Saturday, December 29th - Monday, December 31st 2012
Sat, Dec 29
Tue, Jan 1
Lights All Night Festival GA 3-Day
Tiesto, AVICII, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Axwell, Ghostland Observatory, Flux Pavilion, Alesso, Zeds Dead, NERO, Zedd, Alvin Risk, GRiZ, Markus Schulz, Feed Me, Madeon, Nobody Beats the Drum, Rhythm Monks, A-Trak, Tommy trash, Adventure Club, Keys N Krates, Gareth Emery, Bingo Players, Nervo, LA Riots, Diplo, Sander van Doorn, Break Science, 12th Planet, 3LAU, FIGURE, Mord Fustang, Cookie Monsta, Funtcase, Popeska, SuperVision, The White Panda, Doorly, At Dawn We Rage, Crizzly, Minnesota, Archnemesis, Abakus, Play N Skillz
3550 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX, 75210
This event is 18 and over
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In 1997 he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink, where he released the Magik and In Search of Sunrise CD series. In 1999 and 2000 he collaborated with Ferry Corsten to create Gouryella. In 2001 he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career as well as his remix of Delerium's "Silence" featuring Sarah McLachlan which exposed him to more mainstream audiences. As his popularity rose in the early 2000s he became the first DJ to perform to a large crowd without any other DJs or opening acts. He was crowned the "World's No.1 DJ" 3 consecutive times by DJ Magazine from 2002 through 2004.
After an incredible 2010 - with worldwide hit singles like Bromance and My Feelings For You plus hit remixes of Tiësto, Robyn, David Guetta, and Bob Sinclar - all bodes right for Avicii in 2011. With massive monster tracks lined up and many of the world's biggest events headlining Avicii on the bill, little is left to dispute that 2011 will be this enviously young talent's year. No surprise when his first release of 2011, Street Dancer, went straight for number one on the worldwide Beatport charts. Among upcoming releases are the highly anticipated remixes of Armin van Buuren - Drowning and Daft Punk - Derezzed as well as his own Penguin, Silhouettes, Abow and the mysterious ID circulating countless forums around the web.
With his monthly LE7ELS podcast and radio show at SiriusXM, Avicii is looking at establishing his name among the stars, bringing his contagious sounds to the masses and making them believe what many already know - Avicii truly is the Sound of Now.
By combining sound and force with weight, the Bassnectar experience engulfs the
senses. It is as physical as it is auditory; the adventure has no rules, no limitations,
and no hesitation in fusing the familiar with the strange or the classic with the
Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and it exists as an open-sourced musical
project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it
is imaginary. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music covers every genre
imaginable and smashes it all into a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and
Whether remixing, collaborating, writing, DJing, performing live, or working on
constant social networking, Bassnectar's music is the lure and social impact is the
sincere intention. According to Ashton, "We are so blessed, and so deeply fortunate
to be alive and awake right now…it's a basic truth, but it's very powerful. I think
privilege confers responsibility, and Bassnectar is a reflection of that opportunity to
give back; the motion of my cells bouncing back at the world."
The official Bassnectar discography can be found at HYPERLINK
"http://www.bassnectar.net/listen/releases/" www.bassnectar.net/listen/releases/ .
Bassnectar's most recent releases are Art of Revolution (2009), Cozza Frenzy
(2009), and Timestretch (2010). Through his self-run Amorphous Music label and
Bassnectar Labs studio, he has remixed/collaborated with the likes of KRS-One,
Perry Farrel, Fever Ray, Spearhead, STS9, Buckethead, Tappa Zuki, and Zumbi of
Zion I; as well as various remix projects with producers such as Z-trip, Diplo, BT,
6Blocc, DJ Vadim, and RJD2.
Along the way, the Bassnectar tour has headlined stops at some of the most noted
venues in the country, touring with his own custom rig by PK Sound. After a long line
of sell-out shows, Bassnectar never fails to gather monster crowds on the festival
circuit. Some of his most celebrated sets took place at the nation's top festivals
including Coachella, Lollapalooza, ACL, Bonnaroo, and Ultra Music Festival. Whether
performing at an intimate club or at a major festival, Bassnectar energizes audiences
with an experience unlike any other.
For more information visit http://www.bassnectar.net
"Favoring a naughty schoolboy look that makes him seem even younger than his already tender years (22 when his first major-label album was released), Scottish artist, producer, and remixer Calvin Harris has a similarly youthful and forward-looking approach to his music. Skipping the usual apprenticeship in the clubs or on indie labels, Harris went from posting his own D.I.Y. electroclash music online through MySpace and similar sites to signing with the multinational giant EMI almost in a single step.
Born on January 17, 1984, in the southern Scotland city of Dumfries, Harris was first attracted to electronic music in his teens and was recording bedroom demos by 1999. Two of these songs, "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days," were released as a 12" club single and CD-EP by the Prima Facie label in early 2002 under the artist name Stouffer. With that single to his credit, the still teenaged Harris moved from Scotland to London, but as a very small fish in one of the world's largest and most competitive ponds, Harris floundered; only one of his songs was released during his time in London, "Let Me Know" with vocalist Ayah on the Unabombers' 2004 live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2.
Returning home to Dumfries, Harris began posting homemade solo recordings to his MySpace page. An A&R representative from EMI liked what he heard and signed Harris to the label in 2006. Following a pair of successful singles, Harris released his debut album, I Created Disco, in the summer of 2007. It featured two Top Ten hits ("Acceptable in the 80s" and "The Girls"), and climbed high in the album charts. Along with his work as a solo artist, which includes touring in front of a full live band, Harris quickly became an in-demand remixer -- working on singles by Jamiroquai, Groove Armada, All Saints, and CSS. He also wrote and produced songs for Kylie Minogue's 2007 comeback album, and collaborated with Dizzee Rascal on "Dance wiv Me," which reached number one in the U.K. "I'm Not Alone," the first single from his second album, also hit number one upon release in April 2009, as did the album (Ready for the Weekend) when it appeared in August." - Stewart Mason, AllMusicGuide
Axwell (born as Axel Hedfors, 18 December 1977 in Lund, Sweden) is a DJ, remixer, record producer and record label owner from Sweden. He is part of a three person group dubbed the Swedish House Mafia...
Ghostland Observatory is not a band, but an agreement between two friends to create something that not only heals their beat-driven hearts, but pleases their rock 'n roll souls. Taking the working man's approach, Ghostland Observatory spend countless hours in their south Austin studio. They have released two albums in less than a year, and have moved audiences from coast to coast with their live performances and unique style.
Ghostland Observatory is the duo of front man Aaron Behrens and producer/drummer Thomas Turner. Behrens' vocal style and stage performances are unique and uncompromising, and he has drawn early comparisons to Freddie Mercury and Prince. Turner is heavily influenced by electronic artists such as Daft Punk, Laurent Garnier and Green Velvet, as well as rockers such as The Animals, David Bowie, and The Clash. With their spectral blend of electronics, drums, guitar and vocals, they have emerged with a sound that is the culmination of past influence and present inspiration, and can only be described as BALLSY.
