush & Optical, Tech Itch, Dylan, SS, Dillinja, Lemon D, Roni Size, Marcus Intalex, Trace, Paradox, Jumping Jack Frost, Black Sun Empire, Mampi Swift, Friction, Hive, and Gridlok, DJ Nightstalker continues to be remembered for pushing audiences to the breaking point and transforming an average night out into a high-energy, mind-bending journey.
Fast-forward to 2015 and DJ Nightstalker is in top form even as he balances his alter-ego as a doctoral candidate in a demanding PhD program. While he continues to seek out and profile the most talented artists across the planet in his role as scholar, writer, editor and journalist, the time has come for DJ Nightstalker to once again transform into that dark figure of the night, ready to unleash the beats that will have crowds bouncing off the walls and climbing up the speakers begging for more...
From the early days as a resident DJ for Ruby Skye, Niko Zografos quickly became the frontrunner in the U.S. for trance. Niko Zografos is known for his euphoric melodies and driving trance.
In 2014, Ruby Skye approached Zografos to revive to trance in SF by starting his own promotion company, now called Phoria Events. Since its launch, Phoria has been a strong name in the trance community and returned faith to trance lovers in SF. Phoria then became the inspiration for his radio show and first his release of Future Sound of Egypt.
Aly & Fila soon caught steam of Zografos after falling under the bewitching melodies of “Phoria”, a collaboration with Mitka. The track was an instant hit when Zografos premiered it at a packed Ruby Skye, followed by instant support from Aly & Fila and Armin van Buuren. The track gained more worldwide with touching remix by French star Ferry Tayle.
Since then, Niko Zografos has been steadily rising with support and releases. “Revelation” was the first single from Zografos and an immediate winner for fans that want to hear elegant synths while tearing up the dance floor. Fans danced the track all the way up to the #7 on Beatport’s trance chart. Then Zografos proved to be a sound to keep a look out for with his third release on FSOE, “Mykonos”, which reached the #11 spot. Label heads Aly & Fila introduced the world to Zografos’ Greek infused San Francisco tune “Mykonos” on their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. M.I.K.E. Push tweeted that this is “San Frans finest trance”.
As one the U.S.’s fast rising trance stars for the past 2 years, Zografos was brought on to play for FSOE400 at the Civic National Civic San Jose and FSOE450 Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium. Niko Zografos achieved another milestone by playing at the 20th Anniversary of the Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and Dreamstate SoCal 2016.
As he continues to create dance floor anthems, this is definitely an artist to look out for.
Noisecontrollers is a hard-dance act run by Bas Oskam. For nearly a decade, Noisecontrollers has been one of the leading acts in the Hardstyle genre hitting all major stages around the world. From an intense passion for music the producer behind Noisecontrollers, Bas Oskam, produces new music at conveyer belt pace. His succes is built on his unusual talent for producing music with a creativity and passion that is uncomparable to anything else. Constantly looking for new and different sounds and styles, he pioneers in creating innovative music and this way stays on top of the scene. Bas: "I have released over 100 tracks in various genres of dance music in the last couple of years. Words can't describe how much Noisecontrollers and the process of creating music means to me, and how much it influences my life."
How it all started
Noisecontrollers has been a Hardstyle act since the end of 2005 with Bas and Arjan. Noisecontrollers was conceived of with only one goal in mind: to bring Hardstyle to the next level. The public’s response to Noisecontrollers has been tremendeous since its very conception. Noisecontrollers are well-known for their rough pounding kicks and astonishing melodies. In 2007 they decided to introduce a special live act in response to their enormous success. This resulted in them playing all over Europe, the USA and Australia within just one year.
In the following years, Noisecontrollers released countless tracks on Fusion Records, Scantraxx Records and on their own label Digital Age. Some of their greatest hits included tracks such as Gimme Love, So High and Faster 'n Further. Additionally, Noisecontrollers created anthems for DefQon, Decibel, Iqon and In Qontrol. Solo nights followed in The Outland (Rotterdam) in 2010, and at Thrillogy in 2011. Another milestone was the release of Noisecontrollers' first album E=NC2’s in 2012. The album release occurred simultaneously with one of the most memorable events in Noisecontrollers' history: X-Qlusive Noisecontrollers in the Heineken Music Hall. The spin off was incredible and Noisecontrollers' popularity was unbeatable. Noisecontrollers #27 position in the DJ Mag in 2012 is a testament to their success.
The Noisecontrollers' Sound
The Noisecontrollers' sound has undergone many changes in the last couple of years, and the public has been introduced to a more melodious Hardstyle sound. The Noisecontrollers' palette of sounds is very broad and consists of harder and softer sounds. It is therefore almost impossible to predict what will come next. However, Noisecontrollers' creativity does not cease with Hardstyle. For example, a number of tracks have been released in the last couple of years that include different, experimental sounds, which go far beyond the boundaries of Hardstyle. The release of Get Loose in 2012 and their remix of Hardwell's track Apollo has proven that these kind of tracks are just as successful. Noisecontrollers are eclectic and have an open mind to new and different sounds, which is their distinguishing trademark.
Noisecontrollers as a Solo Act
In 2013, after having shared many great and unique experiences, Arjan decided to follow a new path in music and announced his departure from Noisecontrollers. Bas will thus, 1st of January 2014, continue to produce the Noisecontrollers’ sound as a solo act. The break-up was announced right before Qlimax 2013, which turned out to be Arjan's unofficial goodbye performance.
One of the early proponents of the now-popular genre of Dubstep in India, NUCLEYA has built on that start to emerge as one of the most exciting, experimental and engaging producers in the Indian scene in the past five years. He has made his mark as an Indian dance music producer, focussing on sounds and textures that are Indian in nature but international in appeal. His new album "BASS Rani" explores regional sounds and cements NUCLEYA's position as the Indian leader in the "global bass" movement, as he continues to look to the future for new sounds. He has performed at numerous music festivals around the world including Glastonbury (UK), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Lille 3000 (France) and the Electron Festival (Switzerland). He has been the preferred opening act for many international artists touring India including Major Lazer, Skrillex, Diplo, Benga and Flux Pavilion.
NVOY are a duo based in London. James (23) and Conner (22) produce glistening dance music, fusing elements of future RnB, UK bass, and house.
Marked by their club-oriented dance floor sensibilities, but with a wider melodic and emotional range, the pair rose at first through internet acclaim on blogs and Youtube channels. NVOY released ‘You Are’ with Black Butter in 2015, subsequently signing and following with singles ‘All Night / Higher’ and most recently ‘Lord Have Mercy’. Widespread support across BBC R1 & 1xtra followed, and club support from DJs across the electronic music spectrum.
Alongside their productions, NVOY have gained a reputation for bringing the energy in their genre-spanning DJ sets, including standout shows at Glastonbury, Motion Bristol, Warehouse Project, Amnesia Ibiza, and Wildlife.
The forthcoming Aurum EP lays out NVOY's statement of intent: to take UK dance music traditions into a global context. Drawing from the sounds of dubstep, bass, and UK house, as well as trap, RnB, and futurebeats, this is cutting edge dance music for an international generation.
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.
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.
It can be the similarities between two people that draw them together, but it’s the differences between them that create something special. Just like the functional dial that governs the left and right axis of the stereo field, it would be nothing if those two polar opposites failed to meet in the middle. Such is the story of Pan-Pot. In the last decade, Pan-Pot – comprised of Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix—have developed a dominate presence in the upper escilion of electronic dance music, with an ascension paralleling very few who have come before or since.
Tassilo and Thomas met at Berlin’s renowned SAE, and were drawn together as they were the only two in their studies who had their sights set on the sound of techno. Their initial musical efforts placed a primacy on integrating electronic experimentation with minimal stylings while simultaneously establishing the ominous, murky sounds that have since become synonymous with their name. The next few years saw the release of a steady stream of original tracks and remixes on both Mobilee and Einmaleins, each demonstrating the duo’s commitment to precise, undulating and kinetic grooves accompanied by a steady expansion of their sonic palate.
The defining moment of Pan-Pot’s career came in 2007 with the release of their debut artist album, Pan-O-Rama. The aptly named long player offered a 360-degree view of techno that was unique, uncompromised and most importantly, their own. The body of work perfectly balanced heavy, peak time club stormers to deeper, more intricate atmospherics and birthed the overground hit “Charly”. More recently “Confronted” and “Captain My Captain” have demonstrated their classic, bold and timeless production style, presenting them as the producers at the top of their game, both sonically and conceptually.
Pan-Pot hasn’t gotten to where they are on their productions alone. When the two aren’t spending countless hours in the studio remixing or creating original work, they are relentlessly touring. This is how they have truly gotten to where they are: by touching the writhing, euphoric, dancing seas of bodies at countless gigs every year. Not only do they have an electric vibe to watch, but their grasp and keen understanding of each and every dance floor is unparalleled. Whether it’s an intimate club night or a massive festival like Awakenings, Timewarp, or Creamfields, Pan-Pot know exactly what to do. Unconstrained by boundaries, they traverse techno, house and everything in between with a masters touch.
Although their name comes from a basic element of studio equipment, they have rewritten notions of form and function through their own idiosyncratic language and are now stepping completely into a new world with the launch of their own imprint, Second State. Second State is not only a platform for Pan-Pot to release their own music, they are creating a family of like minded artists around them to create, imagine and travel the world with, spreading the Second State vision. It’s a place where all ideas can flow seamlessly. From music and events to art and fashion, it’s a place where there is no ceiling. No limits to what can be achieved or dreamed. Now is the time they are truly coming into their own. Not only as world class artists and performers, but as tastemakers and masters of their own destiny.
When it comes to a career the magnitude of Paul Oakenfold it’s hard to encompass one of the true legends of electronic music into just words. For over 3 decades he has elevated and shaped an entire genre and remains one of the leading forces in the global music scene today.
His most recent works have taken him from the DJ booth of the worlds hottest nightspots and festivals to the studio producing soundtracks for Hollywood blockbuster movies. His diversity in artistry and ability has earned him accolades from critics and fans alike. Garnering him not 1 but 2 Grammy Nominations for his works.
But let’s take a step back. The son of a musician, Paul came up as a young DJ in the late '70s spinning Funk in Covent Garden. Not what some might have expected from one of Trances preeminent masters. But he knew then music would be his life. In the '80s 2 life-changing trips took place. The first in 1984 where he spent several months living in New York City working as A&R man for the famed Champion Records signing DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, as well as Salt-n-Pepa. He also became promoter and British agent for the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C.
The second trip and more contemporary influence was in 1987 which brought Paul to the White Isle of Ibiza. Here he discovered the Balearic sound that flowed through the Ibiza air at clubs such as Amnesia. Inspired, he took the music and experiences back to the UK and became its ambassador. Paul returned often holding residencies at Amnesia and Pacha in Ibiza. Around the same time Ministry Of Sound in London was opening and tauted Paul as their first resident. However it was his famed residency at UK super-club Cream in Liverpool that brought Paul global respect as a master of his art. It was some say the catalyst to what has made him a touring legend.
This residency was celebrated through the Grammy nominated 2004 compilation ‘Creamfields’ (Paul went on to receive a second Grammy nomination in 2007 with his artist album, “A Lively Mind” and then again in 2009 for his production work with Madonna).
Oakenfold’s stature as a DJ and entertainer has taken him beyond the normal club and festival circuit, playing landmark gigs that have changed the face of electronic music. Highlights include three worldwide tours warming up for Madonna and U2 (with both artists insisting on a DJ set from Paul instead of a support band); performing physically on the Great Wall of China and two sold out dates playing to 30,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl in California.
A year after that first visit to Ibiza, Perfecto was born. Founded in 1988, Oakenfold’s groundbreaking Perfecto record label played an integral role in the birth of trance music, with Paul at the helm producing massive international hits such as “Not Over Yet”, “Bullet In The Gun” and “Southern Sun”. With countless high profile releases and remixes in its path, Perfecto Records is still the benchmark to which so many labels measure themselves. 20+ years later, Perfecto remains as cutting edge and popular as ever, even resurrecting its Perfecto Fluoro sublabel in 2011. Probably Perfecto’s most notable release was the recent double album “Perfecto Las Vegas” which held the #1 spot on the US iTunes dance chart for several weeks. This release solidified Paul’s stronghold as an International DJ power player achieving the highest selling DJ compilation ever released in US history – with over half a million sales.
Paul has produced for megastars such as U2, Madonna (including her latest release “Celebration”) and The Happy Mondays. As well as three acclaimed artist albums under his own name. He has remixed Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake and released over 20 DJ mix compilations. In recent years Paul has also been responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking film scores and cues for a long list of Hollywood blockbusters – including The Bourne Identity, Matrix Reloaded, Shrek 2, Swordfish and Collateral. But his most anticipated release is yet to come. Paul Oakenfold’s newest artist album ‘Pop Killer’ is scheduled for imminent release featuring The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley, OneRepublic and B.O.B.
