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Slop Rock & Whiskey Pete

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Brisbane fused a wealth of talent in duo Slop Rock. For Mitch and Tomy the evolution from chunky band material to the leading electronic approach encouraged a musical virtuoso. Heavy on the electro and progressive tips, this finely tuned duo sets a standard worth taking your earplugs out for.

2009 broke dawn when the duo fluxed and the Slop Rock onslaught emerged drawing inspiration from the years passed, with modern dance music icons Zedd, Swanky Tunes, Denzal Park and local hero Tommy Trash. Regularly frolicking with raw live sounds and dance floor beats it’s without a doubt the product exuded is nothing short of epic.

Consistently sitting on the charts, Slop Rock has seen remixes for Milk & Sugar, MYNC, PeaceTreaty and chart topper Danny T take up to 4th spot while paragons like Hero and Revolution have all embarked on Beatport and ARIA Chart raids. Outside of the charts Slop Rock aren’t shy of a play on national radio as well as spins on BBC Radio 1, Tiesto’s ‘Club Life’ & Fedde Le Grand’s ‘Dark Light Sessions’ while fellow Aussies The Stafford Brothers and Tommy Trash feel the inclination to drop a SR bomb on the festival stage too!

The adrenaline of these artists boils up a ruckus in consoles throughout hometown Brisbane with The Met residency, clubs around Oz and last but not least bangin’ festivals Blah Blah Blah, Future Music, Stereosonic and Parklife…with a few more bill spots on the way. It’s these shows that tease the norm supporting the likes of Hard Rock Sofa, The Loops of Fury, Firebeatz, Boys Noize and prized opening sets for Steve Aoki & Tommy Trash.

With their roaring single featuring the vocal styling of American smooth liner Whiskey Pete ‘Super Dope’ earning a staggering #4 spot in the ARIA Charts, a barricade of studio requests and bills to headline a nation, Slop Rock are bound for a takeover.

WHISKEY PETE dominates dance floors.
Put a mic in WHISKEY PETE’S hands and watch this party animal whip any crowd, club, festival, rave or show into a complete madhouse. Put him in the studio and he’ll deliver every time with his signature sing- along hooks, razor sharp verses and sure fire party anthems that are guaranteed to have any block in any city jumping and going buck wild. It doesn’t matter what genre or style it may be, if it makes the girls drop it down low and the homies heads bump, chances are he’s on it because WHISKEY PETE is the original certified party-rocker and one of
today’s most recognized vocalists in dance music.

With a huge stack of over 70 individual label releases on ITunes and Beatport, he has had dozens of those releases jump into the top ten charts again and again. The drumstep anthem with Figure, “Cut Throat” reached #1 on the Beatport charts and stayed in the #1 spot for over two months. During the same time period three other WHISKEY PETE tracks were all charting top 10.

His voice has been heard over the likes of Electro House, Breaks, Dubstep, Drumstep, Drum & Bass, Moombahton, Hip-Hop, Indie dance, House and every other sub-genre under the sun..

Ayah Marar

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Well known amongst the electronic music community in the UK, Ayah’s dedication to her music has earned her the rightful title of “The Queen Of Bass.” Her debut album, “The Real” has been attracting widespread attention and critical acclaim, with a recent Vibe Magazine interview, Music Week featuring her song “Alive” as Track Of The Week, and Ayah winning Best Female Artist in the 2013 Drum And Bass Awards.

Dance music is a broad church, but within each parish there’s usually a set of rules. A doesn’t always go with B, and X shouldn’t really mix with Y, but sometimes those rules are meant to be broken or manipulated into odd new shapes. Ayah Marar’s kaleidoscopic debut album, “The Real,” is a case in point: thirteen songs that take inspiration from the underground dance scene, cherry-picking the very best elements of drum and bass, techno and house and bolting them onto well-crafted pop hooks that look set to shatter dance floors. “It’s an homage to dance music in whatever form, whether it’s garage or two step or house or drum and bass,” she explains.