Joshua Steele, known professionally as Flux Pavilion, is an English dubstep producer and DJ. He is the co-founder of Circus Records, along with Doctor P, DJ Swan-E and Dyspro. He is best known for his 2011 single "Bass Cannon", which peaked at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart, and was placed on the Radio 1 A-List. Along with Doctor P, Flux Pavilion presented the 2011 compilation album Circus One, to which he contributed four tracks. In August 2011 his track "I Can't Stop" was sampled by producer Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph for hip-hop album, Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West. In December 2011, Flux Pavilion was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll, as one of only two independent artists on the longlist. On 5 March 2012, his track "I Can't Stop" was used in the viral Kony 2012 campaign, and was previously featured in SSX.
Alesso (born July 7, 1991, Stockholm as Alessandro Lindblad) is a Swedish DJ and electronic dance music producer.
DC and Hooks are Zeds Dead.
They first hooked up in 2004 and formed Mass Productions. Influenced by the digging in the crates sampling school of hip hop, Mass Productions released one independent album in the summer of 2007 entitled Fresh Beetz. It was their first and only release.
In the summer of 2009, the two launched their second collaboration - Zeds Dead - turning up the bpm and aiming the bass-lines at the dance-floor. Soon after Zeds Dead (alongside the Killabits) founded a weekly party in Toronto called BassMentality. Guests have included Nero, Skrillex, 12th Planet, Borgore, Mary Anne Hobbs, Plastician, Netsky, and many more.
Two of the hardest workers in electronic music, Zeds Dead's tireless efforts have earned them an excellent reputation amongst a new generation of producers as artists without borders - genres hold no bearing over their music as they transcend style and form with ease. By pulling from a vast array of source material (Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Sublime), and molding it into their unique brand of dance-floor classics, They have established themselves as a dominant force in EDM circles and have received recognition and praise from tastemakers worldwide. With a stockpile of originals and remixes set to be released in 2011, DC and Hooks show no signs of slowing down.
NERO have become a big name in both the Drum and Bass and Dubstep scenes, often fusing both styles of music in their DJ sets. They started with DnB, joining DJ SS's Formation Records in the Summer of 2004. Since then Dan and Joe's tracks have caused quite a stir, gaining huge support from DJs like Andy C, Grooverider and Friction, as well as radio airplay from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Rob Da Bank, Steve Lamacq and Fabio & Grooverider, to name just a few.
In June 2006 Nero released their acclaimed EP, "Requiem EP" on Formation Records. The EP featured 4 top tracks, Requiem, Bitch I'm Gone, Autopsy and Bad For the Brain. High Contrast included Bitch I'm Gone in his mix for the legendary Fabric Live series, Fabric Live 25.
2009 saw Nero's first release on iconic label Breakbeat Kaos. The killer track 'Act Like You Know', backed with Sound in Motion and a dubstep edit of the title track, has been hitting dancefloors across the world for the last year and was picked up by Fresh and Adam F.
Onto Dubstep.... Nero's debut dubstep release, 'This Way', became one of the biggest dubstep tunes of 2008 and is still selling big units across the world. Since then, Nero's consistent releases have made them one of the most talked about acts in dubstep. Their remix of the Streets' tune 'Blinded by the Lights' was a massive radio hit as well as a dancefloor smasher played by DJ's from Chase and Status and Skream to Tiesto and Diplo. More recently Nero have remixed La Roux and Deadmau5 to devastating effect.
The boy's DJing career has also taken off this year, October saw an intensive gigging schedule which included supporting Deadmau5, Chase & Status and Zane Lowe on their UK tours.
They recently won the 2010 Beatport awards for best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for "Act Like You Know".
Nero are currently working on their debut album signed exclusively to Chase & Status' label MTA ... watch this space!
Zedd, being born into a family of musicians, began playing the piano at the age of four. After sevreal years of learning to master the piano, Anton began playing the drums in a band, and composed and produced numerous rocksongs in his band's own studio. In 2009 he began producing electronic clubmusic, to much and quick acclaim. After a peroid of only few months he attained a remarkable level and participated in Beatport's "Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest", which he went on to win. This opened up a number of new possibilities for Zedd, and only shortly after, he won his second contest on Beatport, the "Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest"! This was the foundation for several cooperations with artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, P. Diddy, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Armand Van Helden and labels like mau5trap, Interscope, Atlantic, Strictly Rhythm or Skint Records. His first release "The Anthem" entered the Beatport charts top 20, and even made it to the second place of Track It Down charts. His remix for Skrillex' 'Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites', released on 'mau5trap recordings' climbed up the charts to #4 on Beatport and #2 on Beatport's Electro House charts. One of the reasons for this rapid development is undoubtedly Zedd's unique and highly recognizable style of composition. It stands out as very detailed and carefully produced Electro House, very playful and the same time remarkably catchy. Zedd is definitely an artist to look out for in the future...
Singer and producer Alvin Risk's talents have earned him instant recognition amongst the dance music Illuminati. Since posting his first songs in early 2011, he has already garnered support from artists like Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Nero, Designer Drugs, Chuckie and Pendulum among others.
Now placed at the forefront of electronic music, his catalog continues to grow steadily with a host of original productions and collaborations as well as remixes for artists as diverse as Matt & Kim, Ali Love, Example, Skylar Grey, and Jamaica.
Affectionately known by all who love him as Griz (and currently performing under that pseudonym), Chris Grunwald is a Philadelphia born artist who has been delivering the goods
for more than a decade. Constantly adding to his creative resume, he continues to explore different musical avenues both as a solo performer and with several Philly based bands. Griz'
rustic exterior is embedded with thoughtful honesty and raw affection. His repertoire is a unique collection of songs crafted with an untamed scrutiny of the human experience that leaves an
audience energized and ready to dance. This rocking vibe sets Griz apart from his mates in the local folk scene.
When Griz is playing with his full band, it is the fleshed out manifestation of his songwriting. Accompanied by a rotating cast of accomplished musicans, it brings to life the rock and roll
sounds that Griz hears in his head (along with the voices). They enjoy a fun loving fan base that can often be heard singing along to songs from Plant Life, as well as newer tunes from The
Secret in the Garden.
Introduction: Over the last 10 years Markus Schulz has fused the individual musical identities of progressive house & trance into his own creative and now inimitable hybrid sound. Through the unique alignment of his headline DJ sets, Coldharbour label output and highly prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show, he orchestrated a sea change revolution in the US trance scene. This success has been singularly reflected in weekly headliner sets in front of many tens of thousands, a GDJB listenership up in the tens of millions & one Beatport chart-topping release after another. Following several highly ranked positions, in 2008 Schulz punched his way into the Top 10 of DJ Magazine's Top 100 chart, landing at no.8. In repeating the exact same achievement in 2009, he now stands, quite unequivocally, as America's no.1 club DJ.
Early History: Born in Eschwege, central Germany, Markus emigrated to the United States. Age 13, his dance music awakening came during the grip of the country's then-exploding breakdance scene. His early production and DJ career roughly tracked that of the Stateside 2nd coming of House and he caught his first production break in 1993 when he remixed Sagat's 'Why Is It? (F** Dat)' for FFrr. Markus' freshman production release followed in 1994 with the 6-track-strong 'Plastik Trax EP Vol 1'. Throughout the mid to late Nineties he continued to pull in early acclaim with a range of releases on numerous US luminary labels. In 1998 he recorded 'You Won't See Me Cry' for Plastik Records (his first label), a release which was picked up by Eve Records for the UK. This became Markus' first international calling card… The world had started to tune in.
