EDC New York 2016
East Coast to the bone, 23 year old deejay/producer 4B is relentless in his pursuit of aggressive vibey club perfection. Since his first release ‘Bomboclat’ premiered on BBC Radio 1extra’s Diplo & Friends mix, 4B has been wow-ing all the heavy-hitters in the industry, receiving track support from Skrillex, DJ Snake, Diplo, Tiesto, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Carnage and many more. 4B knew his career was about to get moving when DJ Snake introduced him to Diplo as “the next big thing with the hottest s**t in the streets”. Following up with a slew of original releases on Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, he quickly solidified himself as one of the most exciting new artists in dance music.
Making it his mission to channel explosive energy into ever-refined productions, 4B’s come a long way since writing his first beats on a high school lunch table in Westfield, New Jersey. His dynamic remixes, including one of Fetty Wap’s ‘My Way’ with Flosstradamus, have garnered millions of plays and praise from all of the major dance publications. His latest release ‘Pop Dat’ was the single most played song on the Mad Decent Boat Party and went on to become the quintessential winter booty-dropping anthem of 2015. It spent weeks on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, where it recently peaked at #6.
As 2016 sets in, 4B continues to push the limits with his music. Upcoming releases find him incorporating a new down-tempo sound into his signature Jersey Club roots. While remaining at the forefront of innovative production, fans can also still count on him to supply them with his recognizable club anthems.
One of the hottest acts in electronic music right now, ADVENTURE CLUB (Christian Srigley and Leighton James) has been a tireless source of banging remixes, uplifting summertime anthems, infectious DJ mixes, and explosive live shows since the duo’s musical trip took off in 2010. At the pace these guys move and with the release of their debut EP Calling All Heroes (BMG)—which hit #1 on the iTunes Dance Album chart in the US and Canada, as well as ranked over 10 HypeM #1 hits—there’s no time to stop for a breather.
ADVENTURE CLUB is a production outfit specializing in meshing dubstep’s chainsaw synths with delicate vocals and surprisingly upbeat melodies, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs. They’ve remixed the likes of Brand New, Thrice, Alexisonfire and Metric, just to name a few, while stunning listeners with their collaborations such as “Rise & Fall” with Krewella. One of their most favored remixes is of Malaysian songstress Yuna’s “Lullabies,” which was used in the opening sequence of Ultra Music Festival’s 2013 aftermovie.
Prior to that in 2011, ADVENTURE CLUB scored the opportunity to film a video for their remix of Lips’ “Everything to Me.” For it, the two outfitted themselves in red and blue action hero outfits, armed themselves with samurai swords, and battled an army of cardboard cutout monsters. The video racked up more than 2 million views on UKF Music’s dubstep YouTube channel. ADVENTURE CLUB has been brandishing their primary-color superhero aesthetic ever since, naming their popular mix series as well as their current national tour Superheroes Anonymous.
Performing live has actually become a big part of life for ADVENTURE CLUB. Over the course of the past couple years, the duo has appeared at Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo, just to name a few, and crisscrossed the country on multiple US tours. They’ve added an arsenal of visual effects and LED panels for their current Superheroes Anonymous tour in support of their Calling All Heroes EP. The duo’s four-track EP is its most expansive yet. On it, Christian and Leighton team again with Yuna as the emotional heft of her voice soars over hands-in-the-air bass beats on lead single “Gold.” (This collaboration with Yuna also garnered Adventure Club another significant festival promo spot as the lead track on Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas’ 2014 announcement trailer). Later, they apply their dark, haunting low end with heart-wrenching melody, and an anthemic electro-house rhythm with “Thunderclap.” The EP also includes “Crash,” as well as “Wonder,” which has the pair teaming up with Australian producer the Kite String Tangle.
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…
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Currently Living: NYC
Origin of Name: I came up with the name after I made a few songs and wanted to release them under a new alias. I wanted a name that would fit the vibe of the new music I was making, but also would still be cool. It really just came to me in the moment.
Weapon of Choice: For producing, Logic Pro 9 all day. Or a laser chainsaw—that’d be dope.
Source of Power: My parents, funk music, corny movies and everything around me I guess.
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.
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?
The underdog mentality that has kept a chip on Bixel Boys’ shoulder might soon be a thing of the past. After playing an array of what can be loosely defined as ‘dance’ tunes at mega festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas (Twice), HARD Summer, Something Wicked and IleSoniq as well as headlining some of the worlds best clubs such as Exchange and Sound (LA), The Mid (Chicago), Webster Hall, Verboten, Slake (NYC), and Grand Central (Miami). They have also done featured mixes for Thump’s MIXED BY, Nina Las Vegas’s Triple J mix, Discobelle, Nest HQ and Power 106’s Powertools. When they touched down for an Australian tour as complete celebrities, they knew it was time to shed the underdog mentality and strive for something bigger.
Witnessed through their diverse releases on labels like Sweat It Out!, Armada, Dim Mak, Main Course, and Nervous, Bixel Boys have dabbled in everything from experimental bass music to bouncy house jams, along with 70’s rock, 90’s hip hop and Berlin techno. With support from A-Trak, Fedde Le Grand, RL Grime, TJR, MakJ, Treasure Fingers, The Crystal Method, What So Not, as well as an iconoclastic mantra, #FREELIFE, as the backbone of their movement, Bixel Boys are not only a force behind the decks and in the studio, but also in the community.
Their #FREELIFE Jersey has been seen on Lil Jon, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, TJR, Cashmere Cat, Mat Zo, What So Not, Anna Lunoe, Ookay, Adventure Club, Baauer, MakJ and countless others. #FREELIFE, in essence, is the driving force behind the age-old belief of self expression—living free. Since the official release of the jersey early October 2014, the response has been extraordinary. The high demand for a publicly purchasable version led the Boys to offer it up for sale, where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Camp Kesem, a charity that throws week long camp sessions for kids whose parents are losing their battle with cancer. Over 1,000 orders were received on the first day.
Whether it is through their tunes, tees or big hearts, you will undoubtedly come across the budding superstars, fashion impresarios, and philanthropists, LA’s Bixel Boys this year.
With releases on staple electronic labels including OWSLA, MAD DECENT and SLOW ROAST RECORDS, as well as two, Top 10 albums on the iTunes dance charts, all within the span of a year; BRILLZ should be called the rookie MVP of the Bass Music game.
Turning heads with his trapped-out blend of hip-hop and EDM, Brillz's interest in music stems from his history in the dance music scene. Introduced through the dance itself, Brillz was a founding member of a dance crew called Liquid Pop Collective before producing and DJing. The group would hold events on the East Coast, merging the dance styles of funk and hip-hop with the rave culture dance “Liquid”. As he progressed into production, these themes would carry through as a foundation of Brillz's aesthetic.
After releasing a handful of tracks, it was a KILL THE NOISE's “Roots” remix on SLOW ROAST RECORDS that really established him in the producer world. From there things took off. His next release was a two- track collaboration with DIPLO on MAD DECENT RECORDS. The EP featured the track “Swoop,” which was supported by a number of impactful DJs including SKRILLEX, KTN, 12th PLANET, A-TRAK, ZEDS DEAD, BASSNECTAR, FLOSSTRADAMUS, DILLON FRANCIS and many more.
A remix of ZEDD’s “Clarity” was his next hit. The track premiered with BBC RADIO 1XTRA – one of the UK’s most popular and cutting edge stations. Following the release, requests started piling up.
Soon after, BRILLZ made a bold move within the DJ scene – he released a full-length album. “I wanted to do a full-length,” explains BRILLZ. “I think like a painter or a fashion designer – I wanted to created a body of work and I wanted to make an impact.” The album was titled TWONK. What is TWONK? As BRILLZ so simply puts, “Twonk is a human weirdo, and twonk team is the movement of the weirdos. Twonk is about creativity, it’s about individuality, it’s about being weird... it’s about self expression.” The album broke into the Top 10 Dance chart on iTunes. The Twonk remix album, Re-Twonked, was released in December and landed in the Top 5 on the iTunes Dance Chart. The album featured remixes from BRO SAFARI & UFO, JACK BEATS, LOUDPVCK and more.
BRILLZ has also released a handful of remixes recently, including a remix of JAY-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulders,” which was featured on JAY-Z’s blog Life and Times; a remix of JACK BEATS’ “About To Get Fresh,” which was released on OWSLA; and a remix of KILL THE NOIZE’s “Talk To Me.” While constantly working on new material, BRILLZ is on the road with dates all across Europe, confirmations at Ultra Music Festival, Sunset Festival and a bunch of US dates. 2014 will also see the launch of the TWONK clothing line.
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.
Caspa: You know the name... Now know the facts.
A global force in dubstep, his commitment and creativity is coded deep into the scene’s earliest framework: the Dopest Ghost In Town was hard at work long before the seismic cultural explosion in the late 2000s. Long before dubstep even had a name.
We need to rewind to 2003.
Back then west Londoner Gary McCann was representing England as a basketball player. When his sports career was stopped abruptly by an injury he shifted his focus fully to beats and applied the same pro attitude. Under the name Quiet Storm he fully immersed himself in the most exciting, creatively daring and technical benchmark setting underground musical movement since jungle... Which was the genre that turned him on to electronic music in the first place.
Endless ground-breaking, scene-shaping manoeuvres have followed in every aspect of his career: As a DJ he was a key figure on pioneering pirate station Rinse FM during the early 2000s, he’s been the support act of choice for the mighty Prodigy in 2012 and 2013 and was booked by Pete Tong as the first dubstep DJ to play in Ibiza in 2009.
As a producer not only has he remixed the biggest names in the widest realms of electronic music (Depeche Mode, Deadmau5, Buraka Som Sistema, Swedish House Mafia and many more) but he was also the first dubstep producer to officially remix a US rap artist (Ludacris – ‘How Low Can You Go’). Meanwhile as a label owner he’s been responsible for signing the debut productions by fellow bass titans Rusko, Emalkay and N-Type.
These are just a handful of highlights. Other massive achievements fire from all directions: Alongside Rusko he delivered the world-renowned ‘Fabriclive 37’ album – the first ever commercially released dubstep mix, it’s regarded as the genre’s authoritative blueprint and influenced an entire generation of young artists. His three imprints – Storming Productions, Sub Soldiers and Dub Police – have amassed a repertoire of over 500 tracks and 11 albums from some of the most exciting names in the game. Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2014, Caspa has developed Dub Police to become one the most consistent brands in the genre. Be it through its global events or its constant mission to represent and nurture the finest international talent, the label has scored so much respect that to many fans Dub Police is dubstep.
As a producer Caspa’s clout is equally boundary breaking... His genre-smelting remix of TC’s ‘Where My Money’ was the first moment dubstep infected other genres and forged the concrete link between dubstep and drum & bass. His incendiary hype-raiser ‘War’ with The Prodigy’s Keith Flint took dubstep to stadium-shattering new levels while his BBC Radio 1-supported Mr Hudson hook-up ‘Back For The First Time / Love Never Dies’ was a key moment in the relationship between dubstep and daytime radio playlists.
Over the course of two albums (2009’s ‘Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening’ and 2013’s ‘Alpha Omega’) and countless singles, his distinctive, uncompromising heavyweight approach refuses to follow trends or kowtow to commercial expectations. His heart forever beating to an underground drum, Caspa is one of the few original dubstep producers who refuses to flip flavours for fickle trends. Whether you’re vibing to his earliest genre-defining cuts such as ‘Rubber Chicken’ and ‘Cockney Violin’ or you’re bouncing off the walls to the brutal beauty of ‘Champion Skank’ you’ll know this: Caspa is passionately dubstep, through and through... As you’ll see when he drops his brand new material in late 2014!
This unique attitude is also represented through his dedicated work as a DJ. A consummate selector behind critically acclaimed mixes such as the agenda- setting ‘Fabriclive 37’, the launch of Dub Police’s own ‘My Style’ collection and his own ‘Dubstep Sessions’ series – he’s notorious for packing dubs so exclusive most DJs would happily sell their teeth for them.
All arenas, all territories.... His fast-paced style has enthralled crowds from Kazakhstan to Kuala Lumpur via every possible well-known festival in the world including Sonar where he played to over 60,000 ravers between Dizzee Rascal and The Chemical Brothers. And Cape Town Electronic Music Festival where he extended his trip to spend time in the townships, passionately sharing some of his musical techniques.
Yet no matter how many large the crowds are, or how high profile the international shows are, Caspa has never lost the connection with his underground club roots. In the past he’s taken his own 70,000 watt PK soundsystem to venues so he could guarantee the perfect sonic dynamics his music should be experienced at... And his unique 500 tour concept – forthcoming in autumn 2014 – is equally devoted to the true roots of dubstep culture.
The ground-breaking, scene-shaping manoeuvres continue... Deep into his second decade and Caspa continues to remain a global force in dubstep. More committed and more creative than ever before, he is constantly looking to take his sound, his label, his artists and his skills to untold new levels.