Astonishingly, despite all his success in the worlds of chart music and film, Oakenfold has found time to keep in touch with his roots as a club DJ. Over the past 3 years he has held a weekly residency at the legendary Rain nightclub in The Palms, Las Vegas. Planet Perfecto is a fully produced show with 75 circus performers, cutting edge visuals and special effects - giving the 3,000-strong crowd a truly unique experience.
Whether you are listening to a CD, watching a commercial, going to a club or playing a video game; Paul’s omnimedia presence is felt everywhere. Paul Oakenfold is the sovereign of DJ culture and is its most recognizable icon.
The story of Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and scene-starter Paul van Dyk doesn't begin in the 1991 techno incubator of Tresor, the 1995 Twilo-era Manhattan or the 1997 superclubs in Ibiza or London... It begins in 1985 and in his mom's kitchen. It was there in Communist East Berlin that Paul van Dyk first caught the sounds of synthesised music broadcast over the West's radio waves. It was among the most auspicious of meetings and its effect is difficult to overstate, having shaped the course of electronic music's history for more than twenty years.
From the earliest ignition points of 'For An Angel', 'Perfect Day' and his 'Age Of Love' & 'Love Stimulation' remixes to 2015's singles 'Guardian' & 'Louder', PvD's gone from trance music's standard-bearer to its most abiding & respected influence. He's been deemed a 'musical pioneer' throughout his career with designations ranging from 'originator' to 'icon' and descriptions including 'humanitarian', 'pacifist' and 'altruist'.
Onstage: A performer with a natural and instinctive stage touch, Paul circles the globe 16 times a year, entertaining club and festivalgoers numbered in the millions. On Rio de Janeiro's Barra Beach during the 2008 New Year's celebrations, he performed to an unprecedented (and then record-setting) audience totalling nearly 1.5 million people. Over the last five years, Paul has moved away from being a conventional 'mixing-two-tracks' DJ towards creating a hybridized live-on-stage, concert-like approach to his shows.
2016 marks the 17th year for PvD's shows at Cream Amnesia in Ibiza, constituting one of club history's longest-standing residencies. In 2010, van Dyk commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and staged the We Are One event at the O2 World Berlin Arena which drew a 17,000-strong crowd and featured Armin van Buuren, The Blueman Group and Underworld on the bill. van Dyk has since hosted We Are One day-long outdoor festivals in 2013 and 2014 at the city's historic Zitadelle Spandau. The 2015 edition featured a sunset-to-sunrise concept at Rummelsburg, a unique beach location in Berlin.
The Musician: As a music producer, Paul's achieved comparable success to that of his onstage career. In 1994, he produced 'For An Angel', a track hailed by Mixmag as the 8th Greatest Dance Track of All Time two decades after it was recorded. In 1997, he remixed 'Age of Love' - a record that also regularly tops electronic music's greatest-ever lists. The UK's DJ Mag described PvD's 'Guardian' release as "a surprising, listen-without-prejudice milestone", rating it 9.5/10. 'Come With Me' - the anthem for 2014's We Are One Festival (recorded alongside Ummet Ozcan) met similar praise from Mixmag. The electronic music bible said the track had "natural note arrangements", featured "straight-to-the-heart-pianos" and (giving it 9/10) a "lightning strike of a riff".
Remixer: Paul has also continued to build upon one of electronic music's most-outstanding remixographies. His highly recognisable hallmark sound has been used to club-interpret mainstream music superstars like Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. He's also remixed releases from acts like metal rockers Rammstein; timeless bands including U2, Depeche Mode and New Order; and cult electronic music artists like Deep Dish, BT, Faithless and Underworld. van Dyk has been - and continues to be - a regular film- and game-score contributor, resulting in numerous notable OST credits including his rework of Hans Zimmer's 'A Poor Choice of Words' for The Dark Knight and 'Still Alive' for EA's ground-breaking game Mirror's Edge.
Album Releases: van Dyk has a career-long history of releasing acclaimed albums. 1994 met his debut 45 RPM, followed by Seven Ways in 1996 and Out There And Back in 2000. The 2003 release of Reflections granted him the first-ever Grammy nomination to an artist in the then-new Best Dance/Electronic Music category. In Between followed in 2007 and 2012's EVOLUTION saw PvD personally recategorize his studio work to the stylistically more-inclusive "electronic music", achieving significant critical and commercial success. EVOLUTION was rated 6/6 by Raveline, the magazine commenting, "this evolution seems to be almost perfect". Mixmag scored the release 9/10, observing that van Dyk had "achieved evolution in both name and nature", while DJ Mag called it "impressive" and "multidimensional". His albums have collectively sold in excess of 3 million copies.
In 2015, Paul van Dyk released his seventh full-length album The Politics Of Dancing 3 - a self-described 'heritage' album which "closes the first Politics loop" (started by the release of the first Politics of Dancing mix-compilation in 2001) and is "collaboration-centric" in nature. van Dyk has long been politically active in many fields and clarified during a 2006 interview that the Politics referred to in his album titles were "the politics of diplomacy". He had previously observed at his shows "Palestinians dancing with Israelis, Lebanese people dancing with Israelis - without war, without anything in their minds other than treating each other respectfully. To me, only dance music has this power to reconcile the historic divisions of the planet like this".
Early History: van Dyk was brought up in East Germany - an experience that left a profound impression on him... "Behind the Iron Curtain, I felt that everything that I had to be strive to achieve in difficult circumstances - I value that much more now. That's nevermore the case than it is with music. Growing up, I listened to radio stations transmitting from West Berlin. It became the only way to connect with the outside world and a freer society. As such, music had, and continues to have, the greatest possible resonance for me, and on my life."
After a brief residence in Hamburg, van Dyk returned to Berlin at the start of 1991. He made his first behind-decks appearance in March that year during the opening month of the soon-to-be-illustrious Tresor. From there, Paul began to build an onstage and studio career which, by 1997, saw him reach dance music's highest echelon. As the twin phenomena of superclubs and the DJ-as-a-Rock-Star arrived, he found himself not only synonymous with them, but he was elevated as a figurehead for the trance scene at large. van Dyk has since held sway over floors in every dance music-speaking country in the world. He holds the record for the longest unbroken run inside the ranks of the world's Top 100 DJs chart; has twice reached the no.1 position and in 2013 was aggregated, vote-for-vote, year-for-year as the poll's single most successful and enduring DJ.
Label Owner: As the owner of VANDIT Records, the last 15 years have seen Paul use his label dais to break the productions of those musically akin. In its early years, VANDIT released music by Armin van Buuren, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Agnelli & Nelson, Thrillseekers, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Nu-NRG and others. It's lately focused on breaking newer talent, with acts like Chris Bekker, Las Salinas and Ben Nicky on its A&R roster.
PvD Radio Shows: A child of the radio generation, Paul was one of the first DJs to recognise and fully harness the medium to spread his sound. His long-running VONYC Sessions show is now broadcast on over 90 terrestrial and digital stations around the world, including iHeartRadio's Evolution channel.
Awards: Throughout his career, van Dyk has garnered in excess of 60 international awards for a myriad of activities. Among those are the illustrious Landesverdienstorden (Berlin's Medal of Honour, given in recognition of his work towards social justice), a string of IDMA awards and Mixmag's Man of the Year accolade. In 2014, he received MTV's prestigious Chiuku award, previously received by such artists as Shakira, Nelly Furtado, Eva Longoria and Morrissey. In 2015, PvD won Mexico's Lunas del Auditorio award for Best Electronic Music Live Artist.
Political & Social Concerns: van Dyk dedicates considerable effort to several philanthropic endeavours. Among them are his Berlin-based Rückenwind (Tailwind) charity, which seeks to maintain a thirst for knowledge in underprivileged children, the Indian-based Akanksha Foundation, the FEED project and the Peace One Day movement. He is also well known for his longstanding political involvements, specifically for his dedication to anti-war movements and organizations like Rock The Vote.
With forthcoming music being released on Carl Craig's Planet E, Scuba's Hotflush Recordings, London's Phonica label, Paul Woolford keeps reinventing himself and pushing the boundaries, maintaining a hectic global tour schedule playing key clubs globally such as Panorama Bar, Fabric, Warung and D Edge in Brazil, and for the 6th year, the renewal of his key We Love.. Space on Sundays residency in Ibiza.
Initially inspired by the constant throb of the radio throughout his childhood, the seeds of Paul Woolford's future direction were sewn by the time a record-collecting addiction kicked in properly during his teenage years. This insatiable appetite for musical stimulation has driven him to explore far beyond the cutting-edge house and techno that is his stock-in-trade, and led him down more experimental paths, embracing aspects of improvised jazz through his collaborative work with Paul Hession, and taking huge inspiration from the modern composition of Steve Reich. All this is distilled within the house and techno dynamic that Woolford has made second-nature and you can clearly see these influences emerging across various productions.
Many know Paul Woolford's name through the 2005/6 slow-burning hit "Erotic Discourse", released on 2020 Vision, the Leeds label with which he made his name initially. The success of this proved he has the ability to create a genre-defining sound and led to sales of over 15,000, capturing the imagination of DJs across the board from Ivan Smagghe to Ricardo Villalobos, The Chemical Brothers, Richie Hawtin and DJ Hell to Francois Kevorkian, Laurent Garnier, Trevor Jackson to Erol Alkan. Indeed Erol Alkan described the track as "a modern day psyche record" and the track became a stone-cold classic.
He has since appeared across international media including the cover of DJ Mag and IDJ including a photo shoot from Tate Modern's Doris Salcedo installation "Shibboleth" (after a personal email from Woolford, Salcedo gave her express permission). With each release Woolford is showing a level of artistry that is clearly on an ascending plane, and shows every sign of flourishing beyond.
Only two words are necessary to summarise the creative work of the artist named PHACE - Pioneering and Progressive.
PHACE is the alias used by Florian Harres, an electronic music producer, DJ and label owner from Hamburg, Germany. Over the past decade he not only defined his very own style of cutting-edge electronic music but also toured most corners of this planet, building a large, faithful global following.
His wide-ranging back catalogue of music includes three full length albums (PSYCHO, FROM DEEP SPACE and RAUM UND ZEIT), various EP's (e.g. NOW & TOMORROW, ENERGIE, MOTOR and VITREOUS, and more) plus countless chart breaking singles and collaborations (e.g. BRAINWAVE, COLD CHAMPAGNE, PROGRAM, DESERT ORGY, and more).
Phace’s music is released on the world’s most famous indie labels such as e.g. VISION, OWSLA, MAU5TRAP, SHOGUN AUDIO, CRITICAL (amongst others), and of course NEOSIGNAL RECORDINGS, his own imprint, which is going to release his fourth artist album titled SHAPE THE RANDOM in March 2015.
His sound is best described by twisted bass, rhythmical experimentation, high contrast ambience, deep cinematic themes, explosive energy, and yet human analog soul and funk. This unique approach is constantly piquing demand for appearances at clubs, festivals and media around the globe.
With support from artists such as e.g. AMON TOBIN, NOISIA, SKRILLEX, ANDY-C, GOLDIE, ALIX PEREZ, BLACK SUN EMPIRE, ED RUSH & OPTICAL, ROCKWELL, MISANTHROP, CULPRATE, KOAN SOUND, MAYHEM, ICICLE, CHASE & STATUS, FRICTION, MEFJUS, FEED ME, EVOL INTENT, DIESELBOY, EMPEROR, OPIUO, one can easily say that within this style of music it is quite hard to find a comparable contemporary artist shaping a sound and musical movement in a similar way.
United Kingdom bass music has yet another producer that is demanding attention. Jonathan Smith publicly known as Ponicz has been standing out with his signature sound, dubstep and riddim. His well known euphoric breakdowns and filthy bass drops are heavily influenced by hip-hop legends Public Enemy and Dr. Dre, as well as dubstep masters Doctor P, Funtcase, Cookie Monsta, and Flux Pavilion.
At 27 years old, Ponicz has been producing for over 7 years now. Most recently, he studied electronic and urban music production at Kidderminster College in England to master his craft. Since his attendance at college, the Ponicz name has been so widely recognized that it is used to encourage new enrollees. To date, his music has been released on labels that once he only dreamed of, Division, Never Say Die, Smog, and Firepower Records.
Ponicz recently played the biggest Dubstep event in Paris, ANIMALZ and 50HURTZ, the last three years, in Amsterdam. His greatest achievement to date is having his music played on the biggest radio station in the UK, BBC Radio 1.
Ponicz draws support for his music from the likes of Skism, Datsik, 12th Planet, Bassnectar, Cookie Monsta, Excision, Funtcase, Noisia, DJ Craze, LUMBERJVCK and P0gman, among others. He will appropriately launch 2017 with a tour across the United States. Ponicz is quickly becoming a name recognized around the globe.