Markus Schulz – The DJ: Through his natural audience affinity, flawless (and seemingly effortless) mixing and innate tune selection, he has wowed crowds in pretty much every major district, principality and metropolis. Schulz's DJ career has, to the greater degree, run parallel to that of his productions. In the early Noughties, having fixed focus on the hinterland between trance & progressive, he began to reach audiences further and further afield. In 2004 he was signed to the David Lewis Productions agency (also home of the World's No.1 DJ Armin van Buuren) and his career took another big step forward. Now a regular fixture at the world's biggest & most famous clubs, arenas and festivals, he lays down his unique trance-progressive vision on a weekly basis. In Europe, he's smashed Trance Energy, Nature One & Dance Valley, worked tent-pegs loose at Creamfields & Global Gathering and brought gridlock to the Love Parade. Stateside the colossal Electric Daisy & Ultra Festivals have both felt the Schulz pressure and yet further afield still he's induced floor upheaval in China and Australia (most recently at the Future Music Festival). After several significant showings in the Top 100 DJs chart, he now ranks as one of the top 10 DJs in the world and in 2008 was voted Best American DJ at the IDMAs.
Coldharbour Recordings: Schulz's sound notably came quickest to the ears of continental European DJs. Following the formation of the Armada group in 2005, Armin sought Markus out and asked him to start compiling tracks for a new vinyl series. The Coldharbour Sessions EPs launched in 2004 (with the first 3 releases coming out on the already established Electronic Elements label). In quick succession they began to leave crater-like impacts on dancefloors and within 12 months Coldharbour the label was born. Named after Markus' then-production base in London's Coldharbour Lane, its output immediately brought a new fission sound to Armada. It also became a lightning rod for a new generation of prog-inclined producers – setting in motion the careers of (amongst others) Santiago Nino, Rex Mundi, Mark Otten & Niklas Harding. With 2005 under the spell of Coldharbour's more sophisticated, minimal, but still melodic take on the prog-trance sound, Markus struck again with the first Coldharbour Sessions mix compilation. Such has been the success of the imprint that in 2007 it was joined by a sub-label, Coldharbour Red. This, in turn, was a launch pad for Marcus Schössow, tyDi, Glenn Morrison & Evol Waves and was the point of re-entry for early Schulz side-project, Dakota (see Dakota section below). Six years after its birth, in 2010, Coldharbour stands at the top tier of the world's trance & progressive labels and stands on the threshold of its 100th release.
M.S. Productions 2005 – 2010: Perfectly intersecting the quality/quantity axis, Markus' own productions have been the most fundamental of components in marshalling clubbers and music lovers to his sound. Over the course of the last half-decade tracks like 'First Time' & 'Without You Near' (2005), 'Fly To Colours', 'Never Be The Same' & 'I Am' (2007) 'Perfect' & 'Cause You Know' (2008) & most recently 'The New World' & 'Do You Dream' have each played their vital part. Markus is also a keen production collaborator. In 2005 he famously teamed up with likeminded producers Gabriel & Dresden and Departure for 'Without You Near' and in mid-2008 did the same with Andy Moor on 'Daydream' and most recently on 'Goodbye' with Max Graham. The impact of all the singles has been cauterized by his studio albums 'Without You Near' (2005), 'Progression' (2007). In February 2010, Schulz completed recording his third long-player, 'Do You Dream?', which is scheduled for release in June 2010.
The Global DJ Broadcast show: Now in its fifth year Schulz's GDJB has continued to be a beacon for an always-growing throng of trance & progressive dance fans. Broadcast through leading station DI.fm and Sirius/XM satellite, the Global DJ Broadcast site and 50+ other FM stations around the planet, it has become every bit required listening for the EDM-savvy. Based on a regular format, the first show of each month is a two hour long mix from one of Schulz's rolling World Tour gigs - ones that have of late included Medellin, Columbia, St Petersberg, Russia & Amnesia in Ibiza. Subsequent shows in the month feature Markus mixing his broad-span pick of the current electronic dance music best for an hour (which includes the forum-voted Global Selection track of the week) followed by guest mixes from both established and up-and-coming DJs.
Markus Schulz – The City Albums:Markus is also responsible for one of the longest running and most respected compilation album series in trance history. Kicking off in 2005 in Miami, its city-hopping concept has gone on to spotlight Ibiza in '06, Amsterdam in '08, & Toronto in '09. Most recently he homed in on Las Vegas for an album that Mixmag said: "managed the rarity of living up to the hype" and "ranked as his best yet"). Providing a microcosmic view of his sound, they have become cornerstones for fans CD & mp3 collections, with each new travelogue edition bringing in a fresh wave of supporters. Notably, the Amsterdam '08 release was nominated for an IDMA award for Best Full Length DJ Mix (in the same year that Markus took home the trophy for Best American DJ).
Remixes: Markus powered into remix action in the early 90s with a 30+ volley of high-profile reworks. Over the course of the decade he re-tooled the production works of Euro dominators like The Real McCoy & Technotronic, house masters & divas Armand van Helden & Liz Torres, legendary Nineties icons RuPaul, Bette Midler & Sandra Bernhard and fully-fledged A-listers like Madonna. As the Millennium arrived though he began to work on deeper, more intrinsically electronic dance fare... In 2000 he remixed trance innovator Pablo Gargano's 'Absolution', PQM's Renaissance classic 'The Flying Song' and Fatboy Slim's 'Sunset (Bird of Prey). Satisfied that he'd found the right dance strata to focus on Markus has gone on to rewire tracks by Oceanlab, Motorcycle, Dance 2 Trance, Cosmic Gate, Nalin & Kane, Kyau & Albert, John O'Callaghan, & Space Manoeuvres amongst many, many others.
Markus Schulz aka: Dakota: Markus has only made rare use of pseudonyms through his career - seeing them as being only valuable if they represent an outlet for something other than his 'regular' output. At the turn of the last decade Schulz released 3 tracks ('Swirl', 'Frozen' & 'Lost in Brixton') under the moniker Dakota. Over time these became focal points for the year-on-year exponential intake of new fans. In 2009 Schulz paid dividend to that by resurrecting the guise, updating its sound and directed his attentions on a whole album of new Dakota material. 'Thoughts Become Things' was the end product and with it came a route diversion that went into a new valley-deep sound – one that expanded to embrace the fringes of techno, house and other sub-genres. It once again fortified the Schulz's fanbase and expanded the range of DJ support for his music. The album has thus far justified 7 single releases that have included particular fan-favourites 'Chinook', 'Johnny the Fox', 'Koolhaus' & 'Mr Cappuccino'.
Debuting by being the first external artist to feature on the infamous mau5trap label, Feed Me's array of hard hitting electronica with a grin quickly caught the eyes and ears of listeners worldwide. After a succession of high profile remixes, Feed Me continued to develop his distinct visual style and sound with his first extended play. The acclaimed 8 track 'Feed Me's Big Adventure' immediately took Beatport by storm with 6 tracks hitting the top 10, gathering fans throughout different genres.
Madeon is a french electronic musician who talks about himself in the third person. What a snob.
I'm Madeon, i'm from France and i make music.