With seemingly every other new pop star trying to marry a gargantuan dance beat to a pretty melody, it’s a competitive world. The difference here is that Ayah Marar isn’t faking it. She lives the life of an underground dance fiend, of a DJ and MC, of a strong woman in a male-dominated industry. Her two worlds, the underground and the mainstream, have been brought together organically, co-existing in a way that sounds fresh rather than forced. “I’m trying something that I don’t think has been done in the way we’re trying to do it,” Marar states. “It’s what I love to do; it’s trying to find that balance.

Lee Dagger

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Lee Dagger, DJ, songwriter, producer and remixer to the stars is fresh back from his 8 gig tour DJ’ing at the annual Miami Winter Music Conference where he also presented an award at the prestigious IDMA’S and also DJ’d at the ceremony in front of the mecca of dance music, including Swedish house mafia, Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Nervo and more. He was also nominated in the “Best Remixer” category for the 4th year in a row under his production guise “Bimbo Jones”(with fellow studio partner Marc JB). They were up against AVICII, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, Skrillex, R3hab, Michael Woods and Kaskade. He also appeared on a DJ panel at the WMC alongside Todd Terry, Moquai, & Yousef. Lee says “I love appearing on the DJ, remix and production panels- Its great to be able to talk to the people and share any secrets of the industry”. Rewinding to Spring this year Lee headlined “Mardi Gras Harbour Party” in Sydney, Australia. A huge out door festival facing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. A week later he played “Mardi Gras” again to 17,000 people performing on the same stage as Kylie. “It was an honour to be asked to come back to play at Mardi Gras again. I headlined in 2010 with David Guetta, Carl Cox, Kelly Rowland and George Michael. This years event was awesome! And a high light for me was finally meeting Kylie after remixing three of her records”.

Lee, the front man DJ of Bimbo Jones has played alongside some of the Worlds biggest names including Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Bob Sinclair, Joachim Garrard, Martin Solveig, Ultra Nate, Danny Tanaglia, Louie Vega, Arno Cost, Antoine Claraman, Alex Gaudino, Dimitri Vegas & Dj Mike, and has enjoyed residencies at Pacha London, Space @ the Cross, L’amour, Chuff Chuff, Serious, Sydney Mardi Gras, Ascension on fire Island, Machac in Czech republic with Carl Cox & Josh Wink, and played twice at the greatest festivial of them all, Glastonbury. Tours have included Miss Moneypennys, Smirnoff, Slinky and Miami calling. He’s rocked dancefloors all over the World including Ibiza, Paris, New York, Monaco, Miami WMC, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Poland, Holland, South Africa, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Czech republic, Russia and Siberia amongst others. “Bimbo Jones” began when DJ Lee Dagger made studio partners with Marc JB.

Lee’s background began in 1984 after tuning into the New York Hip Hop Breakdancing scene. He began DJ’ing in 1991 after being drawn into the legendary house sets of his favourites DJ Sasha, Carl Cox and Massive Attack atthose now infamous free parties. Meanwhile, “JB” started out playing thrash guitar and jazz piano before becoming the accomplished multi-instrumentalist he is today. Together they have rapidly become one of the UK & U.S # 1 remix production teams having reworked the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, The Killers, Kylie, Rizzle Kicks, Alexandra Burke, Keri Hilson, Kayne West & Ne-Yo, The Pussycat Dolls, Usher, Tom Jones and Annie Lennox to name but a few. Having been nominated for the last 4 years at the Miami Winter Music Conference for “Best Remixer” and were recently in the running for best remixer at the Radio FG Awards held in Monaco for their production skills on Lady Gaga “Alejandro”.

