300lbs of Guwop
When you hear Daytona Beach, you probably don’t immediately imagine a booming hip-hop scene, but this duo is setting out to change all of that. 300lbs of Guwop, consisting of DK Guwop and 300 REZ, are breaking all the rules and creating a new perception of central Florida for the world of hip-hop and R&B.
“300lbs of Guwop aren’t these copycat type rappers who jack styles or follow the trend just to be popular.”
– Sha Be Allah of The Source
“”Teefus,” the first single off of their debut album “Sexual Education” has been met with national attention thanks, in part, to a remix with Little Wayne, and the album itself (released in May of 2018) has compiled over 1.8 million streams on Spotify, over 2.3M streams on Soundcloud, and over 1.2 million YouTube views.
The lead vocalist of the group, 300 REZ, known for his deep voice and anthem-like hooks, says, “I don’t sound like nobody else in this state. I’m not a copycat. First name: Trend, Last name: Setter.” Nothing could be more true; this duo is known for operating outside the box and doing it all with a sense of humor. Unlike the drug and street life theme that constantly finds its way into today’s rap music, DK Guwop stays true to himself by rapping about the typical teenage experience, a topic that he says he can relate to on a personal level. This very authentic approach to hip hop is what makes 300lbs of Guwop stand out among a sea of artists that are way too consumed with fitting in.
300LBS OF GUWOP
“Hailing from Daytona Beach, Florida, 300 lbs of Guwop makes music to stand out, break the norm, set trends, and have fun.”
– Brandon Robinson of Respect Magazine
DK Guwop, the man behind the hook in “Teefus” says “300lbs of Guwop is a combination of both our names. 300 REZ, aka 300lbs of Swag, is my better half. The Guwop in DK Guwop has two meanings: its an homage to my role model, Gucci Mane, and also represents an acronym, ‘God Unity Wisdom Opportunity Power’.”
Today, 300lbs of Guwop are inspired by their mentor, CEO Blue Steel, who signed the group as his first act on his label 80 Proof Inc. “300lbs (of Guwop) represents the originality coming out of Florida, a state often not recognized when thinking about southern hip hop.
For fans from all over the country, we’re ready to unleash an entertaining journey into the discovery of this new music. At the very least, it’s different in a good way,” says the CEO of 80 Proof Inc.
“The joint is fun and lively and the youngsters are keeping it fun and respectful!!!”
– Jerry Doby of Hype Magazine
300lbs of Guwops newest release, “Cappin” (released on April 16, 2019) has since accumulated over 94k streams on Soundcloud, over 164k streams on Spotify, and over 190k
Aaron Alexander Christian (pka Ace Christian)
Aaron “Ace” Christian is an A&R, Producer, and Artist Manager. Growing up, it’s no wonder he found his way into the music industry, as his father was the head of the vocal department as Berklee School of Music for 22 years. Getting his start in the industry with the likes of Wyclef Jean, he learned the importance of added production, arrangement , and transitions which are 3 elements that bring his sound to life. Ace has produced for artists such as Wyclef Jean, YBN Nahmir, Curren$y, Chief Keef, and more. He also looks after Cordae as his manager.
Aaron Lamont Small (pka “Aaron Lamont”)
Atlanta native Aaron Lamont is one of the music industry’s most sought after singer songwriters. His attention to detail is unparalleled and his work ethic is second to none. From a young age, Aaron knew that songwriting was his destiny and he has channeled the epitome of what it means to be innovative. Aaron Lamont songwriting credits include Chris Brown, Young Thug, Ashanti, Rick Ross, Spike Lee, Timbaland, B. Smyth, J.Holiday and Akon. Motivated by life, love, and faith, Aaron Lamont continues to inspire through his songwriting and his newly formed production company Gold Coast Productions, LLC.
Adam Beyer’s music is synonymous with all that is exciting about techno. Having emerged as the figurehead of the hugely prolific Swedish techno scene, Beyer’s focused and considered approach to his craft has worked to confirm his position as a globally recognized DJ and producer headlining cutting edge clubs and festivals week-in-week-out.
Adam is also one of the most acclaimed production talents on the scene and has consistently delivered cutting-edge music across his 3 labels – Drumcode, Truesoul and Madeye.
Over the years he has also built up a highly prized roster of talent on the labels and his meticulous ear for quality productions is highly renowned.
Adam Kershen (pka “Adam K”)
Hotbox Digital Music Inc started out in 2007 as a household label for Progressive House pioneer Adam K. Competing and collaborating alongside artists such as Deadmau5, Armin Van Helden, and Chris Lake to name a few at the time, quality needed to be of the utmost importance to stand out. Creating a strong niche following to his brand, he has gained fans as lifers.
Fast forward a decade later, Adam K decided to focus less on his artist project and more into mentoring other producers from his hometown Toronto, Canada. Using his technical skills and quality trained ear he has managed to build a team around him to work on all sorts of industry projects from Pop ballads, Dance/House, to Hip Hop. An outstanding trainee evolved into a key partner, Drew North. North’s skills as a multi-genre instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and mix engineer have greatly aided the success of their partnership which began in 2016.
Adam K and Drew North put their minds together to make a new impact in the music industry. They decided to pivot into artist development, publishing and working with other artists. Using the combined networks and skills, really great projects started to come to fruition and trusted relationships grew. Streams naturally started to grow amongst their catalogue to 300+ million streams amongst the creatives they work with.
Throughout their new endeavour they have done work with superstars such as Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Vintage Culture, Kygo, Loud Luxury, Alok, KSHMR, Vini Vici, Shaquille O’neal, R3HAB, Thomas Jack, Deadmau5 and the list will surely continue to grow.
Some milestones in the past couple of years have included 2 Gold records in Canada, and a Brazilian Diamond Record. Famba’s ‘Swear To God’, Frank Walker’s ‘Heartbreak Back’, and Vintage Culture & Adam K’s ‘Pour Over’. Many songs in their catalogue are projected to hit even more awards and benchmarks around the world.
As the Hotbox continues to grow with producers and songwriters, the result always translates to streaming growth and success with the artists they work with. The sky’s the limit for Adam K and Drew North as they continue to grow with trends and navigate the ever evolving music industry.
Ainsley Morris (pka Notnice)
Ainsley ‘Notnice’ Morris has carved a unique niche for himself among Jamaica’s young Dancehall producers, with a signature style that backs some of the genre’s most iconic artistes. He produced four songs on Popcaan’s critically acclaimed 2018 release “Forever,” including “High Drive (Louis Out)” and “A Wah Suh,” and three songs featured in the Jamaican Indie film, “Sprinter,” winner of three awards at ABFF.
The self-taught rhythm creator from Portmore, Jamaica is a Billboard producer who was behind the wildly popular “Ramping Shop” by Vybz Kartel and Spice, which peaked at #76 on the Billboard Top 100 in 2009.
He scored a string of #1 singles for Kartel, including “Last Man Standing,” “Cake Soap,” “Mama,” “Get Wild,” and “Benz Punany.” In addition he produced break out hits for the Gaza Empire’s then up and coming pool of deejays including Jah Vinci’s ” Watch Yuh Friends,” Popcaan’s “Gangster City,” and “Dream,” Shawn Storm’s “My Life” which also hit #1 on the local charts, as well as Gaza Slim’s “One Man.”
More recently he has continued to work closely with Popcaan, producing his breakout singles “Ova Dweet” and “Never Sober,” and four songs on his 2018 album, “Forever.” He has also collaborated with Dancehall’s biggest stars, such as Alkaline, Beenie Man, Konshens, Sean Paul, and Notnice Records’ artists under development, including Jafrass and Jah Vinci. This versatile producer has also produced roots reggae songs for Reggae Revival artists like Raging Fyah and Dre Island, and is working on a reggae album.
Alex Fox (pka “Luvian”)
Luvian’s eclectic production style comes from a variety of influences that form his musical landscape.
Situated in the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales in the North of England, his music reflects the serene, lush vistas of his surroundings.
Being a trained musician and guitarist allows him to bring a mature, refined nature to his work, creating a place where both synthetic sounds and the more organic can exist together.
Initially gaining recognition through his Soundcloud, Luvian’s back catalogue is filled with gems. ‘Valley Girl’, one of his early tracks was picked up by UK indie label ‘Super Records’ and has continued to be the fans favourite. ‘Haze’, championed by Majestic Casual, finding its way onto their first physical compilation album. The well renowned ‘Eton Messy’ were early adopters of his unique sound, promoting his early works on their channel. Eventually booking Luvian to perform at Gottwood after ‘Maribou State’ to close the Saturday night, perfectly taking the festival into the early hours. Having created a selection of remixes for the likes of ‘Lane 8’, ‘Petrie’, ‘Atlas’ and an unofficial Bon Iver ‘Holocene’ remix on Soundcloud, his early tracks were being played around the globe.
Coming off the back of his debut release ‘Memories EP’ with ‘Forest’ an instrumental having over 3 million streams and vocal track ‘Dayglo’ at over 2 million, Luvian is set to have an excellent year with his second EP ‘A Time & Place’ due out early 2018.
Alex Mendoza is a music producer, writer, film composer and 2020 BMI Pop Award winner based in Nashville. His eclectic sound has led to a wide variety of successes, including SHAED’s 2x platinum breakout hit, Trampoline—and the remix featuring Zayn—which have together surpassed well over 1 billion streams worldwide. Recent releases include: Ross Copperman’s “Electricity” (co-written with Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol) and “Somewhere There’s a Light On” (written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne), and NEEDTOBREATHE’s “Who Am I” featuring Elle King.
In between studio sessions, you’ll probably find Alex drinking tacos and eating tequila.
Alex Sacco is a Los-Angeles based writer/producer. His notable collaborations include Sam Martin, Seeb, ROZES, and Sir Nolan, all of whom have been involved in his artist projects. Known for his ability to write in the perspective of an artist, this has allowed him to cross over into multiple genres which makes him an ideal go-to for active label projects. His music has been featured on multiple New Music Friday playlists, peaked at #6 on Spotify Viral Charts, and has surpassed over 40 million streams on Spotify alone. Alex has currently been working very closely with new Warner/Altadena signee Conor Matthews on his debut album as well as recently co-wrote and co-produced the title single for Instagram phenom AUSTN’s debut album with Universal/10K Projects.
Alexander Fahlberg (pka “PANG!”)
PANG! is more than just another mysterious project by two producers who took on an anonymous moniker in the name of musical freedom. Always on the edge of the next contemporary movement, the duo set out to create an audiovisual story with their music. They bring the personality of their productions to life with stunning, psychedelic depictions of the world of PANG!, and what a magical world it is. Accompanied by a friend who resembles a giant tadpole, watch the duo explore their weird, wonderful universe one track at a time on their Social medias
Allie Crystal is a songwriter and vocalist based in Los Angeles, CA signed to Ultra Publishing. She has co-written songs with Robinson (Nothing To Regret – the single is approaching 100 million streams on Spotify), Illenium, Borgeous, Codeko, Mothica, Jordyn Jones, Paperwhite, Maty Noyes among others. She has written and performed songs for Starbucks (Promo), HBO (Promo), T Mobile (Promo), MTV’s Young Mom Club (Theme Song), Charmed (Episode), among other placements across all visual media. She is currently writing with Alec Chambers, Little Hurt (Sony Music), Frawley (Island), etc.
Alvaro Perea Cordoba (pka Different Heaven)
Different Heaven is the alias of the electronic music powerhouse that has continued to hold his place as one of the most viewed electronic musicians on NoCopyrightSounds, one of the largest labels / tastemakers in the scene. Holding the record for one of the most listened to tracks on NCS, he now has continued to move from strength to strength, now releasing with the prestigious Ultra Music and with an even more impressively broad release schedule going into 2020. His first groundbreaking release, “My Heart”, has so far gained nearly 200 million plays on the NCS Youtube channel alone. Other notable releases on the esteemed imprint like “Nekozilla” and “Safe and Sound” have amassed a further 75 million plays,gaining him a loyal fanbase all around the world . In 2017, Different Heaven went on to join forces with Ultra Music, his debut track with Sophie Simmons garnering over 6 million plays on Spotify alone, with plans to release more future classics in 2019 with the likes of Sophie Simmons and Rachel West. Within the last 4 years alone, he has received a considerable amount of support from some of the biggest names in the game, including collaborations and plays from the likes of Alan Walker, The Chainsmokers, Krewella, Slushii, K391, and more. But Differ ent Heaven’s success isn’t just limited to his out of this world productions. In addition to making music, he has also known success in the world of professional gaming, even going so far as placing 2nd in a Youtuber Fortnite tournament in Madrid, Spain. His involvement with the Fortnite community, one of the world’s most played games currently, he has earned major support from Spain’s largest creative Youtuber, elrubiusOMG, and other famous creators such as TheGrefg and mikecrack. Different Heaven is the ultimate crossover between the music and gaming worlds, and is showing no signs of slowing down. With a slew of releases and collaborations scheduled over the coming months and a loyal community of followers the world over, Different Heaven is a one – of – a – kind hybrid talent that has successfully bridged the gap between two of the most lucrative communities in the world.
Atlanta based dancehall producer who recently won a Grammy for his production work on Koffee’s Rapture. He has cuts with Migos, Desiigner, Avery Wilson, and many others in the urban/reggae/dancehall world.
Antoine Cara grew up in France where he studied Classical and Jazz music at an early age. Learning drums and piano around the time that computer music was becoming popular, led Antoine to explore possibilities to create music with technology. Antoine’s music style is eclectic ranging from orchestral to jazz , pop to ambient, and EDM. In 2019, he released the song “Somebody New”, a POP/ Deep house oriented track. Later that same year, he released his first song under Ultra Records called “Dive In”, a Future Bass/Pop track.
Ardijan Luboja (pka “A-Boom”)
DJ A-BOOM CEO A-Boom Productions Producer, DJ, Manager
Influenced by the dark underground sounds of Memphis Hip-Hop, Ayoza emerged on the scene with deep bass, hard hitting drums, and sinister melodies. Ayoza started producing at the age of 13 using FL Studios, which quickly shifted his attention to producing full time. Production Credits include artist such as, Duke Deuce, Moneybagg Yo, BlocBoy JB, Dee Mula, ATMRich Baby, Turnt Lil Thadd, and many more.
B.G., whose songs chronicled the gritty street life of hustlers and the high life of flashy MC’s, has been a fixture in the New Orleans rap community since he signed with Cash Money Records at the age of 13.
Born Christopher Dorsey in New Orleans, LA, B.G. made his recording debut in 1995, on the Cash Money album True Story, also featuring Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh.
Two albums — Chopper City (1996), It’s All on U, Vol. 1 (1997), and It’s All on U, Vol. 2 (1997) — followed, along with the debut album by the Hot Boys (a group featuring B.G.), Get It How U Live! (1997), before Cash Money signed a major-label distribution deal with Universal Records.
B.G.’s major-label debut Chopper City in the Ghetto came out in 1999. The album spawned the hit “Bling Bling”, which reached platinum status and, along with Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up”, made Cash Money a nationwide success. A second Hot Boys album, Guerrilla Warfare (1999), was released in the wake of this success, and it likewise went platinum, spawning a pair of hits (“We on Fire,” “I Need a Hot Girl”).
In 2002 B.G. formed his own label, Chopper City Records (distributed by Koch), and subsequently released Livin’ Legend (2003). A series of Chopper City releases followed, including Life After Cash Money (2004), The Heart of tha Streetz, Vol. 1 (2005), The Heart of tha Streetz, Vol. 2 (2006), and We Got This (2007), the latter a collaborative album featuring his affiliate group, the Chopper City Boyz.
B.G.’s most recent release has been the acclaimed album Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood and his street album entitled HollyHood
One of Jamaica’s most prolific artists, Beenie Man (Moses Davis) has a wide array of reggae songs across different genres. His catalog has been building since the 80’s, and continues to transform with the evolution of popular music.
“Drinking / Rum & Red Bull” Beenie Man
“Gun Shot” Nicki Minaj feat. Beenie Man
“Girls” Beenie Man feat. Akon
Benny Benassi was born in Milan on July 13, 1967.
He works as a DJ producer in collaboration with his cousin Alle Benassi, who has been a musician and arranger at Off Limits, in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the internationally successful production unit run by Larry Pignagnoli.
The first club hit was “I feel so fine” by KMC feat Dhany (N. 1 club charts UK) in 2001. This was followed by the BENNY BENASSI presents THE BIZ project, a ground-breaking mixture of electro, techno and house dosed with minimalist flair.
The first single SATISFACTION, produced in 2002, made its presence felt in the main charts all over Europe in 2003. Some of the results:
– n. 2 in the Official Singles Sales Chart in UK
– over a month in the n. 1 spot in the Official Dance Chart in FRANCE
– top twenty Official Singles Sales Chart in FRANCE
– n. 2 in the Official Dance Chart in GERMANY
– top forty Official Singles Sales Chart in GERMANY
The record was highly acclaimed:
Timo Mass – “I have it, crazy fuckin record….crowds love it!!”
Carl Cox – “Pure energy I love it!”
Boy George “Dirty Electro house at it best!”
Darren Emerson and Norman Cook claimed that “as soon as I heard it I loved it!!!”
The album HYPNOTICA stayed in the top 20 in the Official Album Sales Chart in FRANCE for over a month, having reached the TOP 5.
Official European Dance Chart:
SATISFACTION and ABLE TO LOVE both went top 5 in the Official European Dance Chart
Benny and Alle then produced Benassi Bros, a project designed to shine the spotlight on the two Biz vocalists, Paul French and Violeta and other guest singers.
The track by Benassi Bros. feat. Sandy, “Illusion” and “Hit my heart” featuring Dhany were both monster top 20 sales charts hits in France and the album, PUMPHONIA, went gold in France.
Other hit singles taken from HYPNOTICA are “No matter what you do” and “Love is gonna save us”
In 2003, Benny won a lot of recognition
– number one in the Top 100 dance tracks on the Ministry of Sound Internet radio
– DJ MAG tune of the year in UK
– Revelation of the year Italian Dance Music Awards
– Dance revelation of the year Danish Music Award
– Nominated for international revelation of the year NRJ Awards, France
Bernard Grobman is an award winning classically trained composer, producer and guitarist. Since starting his production career working under producer Dave Hall, the hitmaker behind Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover,” Grobman has become an international award-winning, Grammy-nominated, Platinum recording artist and producer behind some of the world’s biggest albums and singles. In 2018, he was nominated for a “Best Urban Contemporary Album” Grammy for his production on Miguel’s fan adored album “War and Leisure.”
As a guitarist, he’s toured with rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John and jazz legends Maynard Ferguson and Sarah Brightman. He has also recorded with Latin music icons The Fania All Stars, Hector Lavoe, Nydia Caro and Ednita Nazario. And on Broadway, he’s played in the pits of beloved musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease. Grobman has also performed with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and has graced the famed Carnegie Hall and the historic Newport Jazz Festival. Throughout the years Grobman has been an integral and influential man behind the music. At one time, he was the staff producer with the famed hip-hop troupe Ruff Ryders (Jin, Ruff Ryders / Billboard #4). He’s worked with a diverse collection of artists ranging from production on Melissa Etheridge’s album “This is M.E” (Billboard #5, Top Rock Albums Chart) to soul singer and breakout streaming heavyweight Arlissa, on her songs “What’s it Gonna Be,” and “Gonna Make Me Love.” And even on Lyrik Victoria’s “Better Now” and “More Problems” Grobman’s influence and production is identifiable. His versatility propelled the teen pop singer Robin and Grobman to Winners of the “Song of the Year” in 2012 at the Finnish Emma Gaala for “Frontside Ollie” which spent 4 weeks at #1 on the Finnish pop charts. The platinum single and its corresponding album “The Code” spent a stunning 30 weeks at #1 on the Finnish “Pop Album Chart” and was certified 7x Platinum. Robin would go on to become winner of the MTV EMA (Finland).
Grobman has since finished recording sessions with superstars such as Rita Ora, Sevyn Streeter, Sean Garrett, Lion Babe, Kanye West and Mary J Blige. Judging by his history and recent studio sessions, Grobman isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Bettina Charlotta Bergstroem
Finnish producer and classically trained pianist, Bettina Bergström, creates dynamic orchestral compositions that soothe one minute and pummel the next. Emotive, gripping and suspenseful, she possesses a unique gift for producing and composing string arrangements.
A skilled creative, paving the way for more female involvement in a male-dominated profession, her success in the trailer / promotional space speaks to her prowess in the field. Recent placements include the exclusive trailer for Antebellum starring Janelle Monet, the exclusive trailer for Resistance starring Jesse Eisenberg and an official remix of Maggie Rogers’ “Back In My Body” featured in the 2019 Google – Year In Search, which was nominated for an AICP Award.
Bergström is swiftly evolving into a household name in the Film / TV world, working closely with synchronization teams of the likes of Universal Music Group. For Universal specifically, she has completed official remixes of frontline artists including The Weeknd, Norah Jones, Maggie Rogers, Louis The Child & Ruelle.
Bijan Amir is a young (21 years old) and upcoming multidimensional producer who blends futuristic melodies of all genres with a progressive approach. His variable skillset has enabled him to work with both up-and-coming artists (Sean Leon, Rory Fresco, VNCHY, etc.) as well as seasoned vets like Offset, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Belly. He was born in Toronto but has been raised, and is currently residing in, Mississauga. Bijan’s inspiration for producing came from the influence of Lil Wayne, Boi-1da, Wondagurl and T-Minus, all of whom have inspired him to create and pursue his craft. Bijan’s collaborations and credits include: Ric Flair Drip by Offset & Metro Boomin, Love Me Again by Partynextdoor, Xion by Belly, Switch by Plaza, God Sent & Bad Boy by Tommy Genesis.
Los Angeles based hiphop producer who has hits such as “OTW” – Khalid feat. 6lack & TyDolla$ign as well as “Paranoid” – Post Malone.
Massive B Started over 25 years ago with vision of DJ Bobby Konders on starting his own sound system & record label . There has been many additions to Massive B as it continues to grow. Since its start over 20 years ago Massive B has been Bobby Konders ,Jabba & Burro as the artist.
Members on the sd. are Chudney Shotta, AK ,Lando, X man , Kartel & Majah Hype who now is now a IG sensation & has a Comedian career.
Massive B has been representing New York and has toured all over the world. Playing major festivals, dances and has been on tours in all of Europe, Africa, Caribbean, Japan, Canada, and USA. There are many major events throughout the year in which Massive B play on as well or takes part in the promotions. Jabba’s “Best of the Best” Concert , Love & Harmony Cruise with Beres Hammong. Massive B Anniv., Laborday Shutdown & many more !
In 2008 on GRAND THEFT AUTO 4 , Bobby hosted Massive B Radio featuring his productions Burro Banton “Badder den dem”, Bunji Garlin “Brrrt “, Chezidek “call pon dem” & more Massive B is a record label with Bobby Konders producing songs & riddims since 1992 – Albums on the label include Burro Banton , Nicodemus ,King Kong & many compilations ! 1992 BK & Salam Remi prod. reggae hip hop smash “Mack Daddy” & remixed the Supercat classic “Ghetto Red Hot” HipHop Mix, which opened the doors for many reggae/dancehall artists !! In the USA.
(Side note 1989 b.konders produces Massive sounds -House rhythms 12′ feat Mutaburuka on the Poem , Nervous Acid , Let there be house & Massai woman _ This is a classic 12 inch Rec. in the House music world )
SOME CLASSICS on the Massive B label in the 90s include – Jr Reid “bubblers” , Nicodemus “Suzy wong” , Sweet Tea “Breath again” a reggae version of Tony Braxtons classic. Sick riddim with Chronicle “My god” Burro “westmorland sensi”. 1995 Bounty Killer “suicide murder, With the hip hop remix featuring Jeri damaja.
Late 90s Cus Cus riddim with Anthony B “warrior”, King Kong “rumble jumble life” , Shinehead “promises” & Burro Bantons “tek a set” More recently classics include the Truth & Rights riddim with Sizzla , Johnny Osbourne , Chuck Fender & the #1 Billboard Hit Richie Spice “Youths so cold” ! The Wanted riddim with TOK’s Billboard #1 “Gal you a lead ! The March Out riddim with Elephantman’s “Wave your flags” (chk the video) , Heavenless with riddim Sizzla “jah will never fail I” & the Jah Love riddim with Chezidek’s “inna di road” . The Smash Hit 2011 Vybz Kartel “Get gal easy” & “Ghetto road” voiced the week B4 Kartel got incarcerated !!!! Also Burro Banton greatest hits with Badder Den Dem , Boom Wah Dis, Tek a Set & all his classics.
After first coming into Atlanta’s independent hip-hop scene in 2009, Bobby Kritical made his first impact in clubs and playlists across the country by producing the club-favorite “Do It” by Mykko Montana ft. K Camp. This led to credits with other artists such as 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and Future and his recent success with Lil Uzi Vert’s platinum “Sanguine Paradise”. Most consistently Bobby has forged a distinct sonic identity with his most frequent collaborators, K Camp as a part of ‘Camp’s Rare Sound collective, and DJ Plugg. Plugg and Bobby, known together as the The FlexxGodz have been chart-friendly recently via their collaborations with Lil Uzi Vert (luv is rage, Luv Is Rage 2, and Eternal Atake) and other budding superstars. Bobby has an uncanny ability to switch up flavors, blur genres, and release consistently unique sounds with every new release. His iconic melodies coupled with his high energy, contagious confidence, and vision for pioneering cutting edge music have made him a mainstay of today’s sound and what is likely beyond…
Hailing from the North of England, music has always been a major part of Bontan’s life. Having learnt to play the family piano by the age of seven, it was clear which path in life he wanted to take.
Underground house was his first love, regularly going to see DJs such as Dennis Ferrer, Kerri Chandler, DJ Spen, The Martinez Brothers, Kenny Dope and Derrick Carter, to name just a few, as soon as he was old enough to enter the clubs.
Producing music and fine tuning his sound over many years, Bontan eventually burst on to the scene with his debut EP “Hit It From The Back”, which was picked up by the mighty Pleasurekraft for their standout label, Kraftek. Since then, Bontan has seen releases on labels such as MTA, Toolroom, Pura & Great Stuff.
With countless Radio 1 plays, and support from the likes of Pete Tong, B.Traits, Bondax and Pleasurekraft, it’s safe to say Bontan has stapled himself as a name to look out for on the underground circuit.
Branden McNair (pka BeatBoy)
Labeled a “beatsmith” by the XXL Magazine at the age of 16, Los Angeles native Branden ‘BeatBoy’ McNair honed his craft by first producing for local acts in California. At age 18, McNair landed his first placement for Omarion on his song ‘Admire’ which soon after opened doors for more collaborations including his first radio smash hit “Twerk” for Problem ft. Bad Lucc. Since then, industry recognition and consistent quality production has allowed BeatBoy to share the studio with critically acclaimed artists such as Tank, E-40, Maxo Kream , Nipsey Hussle, T.I, Wiz Khalifa, Casey Veggies, Odd future, The Game, Stink Team, Snoop Dogg, Greedo, to name a few.
Most recently, McNair has enjoyed success on the Billboard charts with youthful West Coast hip-hop sensations, “Shoreline Mafia”. Having earned himself a Gold Plaque for their record “Nun Major”, McNair is proud of work he is able to do with young talents within and out of his community. Living by the motto “All gas, no breaks” this is just the beginning!
JUNO Nominated 2019 for Electronic Album of the Year. Playlisted on Spotify’s Canada Viral 50 + Young & Free (among others). Published by Ultra Music. Showcased at Red Gorilla Festival (Austin TX), School Night (Bardot, Hollywood and Soho House Hollywood in July 2019), and Aviator Nation (Austin, TX), and in Canada as the SONiC 1029 Spotlight Artist, Summer 2018. Attended Blackrock Songwriting Camp 2018 in Santorini, Greece @Blackrock Studios (Justin Bieber, One Direction). Currently signed to Boutique NY based label, Antifragile.
Los Angeles based hiphop/pop producer who has done a bulk of the Kyle project as well as Kehlani. He has produced hits such as “Playinwitme” – Kyle feat. Kehlani and “iSpy” – Kyle feat. Lil Yachty.
Butter Beats INC. Is a 3x platinum , 3 Grammy Nominations , 8 Billboard top 100’s and 2010 Ascap Rhythm & Soul Music Award Winning Producer Based out of New York City Founded And Established in July 14, 2008. Since then , Butter Beats has work with Artist such as: NE-YO , MEEK MILL , JAMIE FOXX , French Montana , Chinx , Camron , Vado , Nipsey Hussle , Young Thug , Pnb Rock , Rod Wave , Dj Khaled , & others. Delivering a broad spectrum of production Butter Beats has produced slow ballads such as NE-YO – She Got Her Own to hyper energetic Meek Mill – Other Side Of America.
Camell Lynn Esters (pka DJ E-Clyps)
After perfecting his production and DJ skills in hip-hop, including traveling the States as a tour DJ for various artists, DJ E-Clyps followed his passion and stepped into the world of dance music. He has impacted the underground with a meteor shower of banging beats and a hip-hop influenced swagger all his own.