Nobody Beats the Drum
Nobody Beats The Drum are in the front line of Dutch electronic dance music. The three-piece electro outfit consists of Sjam Sjamsoedin, Jori Collignon, and Rogier van der Zwaag sharing the stage. While Sjam and Jori produce all the music Rogier produces all the video projections. Together, the trio delivers a uniquely unforgettable live audio/visual experience that has brought them high praise from trendsetters such as Kanye West, Vice Magazine and more. NBTD make their way to North America this spring for the finest in independent and electronic music gatherings, including SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, Sasquatch Music Festival, and Electric Forest.
To fully appreciate their fusion of breaks, electro, hip-hop and every other form of music that whips a crowd up into a sweaty, writhing heap of body parts, it's best to see NBTD live where the pounding music is enhanced by their one-of-a kind over-the-top visuals.
Known for years as the most exciting electronic act in The Netherlands, NBTD introduced the next level to their live stage-setup at the 2011 Amsterdam Dance Event, the Amazing 333'' TeleNovem Automaton, a bombastic 9 screen installation on which Rogier's live visual art is mapped and projected while Sjam and Jori simultaneously let the music explode. In 2012 NBTD will perform music from their pounding second album, Currents, as well as their debut, Beats Work, both of which critically-acclaimed throughout Europe. Accompanied by a stunning visual show mixed live to their music Nobody Beats The Drum is sure to be a name on any EDM fan's lips across the world in short order.
Resistance is futile – Nobody. Beats. The Drum.
The Rhythm is the heart of mystery. Rhythm is movement, current, change, renovation and repetition. Our experience of time bases itself on Rhythm. Nothing exists without oscillation, without movement. Everything vibrates, everything "speaks" a universe of Rhythms. The Rhythm Monks are Masters of Trance, searching to understand the fundamental essence of the Drum.
They are technicians of ecstacy. Modern Shamans. Mystics. The Drum serves them and their audience as a vehicle to another state of consciousness. This goal is to achieve an extended consciousness within themselves and their audience. At the same time, they are part of modern society and from Berlin's art scene. The Rhythm Monks are not interested in complacent celebration of the ego or debilitating Pop-Star surliness. They wear masks and see themselves as a Unity.
In the Trance and Electro scene, the Monks see a connection between the archaic rituals of Rhythm and Dance. Crossing to the spiritual side of the Drum is the greatest adventure for the Rhythm Monks. The worldwide connection between Rhythm and Ritual exists as powerfully in the present as it has in the past. The Rhythm Monks study the Power of Rhythm, which has a great influence on the spirit and body of the human being. The goal of the Rhythm Monks is to discover the True Self and develop the hidden capacities within this medium. On the path towards substantial evolution, the playing of mystical rhythms is one of the basic methods to develop your substance within. Explore what the Drum does do to you, explore the Rhythm.
Alain Macklovitch was 13 when he scratched his first record. The year was 1995, the turntable was his father's, and the mixer… well, he didn't have a mixer yet. But that problem was remedied soon enough, when he used his freshly earned Bar Mitzvah money to buy himself a used Technics 1200 turntable and, you guessed it, a mixer. In the months that followed, while the other kids were busy playing sports and watching Full House, he spent most of his after-school time locked up in his basement, practicing, listening to Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Jazzy Jeff records, studying videotapes and showing his new scratches to his big brother Dave.
Two years later, with nary an armpit hair in sight, the Montreal native was crowned DMC World Champion and invited to be an honorary member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, the celebrated Bay Area crew led by DJ Q-Bert and Mixmaster Mike. When that crew disbanded, he and Miami's DJ Craze joined forces as the front men of a new collective, the Allies. In the years that followed, A-Trak went on to win the 1999 & 2000 ITF World Championships, the 1999 Vestax World Extravaganza and the 2000 DMC Team Championships (with Craze). On top of being the youngest world champion, this made him the first DJ ever to win all three major titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax) and the first DJ to win five world championships. At the age of 18, Young Trizzle decided it was time to retire from battling.
In the turntablist scene, A-Trak established himself as "the DJ's DJ", building groundbreaking routines that managed to push the envelope technically while remaining appealing to the untrained ear. He developed a revolutionary notation system, which allowed him to write scores of scratch patterns and solos. And his DJ battle records quickly became cult favorites, used and abused in competitions around the globe. Meanwhile, with his broski Dave 1 (now of Chromeo fame), he formed the indie hip hop label Audio Research, which built a steady reputation for putting out critically acclaimed vinyl releases. A-Trak has also collaborated with Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw imprint, producing a 7-inch which was later included on the Jukebox 45s compilation.
From 1998 on, he toured constantly across the world, criss-crossing North America and Europe repeatedly, hitting Japan five times and Australia every summer. He has performed in such far reaches as mainland China, Iceland, South Africa and Hawaii. To this day, you can catch him wowing audiences at Coachella, the Red Bull Music Academy, Audiotistic or the Montreal Jazz Fest one day, and then tearing up the grimiest hip hop club the next.
A-Trak's live sets bridge the gap between boundary-pushing turntablism and debauched party-rocking. He hits you with jaw-dropping DJ routines, using a sampler and effect pedals for live production. But at the same time, he keeps people cutting up the rug with eclectic sets of bootleg-heavy hip hop, crunk, booty and classic electro, dancehall, 80's funk and anything in between. Plus he tops it all off with his signature comedic comments on the mic.
In the summer of 2004, Kanye West caught A-Trak performing at a record store in London and quickly invited him to become his DJ. They embarked on a 40-city North American tour, performing in front of sold-out 20,000 seat stadiums for two months, and then hit Europe and Japan. When Kanye came home to hit the lab, he reached out to Trizzy for some cuts on Common's critically praised album Be as well as his sophomore opus Late Registration. They are currently back on the road promoting this instant classic.
All of A-Trak's worldwide advenctures have been captured on video and are compiled on his DVD entitled Sunglasses Is A Must, to be released in early 2006. He is also in the midst of recording his first album, which will showcase his distinctive style of scratch-based and sample-heavy production as well as cameos from some of his favorite emcees, from the Dipset to MF Doom. A-Trak is one of the only DJs to truly reconcile technical experimentation with cold getting dumb on the dancefloor. And by all accounts, the best has yet to come.
Fist in the air and unmistakable locks at large, Tommy Trash is not your stereotypical Dance icon. With an armoury of his own carefully created anthems, this Australian club grinder has thrown to one side the clean-shaven image of EDM idols. Without a hint of compromise where quality is concerned, 2012 is proving a landmark year for the thunder from down under.
Outside of his party-hard stage presence, the ARIA Award-nominated producer’s approach to mind-blowing music remains as heartfelt as they come. As high-profile remix duties for the Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 would indicate, demand for his delinquent House cuts is sky high. With signings on labels ranging from Axtone and Refune right through to Mau5trap and Tiësto ’s Musical Freedom imprint, every new installment of his poignant floor filling productions lay testament to the pride the Aussie takes in his blazing musical legacy.
With global club culture spiraling to such unfathomable heights, Tommy has had little trouble fitting the bigger bills now associated with his craft. From the most prestigious nightspots around the globe to the ever-expanding global festivals that he so seamlessly conquers, there is no stage too grand or miniscule for him to tailor his adrenaline fuelled turntable dexterity to. In line with his successive industry triumphs, the road ahead looks set to comfortably accommodate the intense energy and unique characteristics that Tommy continues to bring to Electronic Dance music. With forthcoming collaborations alongside the likes of Tiësto , Sebastian Ingrosso and A-Trak promise to unravel before 2012 is out. In the age of easy fit solutions, you cannot fake the breakneck stamina and heartfelt integrity of Australia’s standard setting Dance floor warrior.