Having originally started off songwriting for artists within the 19 Entertainment Group they are writing worldwide with artists old and new and are also in the process of co-writing their next album with Sergio Mendes, Gram’ma Funk, Cyko Logic, Katherine Ellis, Angie Brown Beverley Knight and Cyndi Lauper.They’re also working with Cyndi Lauper on the score for a Broadway Musical In 2010 Bimbo Jones performed live in Miami with Cuban artist CuCu Dimantes alongside other artists such as Pitball, Estelle, Little Boots and Luciana. Other appearances included David Guetta, Roger Sanchez, BT, and Groove Armada. Bimbo Jones are now posed to hit their 73rd Club Chart # 1 and have sat at the top of the UK National Chart #1 spot for two consecutive weeks with their co-production skills on Meck ft Leo Sayer “Thunder In My Heart Again” They also co-produced with the legend, Sergio Mendes for his latest album “Bon Tempo” whichwon a 2010 Latin Grammy and was a Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

Lee also owns and promotes his own clubbing and music production brand “Miami Calling” with he devised back in 2005. It hit the #1 spot on the UK Upfront Club Chartwith its debut single “Taking Over Now” under the guise of “HMC”. Miami Callingteamed up with Hannah (whom herself has had numerous # 1 club hits) and “HMC” – “Taking Over Now” wasborn (written and produced by Hannah, Lee Dagger & Marc JB). Look out for the future HMC album and new single “Only for tonight”. Club Mova on Miami’s South Beach played host to “Miami Calling” with special guests Tony Moran, Addict DJs and 3 live PA’s by Laura Larue, Audrey Valorzi, and LA’s Kelsey B to a resounding success, watch out next year! Bimbo Jones also broadcast all over the World with Lee’s weekly mix for radio stations, RadioFG (France), Wild Cat FM & House of Sobel (New York), Radio Danz (Miami), My959 (Hawaii), 1Club.FM (Chicago), C-89.5 (Seattle) GHR (San Francisco), 89.7fm Bay Radio (Malta), 1Mix Radio (UK), Generation Zell! (Canada) and guest mixes for Gaydar (UK) and KISS (UK). Look out for the Lee Dagger mix on a newly launched Scoot airlines (Scoot – the low cost long haul subsidiary of Singapore airlines) and be sure to check out Lee Dagger’s current US single “Capture your love” with San Francisco diva Laura Larue (currently riding high in the USA Billboard Dance Chart) and finally Lee’s forthcoming debut album featuring artists such as Crystal Waters, Chris Cox, Kristine W, KC & The Sunshine Band, Laura Larue, Audrey Valorzi, Kelsey B, Leo Sayer and more.

I Am Sam

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I Am Sam…and Sam he is! For Sydney refined Sam Georges, electronic music has cascaded for years through his blood stream causing a progressive, big room and electro house shake up across dance floors and airwaves universally. From collaborations with Men At Work on chart smashing tunes residing in DJ’s playlists globally, to festival bills nationally- music devotees know exactly who Sam is.

The last decade and beyond has proven an epic emprise for Sam, bringing to the surface a radiating talent that can only be shared musically while also claiming 2012’s Music Oz Independent DJ of The Year. Taking sound inspiration from Axwell, Nicky Romero, Hardwell and local champion Tommy Trash, the tunes to leave the studio are evident of a burning desire to share a beat without exception.

With releases via Sweden’s Stoneyboy Records, Radikal Records in the USA and local sky liners Sony, Universal, Onelove, Ministry of Sound, the I Am Sam brand is without a doubt ripping charts apart. From Zoe Badwi’s ‘Freefallin’ remix at #1 on ARIA Club Charts and #15 on UK Club Charts to the top spot on the Beatport Chillout Charts collaborating with Unclubbed on ‘Need To Feel’, artists are ravenous for the studio skills from I Am Sam. Charting high on the ARIA ladder was original with Sarah McLeod ‘The Real Thing’ hitting #6 while grabbing thundering media attention and MTV Club Hits Chart love too. Gaining much support recently, saw ‘Sunlight’ featuring Michelangelo signed to the USA’s Radikal bumping to the ARIA Club Chart 11th spot. With the release, TimeUnion.com notably acclaimed that I Am Sam is only just warming up, so watch closely!

