Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond are a British trance music group formed in 2000 and consists of the membersTony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. The trio are popular in the electronic dance music scene for their forward-thinking uplifting trance productions and collaborations with renowned vocalists. They manage their own record label, Anjunabeats, which releases trance & progressive music, and they also host their own weekly radio show, Trance Around the World. The group's tracks are regularly played by well-known DJs, including Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery,Ferry Corsten, ATB, and Kyau & Albert. On 28 October 2010 DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Above & Beyond placed at #5 in the world.
Nick van de Wall (born 9 September 1987), commonly known by his stage name Afrojack, and sometimes Kapuchon, is a Dutch music producer and DJ. Born and raised in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, Afrojack's song "Take Over Control," which features Dutch singer Eva Simons, has charted in a number of countries. He was listed as number 19 on DJ Mags top 100 DJs of 2010. This was the highest new entry of the year's list. In July 2010, Afrojack created an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. In December 2010, Afrojack announced, via his website, that he would release an album called Lost & Found. The album was released December 22, 2010. In 2011 Afrojack opened the year by remixing Ian Carey and Snoop Dogg's single "Last Night" to great acclaim.
Aly & Fila
Aly & Fila is an Egyptian trance music duo made up of Aly Amr Fathalah (aka Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (aka Fila). They host an internet radio show every Monday on Digitally Imported radio, calledFuture Sound of Egypt.
Aly Amr Fathalah (Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (Fila), the Egyptian duo, were both born in 1981 and have known each other since kindergarten. After falling in love with the music of Paul Van Dyk, Steve Helstrip and Chicane they built their first small studio and started doing electronic music and djing from 1999. After establishing themselves in Egypt they decided to go international. In 2002, they signed with the German record label, Euphonic Records. Their first release, "Eye of Horus" received huge airplay from the likes of Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, DJ Tiësto and many others. The track was licensed to Fundamental Recordings in Holland and reached number 4 position in the Dutch Dance charts.
After finishing their contract with Euphonic Records, Fila met with Andy Prinz and they decided to launch their first sublabel of Offshore. Upcoming Egyptian releases would follow. Their first release through Offshore Music Switzerland / AP Pro Audio "Spirit of Ka" made it on numerous playlists.
They have played alongside Armin Van Buuren in A State of Trance episode 300 and episode 350. They have been voted among the top 100 DJs on DJ Mag three times. They ranked number 111 in 2007, 31 in 2008, 22 in 2009 and 20 in 2010.
Andy Moor (born Andrew Beardmore on January 16, 1980 in Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom) is atrance and progressive producer-DJ. He has used multiple aliases in the past (Dub Disorder, Dwight van Man, Sworn) and has been part of Indigo, Leama & Moor, Lewis & Moor, Tilt, Whiteroom, and Zoo DJs. He was voted 30th 2 years consecutively by DJ Magazine in 2005 and 2006 by dance music fans. In 2009, he was ranked 15th, named Best Trance Producer and Best Trance Track at the 2004 Trance Awards, Best Dance Record at the 2006 International Dance Music Awards, and nominated for aGrammy Award in December 2008, for his remix of Canadian artist Delerium with "Angelicus" featuring vocals from Isabel Bayrakdarian.
Moor has produced and remixed artists Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Paul Oakenfold, Nadia Ali,Brian Eno, Tiësto and Arthur Baker as wells as the album Explorer with Tilt and Common Ground as Leama & Moor.
Andy Moor's remix of Nadia Ali - Love Story reached #1 on the Billboard Breakout Chart, the Billboard Dance Chart and Beatport Trance. A new mix compilation series, Breaking the Silence was released on his own record label, AVA Recordings, capped by a world tour.
Moor started working with music at five when he mastered his first piano piece and started DJ-ing at thirteen.
Armin Van Buuren
Armin van Buuren (born in Leiden, Netherlands on 25 December 1976) is a Dutch trance producer and DJ. In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 he was voted number one in DJ Magazine's annual top 100 list of the most popular DJs. This makes him the first DJ ever to receive 4 consecutive #1 titles. Since 2001 van Buuren has hosted a weekly radio show called A State of Trance and claims to have over 30 million weekly listeners in more than 40 countries, which would make it the most listened radio show in the world. His 2008 studio album, Imagine, entered the Dutch album chart at #1, a first for a dance artist in Dutch music history.
Armin van Buuren has always had his own studio and worked alone in the beginning of his career. Since the release of his third studio album Imagine from 2008 he has been working with Benno de Goeij of Rank 1 on all solo productions and remixes. He is well known for his annual "Year Mix" which incorporates clips and custom mash-ups from the year's most popular trance tracks. Each year-mix consists of about 85 individual releases, edited into a 2 hour mix which is released on double CD as well as aired on his weekly radio show at the end of each year. According to van Buuren, each year-mix takes several months to make, including thousands of digital audio edits and hundreds of audio plugins.
Astrix is a Psychedelic trance DJ and producer specializing in the sub-genre of FullOn Psychedelic Trance.
He was born in USSR in Caucasus on 05/12/1981 and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel 1992 as a Mountain Jew. He began recording music under the name Astrix in 1997, sometimes misconceived to be taken from the "Asterix" comic books. An interview on UK clubbing website Harderfaster.net revealed the name was chosen for simply sounding good, and not directly influenced by anything in particular.
In 2006 Astrix made it to #41 (+34 raise) in DJMag's "Top 100 DJs" yearly rank along with raise of several other Israeli musicians (the highest being Infected Mushroom ranked #9) marking significant worldwide popularisation of Israeli electronic music scene.
André Tanneberger, under the stage name of ATB, (born 26 February 1973, Freiberg, Saxony, East Germany) is a German DJ, musician, and producer of Trance music. According to the official world DJ rankings governed by DJ Magazine, ATB was ranked #11 in 2009.
Tanneberger started his music career at the dance music group Sequential One. He was the brain of the group from 1993 to 2002. In 1998, Tanneberger also started a solo project named ATB. His first track under this name was "9pm (Till I Come)," included in the Movin' Melodies album, which topped the United Kingdom music charts in 1999 and is widely regarded as the UK's first trance number one. The track features a guitar riff that became hugely popular. This guitar sound, which he accidentally found while experimenting with a new producing deck, became the trademark of his early hits. ATB continues to evolve and change with every album. His current style involves more vocals and varied sounds, with frequent pianos. Tanneberger started his music career at the dance music group Sequential One. He was the brain of the group from 1993 to 2002. In 1998, Tanneberger also started a solo project named ATB. His first track under this name was "9pm (Till I Come)," included in the Movin' Melodies album, which topped the United Kingdom music charts in 1999 and is widely regarded as the UK's first trance number one. The track features a guitar riff that became hugely popular. This guitar sound, which he accidentally found while experimenting with a new producing deck, became the trademark of his early hits. ATB continues to evolve and change with every album. His current style involves more vocals and varied sounds, with frequent pianos.
Tim Bergling (born 8 September 1989), known professionally as Avicii, Tim Berg and Tom Hangs, is a Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer. His single "Bromance" (recorded under the pseudonym Tim Berg) has charted in the top 20 on the national single charts of Belgium, the Netherlands, and his native Sweden. A lyricized version titled "Seek Bromance" was released shortly thereafter, charting on the UK Singles Chart and reaching number one on the international Beatport chart. Other singles include "My Feelings for You," with Sebastien Drums, "Street Dancer," and "Tweet It," among others.