Adventure Club is a Dubstep Duo hailing from Montreal.
Formed in early 2011, Adventure Club is a Production ouftit / DJ duo formed by local musicians Christian Srigley & Leighton James.
After a blitz in the studio, they've released 5 tracks with an Upcoming EP to hit the scene shortly. With remixes ranging from 1950's classics, post-hardcore rock to the sweet electronic sounds of today.
Keys N Krates
Keys N Krates formed in 2008 out of a desire to do something different. They wanted to take the remix/electronic sound out of the studio and onto the stage, creating a new live electronica experience. The Toronto-based trio – comprised of the high-energy Adam Tune on drums, synth-master David Matisse on keys, and internationally award-winning Jr. Flo on turntables – began by locking themselves in a rehearsal room for six months to create and finesse their unique sound and identity.
The result? A blend of hip hop, electronica, and jam that truly shows off the artistry of the live remix. Keys N Krates collage raw samples and twist them with live instrumentation, creating a unique party sound. With two live off-the-floor mixtapes under their belt, the outfit is set to release their first EP, The Blackout. The multi-genre EP blends clever sample collaging, epic synths, big bass, and funky drum grooves into a sonically unified collection of songs.
KNK has been featured in such publications as URB, Fader, and Antenna magazine. They have toured with and played alongside artists including Pretty Lights, Lotus, Skrillex, Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, Metric, Timbaland, Zed's Dead and more. In 2011, the band broke out on the festival scene, playing Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, North Coast, Moe's Summer Camp, Re-Generation and Blues Fest. After producing distinctive remixes of songs by artists such as MGMT, Jay Z, Michael Jackson, Drake, and Florence + The Machine, Keys N Krates were commissioned to create official remixes for Lotus, Lyrics Born, and OK GO.
To really grasp what Tune, Matisse, and Jr. Flo bring to the stage, you have to see it up close. Their shows are filled with high-energy sets that are made to be witnessed live. The guys continue to craft and grow their sound and style, exposing audiences worldwide to the Keys N Krates experience.
Most DJ/producers don't crack into the DJMag Top 100 before the age of 30. Most of them don't shun major label attention. Most of them don't have them don't have the balls to call out the scene that they belong to when it's failing to deliver the goods. And some don't even produce 'their' own tracks. Gareth Emery, with his potent blend of trance, house, electro and techno, however, is not your average major league artist.
He was a prodigious talent in his childhood, teaching himself to play the piano from the age of 4, and continuing his invaluable classical education until he began playing guitar in an indie band at 15. Neither of these were false starts for his eventual electronic conversion; instead, both paths giving him essential experience and understanding of music and songwriting and how to convey emotion through his sounds. His baptism of fire came on a chance trance trip to Ibiza in 1998, which was followed by three years of learning the machinations of electronic music making. At the age of 22, he created a track on a laptop while on holiday in France. That track was the instant classic Mistral; a stunning debut which soon had unsuspecting pundits and clubbers alike eating out of his hands. From here onwards his career ascent was impressively - and deservedly – rapid.
"I guess it's just good, melodic dance music," he says of his musical style. "One of the most positive things about the scene over the past few years has been the gradual breaking down of genre barriers and the cross-pollination of sounds. I just look for records that I enjoy musically and also work well in a club. The genre is unimportant". He's not afraid to meld his bold, scintillating electronic motifs with more organic flavours, with his crisp, sharp leads and basslines frequently married to soaring vocals, traditional songwriting prowess and what some might call 'proper' instruments.
While he's spent record-breaking stints at the top of Beatport's Trance sales chart, and while trance will always be a part of what he does, he won't let the sound ultimately define him. "I've realised that my strength is in music and melodies that touch people. I'm a music guy. It just happens to be that the music I make is electronic. That realisation has allowed me a lot more creative freedom, then when I felt I had to write music for a certain 'scene'." It's this very decision which has helped him to garner such widespread acclaim and which has ensured that he's never boxed as simply a trance DJ/producer. His ambitions are bigger than any one sound or scene, and his eclectically flavoured output is testament to that fact. "The longer I've been producing, the less I see myself as a dance music producer and more as an artist and musician" he explains of this approach to production. "I always start a track with the music, rather than the beats, and I found the dance scene after classical piano training and years of playing guitar in bands, so I guess in a way I've come full circle."
His ground-breaking podcast started back in 2006, marking him out as one of the key early adopters of the now ubiquitous format. Nominated several times for the Miami IMDA Best Podcast award, it's been a seriously important calling card for his career. "I got lucky basically. But I also never had any musical rules about the show; it was always whatever tracks I liked that week, regardless of whether they fitted my sets. Down the line that allowed me to be more innovative and varied with my DJ sets." He's consistently voted inside the DJMag Top 100 DJs Poll - peaking at Number 7 - with his burgeoning Garuda party selling out Manchester's legendary Sankeys four times in a row and spawning a critically acclaimed compilation, The Sound Of Garuda. Building a musical brand around his name in record shops, download stores, radio and clubland has given him an all-encompassing reputation in dance music which is rivalled by few.
His 2012 is off to a huge start, with latest single Concrete Angel premiered on Judge Jules' Radio 1 show , and its video added to the prestigious MTV Dance playlist as well as racking up 1 million YouTube plays in its first three weeks online. He's been chosen as a resident for Las Vegas's Marquee - one of the most outstanding club venues in the world in the city that everyone's calling the new Ibiza - while he's also playing the enormous Ultra Music Festival and taking Garuda to Space Miami. Clocking up air miles like nobody's business, he's massively in demand across the globe, his continually evolving sound gaining him bookings at an impressive variety of clubs and festivals the world over.
As you can probably tell, Gareth Emery is a man of hard-graft and sizeable ambition. His ambitions are impressive, with a view to produce bands and other artists in the future. His focus for the foreseeable future is on building further on the huge platform that Garuda sits on, taking his club nights and new show across the globe, while continuing to create more slices of 'anti-genre' dancefloor gold.
Hailing from The Netherlands, Paul Baümer & Maarten Hoogstraten have fused their musical talent into the massive electronic dance duo Bingo Players. The two dutch DJs have created an international reputation through epic releases and massive touring. Early on, they lit up the #1 spot on the Beatport Charts with a horde of huge tracks including "Devotion," "Touch," "Me (vs. Chocolate Puma)," "Chop," and "Disco Electrique."
The next phase? They set up a label.
In 2010, Bingo Players set up their very own record label, Hysteria. The label was home to their next massive release "Cry (Just A Little)." The track dominated European charts for 22 weeks and racked up over 10 million views on YouTube. Towards the end of 2011, Bingo Players released "Rattle," which owned up to its name, shaking up the Austria Singles Top 75 and Germany Singles Top 100 for nine weeks. "Rattle" has since become one of the biggest club tunes of 2012. This has been a massive year for Hysteria and Bingo Players. Not only did the label release Bingo Players music, but it also showcased talent such as Carl Trick's "Mad Dash," Ralvero's "Rage" and Gregori Klosman's "Minibar."