2013 has taken Sam’s prestige to the next level, starting the year off with a thrill at Future Music Festival and backing it up with a round of shows throughout Miami at Mansion and Catalina during Music Week scoring him ovations from artists far and wide. Stonebridge notably mentioned him as an ‘honest and hungry producer’ awakening further a sustained drive for the music. Across Australia I Am Sam is never coy of presence at Sydney’s Ivy, East Broadbeach and Fusion Melbourne. It’s at shows likes these, the favored opportunity to support Calvin Harris, Nervo and Pete Tong has risen. The future behind the decks is ablaze.

So just in case you didn’t catch it- this is I Am Sam.

Antoine Becks

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Los Angeles-based Antoine Becks might be a new name for some, but his music has been resonating in the dance world for over a decade. With his previous live act, Second Sun, he has performed in some of the biggest clubs and festivals worldwide. Antoine is the voice of such global dance hits as Sharam’s “Party All The Time” and featured in Paul Van Dyk’s track “Crush”, which Antoine also wrote and produced. This song appeared on the Grammy-nominated album, Reflections.

As a producer, he has releases with all the top dance labels: two full albums, two EPs, a slew of big remixes including Queen’s “Another one Bites the Dust” appearing as The Miami Project. In the past year, Antoine went on the road DJing alongside percussionist Shannon Leto, the drummer of platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. He spent the rest of 2012 in the studio writing and “Life of the Wild” is the first track to be released. Antoine is now performing solo DJ shows–rocking clubs and festivals worldwide. Antoine elaborates, “This is what I live for. Going from making music in the studio, which is very cerebral and personal, to exploding on stage and sharing pure energy with the crowd”. He smiles, “I’m very serious about my party music.”

He is one of the only international DJs who also performs live vocals, creating epic live moments at every show. “Antoine’s utter enthusiasm gets your feet off the floor. Electrifying, unpredictable and energizing,” details REMIX magazine. During his career, he’s packed the world’s best club venues: Pacha (New York), Mansion (Miami), Congress Theatre (Chicago), Guvernment (Toronto), Avalon (Los Angeles), Glow (Washington, D.C.), Foro Alterno (Guadalajara, Mexico), Gia (Quito, Ecuador), Loft (Lisbon), Gaudi Arena (Moscow), Passage (Vienna), Karma (Milan), Godskitchen (UK), Privilege (Ibiza), and the list goes on.

Antoine is no stranger to massive main-stage festival crowds either. Having played numerous festivals including EDC (US), Nocturnal Wonderland (US), Ultra Music Festival (US), Electric Zoo (US), Bal en Blanc (Canada), Global Gathering (UK), Gatecrasher Summer Soundsystem (UK), Planet Love (Ireland), South American Music Conference (Argentina), Summerland (Colombia) and Beatpatrol (Austria), this true showman thrives in front of large crowds. His rapidly growing fan base follows his every move calling themselves the “Becksters”. When not on tour, this classically-trained multi-instrumentalist spends countless hours in the studio crafting his future anthems. These dance floor bangers are now ready to be heard, with the newly released “Life of the Wild” and next up is “Insane” to be released April 18 on Diplo’s label Mad Decent, a track already supported by Tiesto and played on his Club Life podcast. Expect big things from Antoine Becks in 2013.

Gemellini

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Double the madness, double the talent, double the tunes. Sydney born and bred twins Gemellini are quite the duo to be singled out taking only one year for these talented young guns to realize the extremity of their musical potential. As a budding DJ and producer pair, inspired by heated magnates like Axwell, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, and duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano-house music lives in their soul proving it takes a little bit more than just the ear to know what’s musically right.