Axwell's steady ascent into clubland aristocracy began when he struck crossover gold with 2004's glorious 'Feel The Vibe'. An unstoppably uplifting and instantly memorable track, the original version of 'Feel The Vibe' (featuring vocalist Errol Reid) dazzled every corner of clubland, before an overhauled version (with new vocals by Tara McDonald) gate-crashed the UK top 20. 2005's 'Watch The Sunrise' (featuring Steve Edwards) proved to be another unstoppable anthem, as was his 2006 collaboration with fellow Swedish House Mafioso Steve Angello, Supermode's 'Tell Me Why' (released via Ministry Of Sound, it reach #13 in the UK and #3 in the Netherlands). But it was 2007's rave-referencing 'I Found U' (#6 in the UK charts) that really cemented Axwell's status as a producer who could marry artistic innovation with strong commercial appeal - a rare thing indeed, in any genre of music. Most recently he was one of the forces behind Swedish House Mafia - One (Your Name) featuring Pharell Williams, another top ten UK hit, crashing into the summer charts at #7 and soundtracking every festival, dance event and Ibiza club night.
A native of Reggio Emilia, DJ/producer Benassi started DJing alongside cousin Alle Benassi in the late 1980s in their hometown, before moving to Larry Pignagnoli's Off Limits production studio in the mid-1990s, creating music for various acts, including Whigfield, J.K. and Ally & Jo. Benassi first hit the dance floor with his own projects in 2001 with the single "I Feel So Fine", released under the name KMC with vocals by Dhany, the track first stormed the charts in Benassi's native Italy, and soon became a number one hit in the UK club charts.
After moving from house to electro, "Satisfaction" took Benassi's success worldwide a year later with high-profile DJs like Carl Cox, Darren Emerson, and Roger Sanchez singing its praises. This reached Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart after the Ministry of Sound record company replaced the original video (an almost still picture of the band overlayed with graphics) with a video of models using power tools. Released in 2003, the campy and quirky Hypnotica was Benassi's solo debut. At the end of 2004, he won the European Border Breakers Award for Hypnotica, which racked up the most sales for an Italian album outside of Italy. Benassi often works with vocalists Paul French and Violeta, who are collectively known as The Biz.
Benassi then produced a group with cousin Alle, called Benassi Bros., a project designed to shine the spotlight on the two Biz vocalists, Paul French and Violeta Claudia and other guest singers. A year after the release of Hypnotica, Pumphonia marked their first full length release. And then in 2005, Benassi Bros. released their second album …Phobia.
Some of his singles have charted high in the United Kingdom and have been played worldwide inclubs. Remixes for OutKast, Goldfrapp, and Felix da Housecat followed. Benassi also remixes the music of his contemporaries, such as Tomcraft and Fischerspooner.
In 2005, Benassi founded the record label known as Pump-Kin Music. The focus of the label is primarily new and unsigned producers. Through this venture, he hopes to give exposure to some of the lesser known DJ/production talent across the world.
Bob Sinclar, commonly mistaken as "Sinclair" (born Christophe Le Friant, 10 May 1969 in Douarnenez, France) is a French record producer, House music DJ, remixer and owner of the label Yellow Productions.
Sinclar started DJing in 1986, when he was 17 years old, specialising in funk and hip-hop music, named "Chris The French Kiss". His first club hit was "Gym Tonic", which was co-produced by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, featuring vocals illegally taken from a Jane Fonda fitness tape.
Le Friant is known for popularising the "French touch" of house music with heavy use of sampled and filtered disco strings. His track "I Feel For You", a tribute to French musician Cerrone, from his second album Champs Elysées, hit #9 in the UK Top 40. On track "Darlin'", he worked with vocalist James "D-Train" Williams.
Le Friant has also worked under other pseudonyms. Under the aliases The Mighty Bop andReminiscence Quartet, he has dabbled in hip-hop and acid jazz. He also created the Africanism project, where an ensemble of artists produce house music with a combination of Latin, jazz, African and tribal flavours.
In 2005, he scored a worldwide hit with the single "Love Generation", that reached #1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Mexico. The song was a huge success throughout Europe, peaking #2 in Netherlands and it stayed 39 weeks in the Belgian Ultratop Singles chart. It made the top fifteen in several other countries such as Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
It became one of the official anthems for the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany. The follow-up hit was "World, Hold On", that features Steve Edwards and also managed to chart in the top ten in most European countries. "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)" followed on 22 August 2006. The remix of "World, Hold on" by E-Smoove was nominated for a Grammy in 2007 in the category of Remixed Recording. Also, "World, Hold On" topped in Billboard's as Number One Hot Dance Club Play Single of 2006, beating Madonna and Christina Aguilera. The fourth single of the album Western Dream, called "Tennessee" was supposed to be released in April 2007, but has been cancelled due to the rumour of a new album being released.
On May 21 2007, he released the Soundz of Freedom album. The remix of "Rock This Party" reached number 1 in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Playchart. His latest album, Born in 69, was released on 7 May 2009. The first single of the album is Lala Song.
In 2010, Bob Sinclar released Made In Jamaïca. The album contains two additional new songs "I Wanna" featuring Shaggy and "Rainbow of Love", and also features his best greatest hits such as "Love Generation", "Give A Lil' Love" among others but in a reggae musical style. The album is nominated for "Best Reggae Album" for the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Carl Cox, born 29 July 1962, is a British techno DJ. He grew up in Oldham, Lancashire, before attending Glastonbury High Boys secondary modern school on Glastonbury Road in Morden. Cox began his career as a hardcore and Rave DJ in the mid-1980s. He was named the "Three Deck Wizard" after playing on 3turntables simultaneously at the Second Summer of Love in 1988. He has performed at clubs such as The Eclipse, Edge, Shelly's, Sterns Nightclub, Heaven, Sir Henry's in Cork, Ireland and Angels and The Haçienda, as well as raves for Fantazia, Dreamscape and Amnesia House. He now spearheads two record labels, Intec Records and 23rd Century Records.
He also ran Ultimate Base at the now defunct Velvet Underground on Charing X Road in the mid to late 90's. Of his many DJ highlights, he also managed to cram in the Millenium NY twice by flying and cheating the timezones. He has had shows on Kiss FM and was a monthly live, global resident for Radio One's Essential Mix in 1998-99, as well as over a decade worth of Ibiza live mixes broadcast from Club Space.
Carl Cox was the first person to be named number one DJ in the world on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJ poll when he won in 1997.
Chuckie, born Clyde Sergio Narain (25 June 1978) is a Dutch DJ of Surinamese descent who grew up in Suriname and was influenced by the large number of musical genres of the country. When one of his friends started working as a DJ, his interest for DJing started at the age of thirteen when he started experimenting with remixing at home. Gradually, he built his own record collection. At first, he played at parties of his friends and family.
In 1993, he started working as a DJ in club Voltage in The Hague. Nowadays, he performs regularly in Germany and abroad. Chuckie did remixes for other bands, including David Guetta, K-Liber, The Partysquad, and Gio.
In 2008, he performed as the opening act at the dance event Sensation. Afterwards, he stated that this was a dream come true for him: he had visited the very first Sensation event in 2000 and promised himself that one day he would be standing behind the DJ table.
Formed in 1999, Cosmic Gate's first single was "Exploration of Space", followed by "The Drums" ,"Mental Atmosphere" and their "Somewhere over the Rainbow" remix using samples from the widely popular film, "The Wizard of Oz." However, Cosmic Gate did not become well known until their single "Fire Wire" was released in the UK in 2001.
Cosmic Gate have made many remixes for artists such as DJ Tiësto (Urban Train), Ferry Corsten (Punk), Blank & Jones (DFF), Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), Svenson & Gielen (Answer the Question) and Vanessa-Mae (White Bird).
Over the past few years, Cosmic Gate's sound has developed and moved away from the harder edge trance through to their current, more subtle yet still driving energetic music style.
Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo met Thomas Bangalter when they both attended school in Paris, France, in 1987. In 1992, they recorded a song (under the name Darling), which in turn found its way onto a compilation single issued on Stereolab' Duophonic label. The english journalist who dubbed the young Parisian duo Daft Punk after listening to their first single, can little have imagined quite how far the group would go: a few years later and Daft Punk is the electronic group which has taken techno out of the clubs and given it to the masses across the planet.