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Chris Lake taps into a singular spirit evocative of dance music’s golden age by infusing funked-out grooves and natural instrumentation into decidedly modern house. It’s a sonic aesthetic that instantly incites movement and has established him as a trailblazer in the electronic dance music world. That perspective also set the stage for his forthcoming full-length debut available on Ultra Music in 2014.
At 14 years old, the multi-instrumentalist discovered progressive house music, and his life completely changed with the purchase of a synthesizer. His hobby became a profession shortly thereafter. Lake soon went from releasing much talked-about remixes to dropping dancefloor bangers. “Changes” broke the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart in 2006, while “Carry Me Away” (featuring Emma Hewitt) dominated the same chart a year later. He followed those two early successes with the Top 10 singles “Only One” and “If You Knew,” effectively breaking into the North American market.
Performing for packed audiences across the globe, Lake was signed by Ultra Music in 2012, and he went on to collaborate with the likes of Lazy Rich on “Stand Alone” featuring Jareth and Steve Aoki and Tujamo on the 2013 hit “Boneless.” Meanwhile, “Helium,” another collaboration with Jareth and wife Gita Lake, effortlessly transcended aural boundaries with its ethereal electronic hum, guitar twang, and unshakable refrain. After three years, he perfected the track.
Then, there’s the single “Squeak,” which encapsulates his enigmatic style and embraces that classic spirit tighter. It fuses funk, electro, melodies and breakdowns into a “groovy” hybrid evocative of Lake’s singular sound.
As a result, the best way to meet Lake is to fall into his body of work. Like all timeless music, it’s meant to be an escape, transcending eras, scenes and ages.
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.
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.
This is Dada Land. Get ready to arrive beautiful and leave ugly. There are no rules but the rules of Dada. Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. And whatever you do: Don't trust us.
The breakthrough for Dash Berlin came in early 2007 with 'Till the Sky Falls Down'. The track shot to the top of the Trance charts worldwide, due in part to Armin van Buuren including it in the third chapter of his acclaimed “Universal Religion” mix album. Van Buuren subsequently signed Dash Berlin to the Armada Music label.
Dash Berlin won the IDMA award for the track 'Waiting' in the category ‘Best High Energy Track’ and was nominated three times at the International Dance Music Awards, during the WMC in Miami in 2009. His tracks “Waiting” featuring Australian singer Emma Hewitt and 'Man On The Run' (a collaboration with fellow Armada artists Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren) were both nominated that year in the category ‘Best Trance Track’. In Armin van Buuren’s popular radio show ‘A State of Trance’, the 'Waiting' single was elected by the audience to the second best Trance track of the year in 2009. The music video was shot in Rotterdam and gained over twenty million views on YouTube.
In 2010, Dash was nominated for the ‘Best European DJ’ at the IDMA’s and entered the DJ Mag Top 100 poll at number 15. He won the DJ Mag Top 100 Award for ‘Highest New Entry’, during the Magazine’s ceremony at the Ministry Of Sound in London, hosted by Boy George. Dash beat other famous Dutch DJ’s such as Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, and Ferry Corsten as the highest Dutch entry till date.
On October 20th, 2011, DJ Mag announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll for the very first time in Amsterdam, with Dash Berlin placed at #8 in the world.
In 2012, Dash received a nomination for ‘Best Trance Track’ at the IDMA’s for his track with Jonathan Mendelsohn entitled 'Better Half Of Me'. October 2012: In Mexico Dash Berlin was nominated for a prestigious ‘Lunas Award’ in the category Electronic Music among other artists such as Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Sasha, and others. Later that month, Dash reached number 7 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, making him the second most popular Trance DJ in the world, right after his mentor Armin van Buuren. In December 2012, Dash Berlin was nominated for a ‘Tunisia Music Award’, Africa’s biggest award show till date.
In 2013, Dash Berlin remixes 'Find You' for Zedd and 'Apollo' for Hardwell. February 2013: Dash Berlin headlined the Ultra Music Festival in Chile and the Ultra Music Festival in Buenos Aires together with Avicii, Carl Cox, and Armin van Buuren. The 2013 EDC Week was officially opened by Dash and closed with a legendary sunrise set at EDC Las Vegas. In 2013, Dash Berlin received a nomination for the ‘Best Trance Track’ at the IDMA awards for his single ‘When You Were Around’ featuring British singer Kate Walsh. Late 2013 also saw Dash Berlin release the fourth installment of ‘United Destinations’, a series that showcases the best tunes in the world of D.B. April 2013: Dash Berlin wins two EMPO awards in the categories 'Best Trance DJ' and 'Best Album'. Later that year, Dash received a nomination for 'Best Trance DJ' and 'Best Trance Track’ at the IDMA’s for his track with Alexander Popov & Jonathan Mendelsohn entitled 'Steal You Away'. Dash Berlin was the first DJ to be announced for Armin van Buuren's 'A State Of Trance 600' event in 2013. Dash played at ASOT Den Bosch, ASOT Mexico City, ASOT Minsk, ASOT Sofia, ASOT Beirut, and ASOT Guatemala.
As a true icon of the electronic world, Dash Berlin is no stranger to the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Having comfortably secured a place in the treasured Top 10 for the past three years, there is no doubt that Dash is at the very top of his game.
In 2014, the 2014 EDC Week was officially closed again by Dash with another legendary sunrise set at EDC Las Vegas. Dash Berlin announced his highly anticipated album 'We Are' which is now available for pre-order on iTunes. June 2014: Dash was the first DJ to play at the legendary Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In August 2014 Dash Berlin headlines the east stage on the Sunday of the massive Electric Zoo festival in New York together with Skrillex and Diplo. Dash Berlin is nominated for a 2014 Ibiza DJ Award.
In 2015, Dash Berlin secures for the sixth year in a row a top 15 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll.
David Guetta has played a pivotal role in turning dance music into the chart-topping juggernaut it is today. His impact has been impossible to ignore, or to underestimate. He can be considered among the elite group of super-producers whose sound is synonymous with an era – such as Trevor Horn, Rick Rubin or Dr Dre.
With his landmark new album, Listen, Guetta is announcing the end of that era – and signposting the way to the next. The electronic-dance-music (EDM) sound he pioneered rules the world. A surging, smiley fun-gasm that rose the same time as the world economy crashed, EDM gave pop culture a huge shot of optimism and escapism. But, ever the tastemaker, Guetta is ahead of the curve. “I needed to create a new sound,” he says. “Music is all about cycles, about action and reaction, and there has been a reaction to EDM becoming the new pop. Listen is completely different to anything I’ve done before.”
Listen has been three years in the making – in the studio in London, LA and Ibiza, where Guetta lives; as well as out on the road. Composing on the hoof has become stock-in-trade for superstar DJ-producers, writing beats on their laptops jetting between exotic locations; and Guetta has been no exception (he has residencies at XS and Encore in Vegas, Ushuaia and Pacha in Ibiza, and DJs to millions around the world each year). Now he is doing things differently: “I used to always make beats first, then write the songs. This time I spent much more time in the studio, and started with the piano, or guitar, and the voice. I started from the song – not the beat.”
Listen is a sophisticated, varied and emotional collection of classic songs. It’s not all peaks and pool parties – there are moments of uncertainty and introspection – though, this being a Guetta album, it still sounds like a good time. The fat and funky opener, Dangerous, featuring the previously unknown Sam Martin, sets the bar in terms of quality – a slow-tempo disco groover, propelled by warm analogue bass, Eighties synths, Chic-style guitar and orchestral string arrangements. (It is the current single; Jonas Akerlund has directed the video).
“Of course it’s amazing to work with famous people,” says Guetta, whose long list of collaborators includes Rihanna, Madonna, Usher and Snoop Dogg. “But the reason behind their fame is their talent. So if I find talented people like Sam who are not famous, it’s equally amazing to put the spotlight on them. It’s like being a DJ, which is about pleasing people but also about making them discover new sounds.”
Next on Listen comes Emeli Sandé, on anthemic form on What I Did for Love – singing acapella at the piano a full 90 seconds before the beat kicks in: “It hurts, but I remember every scar/But I’ve learnt that living is the hardest part.”
On what he learnt from making the album Guetta says “I spent way, way more time on songwriting. It's probably my most personal album. Until today I was doing lots of songs about happiness and love and sexiness and just having a party – it was basically my life, you know? And lately, my personal life has been a little more difficult, so it reflects also on the album, on the things that we're talking about, on the type of chords. I've never done this, because even for me it was all about making the people dance.”
Musically, Listen is Guetta’s most ambitious work yet – a blend of live instrumentation and precision-programmed technology. “I’ve used lots of classical orchestras,” says Guetta, “I wanted it to be epic and cinematic.” Key to helping him achieve this has been his co-producer, the classically trained Dutch composer Giorgio Tuinfort, who has worked with Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. “I met him working with Akon – we get along so well we finally decided to partner on this record.”
Tuinfort is a constant presence, but, as with Guetta’s previous albums, Listen is a series of genre-bending collaborations – with each performer bringing their absolute A-game. These include John Legend deftly blending acoustic soul with electronic production on the title track; Ms Dynamite and the Swedish rapper Elliphant on the volcanic reggae-house hybrid No Money No Love; the Script turning Goodbye Friend into an almighty indie-dance crossover; Sam Martin again on Lovers on the Sun – the first single (31m YouTube hits and counting); Nicki Minaj on the speaker-mashing Hey Mama. Also: Nico & Vinz, Sia, Bebe Rexha, Skylar Grey, co-production from Avicii, Afrojack, Nicky Romero… the list goes on.
It was in 2009 that Guetta, a successful DJ and dance-music producer with three albums and a residency in Ibiza, became a pop trailblazer. He did it by fusing dance music with urban on his fourth album – his first in terms of mainstream success – One Love. By teaming up with some of the biggest names in hip hop and R&B, and reinventing their sound for the dancefloor, Guetta created pop alchemy. The ensuing hits – such as I Gotta Feeling (with Black Eyed Peas) and When Love Takes Over (with Kelly Rowland) and Sexy Bitch (with Akon) – propelled him to superstardom. They also set a new template for the sound of commercial radio, especially in the US. This was instrumental in turning EDM into the biggest youth-quake since hip hop.
“I’d always felt frustrated: why were radio stations not playing dance music? Why was the media not giving us more attention, when hundreds of thousands of young people are coming to hear us every weekend? I desperately wanted to get to where we are now… I guess these records did this.”
Milestones and accolades for One Love included: 3m album sales and topping the album charts in 17 countries; 15m single sales; 2 x Grammy wins – and a further six nominations; and more wins at the NRJ Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and the World Music Awards.
In 2011, Guetta’s fifth album, Nothing but the Beat, scaled even greater heights – with 4m sales and another avalanche of hits, including the almighty global hit Titanium (feat. Sia), with its dark theme of alienation and exclusion: “My first step towards changing my sound.”
It’s easy to forget it hasn’t always been this way – he used to promote raves in his native Paris with nothing more than photocopied flyers. Guetta’s need to communicate with his audience led him to become a prolific early adopter of social media – he has a colossal 57m Facebook likes, 17m Twitter followers and is the most-followed artist on Spotify.
His huge online audience has helped him to become an effective goodwill ambassador for Unicef – donating free music and generating Twitter traffic for their “The World Needs More…” campaign. He is also one of the brains behind Dubset, the genius new music platform on which DJs can upload and share mixes – and which pays royalties to the artists featured.
So how does Guetta sum up his new direction? “I’ve had to be honest with myself. Did I want to make another record about ‘It’s Saturday night – let’s forget everything, spend some money and have a good time’? I’ve done that. Now I just want to make music that comes from my heart and soul – I don’t want to write songs like that if it’s not how I feel.”
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.”
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s path from celebrated DJs to dominating the electronic music scene has been a constant, upward trajectory. From becoming the first ever duo to win the World #1 DJ’s crown at the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll in 2015, the twosome continued to stand strong and remain relevant amongst the ever-changing landscape of modern dance music, as for 2016 they remain in the Top 2 for the 3rd year in a row.
Whether wreaking havoc across Europe, Asia, Australia, North or South America, ripping up the music charts with immense studio releases, cutting huge remixes for the A-list elite or playing their part in the incredible rise of the Belgian mega-festival Tomorrowland, the award-winning brotherly duo have now become the leading lights in the new wave of not only international dance music currently taking the planet by storm.
Picking up heavy support from top industry figures like Apple’s Beats 1’s host Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Danny Howard, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have fast become one of the go-to acts for major recording artists from remixing Lady Gaga, over to scoring edits for everyone from Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, Ne-Yo and plenty more.