Along with their recording success, Bingo Players have toured extensively with over 30 worldwide music festivals under their belts including Tomorrowland and Stereosonic. The've also performed key US festivals including Ultra and a primetime slot at Electric Daisy Carnival: Vegas.
Be warned, be prepared, the Bingo Players are coming to RATTLE a venue near you.
They sing; they make people dance; they were born outstandingly beautiful, fashion forward icons. They are on everyone who knows lips. So who exactly are NERVO??
NERVO are Mim and Liv Nervo. They emerged as hit songwriters; Kesha to Kylie; Guetta & Rowland; Pussycat Dolls and more. They've remixed Katy Perry, 30 Seconds to Mars, Cobra Starship, topping club and sales charts worldwide ('The Way We See The World' charted at number 1 in the Beatport electro charts). Since landing a deal with Virgin America/Astralwerks as artists, they have been working on their debut album - where they not only write, produce but will step into the spotlight and perform. They are also fast emerging as the most sought-after DJ duo in dance music. A feisty tag-team, best known so far for their songwriting collaboration with David Guetta on his Grammy winning smash hit "When Love Takes Over" (performed by Kelly Rowland) - but not for much longer. NERVO are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the club scene worldwide and are due to launch their first artist EP imminently. With William Morris Entertainment as their agency, these London based globe-trotting Australian-born twins are making serious waves on both shores of the Atlantic with their infectious blend of chunky, sexed-up electro-house. They embarked on their second bus-tour of USA in late June - supporting Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on the Femme Fatale arena shows, launched a Las Vegas residency with the Wynn Group and then they hit the uber-cool Identity run, with the hottest talent on the electronic scene.
In counter-contrast with their feminine image - NERVO's style is bold, sassy, with in-your-face beats that beckon a dance floor to its knees. The sound is loud, dirty, which has won them respect from the most serious music lovers. They rocked Lolopolooza, Tokyo, and Sydney opened for will.i.am in Ibiza, Afrojack and David Guetta, played alongside Pete Tong, Luciano, Sharam, Avicii - and dropped in on Richard Branson at Necker for a Halloween party with the Victoria Secrets models.
A lot has happened since LA Riots branded dance music with a bawdy blend of Indie electro in 2007. Founding partner Daniel LeDisko has since teamed with fellow veteran DJ/producer Jon Pegnato to reinvent a sound that melds influences of techno, house and drum n' bass. In widening their production scope, LA Riots has managed to maintain underground credibility while remixing for some of the industry's premier pop and rock labels.
Forming on the 15th anniversary of 1992 Los Angeles Riots, LeDisko and then-partner J.O.B. (John O'Brien) launched their collaborative project on April 27, 2007. As the Indie dance rock sound exploded onto underground and mainstream club circuits, LA Riots became one of its brashest ambassadors, melding electro-laced beats over commercial savvy cuts and vocals.
The original Riots garnered multiple successes, including a North American tour supporting MSTRKRFT with the Bloody Beetroots in 2008 and a spot at Australia's Global Gathering Festival alongside Kraftwerk, Mark Ronson and Sasha that same year. But by summer 2009, LeDisko aimed to evolve beyond straight Indie electro and explore house and techno production while J.O.B. wanted to head into the mainstream production world, so they decided to go their separate ways. A chance meeting with veteran DJ/producer Pegnato during a San Bernardino set would prove to be a turning point for LA Riots; the two collaborated in the studio and clicked on instant creative chemistry.
Known internationally as a curator amongst the world's most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a variety of successes. The last few years have been spent running through the club circuit and having chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978, Pentz spent most his childhood in Florida working in his fathers bait shop and being turned onto music through then new mediums like MTV. Drifting North through the state came Miami Bass and from the West came the sounds of Southern hip-hop artists. The musical influence and variety coalesced, and at 18, Pentz moved to Philadelphia for college at Temple University to study Film & Music. While a student he took a job in the South Philadephia community as a social worker and created the influential Hollertronix club night, which was the beginning of his fledgling career as DIPLO.
In 2004 Pentz released his debut album as Diplo called, Florida. It received praise and accolades in the underground community. The music embodied on this album led to an introduction via an A&R man at XL Records to M.I.A. In 2004 he partnered with M.I.A. for the mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism. Pentz's cultural impact had started to snowball. Together they worked on her first album Arular and much of her second Kala, including the 2008 mega-hit "Paper Planes," which reached No. 3 in the US Charts and earned him a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. His production credits have evolved since to include Santigold, Lil' Jon and Missy Elliot, while remixing works by Beck, Radiohead, Britney Spears and countless others. In 2009 Pentz teamed with frequent collaborator Dave Taylor (aka Switch) to release the futuristic dancehall album Guns Don't Kill People… Lazers Do under the guise of Major Lazer, a Jamaican militant at war with an evil army of zombies, mummies and vampires.
Meanwhile, his record label Mad Decent has helped to introduce Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro and other marginalized music to clubs around the world, developing as a trendsetting force with which to be reckoned. With the same mission in mind, some of the varied acts Pentz has signed or produced include Rye Rye, Bonde do Role, Crookers, Blaqstarr, Boy 8-Bit, Buraka Som Systema, and Rusko, allowing Mad Decent to act as a launching pad or home base for many others while spreading its influence across the globe. Through the label, Pentz has founded a charity called Heaps Decent as a social relief program to help children in Australia as well as with additional efforts internationally. In early 2009 Pentz debuted his film Favela on Blast, a five-years-in-the-making documentary exploring the Brazilian slum favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the thriving baile funk music scene that exists within. He is currently developing a TV show.
Through a widespread assortment of releases and artists' works – from cumbia to dubstep to punk and beyond – Diplo has shown dynamic range with interests that span far beyond any singular culture or musical realm, standing as a working model for the truly 21st Century artist.
Sander van Doorn
Thought to be a technical and musical genius by many, Sander van Doorn is without a doubt one of the worlds most essential, influential and popular DJ/Producers in dance music today. In very short order, Sander has become a brand synonymous with excellence – both production wise, and in front of the thousands he plays to nightly. He is truly one of the strongholds in dance music, a generation defining artist that reshapes our perception of what dance music can be, and he does it all with that electrifying Sander van Doorn smile.
With two full length albums, numerous hit-singles, remixes of the worlds biggest artists, sold out gigs in all major venues and festivals, his own successful record label and a weekly radio show it’s almost
impossible not to have come across the name Sander van Doorn at least once in your life.
The Brooklyn based electronic duo, Break Science kick off 2012 with the release of their second EP entitled Monolith Code (Pretty Lights Music). As seasoned producers and touring veterans, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee have produced and performed with everyone from The Fugees, Wu Tang Clan, and Talib Kweli, to reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry and Miles Davis collaborator, John Scofield. On Monolith Code, Break Science evokes a wide spectrum of electronic genres filtered through a musician's lens, all while moving people spiritually AND on the dance floor.
"Monolith Code is the innate message we have to decipher to get to the next step in our evolution" says Lee. "The monolith represents a transition into a higher level of consciousness. A spark that initiates us to consider wider possibilities and ideas. The code is the system to express this transformation. Containing information from the past, present and future, it holds the key to unlock our potential as spiritual beings."