Dash Berlin is a progressive-trance project created in 2007 in The Hague, Netherlands by Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn. The front man of the group is the DJ Jeffrey Sutorius. Kalberg and Molijn have been contributing to the international dance scene for over ten years, with award-winning and platinum-selling hits for dance acts such as Alice, Vengaboys, Candee Jay,Pronti & Kalmani and Solid Sessions. They also have been working together with DJ Sander Kleinenberg on classic tracks like "This Is Miami" and "The Fruit" and remixes for major artists such as Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, BT, Usher, N.E.R.D., Lenny Kravitz, Junkie XL, Röyksopp, Mylo, and Annie Lennox.
Jeffrey Sutorius was born in November 1979 in The Hague, Netherlands. While in high school he became a fan of electronic music and in his late teens worked in a record store and became a collector of vinyl trance music. Inspired by pioneering figures such as Sven Vath, Oliver Lieb and Sander Kleinenberg, Sutorius began mixing and producing his own music. He started performing in the Dutch underground music scene in early 2006 and within a year teamed up with fellow producers and close friends Kalberg and Molijn to form Dash Berlin.
David Guetta (born 7 November 1967) is a Grammy Award winning French house music producer and DJ. Originally a DJ at nightclubs during the 1980s and 1990s, he co-founded Gum Productions and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2001. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007). His 2009 album One Love included the hit singles "When Love Takes Over" (featuring Kelly Rowland), "Gettin' Over You" (featuring Chris Willis, Fergie &LMFAO) and "Sexy Chick" (featuring Akon), the last becoming a top five hit in the US and all three reaching #1 in the UK, as well as another internationally known single called Memories featuring Kid Cudi which became a top five hit in many countries.
Guetta has sold over three million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. He is currently one of the most sought-after music producers, having worked with a variety of pop and hip-hop artists including Jennifer Lopez, Flo Rida, Rihanna, Lil' Wayne, Kylie Minogue, Taio Cruz and Madonna.
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stagename deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), is a Canadian progressive, electro, and house producer based in Toronto, Ontario. His tracks have been included in compilation albums such as In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza, MixMag's Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness (mixed by deadmau5 himself), and on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show. His debut album, Get Scraped released in 2006.
As well as his own solo releases, deadmau5 has worked alongside numerous other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Pendulum, Skrillex, and Steve Duda under the BSOD alias. He is known for often performing in a titular costume head which he originally created while learning to use a 3D program, which resembles a mouse head.
A flashback to the year 2009 will remind us of one of the leading dance club music performers from Russia - FEEL, who nurtured through his radio shows over a million clubbers and a lot of eminent Russian musicians.
Creator and presenter of the legendary radio show "Trancemission" and producer of the biggest Russian trance festival with the same name, FEEL has been rated No.41 in the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 Poll and Number ONE in Russia, voted for by his listeners two times in a row - 2008 & 2007
The leading dance-event SENSATION and the MTV RUSSIA MOVIE AWARDS 2009 ceremony are some of the platforms where DJ Feel has been invited to showcase his talent and make the crowd groove to his tunes.
Russia's Moonbeam have been gaining momentum over the last few years and with good reason. Formed in Nizhny Novgorod in 2003, brothers Pavel and Vitaliy have been steadily releasing dance floor tracks that weave seamlessly from thick-bellied atmospheric techno to dense charging trance. Storming into DJ Magazine's Top100 Poll, the two continue to widen their sonic arc with a fabric of different styles and diverse guest vocalists both in their studio and with their live shows.
Now after almost a decade Moonbeam can count themselves amongst the biggest music exponents in the history of Russian dance music and their latest new album "Around The World" certainly contributes to their status. Currently signed to the multiple award winning Black Hole Recordings, they deliver a high quality twelve track album that raises the bar for future electronic music.
DJ Joachim Garraud
Joachim Garraud, was born in 1968 in Nantes, is a French DJ, but he is also a remixer and producer. He is the producer of stars such as David Guetta, Geyster, Paul Johnson, Deep Dish, David Bowie,OMD, Kylie Minogue, Mylène Farmer, Cassius, Belamour, Kid Vicious, Saffron Hill, Culture Club,Ceronne, and Moby.
Known for his collaborations with other DJs and musicians like David Guetta or Jean-Michel Jarre he moderates a weekly radio show on Radio FG that plays a new mix (Zemixx) each week to its listeners before making it available on his Podcast. He is also the Co-founder of various labels:
1. Gum Prod,
2. Prod public garden and
3. Gum Records
His mixes are a mixture of traditional DJ and then he remixes live directly onto cd. Certain sounds which he employs had never been heard in House Music before.
Joachim is known for his energetic sets, using images to go with his sounds, as well as the keyboard, and for his setting in scene.
Born in 1976, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Uros Umek began DJing in 1993. He and his friends were the pioneers of dance music in Slovenia, and between them they were responsible for putting on the first large scale parties in Slovenia. The result has been that Umek is Slovenia's most famous DJ, and techno is Slovenia's favourite form of music. He is currently working with his own Consumer Recreation and Recycled Loops (with Valentino) labels, as well as releasing tracks on Tortured (as Mumps), Electrix (as Zeta Reticula), Planet Rhythm, Audio and Missile. His current style is the combination of many different roots, which the more long term Umek fans may recognise. Starting with a rough, uncompromising edge he quickly built a reputation in the studio. However, more recently he has moved towards a funkier sound with his massive Mumps release on Tortured in 2000. His dedication and impressive work rate have led to his studio skills being increasingly called with a wealth of successful releases under his belt.
When a DJ at the top of his/her game cues up a track, or even plugs in their headphones, the mood changes - eyes dart to the front, people get up on their toes, breathing quickens as pulses begin to race and there is a murmur of expectation. But with Eddie it's not merely a murmur, it's a rapturous roar, one that grows until at its crescendo somewhere in the crowd the chant begins - "EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE!" - at that moment the uninitiated know they are in for something special, that they are about to see someone special: Eddie Halliwell, the precocious talent, championed by the dance floor to become one of the biggest breakthrough DJ's on the planet. It's certainly been a meteoric rise - Eddie is a major player in the dance music scene, having just been titled one of the 'New Superstar DJ's of 2009' and ranked number 9 in Mixmag's world top DJ's of 2009 as well as voted top 20 for 4 consecutive years in the DJ Mag top 100 DJ's poll.
To understand how all this has happened so quickly you have to see Eddie in a club. Fundamentally when everything else is swept away, DJ-ing is about making the dance floor erupt. Few possess the same incendiary talent as Eddie. Behind the mixer he seems frenetic, a hive of activity. Constantly manipulating the music with lightning cuts, layers of effects and slick scratches, he makes you question both your eyes and ears. Playing tracks from across the musical spectrum - trance, techno, house and electro - he harnesses the energy of every beat, synth, hi-hat, squelch and squeak, making each sound stand out and yell at the people on the dance floor. As the music thunders along he bounces to each twist and turn in the track, interacting with the crowd in a highly visual performance, connecting with them, compelling them to dance.
Erick Morillo (born 1971 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia) is a Colombian-American DJ, music producer and record labelowner. Having produced under a number of pseudonyms, including Ministers De la Funk, The Dronez, RAW, Smooth Touch,RBM, Deep Soul, Club Ultimate and Li'l Mo Ying Yang, Morillo is best known for his international work in house music, in particular for the label Strictly Rhythm, and the 1993 hit "I Like to Move It", which he produced under the pseudonym Reel 2 Real, and which was featured in commercials, movies and ringtones, and his label Subliminal Records is one of the most renowned record labels on the house scene, particularly in the US.