Their electrifying live combination of DJ sets and crowd-busting MCing has propelled them towards party notoriety, scooping the hotly contested ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ award at the 2013 International Dance Music Awards (IMDAs) and back-to-back ‘Best European DJ’s’ awards in 2014 & 2015, the pair also later won 'Best European DJ’ & 'Best Artist Group' in the 2016 edition of the IDMA’s. The brothers won ‘Best Global DJ’ at the 2015 edition of the EMPO TV awards in Mexico and repeated the triumph again in 2016, as well as winning ‘Best Big Room’ and ‘Best Music Video’ for their unmissable music video The Hum. They’ve also since been two-time winners of the MTV EMA for ‘Best Belgian Act’ as now-classics including ‘The Hum’, ‘Mammoth’, ‘Tremor’, ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’ and the recent Billboard-premiered Summer anthem ‘Stay A While’, ensures that the boys continue to sound as originally exciting as the day these seminal tracks were first unleashed.
From iconic clubs such as Amnesia, Ministry of Sound and Green Valley to festival main stages that include EDC Las Vegas, EXIT festival, Electric Zoo NY and Creamfields plus many more, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s appeal is now definitively global. However, it’s perhaps their position as the ‘Kings of Tomorrowland’ which has seen them grow to an unprecedented level of stature with regards festival headliners. Their curation of the soundtrack of the festival’s mainstage has led to them becoming an inherent component of Tomorrowland’s phenomenal appeal and in turn helped foster an army of passionate fans from nations throughout the world.
The launch of their ‘Bringing the Madness’ arena show was another demonstration of their tremendous pulling power. From the very first show, which to-date has received over 32 million YouTube views and counting, to the current 4th edition fans eagerness to attend each and every one of these events has led to the brothers having to add an extra date year-on-year. For the 2016 annual homecoming show, fans snapped up a phenomenal 60,000 tickets in a mind-boggling 60 minutes - a feat previously only managed by legendary names such as U2, Madonna, Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson. Spread across 4 dates and once again housed at the Sportpaleis Antwerp, the end of year spectacle will see an incredible 84,000 fans join the brothers for arguably the biggest and most insane party of the year.
Their ‘Bringing The Madness’ arena concept has also seen sold-out shows in Mexico and Germany. The latter being the most recent with the Belgian duo breaking the record for the most attendees at a solo DJ show in Germany, with a staggering 45,000 fans joining them at the at the Veltins Arena (home to FC Schalke 04 Football club). In conjunction with Tomorrowland and World Club Dome winter edition, the show sold an impressive 30,000 tickets in under 24 hours signifying once more their popularity amongst their European fan base.
The pick-up from the overwhelming fan support generated is as impressive as both their touring and release schedules, with the duo amassing 8 million Facebook likes, over 2.4 million Twitter followers collectively, 2.4 million Instagram fans and in excess of 470 million YouTube views across their videos, the global phenomenon of the brothers is undeniable. Their smash hit ‘The Hum’ netted them the #1 single spot in their native Belgium going platinum, a feat that was repeated just a few months later with their ‘Higher Place’ collaboration penned with R&B superstar Ne-Yo, which spent an astonishing 10 weeks atop the singles chart in their home country. The track also went on to secure the #1 Billboard Dance Chart spot, furthermore picking up a trend as one of the most Shazamed tracks at festivals including Tomorrowland, Ultra Miami and Creamfields. Their next single ‘Melody’ was a record with previous collaborators Steve Aoki and Ummet Ozcan and was chosen as the official football anthem for the Belgian Red Devils Euro 2016 campaign. Whilst their Tomorrowland-premiered release ‘Hey Baby’, a collaboration with heavyweight Diplo, amassed an impressive 5 million Spotify streams in under 2 weeks and had tongues wagging across the global blogsphere, confirming another stellar hit for the guys.
Never ones to slow down, their consistently excellent placing within the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll has only seen the duo propelled to even greater heights. Their relentless drive to continually provide their solid and loyal fanbase with even greater and more exciting shows, music, and madness, is likely to see Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ascend even beyond the top tier of the electronic music scene. Their appeal and genuine love for what they do has been behind the impressive accolades the brothers have received so far, and they’re only just getting started.
David James Estioco. I love all things music. I was trained classically on the piano for 15 years and from there I branched out to jazz, hip-hop and gospel music. I love to incorporate richly filled melodies and perfectly matching harmonies in electronic music. My favorite artists and major influences include DJ Tiesto and Avenged Sevenfold and Knife Party, only to name a few. I'm still learning how to DJ and produce well-made songs. I love working and collaborating with other musicians so if you like my music and style, feel free to hit me up and propose a project with me!
DJ Judaa, whose full name is Yehuda, nicknamed Juda, at the age of 26 has become a new sensation in the EDM party scene, Born and raised in an ultra orthodox jewish community in upstate New York, the last 5 years Juda has put his mind and effort into music, playing guitar for many years and completing top notch DJ classes.
DJ Judaa has performed at many Weddings, Bar mitzvahs, Bars, Night clubs, Private events and Public events, playing for the biggest celebrities in nyc, Having a great taste for some of the best EDM music, with a very unique mix of trance and party beats.
William Grigahcine, better known by his stage name DJ Snake, is a French DJ and producer mixing hip-hop and electronic music. He is a Grammy-nominated producer and artist who debuted in the international scene with singles “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What” in 2013. Bird Machine is a collaboration with fellow French act Alesia. The single was picked up by Mad Decent, a Los Angeles-based record label run by Diplo, and released in February 2013. In June 2013, DJ Snake was invited by Diplo to do a live mix on his radio show, Diplo & Friends, which airs on BBC Radio 1. DJ Snake is working on collaborations with Dillon Francis and Diplo, due out in 2014. He and Francis released “Get Low” on DJ Snake’s official YouTube page on February 10, 2014.
Early beginnings: In 2011, DJ Snake produced for Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way. This earned him a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in February 2012. DJ Snake was co-producer for the song “Government Hooker,” which was voted best song by Lady Gaga fans after the release of the album. This song was supposed to be released as a single before Interscope Records decided to stop the marketing of the album after its release. He remixed Kanye West’s “New Slaves,” AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It,” Duck Sauce’s “It’s You” and Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt.” Junior Senior sampled Michael Jackson for the track “Move Your Feet”; DJ Snake remixed the song in 2013. In 2013, DJ Snake produced three song with Paul “DJ White Shadow” Blair on Lady Gaga’s album ARTPOP, including “Applause,” “Sexxx Dreams,” and “Do What U Want.”
In December 2013, “Turn Down for What” was released on Columbia Records. The song was featured in a commercial for the Sol Republic DECK, a wireless speaker, which aired in October 2013. “Turn Down for What” entered the top 10 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart during the last week of December. In January 2014, the single entered the top 5 on the Dance/Electronic chart and debuted No. 38 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song was certified gold in February 2014. The song moved to the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in April 2014. The music video for the single was released in March 2014.
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.
Based in Los Angeles, Drezo is no outsider to the underground sound that is currently sweeping across the restless west coast city. Through his compositions and remixes, the 23 year old aims to represent the darker and more imaginative side of house music. Using influences from the LA scene has shaped this young artist’s music into a surge of haunting originality that is instantly recognizable. Currently being championed by some of the main tastemakers in the game, as well as Dillon Francis, has solidified Drezo's placement among the world's top tier producers. Constantly devoting time in the studio has forced Drezo to evolve and innovate towards a sound far from those of his more formula driven peers.
I've never been one to talk about myself. I'm not a big fan of explaining myself, or my actions, to people. Music however, has given me the opportunity to get up in front of my peers to try and communicate a story that relates to me. The DJ booth is my comfort zone.
Home Town: I was born in Las Vegas, but I grew up in Phoenix, AZ most of my life
Currently Living: Los Angeles
Origin Of Name: My name is Andre, and a lot of my friends call me Dre, so I tried to think of an alias resembling that. Hence, Drezo.
Weapon of Choice: Jameson whiskey
Source of Power: My family and friends. They always keep my motivated and level headed.
Tell me about your most memorable night out.
When I first started DJing, I got asked by a friend’s older brother to spin a birthday party. I got to the place and spun for about three hours before everyone got real liquored up. I was set up in the backyard, and I remember just seeing this 60-year-old man randomly get butt naked and jump in the pool. I was really confused, but then everyone followed suit. I asked someone still clothed what the hell was going on. Apparently it was an orgy as well as a birthday party. I think I played one more song and packed up.
Are you impulsive with your work or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
I'm probably too impulsive for my own good. In the studio I come up with many ideas and I get bored very quickly. It’s so monotonous hearing the same shit for hours. Same goes for when I'm playing live. I can't stand those sets where 12 songs are played over an hour span. I try to mix a ton of tunes and keep it interesting for the audience.
How, if at all, does listening to music figure into your creative process?
It has everything to do with my creative process. I'm constantly inspired everyday by the wide variety of music I listen to. Anything from a piano melody to a big funky drop will trigger my creative mentality. I love listening to music and trying to decipher how it's made. And I think it had to have been Botnek's recent remix of DallasK's “Alienz.” Monster track.
How important is it for you to experiment and take on the risk of failure?
I think that's one of the glories of production. There's literally an infinite amount of possibilities. I mean just in that fact, why would you not take risks and experiment? Failure is a common and natural part of producing. No one starts out sounding like Porter Robinson.
If we pressed Shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
Probably Coldplay or something. I'm a sucker for sad songs.
What sound or noise do you love?
Babies crying on airplanes.
What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Everything and everyone. People talk way too much.
What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
The amount of upcoming talented producers and DJs. There are so many brilliant artists out there that need more recognition. The general public needs to stop the hyped up animosity towards the “mainstream” if we ever want to progress as a scene.
What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far?
People are in it for themselves, but that's life.
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Be creative—be different. Originality will catch people's attention, especially nowadays in this ever-expanding market.
For over ten years, Eric Prydz has been synonymous with immaculately produced and unique sounding electronic music. The Platinum-selling producer is responsible for some of the biggest progressive house tracks of the last decade, not to mention some of the most technically impressive live shows of any touring artist.
As a solo artist, Prydz has headlined some of the world’s most storied venues, from Madison Square Garden to Brixton Academy and Alexandra Palace, earned multiple Grammy nominations and topped charts with his alter-egos Pryda and Cirez D. Despite the headline-grabbing shows and releases, Prydz remains reclusive. It’s his dedication to his craft as a producer and DJ that leaves him in the highly enviable and singular position of appealing to dance music’s underground connoisseurs and main-stage masses alike.
This appeal is most evident in Prydz’s 2016 debut album, OPUS. Its title track has graced festival main stages and blacked-out warehouses alike, and its spine-tingling, slow-burn beauty made a fan out of Four Tet, who ended up remixing it for himself. A project ten years in the making, the two-disc, 19-track album balances pop and prog house, and euphoria and melancholy, in a career-spanning capsule that, according to Pitchfork, “confirms him as both a master craftsman and a masterful manipulator of emotions.”
Prydz began building his craft in Stockholm, Sweden, where he played extended intimate club gigs while constructing his artistic identity. Here, Prydz refined his signature sound, blending together influences as varied as Depeche Mode, Parliament, and Swedish techno legend Cari Lekebusch. It’s little wonder, then, that Prydz has refused to constrain himself to one sound, and indeed is behind two of electronic music’s most celebrated monikers, Pryda and Cirez D.
Pryda is Prydz’s most well-known alias, one whose sound is replicated endlessly in dance music. Listen to the discographies of any current electronic music success and you can hear Pryda’s influence—the ‘Pryda Sound,’ comprised of immaculately layered melodies and harmonies, is now almost a sub-genre unto itself. Pryda’s origins can be traced back to 2004, with the releases of “Aftermath” (2005), “Muranyi” (2007) and “Pjanoo” (2008) solidifying the Pryda name within the new breed of progressive house. The 2012 release of the three-disc album, Eric Prydz Presents Pryda, offers a full retrospective of one of dance music’s most storied discographies.
Cirez D offers a stark contrast to the rich melodies of Pryda, its stripped-back techno dark, raw, and designed for ominous warehouses and long, late-night sets. It’s a deliberate point of focus for Prydz, who relishes playing those environments, and Cirez D, like his other monikers, offers him the freedom to make and release the records that he wants to play, unconstrained by expectations.
Prydz’s productions are only one half of the story. As a DJ, he’s been celebrated as one of the most consistent live performers around. It’s not only his abilities that set him apart, but the vision behind his performances. In 2011, Prydz debuted EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) at London’s Brixton Academy. At its core, EPIC offered a way to visually experience Eric’s music, its pioneering use of holograms and sheer ambition of scale wowing the industry. EPIC’s subsequent iterations have only grown from there: EPIC 2.0 made its way stateside, EPIC 3.0 filled up New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, and this year’s EPIC 4.0 sold out all five stops, earning praise from Resident Advisor for his ability to “create a common ground between a techno fan and a candy raver… he has a real understanding of how dance music culture works, along with the necessary pop savvy to pull off shows of EPIC 4.0′s magnitude.”