“In a way, for people to fully understand my music, they need to know the narrative of the last six years of my life,” says Porter Robinson, of the leap he’s made from electro-house producer to genre-busting musician.
That music can be heard on his first studio album, Worlds (Astralwerks/Virgin EMI), a journey through textural synth-pop. It has, at turns, been called “gorgeous” (New York Times), “delightful” (Rolling Stone), and “imaginative” (NPR). And with more than 185 million album streams under his belt, 100,000+ in ticket sales for his 2014 Worlds Live tour, plus triumphant headline appearances across the global festival circuit with his groundbreaking live show; Porter’s fans have stood by him in kind. Some, admittedly, more emphatically than others.
“I see people getting tattoos of my logo, my lyrics, my signature now!” Porter marvels. “It’s very high praise, for sure. It’s not something that you can prepare yourself for.” Although Porter dropped Worlds as a confident artistic statement, he honestly wasn’t sure if even his most devoted supporters would see his vision. “The praise has been vindicating,” he says, relieved. “I expected more resistance from my fans in terms of keeping a certain sound. But they fully embraced this.”
What’s now come full circle began a few years back, when Porter turned down countless DJ offers to devote himself to introspection and reinvention. “I figured that one way to develop a unique identity as an artist would be to combine all my favorite things in music — it would result in a collective expression of my taste and experience. Something nobody else has.”
And thus begat Worlds, a cinematic excursion that commingles Porter’s technological prowess with his love of evocative melody. It finds an unlikely common ground for Porter’s diverse inspirations: Kanye West’s Graduation, Daft Punk’s Discovery, The Postal Service, and an array of orchestral movie scores.
“Sea of Voices,” for instance, is just that: gauzy, feather-light vocals that float above an ethereal-shoegaze soundscape. That track trickles into the “Years of War,” which transfers those levitating vocals onto radiant synth pop propelled by a fuzzy beat. He prolongs that pop euphoria with the anthemic “Lionhearted,” which pushes-and-pulls between ambient sighs and power chords, further rewarding the listener with the glitched-out “Fellow Feeling,” an avant centerpiece that swells from violin-driven sentiment to industrial static, before settling into palpitating chords.
The collective effect feels almost weightless. However, notes Porter, “making music is so hard for me, because I like subverting the status quo. I get bored easily — I like new ideas.” And, as he would soon learn, laying down those tracks was merely the first phase of his renewed artistry. “The music was meant to be evocative of imagery. The whole theme of the album was this sense of escapism, an homage to imagination.” So that’s how he’s presented it live.
To craft wholly unique stage visuals, Porter started with mood boards and drafted a style bible. “They were videogame and anime-inspired visuals,” he says. “Dream-like. I didn’t want anything trippy or psychedelic.” He recruited ILN (Invisible Light Network) to bring his animated concepts — much of them hand-drawn — to life.
The animation process took place over five straight days at Porter’s house. (Porter’s 12-year-old brother also chipped in a bit, creating three visual looks for the show.) Once animation completed, Porter reached out to friend and video-artist Ghostdad to edited and cut the visuals together in a way that would flow with the live show.
The final piece of the puzzle involved integrating the visual and sonic elements so that Porter could manipulate all the components on stage together in real time. To do this Porter worked with audio specialist Laura Escudé (a.k.a. Alluxe) — who’s worked with Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Drake — to help him adapt Worlds to the stage. It was an exhausting, whirlwind experience.
“If I had to do it again, I would’ve felt a lot more overwhelmed by the live show,” he says, laughing. “It was partially because of my naiveté that I was able to undertake something so large.” He barely remembers the first show performing Worlds live in Vancouver. “The feeling was, ‘Oh my god, I just gotta get through this.’” But by the time he played his worldwide Twitter-trending set at Coachella seven months later, he knew he’d found his footing. “It was a magical moment. It was live-streamed, and everyone on the Internet was watching,” he says. “It just felt like a victory lap for the tour and the album.”
There’s never been anything conventional about Porter’s approach to music. The artist’s first foray into electronic music came through the arcade-stomping game Dance Dance Revolution. (These days, he’s graduated to StepMania, which, yes, he totally dominates.) “Something about the tempo was super-interesting to me.”
By age 12, the autodidact started futzing around with beats on his mom’s computer. He came into his own in 2010, when he scored a No.1 Beatport hit with his crunchy, twitchy single “Say My Name,” which lead to his first gig at a tiny club in Santa Cruz, California. “It was very much baptism by fire because I had never seen a DJ,” Porter says of the lack of any discernible scene in Chapel Hill. “I had to more or less do it based on what I had learned on the Internet.”
Porter’s grassroots following exploded during the release of a successful EP and series of high-profile DJ gigs. Then, in 2012, he scored an iTunes No.1 with the shimmering “Language.” Porter found himself touring five days a week, staying at his parents’ house when he was in town. “It took me to a place where I wasn’t writing music. And I was DJing a lot of other people’s music,” he says. “I think that helped speed up how sick I got of dance music and all of its tropes.”
Making Worlds was an intriguing challenge for him. “A huge part of my work has always been this effortful, expedited self-discovery,” Porter says. The first track he recorded for Worlds, the voluminous, ethereal “Divinity Made,” was born of his seemingly impossible self-challenge to write a song that was beautiful, loud, yet vintage-sounding. That, in turn, calibrated the overall aesthetic for Worlds, for which he also recruited several relatively unknown vocalists.
He’s taken a similar approach for his next release, a track-by-track album of remixes entitled Worlds Retold: It doubles as a platform to show off the skills of his favorite new talent, such as Odesza, Galimatias and Deon Custom.
He’s happy to bask in this World for a bit, while he plots a much-intimidating sophomore album. “I feel like I was drunk on inspiration. And I’m really struggling to commit to a new sound or concept,” he says, kidding. “The next thing that I do will be in the wheelhouse of Worlds. I have been moving towards something that is fully sincere and authentic and 100 percent me. And I’m always getting closer.”
Prolix will be a familiar name to most hardened Drum and Bass heads, with a back catalogue that has seen releases on some of the most prolific and respected labels in the industry such as RAM, Playaz & Ganja Tek, VISION, Shogun, Blackout, Renegade Hardware, Metalheadz, Viper, Virus and more recently OWSLA/MTA. His unique style of production has achieved international recognition filling Prolix with the courage he needed to establish his own imprint in 2011; cue the birth of the mighty Trendkill Records.
As his reputation has grown, Prolix has found himself collaborating with an array of top artists from across the genre such as Noisia, Misanthrop, and Icicle, as well as remixing the likes of Ed Rush and Optical, Black Sun Empire and Chase and Status. It was with his work for the latter that led to an introduction to d&b pioneers DJ Hype which began the conception of Ganja Tek for the sole purpose of releasing his distinct sound. Since then, Prolix' production has gone from strength to strength, securing radio support from several BBC radio DJs including Friction and Mary Ann Hobbs.
One of his most seminal releases to date was the visionary crowd funded 'Project Trendkill' Album, a collaboration with Gridlok which soared to the top of the download charts and into every self respecting DJ’s record bags the world over. Teaming up with Gridlok had previously come up trumps again, drawing the attention of RAM Records head honcho Andy C, with their debut 12" of 'Membrane' and 'Babylon' devastating soundsystems worldwide.
Other landmark releases for Prolix include 'Crater' on Renegade Hardware with Nocturnal, 'Asteroids' on VISION with NOISIA, 'On Like That' EP with MC Coppa, and the 'Transcendent' EP on Trendkill featuring collabs with Misanthrop, Mob Tactics, Rido, Meth and MC Coppa again. Trendkill is continuing to gather a strong and dedicated following release after release. This really is one to watch for the future.
Having toured America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Prolix is well known for his high energy, floor-filling DJ sets. As well as doing his own headline shows accross Europe, he has also shared the stage with some of the top names in drum and bass including Chase and Status, Subfocus, and Pendulum.
Hardstyle and hardcore pioneer The Prophet has travelled the world for 25 years, performing at parties such as Tomorrowland, Qlimax, EDC Las Vegas, Thunderdome, TomorrowWorld and Defqon.1. He is the founder of leading hardstyle label Scantraxx, which gave rise to the success of many artists, including Headhunterz and Wildstylez. His music is being played and loved by the biggest names both in and outside the hardstyle scene. Unlike his alias suggests, The Prophet doesn’t pass on musical messages; he creates them!
His musical career began in 1982, before the house movement. Throughout the following years he invented, produced, played and remixed hip-hop, hardcore, hardstyle, club, progressive and more. It was important that the music always matched one crucial code word: tough! As long as it sounds tough, his musical heart continues to beat in various rhythms.
Being a key player in the dance scene can call for some time to reflect, which has indeed shown up in recent years. The Prophet has searched for the combination of being, but also staying a pioneer in a constantly changing and rapidly growing hardstyle scene. His latest releases show a new direction. Full speed ahead, with a nod to the past. The Prophet is far from done, so the question remains: are you out there still with him? H3Y!
Pure NRG is a brand new live-on-stage concept by Giuseppe Ottaviani & Solarstone.
Live audiences expect more nowadays… and make no mistake, they’re about to get it! Pure NRG is artist union, mission statement and live-on-stage concept concert all wrapped up into one. Pure NRG is what happens when two forces of trance nature meet kinetically to perform their music live on stage. Those two forces are Solarstone and Giuseppe Ottaviani. One, a scene legend and the powerhouse behind the rolling boulder that is the Pure Trance movement. The other, the first man on the planet to imagine (and then deliver) trance as a live artist performance and prime mover in the seminal, millennial Nu-NRG group. A connection of musical minds, creative ability and on-stage performance magnetism – in summer 2014, the difference between ‘live’ and LIVE! will be clarified.
Pure NRG’s unique, custom-designed tech set-up hands greater ‘to-the-core’ control to the performers than has ever been delivered before. The tracks you hear aren’t coming from USBs or CD-Rs, they’ll be coming from inside the source instruments that made them. Pure NRG will thus deliver unique no-two-experiences-alike shows. In what they term “an artistic quid-pro-quo”, the harmony, melody and Pure Trance code of Solarstone will fuse with the full-thrust, rougher sound of Ottaviani – a trade off of audio-DNA. Pure NRG LIVE will showcase only exclusive content with exclusive edits, fresh productions and remixes. Solarstone will reinterpret the music of Giuseppe and Ottaviani will reimagine the music of Solarstone, but always 100% live, with all the unexpected turns, twists and thrills that only LIVE! delivers! The music you know, with spins you’ve never heard before… and – who knows - may never hear again.
This is not b2b, this musician-2-musician. Music creation, running in real-time, m2m, live on stage. You won’t believe it can be done, until you experience it being done!
Quickly becoming the hottest thing out of New Zealand since Russell Crowe, QUIX has had an absolutely massive year so far in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down. Boasting a unique trap sound full of 808’s and wonky samples, QUIX has a style that can’t be matched, although many have tried.
Not only are QUIX’s original tracks game-changing, he has also proven his artistic versatility with collaborations with artists like Party Thieves, Instant Party, and Woolymammoth, not to mention the collaborations in progress with main stage superstars like Milo&Otis, UZ, and Goshfather & Jinco.
Just a few of the artists who have noticed his talent and given support include Skrillex/Jack Ü, What So Not, UZ, Milo&Otis, Craze, Zeds Dead, Snails, CRNKN, RL Grime, & more!
Although he has been consistently destroying venues around his hometown of Auckland and many other cities around New Zealand, QUIX set his eyes on the worldwide stage and recently played his first international show in Vancouver, Canada.
With a whole stack of unreleased music up his sleeve, trust that QUIX will continue his steady explosion and won’t slow down his takeover for anything.
Joey van Ingen a.k.a. Radical Redemption is the man behind this new name in the hardstyle scene. He’s born in 1990, and grew up in the east of the Netherlands. From day one he was interested in all kinds of music.
At age 10 he started to play the drums. His interest went to the rhythmic elements in music. As drummer he played in several bands, ‘Pacific’ became his main project. But, at that same time he came in touch with the harder side of dance music. He had to make a choice.
Joey wanted to spin records, so he bought two turntables and started practicing. After a while he organized hardstyle parties in his garage for his friends. They had a good night partying and Joey had a good night behind the decks! A couple of months later he became the resident DJ in a local club. But, what if he could spin his own tracks? That would be totally awesome! So, around the beginning of 2009 he started producing hardstyle. He used all his spare time to improve his producing skills. Day in, day out, producing, producing and producing. (and after that, producing!)
While improving his skills, Joey developed his own style. A lot of rhythmic elements, raw sounds, heavy kicks and dark atmospheres will define this. Also thinking outside the box, trying something new and experimenting with a lot of sounds.
At the end of 2010 his passion and hard work fascinated Crypsis. This resulted in a collaboration named ‘Darkness is Calling’, played at Hard Bass 2011, in front of 25.000 insane party people!
This is just the beginning, so watch out, more tracks will be coming..
Radical Redemption, just getting started, but a future force to reckon with!