Eric Sheridan Prydz (born July 19, 1976) is a Swedish DJ and producer based in London, United Kingdom. The pronunciation of his surname is often questioned; it is pronounced "prids", but when under his alias, Pryda, it is pronounced "pride-ah".# In October 2010, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, where Prydz placed at #30.
Fedde Le Grand
Fedde le Grand (born 7 September 1977) is a Dutch house DJ and producer whose single "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit" (UK/USA) / "Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit" (Europe, excluding UK) reached number one on the UK's singles and the top 5 in the Dutch singles chart, and spent five weeks in the Spanish dance chart. On 28 October 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra Records artist Fedde le Grand placed at #29, climbing to #21 in 2010
It's easy to get hyperbolic and excessive when talking about DJs, but with dance music pioneer Ferry Corsten, whose musical productions and DJ sets have combined trance, house, and electro, the facts speak for themselves: Best Producer of the Year (Ericsson Music Awards), Best Trance DJ (Ibiza DJ Awards) and consistently voted as one of the Top 10 DJs in the world for almost a decade according to DJ Magazine. Since his immersion on the scene in the late 1990s, the Dutch musician has amassed best-selling albums, nearly a dozen gold singles, and countless other awards. Still, as longtime fans already know, Corsten has never been one to rest on his laurels.
This DJ/producer, who has just toured with his Twice in A Blue Moon: The Experience show, has played to hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe and has been busier than ever strengthening the link between his own musical production and DJ show elements. Based on his last artist album of the same name (featuring the hugely successful singles "We Belong," "Radio Crash," and "Made of Love" and released on Corsten's own record label Flashover Recordings), the show is just the latest in a career that has melded influential productions with unprecedented live sets. In stark contrast to the typical DJ set that focuses solely on the DJ himself, Blue Moon's 6-hour plus set sees Corsten as only one part of a grand, visual production, bringing the crowd into the party instead of lecturing and dictating like so many of his peers.
Born in Southampton, but now based in Manchester, England, Gareth Emery is a producer and DJ of trance music. He comes from a diverse musical background that includes classical piano training, jazz, and a little punk rock. Gareth has emerged in the last few years as one of the world's major trance DJs. Since entering the DJ Mag Top 100 poll at number #34 in 2006, he has climbed every year since being ranked #31 in the 2007 poll, #23 in the 2008 poll, and entering the top 10 in 2009 at #9. He is widely tipped to become one of the next global stars of trance music, with both Paul van Dyk and Ferry Corsten naming him as a future star in their DJ Mag Top 100 interviews in 2006/2007. In 2010 Gareth was named as #7 DJ in the world by DJ Mag.
Headhunterz, formerly known as Nasty D-Tuners, is a Dutch DJ/producer team, consisting of Willem Rebergen# (born 12 September 1985) and Bobby van Putten. Their own label Scantraxx Reloaded is a sublabel of Scantraxx. Nowadays Headhunterz only features Willem Rebergen.
At the age of nine, Rebergen sang in a children's choir that recorded several CDs. One year later, he started voice acting. Rebergen to date still does voice acting. He gained his first major experience as a DJ at Defqon 1, a huge hardstyle event in the Netherlands, where he was discovered by The Prophet.
Since then, Headhunterz has played at every major hardstyle event, including Defqon 1, Qlimax, Q-Base, In Qontrol, Decibel and many more. He played live at Qlimax in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2007 his track, The Power of The Mind, was the Qlimax Anthem. He also produced the anthem for Defqon 1 2009 with the track Scrap Attack, and again for Defqon 1 2010 (Australia) with Save Your Scrap for Victory. In 2006 he formed his own sub-label, Scantraxx Reloaded.
In 2008 they released an album together with Wildstylez, under the alias Project One. This single was very well received in the hardstyle world, and in turn was followed up with a tour across Netherlands.
In 2010, Headhunterz was ranked 36th in Dj Magazines yearly top 100 DJ's. It was the first year any hardstyle DJ made it into the top 100.
Infected Mushroom is a psychedelic trance and electronic music group. Originally formed as a duo by Erez Eisen (also known as I.Zen) and Amit Duvdevani (also known as Duvdev) in the city of Haifa, in northern Israel, the group has garnered a large international fan base. Infected Mushroom is known for their consistent sonic evolution exemplified by the subsequent albums The Gathering (1999) , Classical Mushroom (2000), B.P. Empire (2001), Converting Vegetarians (2003), IM the Supervisor (2004), Vicious Delicious (2007) and Legend of the Black Shawarma (2009). The group currently resides in Los Angeles.
As the smartest club in Ibiza opens its doors to welcome in their shiny new resident, James Zabiela just smiles and blinks a little. See, the ride here has been kinda fast. And while its been a relatively bump-free trip to acceptance and ubiquity, it's still blinkin' quick. Two years ago, James Zabiela popped his Balearic cherry by warming up for Sasha at the place the island calls Inside At Space. Wowing the crowd - and We Love boss Darren Hughes - with two hours of snappy, synth-fixated, breakbeat action - it was a defining moment in his DJ career. Two years later, he's now the club's new bi-weekly resident. It's official. Now "that's" what I call progression.
Knowing what a great track should sound like - and the place it can be taken by warping and twisting it - is James Zabiela's forte. Layering different sounds with the aid of two Pioneer CDJ1000s, a Pioneer DJM600 and a pair of trusty Technics 1210s, his hands and ears don't let up for a second, leaving any punters feet a-moving and mouth a-gap. And his demands for such kit wherever he spins is a reminder that he's one of the scant few DJs who's pushing things forward. James's style is trippy, bleepy and deeply - nay, downright - groovy. Oh, and watch out for a few gnarly basslines along the way. Those nasty, dirty sounds are a part of Jay-Z's signature sound now. Scratches, loops, fluttering chord changes and all are part of the course in a Zabiela set. No wonder childhood idols Depeche Mode remain his heroes - like fellow tech-house don Mathew Bushwacka!, they all understand that the best electronic music moves both heart and feet. And if the magic's there, the spirit will fly as well. And boy does this boy soar.
Still only 24, still pushing the envelope and still learning to cope with a real-life fanbase and life on the other side of the record counter, its unlikely that James Zabiela will be taking a breather anytime soon. John Digweed
John Digweed began DJing around age 11. His breakthrough came in 1993 when he got a gig at theRenaissance Club in Mansfield after fellow DJ Alexander Coe (aka Sasha) heard his demo. Digweed is known for promoting the progressive house sound that became popular in Europe and North America in the late 1990s and early 2000s, releasing several popular mix compilations on labels like Renaissance and Global Underground. He started the record label Bedrock Records to further promote the music he was playing at the time. In addition to starting the Bedrock imprint, he and friend Nick Muir produce under the Bedrock alias. In his sets, Digweed is noted for adopting tracks with new and different styles.
John O'Callaghan is an Irish DJ, mainly producing electronic dance music.# He also produces music under the alias of Joint Operations Centre, Mannix and Stenna. He has also collaborated with fellow Discover artists such as Bryan Kearney, Neal Scarborough (as Inertia), Thomas Bronzwaer (as Lost World) and Greg Downey as well as more recently, trance legend Leon Bolier. His best known track is Big Sky, done with vocalist Audrey Gallagher.#
Judge Jules (born Julius O'Riordan, 26 October 1966, London, United Kingdom) is a British dance music DJ and producer, known for his DJ activities and popular radio show which achieved global success.
Returning from the yearlong It's You, It's Me World Tour of 2003, celebrating his monumental debut album of the same name, Kaskade comes home to his Om Records family with his newest offering to the beloved San Francisco Sessions Series, "Soundtrack to the Soul". A lot has been written, said, and felt about this young man and his music in the past year. The worldwide media, DJ's, radio stations and music loving public adore him. He's been praised as "The Best Up & Coming Artist of 2003" from URB MAGAZINE and as crafting "A captivating debut" by BILLBOARD, but still unchanged, humble, and low key in flip-flops, Kaskade, better known as Ryan Raddon, has so much more love to give. The new album gives the listener a glimpse into the deepness of Kaskade the DJ and producer; this is his story.