Now residing in Los Angeles, Eric Prydz continues to set himself apart in electronic music through his visceral productions and exhilarating live shows. With the remainder of 2016 an open book following major summer festival outings, it’s only a matter of time until fans witness his next stroke of genius.
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.
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.
GEOTHEORY, a.k.a. Joseph, is an up-and-coming music producer from New York City. This 18-year-old unleashes thought-provoking music riddled with warm and nostalgic vibes. Geo was exposed to various genres growing up, branching from jungle, to old-school hip-hop, classic R&B and beyond. Some of his favorites were Garage and House, two styles that you can hear rooted in his music. Around the age of 10, he began experimenting with basic software like Mixcraft and Virtual DJ after becoming obsessed with Daft Punk. At age 14, his approach to music became more serious. “After I listened to Haywyre and Singularity on Mr. SuicideSheep I was like, ‘Alright, I really need to learn the science behind what these guys do.’” He only first stepped onto the scene dynamically at age 16. Now, GEOTHEORY is making the most of his sound, whether he’s kicking it with the “Flow-Fam” or The Moving Castle Crew. It’s clear to see that GEOTHEORY is going above and beyond with his music.
At the early age of 16 Joseph began experimenting with new sounds and tools and left his history with Dubstep in the past. "I felt very restricted... [almost] as if I were forcing myself into something that was just not the right fit for me". He went into a bit of a hiatus from the internet and friends to focus solely on his music. The most creative period of his career so far was seen with the Futuristic Love (Album) demos in early 2014 and uploading to a secondary account that goes by the alias “Incomplete Theory”. The first few singles of GEOTHEORY's career, Aphrodite & Wanna B With You, were seemly effortless overnighters for the labels responsible for the releases. Magnum Records & Surreal Records, two tightly knit record labels with family-like rosters of talented artists were the platform for GEOTHEORY to start from with his singles. Later that year, GEO went on to release the highlight song of his 2014 career, Futuristic Love. This track captured the attention of several thousand concert goers after being discovered by Soulection's own Lakim. This was "that one song" which to this day is still being discovered by 'Soundcloud Music Diggers'. Joseph continues to gust out lush synths, and energetic drops in 2015, but it's arguably a more refined and matured sound from his club hitters last year. Gaining the support and attention of huge acts like A-Trak, Pomo, Haywyre, Snakehips, and Mr. Carmack.
With that being said aside from his music, he draws a lot of inspiration from writing about love, positive energy, and qt's. So while not attending his busy life online as GEOTHEORY, Joseph escapes by hanging out with friends, playing video games, and eating... hella much, and watching astronomy documentaries. "I think it's pretty cool, yet humbling to see my name next to so many achievements and big names." he claims. "But in person, even at shows, it's hard for me to process when people tell me how much their music means to them. It's a big pill to swallow when your music touches so many people's lives. I feel like I’m playing a role almost." he explains.
It’s obvious to see that GEOTHEORY is not finished with his production career yet. His recent releases, such as the “Inner Planets” EP, show that GEOTHEORY has plenty more sounds up his sleeve and will continue to impress fellow music lovers for years to come. We wish Joseph the best of luck in his future music endeavors and can’t wait to see what accomplishments he can put under his belt next.
Giraffage is San Francisco-based producer and beat guru, Charlie Yin. His signature sound of electronic pop has won him praise from musical tastemakers Pitchfork, FADER and XLR8R. He burst onto the music scene with his debut Pretty Things EP. It was immediately followed by his dreamy synth-pop debut album, Comfort, which XLR8R called “[an] ebullient slice of electronic pop … [with] pleasantly ambient and sample-laden instrumentals.” In February 2013, he released his lush Needs mixtape via Alpha Pup Records, showing his versatility as a producer and “omnivorous music lover,” as noted by Pitchfork. Giraffage’s staying power was fully cemented when he remixed one the sexiest albums of the decade, The-Dream’s Love/Hate, and turned it on its head. FADERbacked the project saying, “Trying to remember a moment of anticipation right before hitting the play button as happy as the one I just experienced.” He most recently dropped his No Reason EP via Fool’s Gold, the first release to ever feature Charlie’s original work. He has toured with Phantogram, Flume, XXYYXX and served as the main support on Porter Robinson’s massive “Worlds Tour.” He has performed at staple music festivals such as Treasure Island, HARD Day of The Dead, Splash House, Lightning in a Bottle and Roskilde in Europe.
Glow Team is a bass duo from Miami, Florida, consisting of $UAREY and student TRU¢¢O. They have produced celebrated remixes, including for Ellie Goulding's “Burn” that landed them the number 2 spot on dubstep.net’s best tracks of all time list. Aside from producing, Glow Team is gifted in knowing how to hype a crowd through their dynamic DJ performances. They have been invited to perform at music festivals including Life in Color, and have opened for Kill Paris and Antiserum, among others.
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.
A child of the garage generation Hannah Wants has validated herself as a world renowned DJ with some serious credentials.
In 2014 alone Hannah picked up the Best Breakthrough DJ title at the DJ Mag awards and became Mixmag’s Best Breakthrough DJ and Star Of The Year.
Armed with an innate desire and passion to practice the art of DJ’ing from a young age Hannah has worked tirelessly for over a decade to pursue her DJ dream. Throughout this journey Wants has acquired an individual hard-hitting style and true competence behind the decks.
Nourishing her addiction to music the Birmingham (UK) born DJ dedicated the summer of 2010 to Ibiza. Following a number competition wins, an unexpected headline opportunity at Es Paradis and an invitation to run her own weekly night at Viva, it was there on the White Isle that Hannah really started to make a name for herself.
Hannah’s main aim is to build a solid yet unique reputation for her live DJ sets and after a record amount of sell out events over the last twelve months she has dramatically risen from self-taught DJ to an unquestionable worldwide name on the house and bass music scene.
Championing music that is true to herself Wants further constitutes herself as one of the biggest names in dance music with her newly appointed Radio 1 residency, bi-monthly mixtape series and music productions.
What Hannah wants, Hannah seems to earn. 2015 welcomes her new and self-titled brand ‘What Hannah Wants’ – the title will be leading Hannah’s headline tours, various festival takeovers around the globe as well as readily endorsing newfound talent along the way.
With a majestic career already under her belt it’s Hannah’s developing knowledge, skills and experience alongside a true enjoyment of music exploration and giving back to her supporters that will see her name remain at the forefront of the electronic music scene.
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.
If you love something, they say, set it free. Even dance music. It’s only five years, after all, since Hot Since 82, current hottest property in house music, the man behind some of Summer 2013’s biggest anthems, gave up DJing and producing forever. Back in summer 2007, Daley Padley was staying with his mates in a villa in Ibiza, playing regularly at Amnesia for Cream and basically living every young DJ’s dream. There was just one little problem. “I didn’t like that music anymore,” remembers Daley, half smiling, half grimacing, “I actually hated it.”
Born and raised on Athersley South council estate in Barnsley, Daley was pretty much schooled for DJ success from birth. Growing up with four brothers and sisters meant an eclectic barrage of different genres in every room of the house. His dad also helped prepare Daley for house music stardom (or at least a high tolerance for punishing bass), inviting Daley to spend weekends at his workshop where he refurbishes VW Beetles… and fits them with monster sound systems. “Me and my brother always wanted to be in the garage, blasting out the music.”
His formal DJ education started at 17, playing 12-13 hour sets each Sunday at a club in his hometown – with queues round the block, as his residency soon became the number one afterparty destination for clubbers from far and wide. “I’d have four crates of records and I’d never play the same one twice.” As word got around, the next stop was a 2006 residency at Cream Ibiza in Amnesia under the banner of Leeds club Glasshouse. But while his love for Ibiza never wavered, the difference between the sounds he was being asked to play and what he really enjoyed was becoming impossible to bridge. “2003 was the first time I went to DC10,” he remembers, “by 2007 I had really got into a more underground sound.”
His heart no longer in the music he had made his reputation playing, Daley stopped producing and stopped DJing. Thankfully for house music lovers everywhere, it didn’t last. In 2010 he “walked into the city centre of Leeds and just started going raving again. Good quality house music was back!” And it was a night out that got him back in the game. “I went to Ibiza with the lads that summer, and we were at an afterparty and when the music stopped I put my iPhone in and a record I had made came on. It had just been lying on my hard drive for a couple of months – I hadn’t made it to release, or to start DJing again.” The response on that night convinced him to try to release it, and he contacted his friend Danish DJ/Producer Noir, coincidentally, another of 2013’s brightest stars. ‘Let It Ride’ came out on Noir Music on September 5, 2011. It hit number three on the deep house chart just as the new style of bass-heavy, garage-influenced ‘deep house’ was exploding. Hot Since 82 was born.
Since then tunes ‘Knee Deep In Louise’, ‘Like You’ and ‘Houz Thiz’, on labels as diverse as Get Physical and Moda Black, remixes for Green Velvet (‘Bigger Than Prince’ Ibiza Anthem & Beatport No.1), Rudimental (‘Right Here’ Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune) and Yousef (‘Beg’) – as well as his incredible first installment in Moda Black’s ‘ Little Black Book’ compilation / album series have established him as someone with an appeal across the board. Meanwhile, an Essential Mix and gigs at Richie Hawtin’s Enter in Ibiza, Footwork in Toronto, Watergate in Berlin, Warung in Brazil, We Love and Fabric, just in the past 12 months prove he’s one of the hottest DJ talents around.
With ‘Little Black Book’ the perfect showcase for his talents as a DJ and producer, and an upcoming tour of North America (taking in clubs from Output in NYC, Spy Bar in Chicago, Sound in LA to Space in Miami) the softly spoken Yorkshireman with a mischievous grin is only getting hotter. And having given it all up once before, he’s vowed to never turn his back on house music again. “If I wasn’t doing this here” he confides between mixes on the Space Terrace, “I’d be doing it in my living room at home.” If it returns, it’s yours forever.
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.”
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.
Having been through the trenches as an original recording artist, producer and in-demand DJ for more than a decade, American juggernaut Kaskade continues to be at the forefront of the dance music scene. Breaking down barriers and shattering records, he’s created a career of unprecedented milestones for himself and the industry: the first U.S. DJ to secure a Las Vegas residency, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell-out Barclays Center, as well as the first dance artist to sell-out Navy Pier and the Staples Center during his Freaks of Nature Tour, which was deemed “the only successful national stadium tour undertaken by a solo ‘EDM’ artist” by Billboard.
Most recently Kaskade returned to the iconic two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the fourth time, where he was the only electronic artist to take the main stage. In a historic achievement, Kaskade drew the two largest crowds the festival had ever seen in its storied sixteen-year existence.
Prior to kicking off Coachella, Kaskade released his much anticipated single, “Never Sleep Alone,” which premiered at #1 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart and is currently on iTunes Top 10 dance chart. Poised to become this year’s summer anthem, it’s rooted in contemporary house music fused with an explosive energy fit for any massive arena or festival.
Crowned by The New York Times as “the new face of electronic dance music,” Kaskade has laid the groundwork for a titanic musical and cultural shift: a post-rock electronic music revolution that has captured the imagination of a new generation of fans across North America. He received his fourth consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording for his edit of Galantis’ “Smile.” Previously, his eighth studio album Atmosphere scored him his second and third Grammy nominations for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica album. He received his first nomination for his double-album Fire & Ice, which debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album chart. With his unique creative prowess, the two-time “America’s Best DJ” title holder has created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lana Del Rey to Beyoncé.
Along with taking the festival-circuit by storm, Kaskade performs to jam packed crowds all over the world at Wynn Las Vegas daylife and nightlife venues – Encore Beach Cub and XS Nightclub, where he has a multi-year exclusive residency deal. Wynn Las Vegas served as his first exclusive residency in Las Vegas at Encore Beach Club in 2010.
While he cut his teeth in nightclubs, today Kaskade’s live shows are arena-sized; a jaw-dropping spectacle that finds him performing in front of massive LED screens broadcasting evocative images synced with the music in meaning and tone, while strobe lights scan the crowd. “I'm trying to create an environment where you can lose yourself in these really big, grand, euphoric moments and to do that, there has to be a certain intensity. We’re barraged with so much information in modern-day culture, and I want people to forget their worries and cares and be able to come together and celebrate life by hearing these songs that they love, with words that have touched them in a certain way. That’s what I’m trying to do at each and every show.”
The veteran superstar’s fan base speaks for itself with more than 1.5 million fans on Facebook, nearly 820,000 followers on Twitter and more than 26 million views combined on his YouTube channel. Kaskade continues to prove his dedication and loyalty to his fans by catering to them through his infamous Tumblr page, including #Askade, a Q&A that allows Kaskade lovers to ask him anything on a one-on-one level. He made headlines during the premiere of the docu-film “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” in Los Angeles after tweeting fans to join an intimate block-party festivity. The “Kaskade effect” took thousands by storm; fans ignited the streets filling every inch of Hollywood Blvd in hopes to see and hear the icon perform. Due to the overwhelming turnout, Kaskade urged fans to peacefully clear the streets and they did so almost immediately. It was a true testament to the dance music guru’s far reaching influence.