The list continues to grow of those who list DJ E-Clyps as ‘one to watch’, as he has proves time and time again that he can deliver the goods in the studio and on the decks. In 2019 he signed to Ultra Music, as he takes his sound to a Major Dance platform, with his label debut release with Too $hort entitled ‘Fvck U’. In 2018, DJ E-Clyps was nominated for ‘Breakthrough Producer’ by DJ Mag (Best Of North America 2018).
DJ E-Clyps is positioning himself to be a rising talent out of the United States in Electronic Music, and is showing no signs of letting up.
His music has been supported and debuted on Beats 1 Radio, BBC Radio 1, and Sirius XM, as well as multiple editorial features on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.
His work ethic and incredible versatility has seen him grace some of the biggest dance labels in the world, while support for his music has come from mainstream powerhouses like MK, Jax Jones, Claptone, Treasure Fingers, Skrillex, Chromeo, Duck Sauce, Armand Van Helden, DJ Chuckie, Anna Lunoe, Black Madonna, MK, Claude Von Stroke, Roger Sanchez, and Kenny Dope.
Carlo & Retake
‚nocashfromparents‘ is an Hamburg based artist collective and production team with producers, artists and sample makers, founded by the producers and writers ‚Carlo‘ and ‚Retake‘. The strengths of their team are their international sound and that they are able to work easily on different projects at the same time, as their team is still growing up – there are many producers, sample makers, writers and topliners. Beside their focus on the American market, they are doing whole album productions for big names in Germany.
Christian Vornweg – professionally known as Chris Avantgarde – is a recording artist, producer & composer from Germany who currently resides in London, UK.
As a producer and artist with a classically and jazz-trained multi-instrumentalist background, he produced & released several records in dance music on labels such as Dirtybird, Size, Armada, Interscope/Insomniac & more before venturing into the film, trailer & video game music industry. He’s also writing and producing for major label artists in pop and has remixed official singles by acts like The Prodigy & Billie Eilish.
With original scores for video game titles for Microsoft Studios & XBox and placements for several corporate commissions and trailers for Netflix, Sicario 2, Mad Max & others such as album & single production credits in pop he keeps bolstering his portfolio in each lane of the music industry. He releases his original music as Chris Avantgarde on his own VNTGRD imprint and others and is published by Ultra Music Publishing & SILO: Music in Los Angeles.
Chris Francis (pka “Leftwing”)
Since forming in 2012, Leftwing & Kody have gone on to become two of the UK’s finest exports. Both Mixmag and DJ Mag named them as ones to watch a mere year after they paired up, with DJ Mag even nominating them for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ in their Best of British Awards. Since then the duo have gone on to present a monthly Rinse FM show, earn residencies at Fabric (London) and Sankeys (Ibiza), as well as releases on Hot Creations, VIVa, Truesoul, Mobilee and Knee Deep In Sound, as well as their own renowned imprint Lost Records.
It’s fair to say Leftwing & Kody, real names Jon Kong and Chris Aidy, have made it look easy, but it’s their determination and diligence that’s helped them prosper so rapidly in such a short time. Before long support from the upper echelons of house and techno quickly burgeoned, with Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, James Zabiela, Maya Jane Coles, Loco Dice, Steve Lawler, Adam Beyer, Nic Fanciulli and Huxley continually advocating their productions throughout the years. Before long the pair had launched Lost Records, before kick-starting it with a lauded release from Darius Syrossian. Now, with regular label showcases and a Beatport topping discography spanning forty releases, Lost Records can boast a roster including wAFF, Josh Butler, Detlef Yousef and Mihalis Safras. With everything mentioned it’s no surprise, then, that Leftwing & Kody continue to charm BBC tastemakers such as Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Monki, MistaJam and Nemone. Meanwhile, press support has been equally tenacious, with the likes of Mixmag, DJ Mag, Thump and Dancing Astronaut regularly endorsing the likely duo.
Reflecting on a 2016 that’s seen Leftwing & Kody and Lost Records attain new heights, including releases on Viva, Truesoul, Mobilee and Knee Deep In Sound a renowned summer residency at Viva Warriors (Sankeys Ibiza) there’s clearly no symptoms of Jon and Chris resting on their laurels. With releases already lined up on Wow Recordings, Relief Records, Solid Grooves and a landmark 50th release on Lost Records, fans of their high-octane musical aesthetic have an exciting 2017 to look forward to.
Chris Nasty has been active in the musical landscape for a long time, is the man behind many successful projects in electronic music in the past.
Just recently, he decided to develop his own personal brand focusing on what he gets him going the most: House Music.
Through the incredibly successful partnership and collaboration with Benny Benassi, Nasty took the opportunity to reach a wider audience thanks to tracks such as “Aphrodisiak,” “2 My House”, and the worldwide hit “Inside.”
Supported by the likes of such distinguished djs like Diplo, Bob Sinclar, Danny Howard, Pete Tong, David Guetta, Tiesto, and Oliver Heldens, just to name a few, his hits have continuously been featured in some of the most important charts in the world.
Chris is an accomplished Dj, Producer, and Remixer and a name to watch out for in the incoming years. The best is yet to come.
After building up a sizable base of “ninjas” (what the rapper calls his fans) with giveaway mixtapes stocked full of accessible party raps, Connecticut’s Chris Webby finally went aboveground with this debut 2001 EP, There Goes the Neighborhood. Rapping since he was in the 6th grade, Webby caught fire rapping at college keg parties, but after getting kicked out of school, he joined the mixtape game and began releasing a series of tapes that had fans comparing him to Machine Gun Kelly and Mac Miller. Six official mixtapes had already seen the light of day when the There Goes the Neighborhood EP landed in 2011 on the Homegrown Music label. Two years later, Homegrown became the name of his debut EP for his new label, eOne Entertainment. His debut album, Chemically Imbalanced, landed in 2014 with guest appearances from Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, and Dizzy Wright.
CHRIS YOUNG IS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND INNOVATIVE TALENTS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY TODAY. A GRADUATE OF INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY WITH JOSH GROBAN AND JEWEL, HE WENT ON TO TOUR EXTENSIVELY AS A TRUMPET PLAYER PERFORMING AT FESTIVALS AND CONCERTS WITH SUCH ACTS AS: GUNS N’ ROSES, ELTON JOHN, JAMES BROWN, STEVIE WONDER, AND THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, TO NAME A FEW.
CHRIS YOUNG’S INSATIABLE LOVE OF MUSIC PUSHED HIM TO LEARN MUSIC PRODUCTION, SONG WRITING AND ENGINEERING TAKING IT TO A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL. HE SIGNED A MAJOR PUBLISHING DEAL WITH EMI IN 2001, AND HAS A CURRENT DEAL WITH ULTRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHING. CHRIS HAS PLACED HIS MUSIC AS A PRODUCER AND ORCHESTRAL COMPOSER ON NETWORK TELEVISION, FILMS FOR MAJOR MOTION PICTURE COMPANIES, AND ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS FOR NUMEROUS FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES. CHRIS WAS FEATURED ON FOUR SEASONS OF THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK, AND PRODUCED THE COUNTESS’S TOP TEN ITUNES SONG, ‘MONEY CAN’T BUY YOU CLASS.’
IN ADDITION TO WORKING WITH ENTERTAINMENT COMPANIES AND ESTABLISHED TALENT, CHRIS HAS ALSO LAUNCHED THE CAREERS OF NEW, UNHEARD PERFORMERS, HELPING THEM TO REALIZE THEIR GOALS OF MAINSTREAM SUCCESS. HIS DISCOVERIES HAVE MADE IT ONTO NATIONAL RADIO AND BILLBOARD CHARTS AND HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS FINALISTS ON AMERICAN IDOL, THE VOICE, X FACTOR, AND P. DIDDY’S STARMAKER.
IN 2010, CHRIS YOUNG BECAME AN ESTEEMED MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY OF RECORDING SCIENCE’S PRODUCER’ AND ENGINEERS WING. HE IS AN ACCREDITED VOTER FOR THE GRAMMY AWARDS, AND AN ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF MUSICIANS AND RECORDING ARTISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD. HIS WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS HAS GIVEN HIM AN EVEN DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF A GLOBAL SOUND.
CHRIS YOUNG HAS ALSO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SHARING HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDUSTRY AND HELPING THOSE IN NEED. HE HAS WORKED REGULARLY WITH CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE AND THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.
Christopher Lawrence pka ‘Chris Lorenzo’
Call it whatever you want: nu garage, UK jackin’ house, bassline. Labels aside, there’s something special happening at the intersection between UK garage rhythms, house music tempos, and deep, dubstep whomps. One name is at the center of this new movement; Chris Lorenzo.
Lorenzo is one half of the duo Cause & Affect, a solo artist in his own right, and he’s the production whiz behind one of the movement’s worldwide leaders—Hannah Wants. Alongside artists like Nick Hannam and Tom Shorterz, his name is stamped on many of the most banging basslines to emerge from the English Midlands, proving to the world that not all of the UK’s hits have to come from London. As Cause and Affect he has had many hits such as ‘poppin,’ ‘memories,’ and ‘dreams’. He has also made great music with other ULTRA producer Pete Graham. Watch out for these new guys as this underground sound is getting bigger and bigger!
“In The Beginning There Was Jack and Jack had a Groove” The House Music Gospel, The Preacher’s Anthem are just a few of the descriptions given to the now most famous acapella speech in dance music history. Fans of House, Dance and other genres of music have all accepted this speech as a staple since Chuck wrote and so eloquently spoke on one of House Music’s most defining records “My House”. This is evident by thousands of times it’s been sampled by DJ’s all over the world.
An updated version entitled “In The Beginning There Was Jack” was released on Ultra Music in 2018. Produced by Terry Hunter and feat. Monique Bingham.
Here are just a few of what the media articles and music industry Tastemakers have to say about the most prolific and iconic messages in dance music: DJ Wayne Williams Sr. VP of A&R at RCA Records and world famous House Music DJ and Gatekeeper states ” Chuck’s Acapella is arguably the most important recording in house music history next to Marshall Jefferson’s “Move Your Body” Grammy Nominated DJ Terry Hunter states :
My House speaks directly to the people. It’s obvious as it has lasted 30 years and DJ’s of all genre’s still have him in their rotation. DJ Kenny Dope states” Chuck’s Acapella this is one most influential acapella s in dance music history”. And the list goes on…In August 2016 Spotify Warner Music Group named this recording#1 out of 50 Greatest House Music Recordings of all time. In 2014 Rolling Stone Magazine named Can You Feel It Featuring Chuck Roberts now famous speech #6 of the 20 greatest house records of all time. In July 2016 the U.K.’s BBC Music calls the speech one of the most spiritual experiences in dance music.
What’s up with Chuck you may ask? Jan 2020 Chuck will release a new single on Ultra Music. The title and producer of the new track have not been revealed just yet. In the meantime please check out a couple of new releases by DJ Siege –“Haus” and Yousef- “Genesis” feat. Chuck. Chuck was recently honored by being the inspiration for the world’s first House Music themed restaurant “Jack “ in Rotterdam, Netherlands which opened on November 28th 2019. There is a large mural of Chuck painted in the restaurant.
“CJ Stone aka “Andreas Litterscheid” succeeds for more than 15 years in the music industry and is one of the most talented DJs and producers of the club and pop scene around the world, capturing the attention of audiences worldwide for years.
He has done it all on his own and definitely on his own terms. It is hard to believe that this man discovered his love for music in his early years at 12 when he started mixing his own tracks together with cassettes and 2 recorders. It didn’t take a long time until his songs became party hits and he got his nickname “CJ” (cassette-jockey).
A few years later he started working as a dj and he decided to call himself CJ Stone.
But DJing wasn’t his only talent. His attention got more and more into producing and now as an internationally known star who has built his network of fans literally through his own tracks like “Infinity”, “Shining star”, “Into the sea”, “The sun (goes down)”, “Don’t look back”, “Be Loved”, “In The Redlight” or “Freak Out” (together with Jean Elan).
His own tracks like “Be Loved” shot without detours on the foremost places of the European dance charts. His remix for Ultrabeat “Pretty Green Eyes” was placed in the top 10 in the English sales charts for more than 3 months and sold more than 200,000 copies!
“Mr. Vain Recall” a remix for Culture Beat went straight into the top 10 of the German sales charts and reached gold status. Same did the title “Turn The Tide” for the Belgium act Sylver and also for Snap! “Rhythm Is A Dancer” in 2003 entered position #4 in the German charts.
His name got in a short time so well known that he did also productions like “Cold Blood” for Voodoo & Serano which was exclusive produced for the Hollywood Blockbuster Blade II.
For the FIFA®World Championships 2006 – together with his partner Reinhard Raith (DJ Voodoo) – he produced the album “Goleo 6”, including “Dance” sung by Lumidee feat. Fat Man Scoop as well as “Alltogether” by Atomic Kitten.
In 2008 he created the number one for Shaggy “Feel the Rush” the official Uefa hymn of the EM 2008 was placed on #1 in German charts!
He also produced the official Uefa hymn for EM 2012 Ukraine, Poland with Oceana.
in 2011 he started with 2 partners Michel Beugel and Adrie Berk their own label Soundz Good with the
Sublabels Electronic Pleasure, Refuge and Refuge Digital.
Andreas Litterscheid was able to make his name well known as a producer in pop and also in dance field. Even so for him it is very important to display his love of club and dance music under his stage name CJ Stone.
CJ Stone – is definitly a name to watch for in the future!”
Claydee Lupa (Bang La Decks)
Hailing from Athens, two of the most successful producers of Eastern Europe, have fused their musical talents into the massive production/DJ duo Bang La Decks. Through their unique productions, tribal/ethnic influences and multi-genre sound Bang La Decks have risen to fame. With four back to back chart topping hits and club anthems, more than 100 million YouTube views and extensive support from A-list DJs, they have created a huge buzz on the international dance floors.
Bang La Decks kicked off the summer of 2012 with their huge release “Kuedon” on Ultra Music, which reached no1 in Serbia and Greece while receiving major support by DJs such as Mat Zo and DJ Alvaro. The duo did not stop there, another huge release “Utopia” hit the dance scene just in summer 2013 which has destroyed the lines between musical genres and is giving the European dance community something to talk about.
“Utopia” reached no1 in iTunes Greece and no1 in Shazam Greece, and stayed on top for 10 weeks, and climbed to no1 in Russian Shazam charts and no2 in Serbia. It was released through Ultra Music at the beginning of 2014. Shortly after, it got massive support from the DJ community with Avicii, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, Chuckie, Deniz Koyu, Mat Zo, R3hab and more blasting Utopia in their sets all over the world. A full vocal version featuring Dominique Young Unique was released early June through Ultra Music and Epic (Sony) UK. “Utopia” has been included in the soundtrack of FIFA 2015, the #1 video game in the world. In addition, an adaptation of “Utopia” titled “How Bad Do You Want It” by U.S. artist Shevyn Streeter (Warner Music) has been included in the soundtrack of Fast & Furious 7. Bang La Decks’ follow up single “Zouka” became a club anthem across the Balkans.
The track reached the Top10 on the Greek Shazam Chart and also was no1 on TDI’s (biggest radio station in Serbia) Club Chart. In May 2015 Bang La Decks released their highly-anticipated new single “Aide”. The musical theme of “Aide” has been inspired by Balkan music, and it combined multi-genre drops, making it a pretty unique club tool. The track has received great reviews from media and was extensively supported by David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Afrojack, Max Vangeli, A-Trak, Kaskade, Chuckie, Erick Morillo and more. It also reached no1 in Shazam chart in Turkey where it stayed for 4 weeks. Bang La Decks have been touring extensively, with more than 70 sold-out events per year in Eastern Europe and beyond.
From underground phenomenon to emerging star of the world’s biggest dance floors: the hottest fresh face of international dance music hails from Italy: Congorock. In only two years, with the single Babylon, the remix of Somebody to Love (Boy George/Mark Ronson), and One (Swedish House Mafia), Rocco Rampino has earned the respect of the most famous names in the game, like David Guetta at the legendary Cocoricò of Riccione where he recently shared the console. The Leccese’s powerful electro-house sound and his tropical deejay sets have gained the support from Afrojack to Diplo, from Tiësto to Benny Benassi, from Martin Solveig to Duck Sauce and the Crookers. They’re all expectantly awaiting August for his new single Sirius and the new album recorded in Jamaica with local singers, out this winter. Check it out.
In an age when the internet has democratized and globalized music production – if it still matters what passport an artist is carrying – check it out: one of the brightest up-and-comers in international dance music is Italian.
Rocco Rampino, also known as Congorock, was born in the Italian province of Lecce in 1983. He passed through Forli and Milan before settling permanently in Los Angeles, where he lives and produces music. This rising star possesses a rare combination of instinct and technique – he’ll play any instrument you give him, generally very well.
But first thing’s first. The story begins with the hardcore punk scene of the late 90s. It was mysterious, not even well known amongst followers of underground rock. But it was rich with talented, creative minds that exploded onto the scene with diverse bands. One was La Quiete (The Quiet), which, thanks to Rocco’s melodic, rock guitar riffs, became known around the world as screamo.
But Rocco’s passion for dance music led him to leave the handful of bands in which he was playing. He threw himself into it, first mixing vinyl records – he took to it quickly, effortlessly – and then he started producing tracks. This was when Italian electro-house blew up, with the Crookers and the Bloody Beetroots leading the way. Rocco worked with both, as well as with Blatta & Inesha. After that, Congorock went out on his own.
The turning points were the 2008 North American tour with MSTRKRFT, and the release of Runark in early 2009, a debut single put out by New York’s own Fool’s Gold. The label A-Trak, Kanye West’s deejay of choice and – with collaborator Armand Van Helden – the mind behind Duck Sauce and the smash Barbra Streisand.
At the same time, Rocco’s first remixes came out for big names like Fukkk Off, Djedjotronic, Nic Sarno, Romanthony, Favretto, and Blatta & Inesha; tracks that earned more and more space in the sets of fellow deejays.
But what cemented his reputation were the dance parties. Rocco spun with a unique energy around the world, pumping 130 bpm electro, fidget and ghetto house. He ventured into frontiers like Latin America and Africa, always on the lookout for the new hottest place.
“I left Italy at a time when our local electronic scene was becoming a real cliché. I had already done several tours in America, so I decided to stick with the scene whose birth I had witnessed. At the time, LA was the creative epicenter of the United States. A place where creativity flowed in from 360 degrees, from the city, from nature and the people who lived there. Much of the local underground music is directly influenced by Mexico. The city resonates with so many new ethno / Latino rhythms that I love to incorporate in my sets and productions.”
The transatlantic move marked a turning point. But watch out: Rocco is not a one-track-per-month, one-remix-per-week kind of artist. He meticulously shapes every release, nothing is left to chance. He doesn’t put out much, but it’s as precious as gold.
Just three tracks.
The first: Babylon. Fool’s Gold put out the single in 2010, with vocals by Jamaican Mr. Lexx and remixes with big names like Steve Angello, CJ Bolland and Proxy. But most of all, the instrumental version made its mark, one of the few tracks that simultaneously defines the form and tears up the dance floor. “It’s electro meets Slayer’s Reign in Blood”, someone said, perfectly capturing the happy coexistence of opposites essential to all great music, and that makes Babylon a masterpiece. Tropical sweat and gloomy darkness, innovative sound and muscular old-school snare drums. Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Brodinski, Sinden Malente and DJ are just a few of the superstars who were struck by the sound.
The second: the remix of One, a Swedish House Mafia hit, with the original trance tunes coupled with the syncopated tropical rhythms that have become Rocco’s trademark. One of the biggest dance hits of the summer 2010, it was praised by Tiësto and Annie Mac, proof of Rocco’s adaptability and his musical vision for the “big rooms”.
The third: the remix of Somebody To Love, Mark Ronson and Boy George. See above. “Fantastic, I love it,” said David Guetta after his Cocoricò appearance, which is considered his arrival into the league of international deejays.
No longer the young Italian newcomer on the electro scene, Congorock has come into his own as a producer with an unmistakable flair and a deejay that handles large clubs and festivals. “Over the past two years I have been playing in larger contexts, like outdoor festivals and raves. I’ve realized that my music has a lot of potential outside the club. So I’m trying to combine my underground soul with my “big room” heart, which inevitably leads to epic and intense tracks. ”
The taste for contaminated, peripheral dance sounds is never-ending. In spring Rocco flew to Kingston, Jamaica, where a series of local dancehall singers improvised on the latest beats that Rocco brought along for the occasion. The collaboration resulted in a debut album up for release next winter. The upcoming instrumental single Sirius will hold you over, with its video out on Aug. 23. Both are being released by the giant Ultra Records, in whose catalog Congorock is in good company, with Tiësto, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Ferry Corsten, Paul Oakenfold and dozens of other superstars.
Connor Hennessy (pka “Smeyeul”)
Connor, best known by Smeyeul (Smile) is a rising Lof-Fi producer that creates across genre. Smeyeul started producing just a short 2 years ago and has swept in a fan base rather smoothly, now racking in a total of 32 million + streams. In the year to come he is working on a dual ep release with fellow songwriter and producer Galvanic while additionally producing for pop and hip hop artists alike.
Dexter Raymond Mills, Jr. (born June 14, 1977), better known by his stage name Consequence, is an American hip hop recording artist from Queens, New York City, New York. Consequence debuted in 1996, appearing several times on A Tribe Called Quest’s fourth album Beats, Rhymes, and Life. In March 2007, he released his debut album Don’t Quit Your Day Job!, under Columbia Records and Kanye West’s GOOD Music. Consequence left GOOD Music in 2011, on bad terms, after being signed with the label since 2005. He and West later reconciled, despite Consequence speaking ill of West. Consequence subsequently launched his own record label, Band Camp Records, following his departure from GOOD Music.
COREY LERUE IS AN JUNO AWARD WINNING PRODUCER, SONGWRITER, REMIXER, AND ENGINEER. COREY’S LOVE FOR MUSIC STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE WHEN HE LEARNED TO DJ ON HIS FATHERS TURNTABLES. HE STARTED PLAYING TRUMPET WHEN HE WAS 10, AND BEGAN TO EXPERIMENT WITH MUSIC PRODUCTION AT THE AGE OF 15. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, COREY WENT ON TO GET A DIPLOMA IN BOTH RECORDING ARTS AND RADIO PRODUCTION.
AT THE AGE OF 29, COREY NOW CARRIES AND IMPRESSIVE DISCOGRAPHY OF BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS. WITH MULTIPLE GOLD & PLATINUM RECORDS AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE IDEAS HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY, COREY HAS BECOME A GO-TO PRODUCER FOR POP AND EDM IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD.
AFTER FOUNDING AND TOURING WITH ONE OF CANADA’S FASTEST RISING ACTS NEON DREAMS, COREY MADE THE DECISION TO STEP OFF THE ROAD. HIS FOCUS WAS THEN TURNED TO PRODUCTION AND CREATING DREAMING OUT LOUD RECORDS WITH HIS FELLOW BAND MEMBERS. HIS HIGHLY ORIGINAL SOUND AND VISION CAUGHT THE EAR OF WARNER MUSIC CANADA, WHICH IN 2017 JOINED IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH DREAMING OUT LOUD RECORDS. IN 2020 COREY SIGNED A DEAL WITH ULTRA MUSIC PUBLISHING.
COREY’S STOCK CONTINUES TO RISE WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS SUCH AS: INNA, MICHAEL CALFAN, TWICE, A-LIN, DJ ANTIONE, SARAH DE WARREN, SHAUN FRANK, NEON DREAMS, RIA MAE, JOCELYN ALICE, JASMINE SOKKO, JANICE-YAN AND DELANEY JANE JUST TO NAME A FEW.
Craig “Leftside” Parks
Versatile, Innovative, Creative, Skilled, Cutting Edge, Artistic and Originative are just some of the attributes that describe multi-talented Craig “Leftside” Parks. Craig, the Jamaican drummer, keyboardist, disc jockey, producer, and artiste is so versatile and creative that it can be difficult to grasp the full scope of his accomplishments. Equally at home performing classical roots reggae or shaping the leading- edge sounds of 21st century dancehall, Leftside’s work is heard everywhere, yet he remains an enigma to much of the public.
Craig was born June 15, 1978, in Kingston. Jamaica. He is the son of Reggae vocalist and Bass player Lloyd Parks of We the People Band. Craig received his start in music from his dad playing drums for his Band in 1996, which in turn was the band for well-known reggae artists like Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and John Holt as well as visiting R & B acts like Main Ingredients.
While playing drums for his dad, Craig had an earlier start in music, in 1995 Craig began working as a selector on Syndicate Disco, a well-known sound system in Kingston, Jamaica whose reputation was established by selectors like Zachary Harding (brother of dancehall producer and future Sean Paul manager Jeremy Harding) and Arif Cooper (son of Third World bassist Ibo Cooper). Harding and Cooper noticed that Parks always cut and scratched with his left hand. They called him Leftside, because, he explains, “My left hand does everything, and I was
better at scratching on the left side.”
Being such a prolific beat-builder, Parks caught the production bug in 1996 when his eldest brother, keyboardist Noel Parks, gave him his first drum machine at the age of 16. During that time, Craig was always listening to the old- school dancehall like Dave Kelly, Steely & Clevie and Sly and Robbie; so he used to build tracks like theirs. The following year, Craig joined with veteran producer Cordell “Scatta” Burrell and began releasing riddims on a label called Kings of Kings. The earliest releases were immediate hits, starting with the “Chiney Gal” riddim (including Ce’Cile’s breakthrough hit “Changez” and Sizzla’s “Blaze Up the Chalwah”), and the “Double Jeopardy” riddim. But none of his early productions hit harder than the massive “Martial Arts” riddim (including Sizzla’s massive “Karate,” and Bounty Killer’s “Look Good”). The “Martial Arts” riddim was the riddim, which Craig received, his acclaimed in Jamaica, England and
USA. Everybody started to recognize who was Craig “Leftside” Parks.
In 2003 Craig worked on Wayne Wonder’s number one selling album No Holding Back which peak at number two on the Billboard Music Charts; and in 2005 Sean Paul album The Trinity.
Leftside biggest break came with the brilliant 2007 track “More Punany,” a song that sum up his many gifts in one 3-minute track. The song was not only a smash in Jamaica but also hit the top of Italy’s dancehall chart as well as breaking into rotation on Hot 97FM New York, America’s leading hip hop station. On the strength of that record’s impact, Leftside signed a deal with NY- based Sequence Records to release his debut album in 2008.
Cristian Pepe aka “Pepe” was born in Sassuolo in the province of Modena in 2000. In 2018 he started his musical path together with Keynoise (well known producer from Modena, class 1991). With the first singles they create a big interest from people and they bring home 9 millions of plays on Spotify and 8 millions on YouTube with “Pop corn e patatine”; this last it has been a real debut for Pepe. Following other singles like Pepito, Giovedì, Di là, Baile, the collaboration in Rose sporche di Ticky b and the collaboration in Promessa III di Samurai Jay, brought him many satisfactions. Awaiting further Pepe’s publications, in addition to several Feat, recently he has honored his followers with 3 video projects on his IGTV.
Daniel Strauss (aka ‘Fat Sushi’)
Swiss duo Fat Sushi is currently making its trademark on the underground clubland by releasing tracks on some of the most respected labels in the game: Suara, Stil vor Talent or Hive Audio to name a few. Being in the industry for almost two decades before the peculiarly named pairing decided to join forces in 2013, you can hear the inspiration of various musical styles in their productions: heavy basslines, uplifting melodies and carefully chosen vocals – from deep house to techno spectrum.
With gigs all over Europe and the US as well as starting their own ‚Fat Wax’ label, the past few months have been pretty hectic for the Zurich based guys. But there’s no sign of the cold fat fish slowing down: constantly hitting the Beatport charts and being played by the current keyplayers of the Deep & Tech House scene such as Marco Carola, Nicole Moudaber, Maya Jane Coles, Oliver Koletzki, Andhim, Coyu, Eats Everything or Reboot to name a few – the hard working guys will sure be ones to watch. Or in the words of ‚Pulse Radio‘: ‘Fat Sushi … demonstrate their experience and true talent when it comes to creating progressive, club friendly masterpieces.’
Daniele Brian Autore
Daniele Brian Autore (born June 11, 1982) is an Italian musician and golden record producer. He is also the lead singer/guitarist of the band European pop-punk band Vanilla Sky. Daniele began studying the piano at age six and later learned the guitar and drums. At an early age he showed promise in the areas of both computers and music (winning a young web designer award at age 17 during the high school, for having designed the website of the institute). He is often referred to by his writer/feature artist name “Danusk”. During highschool, Autore had some musical experience behind him including live performances, with his first band called Lesa Maestà. At the age of 19 he met Vincenzo Mario Cristi and Francesco Sarsano, and formed the band Vanilla Sky. The band signed Wynona Records in 2003, and Universal Music Italy in 2006. During these years, Autore started his studio activity, discovering and producing bands like Hopes Die Last (Stand By Records), Broken Heart College (Universal Music Italy), Dear Jack (Baraonda Edizioni Musicali), From Dawn To Fall, To Kill. In 2012 he started a new EDM project, called Razihel, with his friend Nicolò Arquilla. In those years he produced and wrote tracks for Chris Brown, The Bloody Beetroots, SBCR, Ludwig, Gabry Ponte, Fareoh and collaborated with artists like Lady Gaga, Benny Benassi, Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Big Grams, Cazzette, Skrillex, Marshmello. In 2016 he formed the band Streex (Spinnin Records).