Reid Speed is recognized worldwide as a highly skilled drum & bass DJ as well as a pioneer of the multi-genre bass music movement. From her start at legendary NYC drum & bass store/label Breakbeat Science to founding her own labels Play Me Records and Play Me Too, she has remained a fan favorite DJ, a chart topping producer, and was seen as an instrumental player in the development of the North American Bass Music sound. She's known for dropping blistering multi-genre sets that have inspired a generation of female DJs. With her keen ear, Play Me has become a launchpad for more hot new artists than any other label of its kind, helping to kickstart the careers of the likes of Dillon Francis, Must Die, Figure, Bare, Singularity, Cyberoptics, and many more. Reid is one of the few old skool DJs who opened the door for women and who continues to set the standard high for female DJs in EDM.
REZZ is a DJ/Producer based out of Niagara Falls, Canada. At only 20 years old, her unique spin on underground Techno has caught the ears of Deadmau5 & Skrillex, and made her a hot topic on music blogs & publications around the world often hailing her as “Girlsaffelstein”. Having built a following through a series of free releases on SoundCloud, REZZ’s debut label release ’Serenity’ came out June 2015 by request of Mau5trap records boss Deadmau5. Her penchant for dark, eerie atmospheric tracks that exhibit maturity far beyond her young age is what caught the ear of Skrillex and led to her follow up 3 track ‘Insurrection EP’ on his NEST imprint. REZZ’s ever-evolving and idiosyncratic electro sound is only getting bigger as proven with her most recent EP release on Mau5trap “The Silence is Deafening”.
After joining the roster at AM Only, REZZ has secured herself a spot on major festivals including Tomorrowland, HARD Day of the Dead, Something Wicked, Sunset Music Festival, Ever After, Mysteryland, and HolyShip! among others. Her sound is as unique as her live show experience, where she is gaining a cult like following with every passing show. Having already garnered so much attention so quickly, the stage is set for REZZ to explode around the world.
Seemingly out of nowhere, 22-year-old Henry Steinway aka RL Grime has risen the ranks to the forefront of what is a new generation genre-fusing artists, setting eyes on exploring the uncharted and reshaping modern music with every new track he makes. Releasing his debut EP Grapes in April of 2012 on LA’s WEDIDIT imprint, RL took little time in making a name for himself, garnering early support from some of the biggest DJ’s in the world, including Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex, and Just Blaze. In 2013 he released his sophomore EP High Beams on Fools Gold Records, debuting at number 8 on Billboard’s electronic charts. RL Grime’s work as a remixer has also been met with great acclaim, clocking in official remixes for Benny Benassi, Chief Keef, Jamie Lidell, and Shlohmo – as well as a bootleg of “Mercy” by Kanye West, which has since received over 3 million plays on SoundCloud. With two EP’s and a world tour under his belt, 2014 looks to be RL Grime’s brightest year to date, continuing to refine his sound and further pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a producer in the 21st century.
Tom Green – aka Rockwell - has without question been one of the most exhilarating talents to come out of the drum and bass scene in recent times, heralded by the likes of Billboard, Fact Magazine, Resident Advisor, Mixmag and DJ Mag and with releases on some of the biggest labels in the game including Metalheadz, Ministry Of Sound, Sony Music, Critical, Neosignal, Shogun Audio and many more.
Tracks such as ‘Please Please Please (Play This On The Radio)’, ‘Underpass’, ‘Detroit’, ‘Full Circle’, ‘Childhood Memories' and the most recent ‘Chorus Of Disapproval’ EP have highlighted Rockwell as one of the most original producers in drum & bass, created with painstaking construction, beautiful arrangements and seemingly effortless ingenuity. With his music regularly demolishing club dance floors or radio waves alike - his classic ‘Detroit’ famously blew up Zane Lowe’s studio speakers live on BBC Radio 1 - the Rockwell sound has been supported across the board from Andy C, Chase & Status and Friction to Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Mistajam and Huw Stephens. As well as original productions Rockwell is also a prolific remixer having re-worked huge tracks from Netsky, London Grammar, Riton, Friction & Skream, Joseph Salvat amongst others.
Since hosting his own show as part of Radio 1’s Residency and ‘In New DJ’s’ features his debut album ‘Obsolete Medium’ released in 2015 was received to critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard who picked it as one of their top 10 LP’s of the year and in early 2016 Rockwell delivered a coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. With his DJ shows throughout the UK, Europe and Australiasia only increasing and even his own monthly feature with the Skrillex-owned Nest HQ website, the Rockwell expansion continues with even bigger things in store for 2017.
A formidable DJ, Rockwell sets have been lighting up clubs and festival stages all over the world. Whether he’s playing a Radio 1 show or a heaving club, his tendency to switch the BPM’s during his hi-octane drum & bass performances has truly set him apart. Behind the decks as in the studio, Rockwell always keeps you on your toes.
Synthesizing the landscape surrounding him, Statement! Music!’s Ruben De Ronde keeps his progressive, trance and chilled out mind set in overdrive- striking a signature musical balance. Owning a tune in all he surpasses, the celebrated Dutchman takes his studio to the crowds from his Armada residency to festivals, and A State Of Trance tours with Armin Van Buuren around the globe. DJ, producer and label owner, Ruben has all bases covered, taking his genre spectrum to the next level- always.
In the studio, he is no victim to the genre black hole, breaking the mold across the prolific trance and progressive domes while taking the chilled out tips for a ride. His global recognition has tainted dance floors of the ASOT world that he embarks on with solo efforts, while collaborating with acclaimed artists like Tenishia and singers like Shannon Hurley, Nanje Nowack, Victoria Ray and Aelyn. Following with remixes for Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate and Above & Beyond, his studio barely rests. A milestone in itself, the soundscape album ‘From Sao Paulo To Sofia’ has gone from the ASOT600/650/700/750 tour to the hands of Hardwell where it’s been featured in the I Am Hardwell AND United We Are World tours while shining in the fellow Dutchman’s documentary also. In tune, Ruben’s track ‘Stoer’ walked into the hands of Joris Voorn’s Rejected Records where it saw the tech driven artist embrace its entrance. The highlight of 2015 was, without a doubt, creating the official anthem song for the world largest outdoor trance festival, Amsterdam’s ‘Electronic Family Festival’.
Stepping outside the studio and Ruben De Ronde unleashes in the clubs and upon the stage, dominating bill spots across Ultra Music Festival (Miami), Dance valley, Nature One’s main stage, Kazantip, A State of Trance live events and gracing half a million people welcoming in Hanoi’s new year. As DJ Mag’s trance reviewer in Holland and crowned boss of ‘Sound of Holland’ weekly radio sessions on Afterhours FM and Sirius XM, Ruben hits a nerve within the electronic music industry, also taking a firm stand as host on ‘Tomorrowland Radio’ and ‘Armada Night Radio’.
A new album is coming in the beginning of 2016, so keep your eyes and ears out for that one!
Sydney, Australia-based RÜFÜS make atmospheric indie electronic dance-pop. Formed in 2010 when a rain-soaked vacation to Byron Bay turned into an impromptu jam session, RÜFÜS feature the talents of guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, keyboardist Jon George, and drummer James Hunt. The trio quickly released two EPs, 2011′s RÜFÜS and 2012′s Blue. In 2013, they delivered their debut full-length album, Atlas, on Sony. Atlas topped the Australian charts and was quickly followed by the Desert Night EPs. As their international exposure increased, they ran into some complications with the use of their name in the American market, forcing them to change their name to Rufus Du Sol in the United States. RÜFÜS returned in 2016 with their sophomore full-length album, Bloom, featuring the singles, “You Were Right,” “Like an Animal,” and “Innerbloom.”
Ruthless started spinning records in 1995, and shortly after, he was already making mixtapes for local radio stations like Radio Balans and Stadsradio Rotterdam. He started as a hardcore dj and became a resident dj at Kozmoz (BE) and Maddox (NL).
Since 2002 Ruthless is playing all over the world. You can find him in the biggest clubs and of course the big events like Qlimax, Defqon 1, Decibel,Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Reverze and many more! His favourite styles are Hardstyle, Jump/Tek, Oldschool and early Hardcore! When Ruthless is behind the decks, you can expect fast mixing, exclusive tracks and different harder styles in one dj set.
As you know, Ruthless is also a producer. After the release of ‘I Feel Like Dancin’ and ‘Whores In Da House’ his career really lifts off! He has mixed many compilations and made many remixes for artists like Benny Benassi, Pulsedriver, Greg C, Technoboy, Coone, Pavo & Zany, Mark With A K, and many more!
He founded the legendary jumpstyle label Square Beats in 2004, moved to Scantraxx in 2009, and nowadays Ruthless is an official member of the Dirty Workz crew.
Together with Paul Elstak, mental Theo and Darkraver, Ruthless is also one of the 4 residents of the Pussy Lounge .
Keep an eye on his schedule and his upcoming releases!
With a REAL name like Robotti, it may seem obvious that you’re set for a life working in a synthesizer factory or in Artificial Intelligence. However, this Italian-German, Belgium bred 3rd culture polyglot with a Russian first name, has a huge talent for music, which surfaced very quickly when he started to play the cello from age 7. In his teens in the 90s, Sacha discovered the rumblings of the underground house and techno scene of his native Brussels, which inspired him so much that he put down the bow and picked up the turntables. Influenced by the greats of this era: Green Velvet, Aphex Twin, Jeff Mills, DJ Funk, Thomas Bangalter, Dave Clarke, he was soon honing and mastering his own DJ skills. Upon graduating with an architecture degree from Edinburgh, he moved to Berlin to get fully submerged in the underbelly of the city’s nightlife.
After first self-released vinyls around 2004, Master studies in music with Karl Bartos (formerly Kraftwerk), and an album under the Berlin DJ duo alias Robosonic with his production buddy Cord, Sacha Robotti put his name on the map as a solo producer with his toe-wobbling debut “Tingly Trumpets” in 2010. Focusing on solo work, Sacha then found a home on Klasse, teaming up with label head Luca Lozano for their first release “Bartok”.
2012 started as an Olympic year for Mr. Robotti as his track “The Major” feat. DJ Rush dropped on Dirtybird, the label from SF he's loved since its beginning! His track was played by DJs like Seth Troxler, Ellen Allien, Miss Kittin, Joris Voorn, and the whole DB crew. Later that year, Sacha released some epic remixes: Audiojack feat. Kevin Knapp on Gruuv, of Zombie Disco Squad feat. DJ Funk on Made To Play, and of Deo & Z-Man on Opossum. Also, his original “Move EP” with remixes by Tim Green and Michael Tello of PillowTalk, as well “The Big Ol EP” dropped on Klasse (with a remix by the legendary Waxmaster Maurice of Chicago’s Dance Mania fame!). Sacha also met up with his Belgian buddy Kill Frenzy to make two signature tracks: “Go To The Mo” for Dirtybird, and “I Like It” which was signed to Shadow Child’s label FOOD – together with a remix by B-Ju and a fun Kill Frenzy & Sacha Robotti radio show on BBC 1 Xtra.
2013 made another dream of Sacha’s come true, when his collaboration with Claude Vonstroke was released on Dirtybird: a VIP version of “Lay It Down – Re-Smoked”, the final track of his latest album “Urban Animal”.
In summer 2014, the release of his collab with Look Like “Loca Lola EP” on Dirtybird, his collab with Kevin Knapp “Puppet” on Jesse Perez’s label Mr. Nice Guy, as well as a single on Klasse's sublabel Down2House, along with his DJ gigs as far out as Mexico, Sydney, Toronto and all around the US. made Sacha Robotti new friends and fans all over the world.
January 2015 saw Dirtybird celebrating 10 years – Sacha's addition to the birthday compilation, “Thump Bumper” with Kevin Knapp, got voted by Mixmag as one of the 10 tracks that defined Movement Festival Detroit, and enjoying big support from Green Velvet, one of Sacha's teenage heroes. Later this year, Sacha Robotti’s collab EP “Shaky” with ZDS on Toy Tonics saw the light and has since been slammed on dancefloors worldwide, particularly by Claptone, as well as remixes for Fidelity Kastrow on Sisyphos' Club label Sisyphon and Rainer Weichhold's classic “Bamboo” on Gold Records.
Since his January 2016 relocation to Los Angeles, Sacha Robotti has been neck-in-neck with the California sunshine for Hottest Act of 2016 (ha, ha). In addition to releasing a slew of fresh cuts on Snatch Records, This Ain’t Bristol, Dirtybird Records, Insomniac Records, a collab with Kevin Knapp on Lost Records, and a #1 Beatport single on Suara Music, Sacha Robotti hasn’t just been chilling on the beach in Malibu and in the studio crafting hits - in fact, he barely has any time for the former, since he’s also been making waves with his infectiously fun and high-energy DJ sets all across the U.S. Along with a thunderous nationwide tour with fellow Dirtybird player Ardalan, Sacha Robotti has also been gracing the stages of some of the most renowned festivals in the country in 2016, including CRSSD Festival, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Lightning In A Bottle Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Burning Man, Dirtybird Campout 2016, with even more exciting performances to be announced.
