Dannic “slash” DJ, producer and mash-up maestro from Breda in the Netherlands – the hometown of Tiësto, Funkerman & Hardwell (something in the water, perhaps?) This talented fellow won fans early in his career thanks to a series of amazing mash-ups. Bootlegs like Axwell vs. Julie McKnight – How Soon is Glory, Tim Mason & Laidback Luke vs. Adele – The Moment Is Rolling In God’s Air (Funkadelic Bootleg), Feel So Close 2 Unite Us (Dannic Bootleg) and My Feelings For Hells Bells (Dannic MashUp). These tracks remain a staple in the sets of Tiësto, Avicii, Hardwell, Nicky Romero and Bingo Players to name a few.
Daan Romers (in real life) won the Dancetour DJ contest in 2009 and a slot playing his productions to an audience of 10,000 people. The following year his remix of Funkerman’s Automatic won the Funkerman remix contest and got himself added to Hardwell’s new label Revealed Recordings. Those in the know already knew he was one to watch, but to a wider audience, Dannic had arrived.
From mash-ups to high-profile collaborations to tours and residencies in some of the world’s hottest venues, there is plenty going on in Dannic’s universe. But whatever he turns his hand to next, you can be sure he’ll bring his trademark technical excellence and propensity for catchiness to the table.
Check out Dannic’s single “Clobber”
Audio Playground is the latest collaboration between Canadian producers Rubix & DSL and singer Anthony Gitto. Originally, Audio Playground was a dance music project. But artistic and business ingenuity helped the band accomplish an unexpected crossover into pop, and never looked back!
The trio’s initial line up came together in June of 2009 and immediately burned up the music charts and the dance floor with its first single “(A Little) Respect,” a remake of the new-wave hit by British synth-pop duo Erasure. Their debut song topped the Canadian singles sales charts, remaining in the #1 spot for six consecutive weeks; It has proven to be a best seller on iTunes and been included in popular dance music compilations such as Universal Music Canada’s “Clubland”–the equivalent of the popular British CD series. Not bad for a new act’s debut.
Matt Cardle first took the UK by storm in 2010 when he was crowned the winning contestant on Simon Cowell’s vocal competition show “X Factor.” One of a very elite group of male solo artists with a platinum-selling debut album, Cardle has sold over two million singles and albums combined, and has completed four sell-out UK tours in the past two years.
Melanie C, better known as Sporty Spice to many, lends her gorgeous vocals to this very sexy duet. No stranger to collaboration, Melanie has been a feature artist on tracks with top artists such as Emma Bunton, TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Bryan Adams. For Matt Cardle’s song “Loving You,” Matt saw Melanie as a perfect musical partner.
“I met Melanie at the Isle of Wight Festival last year,” says Cardle. “I’m a big fan and I’ve always loved her voice. I had already started writing ‘Loving You,’ and I thought with a few changes it could work perfectly as a duet. I’m really thrilled with the song and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
Skreatch (real name Luc Rigaux) was the founding member of the famous DJ/Producer team The Unity Mixers. From pure underground music to very commercial, Skreatch has produced a multitude of hits, including the cult, techno track “O Fortuna” by Apotheosis. He has also produced remixes for many famous artists, usually reaching the top of the charts in countries around the world. Luc was a guest DJ on the famous UK “Battle Of The DJs” album side by side with Carl Cox.
Even after The Unity Mixers project disbanded, Skreatch continued to produce many other projects (Royal Gigolos, Ritmo Bros, Friskoo), having his latest tracks released by the best dance labels around the world.
Once in a blue moon arises a band destined to take the world by storm and The Smart have ensured the spot is theirs for the taking. The four year old Brisbane based three piece has been making quite a stir with their notably esteemed profile so far with their continuously growing list of enviable achievements. The boys’ debut single ‘City Lights’ has been consistently spun over 20 times a week on many of Australia’s most popular urban and regional commercial radio stations. The song has been winning the hearts of listeners, peaking at #31 in the Australian Music Report Weekly Hot 100, #34 on the Kyle & Jackie 0 TAKE 40 Countdown and a continuous top 20 place on the Australian Rock iTunes chart. The track was also featured during the grand finale of Brisbane’s legendary ‘Riverfire’ fireworks spectacular, wowing half a million onlookers as well as countless viewers of the national TV broadcast. They boast an extremely impressive performance history that includes rocking stadiums with Bon Jovi in front of 30000+ people, packing out venues on multiple headlining Australian east coast tour and sharing the stage with the likes of MXPX, Switchfoot and The Potbelleez. Audiences are never left anything short of elated and addicted.
The Electro-Rock collection of individually perfected musicians is a legend in the making. With influences ranging from Muse to The Killers to Queen, The Smart is a daring symphony of captivating keys and complex rhythms all conducted by inimitable vocal melodies. Their sound is an accolade to and a reinvention of a prototypical eighties resonance that renders the boys’ sound fit to translate over time and to the international masses. Hand-picked by some of the key figures in the Australian radio industry, they are the proud winners of the prestigious New Artists to Radio competition. Their yet to be released debut album has already demanded ample amounts of excitement. From unforgettable stadium performances to high-rotation on the country’s largest commercial radio networks, these unsigned boys are proving themselves an unstoppable force in the record industry.
Oh Snap!! is no stranger to pointing out some of the absurdities of modern nightlife. Back with a new single and his tongue planted firmly in cheek, this time around he’s finally asking the question on everyone’s lips: “Who Let The Douchebags In?”
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.
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.