Darian Joshua Garcia pka “Smoke Ono”
Smoko Ono’s trademark hard hitting, 808-infused production style has refined the sound of rap in Chicago and beyond. Boasting a prolific portfolio of collaborations with Chance the Rapper (“I Might Need Security”), Vic Mensa & Kanye West (“U Mad?”), and Joey Purp (“Look @ My Wrist”), Smoko Ono has cemented himself as one of the genre’s finest beat-makers over the past 7 years. Most recently, Smoko released a joint project with longtime collaborator and fellow Chicagoan KAMI titled Very Slight, which has amassed 10 million streams and counting across platforms since it’s release in September 2018. Although rooted in rap, Smoko is successfully venturing into the R&B/Pop space as well and his next project will reflect a diversity of sound gathered over a young but seasoned career.
In a short space of time, German DJ, producer, comedian, pilot and guitarist Dayne S has turned a lot of heads thanks to his unique take on electronic music. He started strumming guitar at a very young age and has never looked back from there, eventually falling in
love with the disco scene in his hometown during his teenage years. From there the next step was to start DJing and now, in 2014, Dayne S is gathering more and more attraction by playing all over the world in countries like, Peru, Spain. UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Russia and Germany.
“A lot of my inspiration regarding melodies comes from the good old blues legends like B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, but also from
modern guitarist musicians like Steve Vai,” says the man himself. “I love to work out an idea on the guitar and then try to transform it into electronic music. I kinda use every input I get, no matter if it’s from big artists, pop music on the radio or just an interesting sound I
hear on the street, so my influence, you could say, was life in general. I enjoy processing experiences into music.”
The music he makes for labels like Stil Vor Talent, OFF, Noir and Semester have topped charts at both Beatport and DecksRecords and range from slow and sultry to more kicking and peak time. Always imbued with a keen sense of electronic blues a la Depeche Mode or Tears For Fears, his music is stuffed with far more feeling than your average Ableton producer.
The future looks bright for Dayne, having had a No 1 Single in the Beatport’s Genre Charts for more than 15 weeks. Rolling Stone Magazine also just named him an “artist you need to know for the future“.
His move to Berlin in early 2014 promises a whole bunch of fresh music on the world’s top labels, more to come!
Hailing from the foothills of Kingston, Jamaica, DejaVilla is the artistic vision of musicians David Marston and Sarah Couch. While they spent the majority of their lives in the small island nation, even attending the same schools, they both set about their individual ways, traveling the world and living abroad at separate points across the globe. The two eventually regrouped, after a mutual friend reintroduced them, and officially joined creative forces in 2017—DejaVilla was born.
Since then, DejaVilla have been perfecting their distinctive brand of music: a fluid range of sounds and styles, with roots in their motherland and influences from their world travels, updated with a modern touch. At the core of the DejaVilla sound is the duo’s homegrown identity: Jamaica is at the heart, body, and soul of everything they touch. As producer and songwriter, Marston, who is today based in Brooklyn, crafts ethereal dance riddims, while Kingston-based singer-songwriter Couch adds pure Jamaican flavor via her patois-tinged vocals and sensual lyrics. It’s a sound years in the making and uniquely all their own.
DejaVilla first made impact in October 2018 with their debut single, “Suit a Rebel” (Ultra Music). A sultry yet gritty love song, “Suit a Rebel” pairs a velvety downtempo electronic beat with shades of R&B and rolling hip-hop drums as Couch delivers seductive, haze-filled vocals and smoked-out lyrics. The track—which originally began as a collaborative production between Marston and his high school friend from Jamaica, Adam Francis, aka Frano—features vocals from Los Angeles-based Jamaican artist Kat C.H.R and dub reggae pioneer and Jamaican icon Lee “Scratch” Perry. In December 2018, DejaVilla followed up with “Feel Me Running Away” (Ultra Music), featuring Kat C.H.R and co-written by producer Dan Izco, which blends smooth and sexy R&B melodies with chilled-out house undertones.
DejaVilla launched into 2019 with new single “Ochi to Mobay” (Ultra Music), their first original song of the year. A playful and flirty romp through dub, reggae, and R&B, “Ochi to Mobay” is an ode to sexual independence and fierce self-confidence. The track also serves as a nod to the group’s homeland: Ocho Rios (“Ochi”) and Montego Bay (“Mobay”) are two of Jamaica’s most cherished, pristine locales and key travel destinations. Their debut self-titled EP was released in spring 2019 on Ultra Music, traversing exotic Afrobeats, escapist vibes and retro-futuristic themes.
As DejaVilla seduces the music world, they bring with them an inimitable style embedded with a native sound and ethos and fueled with an international scope. It’s enough to whisk you to a faraway tropical destination and never have you look back.
Over the past two years, Los Angeles native Deorro has become one of the most sought after young producers/DJs in the business. The young house prodigy has amassed an awe inspiring discography including a cache of original productions, collaborations/remixes with Steve Aoki, Chuckie, Axwell, Cazzette, Krewella, Laidback Luke, Carnage, Diplo, MakJ, Tommie Sunshine, & R3hab and more originals than even the most devoted DJs could spin in a week. All of which have been blasted out through Soundcloud to his more than 140,000 followers, amassing over 20 million plays. Although Deorro initially came to worldwide attention from his prodigious catalog, neither he or his music exist in a vacuum. Equally as impressive as his studio chops is his technique behind the decks. Deorro’s unique grasp on modern party music has led to his services being requested, and received, in some of the top events worldwide. Whether in front of 30,000 in Australia alongside Skrillex and Steve Angelo or at the DimMak WMC Pool Party, Deorro’s fusion of Dutch, moombah, progressive and bass elements illicit revved and raved up reactions without fail. Deorro’s fast growing and fiercely loyal “PandaFam” fan base is a testament not only to what he’s accomplished in the past few years, but more importantly to the amazing music and moments that are yet to come. And nobody knows that better than him, just ask and he’ll tell you: the only direction he’s going is up.
Christian Dold, better known as Diamond Pistols, has mastered the art of being the ‘go-to’ collaborator with many of the largest artists in the world. A multi-threat that is comfortable in any genre, he has written with and produced for artists such as Lil Pump, Cheat Codes, Blackbear, DVBBS, Rich Brian, Joji, Flosstradamus, Tiny Meat Gang + many more.
Dillon Deskin (pka “Lost Boy”)
Dillon Deskin aka Lost Boy got started as a singer/songwriter before producing and co-writing his first-ever certified hit, “Cake” by Flo Rida in 2016. Charting on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Top 40 charts, the track soon hit gold status. This led the creative visionary to start releasing as Lost Boy, starting with his first single “Poison”. In January 2017 Lost Boy released his Big Bang EP where his title track amassed 1 million plays on YouTube in only 15 days. By late 2017, he’d released his most successful tune to date “Paradise”, a collaboration with Luude & TWERL that had garnered more than 2.6 million Spotify plays and had been honored with a spot in the Top 5 on the Spotify Viral charts in Australia. Now, debuting on the Ultra Music roster, Lost Boy prepares to share his voice with a list of marvelous talents.
DJ Trebble is a songwriter and billboard charting producer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His hard work and meticulous attention to detail have garnered the attention of other Baton Rouge artists, leading to collaborations with Shon Thang, NBA YoungBoy, and Fredo Bang. One of the hardest working producers in Urban/Rap, he looks to continue his success and further his reputation as a “”hit-maker””.
A thriving rapper from Dallas, Dorrough achieved early success with his first single, “Walk That Walk” which charted on Hot R&B and Hip Hop charts around the country. The smash hit “Ice Cream Paint Job” was his first placement on the Billboard Hot 100, and he has continued to work with huge names in rap and R&B: E-40, Waka Flocka Flame, and Chamillionaire to name a few.
“Ice Cream Paint Job” Dorrough
“Get Big” Dorrough
“The Main Event” Chamillionaire feat. Slim Thug, Paul Wall, & Dorrough
Drop The Lime
Drop the Lime (born Luca Venezia in New York City) is an electronic producer and DJ who also runs dance label Trouble and Bass. Drop the Lime’s new material and DJ sets also feature live vocals on original compositions. In May 2011, Drop The Lime debuted the live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg & the Echoplex in Los Angeles to great acclaim. www.dropthelime.com.
“You Don’t Know ” him but you really do. He’s the man behind the lyrics on a lot of your favorite songs. From his first track, #1 hit with Armand Van Helden, “You Don’t Know Me” and Powerhouse “What You Need” to Bob Sinclar’s chart topping hits “Love Generation”, “Sound of Freedom” and “New New New” to Erick Morillo’s “Believe”, “Life Your Life”, & “Stronger” and even pop sensation Sean Kingston’s “Party All Night (Sleep All Day”).
His latest release is Ryan Blyth x Duane Harden “Back To You” out now on Don Diablo’s Hexagon / Spinnin.
You can also check Duane out every summer at his “Voces” party in Ibiza and festivals around the World. Tune in every week to his radio show where it’s all about the vocals mixed and presented by Duane Harden himself.
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Canadian-based producer Elaquent is certainly no rookie in the thriving beat scene. Known for his smooth, soulful style; his off-kilter, neck-break beats; and his obsession with Batman and Sega Genesis, Elaquent is finally beginning to reach his full potential. Elaquent, or “eQ” as he is also known by, has been making his mark on the independent beat scene in a big way over the last few years, with a large discography of well received instrumental albums. Since the ninth grade, eQ has been mastering his production techniques, creating a sound uncommon to the crop of other local producers. Citing J Dilla and DJ Premier as some of his earliest influences, eQ has become much of a fan favorite among beat afficionados in Toronto. After a string of successful releases, including “Believing” , “The Scenic Route” and “Green Apples and Oranges”, eQ has begun to take his show on the road, armed with his trusty SP-404sx loaded full of beats. Having toured all around the United States and many parts of Europe, eQ shows no signs of slowing down. The enthusiastic producer is already planning a number of albums, live shows and collaborations. Needless to say, Elaquent is on the come-up.
Emma Sameth is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Los Angeles. Growing up, she would attend various open mics around LA and connect with the singer/songwriter community that extended from LA and beyond. After college, Emma began to cultivate her love of collaboration with various electronic producers, whom she connected with locally as well as through assorted social media and music messenger boards such as Soundcloud and Instagram.
She has released a bundle of electronic music including 2016’s “2AM”, “Higher” and “Under the Covers”, and is currently working on an electronic rnb/indie pop-centered artist project. When asked about what it means to be an artist in LA, Emma explained, “Probably the most important part for me is to be writing all of my own material, to be in that room so I can feel out the music and see if it’s intrinsically right for me. Also, if I get the ‘head bob’ kind of thing, that irresistible urge for move your head to the beat or feel of the song, then I know that’s the direction I want to follow.”
Engelwood is a 23 year old hip-hop/electronic music producer from Princeton, NJ who currently resides in Madison, WI. He started making music at the age of 18 and discovered the program “FL Studio” after being forced to stay home from high school due to a suspension. Drawing on influences from producers like Flamingosis and Vanilla as well as Japanese funk and soul music, Engelwood’s music could best be described as the soundtrack to your trip to the beach. He blends funk, soul and tropical music together to create a unique fusion of sounds you can relax to or dance to. In addition, Engelwood is known for his beat production for some of Yung Gravy’s biggest hits such as “Knockout” and “Yung Gravity.”
From billboards on the London Underground to TV screens in New York City, Multi-hit Songwriter & Producer ENV aka Reece Pullinger has soldiered his way up the ranks and is now becoming one of the UK’s Top go to Producers & Songwriters within today’s Music Industry. Known for his infectious commercial pop hooks, flipping the switch on the most underground records, and dubbed the “Vocal Magician” 2020 has already been a spicy year with 50+ confirmed co-writes / productions signed, sealed and delivered all due for release before the year is out.
With 20+ million streams under his belt and co-writes with the likes of David Guetta, Philip George & Sean Paul, ENV was tipped early on in his career as the “One to watch” by MTV and heavily supported by the BBC. Essex boy turned country bumpkin ENV has already achieved gold certified releases and #1 records as well as TV Campaigns with Muller, TGIF & The World Cup. This year also saw one of his co-writes selected to represent Poland in this year’s Eurovision song contest.
Era Istrefi (born 4 July 1994 in Prishtinë, Kosovo) is an Albanian Kosovar singer-songwriter. She rose to fame after releasing her debut single “Mani për money” in 2013, which gained a positive feedback and attention from the public. Her following songs “A po don” and “E dehun”, gained the same success. In June 2014, she won three Video fest awards for her music videos, including “Best New Artist” for her work in 2013.
Era Istrefi is child of Suzana Tahirsylaj, a well known Albanian singer in the 80s and 90s and Nezir Istrefi, a journalist. After her father’s death in 2004, her mother quit singing, and her older sister Nora Istrefi shortly became the big singer in the territories. Era made her television debut in 2013, with her single “Mani për money”, a reggae-pop song, new to the national music industry. The song received mainly positive criticism from the audience, becoming an instant hit. However, a few months after her first single, she released “A Po Don?”, another song with a different style, accompanied by a provocative music video. The song received mixed criticism. Her third single, “E Dehun” – inspired by Nexhmije Pagarusha’s song with the same title, which also samples the lyrics and some parts of the instrumental, was another hit from Era, which assured her three Video-fest Awards (Albanian Music Awards), including “Best New Artist” for her work in 2013-14.
Her three videos are heavily broadcasted on every TV and radio station in Kosovo and Albania while it is regularly broadcasted in best clubs all over. Her videos have more that 3 million views on YouTube which ranks her among most popular Albanian singers. Some American magazines have shown interest in her music and style as well.
Evan Colbert (pka “EVK 95”)
EVK95 is a producer, performer and DJ born and based in Atlanta, GA- the culture capital of the south. EVK got started making beats at the early age of 4, while hanging out with a neighbor, Mr. Andrews, who just so happened to be a DJ. Gaining influence from hearing artists like Daft Punk on the radio, EVK realized at 13 years old, that music just made sense to him and it was naturally the right thing for him to do.
EVK95 is acknowledged for producing in a variety of genres, including, trap, house and electro. He is also well recognized for mixing and mashing multiple songs in his DJ sets. EVK came up through 808 Mafia and is known for working with thriving artist, such as, Lil Yachty, Playboi Carti, Uno The Activist, Slug Christ and the list goes on and on!
With 10 years of experience working with music, EVK has found many different avenues in which he prevails in. The talented producer and DJ has been around for some time and has worked with numerous of our favorite creatives and his unique work does not go unnoticed. His well versed background has opened many doors for him in the music industry. You definitely want to keep an eye out for this Atlanta native, he is going places!
You can catch EVK95 spinning at some of the hottest parties in Atlanta. Music lovers can look forward to his upcoming projects “JEFE” with rapper Slimesito and “Jugg 2” a highly anticipated sequel to his latest release Jugg, which features artist like Nebu Kiniza, Pollari and Chris Fresh.
F51 are Jaicko Lawrence and Demetri James. The two have worked under this Creative Collective since 2014, and have a combined experience of over 30 years in the music industry as performers, writers and producers. Jaicko, formerly a recording artist signed to Capitol Records, and Demetri, a songwriter with Nettwerk One, signed a publishing deal together with ULTRA MUSIC PUBLISHING as F51.
Since forming the F51 brand, they have been in-demand international topliners. They have traveled to Greece, UK, US, and spent time at home in Barbados and Toronto attending songwriting camps and honing their craft.
They have credits with Benny Benassi, Marc Benjamin, Akon, Flo Rida, Jay Sean, M-22 and DJ Antoine to name a few. Jaicko’s lead vocals can be heard on key featured releases like M-22’s “Good To Be Loved” which was a hit in Germany and across Europe. F51 has multiple records scheduled for release in this coming year.
onas von der Fehr aka, Fehrplay always promises to get the crowd pumping. The Norwegian’s style of upbeat, multi-layered sounds are driven with intricate patterns of drum and bass which allow both house and EDM fans to appreciate. His dynamic audience is amazed by this progressive house trailblazer. After winning over the UK house scene, he continues to gain global acclaim by his sensational performance in NYC’s top electronic club Output. With an ethos that a good melody and poignant groove can reign indestructible, the journey from 2012’s ‘Incognito’ to ‘I can’t stop,’ has kept fans and the industry tastemakers in awe. He most recently received recognition by fellow Dj Pete Tong, as he played Fehrplay’s new remix of Deadmau5’s classic ‘The Reward is Cheese’ on the famous BBC Radio 1.
Fehrplay and Eric Prydz featured in Rolling Stone for EPIC 2.0 tour
Fehrplay featured on the cover of DJ Mag
Fehrplay’s “Monte” premieres on Billboard
Fehrplay deemed “a very versatile producer” by Magnetic Mag
Fehrplay Q&A featured on Earmilk
Fehrplay is named DJ Mag’s Cover Mix Artist Of The Month
Felix Schmidt (pka DLJ)
DLJ is a 26-year-old music composer and hip-hop beat maker hailing from Lyon, France. He recently accumulated over 130 Million streams across all platforms, and reached 2 Million monthly listeners on Spotify.
After working as a radio host, music composer, and sound designer for various audiovisual production companies, DLJ took to focusing on his solo career, composing instrumental lo-fi hip-hop. Progressing slowly in this environment, DLJ released his first album in 2017, with several singles to follow into coming years. In 2019, a handful of his songs quickly reached Millions of streams, and were included in Spotify editorial playlists like Jazz Vibes, Lo-Fi Beats, and New Music Friday.
DLJ also launched his own independent music label, Retro Jungle Records, in 2018. He released a lot of compilations featuring international artists from the hip hop scene.
He joined Ultra Music Publishing in July 2020 and is today focusing on songwriting for vocalists and his own career as an artist.
What started simply as a side project over a decade ago between singer Becky Jean Williams and production luminaries Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock and Ryan Raddon (aka Kaskade), has evolved into a lasting movement. 2014 alone found Late Night Alumni entertaining the masses at New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival and took them to the Paradiso Festival under the epic surroundings of the Gorge Amphitheater. Just as comfortable on the club circuit, Late Night Alumni played to shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on their own headlining dates, and co-headlined with Myon and Shane 54 on 2014’s Heartbeat Tour.
No stranger to the big-room experience, Late Night Alumni had already proved that the unique blend of Becky Jean’s ethereal vocals meshed with organic and electronic instrumentation does resonate on a grand scale, after opening for all dates on Kaskade’s “Atmosphere” Tour. The landmark shows took the group to New York’s Barclay’s Center, Chicago’s Navy Pier, American Airlines Arena in Miami, and The Shrine in Los Angeles. With each album release, the band continues to evolve and refine their distinct sound. Consistently finding new blends of melodies and pushing the boundary between live and electronic music, Late Night Alumni diversifies the current music soundscape with their 5th studio album, “Eclipse”, available now on Arkade.
Flosstradamus spent the last 8 years breaking new sounds around the globe and becoming club kings in the process. But how do they keep doing it? J2K and Autobot’s knack for flipping your favorite tracks in unexpected new ways (from their earliest DJ blends to high-energy hybrids like the duo’s hit remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don”) certainly helps. So does having a catalog of original bangers on Fool’s Gold, Green Label Sound and Mad Decent/Jeffree’s. Yet the real reason Floss has been able to reinvent party rocking for close to a decade is because these Chicago boys bring an irresistible sense of fun to every single set, whether it’s a sweat-soaked nightclub or in front of thousands at Lollapalooza.
Los Angeles Native and Hip-Hop/R&B producer pka Fortune went from teaching himself music programming to having production credits that include Swae Lee, Elhae, Phora, and Eric Bellinger to name a few. Growing up in Los Angeles, Fortune was exposed to many different genres of music, however he connected the most with the Hip-Hop/R&B sound. At age 17 he began teaching himself production, making beats in his bedroom and selling beats online. He quickly found success when he uploaded his beats to SoundCloud and began building a fanbase for himself. In just over a year of uploading on SoundCloud, Fortune had amassed over 30K followers and over 6 million plays. However, with the decline of the instrumental scene on SoundCloud, Fortune switched his focus over to producing for artists rather than for himself. In 2018 Fortune would go on to achieve RIAA Gold certified status for his work on the Rae Sremmurd album “SR3MM”. Fortune has many more placements coming within the near future as he continues to push the sonic boundaries of urban music, and will undoubtedly have some of the most sought-after production very soon.
Frankie P is a New York based music producer. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Music Business bachelors degree and minor in Audio Engineering. After graduation, Frankie Interned at Atlantic Records (Urban A&R department) & Island Def Jam (Sales department). Before considering himself a music producer, Frankie P considers himself a creative mind/tastemaker who is inspired by life. His main goal is to inspire others and think outside the box. Frankie P recently had his first worldwide release with ‘Hazy Nights In The Heights II’. This is the second installment following his 2011 release entitled, “Hazy Nights In The Heights”,fresh off producing four hot tracks on A$AP Ferg’s critically acclaimed debut, “Trap Lord”. In addition to the work on Ferg’s album, Frankie also was behind the musical boards for the MTV series, “The Heights”. His unique blend of New York City Hip-Hop with a touch of Jazz has put his expertise in high demand up and down the east coast, and very soon the rest of the country.
Giuseppe D’Albenzio (pka “Jason Rooney”)
Multi Platinum Music Producer / Mix and Mastering Engineer Negramaro/Alex Gaudino/Club Dogo/Guè Pequeno/J-Ax/Fedez/Ada Reina and many more…
Atlanta Georgia native Alonzo Mathis, better known as “Gorilla Zoe”, first made his splash onto the southern rap scene when he filled the slot vacated by rap star Young Jeezy as a member of the gangsta rap group Boyz N Da Hood (signed to Sean Comb’s label Bad Boy Records), appearing on the sophomore album Back Up N Da Chevy (2007). Carrying his momentum into successful guest turns like on “Coffee Shop” by Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe quickly followed with his own successful solo career. First two albums Welcome To The Zoo (2007) and Don’t Feed Da Animals (2008) included the smash GOLD-certified hits “Hood Figga” and “Echo”, respectively, as well as the critically-acclaimed hit “Lost”. Alonzo has also collaborated and co-written with lots of top names in the game, including Usher, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Paul Wall, Dorrough, 8Ball & MJG, and more.
“Lost” by Gorilla Zoe
“Echo” by Gorilla Zoe
“Hood Figga” by Gorilla Zoe
“Coffee Shop” by Yung Joc (feat. Gorilla Zoe)
As an artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter, Buffalo-born Grabbitz (Nicholas Chiari) sustains an unfiltered vision and presents a new paradigm for electronic music augmented by his organic musicality, dynamic sound design, vivid lyricism, and intimate attention to detail. “Each song is a culmination of everything I love. It’s just music that comes out of my head,” he shares. This tactic continues to captivate both fans and tastemakers alike with over 40 million streams and praise from the likes of Billboard and Rolling Stone.
Grabbitz will tell you that he began singing before he could talk—a claim his family proudly backs up—and that he learned guitar at eight-years-old inspired by the likes of Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. By age twelve, his Xbox doubled as a de facto home studio as he began making beats on MTV Music Generator. A few million streams and a collaboration with deadmau5 later, he gained brief notoriety in the world of dance music. However, as his music evolved, his sound became less suitable for the club and more geared for his live performance.
“I felt like I was, and still am, going through metamorphosis as an artist.”
Now, he ignites his next phase with a bevy of new releases punctuated by lush synths, bouncy cadences, hip-hop flavor, and hypnotic hooks.
“I don’t take life too seriously, but there’s moments when I have to… and I do that thru music,” he elaborates. ” When you listen to my music, I just want you to feel something. Stories about love, loss, happiness, sadness, anger, everything in between. Things everyone can relate to. Music with a personality. ”
In the end, Grabbitz stands primed to take the world by storm by simply being himself.
Once upon a time a man was born …….. and his name Was Sam Million AKA Guitar Emoji
Late nights and early mornings kept him busy working his way through the music scene in Dallas helping co write fellow artists Flexinfab & Dustin Cavazos . In a short time his unique look took him to Hollywood where he pursued a short stint in acting doing background roles for television shows. There he would find the inspiration he needed to self release his first single “Vintage Ferrari Coupe” During his time in Los Angeles he met up and comer musician Tay Money and helped co write her first viral single ” Trappers Delight” The single did extremely well allowing her to pursue a career full time and releasing a debut project co written by Guitar Emoji. It wasn’t long before Ultra Music would see the early vision and sign Guitar Emoji to the roster. With new titles to be released in 2020 and a current self releases “Epitome of Stupidity out now. It won’t be long before some of the next big hits will be collaborated with him.
Signed to Ultra Music Publishing as a Songwriter/Producer, Haj’s musical sensibilities have been shaped by his classically trained beginnings, achieving a Diploma on the drums and spending time out on the road playing for various bands before settling into the studio environment. His programming and beat making abilities and musicianship on multiple instruments have helped to establish his sound, leading to writing collaborations with a wide range of artists.
Artists Haj has worked with include: Sigma (3Beat), Yellow Claw (Rocnation), Icona Pop (Ultra), Deorro (Ultra), Moksi (Barong Family), Era Istrefi (Ultra), OMI (Ultra), Vato Gonzalez (Polydor), Fedde Le Grand, Jack Wins (Axtone), Kiko Bun (Island), Anton Powers & Pixie Lott (3Beat), Kideko (Ministry), Calvin & KVR (Disco:Wax), Axel Johansson (Disco:Wax) and Becky Hill (Polydor) amongst others. Haj has collaborated on projects with songwriters including Wayne Hector, Mark Ralph, Cathy Dennis, Meagan Cottone, Freedo, Neil Ormandy and Eyelar.
Haj has also worked on several Film and Advertising projects including an original composition featured in the soundtrack for the Clint Eastwood film “The Mule” (2019), work with Coca Cola, The NFL and the FIFA World Cup as well as Global Automotive brand Castrol.
Born in Charlotte, Hanzo began expressing interest in music at a very young age, growing up on a mix of 90’s east coast hip-hop, as well as 60’s folk & pop records. Hanzo moved to Atlanta, where he quickly became immersed in the diverse underground music scene, alongside popular acts such as 6 Dogs, Shrimp, and Danger Incorporated. In addition to his own artistry, Hanzo has began building an impressive production catalog, most notably working with Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Pump. Currently, Hanzo is focusing on releasing his first full-length project, while continuing to expand his list of production credits.
Hayden Capuozzo (pka “Kayzo”)
Recognized as one of Billboard Dance’s 100 Artists of 2018, Houston-born, Los Angeles-based producer/DJ KAYZO, née Hayden Capuozzo, is one of the fastest-rising electronic artists of this decade.His versatile sound and experimental style is defined by a stimulating cross-genre blend of rock theatrics and electronic futurism, as heard on his debut artist album OVERLOAD. Released January 2018 on his own Welcome Records, distributed by Ultra Music, ‘OVERLOAD’ to date counts more than 7 million streams on Spotify alone.Elsewhere, his 2018 remix of the 2000 alt-metal smash hit “Last Resort” from nu metal icons Papa Roach has amassed more than 4 million Spotify streams, while his dubstep-fueled track “Wake Up,” a collaboration with RIOT, counts more than 13 million streams on Spotify, with an additional 3 million plays on SoundCloud. KAYZO has also collaborated with and remixed for electronic giants like DJ Snake, Steve Aoki, and SLANDER, among others.In 2018, KAYZO joined the coveted roster of Ultra Music, where he released “Forever,” in collaboration with Gammer, as his debut single for the label, with more music scheduled for future release. In 2016, KAYZO founded his own artist-run imprint, Doghouse Recordings, which he later relaunched as Welcome Records in 2017.On the live front, he’s performed across the world’s top venues and festivals—including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, Voodoo, and more—in addition to his own headlining tours. He’s also hosted numerous Doghouse Takeover shows—large-scale events based on KAYZO’s Doghouse brand—across the country, including a sold-out performance at the iconic Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles in 2017. In 2019, KAYZO will expand the Doghouse Takeover series on a national scale.
Hayward Ivy (pka “DJ Squeeky”)
Hayward Ivy, better known as DJ Squeeky to the music industry, is a pioneer in the Memphis rap scene. A native of Orange Mound, he grew up immersed in the same musical culture that bred such hometown legends as 8ball & MJG, DJ Zirk, Three 6 Mafia, Playa Fly and Kingpin Skinny Pimp.
Most notable for his trunk-rattling production, DJ Squeeky’s signature sound has filled the ears of more than a million listeners across the country. His extensive music catalog includes production credits on the albums (or mixtapes) of Pastor Troy, Young Jeezy, Young Dolph, Criminal Manne, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, 8ball & MJG, and a long list of others.
