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Darth & Vader is one of the main electro house projects from Brazil. With influences of complextro, dirty electro, dubstep, rock and progressive, it was created as a duo in 2010, being ruled just by Hugo since the beginning of 2012.
Born in 1988 in Rio de Janeiro and having musical experiences since the age of nine, when began playing the guitar, Hugo Castellan has always been a rock’n’roll lover and had many bands of the style through his adolescence. 2007 was the year when he first heard and also fell in love with electronic music, which made him study musical production and create his full on project called Harmonika. Two years later and wishing to produce and explore new sounds, came the idea of releasing Darth & Vader, with heavier and more complex basslines.
The project’s second release, Dataloss’s Freefire remix, reached the third position on Beatport Top 10 Electro House contest, having competed against big names like Afrojack and Deadmau5, and was crucial for the recognition of Darth & Vader. Its other highlights are the remix for the Dj Maxsie & Alex Speaker’s Hey Yo track, used in Armin Van Buuren and Skrillex’s presentations, and the Return of the Jedi original mix, also played by DJ Moby.
With huge recognition from north to south of Brazil, Darth & Vader has already played in the biggest clubs and festivals of its home country. The project has also been in the Unites Stated and Mexico, where was greatly received, and has tours scheduled again in the United States, Australia and New Zealand for the year of 2012.
Hugo Castellan is a professional totally focused on invigorating his productions, aiming his music’s evolution and perfection. The result of the mixture between all that discipline and talent are imposing tracks and presentations, that make themselves unforgettable wherever the project goes and definitely worth being heard and seen.
Born in the Dutch lowlands of Heeswijk-Dinther, Marco Verkuijlen has established himself as one of the most inventive, diverse and creative electronic music minds working today. Through his very first releases he became the architect of tech-trance; a sound that went on to become a fully-fledged electronic music phenomena. Continually modifying and fine-tuning his style ever since, he has gone on to create numerous leading-edge dance classics – ‘Godd’, ‘Indicator’, ‘Echnalava’, ‘More Than A Life Away’ & ‘Coma Aid’ numbered among them. Behind the decks he has smashed nights in all the world’s farthest corners, played a near uncountable number of tent-pole events for the scene’s flagship club & festival brands. As a result of which he has spent the last 7 consecutive years inside the ranks of DJ Magazine’s Top 50.
Doctors In Florence is a progressive house team founded by Dj Rehnoir, Fabio Andromeda and Mike Lucas.
Since 2009 their productions have marked the history of Italian Progressive House. their first production with this project was “God Save The Rhythm” released by Intensive Recordings in 2010 and after they started a collaboration with Adaptor Recordings. “Back 2 Life” , “Kindred Spirit” and the remixes of “Adagio For Strings“,”River Flows In You“, “If I Could Fall (Licensed By Ultra and Armada Rec)“and “Ruby Rain” are the fruits of this collaboration and theese tracks appeares on a lot of compilations, playlist, and dj chart all over the world.
A supplier of a diverse scope of EDM styles and a master of them all, Bart Claessen has established himself as one of The Netherlands’ most intuitive and musically versatile producers. With his very first track (2001’s “On The Move”) he scored national top 10 hits in over 10 countries. Most recently releases like “Fantomah” and “King Of Kongs” have seen his music pop on the playlists of more house-orientated DJs. Through a litany of club hits (“Playmo,” “Elf,” “Hartseer,” “First Light” and numerous others) his music has fed floors with one seismic moment after another.
As a DJ of dexterous skill (not to mention repute), over the last decade he has spun in the proverbial A to Z of club capitals. Ranked among them have been Creamfields, ASOT, Full on Ferry, Ministry of Sound, GodsKitchen, Amsterdam Dance Event and dozens of others. His list of remix credits spans multiple electronic music genres. It has included reworks of music by Above & Beyond, Funk D’Void, Ferry Corsten & Guru, Chocolate Puma, Tiësto & BT, Meck and many more. With the release of his artist album on the horizon, expect more from Bart Claessen in the very near future.
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..
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, 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…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.
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.
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.