As an 80's teenager in the Suburbs of Chicago, Raddon was fascinated by the sound of new wave, frequenting Club Medusas where Frankie Knuckles held a Friday night residency. There, he was exposed to everything from Tears For Fears to The Cult, Ministry and The Smiths. As house music was incarnated in the basements and warehouses of Chicago, Ryan increased his awareness by attending parties and exploring these inspiring, innovative sonic genres. He listened religiously to local radio shows like The Hot Mix Five and Northwestern University's WNUR, which featured Derrick Carter and Mark Farina. He frequented Gramaphone and built his vinyl collection, eventually taking to the decks late in the decade.
Circa 1992, he transferred his life and learning to Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, an education he funded by DJing. He launched a weekly house night that endured five successful years and owned and operated (a local record shop,) Mechanized Records. Though there were others promoting house in Salt Lake, Ryan was one of the city's pioneers, igniting the spark that set the scene ablaze in the most unexpected of towns. It was here that he began building a studio, releasing several records on the Mechanized imprint and selling a breakthrough track to his favorite label, Om Records. "DJing inspired me to make music," he says. "It was definitely a simple evolution for me."
Having explored the Bay Area with his wife Naomi, Ryan was drawn to the strong scene that it fostered; they moved in May 2000. Within months, he landed a job as A&R assistant to Chris Smith at Om. "The label's reach is far and wide," he notes. "It was good energy to be around creative people who enjoy what they do." Continuing with DJing and production, Ryan formulated his alter ego Kaskade and began honing his studio skills. After selling a track to now defunct Chicago based Afterhours, he began anonymously slipping his tracks into the stacks of Om demos. "What I Say", the first single picked up by Om under his Kaskade moniker, was featured (as the first track) on Mark Grant's widely acclaimed "Sound Design Volume 2" in 2001.
The past two years have been a whirlwind of success; though Kaskade has appeared on many of Om's coveted compilations, nothing prepared him for the widespread praise that came in the wake of his debut album "It's You, It's Me." The former Lazy Dog duo Jay Hannan and Ben Watt sent their accolades after the then unreleased track blew the roof off their Sunday night London gathering. Marques Wyatt extended his appreciation as well, grabbing dibs on remixing duties for a future single. As of late, Kaskade has spent many nights commanding the decks on the international nightclubbing circuit. In addition, Roger Sanchez befriended Kaskade licensing two tracks for his newest mix "Release Yourself 2003", and if one needed more proof of his talent, Jay Hannan has chosen Kaskade to debut his new label, Society Heights, with the "Soundtrack to the Soul" standout "In this Life".
Whether it's the uplifting sounds, organic instrumentals, catchy vocals or the diversity of his sound, Kaskade's music embodies life, love and happiness. "I'm an optimistic guy," he says. "There's a lot of love in house music and this is just what comes out." He is equally as optimistic about the scene that has embraced him with such open arms. "Dance music is so fast moving and so forward thinking; it has morphed many times over. It will be interesting to see what the future holds."
Kyau & Albert
Ralph Kyau had his first experience with the production of electronic music in 1990 and gained a reputation for DJing as well as Live PA sets at several underground techno parties in Germany before releasing his first record "Modulation Experiments" at the end of 1993.
Together with DJ Shandy he founded the label Harmony Recordings in 1993 and they signed the massive Mirco de Govia as their first act. At the same time, Steven Moebius Albert began to produce his own tracks and in the summer of 1994, Ralph and Steven met for the first time.
They produced their first tracks together for a live performance, realized that they have a common perception of music, and decided to try their hands at producing together. The result was their first single "Let me in" released in 1996. From then on they became known under the artist name of Kyau vs Albert. Their two small studios merged and they founded a music production company "Euphonic" in 1997, signing Sonorous aka Rough Mullar as well as Ronski Speed. With such a strong backing of producers, the team began pushing for their sound to be heard.
In 2000, the guise of Kyau vs Albert became recognized by WEA (part of Warner Music) and a long term contract was put together, forming the start of their journey into dance music, with huge support from DJs such as Paul van Dyk, KayCee, Tiësto and many others.
In 2002, Sun Decade shone through on the Euphonic label with the massive "I'm Alone" which blew the roof off many house and clubs around the world with its soaring vocals and superb productions, putting Kyau & Albert and their Euphonic Label at the top of the list in the industry.
Lange is recognized as one of the most influential dance artists of the past decade. A DJ who has remained at the forefront of the scene throughout his career and a producer that continues to push all boundaries.
Rocketing on to the scene 10 years ago, Lange has nothing but achievement to look back on. He is the producer behind an astonishing 20 UK top 40 hits, the talent responsible for the UK Top 10 trance anthem "Drifting Away", the classic SuReal - "You Take My Breath Away" and the remixer that brought tracks such as DJ Sakin - "Protect Your Mind" and Lost Witness - "Happiness Happening" to a mainstream global audience, gaining him undiminished support from industry leaders such as Paul van Dyk, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules, and Pete Tong, and even an appearance on Top of the Pops.
From euphoric trance leader to underground dance hero, as a DJ, Lange does it all; rocking audiences of 25,000, performing at prestigious festivals such as Global Gathering, Summadayze, Creamfields and the Zurich Street Parade and making appearances for some of the best club brands in the world including Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Ministry Of Sound and Slinky, firmly rooting himself as one of the world's top dance music DJs, crossing genres and giving the global dance-floors exactly what they want.
Laidback Luke (born Luke van Scheppingen, 22 October 1976 in Manila, Philippines) is a Dutch DJ and producer. He was voted #46 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ list in 2008, before jumping to #27 in 2009, # and #17 in 2010. #
Laidback Luke grew up in The Netherlands and made his name as a graffiti artist before turning to making music. He has worked with artists such asDavid Guetta, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Junior Sanchez and played throughout Europe and North America as well as shows in Japan and Ibiza. He has released two studio albums: Psyched Up (1998) and Electronic Satisfaction (2002) as well as a successful mix album, Windmill Skill (2003). In 2003, van Scheppingen did a remix of the Daft Punk song "Crescendolls" for the duo's remix album Daft Club. Luke has also released his own mix album, titled Ibiza Closing Party, as a free covermount CD in the October 2008 issue of Mixmag.
Markus Schulz is a German trance music DJ and producer who resides in Miami, Florida, USA. He is best-known for his weekly radio show titled Global DJ Broadcast that airs on Digitally Imported radio. He is also the founder of the EDM label Coldharbour Recordings.
Schulz has released six mix compilations and three artist albums under his own name. He has also released productions and an album, Thoughts Become Things, under the alias Dakota. Through his work with remixing tracks, he has had the opportunity to work with such artists as: Depeche Mode,Madonna, Everything But The Girl, Jewel, Oceanlab, Gabriel & Dresden, Télépopmusik, Fat Boy Slim,Miro, Book Of Love, Blue Amazon, and PQM. His remixes of "Intuition" and "Stand" by Jewel both hit #1 on the Billboard club chart.
When not in the studio working on new mixes, Schulz maintains an extensive international touring schedule. He originally held a seven-year residency at The Works in Phoenix, Arizona, where he developed his style. Since then, he has performed at clubs all over the world and has DJ'ed at some of the laregest festivals and events, including: Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, Monster Massive, Together As One, Ultra Music Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event, Nature One, Dance Valley,Love Parade, Global Gathering, ETD Pop, Trance Energy 2010, Bang Music Festival, Future Music Festival, Bal en Blanc and at the Episodes 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, and 500 of A State Of Trance.