He’s also released several albums independently under his record label, Mo Cheda Records. Among these, albums such as DJ Squeeky & The Family’s On a Mission, Tom Skeemask’s 2 Wild for the World, and Project Playaz’s Til We Die remain Southern rap classics.
Stepping away from the drum machine and Pro tools, DJ Squeeky took time out to speak with me about how he got into producing, his involvement in creating the “signature” Memphis rap sound, having his style mimicked by Platinum producers and Three 6 Mafia’s remaining members DJ Paul & Juicy J, who he wants to work with in the future, and much more.
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Hazel Rose Kleingrove (pka Hazel Rose)
Hazel Rose is a lyricst/ singer/ songwriter who gained a loyal base in her hometown of the Bay Area and now resides in L.A. Her genre-bending sound fuses future R&B with soulful hip hop and dance. Her dynamic live performance has led her to open for artists like Dead Prez, MC Lyte, and Mark Farina, and collaborate with artists like Bassnectar and Sanjoy.
She is an outspoken vlog personality and event host who balances warm comedic presence with a voice that fiercely advocates and empowers. Hazel Rose has taught creative writing and expressive arts through the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, WriteGirl, Youth Speaks, Get Lit, SF Jazz, and the Mindful Life Project. She has released two Mindful Hip Hop Children’s Albums with the Mindful Life Project, touring and performing for over 10,000 youth in California.
Headhunterz’ career is a performance.
Rising from the rapidly expanding hard dance scene, Headhunterz had claimed a top position in the world by reaching an amazing 11th place in the DJ MAG Top 100. This remarkable feat comes after a series of acclaimed main stage performances, three albums, several chart topping anthems and remixes, and his leading, genre-defining, hardstyle podcast named HARD with STYLE. Headhunterz has also hosted the Amsterdam Dance Event’s biggest event by debuting the brand-new, state-of-the-art concert stadium Ziggo Dome. On top of his musical career comes a strong character , which echoes through, in a massive and engaged following world-wide and on the web.
As the first of a new generation of hard dance artists, Headhunterz released a series of hit records since his debit in 2006. Among his greatest pieces of work are ‘Rock Civilization’, ‘Power Of The Mind (Qlimax 2007 Anthem)’, ‘The Sacrifice’, ‘Scrap Attack (Defqon.1 Festival 2009 Anthem)’, ‘From Within’, ‘Dragonborn’, his remix of Nicky Romero’s ‘Toulouse’ and his remix of Kaskade ft. Neon Trees’ ‘Lessons in Love’, which has seen substantial chart-success.
In 2008, together with fellow producer Wildstylez, he created quite a stir within the international dance community with the ‘Project One’ campaign. By producing a highly successful studio album in less than three months, they set new standards and confirmed their abilities as musicians. The tour following the release had high international acclaim but by limiting it to just five performances, it drove the demand to new heights. In 2010, the second album ‘Studio Sessions’ created an equally massive impact and was followed by a new international tour, which included the United States, Australia, Russia, Canada and several big editions in Holland. 2011 was the year Headhunterz released his album ‘Sacrifice’, from which he donated all earnings to Dance 4 life, a charity organization raising awareness for HIV and AIDS. His track ‘Dragonborn’, which was given away for free, became a huge online hit and proved that Headhunterz has one of the most strong and dedicated online fan bases in the electronic dance community.
2012 saw Headhunterz release his chart-topping remix of Kaskade ft. Neon Trees’ ‘Lessons in Love’, and his successful remixes of Hardwell’s ‘Spaceman’, Zedd’s ‘Spectrum’ and Nicky Romero’s ‘Toulouse’. It was also the year where he rose to an astonishing 11th place in the DJ Mag Top 100, celebrated by a sold out show in the brand-new Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. Having signed a new recording deal with Ultra Music at the beginning of this year, 2013 will prove to be the most interesting year yet for Headhunterz.
Amongst his greatest appearances are his sold-out Q-dance presents: Headhunterz – Hard With Style show, performances at various editions of Qlimax, Defqon.1 Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and Decibel Outdoor Festival, but also his Headhunterz branded X-Qlusive event in the Heineken Music Hall in 2010.
Henry Eran (p/k/a “Eran Hersh”)
Growing up in his native country Israel, Eran Hersh began singing at a very young age, cementing a foundation which was to launch his passion for music. Influenced by: “Michael Jackson”, “The Art of Noise”, and other 80’s & 90’s music, Eran began spinning records at the legendary “Sheri” club in Rishon Le Zion, Israel, at age 15. Over …the next 3 years he played at some of the most exclusive clubs in Israel, including: ‘TLV’ & ‘Zoom’ (Tel-Aviv). In the summer of 2001 Eran moved to New York City. During that summer, he played at several private parties held by some prestigious Israeli friends. Those energetic parties attracted the attention of club promoters from the infamous clubs that immediately invited him to play. This move was the beginning of his international DJ career. In 2003 Eran moved to Miami and since then he has been rocking the local dance music scene, proclaiming his mantra: “No Music, No Life”. Eran is working his way through the industry, at some of the most well-known and respected dance music venues in Miami Beach such as: Mansion, Space, Amnesia, Exit66, Living Room, Nikki Beach, Gryphon, Passion, Story, to name a few. Eran also shared the decks with some of the world’s most famous DJ’s: Hardwell, Sultan & Ned Shepard, MorganPage, Starkillers, Robbie Rivera, Infected Mushroom, Skazi.
His highlight point came when he won the “Battle of the DJ’s” contest in South Florida. This was a turning point in his career which earned him a DJ set at “Winter Music Conference” (WMC) on March 25th, 2006 on stage at ‘Ultra Music Festival. Eran has been on the Ultra Music Festival ticket ever since. Today, Eran . spending most of his time in the studio producing fresh new records Eran recently signed with Ultra Music. Currently, Eran hold residency at Ft. Lauderdale’s , “Exit 66 Dayclub” and with smash hits on Beatport such as “Girls Who like Girls,” , “Good Morning Miami”, “Recently Lost”, “Drop That Low”, “3 For The Money” and ” Brothers ” has taken Him to the next level by playing everywhere in the U.S. today., Eran is quickly becoming a well sought after DJ and producer. He is loyal to his fans, as well as himself, and with so much to offer, this multi-talented DJ is just waiting to be exposed. There will definitely be more to come in the future from DJ Eran Hersh.
Heroes x Villains
Armed with this experience, roots in punk/hardcore and an appreciation for Southern rap music, Heroes x Villains start their ascent with warbling, bass heavy, electronic dance music remixes of Waka Flocka Flame’s ‘Oh Let’s Do It’ and Gucci Mane’s ‘Lemonade’. These, a remix of Lil’ Jon and Diplo’s ‘U Don’t Like Me’ and several others make up ‘We Off That,’ their first mixtape which garners critical acclaim.
Less speakers burst into flames these days but Heroes x Villains DJ sets remain as caustic as ever. Stage diving and raucous mosh pits are regular occurrences; champagne spraying in every direction and half naked women moving in ways their parents wouldn’t likely approve of come standard. The raw, occult like energy and track selection is a manifestation of how Disaster and fans of Heroes x Villains choose to live: shameless, unrepentant, maximalist hedonism.
Heroes x Villains barreled into 2012 as diverse and dangerous as ever. Beginning in early January, they introduced the weekly ‘BLXRRD OXT’ series, manipulating records like Young Jeezy’s ode to intoxication ‘WXY 2 GXNE’ and England’s dark pop princess Charlie XCX ‘NUXLEAR SEAXONX’ into soundtracks for a haunting, drug-addled haze.
And in February, showcasing the two year progression of Southern rap music fusing with electronic dance elements, comes rising Atlanta rap group FKi’s mixtape ‘Transformers In The Hood’ produced by Diplo, Heroes x Villains and Atlanta EDM producer Mayhem.
With genre-bending, rule breaking unpredictability as their calling card, it’s pointless to attempt to figure out what Heroes x Villains may do next… best to just sign the waiver and enjoy the ride
The Honorable C.N.O.T.E is an American music producer who was born into humble beginnings, raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan. While in Benton Harbor, Honorable Cnote began to fine tune his ear for music production. He learned how to sequence using the BOSS DR-5 Drum Machine and later moved to the Yamaha Q-Y70. His dedication to his craft enabled him to complete 6 local studio albums. In 2006 he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to further his goals with nothing but a few dollars in his pocket and a dream. Cnote’s move to Atlanta proved to pay off as his musical placements begin to take off. Since his relocation, he has worked with Platinum acts such as 2 Chainz, FloRida, Gucci Mane, Akon and Yo Gotti just to name a few.
The UK house scene can’t seem to get enough of Michael Dodman aka Dj Huxley. He has truly found his place in the electronic music scene in the UK with breakout songs ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Box Clever’. During his early days producing he was very much influenced by garage house. Huxley first got a taste of garage from the song ‘My love’ by Keli Le Roc. You can hear his sexy beats vary between garage house to now more and more deep house. The talented producer enjoys mixing up his sound by collaborating with friends and other Djs such as Ethyl, which he dropped on his last label Saints & Sonnets. Since then he has released tracks for famous labels such as Tsuba, Morris Audio, Fear of Flying, Hypercolour and 20:20 Vision for starters. To each label he brings to the table a versatile sound for each. We have seen Huxley use more groovy beats with full vocals, while still staying true to his garage sounds as he always shows robust, bass-led house music. He never fails to win over all dance lovers.
‘Let it go’
Illyus & Barrientos
Glasgow has always been a fertile breeding ground for house music. With countless internationally-renowned DJs hailing from the city, there is no shortage of world-class talent in the UK’s northern clubbing powerhouse. The latest duo to set dance floors alight in Glasgow and far beyond are Illyus & Barrientos.
The pair have diverse origins–Barrientos has Chilean parents and was born in America, while Illyus grew up in Frankfurt after being born in Govan. They met on Glasgow’s dance floors in 2014, building a friendship over their mutual love of the kind of unashamedly big, floor-filling modern house tunes that have since propelled them to dizzying levels of acclaim.
In many ways, they are an odd couple–while Illyus was growing up in the vibrant local hip-hop scene in Germany then Glasgow, distributing early mixtapes for an enthusiastic audience of friends, Barrientos was still taking classical piano lessons, playing Chopin and Beethoven. In the studio, these diverse influences come together to create some spectacular dance floor alchemy. Raw and funky, their tracks pulse with percussive energy and deep, infectious hooks.
With stellar releases such as ‘Shout’, ‘So Serious’ and ‘M.E.A’ on Toolroom Records, plus releasing some Beatport chart-topping records on Defected Records and Mother Recordings, Illyus & Barrientos have well and truly cemented their status as one of the hottest DJ and production duos in the UK. So much so, that they have featured heavily on Radio 1 (Radio 1 Rave Lounge, guest interview on Danny Howard’s show, guest mix for Annie Nightingale and 2 mini mixes for Annie Mac), and were also asked to record a mix for the prestigious BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix series.
Having already played at clubs around the world from Moscow and Bangkok, to Los Angeles and Mexico City, their touring schedule for 2019 grows bigger by the minute; with debut tours in Australia and Asia in motion, plus an incredible residency at Eden Ibiza lined up for summer 2019.
They are also staples guesting for Claptone at his infamous Masquerade parties, Danny Howard’s ‘Nothing Else Matters” tours and Mother Recordings label parties in Europe.
It’s looking like this year is going to be bigger than the last..
Irwin L. Eberhart II (pka Chip E)
Ivan Ramos Salinas (pka ‘Coyu’)
The Big Cat’, Catalan DJ/producer better known internationally as COYU is the priest of the Suara house and techno temple which is without a doubt one of the most prominent imprints in the worldwide electronic music scene, reached #1 on both Beatport and Resident Advisor.
Following a flurry of great remixes for the likes of Fatboy Slim (Skint), Joseph Capriati (Drumcode), Pete Tong & John Monkman (Suara), MOBY & Skylar Grey (Little Idiot) just to name a few, he is steadily signing no less groovy original tracks such as “The Cat” (Hot Creations), “Apparition” (Noir), “Profound Pleasure” (Defected) or the already classics “Balls” and “Y.E.A.H.”, both released on his beloved Suara. From his very great ‘hit’ “El Baile Alemán” (Liebe Detail, 2009) Coyu has released also on many other labels such as Get Physical, Bedrock, Cocoon, 100% Pure, Systematic, etc.
The worldwide clubbing music scene has surrendered to Coyu’s performances. He recruited fans from every corner of the globe, playing at venues and festivals such as Sónar, Piknic Electronik, Supersonic (India), Ultra Music Festival, Boiler Room, Ministry Of Sound, ETC.
And of course, Ibiza! After a remarked residency in Pacha (Insane), during the last two years he has presented a successful Suara weekly residency at Booom (2014) and Sankeys (2015).
Songwriter Jason Farmer, knows as J-Vibe Productions, is known for his reggae infused R&B productions. Collaborations include Stacy Barthe, Vivian Green, Ky-Mani Marley, and his Grammy nominated work with Keyshia Cole on “Heaven Sent”
Jack Casey (pka “EMBRZ”)
25-year-old, Dublin-born Jack Casey first got into music when he started learning guitar at 10 years old. By 15, he was writing music and playing in bands. Entirely self-taught, Jack’s musical interests always stretched beyond the guitar. Eventually, he discovered dance music and immersed himself in the progressive end of the dance music spectrum, attracted by the subtleties and intricate melodies.
He first discovered electronic music via Deadmau5 – specifically the anthemic “I Remember” and he was hooked instantly. It’s always been progressive house and the more melodic side of dance music that’s inspired him. “I went through lots of different phases growing up,” he explains. “Early teens, I loved metal, rock whatever you wanna call it. I used to constantly wear this Slipknot hoodie which my dad used to joke needed to be surgically removed. I became obsessed with The Stone Roses in my later teens, then once I started listening to artists like Daft Punk and Deadmau5, I completely shifted to electronic music.”
His productions combine high energy house and techno with subtle nuances, and always with a focus on melody. EMBRZ’s own productions sit at the more melodic end of the dance music spectrum. “I always try to keep an emotion in my sound,” he says. “But I want to display it in different ways. Be that in something soft and slow paced or something with high energy.”
After getting to grips with the software and making music for his own enjoyment, he decided to share some of his productions with friends and family. It was then that he found an early taste of success. Once he’d uploaded his first batch of tracks, he very quickly started to get some attention. “I didn’t set out to make a career out of this,” he explained. “I just wanted to finish some songs, put them up on SoundCloud and share them with some friends.” Still, those early productions gained a lot of traction, a whole load of reposts and even some press coverage. Hilly Dilly described “Slow Down” as clear highlight of his collection. “I remember there was this moment after I finished writing ‘Slow Down’, I said to myself ‘this is it, this the sound I’ve been looking for.”
Later, he found even more success with two massive official remixes. Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” (currently on over 6.6 million plays) in 2013 and then The 1975’s “Settle Down” (currently on 3 million) the following year. Both remixes showed his versatility as a producer, not to mention an instinct for melody.
Continuing that run, last year Jack turned out a stunning, blissful remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” – a remix so good her label couldn’t say yes fast enough and which ultimately became the official remix for the track. Since then, he’s been uploading a steady stream of melodic club heaters, including well-received cuts like “Home”, “Lights” and then “Breathe” last year.
Jamaal Talib Henry (pka “Maaly Raw”)
Jamaal Talib Henry, “Maaly Raw”, is a music producer based in Philadelphia. Best known for his work with fellow Philadelphia rap rockstar Lil Uzi Vert, Maaly Raw’s catchy-as-hell tag is like a spark to set off a giant rocket: his production hurls songs forward, their momentum deftly guided by his wickedly weird and winding melodies, and drums that at once skitter across and barrel down your insides. Take, for example, his work across Uzi’s debut album Luv Is Rage 2, on fan-favorite tracks like the brain-rattling “444+222” and the very emotional “Dark Queen,” especially. And if you dive a little deeper into his catalog, you’ll discover his drum-heavy, topsy-turvy sound backing songs from today’s biggest acts out of Philly, including Meek Mill, PnB Rock, and the current rising star of the city’s underground, Kur. Maaly Raw’s clientele includes Lil Uzi Vert, Dave East, Quavo, The Weeknd, G Herbo, French Montana, Kur, PnB Rock, Rich The Kid, Famous Dex and more.
James Michael Edgar (pka “Jimmy Edgar”)
In a breakout year highlighted by two EPs and an exhaustive global tour, the most significant shift in techno wizard Jimmy Edgar’s life was the launch of his new enterprise, Ultramajic. Part record label, design house, and metaphysical portal, Ultramajic (created in 2013 and managed by Edgar and creative partner Pilar Zeta), alchemically melds music, design, objects, and installations into a holistic multi-sensory experience. “We are exploring ideas about musical shamanism, digital altars, and meditation through color and vibration,” Edgar entices. Edgar’s fascination with other worlds has never been a secret and Ultramajic marks a milestone in Edgar’s independence as an artist and his emergence as an impresario. “Ultramajic is simply our venture to solidify what we do. The art of collaboration has been lost. In the ‘Age of the Internet,’ we have seen artists become pioneers unto themselves due to lack of communication, and I intend to bridge a bit of that gap with Ultramajic.”
How does someone get from Fox Island River, Newfoundland (pop. 198) to Nashville? The best person
to ask is Jason Benoit, one of Canada’s fastest rising country stars. With his undeniable talent as a singer/songwriter, combined with his magnetic stage presence and devotion to his growing fan base, Benoit has already defied the odds.
Now, with three singles under his belt that have hit Billboard’s Canadian Country chart—including his current Top 10 smash “Gone Long Gone”—Benoit is set to release his full-length debut album in 2016 on JV Records/Sony Music Canada.
He first gained attention with his countrified version of “This Is What It Feels Like,” the Grammy-
nominated hit by Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and Canadian vocalist Trevor Guthrie, included on the Sony Music compilation Country Heat 2014. Benoit and his Nashville-based producer Dave “Dwave” Thomson followed that up with a Top 30 single, “Crazy Kinda Love,” released in August 2014, and “Gone Long Gone” in March 2015.
The success of “Gone Long Gone” set the stage for Benoit’s widely hailed appearance at the 2015 Cavendish Beach Music Festival, which resulted in him being named the Canadian Country Music Association’s first-ever Discovery Atlantic Award winner. Along with that came a nomination as one of the CCMA’s 2015 Rising Stars, and a performance at the CCMA’s Awards gala in Halifax.
As Jason Benoit continues his path toward releasing his debut album, there are surely more defining moments such as these soon to come. It’s all about connecting with audiences, and the response at Cavendish—particularly the young females singing along with every line—showed that Benoit’s star is truly on the rise.
“From Berlin for the world. It is according to this motto that Jean Elan works in the enigmatic music scene of the city. This is where he makes his productions in a style which has little to do with the regional techno traditions. He works internationally but has his feet firmly on the ground, his base is in Berlin and at the weekends he DJs throughout Europe and even does short tours in the USA, Canada and Brazil.
His Artist name, which was a spontaneous idea, has a strange effect “Everywhere in the clubs people talk to me in English or French, but in the long run it suits my understanding of sounds”.
Jean Elan’s music is a cosmopolitan mixture of sounds – electronic without a puristic departure, House Music with a forceful groove but a certain lightness is also always a part of the production.
2010 has brought enduring recognition for his varied sound. He was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Remixer”- category for his remix of “The Girl And The Robot” – Röyksopp feat. Robyn. He is only the 4th German ever to be nominated in the Remix category (after Paul van Dyk, Mousse T. and ATB). “At the end of the day David Guetta won the prize” said Jean Elan “but just the respect to be nominated with these other great international competitors, proves that I am on the right track with my ideas”.
Having produced 20 remixes for other projects and 7 own Singles, Jean Elan has been able to build up his own strong profile within a short time.
A fresh start in his career is part of Jean Elan’s history, which made the present success possible. Jean Elan’s original roots are in the Ruhr district of Germany (he was born in Gelsenkirchen), where he was a driving force in the regional club scene at the end of the ’90s. He still works closely with the guys from his old home as they are well-tuned production team. However it was his move to Germany’s capital which led him to the label Ministry Of Sound” and which gave the “experiment” Jean Elan new drive. “I just wanted to try my hand as an Artist one more time” he says to his double roll as Label Manager and musician. The celebrated debut Single from 2008 “Where’s Your Head” created quite an impact. ”This cover version of Basement Jaxx was Top Ten in various Dance Charts worldwide. Really just the perfect start” remembers Jean Elan.
His debut Single was followed by a groove-orientated remix of the Norman Doray track “Krystal”. Then he turned on a very special hit machine for Dahlbäck, Diaz & Young Rebels feat. Terry B!’s “Can’t Slow Down”. His 2nd Single “Shake Me” shows too that Jean Elan does not want to retreat into the specialist’s corner – the main floor is really an option for him. His 2009 remixes alternate between keyboard harmonies and minimalistic effects. In his remix work for Jeanette’s “Material Boy (Don’t Look Back)” he does his new home Berlin great honour and lets a fierce bass track boom. His solo production “Killer”, on the other hand, pulls out all the stops and focuses on wild techno breaks.
Jean Elan has developed a soft spot for crossover tracks because of this DJ-orientated beginnings. “It was very important for me to build a strong base in the clubs. It is possible to create a real hit from this basis, without really “selling-out”.” he says. “Hypes come and go but other qualities are what count behind the decks”. With his open-minded mixture of progressive, electro and House influences Jean Elan can’t be put in a drawer. It is no wonder, that he appreciates the varied tracks of his Scandinavian colleagues and politely declines to follow short-lived trends like “Dirty Dutch”. He knows the world of electronic music well enough to be able to do that – Jean Elan’s music preaches diversity, following one direction is something he will leave to the others.” https://soundcloud.com/jean-elan
Jenson Vaughan is a musical talent who has crafted his skills as a songwriter for more than a decade drawing upon a wide range of influences from pop, dance, R&B and soul to country, rock & roll and beyond.
As a songwriter Jenson has a variety of Gold and Platinum projects to his name and has recently written for and collaborated with the likes of Madonna, Armin Van Buuren, Benny Benassi, DJ Antoine, Snoop Dogg, Iyaz, Mann, Craig David, Kelly Rowland, Boyz II Men, Honorebel, Shaggy, Ian Carey, Sander Van Doorn, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, Fedde Le Grand, Michael Mind, Rosette, Danny Fernandes, Craig Smart, Mia Martina, JRDN, Alex Gaudino, and many more great talents from around the world.
“Girl Gone Wild” Madonna
“This Is What It Feels Like” Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie
“What A Feeling” Kelly Rowland
Jeremy Harding is an engineer, producer, musician, DJ and manager whose 2 Hard recording studio (and label of the same name) has a prominent hold on the music scene in his native Kingston, Jamaica. Perhaps best known as Sean Paul’s manager, Harding initially made a name for himself as a producer, behind such hits as Beenie Man’s “Sim Simma (Who Am I),” Mad Cobra’s “Pet & Pamper,” along with Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” and “Baby Girl” to name a few. Harding’s production credit and phone number were printed on Paul’s early 45s, which led to interested booking agents getting in touch with Harding to set up the artist’s first live shows. It wasn’t until Sean Paul’s first full-length album, however, that Harding officially jumped on board as manager. Over six years later, Harding has become one of the most respected and prominent managers in dancehall, all the while working steadily as a producer and engineer at 2 Hard.
Jessica Lauren Foutz (pka “J.Lauryn”)
Independent Grammy Award Winning Songwriter, J.Lauryn is a rhythmic-reggae artist from the small town of Kailua, Hawaii. She moved to Los Angeles working as a professional dancer in 2007. During her career as a dancer she recalls dancing along side Queen Latifah at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards as one of her favorite moments. It wasn’t long before she began to shift her focus to writing and recording music. In May 2015, J.Lauryn was asked to perform her original song “Criminal Love” live on VH1’s The Big Morning Buzz in Times Square, NYC. She has written for musical acts Ziggy Marley, Ashanti, David Guetta, K-Pop Superstar CL, and many more. J.Lauryn released her highly anticipated debut EP “ViBeS & HiGhS” on iTunes on April 20th, 2016. Happy to announce, J.Lauryn is a 2017 Grammy Winner for a co-write on Ziggy Marley’s newest self titled album for the category, Best Reggae Album. She also just got her 1st Number One single on the German Urban Charts for her newly released featured single “Fuego Gasolina” with Veteran DJ, DJ Polique. Another collaboration J.Lauryn featured on called “Coconuts” with Miami based DJ, Triarchy, has been playing on the #1 Dance Music Radio Station, BPM Radio Channel 51 on Sirius XM and on local FM Radio Stations all across the world. On May 29th, 2017 (J.Lauryn’s 29th Birthday), she released her debut self Produced, Written, and Engineered Album, Golden Year. Currently one of the songs off the Album titled “Marley” is playing on two of the biggest radio stations in Kingston Jamaica, Irie FM & Bess FM. No matter where J’s dreams may take her, her ambition remains the same: spread good vibes, good messages, and positivity. Because, isn’t life meant to be about the vibes and the highs?
Hailing from Detroit, Michigan – JMSN has emerged on the international stage as one of the music industry’s most sought-after performers and producers.
He’s no stranger to artistic transformation. With his image and sound in a constant state of evolution, JMSN’s music reflects his tireless exploration of his ever-changing creative environment. Throughout these changes, one thing remains steadfast: true individuality and an insatiable drive to create and grow.
JMSN has built a reputation for himself through his unforgettable live performances and his trademark sounds, garnering nods from R&B/Soul legends, such as Puff Daddy, Usher, and founding member of The Commodores, Thomas McClary. JMSN’s impressive talents have been tapped by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Tyga, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Ta-ku, and many more.
After studies in musicology (7 years at the Academy of Music Percussion and Piano), Joachim Garraud decided to turn to electronic music where he met many successes. Primarily a DJ in Parisian club in his beginnings, little by little he started to become a true globetrotter while travelling to many countries where he established many contacts and exchanges with other DJs. He takes part in many demonstrations related to electronic music in the biggest festivals of the world. He is featured on three of David Guetta’s albums, producing and writing a lot of his songs. Within the framework of a partnership with Pioneer, Garraud took part in the development of turntable DVD DVJ-1000, allowing DJ’s to mix the image as much as the sound. Nowadays, Joachim Garraud is also famous because of his audio visual show, which is required all over the world. This is a new experience that the crowd loves and not only a dj set we are used to see.
Joe Gani (pka “Trackdilla”)
“Music is an art… I’m the DILLA”
That’s the artist, producer, composer and DJ known as TRACKDILLA in a nutshell, someone who turns music not only into art, but also into a trend. Equally adept in a recording studio, in front of a mic or manning the turntables, TRACKDILLA is a renaissance man for a digital age, who combines his international background into a global sound that effortlessly fuses the classical and the modern, just as it lands at the nexus of electronic dance music, hip-hop and R&B.
TRACKDILLA has collaborated with some of the most relevant and important artists and producers in the business, such as Blackstreet’s Chauncey Black, Sean Paul, 2 Chainz, Rohff, Maitre Gims, Rick Ross, Natalie La Rose and Lucky Charmes, among many others.
Born in Africa, TRACKDILLA was forced to move with his family to Paris due to the political unrest in his homeland. While in France, he began to find his way into recording circles, learning the ropes from hit producers like Djimi Finger and Narcisse “Jakadi,” developing a unique sound that goes beyond cultural boundaries.
TRACKDILLA traveled to the U.S. to pursue his musical dreams, moving to L.A by way of Miami, where he began to work with multi-platinum producer Scott Scorch [Beyoncé, 50 Cent] in 2011 and 2012. By 2015, he created his own label. Heavy Hustle Music Group, with the mission to find and develop artists by offering A&R, production and publishing under one roof.
TRACKDILLA’s latest emergence an artist in his own right, sees him collaborating with world-famous DJ Spade [Drake, Rihanna and Future], spawning a number of dance-floor hits like “Come With Me” and “RU Going,” which have connected in clubs from New York City’s 1 Oak to Dubai’s VIP Room, Marquee NYC and JW Marriott. TRACKDILLA and Spade are propelling their music into EDM’s most revered dance temples. Their distinct melodies, choruses and hooks which stem from their global experiences — transcend categorization, ranging from the Middle Eastern drones in “Pablo” to the sprightly synth-pop of “Lights and Drops,” both released in 2016.
TRACKDILLA just released his latest single, a song he wrote and produced for Canadian social media influencer Kirsten Collins, “Don’t Worry About Me,” in February, 2017.
Jordan Marie Miller (pka Jex)
Jordan Miller, better known as “Jex”, is a south Jersey based artist, and songwriter. After enrolling in college to pursue a degree in music industry, she realized her calling as an artist, and left to chase her dreams.
Since then, she has been working from her home studio in the middle of her small farm town, and racked up nearly 50 million streams on Spotify alone. She continues to write her toplines, and track her vocals for many acclaimed producers. With releases on labels such as Spinnin’ Records, support from world renowned DJ’s, and airplay on SirusXM’s “BPM”, her journey as an artist and songwriter is developing rapidly.