Always evolving, he’s expanded his resume into the world of health and well-being. In May 2014, he kicked-off a series of fun-runs called The Spark Run, the ultimate high energy, family friendly nighttime 5K run/walk, which celebrates fun, health and originality. At its core, The Spark Run sets out to give back to the community by partnering with local charities and providing a portion of the events proceeds to the individual organizations.
The former skateboarder has been known to show up at gigs in flip-flops, but that no way indicates how seriously he takes his music. “The first thing I think about when I make music is the melody and the lyrics. Production styles come and go, but good songs can stand the test of time.”
I think music has always been my biggest passion for as long as I can remember. It started with burning mix CDs, to stacking my iPod at max capacity, to learning to play guitar, bass and piano. I was taking a piano class in high school when I started experimenting with track-on-track recording and using the keyboard drum kit. I thought that this was something I could do; so my mom took me to Guitar Center, where I bought a copy of FL Studio, and I was instantly hooked. Making music, for me, is an everyday escape. It is kind of therapeutic. For me, it is a way to transfer my emotions and energy into something that lasts forever. My favorite is when people tell me that my music evoked a certain feeling or emotion within them. That is pretty special.
Currently Living: Baltimore
Origin of Name: Nothing too crazy behind it. My initials are K.O., and that was my producer name for quite some time until people were telling me that they could never find my tracks. There are a dozen other producers out there with the name K.O., so I decided to switch it up and make it my own!
Weapon of Choice: FL Studio 11, Sylenth, and some nice drum samples. I’m a drum kit hoarder.
Source of Power: ‘90s hip-hop and any weird electronic music that pushes boundaries!
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
DO IT! JUST DO IT! DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS! I entered two other Discovery Project competitions before winning this one. If you don’t win, don’t get discouraged. Keep at it, and hopefully you will get chosen for this amazing opportunity!
Are there any dots that connect where/how you grew up to your musical output?
Baltimore has a pretty awesome skateboarding scene, despite the harsh extremes of the summer and winter. Skateboarding grew my passion for hip-hop, and I discovered some legendary producers from that—J Dilla, 9th Wonder and Pete Rock, just to name a few. My musical productions started with sampling and hip-hop beats influenced by those guys.
What do your parents think of what you are doing?
I guess there is nothing really conventional about making a career out of music, and it will always hold a certain doubt. It still scares the hell out of me, but they have been extremely supportive, and they have realized that this is what I love and it is possible to make something out of it.
What’s the strangest part of your job? What makes you shake your head in wonderment about being a DJ and producer?
Having an aspiring producer message me and say that they look up to me or my productions is always the best feeling. I still fanboy over so many of my favorite producers, so to have someone message me and say that I’m an influence to them is pretty incredible!
What’s the biggest misconception about being a DJ? Or what would people be surprised to find out about the profession?
DJs are often shunned by people outside of the electronic music scene, because they are believed to be replacing live musicians. A DJ, in my opinion, is a conductor of vibes, where the musical aspect goes back to the studio. A producer is 100 percent a musician and often does more, in the sense that they are not only writing their own chord progressions, laying down drums, and laying out a whole song, but they are also mixing and mastering (for the most part) their own music.
Do you have any memorable moments from past EDCs or any other Insomniac party?
Yes! Electric Forest the past two years has been incredible! Not only just the music, but walking around the forest at night is pretty much the coolest thing ever.
What is your ultimate career dream?
To be in a position to give back and to help aspiring producers—kind of like what Discovery Project is doing! So many amazing producers get swept under the radar, and SoundCloud reposts can only do so much.
What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio?
Yankee Candle. It sets the vibes and makes my studio space smell like winter pine. Always keep a scented candle on deck when making music—trust me.
Do you have a list of people you’d like to collaborate with (from musicians to lighting and visual artists) in the future? Why specifically would you like to collaborate with them?
I could go on forever with producers I want to collaborate with, but my top three would probably be Porter Robinson, Skrillex and Mr. Carmack. They are kind of all on different ends of the spectrum, but they all have been able to develop a distinct sound while still venturing into different genres. When you hear a Skrillex production, you know it’s him right away, and I think that’s pretty cool.
If we pressed shuffle on your iPod while you went to the bathroom, what would you be embarrassed to come back to us listening to?
“Turn Me On” by Kevin Lyttle—although I shouldn’t be embarrassed; it is one of the greatest songs ever made. I should start playing it out.
What do you remember about your first DJ gig?
Oh God, it was in a really weird, grungy warehouse in downtown Baltimore. There were maybe 30 people there, and close to half of them were my friends. I was nervous, but my friends danced their asses off, and we still had a great time.
What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far? How did it make your life easier—or more difficult?
Work for yourself, and good things will come. Many people will promise you that they can do great things for you, but you can’t always rely on that. Keep working hard for yourself, and you will eventually catch a break!
Do you have a favorite all-time mix CD or series?
The Eric Prydz Beats One mixes have been on repeat since they started, and Soulection Radio is always great to listen to, as well. Shout-out to Eric Prydz; he’s a genius.
Have something you’d like to get off your chest that we didn’t ask you about?
People often ask me for advice for getting into DJing/electronic music productions. The best advice I can give is to focus on original productions and make music every single day. Just keep making music. There is no secret VST or DAW that can turn you into RL Grime. Just keep at it, and eventually things will click. It can get frustrating if you are not where you want to be as an artist, but you just have to keep working to break through that barrier. Don’t get lost in the sauce.
At the age of 18 Jason and Rich started their journey together by writing and playing guitar in a touring hard-core rock band. Years went on before the two decided to leave the band in order to pursue their passion in dance music. Starting out by performing at open format clubs and social events around the New York area, the two eventually put out an E.P. under the handle Elixir with vocalist Christina Chan. After a couple of months of performing as Elixir, the two decided to take an indefinite hiatus to work on their solo careers.
November of 2013 the electronic dance duo re-named Kiss The Sky made their debut performance at Webster Hall NYC with headliner Alvaro. Shortly after that, KTS teamed up with #DREAMTEAM Productions beginning their residency at Pacha NYC. Kiss The Sky kicked the summer off performing at a sold out Governor’s Island beach club supporting Borgore, Michael Woods Waka Flocka, Botnekm Riggi & Piros and more.
With the buzz growing, it wasn’t long before the duo was asked to perform at the sold out Dada Compound Brooklyn with Dada Life, Henry Fong and Bixel Boys.
Shortly after that Kiss The Sky made their Miami Music Week debut supporting Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Don Diablo, John Dahlback and more at the Sexy By Nature Pool Party.
After returning from Miami Kiss The Sky released a bootleg of Every Day by Eric Prydz. (bit.ly/1FmInik) The duo began working on an upcoming album when they were given the opportunity to perform at EDCNY 2015 on the Kinetic Cathedral main stage in front of thousands.
The energetic and thrilling performances by Kiss The Sky along with their creative live mashups, and musicality brings a fresh, original act to the electronic dance music scene. Hoping to tour and play some of the biggest venues in the world. KTS has the ambition and drive to reach the ears of millions.
Lauren Lane is an LA based artist who cut her teeth as a DJ on the New York house scene. In 2015 she's played some of the world's best clubs and festivals such as DC-10, Warung, Coachella, The BPM Festival, Decibel and Rio Music Conference to mention a few. Throughout her career she's DJed regularly with some of the most talented and distinguished artists in the industry. She released her debut EP ‘Cool Kids’ on Nic Fanciuilli’s Saved Records. 'Cool Kids' was the best selling track on Saved Records in 2014 and a new remix by Nic Faniculli and Butch was released in June 2015. Look out for Lauren's next EP 'Diary of a Madwoman' coming out on Eat's Everything's new label, Edible in early 2016.
Liquid Todd is an influential tastemaker and one of the premier radio personalities in North America. He's created and hosted legendary mixshows - and even entire channels - on Sirius XM Radio and major-market terrestrial stations including K-Rock and WKTU in New York and WFNX and WBCN in Boston.
Over the past seven years at Sirius, LT has produced shows and programmed music on no less than six different channels. He was the primary force behind the creation of two of Sirius' most cutting-edge, imaginative channels: Boombox and Chill - stations he programmed over four years while also hosting “The Liquid Todd Show” on Boombox, and producing all of the imaging for Chill. Currently he does afternoon drive weekdays on BPM and hosts "Boombox Radio" Saturday nights on Alt Nation.
Robert Gainley and Dr. No knew of each other for a while but had never really talked about working together. It took a good amount of whiskey before they decided they wanted to see what would happen if they collaborated on a remix. The following week they sat down, put in some work, and were amazed by the results. Truly impressed by what they just created, they decided to join forces, because what's better than one handsome man who's prone to fast and saucy behavior? Two handsome men that are prone to fast and saucy behavior. This duo has gained a lot of steam in a short amount of time and have already been supported by some of the bigger players in the game.
This is only the beginning of what should be an exciting path for this duo. These two young men are often compared to Karl Malone and Jon Stockton, they always deliver and they like to wear high shorts.
Supported by: Morgan Page, Sidney Samson, Tommie Sunshine, Tritonal, Mako, Danny Avila
Born in Nantes 22 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 an online remix competition for drum'n'bass band Pendulum. His repositioning of their "The Island" as tough, sparkling house won and kickstarted a string of anthemic remixes -- for The Killers, Deadmau5 and Martin Solveig amongst others.
His "Pop Culture" video (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 37 million times on YouTube. His production skills have also been 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 March 2015 and the release of his stunning debut LP, 'Adventure,' going 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 three tracks of the album. He toured this album with a live show across the world, including two headline tours across North America.
More recently, Madeon collaborated with Porter Robinson on the acclaimed single, "Shelter," out 11th August 2016, which features his vocals. To date, the track has received over 50 million streams across all platforms and was awarded Billboard's #7 Best Dance Electronic song of 2016. Together, they embarked on the Shelter Live Tour across North America selling over 115K tickets. They will continue the tour across Europe and Asia in February 2017. The collaborative project will come to an end with a final headline performance at Coachella later this year. In the mean time, Madeon has also been busy in the studio working on his 2nd LP.
To date, Madeon has received over 300 million streams on Spotify and over 150 million views on YouTube.
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.
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.
Most would agree that it only takes a few minutes of exposure to a live performance by Mike Saint- Jules to be moved by his presence and the atmosphere he so naturally creates. With years of experience fostered by a passion for the music and the versatility to perform under any circumstances, it’s no wonder Mike has garnered a legendary reputation among his peers and fans. A Haitian American producer born and raised outside of New York City, Mike is ready for 2016 to be the year he brings a taste of MSJ to his growing fan base across the globe.
2014 and 2015 were anything but quiet for Mike Saint-Jules. Mike has had multiple releases on Armada, Black Hole Recordings, Anjunabeats, AVA Recordings, and many other sub-labels of the Trance Mega Labels. Most notable are: Canberra Feat. Astrid Suryanto - UP (Mike Saint-Jules Remix) [ASOT], Colour [In Trance We Trust (Black Hole Recordings)] and Robot Future [AVA Recordings]. Rightly so, Mike receives regular support and features from: Armin Van Buuren, Andy Moor, BT, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Lange, Markus Schulz, Paul Van Dyk, and Paul Oakenfeld to name a few. It is also hard to forget that Mike Saint-Jules has garnered remix duties for the cream of the crop including Andy Moor, Armin Van Buuren, Marco V, JES and that’s not including the list of remixes ready to go for 2016.
Further, Mike has seen his sound reach all ends of the world most recently experienced through his performance at the Holi Festival of Colours in Dubai of the UAE. Outside of New York City, Mike has played in various cities of the United States including San Francisco, Miami, Kanas City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C. With up-coming shows and a tour scheduled to hit the USA, Mike is without a doubt moving rapidly in the right direction.
To tie all of this together and keep his fans engaged, Mike also has his weekly radio show, “Universal Soundz” which commenced back in 2005. Currently the show airs on 7 online stations such as: Party107, 109FM, SenseFM, DieselFM, PureFM, and Party103. It is also offered as a download each week through social mediums like iTunes, Soundcloud, and Mixcloud. Commemorating the radio show, Mike Saint-Jules will be touring the USA for his 500th radio show episode. This extensive tour only reassures fans and the industry that Mike Saint-Jules is in more demand than ever before.
With a revived sound and a library of originals, collabs and remixes scheduled for 2016, Mike Saint-Jules is a force to be reckoned with both now and indefinitely. Whether it’s a classic vinyl set for 8 hours, or 60 minutes of bone-crushing festival trance, Mike Saint-Jules is a stage presence that must be seen in order to truly comprehend the unique experience that is his music.
Etching a musical partnership that draws from the combined roots of IDM, house and techno, Mind Against are the Italian native but Berlin based project of Alessandro and Federico Fognini.