Although Sacha’s sound has evolved throughout the years, you can recognize his signature in everything he creates: meandering between the dirty bass-heavy “booty” plains of electronic dance music and its’ futuristic shores; his music is funky, creative, has character, uses a palette of rich sounds and tells a story with layers of depth and emotion. It also has a sonic quality that makes it stand out. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this gentleman with a weird little thing for sweaty dance workouts & happy bass-massaged faces…
Sage Armstrong began making waves in the house music scene with his debut Dirtybird release, ‘What’s Yo Tempetcha?’. Grown in the south, he has been influenced by a multitude of different genres that continue to inspire his creative flow in the studio and on stage. He has created his own style by adding unique elements that give off a vibe of bouncy underground beats with original vocals. Sage continues making music with no creative boundaries after receiving support from some of his favorite Dirtybird artists like Justin Martin and the boss man himself, Claude VonStroke. With an exciting release schedule and show dates piling up, the future is looking bright for this rising star.
San Holo is the future beats to trap connoisseur that might be dubbed the fastest growing current electronic talent.
Making his debut in late 2014 with the COSMOS EP on Heroic, he garnered the attention of all the major tastemakers. This resulted in a friendship with the Parisian Point Point crew, who released his Hiding (ft. The Nicholas) single on their Filet Mignon compilation.
The world took notice, with San Holo growing to over 180.000 SoundCloud followers within the span of a year. His single 'We Rise' peaked came out on NestHQ (OWSLA) garnering Skrillex and Diplo's support and amassing millions of plays on SoundCloud and Spotify.
Early 2015, the Victory EP came out on the Canadian label Monstercat, renowned for having one of the most engaged and digitally oriented audiences. The release was paired with an intense visual campaign produced by San's own creative company and label bitbird.
Together with an official remix for Tchami's hit 'After Life', an Initiation Mix on BBC Radio One with Annie Nightengale and performing at the Belgium mega-festival Tomorrowland, the transition from the SoundCloud realm into real industry significance was made. Meanwhile, the 'Dr. Dre - The Next Episode' remix crossed the 40 million plays on YouTube and the 'Don't Touch The Classics' remix series is going strong.
San not being one to stay within boxes, his new single IMISSU is forthcoming on Spinnin Records, in a self-proclaimed effort to both push boundaries and bring the 'future' sound to the masses. His diversity is broad and the accompanying music video that takes place 'within the screen of the producer' is testament to that.
All this, together with a CSI synch, a forthcoming official remix for Porter Robinson, the quickly growing self-operated label bitbird, and tours in North America, Europe and Australia make San Holo perhaps the biggest 'one to watch' in 2015's electronic music scene.
New York’s Sean Tyas burst onto the scene in 2006 after releasing his debut single “Lift” on Discover Records, which immediately hit #1 on Beatport—a great start and a sign of things to come shortly after Sander van Doorn selected him as the winner of the “Punk’d” remix contest. Around the same time, Mixmag & Beatport named Sean “Best New DJ” and “One to Watch,” marking the beginning of a rapid rise to fame within the cooler ranks of the trance fraternity.
What followed was a consistent flow of #1 hit records (including his unforgettable remix of Dash Berlin and Emma Hewitt’s “Waiting,” and his groundbreaking single “Seven Weeks,” which spent an astounding 12 weeks at #1 on Beatport), an Essential Mix on the legendary BBC Radio 1, multiple compilations and a diary racked with sell-out shows around the world.
Having remixed for the likes of Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin and Gareth Emery—as well as co-produced with Armin van Buuren, Simon Patterson and many more of the scene’s elite—Sean’s discography is a testament to his abilities in the studio, where he is renowned for turning great tracks into monster hits.
Several recent high rankings within the highly coveted DJ Mag Top 100 poll also give an indication of his reach and respect on the DJ circuit, where his energetic and dynamic sets have seen him play the majority of the world’s best clubs and festivals, including Tomorrowland, A State of Trance, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Zouk Singapore, Beyond Wonderland, Pacha NYC, Avalon Hollywood, Exchange LA, Privilege Ibiza, and many more.
Google Sean Tyas, and you will see an ejaculation of recent high-profile press coverage from Mixmag, VIBE, EARMILK, LessThan3, and the IDMA-nominated Elektro Magazine, to name but a few.
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."
"Anyone can play a familiar track that’ll make the crowds go crazy. The challenge is finding a sound that no one knows and evoking the same reaction.” –Shmitty
It’s this challenge that fuels Shmitty’s never-ending chase for the perfect sound. The Los Angeles-based, Netherlands-born producer/DJ combines funktion and form with style, taste, and class; he mans the decks like a sniper at the watchtower, with house and techno as his artillery. A chameleon onstage, shifting from groovy down-tempo to cultish techno, he covers the full spectrum of true house music.
With a deep knowledge of the history of electronic music and with a direct mainline source to the current music landscape, Shmitty melds past and present in all his meticulous sets, which have allowed him to share the stage with a diverse roster of dance music titans, including A-Trak, Claude VonStroke, Dash Berlin, Cosmic Gate and countless others. The stage is his first home, having performed at some of the top venues and music festivals across the US, including Escape from Wonderland and the Hollywood Palladium, as well as Los Angeles nightclubs Create and Exchange LA, where he holds a double residency.
With the stage as his castle, the studio is his laboratory, where he grinds out techno and house-laced deep cuts, including his original debut track “Claves & Warps” featuring Tyler Rouse. The track goes hand in hand with his forthcoming single, “Pressurize” again with Tyler Rouse, out this May to create the knockout combo you didn’t see coming.
On the stage and in the studio, Shmitty dominates his craft. You’ll hear it in his sets. You’ll feel it in his music. And when you do, you’ll be in for a ride.
Imagine being part of something that is big and getting bigger. You can literally sense its growth not by rumors or by chance, but by being part of a movement. A movement that meets and likes to party hard at the weekend and then go back to work Monday morning, feeling fulfilled.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you Showtek!
Over the past two years Showtek have become more than an act; it’s a movement, a tribe formed by the producer duo and its fans that is united in its love for music, excitement, artistic freedom and adventure. More than anything else, the tribe is the source of motivation and energy for Showtek and it is their mission to nurture it and help it grow. The music always come first, no amount of success or fame will change that.
We live in exciting times. The dance music revolution is happening right here and Showtek are committed to leading the charge with a sound that is always pushing forward—always riding on the cutting edge. Front row seats on the craziest ride in the scene.
Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, aka Showtek, two brothers from Eindhoven have been making music for over a decade. Two rebels kicking against the shins of establishment, speaking a language the party crowd could believe in. It was in 2012 when they truly exploded onto the global dance scene with the release of ‘Cannonball’. Childhood dreams became reality. Countless new fans joined. New productions got recognized and reached all corners of the planet, following the release of ‘Booyah’; a track that has Showtek written all over it, that it screamed it so loud that everyone sat up and listened, resulting in a top #5 spot in the UK singles chart and their first worldwide major hit! Momentum gaining, hundreds of thousand of fans worldwide have their eyes fixed on anything that is yet to come.
Wouter is the wiz kid perfectionist where ‘good is just never good enough’ and his will to succeed is paramount as he’s always looking for that ‘eureka’ moment. Pair that with his endless love for music, his extensive memory and lust for sports and you have one half of Showtek.
Sjoerd, Wouter’s younger brother and partner in crime is often pointed out as the quiet one, yet with his volcanic character he can transform himself from a mild mannered fashion conscious gentleman into a fearless, crowd controlling MC and entertainer. He’s not one to follow a crowd and is always looking to push Showtek to a place where they will definitely stand out visually and sonically.
Get ready to join the tribe: Here is Showtek!
Master craftsman of melancholic melody and the purveyor of razor sharp edges – he is Simon Patterson.
Famed for 15 consecutive #1’s on Beatport (including 4 in 2013 and 1 already this year) as well as all other reputable stores with tracks like‘The One’, ‘Shadows’ (with Astrix), ‘Brush Strokes’, ‘Northern Lights’, ‘Here and Now’, ‘Latika’, ‘Thump’, ‘Smack’, ‘F-16’, ‘Bulldozer’ and ‘Mood Swing’, Simon Patterson’s production back catalogue is an astonishing list of hit after hit record.
Hit records, from an illustrious decade long career, that retain absolute credibility in both the underground as well as the overground.
After scores of international live shows and over 50 weekly radio broadcasts Simon’s Open Up brand was firmly established in 2013 as the main destination for quality underground trance and techno.
With his own Residency show on BBC Radio 1 about to begin – which is a continuation from his series of In New DJs we Trust broadcasts in 2013 - Simon’s current popularity and position in the UK market is as important and relevant as it is worldwide.
Headlining festivals and clubs all over the world as well as guest appearances at ASOT (400, 450, 600, 650), Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Mayday, Beyond Wonderland, Global Gathering etc Simon Patterson is pioneering a new sound and new clubbing experience that incorporates a fusion of cutting edge audio and visual experience.
Touring extensively in the US every month as well as holding residencies in Los Angeles (Avalon) and New York (Esscala) Simon’s sound is deeply rooted in the US – attracting the masses of kids who now appear to be growing out of the EDM monotony and instead craving something with more depth and soul.
Ladies & gentlemen - each new dawn brings new sounds and new vision…
Psymon says - Open Up – it wants to meet you.
DJ, Producer, Remixer, label boss... For a decade now Graeme ‘Sinden’ has stealthily established himself as one of the leaders of dance music as we know it. Well documented and support collaborations with an array of scene leaders demonstrate the level at which he operates at.
The past few years have seen a busy release schedule for Sinden, collaborative EPs & remixes with AC Slater on his Night Bass label, a 2 track EP with LO’99 for Tchami’s Confessions imprint alongside an album for leading Japanese house label Sushi Records are just a few of many highlights.
On the remix front his production touches are in high demand – his recent reworks for Cause & Affect, David Zowie, Bobby Brackins, Paces and Alison Wonderland to name a few are all still firmly on the USBs of the main DJ players.
Sinden has also partnered with some great brands in the last 12 months further showcasing those production tricks and DJ skills,topping a very busy year off by delivering a performance video for Serato which cemented his status as one of the Electronic Music scenes leading Serato artists.
A full Summer of Touring kicks off in May taking in all the Key US cities with highlights being – Middlelands, Electric Forest & EDC.
Sinden is also helming an exciting new project with Insomniac Records entitled 'House Line' which he has carefully curated and visualized. Taking inspiration from the spirit of no ego ‘music focused’ raves and the enterprising bass bent House and Garage music he pioneered, this compilation kickstarts a new and exciting chapter in an already colorful music career.
Internationally renowned DJ, pioneering producer, label head and artist manager – these are the job titles that summarize SKisM’s illustrious career since blasting onto the dubstep scene in 2009.
As one of the forefathers of heavy dubstep, he has collaborated with and remixed the likes of Flux Pavilion, Excision, Zomboy, Porter Robinson and The Foreign Beggars, whilst his back catalogue of originals is punctuated with classics such as ‘Rave Review’ and ‘Like This’. The seminal concept track ‘Experts’, which was accompanied by the video that infamously rocked the internet in 2012, continues to be referenced as his greatest musical contribution to the genre, and arguably the best music video within it to date.
Known to his peers as the ‘Dj’s Dj’, SKisM’s technical prowess and energy on four decks has cemented his name as one of the busiest and most electrifying DJ’s on the circuit, and has seen him continually tour the globe over the past 5 years. His mixes gain almost as much, if not more attention than his tracks, and his inimitable ‘Double Drop’ style whips dance floors into a frenzy wherever he plays.
As a scene leader, SKisM is constantly pushing things forward through his award winning record label Never Say Die Records. Both the founding father and sole A&R, he has brought some of the most exciting artists in bass music to the masses, such as Zomboy, Eptic, MUST DIE! and rising star LAXX (with whom he collaborated with on his most recent Beatport chart topping single ‘Hostile’).
Poised once again to take things up a notch, 2015 has seen the hugely successful launch of the ‘Black Label’ imprint with the first in a series of XL compilation albums, picked and mixed by the man himself.
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.
Snails is a Montreal-based producer and DJ who pushes a forward-thinking brand of dance music combining trap rhythms, dirty bass lines and off-kilter sound design. His first tracks appeared online in 2012 on Kannibalen Records. Since then he has amassed a burgeoning fanbase of snail-heads and bass- lovers. Recent releases like “Dirty Raxxx”, “RBBR” and “SLUGZ” blend hypnotic melodies, huge drops and mind-bending sample manipulation into a tight, dance- floor friendly package. Snails’ latest track “Wild”, co-produced with Antiserum and released on Skrillex’s Owsla Records, was one of the standout tracks at the 2014 edition of Ultra Music Festival. Having recently signed with Circle Talent, Snails looks primed to bring his unique take on dance music to the mainstream.