Jordi Van Dyk
Jordi is a London based Singer/Songwriter, originally from South Africa. He began his career in South Africa finding success on nationwide radio and shortly after, signed with Universal. He achieved some once in a life time ambitions including a collaboration with Converse where he went on to write and record with Grammy award winning producer and engineer Matt Shane in Brooklyn, New York. He played at Cafe Charbon, Paris as well as a number of showcase sets at The Great Escape, Brighton UK. This journey and experience solidified his passion for songwriting and inspired him to make the move to the UK in 2017.
Shortly after moving to London, he formed DUTCHKID, now signed with Ultra Records. The release of their highly successful debut EP, ‘EMPIRES’, massed over a million streams in the first three months, with the singles Wildflower, Young Lovers and Temporary being played on BBC Introducing, features on several Spotify Official playlists as well as Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight of the Month. The group followed this up with their second EP titled ’YOUTH’ which saw the band perform on BBC radio and songs placed on T.V. shows such as ‘Love Island’ and ‘God Friended Me’. DUTCHKID has played at iconic venues in London with sold out shows at The Sebright Arms and Camden Assembly.
The group are currently working on their debut full length album with Ultra Records.
Jordi has recently worked and written with both national and international artists such as Adam Argyle, Kyan, Birthh, John Foyle, Paul Harris, Nathan Nicholson, Jara de Werd and Daimy Lotus to name a few.
Josh Adams (pka J Beatzz)
Josh “J Beatzz” Adams is an American 4x Platinum GRAMMY nominated producer and DJ who has mastered the art of making you feel good through his music. Born in Hartford, CT, J Beatzz graduated from Full Sail University and moved to Atlanta, GA where he started his career at Stankonia Studios (Outkast private studio). J Beatzz received his first placement for producing Big Boi of Outkast solo hit record “General Patton”.
J Beatzz relocated to L.A. and began to record, mix and produce on many projects with GRAMMY Award winning producer and songwriter Detail including the records “PIE”, “You Da Baddest”, “Neva Missa Lost”, “Fresh Air”, “Damage” and “Selfish featuring Rihanna” off Future’s HNDRXX album which went RIAA Certified Gold. Since he relocated, J Beatzz has worked on many projects for artist including Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, and more.
Credits: Big Boi (Outkast) “General Patton”
Miguel “Pineapple Skies”
Nicki Minaj “Coco Chanel” featuring Foxy Brown
Travis Scott “Stop Trying to be God”
Josh Bulter is a producer/DJ who's dynamic style allows him to play music of all different genres. His musical talent range from deep bass hard house, to relaxing ambient music. The Leeds local has cemented his place in the deep house night scene. His collaborations with Darius Syrossian and Hector Couto has lead to a promising and already distinguished record label iDiOSYNC Music. In 2012 they had profound exposure in NME, Mix Mag, DJ Mag, and may more. The first release from the label "Ghostly Notes" has been nominated for a BBC Music Video Award.
Joshua Cross (pka “Cassius Jay”)
Cassius Jay also known as Trap Sinatra is one of Atlanta’a hottest producers. Born and raised in Atlanta, Cassius has expanded his list of productions by working with some of the hottest artist nationwide. The signature sound of #ThatboiCassius is just one of the many footprints made in not only trap and hip-hop but other music genres as well. Check out more on IG @Cassiusjay07.
Credentials : Peewee Longway, Young Dolph, Gucci Mane, Wale, Bankroll Fresh, Young Thug, August Alsina, Justin Bieber, Migos, Shy Glizzy, Sean Garrett, Boyz II Men, & More
Kaleem Taylor is breaking boundaries with his new sound. This sensation is an up and coming vocalist from West London. His style of music has been described as “delicious,” with it’s soulful piano beats, slow soothing vocals, and electronic spice. His radio debut was on DJ Target’s BBC Radio 1Xtra Homegrown. He had another appearance in the Brixton Academy alongside US superstars Boyz II Men.
His first two singles have been huge successes, with ‘Smooth’ and ‘Alone’. He has also worked with top producers Bondax, and Davince, and Ins. His fame has grown immensely since his live performance for Trevor Nelson at the legendary Maida Vale studios where he covered Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinking about you’. The live performance was blasted and raked in 130,000 worth of views.
Kap Slap – real name Jared Lucas – built his sizable following as a touring DJ while he was still pursuing a double major at Lehigh University. Performing at universities and clubs across the country, the multitalented college-student-turned-DJ broke through thanks to his mashups and mixes – infusing the energy and groove of electronic dance tunes with everything from current pop hits to Motown classics. Staying true to the fun party vibes that lead to his initial rise, Kap Slap has since performed at major festivals, including KAABOO, Hangout Music Festival, Snow Globe, Made in America, Firefly Music Festival, as well as countless top venues and nightclubs. When not DJing – and often while DJing – you can also catch him in Instagram clips “banana creepin” – or he might catch you in his!
KARRA is an LA based artist, songwriter, and vocal producer who is known for her work on collaborations with KSHMR, Sam Feldt, Seven Lions, Armin Van Buuren, Alan Walker, Steve Aoki, and many others. She continues to vocal produce and write with the industry’s biggest heavy hitters. She is also known for having Splice’s best selling vocal packs, and has collaborated with the company on many projects including being the spokesperson for the release of Izotope’s newest vocal plugin Nectar 3.
Kelli-Leigh Hery Davila
Kelli-Leigh Henry-Davila is a vocalist/songwriter, born and bred in south London. A voice that has amassed well over 500 million streams; 3 UK top 10s, 2 x UK number 1s & a Billboard dance chart and GRAMMY nominated number 1 with Duke Dumont & Jax Jones ‘I Got U’, Second City ‘I Wanna Feel’ & James Hype ‘More Than Friends’. Kelli-Leigh has released 4 independent singles on her label ‘Music Core’ since 2018 & sold out her headline show at Islington O2 Academy2 April 2019 with her ‘Anthemic Pop’ sound & live band. Kelli-Leigh has amassed almost 2 million combined streams to date on Music Core with huge support from Kiss FM, Radio 1, Virgin Radio DXB, Sirius XM & Gaydio. Signed to Ultra Music Publishing, Kelli-Leigh has had cuts with Tiesto, Kream, Duke Dumont, Low Steppa, Hardwell, Ryan Keen & Watermät, to name a few. Focusing on her ‘Anthemic Pop’ sound, Kelli-Leigh has an album’s worth of emotively powerful songs, releasing a steady stream of singles combined with UK & US features.
8 Features on Spotify’s New Music Friday
‘Nothing More’ #12 | ‘Without You’ #25
Kevin Williams (PKA “Kokiri”)
Liverpool native Kevin Williams makes a unique brand of upbeat and full-bodied vocal house tracks under the name Kokiri. He got into music production as an adolescent, inspired by the U.K. hardcore and drum’n’bass tunes he heard played by his older brother. His interest was piqued when his sibling informed him that a certain cut was recorded in a bedroom rather than a proper studio. For then on, Williams never looked back.
A little over a decade after Kokiri started to make electronic dance music with minimal means, he had a breakthrough hit with “Turn Back Time (Retrospect)” (2015), a single released on Ministry of Sound in the U.K. and on Big Beat/Atlantic in the U.S, taking the radio airwaves by storm. Annie Mac & Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1) simply couldn’t get enough.
For an assortment of labels including Love & Other, Perfect Havoc, and Armada Deep, Williams continued to release more A-sides, including the Adam F collaboration “Harmony” released on Danny Howard’s Nothing Else Matters imprint via RCA/Sony UK as well as the solo productions “Chasing” and “Other Side of Love” (all 2016-2017). His productions have quite rightly courted a whole host of tastemaker champions from David Guetta & Afrojack, Oliver Heldens & Sam Feldt, Mistjam & Danny Howard.
Kokiri is also as ever hotly in demand for remixes, with Anne Marie & Marshmello, Jessie Ware, Naughty Boy and Craig David all having called for his magical touch behind the dials.
2018 has been his biggest year to date: with an exclusive deal freshly inked with dance heavyweight Armada at the start of the year. Releases like Joy, Pyramids and his collab with Dragonette (Faith In Love) have set the radio waves and dance floors alight both in the UK and Holland. This is only set to continue as the man from the north west of England continues to ply his trade with as one of the most exciting cross-over house producers around.
Kham Mcpherson Jamaican born and Miami raised; influenced by his Caribbean/American upbringing Kham McPherson has penned countless songs which have topped billboard charts globally, the Grammy nominated singer/songwriter has worked with artist like OMI, Rupee, Kevin Rudolph, BahaMen, Pitbull, Kim Viera, Brick and Lace, Beenie Man, and many others….
Since Kidswaste first started writing songs in his bedroom studio in the north of France, much has changed for Quentin Beauvois. He’s spent the last few year building his sonic profile, which is best described as a balance between indie, electronic, pop, and folk. Having collaborated with high-caliber artists like Chelsea Cutler and gnash, his releases have amassed more than than 110 million streams across digital platforms.
Kidswaste has established himself as a frequent flyer across the flagship editorial playlist programs at Spotify and Apple, and has toured with artists like ODESZA, Jai Wolf, Chet Porter, DROELOE, and has played at keystone festivals like Electric Forest, BUKU, Splash House, Shaky Beats, and more. Kidswaste is championed on the frontlines by Ninja Tune’s Counter Records label and signed to Ultra Publishing.
Recent singles “Tonight” with Manila Killa, “Beautiful Life” featuring Sophie Simmons, and “Sleeping Pills” received multiple Spotify New Music Fridays (incl. US), Apple Music Breaking Electronic x70, press support from Billboard, Huffington Post, Flaunt, This Song Is Sick and more. His first EP, Spleen, released in February 2017, garnered support from VICE / Creators Project, Billboard, This Song Is Sick, Dancing Astronaut, Nest HQ, Earmilk and more. His follow-up single “Fade” received coveted placements on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist (in 4 different territories) and on Apple Music’s Electronic Hot Tracks.
Charles Worth (born October 20, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio) better known by his stage name Chip Tha Ripper is an American artist signed to his own record label, SLAB Entertainment. Releasing projects called, “Money”, “Can’t Stop Me”, “The Cleveland Show” and “Gift Raps”. In 2012, he has released his most recent & highly anticipated “Tell Ya Friends.” Chip has been featured on numerous studio albums, including KiD CuDi’s popular “Man on the Moon” series. He has toured the US & overseas consistently since 2006, being featured on many major tours and headlining his own independent tours. Also, a collab group with friend KiD CuDi, titled “The Almighty GloryUS” to be released in the near future.
Natassia Zolot, better known by her stage name “Kreayshawn,” just released her debut solo album Somethin’ Bout Kreay on Columbia Records. Just 23, the Bay area native rose to fame quickly following the success of her breakthrough single, “Gucci Gucci,” garnering 3 million views on YouTube in its first two weeks. The song went on to hit #20 Billboard Rap Songs, #22 UK R&B Chart, #14 Belgium (Ultratip). Her album features guest appearances from Kid Cudi and 2 Chains, A-List producers Diplo, Jean Baptiste, and more.
She has songs featured on HBO’s Entourage, The Sitter starring Jonah Hill, video game “Dance Central 3,” and The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Kristoffer Kent (pka “PANG!”)
PANG! is more than just another mysterious project by two producers who took on an anonymous moniker in the name of musical freedom. Always on the edge of the next contemporary movement, the duo set out to create an audiovisual story with their music. They bring the personality of their productions to life with stunning, psychedelic depictions of the world of PANG!, and what a magical world it is. Accompanied by a friend who resembles a giant tadpole, watch the duo explore their weird, wonderful universe one track at a time on their Social medias
Kyle Pearce is a singer songwriter from Sydney, Australia now based in Düsseldorf, Germany. An award-winning, multi-platinum selling recording artist. His music and lyrics blend acoustic with pop sensibilities that gives every listener something they can relate to. KP performs mainly as a solo artist. These performances are driven by KP’s percussive approach to his acoustic guitar which provides a hypnotic and rhythmic backbone complementing his masterful use of dynamics.
KP is currently working as an in demand songwriter for other artists and is at the same time working on the recordings for his first solo album.
Late Night Alumni
Finn Bjarnson stumbled upon Becky Jean Williams in the summer of 2003. “I had just been given a local Christmas CD that I had produced a couple tracks for,” Finn recalls, “and as I was listening through the tracks, there she was! Her beautiful voice and style immediately struck me.” A couple of phone calls later and they were in the studio together for the first time. “I had worked up this song called ‘Empty Streets’ and wanted to try her voice out on it…” Finn continues, “and it took off from there!”
Finn had already been working in the studio with Ryan Raddon (aka Kaskade), and soon Finn, Ryan, and Becky formed Late Night Alumni. In 2004, Hed Kandi made an offer to license and release a full length Late Night Alumni album. “At that point,” Finn says, “I knew the band was not ready. We were missing an element.” That missing element turned out to be John Hancock; a talented local producer with whom Finn had been trying to “find an excuse” to work with for years. The band was complete and hard at work at the debut Late Night Alumni album; mixing electronic and organic elements for a unique brand of chill that is easily distinguishable in today’s down tempo house music scene.
“Empty Streets” came out in September of 2005. Around the same time, Hed Kandi was bought out by Ministry of Sound and the album got shelved. However, despite the label not working the album it soon grew into an underground classic. All around the world die-hard fans who supported “Empty Streets” spread the word of Late Night Alumni.
The single also entitled “Empty Streets” received massive support in both the clubs and on the radio getting Top Ten Radio Play in the UK and US, and reaching #1 in Spain. “Empty Streets” has also been licensed to commercials including a spot for the Toyota IQ. Plus, more than a dozen of the world’s biggest dance compilations have licensed the track, and it remains the most popular and downloaded song on Tietso’s “In Search Of Sunrise” compilation.
Finally, four years later, Late Night Alumni is releasing its sophomore album. “Of Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Etc.” picks up were “Empty Streets” left off. Signed to Ultra Records, Late Night Alumni is poised to get its music out to a larger audience and to reconnect with those who have already fallen in love with their ethereal brand of house music.
Leftwing & Kody
“Given the impact they have had, it’s hard to believe Leftwing & Kody have only been around since mid-2012. The duo’s debut EP peaked at number 11 on the Beatport chart and the rest as they say is history. With an infectious sound that draws on swinging hi hats, low slung synths and masterly crafted basslines, and by joining the dots between the past and the present in their own unique way, Leftwing & Kody have since been back in the Beatport charts with releases on OFF Recordings and Exploited, all of which stayed in the Beatport top ten for over a month.
Support for has come from the likes of Loco Dice, Groove Armarda, Jimmy Edgar, Huxley, Noir, Shadow Child, Laurent Garnier and Dusky to name a few. So strong is the support for Leftwing & Kody that they’ve recently been asked to remix for Toronto quartet Azari & III, and world renowned DJ and producer Romanthony. Their busy production schedule also see’s forthcoming releases with Anjunadeep, and a follow up EP with OFF. Despite a busy release schedule, the guys are currently tearing it up around the globe, their sets linking house, techno and garage with their own edits and originals in captivating ways. Their gig schedule for 2013 see’s the guys performing at some of the best venues in London, Brighton, Berlin, Dublin, Reading, Belfast, Nottingham, Amsterdam, Ibiza, Birmingham, Liverpool, Lyon, Manchester, and more.
August sees Leftwing & Kody launch their own label Lost Records, with a two track EP from Darius Syrossian and a remix from the duo themselves. Having been tipped as ones to watch by Mixmag, and with the Bicep boys vocal in their support for Leftwing & Kody on their famous blog, expect this energetic duo to skyrocket in the months ahead.” https://soundcloud.com/leftwingaudio
Lena Leon is an NYC based artist, songwriter, and audio engineer, who is quickly becoming one of the go-to vocalists and songwriters for some of the biggest producers and DJ’s in the dance world. She co-wrote and vocal produced Kygo’s single “The Truth,” as well as featured and co-wrote Tiesto & Dzeko’s single “Halfway There” which racked up tens of millions of streams and was featured prominently during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches. She has also had major releases with artists such as: Seven Lions, Deorro, Audien, BT, Taeyeon, Hyoyeon, Julie Bergan, Kat DeLuna, and has had syncs on ABC, CW, MTV, Vh1, and more.
Leon Nikolaus (pka “Lion Cayden”)
Lion Cayden aka Leon Rössner (Singer, Songwriter, DJ and Producer) is a 21 year-old musician from the vital and multi-cultural metropolis of Frankfurt/Main. At the young age of 6 Lion had already started to move the ivories of his piano playing classical as well as contemporary music. Very soon Lion became a highly skilled pianist. With the age of 10 he already composed own music pieces and presented his work in front of audiences at school as well as at music associations. As a growing teenager his passion for music deepened and Lion imposed himself to play different instruments as well as to create electronic sounds. His first beats arose from his capability of lateral thinking and his inspiration to combine classical master pieces with electronic beats and sequences of sound. Within the past 5 years, Lion has refined his music and released several songs that made it into the German dance charts. With his previous project “Lion Rose” he had achieved his first chart success with the track “Flowers”, which placed on #2 in the Netherlands. The Hit-single „Sweet Summer July“ by LION CAYDEN reached the number 1 in his home country Germany.
LeQuinston DeEric Smith
“Q Smith On The Beat” real name, LeQuinston Smith-Dixon, is multi talented producer and song engineer, whose 10-year career boasts several achievements. Between creating hit singles and accomplishing huge milestones representing artists Smith’s contributions has helped shape the course of music within his hometown of Dallas, TX.
Smith was introduced to music at a young age through growing up in church, where he sang in his choir, and thought himself to play drums and by age 16, he advanced to playing the piano and arranging music. The Dallas native became quickly drawn to composing music, arranging songs and playing instruments and lists some of his early musical influences to be artists like Teddy Riley,Timbaland,Manny Fresh, Stevie Wonder and Kirk Franklin. All that helped him develop his sound and gave him the ability to seamlessly produce an array of beats ranging from R&B to club, pop and dance music with a sharp ear for fine tuning tracks.
Leaving a promising football career to pursue his dreams in music, Q Smith enrolled in Prairie View A&M University, where he sharpened his skills earning a BS in music production, marketing, and engineering. After graduating Prairie View, A&M University in 2008, he went on to form a record company with his business partner and friend, Dorwin Dorrough. The company, Prime Time Click, would go on to spearhead Dorrough’s rap career and spawn Billboard chart-topping hits such as Dorrough Music’s “Ice Cream Paint Job,” and Co-Producing “Halle Berry” by Hurricane Chris, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Success of these songs led to many offers for his services, Q Smith signed a publishing deal as a writer/producer with Ultra Publishing in 2009.
Q Smith broadened his musical resume by stepping into artist development and becoming a CEO by forming his own Independent record label titled Digital University #DigiU. He soon introduced the world to Yung Nation, a teen rap duo from Dallas, TX, who released their debut album in 2010 under his label, Digital University #DigiU. Under Q Smith’s guidance, the group went on to move over 600,000 digital units independently, and garner over 200 million collective views on YouTube. With the mainstream success of these records. In 2012, his label Digital University, signed a distribution deal with Entertainment One.
Q Smith is currently continuing to produce tracks and is involved in multiple music business ventures such as managing a Studio and Theatre at “The Epic” a brand new state of the art community center in his hometown of Grand Prairie TX. As well as recently launching his own clothing line entitled “Make Dallas Boogie Again” a spin off the famous tagline and a nod to the movement of tracks that helped spearhead the Dallas boogie movement. And launching a non-profit DigiU ( Dreams Inspire Great Individuals University )
“Every so often a DJ or producer comes along who inspires the collective imagination. If you’ve seen Loco Dice perform at his ten-year-long Tribehouse residency in his hometown Düsseldorf, or at DC-10 in Ibiza (from ’02-’06), you will have clicked to this.
Loco Dice is someone who can puzzle together intangible moods with a direct approach. Via his DJ sets or his productions on labels like M_nus, Cadenza, Ovum, Four Twenty and Cocoon, he merges perspectives in his delicate sense for sounds and reflective atmospheres, underpinned with solid, physical grooves inspired by the hip hop that was his early sonic stomping ground in the mid- to late ‘90s. There’s something there for the dreamers, as well as for the 9-to-5ers who just want to lose everything in a moment of abandon on the dancefloor.
Don’t think that merging of perspectives is accidental. This Loco Dice, with his mercurial temperament, may let his thoughts run away with him, but he tends to chase those ideas and make them into an artistic reality. His DJ sets, whether at Germany’s biggest rave Timewarp, Cocoon in Ibiza or a beach party in South America, are spontaneous orchestrations fueled by the nuances of a night/venue/crowd. He began a fruitful studio partnership with Martin Buttrich in 2002 leading to tracks like Phatt Dope Shit, Menina Brasiliera, and Seeing Through Shadows, and these productions are meticulously planned by Dice. It’s a directorial, cinematic outlook, which permeates Dice’s everyday life, and comes not just from the outlandish escapades and scrapes that he has sometimes found himself living out in real life. It also stems from elaborate film scripts imagined as a young Loco Dice on the streets of Flingern in Düsseldorf and the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia. This continues to be a habit of Loco Dice’s today: to close his eyes for just one minute, and see a whole cornucopia of scenes and atmospheres. As one manifestation of this, visitors to Düsseldorf early this year will be able to see an exhibition of photographs taken by Loco Dice & Martin Buttrich during the year they spent in New York City to work on the Loco Dice album. It’s an album that re-imagines the soul of a city, built from careful observations of urban tribes that crisscross and sometimes clash, of minute details and sensory impressions.
Family is important to Loco Dice, as you might have noticed if you’ve seen one of his tattoos, a Chicano-style artwork with the legend “Guadelupe”. His love for music stems from hearing soul and funk in the kitchen, and holidays with his mother to Tunisia, where he absorbed North African and Middle Eastern folk music and occasionally sneaked away to watch his grandfather playing dice at café tables on the street. Family is how he’s always regarded the people close to him, and it’s how he regards subcultures too. A football player, he’s inspired by those who build strong teams of creative people around them. This sense of family is what he wants to create with projects like his and Buttrich’s label Desolat, and an artist management agency he run with Tom Preuss called Artist Alife. When you visit the office of Desolat and Artist Alife, you’re struck by the fact that everyone seems to come from a different cultural background. Loco Dice’s experience of Germany is one that includes friends and collaborators who are of African, Eastern European, Italian or Turkish descent. Loco Dice is interested in all kinds of people and artistic subcultures: he’s proud of people who bring a creative flair to what they do, informed by lives lived ever so slightly less ordinary.
In that sense, Dice’s innate understanding of people: what they sense, what they feel, what they want to imagine, is a part of what distinguishes him from other DJs. He’s very aware when playing in Ibiza of the multiplicity of nationalities that are gathered there, the morass of different desires to be catered to. His inner film scriptwriter makes him capable of translating sounds and kicking it like a local, whether it’s in Naples or in New York. Loco Dice is similarly capable of inspiring, of creating that heady atmosphere that can only be experienced in a crowd of thousands. This skill of his, first cultivated at DC-10, is also no doubt informed by his experiences touring with big name hip hop artists in the ‘90s.
Mark Spoon used to promise him that at some point Loco Dice would shuffle sideways from his beloved house and hip hop to “come over and be one of us”, one of the techno believers. In a sense, he was right, though Loco Dice never leaves anything behind: he still brings out classics, whether classic techno from Maurizio to Basic Channel or gritty boompty house by DJ Sneak, and he’s still fond of composing music, as linear as it may be, that draws on hip hop song structures and basslines. At the end of the day, as Loco Dice sees it, everything runs in loops, and it’s his job to trace a line, to sketch out the next scenes in this soundtrack. Even if life tends to be unpredictable, a little chancey, the next move doesn’t have to be a gamble. In fact, Loco Dice shows via his compositions that it can be very well planned. Listen to his music, imagine the cinematic accompaniments, and you’ll understand how something carefully constructed can begin with a flight of fancy, or a roll of the dice.” (https://desolatmusicgroup.de/en/artist/loco_dice.html)
These times have been tough across all genres, but none more than electronic music made to be played out in sweaty clubs, crowded houses and epic festivals. But Lucky Rose—a French-Canadian dance-pop duo signed to Ultra Music and riding out the pandemic in the small Quebec town of Shawinigan after decamping from Montreal—have been using their lockdown-time wisely.
To keep their party chops intact during quarantine, producers-slash-DJs Vincent Carrier and Marc-Antoine Thibeault transitioned cancelled summertime sets into live streams, deploying a new Roland drum pad and Ableton keyboard to start remixing their performances on the fly.
“We had time to practice,” Carrier deadpans. “If you’re alone, I feel like it’s probably harder to do if there’s no crowd,” he adds, saying they inspire each other while spinning. “We play music that we love,” Thibeault agrees, “so we do the live streams for ourselves as much as for other people.”
But mostly the pair got to work making music—with some recording sessions also going virtual—to craft new tracks full of bright-sounding beats that can help others through these tough times, too. In fact, the first release from Lucky Rose’s pandemic sessions is called “Help,” a collaboration with Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jason Walker, who also handles vocals.
“The song’s about how everybody needs some help sometimes, could be from a friend or a lover or your family,” explains Carrier. “Sometimes you feel like a weak person, but I don’t think so. When you need it, you should look for it and people will be happy to help you.”
“Help” is a feel-good dance-pop banger purpose-built for this unprecedented moment.
“It’s nice to have a song that’s talking about the pandemic but not directly too much. It’s uptempo and not dark, a really happy vibe,” Carrier says of the single’s sound, combining low-key breakbeat and drum’n’bass vibes with a lead piano, some electric guitar and the pair’s trademark catchy hooks. “We hope it’s going to connect with people and help them have a better day when they listen. That’s the goal.”
The pair’s interest in live instruments and pop aesthetics stems from their background as rock drummers. Carrier started out making heavy metal while Thibeault came up in the pop-punk scene before being separately inspired by the likes of Avicii and Swedish House Mafia to go electronic. Carrier sold his gear to buy a better computer and MIDI keyboard while Thibeault would later trade his drum kit for a DJ controller.
Lucky Rose actually started out as a solo project in 2015, albeit unintentionally. While producing remixes for other artists from his Quebec City hometown, Carrier wrote an original tropical house jam called “The Way You Want Me” but couldn’t find a home for it. “I was like, man, I can’t just let this song die in the computer!” With Yan Etchevary as featured vocalist, Carrier put it out himself under the moniker Lucky Rose.
Supported by buzzy YouTube channels with millions of subs like Vibe Guide, MrRevillz and Chill Your Mind, the song soon made it to Stingray Music and then Montreal radio station, The Beat. “The Way You Want Me” helped Lucky Rose win Virgin Radio’s Future Star contest, climbed the Billboard Top 40 and Hot AC charts in Canada and got them signed to Ultra.
Carrier’s next release, “Wild One,” a collab with Toronto singer-producer Tep No, proved even more successful. Riding soaring synths, acoustic guitar strums and an earworm whistle, it clocked tens of millions of streams, cracked the top 20 on pop radio and went Gold in Canada as well as, inexplicably, blowing up in Russia.
Still, something was missing—and that something turned out to be Thibeault, a Facebook friend who’d just split with his previous partner. “I did one gig solo, but realized we have to be two people to bring more energy and more ideas to the project—and this guy is a dope DJ,” Carrier recalls. Complementing each other's skill sets, the pair joined forces in 2017 and put out “Lost” featuring Jordan Hart which again went Gold and racked pop radio while garnering the duo more live gigs.
“It’s been surreal,” Carrier says in hindsight. “When you’re in it, you don’t really realize it—it’s a huge achievement. But I feel like we now have everything in place to take another big step.”
And, as Thibeault adds, “we can’t wait to get back on the fucking stage!”
Lyle has been interested in pursuing music production since 2002. His journey through to music industry began when his best friend introduced him to a music program named Hip Hop EJ, a melody and drum looping software. He moved from New Orleans to Atlanta in 2003 and his journey officially began there when he saw opportunity to make music production a career.
He has collaborated with many artists and only shoots higher for his next path. He’s produced music for artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Rocky, Young Jeezy, and much more. He also works closely with Don Cannon, an Atlanta producer and DJ who has received much notoriety for his music and career advances. Lyle gets most of his inspirations from Pharell Williams and aspires to collaborate with Kanye West and Jay-Z.
Mackenzie Johnson (pka “MAKJ”)
Although MAKJ has spent his career collaborating with some of today’s most talented DJs, few of his peers can claim to have entered that world only after a successful stint abroad as a race car driver. MAKJ-real name Mackenzie Johnson-grew up on California’s Central Coast before moving to China as a teenager, parlaying his childhood fondness for go-karts into an 18-month stint racing professionally. His first meaningful exposure to DJing came at the Macao nightclubs he and his teammates would frequent after races, and when he returned to the United States, he saved money working at a sandwich shop until he could buy a set of used turntables and the cheapest speakers he could find. From there, Johnson took to YouTube, where he used video tutorials to teach himself to scratch records. He spent as many as 16 hours a day at home tinkering with music, sometimes agreeing to take a break only when his parents would politely ask for some nighttime peace and quiet.