On October 28, 2010, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, placing Schulz at #8 DJ in the world.
The embodiment of the modern DJ, Mark Knight's legacy already ranks him as a leading player in dance music culture's evolution into the digital and globalised age. His high octane sets, which treble and bass their way right across the dance music spectrum, have caused dance floor carnage in every corner of the world, whilst his original productions and slick remixes make his studio skills the most in-demand and sought after in the business.
Yet, Mark Knight's rise to number 42 in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll (2008) has been more than just gigs and remixes. Not content with the status quo and outdated DJ ideas and methods, he created his own workshop for 21st century dance musicians, Toolroom Records, and with it a new way of thinking. Established in 2004, the Toolroom imprint has developed into an uncontrollable beast, forging an insatiable, genre busting sound, celebrating success as the biggest selling label on Beatport and reaching the milestone of 100 releases in 2009 with none other than Faithless as new label artists. All this on the back of 2008's record breaking, award winning anthem 'Man with the Red Face', a remake, with label buddy Funkagenda, of the Laurent Garnier classic.
With Toolroom Records, Mark ripped up the rule book and pioneered the arrival of an era where the role of the DJ was more than just 2 hours behind the decks on a Saturday night. Pushing new boundaries and blending the lines between DJ and producer, Mark's consistent stream of stellar tracks set a precedent that meant DJ dinosaurs had to shape up - DJs who don't produce their own music have become extinct! Moreover, thanks to Mark, Toolroom has become a byword for cutting edge sounds and innovation within contemporary dance music, whether through underground sublabel 'Toolroom Trax' or their unparalleled pursuit of new electronic music talent.
And there's more! Since 2006 'Toolroom Knights' has provided the most visible, and hedonistic, face of Mark's increasing popular clubbing brand, with concept led events in the world's premier arenas from Cocoon (Frankfurt) to Space (Miami). It is testament to the popularity of Mark Knight the DJ that after a summer residency at Amnesia Ibiza in 2008, he currently holds court bimonthly at Ministry of Sound (London), the spiritual home of Toolroom Knights and also where Mark got his big break as club resident in 2003, as well as having recently confirmed new residencies at Pacha (New York) and Vanguard (Los Angeles).
Matthew Jonathan "Matt" Darey (born 29 November 1968) who is from Leicester, England, has been a trance music producer since 1994. He is also a member of Lost Tribe with Red Jerry. He is perhaps best known for his work in the Euphoria trance series and for 'Gamemaster' (as Lost Tribe) and his remixes of Agnelli & Nelson's El Niño. In 2005, his first major U.S. albums, an EP, Point Zero(featuring the Li Kwan song of the same name), and a double album, Upfront Trance, were released. His works have sold a total of over 2 million copies. His ex-girlfriend, Marcella Woods, is often a guest vocalist on his recordings.
Darey frequently performs his trance sets at UK clubs such as Gatecrasher and Slinky, and over the internet through a monthly show on Digitally Imported's European Trance station. On August 13, 2005, he debuted a new show on Digitally Imported called Nocturnal, which became a weekly show in April 2006. Since Nocturnal became a weekly show, Darey has had guests such as Sasha,Tiësto, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Nadia Ali, Offdate, Freemasons, D.Ramirez, Freeform Five,Cosmic Gate & Ferry Corsten perform guest mixes during the second hour of the show each week. Now the Nocturnal show is broadcast by 123 FM around the globe. In May 2007 he also started a monthlyPodcast called Nocturnal Podcast. In October 2008, a sister show titled Nocturnal Sunshine, which includes the latest dance music hand selected by Matt himself, can be downloaded for free from Darey's homepage. This show differs from Nocturnal because it features at a faster pace, and is more mainstream compared to the regular show. The Nocturnal Podcast was nominated for the best podcast at Winter Music Conference in Miami in 2008. Matt was nominated in 2009 for Best Radio Mix Show DJ at the International Dance Music Awards. His single Beautiful Day, featuring Antoine & Marcia Juell, became a club hit in the US, reaching the top 25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music Club Play and hitting the top 20 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart.
Paul Oakenfold has been touted as one of the world's leading DJ/remixers by various outlets including CNN, Rolling Stone, BPM, Remix and more.
In 2007 Paul Oakenfold released his Greatest Hits & Remixes through Perfecto/Ultra Records -a 20-selection strong collection of his seminal dance recordings and remixes. Its track listing ranges from original productions such as his massive singles "Starry Eyed Surprise" "Ready Steady Go," and "Faster Kill Pussycat" featuring Brittany Murphy, in addition, there are remixes galore of artists like Justin Timberlake, U2, Madonna, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and Underworld and soundtrack pieces such as David Arnold's James Bond Theme from the motion picture Die Another Day and Oakenfold's "Dread Rock" from Matrix Reloaded.
2x Grammy nominee, "Best Electronic/Dance Album" A Lively Mind (2007, Maverick Records) and Creamfields (2004, Thrive Records)
Paul Oakenfold released his second album for Maverick A Lively Mind in June 2006. This Grammy-nominated album includes the single, "Faster Kill Pussycat" featuring Brittany Murphy. Other guests on the album include Pharrell Williams, Grandmaster Flash, Ryan Tedder of Onerepublic, Spitfire, Bad Apples and more.
His first album for Maverick Bunkka was released in 2002. It included "Starry Eyed Surprise" featuring Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town, a Top 10 hit in both America and the U.K. Other guests on the album were Perry Farrell, Nelly Furtado, Ice Cube, Tricky and Hunter S. Thompson (his last recording before he passed away).
"Starry Eyed Surprise" reappeared in early 2005 as part of Diet Coke's ad campaign for their re-launch of the beverage using Splenda. Paul's hit, "Ready, Steady, Go" currently appears in Saab's US ad campaign, and a new song, "Feed Your Mind" also appears in Toyota's European ad campaign, for which the major car manufacturer has committed to 42 million Euros (over $51 million dollars) worth of ad buys. Oakenfold also scored the music for a Hummer commercial.
Paul Oakenfold's 2004 mix album Another World has reached gold status in sales making it one of the biggest selling dance albums of all time. In total his releases have sold almost 2 million in the U.S. alone.
Remix credits include, among many others, works for U2, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Paris Hilton Jennifer Lopez, Salt N Pepa and The Cure.
As a touring musician, Oakenfold has DJ'd in hundreds of places around the world. Some unique locations he has appeared at include the Great Wall in China, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (sold out) and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Other foreign territories he's appeared include Cypress, Lebanon, Ibiza, Korea and more. He's also noted as one of the most well traveled electronic touring artists within the United States.
Prior to becoming a world famous DJ and producer, Oakenfold served as an A&R consultant for Profile Records and Def Jam, where he signed artists including Salt N' Pepa, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith. He was born in London, England and currently resides in the U.S.
Paul Van Dyk
Matthias Paul, better known by his stage name Paul van Dyk (born 16 December 1971 in Eisenhüttenstadt, East Germany) is a German Grammy Award-winning Electronic Dance Music DJ,musician and record producer. Paul van Dyk was one of the first artists to receive a Grammy nomination in the newly added category of Best Dance/Electronic album for his 2004 release Reflections. He was named World No.1 DJ in both 2005 and 2006. Paul van Dyk is the only DJ who has remained in the World's Top 10 DJs since 1998. As of 2007, he has sold over 4.5 million albums worldwide.
A trance producer in the early-late 1990s, Paul quickly achieved popularity with his remix of Love Stimulation by Humate under record label MFS in 1993, and his hit single, "For an Angel", but in recent times he no longer likes to describe his music as trance, but rather simply as electronic dance music. PvD is credited as one of the hardest working artists in electronic music, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival, and a hugely successful recording career.