They carved a path for themselves with a series of three EP’s on Life and Death. Their debut “Atlant”, the follow up “Avalon” and the latter “Strange Days” were let loose to critical acclaim.
2015 came with a celebratory occasion marked by a collaborative EP with Belgian producer Locked Groove, released on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings.
The biggest cliché of a “sound that’s hard to pin down”, is realer than gravity when it comes to Mind Against. They coax on psychedelic hooks of the 1980s and dance floor anthems bound traditionally to european soil. This backdrop makes for releases and performances that do well against any canvas.
DJ/producer Miss Jennifer was born and raised in Queens, New York. This former model and college basketball player, was always a vast collector of music and grew up listening to all styles from hip-hop to reggae. Growing up in the 90's in the big apple, she began venturing into New York City nightlife in her early teenage years. There she was introduced to NYC's Sound Factory, Tunnel & Limelight to name a few. Though she had no idea, her great passion for underground music was born.
While completing her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at Hunter College City University of New York, what began as a hobby at a weekly residency in a local night club in Queens, had turned into Miss Jennifer. Her passion for music became so loud and contagious, that her following in New York began to grow in numbers at an unbelievable rate. Her career continued to grow quicker than ever expected. Before she knew it, she was one of the pioneer female DJ's leading the music trend throughout the East Coast.
Featured in the Miami Winter Music Conference every year since 2009, she also played main stage Black and White New York at Govenor's Island and Voodoo with Chriss Vargas in Boston, MA. Miss Jennifer was hired as the first DJ in history to play at the New York Stock Exchange (from the bell podium) for the 2012 Kairos Society Global Summit private event. She has also played outside the USA in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Santigo (Dominican Republic), Playa del Carmen (Mexico), Cartagena (Colombia), Cucuta (Colombia), Medellin (Colombia) and Ministry of Sound World Tour Festival (Barbados).
In the Spring of 2011 she released her first album “Nervous Nitelife: Miss Jennifer“ on Nervous Records. The album made top 200 Dance albums chart on iTunes in its first day of sales. The release also included her first original track called “Letting Go”, which hit top 100 house chart on Beatport in its first week of sales. In summer of 2013 she released her second compilation "Vibeology" on Nervous Records. This compilation included four of her original tracks, and a remix "Addiction" that became NYC's 2013 summer anthem. The compilation featured friends and artists such as DJ Boris, Chriss Vargas, Cristian Arango, KiNK, Adam Port, Danniel Selfmade &more.
With the help of an amazing team including management DP Productions NYC, Miss Jennifer is now in circulation for almost every big room club on the East Coast. There are also plans now in the works for Europe and South Asia tours. Miss Jennifer holds a monthly late night 'Vibeology Sessions' party on Saturdays at Pacha NYC. She also continues to develop and expand her Vibeology brand. Vibeology represents the idea that she believes is the reason people grow addicted to music. Jennifer senses that there is something about music that strips everyone on a dance floor, and for a moment makes them free of their everyday life. Music creates a mutual euphoric atmosphere, or a 'vibe'. A powerful bond that for a moment can make a whole room fall in love. Mixing her computer science background with her present career in music, she transformed the idea of a vibe into a science.
"Life is about constant learning and change." says Jennifer. Her musical sets expand past all boundaries. You can expect to hear anything from percussive to deep, techno, house or tech house, mixed with samples from anywhere that fit the vibe she's creating at that particular moment. Artistically she plays with different sounds to generate a shared superior mood. Jennifer believes that like learning and creating computer technology, to learn and read a large audience, one must have great analytical skills. Directly inspired by the crowd, her determination and dedication create an unforgettable musical production with each performance. She aspires to guide the social atmosphere to a new level through her unique sound, versatility and a deeper sense of connection through Vibeology.
If it takes fifteen years to make an overnight hit, then Nicolas Matar has truly come of age. The story of house music has run from the New York underground via Ibiza to London and back around again many times over the past fifteen years – and as the chapters have unfolded, our man has been there to turn the page.
Nicolas has been DJing since the tender age of 15. He got an early head-start from his father, an original member of Studio 54 and a denizen of the 70′s New York club scene. “Dad was a hobbyist DJ had an incredible collection of Disco, Funk and Soul records,” says Nicolas. “I grew up with a mini club in my basement. My parents used it to entertain their friends with my Dad behind the decks.
Nicolas musical style is very diverse, encompassing everything from Deep House, Soulful House, Nu-Jazz, Techno, to Disco Classics. Like most globetrotting DJs, Nicolas spins regularly in the US, UK, Spain, Brazil, France, Mexico, Peru, Netherlands, Italy, Estonia, Greece, Finland, Canada, Singapore, Belgium, Korea, Hong Kong, Turkey, Japan, Indonesia and Switzerland. It is perhaps his greatest accolade that from 1993-2001, Nicolas was the resident DJ of the world-renowned Pacha in Ibiza. Nicolas credits those years during the golden era of House Music at Pacha as the inspiration for his eventual return to New York to build Cielo in Manhattan followed by Output in Brooklyn.
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.
As the production wizard from Southern California, No Mana has been practising musical alchemy and sculpting a craft that has never seen the light of day. However, with the work let loose in the recent days, his music has gotten to the best of Eric Prydz, Dillon Francis and many more. In just under a year, he begins to release his material under mau5trap and shows the world what he’s all about – voltaic electro house with influences from various four-to-the-floor genres, and styles from different years and stages of electronic music.
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.
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Paco Osuna is one of the most renowned artists in the industry. His creativity, courage and relentless search for new forms of expression are some of his principal and consistent virtues when it comes to making music. On the dance floor, he is lively, intelligent and sophisticated, with a deep awareness for sound aesthetics. Every session is important to Paco and he sets out to invent and renew every time he steps onto the stage.
In 2006 he launched Mindshake, conceived as a platform for the creation and distribution of electronic music. Over the past few years, Mindshake has become one of the most important techno labels in the US and Europe. Also in 2006, Paco founded a club with a fresh concept, Club4, which has established itself as the overwhelming choice for its variety and accessibility in electronic music offerings.
Throughout his career Paco has performed at clubs, parties and festivals of great prestige. The list of events in which he has played is endless, and is one where quality is more important than quantity. From Fabric London to WOMB Tokyo, passing through Space NYC, Space Miami, Verboten New York, Watergate Berlin and Electric Brixton London. Meanwhile, Sónar, Awakenings, Dockyard, ADE, Neopop, BPM, Electric Zoo, Movement Detroit, Time Warp and Tomorrowland are some of the many festivals he has played.
From 2012 to 2014 he was resident for Richie Hawtin’s ENTER, appearing not only at Space Ibiza but also in its tour around the world. In 2015 Paco Osuna became part of Music On, joining Marco Carola in residencies at Amnesia Ibiza and the Story club in Miami, as well as the emblematic parties during BPM Mexico. In 2016 he was selected to be ambassador of PLAYdifferently Model1, a distinction also received by Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Dubfire and, of course, Richie Hawtin. 2016 was also an important year for the Mindshake showcases, in which Paco participated alongside other label producers with tours taking in European and American stages, including events such as the Miami Music Week and ADE Amsterdam. The Mindshake showcases are both an extension of the musical and artistic vision of Paco and a family celebration, where the main goal is to create an unforgettable musical experience.
In the studio, Paco Osuna has moulded his own musical signature, coating the purest techno sounds with his characteristic features: depth, darkness and imagination, always accentuated by his creativity and innovation. Proof of that are his releases on labels such as Plus8, Minus, Mood, Spectral and Hommage, plus productions for his own platform Mindshake.
With a long career and background, Paco has picked up several prizes for his hard work on and off the stage, receiving the awards for Best Artist, Best Techno DJ, Best Producer and Best Remix from the Vicious Awards and DJ Mag Spain.
During 2016 Paco Osuna will extend the journey that has led him be the artist that he is today. This year, his residencies with Music On Ibiza and Miami will continue, while he will also still be focusing his energy on his main project Mindshake, a label that will end this year having published more than 45 works since its conception.
Hometown: Monroe, NY
Currently living: New York, NY
Origin of name:
I really wanted the name Grandtheft Party, because I was always a huge fan of the GTA video game series, but saw Grandtheft was already taken. Skipped to Theft Party and eventually Party Thieves; it just felt right, and I kept it plural because I wanted the name to be about more than myself but incorporate my fans (Theft Army) and my team.
Weapon of choice:
Source of power:
A$AP Rocky, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, GTA, Dunkin Donuts Iced French Coffee with cream, two sugar, two Splenda
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Don't enter the competition with any doubt in your mind. With anything you do, do it with confidence or don't do it at all.
My name is Jared McFarlin, for everyone that feels inclined to add me on Facebook. My life in general is a series of regrets turned into something beautiful, and I have no one to thank besides my parents and God. I attended the United States Military Academy and didn’t even know what EDM was until 2011, after my college roommate showed me Mt Eden’s “Sierra Leone.” Toward the end of my college years at USMA, I hit a streak of depression and anxiety that really affected my life and those around me; however, the passion I found in music really kept my spirit intact and gave me a feeling of hope. The journey of my life since I started producing in late 2013 has not been a smooth road by any means, but looking back, I don't think I would have had it any other way—well, almost.
What do your parents think of what you are doing?
Sometimes I think they want to believe I’m studying for law school or applying to Harvard, since both my brother and sister went there. Ultimately they are supportive of my actions, and I am truly blessed to have them in my life. Hopefully next year, if I get to play EDC Vegas again, I will bring one of them along.
What’s the biggest misconception about being a DJ? Or, what would people be surprised to find out about the profession?
I think the misconception is that we are all trying to be true DJs. DJing has basically become an integrated part of being a producer, so for myself, I am not a DJ. I am a musician or producer that also plays live shows. DJing is such a broad term, that I feel it doesn't do justice to the work guys like A-Trak or Craze put down during their performances.
Tell me about your most memorable night out as an artist or as a fan.
Seeing RL Grime live for the first time ever—late 2014, during his VOID Tour—motivated me so hard for my 2015 streak. I think it has shown, too, that I take inspiration from his work, as well as some others. His show in Boston was actually the best set I have ever seen, hands-down. This was also before his album dropped, so hearing the music he curated for the show was memorable.
Do you have any memorable moments from past EDCs or any other Insomniac party?
I’ve actually only been to one EDC—New York 2012—which was the first festival I ever attended, and the first time I had ever heard bass music as well. I distinctly remember listening to 12th Planet and trying to understand what was happening to my body. From that day forward, I’ve been hooked to bass music.
Are you impulsive with your work (in the studio and/or DJing), or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
Haha, if you ask any of my friends to describe me in one word, usually the first words that come out are “impulsive” and “spontaneous.” The one thing I love about music and producing is that you can do whatever you want with it—literally. I made a track called “Chief” with my good buddies ATLiens, and in one of the drops I used dog-barking samples. Things like that aren't planned but just are a part of the workflow.
What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio?
My headphones: V Moda Crossfade LP. I produce heavily through them and make all my 808s with them.
What should everyone just shut up about?
I always see a lot of posts about genres and hating whatever genre, blah blah blah. I think genres are actually very important, because it helps me describe and classify what music I enjoy listening to; but I try not to put down any genre that I don’t necessarily enjoy. Instead, I think it is important to try focusing on artists that you like or songs that you enjoy listening to, instead of focusing on what genre of sound they are classified under. For example, I’m not too fond of progressive house, but I love “Runaway” by Galantis (who doesn’t). I also hate hearing crap about big room, yet any DV/LM stage will be packed, and any and every Firebeatz stage will be packed. A lot of “internet” talk doesn’t translate to people’s actions. I enjoy good music; that’s that.
What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
What is not to get excited about! Every year, it seems the EDM industry is breaking charts and posting huge festival and/or club numbers. So many on-point festivals and tours are popping up everywhere, and I think it is awesome! The more, the merrier.
When you look at electronic music and the surrounding culture, what worries you about the future? What do you wish would change or that you could change?
I wish I could change how fans look at artists. I think because we live in the internet age, there is a huge wall that separates fans/listeners and artists.
What are your weaknesses?
Musically: I definitely could be more “technically sound.” From a listener's standpoint, I have been able to produce some quality tunes, and to the untrained ear it sounds probably fine. I’m still such a rookie and have so much to learn about sound production and mixdown/mastering techniques.
Non-musically: I tend to micromanage a lot. I always like to have a hand in every process and don’t like to rely too much on other people. I think this stems from the idea in my head that if my music career were to fail, I could only point at myself for not working hard enough. I have a great management team in Golden Ratio that also manages names like Paper Diamond, JackLDN, Vaski, and a few others.
Do you have a secret passion?
I absolutely love golf and hockey. I have played about every sport growing up and played two Division I sports (football, track & field) in college, but golf and hockey remain my passion.
Do you have something you’d like to get off your chest that we didn’t ask you about?