Adam Deitch describes the musical process behind the record. "We understand that to bring our vision to life, we have to spend just as much time on the programmed elements as we do on the live elements. Our goal is to blend these elements seamlessly, so everything comes together in an organic way. Our music is layered with different frequencies and sonic textures so it becomes something you can listen to multiple times and STILL hear new elements you might have missed the first time. We are influenced by everything from hip-hop and glitch, to jazz, soul, vinyl drum breaks and dub. We like certain elements of dubstep and drumstep (especially that BASS) and try to incorporate that sound in a fresh, new way."
Break Science is poised to make their biggest mark yet onto the burgeoning livetronica scene. Joining forces with a movement of new electronic artists on the Pretty Lights Music label, this potent duo will continue to push the boundaries of modern music.
Like the mythological 12th Planet (popularized by controversial author Zecharia Sitchin), our 12th Planet flies perpendicular to the system. His beats are off axis and his subsonic frequencies send you into your own orbit. America's first king of dubstep is ready for impact.
Justin "3LAU" is house music producer and DJ by night; college junior by day. Currently 21 years old, 3LAU balances a full course load at Washington University in St. Louis with a nationwide tour schedule and hours devoted to producing the bootlegs and remixes that have landed him top 10 Beatport & Hype Machine charting. Combining top-40 acapellas with instrumental bangers, 3LAU kickstarted his career producing a signature sound that transcends the traditional definition of a bootleg, seamlessly weaving tracks that breed dance floor filth.
With a background in piano, guitar, and drums, 3LAU's beginnings were in indie, but a trip to Sweden in the summer of 2011 opened his eyes to the world of house music. After producing for only a year, 3LAU's achievements include the #1 remix in Tiesto's "Work Hard, Play Hard" remix competition, a top 10 beatport release on the progressive charts, and slots at Electric Zoo, Global Dance Fest, Spring Awakening and Camp Bisco. FratMusic.com named 3LAU as its official House DJ and he has received critical acclaim from top blogs ThisSongisSick.com, GoodMusicAllDay.com, and Earmilk.com as well as EDM influencers R3hab, Porter Robinson, and James Egbert. Look out for 3LAU's debut EP later this year!
Josh Gard, aka Figure, from Louisville, Kentucky. Figure produces the nastiest Drumstep, Dubstep, and Electro in the Midwest of the US and has done more than any other artist in terms of putting the region on the bass-map. His crunchy Kentucky electrifried beats have been taking dance floors by storm across America and have earned a great deal of airtime on major networks such as BBC Radio.
Figure is also one of the greatest advocates of Drumstep, an emerging genre that is becoming more and more prevalent in today's music scene. In fact, the reason we chose to feature him today is because he just released an utterly massive EP on Reid Speed's Play Me Too label two days ago on February 28th. The four-track EP, entitled Monsters of Drumstep, incorporates the theme of monsters throughout. The tracks are named "Aliens," "Zombies," "Vampires," "Frankenstein," and "The Werewolf." The track "Frankenstein" is a collaboration with Londoner Kanji Kinteic. Additionally, "The Werewolf" was released for free download on SoundCloud as a preview before the actual EP came out.
If the sounds and progressions of Dubstep speak to you, then the elements of Drumstep will shout at you. From the masterful Drum n Bass breakdowns to the sub-frequency basslines, the genre clamors along with slightly more bounce in its step. Drumstep is what it would be like if one were to inject the adrenaline shot from Pulp Fiction into the ear drums of the heaviest Dubstep known to man.
North America meet MORD FUSTANG ! Electro-House phenom hailing from the Republic of Estonia touches down in the states for the very first time this Fall... and we got'em for Philly ! He's been at the top of the Electro charts on Beatport for months across multiple tracks, and creeping through the Electro Top 20 on AREA with every new bomb he drops.
I started to produce at college around October 2007 and it's just evolved from there really. Djing then was in demand after people wanted me playing my songs at their clubs and now have been all over the world and I'm now hoping someone will put a rave on the Moon! Float raving FTW
If you need to find out or ask anything then don't be shy...I only bite if iv'e not had any cookies so no worries
BIG LOVE XXX
FuntCase aka James Hazell is a producer and DJ from Bournemouth, UK. He is known for his raw and dirty sound, forging the way with his controversial 'filthy' style of dubstep. "FuntCase produces sensory overload dubstep that wobbles, womps and machine guns through your body, making you dance whether you want to or not." www.brightonsource.co.uk
James first expressed his love of music through jamming with his schoolmates, taking his energetic and aggressive drumming style from death metal as well as being heavily influenced by happy hardcore and jungle, growing up to a background of Helter Skelter and Dreamscape mixtapes.
Along came Music 2000 and James discovered the world of electronic sound, before an introduction to Reason opened up his eyes to a whole new world of music production beyond pre-made loops.
After hearing 'Bandwagon Blues' by Twisted Individual, James fell in love with the drum and bass sound and began to focus his talents on producing. Sharing his tracks with D&B radio stations led to the first recognition of his foot-thumping talents, and a first digital release 'Unleash' on Hammer Records followed in 2007, under the alias DJ Dose. He started working with Sensa and Jayline, with several more releases following, and James began to DJ to promote his own sounds.
In 2009 James began to dabble with producing dubstep, giving his tunes a big energy by incorporating the drum and bass layering technique into his dubstep sound. His first track 'Make Our Day' was quickly signed to 4:20 Records. And so began the raw sound that is 'FuntCase'.
It wasn't long before FuntCase began trading tracks with Doctor P, and an offer soon followed to bring James into the Circus Records camp with the release of his famed track 'So Vexed', with 'Mattress Punch' on the flip, in 2010.
Releases rapidly followed including 'Gorilla Flex VIP' on GetDarker's Compilation 'Pure Dubstep', 'Fuuuuk!' on Dubsaw Recordings, and remixes for Ali Love and Marco Del Horno, the latter featuring on the Ministry of Sound's compilation CD 'The Sound Of Dubstep 2'.
With support from some of the biggest artists in the scene, the future looks bright for FuntCase. Highly sought after for his high energy sound DJ sets, and as a recognised member of the Circus Records crew, FuntCase now travels the globe promoting the dark side of dubstep, working hard, playing hard, travelling hard - doing his thing!
My name's Ralf. I'm 19, live in Atlanta, and love music. Basic, but I feel like that's all there is to know. Also tweet me dumb things.
When drawing from the right pool of inspiration, sometimes the right mixture of sounds can come together and make something new. Possibly something hard to put one name on. Today people like to jump on the next genre bandwagon, and intentionally make music that fits one genre. SuperVision is not about one sound. Instead it is about many sounds brought together with an approach that delivers a stylistic sound design that isn't classified with one or two words. It is a sound that you can count on evolving without departing from what makes it unique.
The sounds created and played by SuperVision are the works of Richard Blake Hansen. With a DJ career spanning over 12 years and 1000+ gigs, his place in the music industry has been found. Within a couple of years of DJing he was cutting his teeth in music production. He moved to Fort Collins Colorado in 2002 and met Derek Vincent Smith and Michal Menert. After studying production and learning from the best, he went on to audio engineering school. He has enjoyed sharing the stage with such well known acts as Pretty Lights, Michal Menert, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy, DJ Craze, Klever, DJ Skribble, Steve Aoki, Tommie Sunshine, Quest Love, Classixx, La Riots, Villains, RJD2, and Ghostland Observatory.. to name a few. Now SuperVision has arrived.