House and techno artists Solardo are made up of UK based producers Mark Richards(MRK1) and James Eliot. Mad tech, Viva, Of Unsound Mind, Roush, Kaluki, Lost, Mta, Snatch, Clarisse!
Having previously had a long and deep history in other music genres, Solardo, are now one of the most hotly tipped DJ/production duos in the house and techno scene.
Solardo are carving their own sound in the house and techno market. Their productions have their own unique warm, and high energy sound which have received great support from the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed, Joseph Capriati, Skream, Paco Osuna, B.traits, Monki, Hot since82, Eats Everything, Green Velvet, Dennis ferrer, Adam Beyer, Matthias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace, Steve Lawler, Patrick Topping, Russ Yallop, Claude von stroke, Route 94, Groove Armarda, Denney, Loco Dice, Hector Couto, Detlef, Bontan, Sidney Charles, Sante, Mark Jenkyns, Booka Shade, Leftwing and Kody and Jackmaster to name just a few.
Solardo latest single ‘New Jam’ recently released via Viva, went on to become an Ibiza anthem over the summer. Recently released on the Detlef and Denny’s compiled “Viva Warriors Season 4”, the track received support from pretty much everyone in the house and techno scene.
Solardo have just remixed Nathan Barato’s new single ‘When i do(my thang)feat kid enigma’ which is forthcoming on ‘Kaluki Musik’ which has recently been premiered on Skream’s BBC Radio 1 show.
They also have music coming on Skream’s label ‘Of Unsound Mind’, Mark Jenkyns and Max Chapman’s label ‘Resonance, Riva Starrs label Snatch, Hector Coutos's label Roush, Leftwing and Kody's Lost Records, Chase and status's MTA and underground audio aswell as music on their own label ‘Sola’.
The first single they released named ‘Planet Moog’ via their ‘Sola’ imprint, pricked up the ears of Boiler Room who premiered it on their channel and described them as “Big ambition at work”.
With lots coming from Solardo in the near future, this duo is without doubt the ones to watch in the coming months.
Having spent the better part of the past decade chasing basslines in dank clubs and warehouses all across the United States, the Southern-bred drum & bass artist known as Soothslayer has finally come into her own with her own addictive take on the genre. Known to her friends as Caroline Miller, this die hard junglista originally found her way to the 174 bpm mark via downtempo and trip hop, with well received compositions and productions that fuelled a love for epic atmospheres and wall-trembling basslines.
Having relocated in 2008 from North Carolina to Los Angeles, Soothslayer quickly became a name to be reckoned with as the West Coast scene welcomed her with open arms and she fell in with a like-minded crew of bass lovers. Having represented for some of SoCal's finest, Soothslayer has flexed her skills on the decks for Timeless Drum and Bass, Splat Media's Big Booty Bass, Camp Trip, Outerbass, and Insomniac's own Bassrush crew. Dropping jaws and working the crowd into a frenzy at her first festival debut in 2016 at Nocturnal Wonderland, there's no doubting that Soothslayer has found her calling and is here to slay!
Space Jesus is the feeling you get when you travel through a wormhole in a fresh pair of Jordans. Currently residing in Boulder, CO, Jasha Tull was born in New Jersey and raised on hip hop. With his alarm set to NYC’s Hot 97 throughout elementary school, Jasha started making beats at a young age, and created Space Jesus as a vessel to express his personal experiences through music. With a focus on alien basslines, gangster beats, and future feels, the Spaceman imprints his signature sound onto each genre he graces. After building a reputation for his dynamic live performances, and with appearances at Tomorrowworld, Shambhala, Mysteryland, and beyond under his belt, Space Jesus continues to explore the auditory universe in search of lower frequencies.
TC, otherwise known as Tom Casswell is a producer, DJ and singer hailing from Bristol, UK. Having taken inspiration from the rich culture in his city he began writing music at 16, landing a release on D-Style Recordings with his debut LP 'Evolution' that featured two of his classics, 'Deep' ft. MC Jakes and 'Jump'.
Appearing on Pendulum's 'Hold Your Colour' as a vocalist in 2005, he later went on to sing on Sub Focus 'Follow The Light' and his later collaboration with Culture Shock, 'You Make It Better', was included on the former's 'Torus' album. TC has also developed a name for himself via his infectious bootlegs, dropping hugely popular remixes of the likes of Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and Pharrell Williams.
2013 saw the release of 'Get Down Low' on Skrillex's OWSLA, whilst the following year saw 'Everything For A Reason' snapped up by 3beat and 'Make You Bounce' with DJ Fresh hit Number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.
Having rounded off 2014 with an impressive free download package titled 'The Countdown', January 2015 saw TC and Wilkinson's club ready 'Hit The Floor' land through Ram Records.
Expertly combining slick production with innovative ideas, this year will see TC continue to capture charts, hearts, dance floors and more.
Tiësto is a name that no longer needs an introduction. His name is synonymous with the best of electronic music, and while he is already considered an icon that has not stopped him from continuing his work as an innovator. The Grammy-Award winner has laid down the groundwork for what it is to be a modern-day producer/DJ and is responsible not only for some of the best electronic dance music of all time, but also for inspiring a generation of up-and-coming young artists.
Breaking down barriers and shattering records, Tiësto has racked up the titles to prove his stature. In addition to being nominated for two Grammy’s and winning the award for the first time in 2015, he has been named #1 DJ by Rolling Stone, voted “The Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mixmag, ranked the #1 DJ in the world three times by DJ Mag, and was recently presented with the Edison Pop Oeuvre Lifetime Achievement Award (an honor he shares with David Bowie, Quincy Jones and U2 among others).
After spending decades conquering the house and trance worlds with countless singles and albums, the superstar producer led the charge in helping electronic music crossover into the mainstream with his last album, A Town Called Paradise in 2014. The record saw Tiësto expanding his musical horizons, and in doing so, capturing the attention of the world in a way he had never done before. His single “Red Lights” is now certified gold in the United States, Sweden and Canada, while “Wasted” with Matthew Koma recently went platinum in the United States and is his highest-charting release to date. The album was a taste of what was to come, and in just the last year or so, Tiësto has dropped new tunes with the likes of The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, and pop sensation Natalie La Rose.
These types of collaborations are nothing new for Tiësto, who believes in passing along his success. He has always been one step ahead and actively worked to usher in the next big thing, whether it be a song, a performance, a company, or even another artist. For years now, he has been helping up-and-coming acts in the electronic world find their way with his record label, Musical Freedom. He has been there to help usher in now well-known names like Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens, to name a few. Aside from his label, he also took part in 7Up’s DJing competition “Your Shot.” This unique competition gave aspiring DJ’s the chance to learn the craft and the opportunity to perform alongside Tiësto at Hakkasan and Wet Republic in Las Vegas.
At this point in his career, Tiësto has toured the world countless times, and there are more festivals, venues, and stages that he has played than ones he hasn’t. He has performed for millions at Ultra, Coachella, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Daisy Carnival...and that is to say nothing of the innumerable clubs that he frequents as a headliner. He is one of the elite few DJs in the world that can control a residency in Las Vegas, where he plays at Hakkasan and Wet Republic—the best club and pool party respectively in Sin City.
When it comes to playing shows, Tiësto says that to this day, he is still “addicted to the feeling of DJing.” He loves the interaction with the crowd and the feeling of being able to surprise them. The DJ added that playing live encourages him to challenge himself to make better music and to be a better DJ.
In spite of his hectic tour schedule, residency, and focus on creating new music, Tiësto has not forgotten his roots. He has been a champion of the DJ mix for decades, and in the past few years, his Club Life compilations have become something to look forward to for those in the dance world. 2015 saw him release the most recent edition of the collection, Club Life: Volume Four, New York City, which celebrates the city that never sleeps. The name of the series is shared with the DJ’s popular Sirius XM channel, which has become a go-to for anybody looking for great, breaking dance music. In addition, his weekly radio show is broadcast on 350 stations in 77 countries and has over 35 million listeners.
Tiësto also continues his work as an expert remixer, his talents sought out by some of the biggest names in the world. He has been brought on to rework smash hits for the likes of Beyoncé, Coldplay, Kanye West, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, and many more. In 2015, he won his first Grammy Award for his massively popular remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me.”
Tiësto is keeping busy outside of the studio and off the stage as well. He has become one of the few leaders in the music space that has been able to transition their influence and savvy to other industries. He is an important advisor to tech startups like Splice, Dubset and Doppler, helping to steer the trajectory of success that all three of these companies are enjoying. Even as investments in the music tech world rise, few artists have gotten so involved in creating the changes that the industry is looking for.
Most recently, Tiësto released his completely re-designed mobile app, where fans can consume all things Tiësto including his extremely popular podcast. He has also leant his name and style to a variety of brands. Through current collaborations with T-Mobile and Budweiser and other soon to be revealed efforts in the fashion space, the DJ is helping bring dance music culture to more people than ever before.
In the past two decades, many artists have come and gone but Tiësto remains not only one of the world’s most prolific and enduring artists, but one of music’s top innovators. 2016 will see no deviation from this norm. Even after all that he has accomplished, Tiësto does not see his work as being done. “DJing is my life,” the man isn’t afraid to admit. But more than that, “It’s a lifestyle.”
Avid hardstyle fans already know who TNT are, but this is where you can discover everything about TNT’s history, ethos and unique sound.
The TNT project began back in 2002 when Technoboy and Tuneboy decided to try co-producing. They already knew they enjoyed working together in the studio but, until then, had only produced their own tracks (using their stage names and various aliases). While making a Tuneboy or a Technoboy single sees just the one who puts his name to the track in charge of the serious decision-making, TNT is in every way a joint project. Democratic to the core, TNT records are produced with maximum respect, absolute balance of power… and plenty of fun.
So how do the two fit together, managing to blend not clash? Sometimes there’s a need for compromise but mostly it’s about pooling the ideas of two exceptional artists, and creating new musical strategies they simply wouldn’t have discovered working on their own. TNT is a vehicle for two of Hardstyle’s greatest producers to go beyond the realms of their individual imaginations, opening their minds to fresh possibilities which can take even the guys themselves by surprise. They confess they do frequently argue, but in the end always find a solution they both love. And the unique sounds they manage to achieve with each new track continue to delight their audiences nine years on.
“It’s not 50-50, we both give 100%. That’s what makes our tracks extraordinary” While Technoboy describes his personal sound as “more melodic, with a strong 80s influence”, Tuneboy says his style can often be “more dub and instrumental”. The TNT sound is an eclectic mix of both their passions and strengths: “a synergy of skills and sensitivities converging in one track. That’s the spirit of TNT”. "We enjoy working together on stage as much as in the studio", say the boys, and that’s where they explore their contrasting tastes the most.
When one successfully plays a track the other would never have chosen, the effect of eye-opening surprise is a rich source of creative stimulation. "We love TNT so much, we couldn't resist making it official with the release of an entire album. It's a compilation of new tracks, remixed classics and unreleased edits." So whether in the studio or on stage, TNT will always be, by definition, ... A BOMB!
Head banging, unmistakable locks at large and fist in the air, Tommy Trash is not your stereotypical dance music icon. Armed with an arsenal of his own carefully created anthems, he has rejected the clean-shaven no-nonsense image of many a peer. Tommy’s work hard play hard antics have carved him a unique position in a scene in desperate need of rebels. Outside his party-hard stage presence, the Grammy and VMA nominated producer’s approach to mind-blowing music remains as heartfelt as they come. With Platinum records around the world, singles on labels ranging from Axtone to Fool’s Gold, from Refune to Mau5trap, and from Spinnin’ to Owsla and Boys Noize, every new installment of his diverse, floor-filling productions lay testament to the pride the Aussie takes in his blazing, musical legacy. It’s no wonder that the likes of Rolling Stone and MTV have marked him out as ‘One To Watch’.
From the most prestigious nightspots around the globe and the ever-expanding global festivals that he so seamlessly conquers to the grimiest warehouse parties, there’s no stage too grand or miniscule for him to tailor his adrenaline-fueled sets to. In line with his successive industry triumphs, the road ahead looks set to comfortably accommodate the rare energy and characteristics that Tommy continues to bring to dance music.
Toneshifterz has become the heavy weight and true ambassador of the Australian Hard Dance scene, confirming his status on mainstages both down under (Defqon.1 Festival Australia, IQON) as all over Europe (Decibel Outdoor Festival, Hardbass).
Starting as a duo in 2009 the success came soon with hits like 'Jaydee' and 'Empire of the Sun'. Before long they were signed to the famous Fusion imprint and in 2011 the debut album 'Till Daybreak Meets' was released and Toneshifterz were responsible for the official Defqon.1 Festival anthem 'Psychedelic Wasteland'. 2013 Marked the switch to Brennan Heart's new musical platform 'We R' with the massive single release 'Last Night (feat Chris Madin)' and the follow-up 'Parachutes'.