Do what you love; as simple as that sounds, it is true. I think my generation is afraid to be independent since we are so dependent—especially when it comes to social media. Don't be afraid to fail; and if you do, embrace it, because it's going to happen a lot more. Once you understand that success isn’t equal to a dollar sign but a smile on your face, you will find yourself working harder than ever.
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.
Romas is a seasoned vet in the house music scene. Traveling the world to music destinations such a Ibiza, Berlin, Sardinia, and Amsterdam he has honed in on the sound that is Romas.
Since getting his first big break opening at Dune in South Hampton in the summer of 2011, Romas has made his mark on the NYC underground scene, regularly spinning throughout the year. From his beginnings, Romas' style encapsulated the dark and hard sounds of minimal techno but since evolved into a richer, funkier sound. Taking his cues from labels such as Desolat, Moonharbor, Crosstown Rebels, Ellum, and Cadenza. Romas mastered his eclectic mix of tracks into his own individual style. He can regularly be found mixing and producing in his studio in Queens, spending day after day researching and blazing the trail hes already begun to set. Romas will twist and turn you through the story he creates in each set, that will leave you only wanting more...
Hello, world: Rusko kindly requests that you wake the fuck up.
The Leeds-born DJ/producer who ascended with the original U.K. dubstep movement – and gave it one of its first and most enduring anthems, a bolt of foul-mouthed rave lightening called “Cockney Thug” – is here to tell you that music is not about labels and dance is no fad. And to prove it, he proudly presents “SONGS”: His gutsy, freewheeling, brilliant second album.
“The sound of my early releases was very dub-influenced, and just good, fun, bouncy vibes,” he says. “The majority of dubstep at the moment I think is aggressive, and I don’t like angry music; I don’t want to be angry in a club. So I wanted to make something really happy, but still heavy.”
“Happy and heavy” is a proper way to describe the vibe that has carried Rusko from the first moments of dubstep’s life to the biggest stages in the world; from a single, seminal bass wobble to a swath of sounds that can’t be capped in a few simple syllables. He might be one of the guys who started it all – but he’s sure as hell not going to leave it at that.
A staple of the global electronic underground, Rusko has packed nightclubs, concert venues and festivals across the world, and not only dance-dedicated ones: From Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival, to Coachella and Lollapalooza; from Germany’s Melt! to Australia’s Good Vibrations. He created the majority of “O.M.G.!,” his hard-hitting debut artist album, on the road, cutting tracks by day, and testing them on living, breathing dance floors by night. But for the follow-up, he wanted to try a different strategy.
“From January to late September 2011, I didn’t make a single track,” he says. “I spent all that time touring around the world, building up a massive swell of ideas inside me.”
With the long tour done, the artist took two months completely off and ensconced himself in a tiny one-room studio in California’s Hollywood Hills, with no phone reception and spotty-at-best Internet access. The hermit style paid off.
“I made all 14 songs in 8 weeks,” he says. “I didn’t try any out like before; I just stayed in the same headspace and vibe, and made the whole album in one go. You can really tell: Compared to ‘O.M.G.!,’ it sounds like one crazy Technicolor song!”
There is indeed a rowdy kind of sprightliness throughout “SONGS,” which sets a wizard’s box of dance music charms to some of its most misunderstood: cracking, smacking breakbeats, and reverberant, sonic-boom bass. The rave piano vamp of first single “Somebody to Love,” the accelerated classic house of “Pressure,” the head-nodding reggae of “Skanker,” the epically trancey sweep of “Opium” and “Thunder,” even “Dirty Sexy,” a tongue-y but not so cheeky nugget of American-style R&B: They all express a different part of what makes Rusko pogo like a punk while he spins, and carry the energy and soul of his inimitable, genre-be-damned style.
Back in 2007 – when “dubstep” was an idea known to a critical few – Rusko and DJ/producer Caspa lit the spark with a dubstep-dedicated mix for London nightclub Fabric’s influential compilation series Fabriclive. Rusko’s “Cockney Thug” was the centerpiece, evangelizing the bass “wobble” that’s since set the world on fire – a seminal moment that the Guardian UK called one of the 50 key events in dance music history. The young artist released a slew of singles and EPs, including the “Babylon” series, which shows his transition from happier rave to heavier dub. Remix commissions came in droves: Rusko has put his buoyant spin on over 20 tracks, including Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N’ Night,” Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro,” and Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails.” He also produced the majority of “Maya,” M.I.A’s third and highest-charting studio album.
In 2010, Rusko’s “Cali Anthem” becoming the first dubstep tune to be listed on US radio, and “O.M.G.!” was released on Mad Decent/Downtown. Containing tracks like the raucous “Woo Boost” and elegantly aggressive anthem “Hold On” (featuring Amber Coffman from The Dirty Projectors), it cemented the young artist as one of the leaders of the new dance movement.
Rusko is touring internationally behind “SONGS,” and preparing to release an EP with a similarly ingenious group of rule-breakers: American hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill.
So world, if you’re awake, now hear this: Rusko is here to roll the beats, and dance music will never be the same.
Berlin’s Santé emerged as part of a wave of new producers with a different cut to their electronic jib around the time that deep house was losing its way somewhat. His productions ooze character, charisma, soul, colour, humour and above all a sense of humanity.
After teaching himself to play the guitar in his early teens, Santé bought himself an Akai MPC-2000 when he was 16 and set the ball rolling for a life entrenched in electronic music. “I was totally into sampling and house” he recalls of those early days of button bashing and experimentation. He left his hometown when he was 21 to immerse himself in the dance music mecca that is Berlin. The plan was to study music at university, but failing the entrance exam meant he had to pursue other endeavours. A studio internship blossomed into a full-time career, with the emerging talent spending six years producing jingles and ad music and nurturing his passion for house music at any opportunity. Nothing was released, however, until one of his demos found its way to Matt ‘Radio Slave’ Edwards. His first ever release came out on Edwards’ acclaimed REKIDS imprint, setting the bar incredibly high and garnering him a lot of high-profile attention in the process.
The next major stepping stone for him was meeting two guys named Ali and Basti - also known as Tiefschwarz. “They were looking for a new engineer and took me to their label Souvenir, where I got the freedom to release my music and have a playground” he explains. This fruitful, intense relationship lasted three years before Santé decided to fly the nest in search of new pastures, his sophisticated sound developing all the while. In recent times, his style has taken on yet more verve, with the warmth of the house he has always known and loved now bolstered by a loose techno rhythm and percussive drive. The sensuality remains, yet with more dance floor urgency. Whether its one of his acclaimed live shows or one of his DJ sets you’re listening to, the infectious energy is always there.
He describes himself both as a party animal and a studio gremlin (“because you need to be both to do music!”), and cites his biggest influences as The Cure, Talking Heads, Aphex Twin and the Detroit techno pioneers and legends. Embracing both the convenience of the present (producing wherever he goes on his MacBook) and the charm of the past (one look at the rented 808 in his studio will attest to that), he is a producer who effortlessly spans the old and new skool in the most uncontrived of ways.
• A look at his upcoming release schedule spells out what a diverse producer he is and how far his popularity ranges - from bastions of techno like Cocoon to the kings of big room house Defected, through to underground darlings like Desolat, Supernature and 8Bit. Few producers can claim such a breadth of imprints to be associated with at any one time. When you ask Santé to describe his musical style, he says he doesn’t really know how to - which goes someway to explaining his widespread appeal.
• Plans for the future include his long-awaited debut artist album, which he promises will be more of a song-based affair than a straight-up collection of dancefloor grooves (“to show a few more skills”), and his fledgling Avotre brand, currently housing a record label and with a clothing line in the making. With his impressive release schedule to boot, he’s looking to be bigger than ever over the coming months.
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."
Taking the dance music scene by storm with their uplifting, positive melodies and funky remixes, Shneur Fomin and Mateo Leka (or better known by their stage name Shneur & Teo) are making New York City proud. They've been smashing shows alongside Showtek, Thomas Gold, Firebeatz, and Kygo, to name a few, and they are showing no signs of slowing down.
Hailing from Eastern Europe, the duo has been incorporating hometown influences with their groovy baselines and grandiose synth work, an interesting and fun combination of classic old-school swing and new world music. Shneur & Teo have been causing ruckus on the dance floor all summer, playing at EZOO, PACHA, HIGHLINE BALLROOM and SPACE, for example. The two have big things in store for 2016, so keep an ear out for these two Eastern European artists. They are changing the game with their innovative sounds one melody at a time.
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.
Sleepy Tom is Canada's latest homegrown talent putting a unique stamp on modern day dance music. After the Vancouver-based producer dropped The Currency, his firecracker of a debut EP on Fool's Gold, he became an in-demand remixer adding stomping club muscle to official releases for Diplo, Zeds Dead, Martin Solveig & other festival favourites. Sleepy Tom has since left an indelible mark on dance music with a string of highly anticipated releases, not to mention a non-stop stream of DJ mixes, bootlegs, and gigs worldwide. Stay woke!
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.
Denver producer Ross Ryan, better known by his stage name StéLouse (‘stay-loose’), is an electronic music producer who creates a completely unique auditory experience with his genre defying sound. Since establishing the StéLouse brand in fall 2013, Ryan has championed the genre of what has been widely referred to as “future bass” with his sonically diverse productions. In less than one year, Ryan has gone from a virtual unknown, to one of electronic music’s most buzz worthy acts, and now claims a loyal fans base of music lovers and fellow producers alike.
Ryan already boasts a debut EP, “Home,” a groundbreaking sophomore effort , “The City" EP, on Australian imprint DieHigh, and his forth coming single “Brave” (due out on Atlantic owned imprint Taste And Tone). Outside of his original productions, Ryan has delivered official remixes for artists such as Viceroy, Zella Day and Jaymes Young.
Drawing from his experience in a touring rock outfit, the sound of StéLouse stems directly from Ryan’s attention to a varied genre spectrum. In his own words, Ryan calls his music “a reflection of my heart and soul. Every emotion, every love, every death, every thought and flaw...past and present...all wrapped up into one single beautiful melody, for the world to sing. This is me, this is what I do.”
This forward thinking sound has awarded StéLouse millions of plays and brought unprecedented support from power players including Bassnectar, Zed’s Dead, Alison Wonderland, A-Trak, Madeon, Lido, Cashmere Cat, Plastician, MAKJ, David Heartbreak, Kill Paris, and Cosmos Midnight. Not to mention major blog support across the internets via the likes of Earmilk, Pigeons and Planes, Stoney Roads, and Do Androids Dance who named his The City EP “one of the best of 2014”.
2015 has proved an even busier year for StéLouse between slots on festivals such as Lightning In A Bottle and What The Festival, his upcoming single, a slew of remixes, the launch of his own label/collective (Hebinomichi), and the long studio hours kept fine tuning his debut LP (due out later in the year), this roll shows no signs of slowing up anytime soon.
For eighteen years, Technasia has created a unique east/west fusion that moves seamlessly from the Paris club scene, to the streets of Hong Kong, to the hippest techno venues in Europe. Founded by Charles Siegling and Amil Khan in 1996, Technasia thrived as a duo for almost a dozen years. From 2010, Charles has gone solo, taking Technasia as a one-man project.
Charles has a burning ambition to create music that transcends cultural barriers, and to captivate every audience. The proof of his success is in the list of clubs and festivals Technasia has played. Fans around the globe, from China, to Colombia, to Spain, know Technasia’s classic anthems, including ‘Force’ and ‘Acid Storm’, or the more recent ‘I Am Somebody’ and ‘Heart Of Flesh’. When DJing, Charles always plays on four decks, showcasing the old-fashioned arts of cutting and scratching. Live, Technasia takes audiences on an unforgettable ride, becoming a one-man band to create irresistible energy and atmosphere.
Technasia combines emotional melodies along with energetic beats, creating sophisticated and intelligent techno. To get and idea of what to expect listen to last year’s Creamfields UK Festival set.
When he’s not behind the a DJ booth, the outspoken promoter of young talent, uses the Sino imprint as a launch pad for talent such as Joris Voorn or Dosem.
The summer of 2014 has seen Technasia playing throughout some of the biggest festivals and clubs around Europe including ‘We Love’ with Carl Cox in Space [Ibiza], 909 Festival [Amsterdam], ANTS at Ushuaia [Ibiza] and FUSE with Laurent Garnier [Belgium].
2015 will open on an exciting note with quite several releases out within the first few months, including Technasia’s newest original track made in partnership with Green Velvet (out Q2 2015), the Hombre Lowdown explosive edit of Technasia’s classic tune “Obsession” (out on Stereo Productions in Feb. 2015) and a remix for Gonçalo’s forthcoming hit track “Mental Help” (out on Clarisse in March 2015).
The Magician is the alias of talented DJ/Producer, Stephen Fasano.