The last year has been a cyclonic promenade for Andrea and Davide, taking the upmost opportunities and turning them into the most rewarding experiences. With a bona fide love and passion for dance music, these two dedicated twins begun to show Sydney and not too far behind- the rest of Australia- exactly what they had in store. Taking part in Australian Your Shot DJ Competition set the pace, putting their seamless DJ skills to the test amongst other fresh talent. With a passion for lifting people from their seats, Andrea and Davide took the competition by storm landing them a phenomenal 1st place. This was only the beginning.

Gaining recognition in Australia for the musical talent these twins exurb was one thing with an impressive signing with dance guru label-Central Station Records. It wasn’t long till the spinning globe stopped at their location with Canadian label Monstercat and German Label Shah Music getting in on the action. Monstercat for one saw the incredible track ‘Crazy’ with Project 46 take a spot in the top 25 Progressive chart on Beatport while standing proud on the label’s ‘Identity’ compilation jumping to #2 on iTunes electronic album chart. Gemellini were there to stay and there was no turning back after such success on their debut track. With acknowledgement from a display of artists like Tristan Garner, this duo’s elders love the progression in such a young talent.

Ida Corr

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In 2007 singer Ida Corr conquered dance floors and charts all over the world with her single “Let Me Think About It”, remixed by Fedde Le Grand. It became the most successful single of a Danish artist after Aqua and Infernal. Most people know her probably for this big hit. But how did it start with Ida’s career?

Ida Corr was born to a Danish mother and a Gambian father in Aarhus, the second largest town of Denmark. She was raised in a home filled with music. Her father – a musician – jammed a lot with his friends. She started out drumming at six, formed her own band at nine, performing soul classics by James Brown and Aretha Franklin on the streets of Aarhus. At the age of eleven her band won the very first National Danish Radio Song contest for Children.

From then on there was no other path for Ida Corr than the path of music. Over the next years she developed her singing talent and built up her career as a performer, by becoming one of the most popular backing vocals in Danish music.

Gromee

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Gromee is a music producer living in Cracow. He releases his own tracks, as well as remixes other artists – more or less widely known. He also takes part in some other music projects. Gromee does not limit himself to one style of music. Although his club music tracks are most often played on the radio, he also produces sounds which could be classified as progressive music, soul, hip-hop, jazz or film music.

In his music production process, he cooperates with composers, vocalists, and sound engineers from all over the world. Gromee could be called a renaissance man. He is not only into music, but also painting and poetry.

Kamaliya

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In this media-saturated age, it seems that anyone can be a pop star. But that doesn’t qualify anyone to be a great pop star. And as Kamaliya is not just a singer but also an actress and model, this Ukrainian superstar is the real deal, with a sensational voice; a singer who also plays the violin and writes her own songs. And as for that voice, as Kamaliya says herself, she’s comparable to Sarah Brightman’s operatic voice, Britney Spears’ pop singing and Celine Dion’s balladeering. Beauty might be skin deep but talent and charisma go a long way.

After becoming a household name in the Ukraine and across the Russian Federation, Kamaliya is ready to make a similar mark on the UK and the rest of Western Europe. Released in December 2011, her UK debut single “Crazy In My Heart” is a slice of giddily exciting trance-dance, produced by South East London duo Digital Dog, the go-to producers for top dance artists such as Armand Van Helden, Kelis and Cascada. With Kamaliya’s phenomenally pure, classically-trained voice matching the tidal waves of synths, the effect is euphoric, and so is her next single “Rising Up” (mixes by The Soulseekers and Cahill). With the third single, “Arrhythmia” (mixes by Mike Rizzo, WideBoys and Stonebridge) preceding her UK debut album, Kamaliya will be well on her way to making a big splash here. But she has already come so far…

Born Natalya Shmarenkova in a district of Eastern Siberia, Kamaliya was only three when her military father was deployed to Budapest. As a child, she was already singing and performing: “I got so involved, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else,” she says. After her family moved to Lviv in Western Ukraine, she studied the violin and sang opera while writing her own music before getting her first break with the Ukrainian folk group “Galytska Perlyna”. Top spots in national singing competitions followed through her teenage years – as well as acting and directing shows while studying at Lviv University — but the one victory that truly counted was the National Hit Parade’s Song of the Year for “Love You”.