2013 was also the year in which Elie and Olcay decided to split up as a musical duo and Elie will now continue the act alone. Based in Sydney he will continue to incorporate Australia's best' into the hardstyle scene: energy to jump higher and higher.
Trampa touches down between the murky original signature sound of London Dubstep and the bright new lights of EDM. His earth shattering signature sound has drawn attention from some of the industries leading figures, with his distinctive production currently regarded as some of the “most dangerous” around.
He recently signed an exclusive deal with Dubstep mega label Never Say Die Records after numerous impressive releases through their Black Label series. 2015 saw the release of his debut “Consciousness EP” which topped the Beatport Dubstep chart following its release on the 23rd of February.
Expect huge things for this talent young producer.
Treasure Fingers, the DJ and producer born Ashley Jones has been making it rain in the disco with innovative remixes and original tracks. Jones is far from a new jack, having racked up over a decade of international club experience and studio chops as part of the legendary drum & bass group, Evol Intent. Yet as Treasure Fingers, he’s found a way to merge his diverse influences and deep history into a signature sound, packed with intricate basslines, chopped-up, gritty synth melodies, and party-ready drum breaks. It’s already captured the ears of everyone from Innerpartysystem , Monarchy, Theophilus London and Miike Snow to dance music icons Eric Prydz, Romanthony and Roy Davis JR (all of whom requested the Treasure Fingers remix treatment). His amazing new twist on Disco attracted the attention of such labels as Defected, MOS, Nervous, Hed Kandi and Fools Gold to name a few.
“Cross The Dancefloor” was Treasure Fingers’ debut, an inescapably catchy, vocoder-laced dance gem that two-steps over genre boundaries. The instant classic received support from A-List DJs around the world such as Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Sinden and Kissy Sell Out. He has had 2 more monumental releases since then. First is his Lift Me EP on Defected records. “Lift Me” leads the way with a twisted synth and trigga happy vocal cut session, and that gets combined with the bouncy edge of “It’s Love”. Secondly is Keep Up feat Haley Small on Fools Gold. Four minutes of vocoder funk and throwback freestyle drums that feel right on time thanks to Treasure Fingers’ clever arrangements and candy-sweet vocals. Treasure Fingers has kept the momentum going with heavy touring and official remixes for numerous artists including Avicii & Seb Drums (Around the World), Chromeo (Vice/Atlantic), Estelle (Atlantic), Empire of the Sun (EMI), Kid Cudi (G.O.O.D/Sony), Monarchy (Mercury), N.A.S.A feat Kanye West, Santogold & Lykke Li (Epitaph), Theophilus London (Warner Bros Records) and James Curd (Om) (remix went to #1 on the Beatport Club Chart). A constant favorite on Hype Machine, he has also received amazing support from such blogs as Disco Dust, Boom Boom Chik, Indy Shuffle, Big Stereo and Discobelle to name a few. A new batch of equally funky Treasure Fingers originals & a mix CD are on their way along with tours in North America, Europe, UK, Asia, Australia and South America. These coming after successful tours and gigs with artists Roy Davis Jr, Fake Blood, A-Trak, Chromeo, Laidback Luke, Fred Falke, Felix da Housecat & Benny Benassi, to name a few.
What else would you expect from the A-Town original with the Midas touch, who continues to receive accolades and Radio 1 support from heavy hitters Pete Tong, Annie Mac (with a mini mix under his belt), Kissy Sellout, Jaymo & Andy George, all helping Treasure Fingers launch up, up and away into the future with people getting their smooth house groove on around the globe.
Trippy was born on a cold beach somewhere in northern europe. From an early age he was exposed to beautiful skinnydipping scandinavian women and rnb-music on wack boomblasters, influences you can still hear in his music today. And the charming young tortoise quickly became a true ladies turtle.
One warm summer night in the middle of mating season, Trippy was caught in a fishing net and came aboard a fishing boat from Jersey. Talking his way out of becoming a part of today’s stew, he became friends with the crazy chef Molly which fed him with all sorts of crazy things for her entertainment. It is widely believed that this caused the trippyness of young Trippy.
After many weeks, the fishing boat arrived in Jersey and our hero started his long journey to the other side of the street. On his journey he met many other cool party-animals and together they formed the infamous gang “FoFoFadi Foodchain”. Rumors are that our trippy turtle had terrible pronounciation and the gang was originally called “No More Sardines”.
One day it all changed… Trippy got into a fight with Disco Duck and Disco tossed him into a wall. The sounds the shell made shocked the whole crew. Turtle immediatly called his mother and she confessed his long lost father Roland was indeed… an 808. With his new found roots, Trippy told his friends and family that he wanted to do music. And so he did.
The gang scraped together all the sardines they could get their hands on and traded them for an old squeeky macbook. They now take turns throwing Trippy at the macbook and record the outcome.
In today’s heady climate of bass-fuelled dance music it could easily be argued that producer-DJs are the new rock stars. Climbing into that mould with a pair of schoolboy grins on their faces, The Upbeats have already been playing that role for years. Their anything-goes live performances are renowned for mosh pits, topless dancers (sometimes women) and crowd surfing, while their approach to writing hard-hitting, unique-sounding drum & bass is lauded across the globe.
Nicknamed Terror Snake and Downie Wolf respectively, Jeremy and Dylan are not your average, boring producers. Meeting at school through mutual interests in surfing, skating and ‘being gangly teenagers’ Jeremy had to work hard to pull Dylan into the world of drum & bass. But, armed with a stack of Mickey Finn & Aphrodite mixtapes and an unrelenting attitude, the snake soon overcame the wolf’s natural propensity for rock music and, fortunately for us all, a love of fast breakbeats and low-slung basslines soon followed.
This love soon grew into a passion for creating their own music and by 2001 the pair were balls deep writing their own D&B. Fuelled by New Zealand’s isolation from the rest of the world and its staggering natural beauty, The Upbeats’ unique take on 170bpm+ bass music has seen the duo work alongside scene stalwarts such as Ed Rush & Optical, Bad Company, Hive, Gridlock, Bulletproof, TREi, State of Mind and Noisia while releasing tracks across a plethora of the D&B scene’s most respected record labels.
In the wake of such a prolific impact on the worldwide drum & bass scene, The Upbeats continue to push the boundaries. Working on producing an album for award-winning New Zealand live act Shapeshifter and collaborating with US bass music superstar Bassnectar this is set to be the most exciting season for The Upbeats yet, for precisely one reason: the duo’s forthcoming fourth studio album set to be released on Noisia’s increasingly imperial Vision Recordings.
Amongst the incredible list of singles for legendary D&B outlets like Ram Records, Virus, Commercial Suicide, Subtitles and Lifted Music, and production and remix credits for some of the hottest names around, from MSTRKRFT to the aforementioned Shapeshifter, The Upbeats have displayed where their true strength lies; releasing critically acclaimed, boundary pushing and excitement-inducing long players. From their debut album on New Zealand’s LOOP Recordings through their sophomore offering ‘Nobody’s Out There’ on Bad Taste to 2009’s ‘Big Skeleton’ released on their own Non Vogue imprint, The Upbeats have consistently impressed with a deep understanding of what makes a dance music album great.
Perennially packed with enough energy to rock the floor and backed up with genuine emotion and an infinite capacity to inject a taste of something different into their music, The Upbeats’ albums drag you deep into their own personal world of drum & bass. That’s a world which is infused with the duo’s sibling-like relationship, a propensity for having fun, unusual food combinations at breakfast time and an unnerving amount of insect-based facts. Not only are The Upbeats producers with studio skills, they’ve also got a few things which link them to all the best artists in history; bags of character, endless amounts of fresh ideas and a large dose of friendly rock star attitude.
Valentino Khan makes everything. From hip hop club anthems to dance music hits, Valentino’s production knows no bounds. He has produced hip hop for multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning artists and continues to create his own sound in the electronic music world as an artist.
Valentino Khan has gained the support of artists like Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, and many more noteworthy musicians. In 2015, he produced his original song “Deep Down Low” which recently was named as “Most played track by DJ’s in 2015” by 1001 Tracklists and Sirius XM Radio’s Number 1 Song of 2015 on Atomic Area. Khan’s 2015 was a big year, performing at Ultra Music Festival, Hard Summer & Hard Day of the Dead and releasing collaborations with Flosstradamus, GTA, remixes for Dillon Francis, Axwell & Ingrosso and Zeds Dead.
He currently has a great deal of new singles lined up for release on OWSLA. So far in 2016 you can find him on tour direct supporting Carnage and Jauz with several big festival announcements coming soon! This year brings about a slew of new shows, music, and collaborations that make 2016 Valentino’s biggest year yet.
Vini Vici is the brand new project of Aviram Saharai & Matan Kadosh, both well known & experienced electronic music producers for over a decade. The concept of 'Vini Vici' was formed as an attempt by the boys to express their love for the old school sound paired with their progressive ideas.
'Iboga Records' and 'FM Bookings’, widely considered to be the biggest psy trance label and booking agency, was the first to see the potential of the project and invite them to be part of their well respected family alongside such names as: Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul, Ticon, Captain Hook, Atmos, and the like.
After the huge success of their premier EP 'Divine Mode' and their followup ‘Back Underground’, ‘Expender’, ‘Anything & Everything’, and ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ tracks (All top sellers on ‘Beatport’ and ‘Iboga Records’ charts), produced while massively touring the world non stop - Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Finland, France, India, Denmark, Germany, Unites State, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Australia, Israel… - it's no surprise ‘Beatport’ places them as the #3 Top Artist of 2014 while legendary ‘Infected Mushroom’ named them as one of the best psy trance upcoming artists at the moment, joining the huge wave of supporting dj’s worldwide.
Wondering what is the buzz all about? It’s time to tune in and find out.
There's little doubt of the hype that has been building around Virtual Riot over the last year.
Since signing to Disciple Recordings just over a year ago, Valentin Brunn has really seen his sound go from strength to strength, and with massive players in the game such as Skrillex and Excision regularly playing several of his tracks it's clear that the scene is seriously starting to take notice too.
Something of a rarity, the young German producer has managed to effortlessly combine classically trained musicality with class-leading sound design, creating wide appeal with fans across the genre, yet maintaining a level of authenticity that speaks to the foundations of either extreme. Alongside regular DJ support, Virtual Riot has racked up a vast audience online through his tutorials, fan interaction, and the more melodic side of his work.
His North American debut has been highly anticipated for a while now, and with 2016 just around the corner, we can't wait to see what's in store for him next.
After meeting up back in 2007 Willem van Hanegem & Ward van der Harst came together to form W&W and they haven’t looked back since. The past years this Dutch production and DJ duo have transcend the boundaries of genre and traverse the globe with their music and performances.
Fusing styles and mixing influences, W&W combine the uplifting and melodic elements of trance with the raw intensity of electro and progressiveness of house to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Infectious, rebellious and highly energetic, their list of productions is championed by the likes of Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta and more for its breadth, diversity and massive appeal to multiple audiences.
From their earlier works like the synth-driven ‘Moscow’ and floor pounding ‘Shotgun’, to later projects like ‘Invasion’, ‘Lift Off’, the embodiment of their multidimensional sound, ‘D# Fat’ with Armin van Buuren, the massive ‘Jumper’ with Hardwell, Beatport #1 smash ‘The Code’ with Ummet Ozcan (which became the most played track of Miami Music Week 2013), their chart topping remix of Armin van Buuren’s ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ and the official Amsterdam Music Festival anthem ‘Thunder’, these tracks have more than 10 million plays on Spotify; it’s clear each of the tunes leaving the W&W studio is a sure-shot of dance floor thrill.
But the biggest track of W&W so far was yet to come. The massive hit ‘Bigfoot’ came out in February 2014, became #1 at Beatport, generated many plays at international radio stations and festivals all over the world. And that was only the start of 2014; after ‘Bigfoot’ W&W continued to release hit after hit after hit. In 2015 they continued their success by releasing major tracks like ‘Rave After Rave’ and ‘The One’, a tribute to Whitney Houston, which uses the vocal samples from Whitney’s major hit ‘How Will I Know’.
As DJs, currently #14 in the DJ Mag Top 100, they are also dominating dance floors and festivals around the world. 2015 featured a hugely successful Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference/Ultra weekend with the performance at the main stage at Ultra Miami as a highlight, Ultra worldwide, Tomorrowland, EDC and their ‘Rave After Rave’ summer tour. Their headlining status at the world’s most leading festival and clubs is about to get even bigger.
W&W were the first ever dance music act to perform at a Major League Baseball stadium when they took over Philadelphia Phillies Citizen’s Bank Ball Park for a two-hour set. If that wasn’t enough, W&W continues to prove their status as innovators and tastemakers in the scene by also curating music for their Mainstage Music label, which released tracks from Armin van Buuren, Headhunterz, Dash Berlin, 3LAU, Andrew Rayel, Tritonal, Sick Individuals and many more!