One night not so long ago, he appeared from a place between space and time. Apparently he stepped into this world, materializing in a cloud of crystal stars and soft pink smoke. Some claim he’s a former airline pilot who crashed an afterparty – some say it’s all just an illusion, a well performed hoax.
Previously a member of revered Balearic disco duo, Aeroplane, he disembarked that flight and boarded his own magical carpet ride in 2010. Following a string of releases on the French tastemaker label Kitsune, Stephen finally struck gold with his re-work of Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” in 2011 (which has had over 55 million views on YouTube and chart topping placings across Europe) and Clean Bandit’s “ Rather Be” in 2014.
Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers”
Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”
After signing to Parlophone / Warner Records and joining the Machine Management roster of artists in late 2013, The Magician hit new heights with his massive summer 2014 smash “Sunlight” featuring the vocals of Olly Alexander from Years & Years.
The Magician “Sunlight”
With Top 10 “hit” status achieved in the UK, Europe and Australia, The Magician has been spending 2015 cultivating his own ‘Potion’ live events and record label across the globe. New single “Together” is also set to win The Magician a whole new army of fans.
The Magician “Together”
During this whole time he has also been capturing the imaginations of music fans with his Magic Tapes on Soundcloud. Every month he sifts through new music - exclusives from other artists plus music from fans - crafting these tracks into new DJ mix tapes. He has now broke the 50 mark whilst along the way gaining a cult following of disco, pop and house fans. Everywhere The Magician DJs people come under his spell.
The Martinez Brothers, two young men from the Bronx, raised on their father’s love of the Paradise Garage and roadtested worldwide before they even left high school, are emerging as leaders in the global house music scene. The guys have held a residency at DC-10 in Ibiza since 2011, and in 2014 their standing within the world of underground house and techno is solid and constantly rising – their DJ sets are full of energy, fuelled by the brothers’ in-depth knowledge and an innate ability to guide the crowd.
The Martinez Brothers have produced a number of dance floor-ready releases since their earliest days at Objektivity, releasing their first EP, “My Rendition” in 2006 under the guidance of Dennis Ferrer. Other highlights include one of 2013′s big underground Ibiza hits, Santos Resiak’s “A Better Light” (The Martinez Brothers Remix) on One Records. Their ubiquitously popular remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” (Circus) was named the most-played dance track at ADE 2013, further showing their range as producers and delivering a dark, raw groove with cut-up vocal accents. In late 2013 / early 2014 they released the two-part hip-hop mixtape “Warhol/Basquiat,” which Philip Sherburne named SPIN Magazine’s Dance Track of the Week, saying: “At their best, their beats have a quizzical, psychedelic feel, stretching loops of Donna Summer and George Duke into long strips of taffy and turning up the humidity until they dissolve on their own.” This year they’ve teamed up with DJ Gregory / Point G with “What’s the Point?” the first release on his new label, Ever Lasting LovE.
2013 marked the beginning of their homespun event series Mad Beats & Crazy Styles, offering the brothers a space to explore their New York dance music roots. They have also conceived a new record label, Cuttin’ Headz, which will be a home to their musical experimentations. Also this year comes the premier of Tuskegee, the brainchild of The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler. Using the black and Latino musical experience in the US in the early 90s as inspiration, TMB and Troxler will be putting out a series of vinyl-only releases as well as a clothing line.
Earlier this year, The Martinez Brothers broke into the world of high fashion by traveling to Paris to provide music for Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Menswear and Womenswear Fall / Winter 2014 /15 collections. The track “Flawless” has already been featured in a Style.com exclusive preview of the Nike RT Air Force 1 Collection, offering a first glimpse of Riccardo Tisci’s collaboration with Nike.
This year alone the guys have been all over Europe and the Americas, they’ve premiered in Australia, and have plans for a tour of Asia. While on the road they created a behind-the-scenes Coachella photo diary for Rolling Stone and Nylon Guys. Production-wise, they’ve laid down some studio tracks with the legendary Nile Rodgers and have collaborated with Spanish Harlem-born hip hop star Bodega Bamz on his forthcoming mixtape. Despite the whirlwind of activity, Chris and Steve remain positive, down-to-earth guys. When asked about their achievements, they always humbly reply, “We are so blessed!”
Meet the man who’s single-handedly reinventing disco. It’s not often that you find a 19-year-old producer referencing Earth, Wind and Fire as his favourite act. That’s exactly the case with explosive new talent Throttle, the teenager from Australia who’s racked up an alarming list of achievements over the past three years and who – with the official backing of Earth, Wind and Fire – is set to scale the heights even further with new single “September”.
“Dirty Disco” pioneer Throttle is the only artist ever to have been allowed by the band to use original music from their body of work, a fact that may surprise more mainstream media unfamiliar with his work. Yet in an embarrassingly short space of time and at a ferocious pace, the young Australian is rising to the top armed with advanced studio finesse, his beloved guitar and a clear idea of where dance music needs to go. Throttle is not just the new kid on the block – he is the future of the genre and beyond – way, way beyond.
In a rapid yet organic trajectory, it was Throttle’s 2013 Launchpad “Inspire” video that caught the attention of global music media; the ensuing viral tsunami – almost 5 million views to date – rocketing him onto the radar. It wasn’t long before Avicii took notice, enlisting Throttle to remix his hit single “You Make Me”. Soon after, the remix was released as an official re-do, premiering through Rolling Stone and receiving huge tastemaker acclaim. Throttle swiftly took the #1 spot on the Hype Machine, peaking at #12 on the Beatport Charts.
His second Hype Machine #1 came in the shape of British crooner Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, securing over 2 million SoundCloud plays and expanding his legion of international fans. Production success quickly translated to the live stage, with two years of main stage duties at Australia’s Future Music Festival and support duties for Avicii under his belt, fitted in around his high school studies. July 2015 saw him release original single “Together” featuring David Spekter on vocals through Ash Pournouri’s PRMD imprint. Clocking up almost 2.5million plays on Spotify and over half a million views on YouTube in little over a month. Add to that his remix of Conrad Sewell’s “Hold Me Up” being used on primetime ABC drama series “Nashville” and the scale of Throttle’s early impact and reach beyond the confines of dance music becomes ever clearer.
With Throttle vs. Earth, Wind and Fire “September” set for release on Ultra Music November 13th worldwide, these final months of 2015 will propel Throttle into his next chapter and in doing so, give the world a new era of music that brings the soul, the funk and the musicality back to the dance floor, the radio, the factory floor, the kitchen, the car, the festival, the schoolyard and more.
Former international aid worker teams up with Icelandic security specialist and former top model to create an international DJ supergroup. Certainly not what you'd expect from a group called Thugfucker - but then Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson often do tend to defy expectations.
One a New Yorker transplanted to Europe, the other an Icelander transplanted to New York. Both from a strong musical background with an almost obsessive dedication to the art of wild party instigation.
Growing up on an Icelandic commune full of some of the country's finest political thinkers, Holmar eschewed his past and all the heady philosophy of his childhood to move to New York and search out more physical and visceral methods of bringing happiness to the masses.
Meanwhile Greg was in the midst of a successful (if short-lived) political career in America when he too became disillusioned with the duplicity and self serving interest of those around him. Disturbed by the void he saw in most people's lives, it was in the dark depths of the New York underground club scene that he finally found his true calling.
Unbeknownst to each other, Holmar and Greg then propelled themselves along similar paths, throwing parties, honing their musical & studio skills and searching out inspiration from a wide variety of musical sources.
Then one late night, in a cloudy alcohol fueled discussion about the plight of the genetically Rhythm-Blind, Holmar and Greg recognized the depth of their shared passions. Thugfucker was born.
When Thugfucker's single, "Disco Gnome" was released in 2011 it marked the beginning of the highly respected Life and Death records and very quickly, lots of little gnomes were found in the boxes of some of the best DJs worldwide. It received widespread play in all kinds of clubs around the world from DJs as varied as Seth Troxler & the Visionquest crew, Jamie Jones, Guy Gerber, Loco Dice, Sasha, Pete Tong and many many more. It remains to this day a favorite of clubbers worldwide.
Following this came another collaboration with friends and label mates Tale of Us, this time in the form of an EP for Visionquest. With two tracks, "Morgana" and "Step Aside" (featuring Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys), this collaboration also got lots of love from DJ's everywhere, went #1 on the Beatport tech house chart, not to mention being named an 'essential' track by Pete Tong on his Radio 1 show..
And in the meantime Thugfucker have been busy traveling the globe playing extended back to back DJ sets at some of the best clubs and parties worldwide. From Burning Man to Panorama Bar to Fabric to BPM and Sonar and Coachella to DC10 and Output and Katerholzig and many more. If you haven't partied with them yet then you probably haven't been trying hard enough to have a good time. You should definitely try harder and join them.
In addition to music and parties, Greg is also a co-founder of Life and Death alongside partners Manfredi Romano (DJ Tennis) and Matteo Milleri (from Tale of Us).
Holmar has also just founded a new label called YAH! with co-conspirators James Healy and Pete Sung.
Thugfucker are currently preparing their next EP for Life and Death due out in the not too distant future.
TJR (real name TJ Rozdilsky) has built a formidable catalogue of original tracks and remixes since exploding on the scene in 2008. He’s the consummate DJ’s DJ and its clear that the mixing skills he’s honed over his career have never been more relevant; spinning, rolling and scratching live, TJR is a sight to behold behind the decks, especially in an era of pre-programmed playlists.
Known for his three Beatport overall #1’s with ‘Funky Vodka,’ ‘What’s Up Suckaz,’ and ‘Bounce Generation,’ his monstrous hit ‘Ode to Oi’ and the certiﬁed Platinum smash, ‘Don’t Stop The Party’ with Pitbull; TJR has become the master of the dance ﬂoor anthem.
Moving to LA from Connecticut as a last ditch effort to avoid the corporate grind, he honed his skills behind the decks by constantly working at his craft. The hard work paid off and he found success in LA and San Diego, and from there the best parties and dance ﬂoors of the world beckoned.
TrollPhace, aka Damon Orienti, has quickly established himself as one of the filthiest and most violent producers in the game. Too complex to be qualified simply as Dubstep, his evil and aggressive sound makes run-of-the-mill bass music appear mild-mannered at worst. Proving to be a momentous year, in 2014 the Atlanta-based producer has already enjoyed: a Reddit shoutout from Skrillex, who instructed fans to, “Check out this kid...making SICK tunes”, a Main Stage appearance at Ultra Music Festival alongside Diplo and Skrillex as Jack U and an OWSLA release. Not to mention the attention TrollPhace has received from some of the industry’s heaviest hitters including 12th Planet, Zed’s Dead and Datsik.
More than a filthy producer, TrollPhace is a monster behind the decks. His ground-shaking sets seem to beg the question, how violent can we get? Blending together his unique hip-hop influenced and aggressive tracks, TrollPhace leaves crowds begging for more. With a nationwide tour alongside Mantis and Rekoil getting underway and a number of raw and heavy unheard tracks in his arsenal, TrollPhace will without a doubt continue to prove the substance behind his monstrous reputation.
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.
At first it was two DJs having more fun playing shows together rather than separately. That turned into an Amsterdam club night, after which Yellow Claw took their show on the road—in the Netherlands and across the world. Their first songs came out in 2012, Blood For Mercy became a mantra and Barong Family was established as a record label. With a huge, loyal fanbase crowding their gigs from Las Vegas to Seoul and everywhere in between, Yellow motherfucking Claw’s is one of the most electrifying shows you’ll come across.
As much as their music is about energy release by any means necessary, Yellow Claw’s whole approach is highly conceptual and deliberate: from the numbered mixtapes to the branded merchandise (from parkas to bathing suits), the slick (music) videos and collaborations with artists as diverse as Diplo and Ty Dolla $ign, Tiësto and Pusha T. Launched in 2014, Barong Family has become a home to upcoming, likeminded artists like Cesqeaux, LNY TNZ, Moksi, Mightyfools, Mike Cervello and more.
Over the years, Yellow Claw has performed at the main stages of EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, Jack Ü’s New Year’s Eve party, Spring Awakening and Coachella in the United States, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Mysteryland, Kingsday Festival, The Flying Dutch and Sensation in the Netherlands and Future Music Festival in Australia, has held a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas and played numerous headline shows in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and all along East Asia.
In November of 2015 Yellow Claw finally delivered its full-length debut album Blood For Mercy on Mad Decent, followed by a massive US tour. Featuring many big name features, it went straight to #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums as well as Top Dance/Electronic Albums charts and also reached #1 on Beatport.
In 2016, Blood For Mercy won the Edison award (Dutch equivalent of the Grammys) for dance music in the Netherlands. The single “In My Room”, made in partnership with DJ Mustard and featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga has so far clocked almost 7 million views on YouTube and over 72 million streams on Spotify (not counting remixes).
Currently working on their second album, Yellow Claw is continually keeping the pressure on with their record label Barong Family, with releases scheduled from new as well as more established family members.
Zedd 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.