The track can be found on her 1999 album Is It Love, which followed her first album, Techno Style 1997, recorded in, yes, 1997. Year Of The Queen and Kamaliya, With Love are her other two albums to date, which shows that Kamaliya’s version of pop is an interesting mutation of ‘techno style’ (pop-dance) with folk, power ballads and opera. While she has recorded up to 80 songs, Kamaliya has continued to reap awards, such as ‘Honored Artist of Ukraine’ for outstanding achievements in developing Ukrainian culture, and in 2008, the culmination of a number of beauty pageant triumphs by winning the Mrs World contest. She’s also done extensive charity work – in February, Kamaliya has been invited to perform at the high society WSPA event (World Society for the Protection of Animals), other artists invited are: Bryan Adams and Leona Lewis. And there’s also a blossoming acting career that’s already taken her to Hollywood.

After a handful of Russian films (including rom-com Husband Of My Widow, the tele-movie Million Up To Sky, for which she won a Best Supporting Role award, and the sci-fi drama Mantera), America called. In 2012 Kamaliya is starring in What About Love, playing the Russian wife of the US ambassador in Romania, with Sharon Stone & Andy Garcia in the cast. But Kamaliya’s music is also making waves in Hollywood: she not only appears in the new thriller Officer Down (Stephen Dorff and James Woods are among the starry cast), releasing world-wide in early 2012, but “Arrythmia” is on the soundtrack. Two other big movies the astronaut Yuri Gagarin bio-pic “Gagarin” and another rom-com “Legal Affairs” are the other two Hollywood movies planned to be shot in 2012.

Back in Russia, she’s finished filming a TV comedy, Fathers & Sons where she plays the lead.

Kamaliya has overcome lymph node cancer (her family lived in the zone affected by the radioactive fall-out from the Chernobyl disaster). And she finds the room in her life for eight dogs, two rabbits, three cats, three parrots and five horses – not forgetting her husband, British-Pakistani publisher Mohammad Zahoor. And there’s always the modelling assignments (her favourite designers include Jenny Packham, Hervé Léger, Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli and the late Alexander McQueen), as well as live concerts: in the last year alone, Kamaliya has been on stage over 50 times, adding dance to the ever-growing list of talents. The combination of music and fashion has made Kamaliya a household name in the Ukraine. A superstar, in fact. And a fantastic pop star.

A tour in February of the top UK clubs will show the rest of the world what the Ukraine & Russia already know. Because right now, it’s not fashion or films that matter most, but Kamaliya’s new musical focus on dance music. She is an unabashed romantic – her all-time favourite song is Andrea Bocelli’s “Time To Say Goodbye” and she loves to tackle the classics – her belting version of “We Are The Champions” would even upstage Freddie. She admits her prime influences have been La Whitney, La Celine and La Brightman, and drama will always be part of her music and her appeal. But the lady that Kamaliya wants to take on is none other than Lady Gaga. Expect emotion-drenched dance music – sassy, sensual and sophisticated in equal measure. And with her formidable achievements back home, across multiple styles of music and beyond, you wouldn’t bet against Kamaliya going all the way.

Drums Of London

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Drums Of London are a hot new production duo from the UK that aims to bridge the gap between their urban music roots and mainstream dance. Their first offering, “Girls Girls Girls,” is a creative reinterpretation of the classic UK Top 10 Hit single from 70s British pop group, Sailor. The original mixes of the new dance version were released last year in the UK with some exciting success: number 1 on the Dj Tunes Top 100, getting radio support on Scott Mill’s Drivetime on BBC Radio 1 and landing on the Abercrombie and Fitch 2012 Summer US In-Store Playlist.