Since October 2014, W&W have their own radio show on SLAM!. Every Friday night, from 23:00 until 00:00, Willem and Ward will rock Dutch airwaves with their show ‘Mainstage’. In this program, the two demonstrate their versatility and play only the best new music. The show has more than 300.000 listeners per week and gets uploaded to Soundcloud plus is available as a Podcast. North American fans can enjoy the show at the biggest radio station in the USA: SiriusXM.
They started 2016 with ‘Arcade’ a new collaboration with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and a vocal solo single ‘How Many’. Next to those their special ‘Festival Mixes’ of Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Adele’s ‘Hello’ have also been doing major damage recently, with the former proving one of the highlights of their killer Ultra Music Festival set in Miami. With over 2.000.000 plays on YouTube, their set has become one of the Top 5 most watched of the entire event.
With the an artistic drive to create music encoded into his DNA, the half Brazilian, half Portuguese Fernando Seca has become a revolutionary electronic musician. After learning to play the violin at the age of six, he hungered for something more; and at the age of thirteen he discovered electronic music.
At seventeen years of age, he decided his sound was ready for the global scene. From this point forward he has been performing at the best parties and music festivals all around the world, along side the most respected pioneers of the psychedelic music scene.
His mature style, and "outside of the box" approach to psychedelic trance music production has gathered him a great deal of praise in the scene; being recognized as a prodigy of electronic music by many artists and labels alike. 'Waio' has become synonymous with high quality, professional studio standard, music production; and has collaborated with many of today's leading psychedelic musicians.
Many of his latest releases including his EP 'Symbolika,' and his single 'How To Psytrance' have reached the top of Beatport music sales charts, and continue to do so today with every new release.
Each live set is created using his own unique software called 'WAIO CONTROL,' based on the Reaktor platform, and made exclusively to enhance his live performances; allowing him to craft each show into a unique, intelligent, psychedelic experience!
Hardstyle/Hard Dance duo from Sweden.
Some artists you recognize from afar. Musicians that have created a unique style of their own, breaking free from current trends to follow a path they paved solely on their own. Wildstylez is one of them. A DJ/producer who has always done what he wants and because of this, with no fear of the unknown, has taken Hardstyle to another level.
A simple matter of daring to be different. Born in 1983 as Joram Metekohy in the small Dutch village of Veenendaal the artist known as Wildstylez knows what hardstyle can do. When he discovered Hardstyle in the early Noughties, an energetic, fraternizing genre that can be brought in different guises. And maybe it’s the different bands he performed in, or just his preference for songs with vocals –but soon Wildstylez is there to present his own brand of Hardstyle.
With Hardstyle becoming more and more influential everywhere, including the burgeoning EDM scene in the US, Wildstylez seems like the designated artist to keep building new bridges between Hardstyle and the other genre’s of music. Nevertheless Wildstylez is an artist with both feet firmly on the ground, remaining loyal to Hardstyle itself whilst working with an open mind, conquering the world in his own special unique way.
Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Ram Records’ Wilkinson. His first insight into making music came aged of 9 when his parents bought him a drum kit. Mark ‘Wilkinson’ joined a few bands playing at venues as far as the Birmingham NEC and as close as the local old peoples home. This swiftly ended at the age of 14 when Wilkinson discovered his passion for dance music. In his final year at college he tried his hand at making beats, leading him to buy his first bits of production gear and turning his bedroom into a studio. A few years and part time jobs later, after driving his family mad with large amounts of bass loosening the brickwork of his house, Mark secured himself a studio not far from his home.
After fine-tuning his production skills, Wilkinson passed a few songs on to Hospital Records via Cyantific, which led to his first release on Hospital's ’ Sick Music 2 compilation. A few months later he sent a folder of tunes to Ram Records and within days received a phone call from Andy C inviting him for a meeting at the Ram HQ.
Fast forward a few years later and Wilkinson, now signed to Ram Records/Virgin EMI is being touted as of of the brightest new stars in dance music. Following his club anthems 'Tonight', 'Take You Higher’, ‘Need To Know’, 'Heartbeat and 'Too Close' and ‘Hit The Floor’ Wilkinson released 'Half Light' charting #20, Dirty Love which peaked at #10 and ‘Afterglow’ which became a top 5 hit on the UK Chart, selling 400,000 copies with 45 million Youtube views. His recent single ‘Hopelessly Coping’ peaked at #23 on the UK Top 40, whilst topping the Shazam and iTunes Electronic charts.
His debut album 'Lazers Not Included' went to number 1 on the iTunes Dance Chart in 10 countries and his tour schedule takes him across the globe. Summer 2014 saw him perform at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, Glastonbury, Wireless, SW4, Reading, Leeds, T In The Park & EDC Vegas. Since then he’s completed his sold out debut UK live tour and embarks on his second world tour including headline live performances on the Radio 1 Dance Stage at Reading & Leeds, supporting Underworld at Pukkelpop and his new summer residency at Amnesia, Ibiza.
Having remixed and collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Chase & Status, Naughty Boy, Wretch 32, Katy B, Laura Mvula and Nero, he recently scooped ‘Best Single’, ‘Best Album’, ‘Best Video’, ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Live Act' at the National Drum & Bass Awards, not to mention the VEVO Viewers Award at the MVA’s.
Look out for his second album in 2016!
While others are restrained by genre association Will Atkinson runs free, refusing to conform or be pigeon holed. Is he tech, trance, techno, electronica, progressive, experimental.....? He is all of them – and so much more.
And it’s this ambidextrous talent that has been the driving force behind Will’s vast appeal and subsequent ever-growing army of passionate fans the world over. The video for his recent single “Pat Butcher” (Beatport number 1 for 3 weeks) generated 1.6 million views in 48 hours – so to say this exciting young uber talent is on fire right now, would be something of an understatement.
Will Atkinson is an entity that congers up futuristic soundscapes for the jilted generation. Responsible for over 100 BBC Radio 1 airplays and 6 Beatport number 1s the kid that began mixing records at the age of 7 has certainly come of age.
It’s no wonder therefore that with this level of hype that the BBC have now asked Will to join their illustrious Radio 1 line up, as one of their new residents presenting a series of monthly shows that kick off in July of this year.
Will’s discography is quite simply a long list of hit records. “Pat Butcher”, “Victims”, “Numb The Pain”, “Subconscious”, “Mesmerize” (ft Rowetta from The Happy Mondays), “The Gamer Changer”, “Fresh Meat”....... all genre defining, chart topping, iconic titles that set the bar uncomfortably high for Will’s peers to try and follow.
Having released on all of the scene’s coolest labels including Subculture, Kearnage, FSOE, Spinnin’, Armada, Perfecto Fluoro and Vandit - the demand for Will’s production skills is truly rampant.
His tour schedule reads like a catalogue of the coolest festivals and clubs in the world with a residency at Cream Ibiza 2016 and regular peak time slots at EDC Vegas, EDC Mexico, Dreamstate all over the US, Beyond Wonderland, Creamfields, Luminosity, BAT Buenos Aires, Subculture Australia, Earthcore, ASOT and many more.
Today Will joins the elite VII collective to launch a brand new record label that promises to push the boundaries of cutting edge electronic insanity. His monthly Mainline Radio show is fast becoming a soundcloud sensation with tens of thousands of loyal listeners tuning in each month to hear what’s hot in Will’s world.....
At long last a new headliner of genuine substance and quality is born.
Similar to many artists Will Clarke’s sonic palette comes his experiences and influences from home and afar. The roots of his sound stem from both his home town of Bristol, and his seasonal home in Ibiza, which have forged Will’s style; a style that fuses the best of Bristol’s bass elements with the upfront house music sensibilities of the white isle.
Having started on his path of 4/4 discovery at a young age Will’s early career defining moment was gaining a residency at Kanya in Ibiza, where he was able to hone his skills day and night in front of the Ibiza crowd, and his DJ peers, gaining fanbase and respect along the way. Will explains “Playing in Ibiza felt natural straight away. I get on and work well there, it fits, it’s my second home.”
Cutting into the DJ circuit is no mean feat, but the cream rises to the top, so whilst Will is busy DJing at an ever growing list of clubs he’s also getting prestigious gigs at clubs like Space and MOS. Along side these gigs Will has also be building his own club brand Cut a Rug. Holding regular parties at Motion in Bristol Cut A Rug have hosted the likes of Visionquest, Carl Cox, Boys Noize, Zombie Disco Squad and Hauswerks, with whom Will has been able to support on the decks, a job which is natural to him. Outside of the UK Will has been booked for his debut Australian tour towards the end of the summer. Along with trips back and fourth to NYC and not forgetting Ibiza during this summer.
Yet whilst DJing and promotion have been building well for Will, his real strengths lie in the studio. Having been committed to his studio for many years he also undertook a music production course that have seen him made rapid progress in a short time with releases on labels such as Anabatic, Exploited, Southern Fried, No Brainer along with the launch of his new label Cut A Rug. Some of Will’s recent releases has had support from the likes of Jamie Jones, Mista Jam, Hannah Wants with plays on Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra.
Talking of his approach to productions Will says “I make music for clobbers, not DJs. I sample a lot of old school rave tracks from the 90s, with 21st Century production techniques.” Then add those little influences from Bristol and Ibiza and you will understand why Will’s music holds such a broad appeal and is often supported by fellow DJ’s such as Justin Martin, Seth Troxler, Ardlander, J.Philip, Worthy, T.Williams, Waifs & Strays, Pezzner and Miguel Migs.
Will Clarke is a talented, skilled, young producer who is making strides in the dance music business with his own sound and now his own label / events. He has an impressive list of quality productions and remixes that is growing month by month and a great track record at his residencies and guest gigs. You know you can trust him to come up with the goods.
At 23 years young, Will Sparks has cemented his position at the forefront of the globally loved Melbourne sound. Countless original productions have spent weeks inside the Beatport top 10 in addition to signature remixes of global hits such as Major Lazer’s ‘Be Together’, Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Selfie’.
In his home country he was voted ‘Breakthrough Artist Of The Year’ only to be named the #1 DJ in Australia just 12 months later – fast forward a few years and Will has been listed as #78 in the DJ MAG ‘Global Top 100 DJs’. Now expanding his horizons, Will Sparks is spreading like wildfire with recent festival appearances on some of the biggest stages in the world including Tomorrowland, Stereosonic, TomorrowWorld and EDC as well as touring from continent to continent, 11 months of the year and hitting the 650k Facebook fans milestone.
Since his genre-defining track, ‘Ah Yeah!’ hit #3 on the Beatport overall charts at the tail end of 2012, Will Sparks has become unstoppable, hit after hit. Producing original tracks like ‘Catch’, ‘When The Lights Go Out’ and ‘This Is What The Bounce Is’ he garnered the attention of global heavyweight dance label Ultra Records. In the past 3 years alone, he has seen more achievements than most artists see in an entire lifetime.
Will Sparks has been named one of Billboard Magazine’s most exciting young talents as well as landing himself a residency at XS Las Vegas, a gig at Jay-Z’s ‘Made In America’ festival, a headlining spot at Paradise Ibiza as well as a set at the world’s biggest Electronic Dance Music festival, Tomorrowland.
His SoundCloud page is testament to his phenomenal influence as a producer, racking up millions of plays on a single release alone. With a debut album under his belt including collaborations with some of the biggest names in dance music, Will Sparks is one superstar who is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
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.
With a spectacular desire to succeed, DJ Zatox has launched a series of hits in rapid succession since the beginning of 2009. Before he started his revolution, Zatox was already responsible for a sensational series of hit records also with the alias "Wild Motherfuckers" with DJ Tatanka. Their "Fothermucker" became an unofficial anthem for the edition of Defqon.1 Festival 2007, but it was the anthem of Hard Bass 2011 that made the duo, a trademark of quality, creativity and energy, also demonstrated by the tracks “Wildest” and “We Don’t Care (President mix)”. Two other excellent business cards for Zatox are undoubtedly his mega hit "My Life" and his own hosting at Thrillogy 2012, where we saw him star for a whole night. This led to launching his own label "Unite Records” in 2013, proof that Italian Power still rules the international hardstyle scene.
Gradually building his imperium, he reached a summit where he realized that it was the right moment to translate his talents into an album: on the 14th of November, a ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’ will take over; a movement bound to change the landscape of the harder styles forever. Calling out to all revolution-minded souls to break with consumerism, disregard the media and to look forward. On ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’, ZATOX showcases the versatility that he stands for as a producer, mastering both the craft of the melody and the raw kick. Next to a number of smashing solo tracks and remixes, the two discs include a lot of fresh and unique collaborations like "Back In The Days" with Brennan Heart, "Violent" with Mad Dog and "Extreme" with Dave Revan.
Embrace the future of the hard sound.
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.
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