Roger Sanchez, also known as Roger S. and The S Man, (born on June 1, 1967, in Queens, New York) is a Grammy award-winning American House music DJ who has scored many hits in the European and World Charts. On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra Records Sanchez placed at #60.
Born to Dominican Parents in Queens, New York in 1969, Roger spent his younger years soaking up the musical influences that were the lifeblood of his home town. It was the diversity of these influences, from salsa, blues and soul to disco, rock and hip-hop, that solidified Roger’s dedication to representing this spectrum of musical styles. Thus, Roger’s sound is impossible to pigeon hole, refusing to fit the template of any one genre.
After leaving college to follow his music-filled heart, Roger’s passion for DJing conquered his hometown, and the last days of the 1980s saw Roger spinning beats in the Big Apple’s most notorious clubs. 1990 saw the S-Man catapulted into international limelight with his first hit Luv Dancin, released on the eminent Strictly Rhythm label under the first of many monikers Underground Solution.
Roger’s creative evolution through the rest of the decade yielded a string of hits, and whilst working under his Transatlantic Soul alias, Roger conceived the enduring legend Release Yourself. Born in 1996 through club smash single Release Yo Self, the brand has grown into a worldwide phenomenon that embodies Roger’s deep belief in the liberty music can bring. Now an exclusive clubbing concept, a CD mix series, an IDMA winning podcast radio show that touches millions, and an annual residency that still dominates the scene in its 10th season in Ibiza, Release Yourself continues to gather momentum as one of the most recognized and seminal brands on the global scene today.
Roger has remixed superstars such as Chic, Daft Punk, Diana Ross and The Police, contributed to the soundtrack of Hollywood movie Blade, and founded 3 record labels before his beloved Stealth. Since forming his opus label Stealth Records in 2002, the recognition has continued to roll in. Even through the glare of his massive commercial success, the expanse of Roger’s fame has neither diluted his outlook nor marred his creativity, and he remains a true champion of new music with one ear always pressed firmly to the underground. In one week alone Roger scored a trio of tracks in the top 25 Billboard Charts, but even after winning a Grammy in 2004 and establishing a global fan base of millions, the S-man remains grounded.
Whether overwhelming a frenzied crowd at Miami WMC or pushing musical boundaries on the White Isle, Roger’s love of connecting with a crowd ensures that he keeps his status as a true citizen of the World amidst a continuous whirlwind of global touring. At every gig, the S-Man’s relationship with his international network of fans is evident in the mutual energy and appreciation between Roger and the crowd.
From his legendary performances at the world’s most exclusive events, his chart-topping hits, award winning radio show and acclaimed compilation series Release Yourself, Roger is still soaring at the top of his game, spanning 3 decades on a meteoric journey from underground cult figure to master of the global club stage.
Sanchez is the owner of his own label, Stealth Records. The label features releases by some of the biggest names in house music such as Steve Angello, Laid Back Luke, Avicii, and Sanchez himself.
Sanchez also hosts a terrestrial and online radio show called "Release Yourself," with 15,000,000 listeners worldwide. In 2006 a podcast was created as a spin-off from the radio show under the same moniker and went on to win the first ever Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA). He has also released a series of compilation albums based called Release Yourself which are known for being very upfront musically. 2011 marks the 11th release in the hugely successful "Release Yourself" series.
Starting his career in 2005, Durand was recommended by Tiësto as his 'Tip For The Top in 2007' in DJ Magazine. In that same year he was placed in the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs poll.
His first creations were tech trance singles "Make Me Scream" and "Slipping Away" on the Terminal 4 label, but his real success started with remixes of Tiësto singles "Lethal Industry", "Flight 643" and "Break My Fall", and reworks of Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" and Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" which brought him into the playlist of DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten,Judge Jules and Eddie Halliwell.
In 2008, Durand remixed Fragma's "Toca's Miracle" and Armin van Buuren's "In And Out Of Love". His solo productions included "Weep" featuringSkin from Skunk Anansie on vocals, which was signed to Perfecto Records.
In 2009 Durand remixed Art of Trance's "Madagascar" followed by his debut artist album Always The Sun on Magik Muzik / Black Hole Recordings. The album spawned three singles "Into Something", title track "Always The Sun" and "No Way Home".
Richard (Richie) Hawtin (born June 4, 1970, Banbury, Oxfordshire) is a English-Canadian electronic musician and DJ who was an influential part of Detroit techno's second wave of artists in the early 1990s and a leading exponent of Minimal techno since the mid 1990s. He is best known for his abstract, minimal works under the alias Plastikman, a pseudonym he still uses today.
Hawtin is known for DJing minimal techno sets making use of laptop computers and digital mixing equipment. In May 1990, Hawtin and fellow second-waver John Acquaviva founded the Plus 8 record label, which they named after their turntable's pitch adjust function.# In 1998, Hawtin launchedMinus records.
Life is one long, roller-coasting, Magic Island-induced experience for Roger Shah. He's constantly on a mission, be it a veritable Balearic mission, to take his intoxicating trance sounds across the world, to far-flung or near, to boldly go… well, you get the picture.
"I'm happy about my life. I have the chance to live my dream and passion - even I have to say that my whole life changed within the past two years, but I'm very happy about the development," says Roger.
Releasing a wave of hedonistic tunes through his Magic Island imprint, 2010 has been even more spanking than last year, when he made his second appearance in the Top 100. "It's a vote from the fans and music lovers from all over the world, it shows me that I'm not that wrong with what I'm doing," Roger tells us.
The tone and pace are set with the imminent release of his next Sunlounger album, tying in nicely with intense tour action between now and March 2011.
Sander Van Doorn
Sander van Doorn (born Sander Ketelaars on 28 February 1979 in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands) is a Dutch techno/trance music DJ and producer. He is listed at DJMag's top 100 djs list, debuting at #32 in 2006, then moving up to #13 in 2008, being #10 in 2009 and currently listed at #12 in the world. Another dance music poll, TranceAddict TOP 250 shows Sander at #5 in their rankings.
Sander hosts Identity podcast, which is being broadcast as a weekly radio show on Area channel of Sirius XM satellite radio. The show is being broadcast every Saturday at 2 pm EST and replays every Tuesday at 8 pm EST.
The first big achievement in his career was securing residencies at Judgement Sunday in Ibiza and at the Gallery in London. Sander has DJ'ed at many major clubs, parties and venues around the world. In June 2007 he presented one of Eddie Halliwell's shows on BBC Radio One. He also did an essential mix for BBC Radio One in June 2006, the same month he won 'Best New Producer' at the Trance Awards. His productions, both original work and remixes, in 2007-2008 have generally been well received in the electronic music industry. Notable artists he has done remixes for include Robbie Rivera, Matt Darey, Randy Katana, Mode Hookers (Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso), Blank & Jones,TDR, Armin van Buuren.
Sasha (born Alexander Paul Coe# on 4 September 1969 in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales) is a Welsh DJand record producer. Sasha began his career playing acid house dance music in the late 1980s, and became a central figure in the development and popularisation of electronic dance music. He partnered with fellow DJ John Digweed in 1993, touring internationally and producing a series ofmixes (compilations of other artists work played in a continuous fashion).# Through their track selection and mixing techniques, Sasha and Digweed were instrumental in the evolution ofprogressive trance and house music.#
Sasha has produced multiple UK-charting singles# and has remixed tracks for artists such asMadonna and The Chemical Brothers. His remix of Felix da Housecat's "Watching Cars Go By" earned him a 2004 Grammy nomination. Sasha's remixing and production often combine electronic music genres, making it difficult for critics to pinpoint his musical style,# including on his debut album of original work, Airdrawndagger.