At age 17, he landed his first gig DJing the wedding of a friend’s older sister, and he spent the next few years working his way through the region’s house party, fraternity, and wedding reception circuits. Johnson enrolled in Cal Poly but dropped out after a year and a half, moving to Los Angeles to join the Icon Collective production school. There, he learned to mix records from the late, legendary DJ AM, whom he credits as a major influence on the trajectory of his career.
By the time he arrived in Los Angeles, Johnson had already built a modest following in the Southern California DJ community thanks to the bootlegs and mashups he made and distributed from his home back in San Luis Obispo As he learned music production, though, his practice of including his own tracks alongside his trademark mashups eventually caught the eye of Hardwell, with whom Johnson recorded “Countdown” in late 2013. Since then, Johnson has released a dozen critically-acclaimed tracks, partnering each time with different labels and artists in an effort to introduce new fan bases to his music. Notable collaborators include Lil Jon (“Let’s Get Fucked Up,” 2014); the Bassjackers (“Derp,” 2014); Andrew W.K, and Timmy Trumpet (“Party Till We Die,” 2016); Steve Aoki, Deorro and Max Styler (“Shakalaka,” 2018) and Deorro and Quintino (“Knockout,” 2018).
Johnson has played at some of the largest and most prestigious music festivals in the world, including Coachella, Voodoo, Electric Zoo, and Ultra. Although he remains passionate about performing live sets as an open-format DJ, Johnson has expanded into producing original tracks for other artists, developing a sound that goes beyond the EDM world in which he first gained recognition. His style focuses heavily on incorporating elements of hip-hop, Latin, and other musical genres, which his next major track. “Comeback,” caters to his core EDM fans.
Mahmut Orhan’s fresh combination of soulful deep house, groovy indie dance, and worldly elements from his own cultural experiences has landed him solidly amongst today’s most promising dance music artists.
With the 2016 release of his hit track “Feel” (feat. Sena Sener), Orhan amassed 260 million combined streams on YouTube and Spotify; received top-20 honours in both iTunes’ Dance and Global in close to two dozen countries; reached the #1 track in iTunes’ Dance and Main Charts in 11 countries and 5 territories respectively; and rose to #25 Worldwide on Shazam —and that’s all for one song in his growing catalogue of inspired work.
Bursa-born Mahmut Orhan got his feet wet in the dance world by remixing tracks from the 80s and 90s. After steadily gaining momentum with releases on multiple labels, he is now approaching the forefront of the global house community. The aforementioned “Feel”, released by Ultra Records, is a strong display of his impending trajectory. Orhan’s artistry to date has received not only a number of official accolades, but also respectful nods from radio stations, tastemakers, and bloggers, but it doesn’t stop there.
Showcasing he is as much of a global name on the lips of those that matter not just with his continent-crossing sound from the studio, Orhan has also taken his enthralling live sets to world-class festivals including ULTRA Europe, the mainstage of Parookaville alongside Ummet Ozcan, Airbeat One, and to esteemed venues including White Dubai
Marc Martinez Nadal p.k.a. Affkt
Hailing from the Spanish mainland is a sound that’s resonating globally thanks to a select choice of producers that have been able to create their own path after years of honest and competent work. A notable character from that sub-culture of game changers is Marc Martinez Nadal, aka AFFKT, who consecrated a music career and has been a driving force behind a vivid & empowering sound that is refined by his drive for perfection. He feels in deeply in communion with sounds that range from the most energetic techno to the most detailed and multi-colored electronica.
Having worked on coining the sound of this alias since 2008, it has been a plethora of sound, place, person & culture that has provided a platform for AFFKT to experiment with his output. Serving huge electronic crossover masterpieces that derive into the many sub-genres of house music via key imprints such as Culprit, Tronic, Suara, Kittball and his very own Sincopat label, and expressing versatility digging deep into his influences of sounds by delivering heart-stopping, engaging techno on the likes of Octopus, Noir Music – NM2, Selador, Natura Sonoris, Exploited… AFFKT is committed to a life of synthesis and this is what sets himself apart from a comparatively shallow glance at dance music.
Within its versatility is that of working with other musicians. As a result, the fantastic teamwork generated with the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sutja Gutierrez. This synergy can be discovered in their just amazing live performances.
Once described as a “Son of a Thousand Sounds” – precisely the title he chose for his latest and highly acclaimed, even award-winning LP-, AFFKT is in constant evolution in his career where he has surpassed expectation and enjoyed praise from his peers. Cutting through the ranks, his path has retained essences of so many that have influenced him; but now sits shoulder to shoulder in skill & presence.
Marek Hemmann has grown into the electronic music as a hunter, collector and true connoisseur of tones and sonics. It all began in the beginning of the 90’s with a guitar who’s sonic spectrum was far too limited for him. The discovery of the samplers and they synthesizers suddenly opened new possibilities where the acoustic world couldn’t keep up. New technologies now allowed a sound and noise on synthesizers to create what the human ear has never before experienced. He then refined the sound that is now known as his; which is “minimum on technique but rather a very wide diversity of noise and tonal sensibility”. With deep bass meets voice fragments, shakers, and percussion carry the rhythm in a funky minimal techno. In 2009 his debut album “In Between” was published with high acclaim with the label Freude am Tanzen.
Bittersweet album- Zunder
Bittersweet album- You know
Mark Evans is a multi-instrumentalist producer, writer and engineer based in Los Angeles. His production prowess spans genres and his songwriting talents sees him consistently pushing the boundaries of production.
“The Father Of House Music” – Marshall Jefferson – is a Chicago based producer and pioneer of dance music. His 1986 single “Move Your Body” was been deemed the house music anthem, and its composition has served as a building block for dance music since created. His style evolved with the trends, with recent collaborations with UK duo House of Virus.
Dj-ing & Producing music since 1991, Martin Ikin previously known as: DJ Mayhem, Soul Purpose, Indigo, Migrant..and loads more, has spent his life making & releasing records on many labels Including: Toolroom, Repopulate Mars, Lost, Cr2, Get Physical, Defected, Elrow, CR2, Sola, Black Book OFF, Exploited, Z Records, MOS, Sony, Island, Atlantic and Fisher’s Catch & Release label As well as being a fully trained studio engineer and jazz pianist, Martin’s remix credentials include names such as: Mariah Carey, Jamiroquai, Clean Bandit, Blonde, Joey Negro, Masters At Work & Armand Van Helden amongst many others.
Swedish multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer, and songwriter, Martin Wave revels in dichotomy. From his expansive work in the cinematic space to his ongoing artist projects across pop, R&B, electronic and hip hop, Martin’s style revolves around contrast. Close vs distant, huge vs small, urban vs cinematic; hard-hitting with soft backgrounds, Martin’s expertise knows no bounds or limitations.
Martin has garnered a noteworthy TV, film, trailer and commercial sync pedigree. He has landed impressive placements across film and gaming, including the official trailers for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and Mortal Engines and scored the likes of World of Warcraft, FIFA, and Swedish-folk music inspired Drimfrost Studio’s Bramble The Mountain King. A skilled collaborator, he easily navigates through styles while helping niche artists realize their vision. Some of his up and coming collaborations include James Arthur, Alok, Chloe Lilac, Pell, Cotis, Stela Cole, and many many more.
Max Byrne (pka “Golden Vessel”)
As Golden Vessel, Australian producer Max Byrne writes introspective, melancholy downtempo electropop inspired by artists like James Blake, Bonobo, and Glass Animals. Most of his songs feature guest vocalists, including fellow Australians Caleb Hodges (the Art of Sleeping) and Lastlings. Golden Vessel’s first single, “Stairwell,” received airplay on Australian radio station Triple J immediately after Byrne submitted the track. In 2015, Golden Vessel released the singles “Control,” “Borrowed Time,” and “Can’t Stay.” His biggest year yet came in 2016, as he released the Before Sleep EP and toured across Australia. “Tell the-Girl” (featuring Emerson Leif) followed in 2017. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi
The Berlin native began as a Hip Hip producer and Rapper. After several years full of tapes and Rap jams, Max began to establish himself more and more as a hook singer. From building beats he started more and more to compose. 2010 he began to work at the company audioforce GmbH as a composer, singer and producer. By working with International operating advertising agencies and corporate companies as (Kemper Trautmann, Jung von Matt, Heimat, Ferrero, Ikea, Nikon, LG, Audi, Sony) he could professionalize his workflow. From rock music over soul, funk, 60s, electro music, to pop, he had to learn to produce and compose different styles.
Since 2014 he worked as a freelance musician, composer, producer and singer-songwriter and has been able to implement some projects as a toplinewriter, producer and ghostwriter. He works in his own studio in Berlin Mitte – Beat.An – together with his partner Dennis Scheffel (Dayne S). They are currently working together with some electro artists: M.A.N.D.Y., Mantu, Daniele di Martino.
Increasingly, Max is working on his artist career – Max Joni – and wants to establish itself in the electro and pop scene. For the future he will integrate live performances into live sets. The style of his productions and compositions is characterized by a strong topline and a distinctive vocal.
The city, urban life and the contrasts of Berlin inspires him as well as the sounds of the 80s.
Max Oude Weernink
MOW MUSIC stands for Max Oude Weernink, a versatile producer/songwriter from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Max started of as a DJ with his Bass/Trap duo Dirtcaps, touring the world for years while co-producing a part of Yellow Claw repertoire like Till It Hurts, Shotgun, In My Room and many more! 2018 was a crazy year with the last shows of Dirtcaps on stages like Parookaville, Sensation, Mysteryland, Defqon o.a. and in the mean time getting cuts on Borgore, Gucci Mane, DJ Snake and Yellow Claw releases.
With a brand new studio complex in Haarlem, only 20 minutes from Amsterdam, Max started 2019 signing a co-publishing deal with ULTRA Music Publishing and Cloud 9 Publishing to set full focus on writing and producing. MOW MUSIC cuts have more than 1 billion streams combined on spotify.
Some big and recent cuts:
Borgore – MOP feat Gucci Mane:
DJ Snake x Yellow Claw – Public Enemy
Yellow Claw – Shotgun
Yellow Claw – Till It Hurts
DJ Mustard x Yellow Claw – In My Room Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga
Mazza became in few years one of the best swiss electronic talents with residencies & performances from Europe to Asia & Middle East. After being known for his huge collaborations with the multi-platinum artist Klaas on “Here we go”, “Why” or “Flash” along Mike Candys, Mazza got asked to remix “Ocarina” from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. This remix was later picked as the official Tomorrowland anthem. After releasing a huge vocal hit “Lift me up” & “Live & Die”, Mazza teamed up in 2017 with asian DJ Mag top100 ranked artist Tenashar on “Found Love”. This year, Mazza released a powerful vocal-driven pop song called “Coming home”, and released a big collaboration called “Orca” with Klaas & Diego Miranda (#50 Dj Mag top100 2018). With millions plays over Youtube & Spotify, Mazza keeps on building a stronger profile in the music industry with a fantastic recognition from the world’s best artists
From behind the sixteen foot laser and LED structure dubbed “Eye Live,” Midnight Conspiracy emerges as a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma that will literally overload your senses and still leave you coming back for more.
When the dark, moody, and even ominous undertones of their hard-hitting, no-holds-barred bass drops and harmonic melodies lift, you’ll be left pondering a few things. What is the Midnight Conspiracy? Who is behind it? Where did the last two hours of my life go? These aren’t questions that we can answer for you. These are questions that only you can answer, and only after experiencing Midnight Conspiracy live. Here’s what we can tell you:
Throughout history, imagery of “The Eye” has been associated with everything from secret societies to ancient deities, but Midnight Conspiracy is concerned with something much different: using an out of this world light show and their own special blend of heavy bass to put on an unforgettable show. It worked. They’re signed to the legendary Ultra Records, which is also home to favorites like: Deadmau5, Bloody Beetroots, Wolfgang Gartner and Benny Benassi. In addition to the DIY endeavor that is the “Eye Live—Laser Light & Heavy Bass Experience,” they also started the art collective and clothing line Dead Fame. They’ve risen to the top of Hype Machine, Beatport and BBC Radio 1, along with destroying stages at Lollapalooza and Ultra Music Festival.
Is Midnight Conspiracy a collection of heavy bass, mixed with electro and topped with dubstep? Or, is it some sort of mystical, musical chimera with a singular goal of putting on the best show you’ve ever experienced? Or, is it a perfectly produced musical narrative that evolved into live instrumentation and ultimately into a sixteen foot bastion of laser lights and brain-melting bass? The correct answer is all of the above, but “The Eye” commands something else entirely. Put yourself in its gaze at a show and get inducted into the Midnight Conspiracy.
Alyssa Palmer’s voice is undoubtedly one of the most unique in the industry. With a sweet vulnerability and unrivaled distinction, her contributions to EDM tracks have made the great, unforgettable. Miss Palmer has worked with Laurent Wolf, Felix Cartal, Steve Aoki and Afrojack and continues to dominate the EDM scene.
“No Beef” Afrojack & Steve Aoki feat. Miss Palmer
“Falling Anthem” Bad Boy Bill
“Who We Are” Tom Swoon feat. Miss Palmer
Dubstep pioneer Mt Eden is fronted by Jesse Cooper, who began releasing his music from his bedroom as a teenager before the term “bedroom producer” became a household term. The act quickly became an international sensation with his smash hit, Sierra Leone. Named after his hometown, Mt Eden is one of New Zealand’s most beloved entertainment exports.
During a music career spanning more than 10 years, he has sold out tours and has taken stage at the biggest festivals worldwide including marquis U.S. events Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), and Electric Forest. With his signature style of extended build ups, drum solos, double and triple drops, Jesse keeps his audience hooked as he delivers polished performances and innovative singles. After taking a pause to refocus, Mt Eden returns with a reinvigorated spirit and a ton of new music. Jesse has been collaborating with some major artists, with collaborations and solo tracks slated for the next several months. After taking Mt Eden solo, Jesse has teamed up with Ultra Records for his next few singles. He is ready to push out new music and compelling video content as he enters this exciting next chapter.
Murk (also known as the Funky Green Dogs) is the production team made up of Ralph Falcon and Oscar G. Pioneers of the 90’s dance scene, their number one songs “Fired Up!” and “Dark Beat” remain classics. Oscar and Ralph are now regulars as DJ’s at international spots like Pacha and Space around the world.
The Atlanta native Nate Walka is a Grammy award winning songwriter, known for his huge hits in pop, R&B, and hip hop. After huge success with “Blame It” by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain, Nate has continued to prove his prominence in the hit music scene as a key songwriter for the Far East Movement, Trey Songz, Collette Carr, and many others.
“Blame It” Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain
“What I Be On” Trey Songz
“Say Aah” Trey Songz (feat. Fabolous)
Nathan Nicholson hails from Marvyille,Tennessee, but has resided in London for almost 15 years. In that time he led indie-alternative stalwarts The Boxer Rebellion through 6 studio albums, global tours, and numerous live releases. He is also a very active song-writer for others. Nathan’s songs have featured in almost too many film, TV, and videogame productions to mention, including the likes of Grey’s Anatomy, Barkam: Arkham City, One Tree Hill, The Village, The Vampire Diaries, C.S.I, Shameless, The Originals, Generation Cryo, Going the Distance, Lethal Weapon, Nikita, Rocksmith, Royal Pains, and ads for Chrysler, Dignity Health, and Google.
Having recently turned his attention to writing songs for and with others, he has most recently lent his writing talents to the likes of Claptone, Mattei and Omich, Nico Morano, Sebastian Davidson, Eelke Kleijn, Assaf, and De Hofnar to name a few.
Multi-platinum selling songwriter and co-founder of Silo: Music, Neil Ormandy is a prolific left-of-center pop writer, in addition to excelling in writing for synch. Having co-written, James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go,” the track landed #1 in 9 countries, sold 9+ million copies worldwide, and scored him two BRIT Award nominations. Currently “Say You Won’t Let Go” is the number 17 most streamed song on Spotify with over 1 billion streams to date.
Since this breakthrough record, Neil has been busy in both the pop and synch space. From collaborating with a variety of artists including Bebe Rexha, Nick Jonas, Zedd, blackbear, Demi Lovato, Trippie Redd, Vic Mensa, Kelly Clarkson, Liam Payne, Chloe x Halle, Callum Scott, French Montana, Eric Prydz, Aloe Blacc, and Cheat Codes to writing for cinematic projects such as the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Neil has become a coveted staple across the board. Recent releases include Dean Lewis’ “Stay Awake,” Grace VanderWaal’s “Clearly,” Bebe Rexha’s “Girl in the Mirror” from the feature film UglyDolls, Barns Courtney’s “London Girls” and three tracks on Welshly Arms album No Place Is Home: “Sanctuary,” “Indestructible,” and “Unspoken.”
PHILLIP COLEMAN JR A.K.A. NES IS A GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER WHO HAS WORKED WITH SUPERSTARS INCLUDING BRYSON TILLER, DRAKE, CARDI B AND SNOH AALEGRA.
IT WAS AS A YOUNG TEENAGER IN HIS HOME CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, THAT HE BEGAN HIS SELF EDUCATION IN CREATING MUSIC. HE STARTED WITH A PLAYSTATION BEAT MAKER GAME IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND EVENTUALLY WORKING FOR HIS MOTHERS DAYCARE FRESHMAN SUMMER YEAR TO PURCHASE HIS FIRST KORG BEAT MACHINE. WITH BOTH HIS PARENTS BEING MUSICALLY INCLINED THEY ENCOURAGED HIS INTEREST IN MUSIC WITH HIM BROUGHT UP IN CHURCH LEARNING TO PLAY DRUMS AND KEYBOARD.
HIS DETERMINATION AND DRIVE EVENTUALLY RESULTED IN HIM SELLING BEATS TO A LOCAL HIP HOP RECORDING ARTIST AND WORKING AS AN IN-HOUSE PRODUCER FOR A WELL DIVERSE LOCAL RECORD LABEL WHERE HE LEARNED TO CATER TO ALL GENRES AND SOUNDS. BUT THE REAL BIG BREAK CAME WHILE HE WAS WORKING FOR GENERAL MOTORS CORVETTE PLANT IN HIS HOMETOWN WHEN SOMETHING AS A SMALL AS A DM ON INSTAGRAM WAS READ BY A PROFESSIONAL BARBER WHOM IS VERY CLOSE WITH BRYSON TILLER AND WELL CONNECTED IN THE MUSIC WORLD.
NES WAS SOON IN MIAMI MAKING BEATS WITH BRYSON TILLER WHICH TURNED OUT TO LAND HIM 9 SONGS ON BRYSON’S SECOND STUDIO ALBUM TRUE TO SELF THAT HIT NO.1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART. HIS PRODUCTION OPENED AND CLOSED THE ALBUM WITH ONE OF THE SINGLES “SELF MADE”, AND MANY IN BETWEEN. ULTIMATELY BECOMING AN IN-HOUSE PRODUCER FOR TILLER IT’S SAFE TO SAY THE TWO HAVE A LOT MORE MUSIC TO COME. SINCE THEN HE HAS WORKED ON DRAKE’S 2018 RECORD-BREAKING SCORPION FOR WHICH HE CO-WROTE AND CO-PRODUCED ON “MARCH 14TH”. THE WRITER/PRODUCER WAS ALSO ON CARDI B’S BILLBOARD 200 NO.1 ALBUM INVASION OF PRIVACY FOR “BICKENDHEAD”. AS THE CO-PRODUCER OF SNOH AALEGRA’S “I WANT YOU AROUND”, HE SCORED A FIRST NO.1 SINGLE IN THE U.S.
AMONG THE ACCOLADES HE HAS RECEIVED FOR HIS WORK, HE LANDED 3 NOMINATIONS AT THE 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS WHERE CARBI B’S INVASION OF PRIVACY WON BEST RAP ALBUM. DRAKE’S SCORPION AND CARBI B’S INVASION OF PRIVACY WERE BOTH NOMINATED FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
OTHER ARTIST HE HAS WRITTEN FOR OR WITH INCLUDE TIMBALAND, 6LACK, PARDISON FONTAINE, TORY LANEZ, KAI CASH, PUSHA T, CASSIE, 1K PHEW, SAMMIE, MIKE STUD AND AMARA LE NEGRA.
2019 has already been celebrated with a 7 x platinum certification for his work alongside Loud Luxury’s on their Global hit ‘Body’, another 3 records at Canadian Top 40 Radio and over 250 million streams. ‘Body’ was a #1 in Canada, #18 at US top 40 and various top 10 spots across Europe. Flight School ‘Figure It Out’, Frank Walker (Top 10), Astrid S ‘Only When It Rains’ & DVBBS ‘GOMF’ all currently making a run on Canadian Top 40 and amassing over 35+ million streams amongst the 3. Nick also executive produces writing camps for various artists utilizing his strong relationships with hit writing songwriters in LA, Nashville, Toronto & Sweden. Flight School ‘Figure It Out’ was the most added song at Canadian radio for a debut single by an artist since Jessie Reyez in 2016. DVBBS ‘GOMF’ became a viral hit thanks to Casey Freys dance video and now making its way onto Canadian Radio.
As Golden Vessel, Australian producer Max Byrne writes introspective, melancholy downtempo electropop inspired by artists like James Blake, Bonobo, and Glass Animals. Most of his songs feature guest vocalists, including fellow Australians Caleb Hodges (the Art of Sleeping) and Lastlings. Golden Vessel’s first single, “Stairwell,” received airplay on Australian radio station Triple J immediately after Byrne submitted the track. In 2015, Golden Vessel released the singles “Control,” “Borrowed Time,” and “Can’t Stay.” His biggest year yet came in 2016, as he released the Before Sleep EP and toured across Australia. “Tell the-Girl” (featuring Emerson Leif) followed in 2017. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi
For over a decade now, Jamaican talent Nigel Staff is one of the most sought after session pros on the Reggae scene today. A multi-instrumentalist best known for his work on keyboards, the producer/songwriter/arranger boasts a catalog over 250 songs deep, spanning the biggest names in Reggae & Dancehall, which include Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Elephant Man, T.O.K., Sizzla, Vybz Karel, Capleton, Bounty Killer & Voicemail to name a few. An oft-collaborator of Sean Paul, Nigel’s credits include cuts on the Grammy-nominated albums The Trinity (2005), Imperial Blaze (2009) & Tomahawk Technique (2012). The Trinity (2005) remains one of the most successful albums in the genre’s history, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Notable hits include “So Fine” by Sean Paul (which has sold over 300,000 digital downloads just in US) and T.O.K.’s biggest hit “Footprints” (which crossed over Top 20 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart and US Rap Singles Chart).
“So Fine” by Sean Paul
“Eye Deh a Mi Knee” by Sean Paul
“Footprints (When You Cry)” by T.O.K.
Oddz N Endz
Oddz N Endz is a hip hop production duo from Orlando, Florida, consisting of Justin “Jay Houston” Harris and Nick “Nino” Lazzeri. They came together to form the team in 1998 as a hip hop group when still in high school, but has since focused their talents solely on production and writing. They are best known for producing the hit single “So Fly”, by Slim. They have produced songs for artists like Juelz Santana, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, B.G., Birdman, Freeway, and The Game. They are currently working on projects with recording artists Estelle, Plies, Trina and 2 Pistols to name a few. In early 2009, the duo also formed a writing team called The Write Brotherz, and their own record label Anotha ONE Records. Most recently they have produced Birdman’s second single from his upcoming album Pricele$$. The song is titled “Written On Her”, and features Jay Sean.
Okoli Chinedu Izuchukwu (pka Flavour)
Born in Enugu, hailing from Anambra State, Chinedu Okoli popularly known as Flavour N’abania or more recently, ‘Flavour of Africa’ is recognized as Africa’s Highlife King.
Flavour’s brand of music is a fusion of African Rhythm, Highlife and contemporary Jazz, in one phrase: “Afro Hip-Life”. His music has grown to be immensely popular and enjoyed by music enthusiasts all around the world.
In 2008, Flavour released his 8-track-album titled “Nabania”, which received sales of over 10 million copies in Nigeria. In 2010 his sophomore album, “ Uplifted” with hit singles “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”, “Oyi (Remix)” and “ Adamma” received even more success. The album made waves on various media platforms. The success of Uplifted allowed Flavour to become one of Africa’s premiere performing artists as well as enabled Flavour to headline major national and international music events throughout Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. In 2012, Flavour continued to produce hits and wedding classics on his Blessed album, with songs such as the timeless “Ada Ada.” In 2014, Flavour went on to release another smash album, Thankful which included hit singles such as “Wake Up”, “Golibe” and “Sexy Rosey.” In 2017, Flavour dropped a surprise album for his fans, Ijele the Traveler, which featured smash hits like “Baby Na Yoka,” “Nnekata,” “Virtuous Woman” and “Most High” featuring Semah G. Weifur.
For more information on Flavour, visit his official website at: www.flavourofafrica.com.
Insightful Jamaican artist Omi (Omar Samuel Pasley) is bringing his breakthrough story to the U.S., with the compelling sheen of “Cheerleader,” leading the way. The smash dance song has notched more than 90 million Spotify streams, topping iTunes in 14 territories, including Germany, Australia, Sweden and others (Top 10 in nearly 30 other markets). Released in 2012, a cleverly understated remix by German DJ/Producer Felix Jaehn helped power the global momentum building around the infectious track.
The affable singer/songwriter, who hails from the rural Jamaican parish of Clarendon – ‘a stone’s throw from Kingston’ he says – describes how art and music have always been a part of his DNA: “My father did both. He passed away when I was 9, but imprinted on me the lessons and tools for a lifetime,” he says. “I think it was genetically encrypted. I started writing music when I was 14, always interested in words. The poetry side of the music artist fascinated me.”
omi musician on magazine Others began to notice by the time he entered high school, where Omi and his peers would rap and dance on top of desks during their class breaks. “Everyone knew I had a passion for art, but when they saw me rapping over beats – and doing music that I wrote – they were like ‘you got to get into a studio, man.’”
Omi did just that – determined to ‘see what I sounded like on a record,’ he says. He became fascinated with lyrics, transitioning from influences like Tupac, Biggie, and Eminem, to a wider spectrum that included John Legend and even mid-century crooner Nat King Cole. But when it came to crafting his own identity on record, he promised to be hardest on himself: “I knew that if it didn’t sound like something where I could make a difference in the world, I wasn’t going to pursue it.”
Omi was also intrigued by Jamaica’s magnetic hold on popular music throughout history – “a lot of different genres have been touched by Jamaican roots,” he says. He began venturing to an underground studio around 2007/2008 to record material he wrote. “I became an explorer, going deeper into the idea of music as pure expression.”
He met Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon in 2009, and the two formed a special creative relationship, with Dillon (Shabba Ranks, Patra. Alborosie, Ky-mani Marley) setting up Omi with his own studio in Kingston. “To have that at my disposal, where I could pour out my creativity was unbelievable,” says Omi. “A great vibe was born, another great learning process where I fell even more in love with music and dedicated myself to a fulltime career.”
The touchstone song “Cheerleader” would eventually become part of that process. Omi is quick to point out, however, that even from the start the track’s charm was its allegiance to simplicity. “I had put together a nice portfolio of songs to show my depth,” he says. “But I also wanted to do something that only had vocals to a beat. ‘Cheerleader’ started out as just two verses and a chorus.”
The song ‘grew’ on him, however, and when Dillon first heard it, he made a bold prediction. “He said immediately that ‘Cheerleader’ was going to be the ‘one.’ The hit,” recalls Omi. “We put a third verse to it, worked on the beat, and sent it out into the world.”
“Cheerleader” originally took off in Hawaii, but Omi was getting a larger sense of the song’s ‘stickiness’ where ever he performed it live. “People just gravitated to it, always remarking how it was their favorite.” Felix Jaehn’s 2014 remix added to the combustible nature of the track,” but by deftly imbuing acoustic gestures into the mix – conga, piano, trumpet – embellishing its unornamented feel. “I loved the mix even before it took off,” says Omi. “So calm; And unusual for a remix, it made you want to listen to the words, too.”
Always a student of durable songwriting, Omi is juggling in-demand tours of Europe and upcoming promotional work in the U.S. with the mission of returning to his studio and completing his newest batch of songs for a future album. “Touring gives you great unfiltered feedback. I’m always excited to use that in the studio. But my goals aren’t just to compose songs, but to keep mastering everything I can about music. To lock myself away and do what I need to do to become the artist I know I can be. Having this hit is a blessing, maybe even destiny, but I want people to look back and say ‘‘Cheerleader’ was just the beginning.”