The White Panda
The White Panda formed when two boyhood friends discovered they had independently embarked on mashup careers in college. Chicago-based Procrast (Tom Evans) first blended Rick Astley snippets with 2 Live Crew grooves as a way to avoid productive activity in 2008, while DJ Griffi (Dan Griffith) embarked on the same mission, for a similar purpose, in L.A. Their combined effort, the White Panda, launched in 2009 with a single that topped internet radio charts days later.
Buzz from the duo’s first three albums, “Versus”, “Rematch” and “Pandamonium” saw The White Panda soar into Soundcloud’s top five most-played artists in 2011. They’ve toured alongside Mac Miller, Mike Posner, Wale and Ghostland Observatory—and shared the stage with Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, and Lupe Fiasco.
What do Ibiza Rocks, Wax:On, Metropolis and Reclaim The Dance Floor all have in common? The cream of international DJ line-ups? Legendary tales of debauchery? A clutch of awards and critical acclaim? Yes, yes, and yes, and one more important ingredient; genre-hopping resident and rapidly rising UK producer/DJ talent, Doorly.
At Dawn We Rage
Crizzly is crunk. Straight up. Remember the mid-2000's, when everyone on MTV had platinum grills and was rollin' on 22's, sippin' syzzurp from diamond-encrusted pimp cups? Add about a thousand screaming decibels of bass blasts and some Dirty South swag and you've got Chris Lee Marshall.
Hailing from the tiny hamlet of Boerne, just a half hour up the road from San Antonio, TX, the little Crizzly cub was slammed from all sides by the media: cartoons, commercials, video games, Top 40 radio, and the internet. Raised on Space Jam and nurtured by Need for Speed and Adult Swim, it's no wonder Marshall is the absolute product of the Internet age. Influenced by the Gorillaz and Lil' Jon-era crunk, Crizzly set about turning the ho-hum club scene in San Antonio into a viable hotspot and home base for him and his crew. First experimenting with the upbeat frenzy of Euro-style electro, Marshall quickly found his sound in the bombastic, bass-laden dubstep scene. As his weekly events in The Alamo City were taking off, so were his viral remixes of Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in da Paint" and Willow Smith's poetic epic "Whip My Hair," which propelled young Marshall to Internet fandom.
Now, only 20, the Crizzly brand is blasting into hyper drive. Producers nationwide and beyond are dropping his tracks left and right, including Diplo, Bassnectar, Flying Lotus, DJ Benzi, and even Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy fame. Promoters are scrambling to get Crizzly on their bills following major performances at Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas and Las Vegas, as well as the inaugural Escape from Wonderland Halloween bash. He'll be kicking off 2012 at Lights All Night in Dallas with some of the biggest DJs and producers in the world like Tiësto, Girl Talk, Benny Benassi, Wolfgang Gartner, Flux Pavilion, and more, and will be spreading his signature crunkstep sound to both coasts and everywhere in between in the coming years. Poised on the cusp of superstar status, fans everywhere can't wait for their next Crizzly attack. Crunk is back.
Christian Bauhofer at first glance comes off as the unassuming dude yawning next to you in class, a kind of lumberjack-nerd fusion in his glasses and scruffy facial hair. However, wait until the sun goes down and add a couple drinks and a whole lot of bass — and quiet, smiley Christian assumes his party-crushing alter-ego: Minnesota.
"My goal is to make bass-heavy dubstep/glitch-hop music that'll get you dancing, but is not the same old, three-note transformer-step ... I try to focus more on the melodic side of dubstep, and hopefully, make quality songwriting a more relevant factor in the genre." Bauhofer says.
In the past two years his producing has taken off, with both originals and remixes gaining great popularity on sites like Soundcloud.com. In Minnesota productions, big influences show through from songwriters Bauhofer looks up to — artists such as Mimosa, Martyparty, and Modeselektor. His first EP "Panda Snatching Tycoon" was released to great acclaim in January 2011 on Tycho Records, featuring three original tracks: "Push It," "Purple Daze," and "Twisted."
Minnesota tracks are heard in dubstep/glitch sets all over the world, including those from Bassnectar, PANTyRaid, Mimosa, MartyParty, LowRiderz, and Tokimonsta,to name a few. His latest and greatest remix of "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas & the Papas has been getting tons of play — most notably by dubstep trailblazer Bassnectar a.k.a. Lorin Ashton, on his current U.S. tour.
"Quickly becoming a staple in my sets," Ashton said about Minneosta track "Push It," "Perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hype."
One of the best things about Bauhofer is his incredible diversity in both his production and DJ sets. Any promoter can be assured that a bill featuring the name Minnesota on it will be pleasing to any crowd. He has opened for a wide range of acts, from Flying Lotus to Ghostland Observatory, Rusko to Benny Benassi, RJD2 to Excision, and many more.
The future looks bright for Bauhofer, so much so that he is taking a break from UC Santa Cruz this spring to focus strictly on music. With multiple EPs coming out on MalLabel and Simplify records in the next few months, this might be Bauhofer's smartest move yet.
*Formed as the musical brainchild of Curt Heiny and Justin Aubuchon (Telepath, MO Theory), Archnemesis creates its distinctive sound by combining original music with samples ranging from early 20's blues and jazz to modern hip-hop and soul. With their first EP "Diamonds and Glass" and their debut full length album "People's Radio" available now for free download at www.archnemesismusic.com, Archnemesis continues to turn heads at festivals and club shows while elevating the standard for modern electronic music.
Abakus is the artist project of music producer Russ Davies (son of Dave Davies, founder of The Kinks). Drawing from influences old and new Abakus' sound is one of a kind for electronic music. A fusion of downbeat, dub, techno, trance and electronica. Last year he released an EP with a strong club groove and the hit track Wasted Feeling. His release Luv Deluxe under his other alias Cinnamon Chasers (nu-disco/electro) won the award at SXSW for Best Music Video. On tour in support of a recent release, Abakus' sound explores the "deeper and more emotionally complex side to electronic music" with themes of space, other-worlds and dreamlike soundscapes. He is truly unique for a genre that does not produce many stand outs, you will definitely be hearing more about him in years to come. http://soundcloud.com/artistabakus
In 2011 Abakus returns with a pre-album EP titled Beyond The Fields EP, which features 6 melodic and dreamy downbeat beats . The upcoming album from Abakus is undoubtably Russ' finest work to date, an intensly heartfelt expression of the vast amount of music knowledge and experience Russ has aquired over the 10 years he's been professionally releasing music.
Play N Skillz
Play-N-Skillz are an American hip-hop electronic music record production duo from Irving, Texas, consisting of brothers Juan "Play" Salinas and Oscar "Skillz" Salinas, who are also rappers. They won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2007 for their production on the single "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III (2008), which included their production on the single "Got Money".
Raised in Irving, Texas, the brothers, who are Latino American, started producing music in their mother's apartment. They met Houston rapper Lil Flip, leading to work on his album U Gotta Feel Me (2004) and a deal with Universal Records. They released their album The Process (#26 Top Heatseekers, #85 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) in 2004. The team has also produced for artists such as Lil Wayne, Wynter Gordon, David Guetta, Pitbull, Akon, Flo-Rida, Lil Jon, Hillary Duff, Ludacris, and Bun B.
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