After achieving success as a producer and DJ, Sasha worked with younger DJs and producers such asBT and James Zabiela, influencing their musical styles and techniques. His use of live audio engineering equipment helped popularise technological innovations among DJs who formerly relied on records and turntables.# Despite the changing trends in electronic dance music, Sasha continues to perform in large dance venues. In 2007, he formed a record label with Renaissance Records called emFire, which is the exclusive outlet for his new music
A New York native now residing in Switzerland, Sean Tyas has been the brightest new star to emerge in the trance scene for years. Sean first broke onto the scene in 2006 when Sander van Doorn selected him winner of the 'Punk'd' remix competition, while Discover also snapped up his track 'Lift' which captured the imagination of the trance community and went on to be one of the year's biggest releases, getting playlist support from the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond and Judge Jules.
The Sean Tyas buzz is equally evident at grass roots level from music fans and clubbers; a fact proven by Sean's meteoric rise up the ranks of industry polls such as the DJ Magazine Top 100 (up to at #45), TheDJList.com and TranceAddict.com, as well as being awarded 'Best New Face', #3 Best Remixer and #5 Best Producer at the Trance Awards and Mixmag placing Sean in their Top 10 of 'Best New DJs'.
High praise indeed, but with good reason too, as Sean Tyas has cut out his own niche in the highly competitive production arena to create a unique sound - the 'Tyas Sound' - and creating countless big tracks and remixes that bring to the dancefloor a mix of melodic harmony, driving groove and cutting edge production techniques, while also delivering his DJ sets with dynamic energy from behind the decks.
Sebastian Ingrosso (born Sebastian Carmine Ingrosso on April 20, 1983) is a Swedish DJ and producer of Italian descent. Born in Grahamstown South Africa but raised in Solna, Sweden. Sebastian spent his teenage years in his father's studio learning how to make music, with his first official remix released on Mega Records in 1999. He is head of A&R for his own record label, 'Refune', which has pioneered many artists in recent years including AN21, Max Vangeli and Style of Eye. He was ranked #16 in 2010 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ list,# and won the award for the highest new entry into the chart in 2009, a record beaten only by Deadmau5 into the 2008 Top 100 DJ list at #10. Sebastian is also one third of DJ super-group the Swedish House Mafia, along with friends Axwell and Steve Angello.
Sven Väth (born 26 October 1964, Obertshausen, Germany) is a Frankfurt based DJ who has produced an extensive range of work since his career began in 1982. From 1985, he was part of the band OFF (acronym for Organization for Fun) which released the hit "Electrica Salsa" in 1986. He was also one of the founders of trance music labels Harthouse and the now-defunct Eye Q, as well as being among the first DJs to play trance records. In 1995 Mixmag rated his album Accident in Paradise one of the top-50 dance albums of all time; although the title track is a fast techno piece, the rest is far more sedate, such as the track "Coda," which features merely a flute and a harpsichord.
Väth is also known as "RU Ready" and "Sam Vision". He has been a member of the groups 16 Bit, Astral Pilot, Barbarella, the Essence of Nature, Metal Master, Metal Masters, Mosaic, and Off. Today he is the owner of the Cocoon Music Event GmbH, which contains his Label, Cocoon Recordings. He is also a shareholder of the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt.
Simon Patterson the DJ.... is one of the hottest properties in dance music right now. His creative offerings as a producer have captured audiences, bringing them willing with him along his musical adventure. From techy moods to edgy riffs, spin tingling melodies to driving basslines, Simon's studio offspring's of the past 12 months have raised his profile to see him become a much in-demand DJ, producer and remixer.
Signed exclusively to the hugely respected Spinnin' Records, Simon's music has earned him massive support from industry leaders such as Paul van Dyk, Tiesto, Armin van Burren, Ferry Corsten, Judge Jules and Above & Beyond. With tracks such as F:16 (Nov 2006), Panic Attack / Strip Search (Apr 2007), Bulldozer / We'll See (Sept 2007), attaining almost cult statues, coupled with widespread acclaim from the dance media.
However, it's when he's behind the decks that the sound of Simon comes alive. With a style described as cutting edge, dark, driving, pulsating, Simon's technical ability is a finely tuned art that fuses trance with elements of techno and electronica. If you're stood on a dance floor when Patterson's behind the CDJ's you know who's in control, and the only thing you're likely to do is to dance and dance hard.
Steve Angello (born Steven Angello Josefsson Fragogiannis in 1982) is a Greek-Swedish DJ, producer, and record label owner. He is part of a three person group dubbed the Swedish House Mafia.
Angello was born to a Greek father and Swedish mother in Athens, Greece. His father was killed when Steve was a teenager. A life in Stockholm, Sweden and music took the better of him. He started out as aTurntablist, fusing hip-hop, breakbeats and 70's classics but later moved onto House music, in the club life of Stockholm, together with his best friend Sebastian Ingrosso.
Swedish House Mafia
The Swedish House Mafia is a Swedish group of three house DJs and producers: Axwell,Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. Contrary to popular beliefs, Eric Prydz is not a former member of the group. This is something he himself dismissed on his Twitter profile on March 17, 2011. The Swedish House Mafia released their first official single "One" under the name Swedish House Mafia on Beatport on 26 May 2010.
Axwell has said the formation of the Swedish House Mafia occurred when he moved to Stockholm, he later met Steve Angello through Ingrosso. "The name is just a random thought.", as described by Steve Angello, it occurred outside a 7 Eleven late at night while drinking coffee.
In 2010 the Swedish House Mafia signed a record deal with EMI and a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing. In Australia they are signed to Ministry of Sound Australia & EMI Australia.
Tijs Michiel Verwest, OON (born 17 January 1969), known as Tiësto (pronounced [ti?sto]), is a Dutch musician, DJ and record producer of electronic dance music. Although he has used many aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as DJ Tiësto. On his latest productions, however, he has dropped the "DJ" label and is now known simply as "Tiësto", an alias which is a twist of his childhood nickname.
In 1997, he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink, where he released the Magik andIn Search of Sunrise CD series. In 1999 and 2000 he collaborated with Ferry Corsten to create Gouryella. His 2000 remix of Delerium's "Silence" featuring Sarah McLachlan exposed him to more mainstream audiences. In 2001, he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career. He was named "World's No.1 DJ" 3 consecutive times by DJ Magazine from 2002 through 2004.
Just after releasing his second studio album Just Be in 2004 at the Summer Olympics, he performed live at the opening ceremony in Athens, Greece, becoming the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympics. Tracks he made especially for the Olympics were mixed together and released as the mix compilation Parade of the Athletes later that year. In April 2007 Tiësto launched both his radio show Tiësto's Club Life on Radio 538 in the Netherlands and released his third studio album titled Elements of Life. The album reached number one on the Dutch album chart as well on "Billboard Top Electronic Albums" in the U.S. and received a nomination for a Grammy Award in 2008. Tiësto released his fourth studio album called Kaleidoscope in October 2009.
Introduced to dance music in his mid teens, it took only a few short months before tyDi had traded in his drum kit and bought his first set of turntables. By the time he was sixteen, he had won his first competition, Brisbane DJ Wars.
At the age of 17, tyDi moved from his hometown of Mooloolaba Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, to the state's capital, Brisbane. There he began performing at premier nightclub The Family, who were so impressed with his skills, they made him a permanent resident in 2004.
Following his move to Brisbane, tyDi's touring schedule increased, with his music and style sparking the interest of promoters and peers alike. The young DJ was invited to play nightclubs and festivals across the country, including the famed Slinky and Godskitchen events. Throughout this time, tyDi also pursued a more traditional musical path, studying a Bachelor of Music Technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
In 2006, just two years after completing high school, tyDi competed in his first Sony inthemix Top 50 DJ Poll, and came in at #12. The following year, he placed at #4, before reaching the top spot for the first time in the 2008 competition.
Since then, tyDi has grown exponentially and made DJs all around the world sit up and take notice