There’s a lot of music fans of Memphis music that know DJ Zirk and there’s a lot of people who don’t. The Truth is here! DJ Zirk is a pioneer of Memphis music. Most people probably remember him from the song “Lock Em In Da Trunk” but there is a lot more to know. He is the heart & soul of Memphis underground music. DJ Zirk is the ground breaker who broke Memphis underground music to the air. He was the first to be banned from all radio stations in Memphis. He change the format to what you hear on the radio today. DJ Zirk produced a lot of Memphis legends and helped make songs and classics, such as “Lyrics Of A Pimp” by 8 Ball and M.J.G. in which he co-produced and did cuts on the album as well. He co-produced and DJed for the great gangsta pat “I’m Da Gangsta”… The first Memphis rapper to have a major deal. Radical T Gangsta Dreamz & to Rappin Young Brothers featuring Skaface Alcopone lyrical Drive By and you can say most of 3-6 Mafia also found Skinnypimp and 211 produce their first underground tape “Hurtvillage Alcapone”. Zirk also produced and DJed with the man…The Legendary DJ Squeeky, $uicideboy$, Black Youngsta, DJ Paul, Juicy J, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Its been ten years since Papi Beatz embedded himself in Chicago’s rap scene, he’s already racked up his fair share of accolades. The 31-year-old producer and engineer has worked with some of the city’s most ingenious crop of new talent, helping to shape their music early on. He mixed Vic Mensa’s 2013 breakout project Innanetape and has since touched everything Mensa has worked on, including 2016’s There’s A Lot Going On and Mensa’s forthcoming The Manuscript EP.
These days, he’s one of rap’s rising audio engineers but he cut his teeth in pop-punk and classic rock and uses what he learned during those sessions in the hip-hop world. Beatz, at times, does the unthinkable, like putting reverb on rap vocals or increasing the recommended decibels on an EQ to amplify the sound. In the studio, he straddles a fine line between pushing the music to its limits and having it sound like a distorted mess. And it works. His sound was all over Mensa’s breakout project Innanetape and most recent EP, There’s Alot Going On. Over the years, he’s worked with some of Chicago’s finest like Chance The Rapper, Saba, Rockie Fresh and those outside the Windy City including KAYTRANADA, Njomza, and more.
With forthcoming music being released on Carl Craig’s Planet E, Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings, London’s Phonica label, Paul Woolford keeps reinventing himself and pushing the boundaries, maintaining a hectic global tour schedule playing key clubs globally such as Panorama Bar, Fabric, Warung and D Edge in Brazil, and for the 6th year, the renewal of his key We Love.. Space on Sundays residency in Ibiza.
Initially inspired by the constant throb of the radio throughout his childhood, the seeds of Paul Woolford’s future direction were sewn by the time a record-collecting addiction kicked in properly during his teenage years. This insatiable appetite for musical stimulation has driven him to explore far beyond the cutting-edge house and techno that is his stock-in-trade, and led him down more experimental paths, embracing aspects of improvised jazz through his collaborative work with Paul Hession, and taking huge inspiration from the modern composition of Steve Reich. All this is distilled within the house and techno dynamic that Woolford has made second-nature and you can clearly see these influences emerging across various productions.
Many know Paul Woolford’s name through the 2005/6 slow-burning hit “Erotic Discourse”, released on 2020 Vision, the Leeds label with which he made his name initially. The success of this proved he has the ability to create a genre-defining sound and led to sales of over 15,000, capturing the imagination of DJs across the board from Ivan Smagghe to Ricardo Villalobos, The Chemical Brothers, Richie Hawtin and DJ Hell to Francois Kevorkian, Laurent Garnier, Trevor Jackson to Erol Alkan. Indeed Erol Alkan described the track as “a modern day psyche record” and the track became a stone-cold classic.
He has since appeared across international media including the cover of DJ Mag and IDJ including a photo shoot from Tate Modern’s Doris Salcedo installation “Shibboleth” (after a personal email from Woolford, Salcedo gave her express permission). With each release Woolford is showing a level of artistry that is clearly on an ascending plane, and shows every sign of flourishing beyond.
Pete Coggan is a London-based songwriter and member of the alt-pop collective ‘dutchkid’. The groups writing is largely made up from Pete and Jordi Van Dyk with songs being placed on a variety of tv shows including ‘Love Island’ (ITV). With a background in studying music for TV and Film, Pete uses this cinematic backdrop as an inspiration for his writing.
Through musical styles ranging from contemporary to progressive house and from 80s funk to nu-disco, rare grooves and beyond Phil doesn’t fail to take the listener on a journey to outer space and back again. His music has been described as edgy, unique, radiant and alluring. Phil has came out with hit singles such as ‘Music Got Me,’ ‘Get down,’ and ‘Aramis’.
Phillip Anthony Jr. (pka NES)
PHILLIP COLEMAN JR A.K.A. NES IS A GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER WHO HAS WORKED WITH SUPERSTARS INCLUDING BRYSON TILLER, DRAKE, CARDI B AND SNOH AALEGRA.
IT WAS AS A YOUNG TEENAGER IN HIS HOME CITY OF BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, THAT HE BEGAN HIS SELF EDUCATION IN CREATING MUSIC. HE STARTED WITH A PLAYSTATION BEAT MAKER GAME IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND EVENTUALLY WORKING FOR HIS MOTHERS DAYCARE FRESHMAN SUMMER YEAR TO PURCHASE HIS FIRST KORG BEAT MACHINE. WITH BOTH HIS PARENTS BEING MUSICALLY INCLINED THEY ENCOURAGED HIS INTEREST IN MUSIC WITH HIM BROUGHT UP IN CHURCH LEARNING TO PLAY DRUMS AND KEYBOARD.
HIS DETERMINATION AND DRIVE EVENTUALLY RESULTED IN HIM SELLING BEATS TO A LOCAL HIP HOP RECORDING ARTIST AND WORKING AS AN IN-HOUSE PRODUCER FOR A WELL DIVERSE LOCAL RECORD LABEL WHERE HE LEARNED TO CATER TO ALL GENRES AND SOUNDS. BUT THE REAL BIG BREAK CAME WHILE HE WAS WORKING FOR GENERAL MOTORS CORVETTE PLANT IN HIS HOMETOWN WHEN SOMETHING AS A SMALL AS A DM ON INSTAGRAM WAS READ BY A PROFESSIONAL BARBER WHOM IS VERY CLOSE WITH BRYSON TILLER AND WELL CONNECTED IN THE MUSIC WORLD.
NES WAS SOON IN MIAMI MAKING BEATS WITH BRYSON TILLER WHICH TURNED OUT TO LAND HIM 9 SONGS ON BRYSON’S SECOND STUDIO ALBUM TRUE TO SELF THAT HIT NO.1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART. HIS PRODUCTION OPENED AND CLOSED THE ALBUM WITH ONE OF THE SINGLES “”SELF MADE””, AND MANY IN BETWEEN. ULTIMATELY BECOMING AN IN-HOUSE PRODUCER FOR TILLER IT’S SAFE TO SAY THE TWO HAVE A LOT MORE MUSIC TO COME. SINCE THEN HE HAS WORKED ON DRAKE’S 2018 RECORD-BREAKING SCORPION FOR WHICH HE CO-WROTE AND CO-PRODUCED ON “”MARCH 14TH””. THE WRITER/PRODUCER WAS ALSO ON CARDI B’S BILLBOARD 200 NO.1 ALBUM INVASION OF PRIVACY FOR “”BICKENDHEAD””. AS THE CO-PRODUCER OF SNOH AALEGRA’S “”I WANT YOU AROUND””, HE SCORED A FIRST NO.1 SINGLE IN THE U.S.
AMONG THE ACCOLADES HE HAS RECEIVED FOR HIS WORK, HE LANDED 3 NOMINATIONS AT THE 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS WHERE CARBI B’S INVASION OF PRIVACY WON BEST RAP ALBUM. DRAKE’S SCORPION AND CARBI B’S INVASION OF PRIVACY WERE BOTH NOMINATED FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
OTHER ARTIST HE HAS WRITTEN FOR OR WITH INCLUDE TIMBALAND, 6LACK, PARDISON FONTAINE, TORY LANEZ, KAI CASH, PUSHA T, CASSIE, 1K PHEW, SAMMIE, MIKE STUD AND AMARA LE NEGRA.
Phillip Antonio Thomas (pka Cutty Ranks)
Cutty Ranks, a native of Kingston, Jamaica was born Phillip Thomas on February 12, 1965. He is a successful artist and entrepreneur, known internationally for his brutal distinct sound and unmeasurable lyrical potency that keeps him way ahead of the game and an inspiration to others.
By his mid-teens, Cutty Ranks left his job where he worked as a butcher at the CrossRoads Market, to make a name for himself as a DJ at the root of the dancehall era, when sound systems were operated by tube amplifiers and steel horns. Initially, he struggled through the business lifting boxes and P.A systems in the streets across this island home; Jamaica. Working on sound systems, Metro Media, Stereomars to the Kilimanjaro sound systems throughout the 80’s. He was influenced by legendary Daddy U Roy, Josey Wales and Bob Marley. Overtime he developed and mastered his own sound that made him stand out from his peers. As a means to survive, Cutty Ranks sold packaged rice and oil throughout the streets of downtown Kingston. He got involved with the wrong company and quickly weighed his options; kill or be killed, or continue to do music. The rest is history.
With sixteen (16) #1 hits under his belt including “Limb By Limb”, “A Who Seh Mi Done” (Wait Deh Mon), “The Bomber”, The Stopper”, “Half Idiot” (with Marcia Griffiths), and “Love Mi Affi Get” (with Beres Hammond), Cutty Ranks continues to blaze his own trail to remain relevant primarily on the international scene. Beloved by his fans in Central America, Cutty Ranks recorded his first Spanish single in the mid/late 90s titled “Dame Tu Cosita” (Los Cuentos De La Cripta)(1997). This was a major hit in itself but Twenty years later, on April 5, 2018, Ultra Music published a video on Youtube titled El Chombo “Dame Tu Cosita” remix featuring Cutty Ranks. The video which shows a green alien appearing to be dancing on Mars, has sparked a dance challenge frenzy by millions of people around the world. The video now has 2.1 billion views on Youtube alone and has propelled the international dancehall icon back into the global spotlight. Cutty Ranks has over 650 unreleased songs and an impressive catalog of music to last for generations. As of May 19, 2018 “Dame Tu Cosita” is #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and is the #1 Latin song on the Billboard Latin Chart. “Dame Tu Cosita” which means give me your thing has taken the internet by storm. His new singles “Money House”, “Oh Yeah”, and “Stay Down Low” set to dominate the airwaves.
Pietro Marsili (pka “Taster Peter”)
Italian DJ, Architect and electronic music producer owner of Extravaganza record label. Drummer for more than 10 years of the hard-core band “Tasters” with countless tours alongside bands like 30 Seconds to Mars and Papa Roach.
Taster Peter’s story moves around his strong passion for music from his early age. He was a student at the Mascagni Music School in Livorno where he had the pleasure to study various classic instruments, from double bass to violin, guitar and drums.
He was a rebel boy, he didn’t feel satisfied from school teachings, and after many years attending that Music Institute he decided to go deeper into drums and percussions, but by himself. After a few months he founded the hardcore band “Tasters” with which he has played for 10 years with countless tours around Europe, also supporting Bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Papa Roach and Terror.
The next step is inevitable, Peter started to attend the best underground techno and hip hop parties in Rome and Florence, falling in love with the electronic music scene, the synthesizers and music skills production. He moved to London for a really intense period of music-related stuff, DJing around and sharing time with a lot of well-named artists in town.
He began to produce his first tracks in the studio garnering immediate support from the likes of Sven Väth, Laurent Garnier, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Pan-Pot, Danny Tenaglia and Damian Lazarus. This attention lead to countless EP’s and remixes for artists like Oliver Koletzki, Umek, Marco Bailey, Florian Meindl and Sasha Carassi, solidifying Taster Peter’s artistic profile in the global electronic music scene.
Today he is proudly part of some of the finest record labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Adam Beyer’s Truesoul label, Upon You, Octopus Recordings, Suara, Traum, Tronic, Harthouse and Toolroom.
In 2014 he decided to start his own imprint called “Extravaganza” with the simple mantra to put “no limits related to genre” and it has seen releases from artists like Tim Green, Joel Mull, Glimpse, Charlotte de Witte, Timo Maas, Luna City Express, SIS and Julian Perez, hosting many label showcases in Germany, UK, Croatia at Barrakud Festival, in Spain during OFF Sonar, in Ibiza and of course around the whole Italian territory in clubs like Duel Beat in Napoli, Tenax, Sunflower and Tropical Animals in Firenze, in Genova for RST Events, Audiodrome Club in Torino, Vibe Club in Pisa, Modigliani Forum e Fortezza Vecchia di Livorno to name only few.
2015 saw his debut EP on the legendary German label Traumschallplatten with “Pelikans EP” made up of 3 experimental techno tracks, which one called “Danza Inquieta” captured the attention of the University of Mainz becoming the subject of a Visual communication course from which will born an official videoclip released by Traum itself.
During the summer of 2016 Ultra Music Publishing felt interested about Taster Peter’s artistic profile asking him to become an official music writer of the American electronic dance label alongside artists like Adam Beyer, Loco Dice, Crookes, Benny Benassi, Bloody Beetroots, Coyu and many more: https://ultramusicmedia.com/writers/ (scroll down until the T), it was like a dream becoming true.
Peter’s extremely eclectic style has taken him to play and visit clubs around the world, bringing his unique brand of electronic music from Tuscany’s underground scenes to all corners of the globe. The future looks bright for Taster Peter, with new releases at the horizon he will only continue to grow and evolve in the years to come.
Polina Goudieva has been crowned the “Voice of EDM” reflecting her extensive catalog as a writer and vocalist in the dance music scene. She’s worked with Kaskade, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki to name a few, and can be spotted on the festival circuits singing on the main stage.
“Tornado” Tiesto & Steve Aoki feat. Polina
“Night Like This” Laidback Luke & Angger Dimas feat. Polina
“Come With Me (Deadmeat)” Steve Aoki feat. Polina
Pomo is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Vancouver who makes electronic beats influenced by hip hop, house, 70s and 80s funk music. He grew up in Port Moody, British Colombia and cultivated his tastes and sound through the Vancouver electronic music scene before moving for a time to Montreal and joining the likes of Kaytranada, Ta-Ku, and Stwo on the HW&W roster.
Since then, Pomo hit his stride in the electronic dance music market, garnering millions of listens online with his multifaceted productions on handful of original songs and a battery of remixes for some of dance music’s biggest players. With that hype has come recognition from renowned music outlets like BBC Radio 1, the Fader, Complex, Vice’s THUMP and Noisey publications, Triple J, Earmilk, Majestic Casual and many more.
Of late, Pomo has brought his live show on the road, traveling around Europe and The States alongside Disclosure, and bringing his unique grooves to gigs all over the world in places like London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and even Bangkok.
Most recently, his debut EP, The Other Day was nominated for a Juno Award, Canada’s largest Music Award Show.
“Pop that Knocks”
That is the ethos of New Yorker Sam Lassner, professionally known as Prince Fox. Having already worked with artists and producers like Hailee Steinfeld, Bella Thorne, Quinn XCII, Hoodie Allen, Chantel Jeffries, YG, Rich The Kid, BIA, The Griswolds, Timbaland, Lauren Sanderson, Yung Tory, Mako, and more, 2020 marks Prince Fox’s embrace of his eclectic taste, and output. Putting his vocals on more of his own songs, as well as putting his “pop that knocks” flare to good use on others releases, Fox shows no signs of slowing down.
Project 46 is a Canadian DJ/producer duo made up of Thomas Shaw and Ryan Henderson. They are best known for their tracks “Last Chance” with Kaskade, “Collide” with Laidback Luke and “Reasons” featuring Andrew Allen.
Rae Hannah Hall (pka “Rae”)
DJ RAE is that unique dance industry combination of DJ, singer-songwriter, remixer and producer.
‘Take Me Away’ with DJ SKT took the house world by storm in 2015, earning plaudits from Pete Tong, Annie Mac and MK. Released on Azuli & went on to major release with Atlantic Records, hitting the Top 20 in the Official UK Singles Chart. Rae has been driving a quality house agenda for some time now, largely under Defected Records’ patronage. Her debut release was as lead vocalist and songwriter with Kings Of Tomorrow on the 2008 anthem ‘Can’t Stop’, with further confident productions such as ‘Hide U’ (next to Rivera), ‘Give Me Luv’ and ‘It’s Over’ (with ATFC), ‘Your Words’ (with Studio Apartment) and ‘You Will Remember’ (with Michael Gray & Danism).
Rae was the first female artist to compile and mix the famous Defected In The House compilation in 2011 (with Tokyo In The House), featuring two of her own productions. She then sealed the deal in 2012 with the release of soaring solo escapade, ‘Another Day’.
More recently, Rae has released ‘The Boom Boom Room EP 2’ with Doorly (on Toolroom, 2013) ‘Not Gonna Love You’ with Nathan Dalton (on Audio Rehab, 2014) ‘Sirens’ with Danism (on Food Music 2014), Deep in Your Love EP’ (on Azuli, 2015). In total, these outings have enhanced her abilities as producer, performer, author and even remixer. In turn, they’ve cemented her status as a female house artist to be reckoned with.
In 2016, Rae released ‘Groove On’ on Spinnin’ Deep alongside Siege, followed by the massive ‘Harmony’ on Danny Howard’s label, Nothing Else Matters/Sony – a diverse collaboration with drum n bass don Adam F and up and coming UK house producer, Kokiri. ‘Harmony’ was championed by Annie Mac and MistaJam, with weekly plays on BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems. At the end of 2016, Rae collaborated with UK house music duo Mandal & Forbes on ‘That Feeling’, which immediately made a huge impact on dance-floors and went Top 20 in the Beatport House charts. In February 2017, Rae releases her VIP mix of ‘That Feeling’ which is already shaping up to be another big hit.
Based between London and Ibiza, Rae has always been well placed to entertain the world’s key dance-floors. Moving easily between gigs built on emotive live performance and those smartly positioned soulful, improv vocals over A-grade tech DJing (not easily, or often done), Rae has clocked up prominent spots at festivals including iTunes, Pacha and Sunburn, headlined at Lakedance, hit high notes at ADE and WMC, and toured with Defected, Ministry of Sound and Pacha Worldwide.
Back to Ibiza, Rae was the first DJ-singer to perform at Ushuaia for Defected during its summer residency in 2011. She lengthened her love affair with the White Isle all year round by playing for Defected In The House, starting out at Pacha and more recently at Amnesia, as well as a monthly residency at Lio (formerly El Divino) and a winter residency with TEN at Pacha.
All this, whilst continuing to produce a swathe of new solo and collaborative material, delivering toplines to the industries key players, and a new project building hype in the underground, Rae is in a league of her own.
Ralph Wirth (aka ‘Ralph Good’)
Ralph Wirth (aka ‘Ralph Good’; ‘Fat Sushi’; ‘The Good Guys’)
Former member of “The Good Guys”. Producer and Remixer for Ian Carey, Snoop Dogg, Avicii, Yves Larock, Thomas Gold, Jorgensen, Filthy Rich, Chris Montana, Patric La Funk and many more. Played and supported by the industry’s biggest names like: Fedde Le..
Until 2010, Ralph Good was one part of “The Good Guys”, a DJ- and Producerteam located in Zurich (Switzerland), gaining support of the industry’s tastemakers: Fedde Le Grand, Dubfire, David Guetta, Chuckie, Tiesto, Axwell, Bob Sinclar, Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Armin van Buuren, Miguel Migs and lots more.
Currently, he’s focusing on his solo project – as DJ, Producer and Remixer for industry’s heayweights such as Ian Carey, Snoop Dogg, Avicii, Yves Larock, JCA, Sam Obernik and more!
Most of his productions gained Top20 status at Beatport, the worlds leading download store for Housemusic. As well as the tracks and remixes can be found on various Compilations such as Pacha, Hed Kandi, Kinky Malinki or Ministry of Sound.
Thanks to his productions and dj skills, Ralph Good is now headlining the most prestigious clubs all around the world – from L.A. to Miami, from Stockholm to Moscow, from Amsterdam to Ibiza, from Bogota to Sao Paolo, from Gold Coast to Auckland and beyond – alongside with some of the greatest house artists.
And this is how it all started: As a part of “The Good Guys”, Ralph released his first production called “Give Up The Funk” in 2005 in collaboration with Ian Carey. It kick-started the career and gained huge support by the likes of Axwell or Shapeshifters and achieved different hype chartings all over Europe. The follow up single “Lose Control” boosted The Good Guys on the next level not only by having regular plays by Erick Morillo at Pacha Ibiza and Pete Tong. It went into the Top40 charts in several countries. International tours came up in countries like Russia, USA, Ukraine, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Germany and countless others.
Ramiro Lopez Zamorano
His musical creativity and innovation has always been latent thoughout his life. So in around 2006, Ramiro made the leap to music production, researching and acquiring knowledge, experiences, sharing concerns with other artists and gradually defining h..
So much has happened since Ramiro gave his first steps in music. While he was very young he spent his days listening to radio programs and specialized compilations but in 1996 he started to share his passion for music around Spain´s clubs. Working as a DJ before that a producer, he introduced himself slowly into the national circuit, acquiring skills on the turntable and experiencing the dance floor. This growing popularity led him to be part of Family Club for several years (Toledo famed Spanish night club) and playing music there every week alongside recognized artists on the international scene.
His musical creativity and innovation has always been latent thoughout his life. So in around 2006, Ramiro made the leap to music production, researching and acquiring knowledge, experiences, sharing concerns with other artists and gradually defining his melody. Creation became a way of life for Ramiro. His music is not just Housemusic or a single style; there’s a whole mix of different styles such as RnB, downbeat, disco, funk, jazz, tech and groove… with the purpose being to have a good time, share and enjoy the dancefloor with everybody. In addition, he offers something that is cool, fresh and simply unique. Still working to get better everyday, his dedication has got him work on labels such as Cecille, Noir, Terminal M,Diynamic music, and other, and being an active part in Sincopat or Suara platforms, achieving significant successes and increasing recognition in the electronic scene.
But the wheel never stops and Ramiro is constantly evolving: involved in many projects, his desire since the beginning is to make people live and enjoy what they listen to while he is working at the booth. He has collaborated with great artists and gigs traveling all around the world and playing in cities from Sao Paulo to Beijing, Barcelona or Ibiza delighting everyone with his music. We can say without doubt that this is part of the new wave of Spanish artists. With a lot to offer Ramiro is an artist to bet for.
With her deep-rooted Spanish temperament and her undeniable musical talent, Rebeka Brown is recognized as one of the most well known vocal figures of the International Electronic Music scene. Through her live performances she has been able to bring us to her inner-universe, always full of energy, while being as glamorous as ever. Rebeka has the natural ability to captivate her audiences making the crowd and performers feel as one in the same while she’s on stage. Versatility and a rich musical background are her foundation for being at the forefront of the latest music trends. Her hits have taken her on tour around the globe, leaving an everlasting mark on her faithful audiences and always hungry for more.
In 2005, the song Sun Rising Up featuring Spanish house producer, David Penn (Urbana, Azuli), became the summer anthem of Ibiza. As a result, Rebeka won her first award for Best Track of the Year at the annual DJ Awards. She lit up every stage in the club capital, from the terraces of Space and Amnesia in Ibiza to countless other international venues where she performed it live that year. Furthermore, her successful collaboration with the Matinée Group placed her right in the heart of the global dance scene and left her in high demand for many important key players in the market.
It was shortly thereafter in 2006 that Rebeka received her next award for Best Track, Maniac, featuring producer Juanjo Martin of Rainlove. Later, in 2008, she received Best Song of the Year for Real Things by DeeJay Mag (Houseworks, Matinée recording). Also in 2008, Rebeka won the Lifetime Award for Best Pioneering Live Artist. She then continued in the summer of 2008 with weekly performances for sold-out audiences at the world-renowned megaclub, Privilege in Ibiza. One of her performances has held a Guinness World Record for largest club audience of 12,000 people on the night of SuperMartxé featuring Rebeka Brown live. Her next track, Don’t Let This Moment End featuring DJ and producer, Carlos Gallardo, was released in January 2009 and gained instant hit status in Spain with non-stop radio play throughout the season. Later in 2009, she released Keep On with Blanco y Negro, which featured top producer, Tuccillo, and moved-on to receive much international acclaim. Rebeka also had a milestone live performance at the most popular dance competition show FAMA on Spanish television that year, attracting more than 2.5 million viewers and marking the beginning of a string of appearances on FAMA in 2009.
Reem Taoz (pka Gattuso)
Since his first release, “Who We Are” in summer 2018, GATTÜSO has rapidly made a name for himself in the dance music scene. He has three times charted on Billboard Dance Radio, his songs have been streamed over 80 million times on Spotify and Apple Music, and his music has been endorsed by top artists such as Tiesto, R3HAB, Galantis, Sam Feldt, Steve Aoki, and many more. GATTÜSO has released music with leading international dance labels Enhanced Music and Armada Music, R3HAB’s label CYB3RPVNK, as well as through his own label, T&T Records. GATTÜSO launched into 2020 will a ton of momentum which includes his recently released remix of R3HAB, ZAYN and Jungleboi’s “Flames,” his single “Walk On Water featuring Kat Nestel” (the first release from a new label deal with Ultra Music) and a new live representation agreement with William Morris. His collaboration with R3HAB, “Creep,” was the first official Mint Single, in the exclusive Spotify Singles series, and was featured on 40 New Music Fridays around the world.
Renard Clemons (pka “Rey Fonder”)
With over a Million+ views on Vevo, his own Artist App with Buzznog (IOS apple.co/ 1TCKy8u, ANDROID bit.ly/2c6LMrX ), his first Major Placement with Joachim Garraud (Grammy Nominated DJ from France) on a record called “6 Rue Caumartin Paris Nov 89” that Rey landed a publishing deal with Ultra Music, and a newly released album “Genesis, Several questions inevitably goes through your mind, ‘Who is this kid making all this noise? Who is Rey Fonder?’
Along with music and working in Artist Relations with Startup Buzznog, Rey has a Digital Marketing Agency business where he provides Marketing services for Artist and Labels. He states “ I believe in helping others and the way the tech and marketing practices have grown, it’s important to demand attention by staying consistent while the world is so busy.
Next up there will new music, more placements, and tapping more into the tech industry. Buzznog is making waves, as we have expanded into doing exclusive apps for festivals along with agencies, labels, and artist. We look forward to becoming the staple in digital innovation.
Riccardo Mamoli pka Havoc & Lawn
Havoc & Lawn is a duo from Italy formed by Riccardo Mamoli and Simone Prati. With their house/tribal and latin sound they’re winning release on great label and receiving support from the best djs all over the world. They release track on SIZE Records, Sosumi Records, Big Beat, Armada, Pornostar Records, Free Music Recordings, Black Lizard, KIDS Record Foundation, Jango Music, Zulu Recordings and more. Supported by great house and edm djs like: David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Steve Angello, Benny Benassi, Eddie Thoneick, Kryder, Blasterjaxx, Dannic, Ummet Ozcan, Oliver Heldens, Robbie Rivera and many more.
Richard Lonbay pka “Daktyl”
Perhaps the most peculiar thing upon meeting multi-instrumentalist and remix maven Daktyl is the ambiguous edge at which he stands as a musician who’s released records on bass-booming label Mad Decent, opened for such celebrated acts as ODESZA, Bonobo, and Giraffage, rubbed shoulders with Diplo, and produced remixes for powerhouse artists like Major Lazer and Halsey, and the quietly reserved yet highly perceptive artist that sits at the helm of that very same periphery.
It’s with this subdued insight that Daktyl has leapt into a new musical direction – one that sees him making a departure from the bass-heavy, jungle-driven tracks with which he’s cut his teeth, in exchange for a delicately subtle and organic sound characterized by equal parts simplicity and thorough exploration.
Not unlike other young artists, Daktyl began making beats as a teenager in the bedroom of his university dorm room and started casually posting them to Soundcloud where– much to his initial surprise– they quickly gained traction and garnered the attention of Mad Decent who promptly signed him to the label while he was still a sophomore in college. Struck with the realization that his music had the capacity to exceed the confines of his dormitory, he bought a ticket to the U.S. in the summer of 2014, rented a car, and booked his own tour across California. His enthusiasm soon captivated an even larger audience, and later that year he was invited to open for Slow Magic on their North American tour. In 2015 he was asked to join them again on their run with Giraffage, two experiences that strengthened his passion for travel – a subject which has become a guiding influence in most of his music.
After spending much of 2016 writing new music and playing shows, Daktyl is gearing up to release a series of EPs and singles on Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records. The new music will feature the likes of Aquilo, Janelle Kroll, Krrum & DUCKWRTH and Sweater Beats — an impressive addition to his already prolific history of remixing artists like Flosstradamus and Autograf. Daktyl created the majority of the tracks in a small cabin hidden in the Yosemite woods; a place, he says, that offered welcome “isolation and inspiration while writing most of the new material.” Indeed, the forthcoming releases mark a monumental shift in Daktyl’s life; moving from his adopted home of London to Los Angeles, falling in love and confronting the inherent joys and pitfalls that follow, and–most notably– reacquainting himself with his singer-songwriter background and returning to a fundamental approach to his music, all culminating into a sonically distinct yet satisfying divergence from his previous material.
At only 25, Daktyl has earned praise from longstanding music pillar Billboard magazine, secured a spot in Rolling Stone’s “Artists to Watch” feature, and was chosen as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ on Radio 1 for his track “Forgettable.” It’s an impressive list of accolades that prove he’s only just getting started. Hot off of his debut Coachella performance and his run supporting Bonobo on a string of dates throughout Europe and armed with a fresh sound and broadened outlook, it’s undeniable he’ll continue to inspire longtime fans and convert new audiences as he delves further into what’s already been an exhilarating ride.
Matthew Smith, more popularly known to the world as “Rygin King”, was born on August 22, 1994, in St. James, Jamaica. He grew up in Flankers, Montego Bay where he attended Flankers Primary and Junior High, graduated and moved to Irwin High School. Matthew was unable to finish high school but that didn’t stop his determination to become a successful, young icon. “You can achieve success regardless of your origin or background”. Music was Matthew’s dream, he started singing and writing his own lyrics at a young age. His goal is to inspire young, underprivileged youths to make the best of their lives, stay focused and put in the work. In 2013 he entered the Magnum Kings and Queens talent show at the age of 18 with stage name “Jah B”. Unfortunately, he was eliminated in the earlier stage of the competition but that didn’t stop the young “Jah B” from pursuing his career as a Dancehall artiste. Now he is well known as the king of Dancehall music, “1 King”, “Rygin King”. Rygin is a one-of- a kind talent, his music touches his fans emotionally and inspires them. His first hit song that made him well known is “Feather Weight” which dropped in August 2016 with over 1.1 million views on YouTube. In 2017, more hits followed like “Pretty Little Freak”, “Feel Like This” and “Learn” with over 3.8 million views. Rygin definitely earned the name his fans gave him: “Dancehall’s Baddest Thing” in 2018 with his hit song “Tuff” that has been burning up the airwaves and has the official music video racking up over 14 million views. He made his big debut at Reggae Sumfest 2018 where his performance was deemed to be one of the best in the festival’s history. He has been gracing other major events and leaving a tremendous impact. The “Dancehall Trap” star then started to rise to higher heights which led him to multiple tours. His first tour was in the United States, then in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Entering into 2019, the Trap star has toured Europe and Canada. The sky is the limit for this young artiste, with the love he has for music we can expect nothing but great things to come. He is currently working on new hit songs and is in negotiations for a major album deal and collaborations.
Sailor & I
“Sailor & I is a metaphor for two wills inside a person that are fighting against one another. It is part of most peoples’ everyday lives. It’s interesting because there are times people do things they don’t want to do, but they can’t stop doing it for some reason.”
Time is running out. There’s no way around it really. Which leaves a couple options: give up now and lose the race, or sprint full speed ahead like Alexander Sjodin has in the wake of his breakthrough single “Tough Love.” In the three years since its low-key SoundCloud leak, Sjodin’s landed on a couple labels (Life and Death, Black Butter Records) and held his cards close, opting to let the arty pop songs of Sailor & I grow organically rather than rush into a proper long player.
Maybe not the smartest move when you’ve earned the support of everyone from Radio 1 to KEXP, but that’s okay. It’ll all make sense in the end, as the string-swept power balladry of “Tough Love” bleeds into the beatific melodrama of last year’s “Turn Around” 12” and the tense, slow-burning summit of “Sweat.” The latter is Sailor & I’s latest deep cut, the lead-off listen from an EP that also manages to turn a classic Joy Division track (“Disorder”) on its head. Faithfully mind you, as a blank, drum-less canvas is coated in cold-pressed keys and a strictly ’80s setup.
“In a lot of ways I escape in music,” explains Sjodin. “It’s a world where I feel home, where life is quite easy, where I can explore sides of me I didn’t knew existed.”
It’s been this way for a while, starting with a childhood discovery of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and a growing stack of seminal records: Blood on the Tracks, Pet Sounds and Dark Side of the Moon, with a dash of Miles Davis and Ryuichi Sakamoto thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile, the singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist has gone from hiding beneath his family’s piano to picking up a guitar and tackling elements of jazz, rock, classical and punk with a tightknit circle of Stockholmers.
“We used to change instruments all the time,” says Sjodin, “which was a great way to learn how the different roles in a band worked. It helped me see the big picture—how the different layers in a song work together instead of focusing blindly on just one.”
That explains why he breaks up extended bouts of songwriting with binge-worthy movie blocks. In a lot of ways, that’s what Sailor & I is alluding to in the months ahead—an album filled to the brim with restless productions, richly woven storylines, and no signs of slowing down.
“I’m a bit terrified by the force of music,” explains Sjodin, “and what it turns me into in the long run. Will it slow down eventually or will it go the other direction and make me insane? I have no idea, but I feel that it’s very important to keep exploring what is behind those invisible doors.”
“”À votre santé!“ – that’s how french people and, occasionally, some extra-sophisticated middle-class-intellectuals everywhere are drinking to the health and well being of each other. So it’s pretty obvious, how the label-moniker Avotre came about. On the one hand, it draws a line to its initiator Santé – busy, renowned, Berlin-residing producer, DJ and soundwizard. On the other hand, it already hints towards the agenda of this enterprise. Around all those labels popping up all the time, mostly being just virtual phenomenons, the Avotre-cosmos aspires to grow into a distinctly recognizable and even sensible matter of heart. To put it straight: Avotre is concerned about its scene’s well being.
That said, Avotre is not like the common, genre-specific label as we know it all too well, not another Techhouse-imprint that’s dropping hardly distinguishable productions every week. The basic principle coming to effect in this venture would be called ‘laissez-faire’ in its mother tongue. It’s not just Housemusic about to happen here, there are rather all sorts of things about to happen. Be it R’n’B, be it Downbeat, Disco and whatnot. Stylewise, Avotre offers a home for everything that represents the different tempers of the contributing producers. Belonging to this crew are, next to Santé himself: the already capturing, on Gigolo and Souvenir releasing Re.You, Munich resident Sascha Sible, who already came into picture with releases on Be Chosen and Souvenir and Ahmad Laren from New York, who just recently moved to Berlin and Hamburgs very own New Comer Sidney Charles who had his debut at Kling Klong.
After all, who says, an Avotre-release necessarily needs to be a vinyl or an MP3? There are a lot of other things in the making, all of which have one thing in common. The knowledge, that music always encloses a sense of life.” https://soundcloud.com/sante
Joe Boston aka shallou is a Maryland-born indie electronic artist whose debut EP. All Becomes Okay catapulted him from obscurity to prominence via strong word-of-mouth buzz. With sold out headline shows across the U.S. and UK and over 100 million total Spotify plays shallou is just getting started. Tracks like ‘Lie’ and ‘Begin’ earned him multiple SiriusXM #1 spots, and landed on the Billboard Dance charts, all achieved as an independent artist.
Souls, shallou’s new EP, acts both as a companion work to All Becomes Okay as well as a progression, taking shallou’s signature happy/sad sensibility and expanding in all directions. “I approached Souls differently,” says shallou. “I was open to collaborating, to being in the room with someone else and bringing other people’s talents into what I was doing…diversifying my sound while still keeping it my own.”
Souls also ends exactly where it began, each song representing different phases of a relationship. Though every relationship might be doomed in the end, each cycle brings with it the joy as well as the pain, the highs as well as the lows, and always there’s a hope that things can be better; with every love a new world is possible.
Recording Artiste Shenseea, born Chinsea Lee on October 1, 1996 in the parish of Mandeville is a Deejay and Singer, who prides herself on musical individuality.
Shenseea’s upbringing was mostly done by her aunt, as her parents were not around during the younger stages of her life. Though born in Mandeville, Shenseea spent the first four years of her life in Saint Elizabeth, as that is where her family resided before she was moved to Kingston.
As her family planted their roots in the Jamaican capital, Kingston, she attended the Hope Valley Experimental School and Mona High School, before being accepted into Exed Community College, where she majored in Entertainment Management. Financial strains saw Shenseea taking leave from school and it was during that time that Shenseea became pregnant. While away from school she began doing covers of popular songs from the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and more.
A social media follower suggested that she do a recording of a song she wrote and although fearful of her ability to compose a song, Shenseea dug deep and overcame her fear and wrote what would have been her first song and released it to her Facebook followers.
An instant hit, the video went Viral with over 85,000 views in one week. It also garnered attention for her from the likes of Dancehall Icon Beenie Man.
It was then that Shenseea, who was always a lover of music, having started out in church and at talent shows at school, realized that her dream of being a recording artiste could materialize. Shenseea’s musical influences includes, Nicki Minaj, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel and Spice, as she looks up to these performers for their fashion sense, exclusivity, lyrical content and stage performance respectively.
She now calls Romeich Entertainment home and following the release of her hit single ‘Jiggle, Shenseea has gone on to release a number of tracks and collaborations with the likes of Sean Paul, Jahmiel, Trinidad upcoming star Nailah, Konshens and new international sensation King Kosa as well as her labelmate Ding Dong.
It was however the collaboration with Dancehall star Vybz Kartel titled ‘Loodi’ which catapulted her to new heights. The single also won a Youth View Award for Favourite collaboration of 2016. She also won two awards for ‘Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year and Favourite Breakout Celeb of the year.
As for solo work, Shenseea has dominated the music scene with a myriad of singles including ‘‘Waistline ting’ for Mash Up International, ‘Bagga Tings’ for Romeich Entertainment, ‘Reverse’ for Johnny Wonder, ‘Wine’ for Good Good Productions, ‘Nuttin Dem Nuh Have Ova Mi’ for Dj Frass, as well as ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Time From You’ from Dunwell and Ja Productions respectively.
Already she has graced a number of popular stageshows, including the biggest Reggae and Dancehall show on earth, Reggae Sumfest, while her touring itinerary continues to expand. She has fulfilled performance duties in Europe, Canada, various states in the US and has also made her presence felt in a number of Caribbean territories. In Europe, Shenseea was featured on the “Rollin Tour” with International Superstar Sean Paul where she performed for some 6000- 10,000 patrons collectively right across the continent.
The first lady of Romeich Entertainment, has also taken all walks of social media by storm with over 2 million followers on Instagram and over 100,000 subscribers with over 40 million views on YouTube. As for the future, the Dancehall Goddess has kept her promise to continue propelling to new and higher heights and her work continues to speak for itself.
In keeping with that promise Shenseea has signed historically to Interscope Records, a partnership with Rich Immigrants label, led by Jamaican Producer Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston. That collaboration has birthes Shenseea’s International debut with the released of Blessed, featuring Rapper Tyga. Her second International collaboration featured Swae Lee and Yung Thug. Both are doing very well both locally and internationally and is a firm foundation for her next big moves.
Simon Oluyemi Jinadu
As a highly sought after top line vocalist with several million Spotify streams, Jinadu has been the featured artist on well over 80 collaborations with some of the biggest names and labels in house and electronic music including Chris Lorenzo, Deetron, Dixon, Cristoph, Jimpster, Jody Wisternoff, Om Unit and with labels such as Defected, Ultra, Toolroom, Innervisions, Watergate and many more.
Based in London, Jinadu’s musical horizons are broad and wide, anchored in and textured by his Anglo-African heritage, his childhood as a chorister and a deep thirst to connect with the transcendent.
Widely known as a vocalist, but now emerging as an artist, Jinadu writes and produces his own material, and is a keen synth and piano player who also knows his way around the turntables. Through his upcoming solo project, the spotlight is cast on a promising, multi layered and weatherproof career that has long been simmering on the back burner, amassing flavour and mastering the language of feelings and emotion, tension and energy.
He is also one half of the acclaimed band, The Beauty Room – a luscious, 70’s Americana inspired project that employed the skills of grammy award winning engineer Peter Henderson (Supertramp) and string arranger Paul Buckmaster (Bowie, Elton John) garnering much acclaim from the music press.
Simon Paul James Pipe
Rain or shine, Simon writes or records every day in his studio in Barbados. Most recently, Simon co-wrote and co-produced “Banana” featuring Conkarah and Shaggy, which has received 1 billion streams globally and is certified gold in select countries. Simon performed this song on Access Hollywood with Conkarah and Shaggy during the unveiling of the show’s new set in 2019.
He has also been producing music and playing guitar for Tanya Stephens, performing both on radio and live in Jamaica and Anguilla.
Working out of his studio, he writes, produces, mixes & masters songs for other local and regional artists, but in between he’s still found the time to work on solo albums: Ya Probably Shouldn’ta (2013), Tropical Depression (2016), My Brain Is A Bad Neighbourhood (2017) and Sanity Is A Strange State of Mind (2019). As a solo artist, he’s performed at festivals and major events.
Simon’s sound, much like his career, is a collision between pop, punk and reggae. Raised on sun, sea and sand, Simon spent time in the UK studying audio engineering and sound production while also working for an independent label. After several years Simon returned to Barbados and immediately joined the island’s biggest reggae act as the lead guitarist. As part of this group, he opened numerous reggae shows and performed along some of the most well-known names in the genre including Third World, Buju Banton, Sizzla and many more.
Simone Prati pka Havoc & Lawn
Havoc & Lawn is a duo from Italy formed by Riccardo Mamoli and Simone Prati. With their house/tribal and latin sound they’re winning release on great label and receiving support from the best djs all over the world.
They release track on SIZE Records, Sosumi Records, Big Beat, Armada, Pornostar Records, Free Music Recordings, Black Lizard, KIDS Record Foundation, Jango Music, Zulu Recordings and more.
Supported by great house and edm djs like: David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Steve Angello, Benny Benassi, Eddie Thoneick, Kryder, Blasterjaxx, Dannic, Ummet Ozcan, Oliver Heldens, Robbie Rivera and many more.
For ten days, California duo slenderbodies relocated to an isolated cabin outside Mendocino, carrying their guitars into the woods each and every morning in search of fresh melodies and chord progressions that could capture the ephemeral beauty of the natural world around them. While this might sound like the backstory to some rustic indie folk record, the band’s spectacular new album, ‘komorebi’ couldn’t be any further from it. Named for a Japanese term used to describe sunlight filtering through the trees, the record is slick and modern, with spacious alt-pop arrangements full of effervescent electric guitars and breathy falsetto vocals. Programmed beats and found-sound percussion underpin each track, blurring the lines between the organic and the digital at every step and hinting at the wide range of influences the duo draws on here, from hip-hop and R&B to electronic and dance music. The result is an intoxicating blend of textures and genres, one that’s fueled the band’s remarkable rise from a self-released bedroom project to a touring and streaming powerhouse slenderbodies first emerged in 2016 with ‘sotto voce,’ a mesmerizing, eight-track EP that took its name from an Italian phrase meaning to speak softly but with emphasis. Recorded remotely with guitarist Benji Cormack living in Santa Cruz and singer/guitarist Max Vehuni residing in Los Angeles (the two had met at college a few years earlier), the collection quickly caught fire on Spotify, where it racked up millions of streams without any label or radio support. The next year, the pair returned with a second EP, ‘fabulist,’ which launched their following into the stratosphere as lead single “anemone” garnered more than 30 million plays across platforms. Though the duo had never planned on performing live, they soon found themselves onstage in front of massive crowds around the world, sharing bills with the likes of Mura Masa, Passion Pit, PVRIS, and Milky Chance. In 2018 and 2019, Vehuni and Cormack released two more EPs (‘fabulist: extended’ and ‘soraya,’ respectively) earning ecstatic reviews on both sides of the pond and landing coveted spots at Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. The Line Of Best Fit proclaimed that slenderbodies “conjure an immersive world” with their “genre-blurring” music, while Complex described their songs as “subtle but infectious,” and Billboard praised their “intimacy” and “daring.”
Nick Terranova, aka “Starkillers” has a signature sound that sophisticatedly fuses pianos, heavy bass, and pulsing synths into flawless tracks. 2012 was a breakout year for Nick, highlighted by huge success with “Keep It Coming” which reigned #1 on Beatport. With continuing success, Nick’s strength as a remixer has emerged with his renditions of songs by Pitbull and Sandro Silva.
“Pressure” Starkillers feat. Nadia Ali
“Keep It Coming” Starkiller feat. Nadia Ali
“Let The Love” Starkillers, Dmitry KO & Amba Shepherd
Hailing from Birmingham UK, Stealth has quickly been turning tastemaker heads. With a strong influence of blues and soul (Howlin Wolf and Etta James are two of his idols) he’s found, between the dark tone of his voice and emotive lyrics, a moving and personal style of music.
His debut ep ‘Intro’ charted at No 2 in the UK iTunes singer/songwriter chart and No 3 in the US and has so far sold over 20,000 track downloads. ‘Intro’ includes Stealth’s blistering song ‘Judgement Day’ which premiered on an episode of US TV series Suits to a phenomenal reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. The track has clocked up over 8 million plays on Youtube and is well over 5 million on Spotify.
His follow up ‘Verse’ features the pwerful ‘Real Life’; which has been used on NBC’s The Catch and E’s The Royals, and ‘How Much Further’ which features on the Europe wide Kia Stinger ad.
Stealth’s music has been supported by BBC stations Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC Introducing and he’s gained a wealth of high profile press support from the likes of The Independent, Shortlist, Konbini, Clash, Record of the day and Music Week to name but a few.
Now signed to Ultra Records his latest release ‘Gotta Stop Loving You’ has clocked well over 1 million streams on Youtube and was featured on The New Music Friday playlists in Germany, Denmarkk and Italy along with others. With his New EP Chrous coming in September the future looks bright for this rising star. Stealth has also featured alongside some huge artist’s such as Ivor Novellow winner and Mercury music prize nominee Nitin Sawhney, Grammy winner Roger Sanchez, Netsky, and Drumsound and Bassline Smith.
Stefano Noferini is a name synonymous with the finest quality tech house and techno. If the underground sounds of electronic music were a jungle, then this Italian maestro would surely be the lion! From tribal rhythms, through understated minimalism, and back to main-room techno burners; it is his refined and expertly curated sound that has propelled him to the top of the game.
Stefano’s position as one of the most respected names in the scene is the result of tireless dedication to his craft. By merging energetic passion with pure talent he has carved out his place as a DJ and producer of the highest order. He is revered for his epic DJ sets and is a regular headliner at the world’s most legendary landmarks of hedonism. Ultra Music Festival, Space Ibiza, Ministry of Sound, Elrow, The Egg; the man is everywhere from London to Ibiza, Berlin to Buenos Aires!
For most a tour schedule this extensive would inhibit their studio output, but Stefano Noferini is about as prolific as producers come. With dozens of chart topping tracks under his belt, and releases on some of the most respected labels in the game (Terminal M, 20/20 Vision and Tronic to name a few) it is safe to say that his manic DJ calendar only serves to fuel the fire in his studio.
His label Deeperfect is a testament to his golden ear for selecting only the finest music. The label has gone from strength to strength over the past eight years and it is now one of the top selling labels on Beatport. Stefano’s discerning A&R talent has astonishingly delivered over 200 chart climbing hits for the label! But, commercial success aside, the true strength of Deeperfect lies in the unyielding respect and support the label enjoys from both fans and top tier DJ’s alike. Deeperfect is the soundtrack to the underground, a sound curated by Stefano himself.
As well as a hugely successful record label, Stefano’s other baby is weekly “Club Edition” radio show. The show is syndicated worldwide and broadcast on over 150 radio stations every week which amounts to thousands of listeners. On his Soundcloud page alone, Club Editions shows have amassed over 2 million plays! In addition, Stefano has invited some of the most important DJ’s on the planet to present guest mixes including Carl Cox, Christian Smith and Chus & Ceballos. With over 200 shows so far it is fair to say that Club Editions is a force to be reckoned with.
While he has undoubtedly earned his position in the world of house and techno, he is also not one to rest on his. The future looks bright for Stefano as he continues to pioneer the evolution of the music we love through his DJ sets, his productions and his label Deeperfect. Stefano Noferini is definitely one to watch.
Steven Bryce (pka Stevie B)
A new era of dance music was born when a Miami native Stevie B’s first independently released single, “Party Your Body,” hit South Florida’s glittering club scene in 1987. After years spent paying his dues doing everything from mowing lawns to washing cars, Stevie B’s skills as a writer, producer and performer thrust him into the pop spotlight. “Party Your Body” worked its way up across America, eventually selling over 500,000 copies, an amazing achievement for an independently released single. This success paved the way forStevie’s debut album, “PARTY YOUR BODY.” The album gave birth to two more hit singles, “Dreamin’ of Love” and “Spring Love,” which propelled the album of RIAA Platinum status. In 1989, Stevie B’s sophomore effort, “IN MY EYES,” showed him growing as an artist, as the songs took on a much more sophisticated flavor. In addition to his trademark dance songs, the album also featured smooth and soulful ballads and giddy pop tunes. The first single, ” I Wanna Be The One,” solidified Stevie’s crossover into the pop market as the song rose into the Billboard Top 40. However, it was the power ballad, “Love Me For Life,” that took Stevie B all the way into the Top Ten and made him the artist with the highest debuting song in the history of R&R magazine. Like its predecessor, “IN MY EYES” went on to RIAA Platinum status, setting the stage for Stevie B to become a household name worldwide. Though the record debuted in the Top 10, “LOVE & EMOTION” was released in 1990 to the little fanfare. In fact, it was largely ignored until radio stations began getting slews of calls for “that song about the postman.” “That song” was, of course, “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” and it too would be a highlight and pinnacle for Stevie B. As soon as the song was released as a single, it rocketed to #1 and remained lodged there for four weeks, ultimately becoming the biggest single of 1990. All around the world, “Because I Love You” was a top hit “rising to #1 in Japan” with “LOVE & EMOTION” garnering RIAA Platinum status at home. Over the course of five years, Stevie B accomplished more than most artists can say of their careers: three RIAA Platinum albums containing a total of thirteen Top 40 dance and/or pop singles and one classic #1 hit. From heart-stopping ballads to hip-shaking dance songs, Stevie B did it all. In 2014 Stevie will release his long awaited auto biography “JOURNEY OF THE PERFECT MAN”.
It will be available in paper back and audio book app. Along with a new CD. The book chronicles many of Stevie’s lifes adventures on what he calls the Journey of life. stevie will release his new APP along with a brand new website that will show off some of the newest broadcast technology available today. Through his new network SBN APP and Sbtvlive and his radio station Dance party radio which broadcast in HD on all applications including Smart TV worldwide.
The network is based out of the beautiful San fernando valley of Los Angeles which sports state of the art TV and recording studios along with his technology development and multi media company . Look for big things to come from this multi platinum recording artist,producer, entrepreneur .
Tarik Omari (pka Jazzy T)
LONG STORY SHORT : RENAISSANCE SOUND – DANCEHALL, REGGAE PRODUCER /JAZZY T ENT GROUP / RENAISSANCE PRODUCTIONS!!
Born Timoy Janoye Jones from the Glendevon community in Montego Bay, St. James in Jamaica, Recording Artiste Teejay was birthed on the 3rd of October 1994. Teejay as a child was recognized as musically gifted and during his early years was always surrounded by music, love and laughter. Challenged by adversities in Jamaica growing up, Teejay describes his life as a youngster as tough, but happy! My childhood was like an early university, paid for by prayer and faith. Some days a $10 biscuit and a bag juice for the day. I learnt to be satisfied. My Mother always encouraged us to aim high no matter what and be thankful and pray. Teejay was inspired to do music by his 3 brothers who were all musicians. The trio had formed a group and built a home studio and it was in this studio that Teejay had his earliest memories and dreams of becoming a world class artist and now in 2019, he is not far off. Teejay is a true artist.
His versatility, writing skills and vocal ability, has secured his space in this gritty industry. He wrote his first song (‘I know Jah) in 2005 at age 10. The song was well received in his community where to this day he is popular and loved and he regularly appeared on shows, both gospel and dancehall. Teejay attended the St James High School where he was a lead singer in the school’s choir and also has experience as a Studio Engineer, writes his own music and does his own production. Teejay’s musical influences range from 70s star Percy Sledge to Uk Reggae star Maxi Priest, Dennis Brown, Buju Banton, and Celine Dion. His Dancehall flow is evidence of his versatility and evidence of his influences.
After doing much on his own, musically, Teejay found creative happiness at the famous Frenz For Real Studios. There he recorded and released two of his hit singles: Uptop and Uptop Boss, both of which were released in 2018 and solidified his status as a true Dancehall act. Teejay made another big step in his career at the end of 2018 and signed to Jamaica’s top entertainment company Romeich Entertainment where he is now label mates with the likes of Shenseea and Ding Dong and is catapulting his career even further.
Since signing to Romeich Entertainment, Teejay and his fans have seen vast changes in his career and Teejay says he’s very excited about what’s to come and says he hopes his fans and the world is ready for all he has to offer this industry. Teejay states: Like all the other “Greatest off All Time” I believe in myself, and my music. but more importantly I believe in GOD and I patiently wait for the plans GOD has for me. “UPTOP”
The Toxic Avenger
Toxic Avenger comes across as something of a paradox at first. An introvert capable of extremes. An electro producer who only listens to pop. An independent thinker with an addictive personality. Simon Delacroix (as he’s known on the street) is a mass of contradictions, providing fertile ground for excess. At his own admission, his long-term plans are ambitious, but at least they’re clear: “My goal is to make music that appeals as much to ordinary people as it does to those with more hip credentials.” Not that he particularly wants to give hip credentials to the mainstream, or to make the avant-garde more accessible: what he wants is to combine all the influences that are most important to him, however much they run counter to one another.
Obviously, the key to getting this combination right is living a life where difference and plenitude are one and the same. Raised in Mitterrand’s France 1 by journalist parents in the offices of Libération 2, he was taught the virtues of cultural diversity at an early age. In his teens, despite being a hardcore metal enthusiast, he fell in love with an avid club-goer. Always willing to try something new, Simon started to get into electronic music, discovering the world of Respect parties, Pulp3, and a freer, more personal way of making music. One day, he uploaded a few electro tracks to the Internet. Three weeks later, high-profile American record label Iheartcomix took him under its wing. The next chapter of this young Parisian’s story would play out in L.A.
At 23, Simon became Toxic Avenger and made his way to the States. He got to know America as he already did Europe.
With the release of his first album, he crisscrossed the States over the course of three lengthy tours. Toughened up a little. Hung out in dive bars, popular clubs, big festivals and jam-packed baseball stadiums alike. He was anointed by Rolling Stone, he experimented with excess, and he realized his potential as a live performer. Toxic Avenger made a name for himself and returned to France, armed with new savoir-faire.
In 2008, he signed with Roy Music and released his album ‘Angst’, which in German (as well as English) refers to a feeling that combines both anger and fear: ambiguity upon ambiguity, as always.
One of the tracks, “Angst#2” (which was a success with both critics and the public at large), was chosen as the background to a Nissan ad in 2012. As far as this album is concerned, he “think[s] Toxic followers were really expecting something totally wild, club-ready, but I couldn’t make the style work in a longer format. Seventy minutes of drum beats would be fucking boring. So yeah, a lot of people were surprised. I think that people are starting to get it now.”
In 2013, Toxic Avenger started to play with the idea of temporality in his music, paving the way for ‘Romance and Cigarettes’, an album that explores nostalgia and modernity. This search for lost time underscores a common thread to all his work: “There are always two sides to what I do: one dance-floor, one pure pop. When it comes to the latter, everything’s very clear in my mind… If there’s anything in my life I’d want to remember, it’s the music that I listened to as a kid with my dad in the car when we went away on holiday. That’s the exact feeling I’m looking for when I make music.” So it’s not surprising that the album is mixture of electro and 80’s radio pop, combining the sounds of days gone by with more contemporary ones.
‘Romance and Cigarettes’ is perhaps Toxic Avenger’s most ambitious work of synthesis yet, in that it’s a synthesis of his own generation itself.
Like his peers, who used Minitel and got hooked on Twitter, who grew up with francs and now count in euros, which spun vinyl but now only listen to Mp3’s, Toxic Avenger brings together all the contradictions of his time, whose creative potential can only be realized with a firm footing in both the past and the present. He belongs to a generation that comes across as something of a paradox at first, that combines contradictions as a way of getting as much out of them as possible. ‘Romance and Cigarettes’ is the embodiment of this generation, forever engaged in aesthetic play.
Thelonious Martin, also known as King Thelonious, is a producer from Chicago, IL. Thelonious has produced for A$AP Rocky (“Back Home”), G Herbo (“Street,” “Shook”), Joey Bada$$ (“Wendy N Becky”), Mac Miller (“Her,” “Guidelines”), Vic Mensa, Action Bronson, Saba, Xavier Omar, Joey Purp, IDK, RetcH, Topaz Jones, Smoke DZA, and Mick Jenkins, among others.
Thomas Lorello pka Tommie Sunshine
Tastemaker to tastemakers and musical-icon, Tommie Sunshine is renowned for his reputation of being consistently ahead of the curve while still standing firmly in the zeitgeist.
Set apart by his iconoclastic productions, he is regarded as one of today’s most prolific remixers with well over 300 commissioned remixes to date including Katy Perry, Elvis Presley, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Donna Summer, Santana & Fall Out Boy, and his original production career spans collaborations with such diverse artists as Junkie XL, Deorro, Arthur Baker, Felix da Housecat, The Partysquad, Rebecca & Fiona, Midnight Magic, KANDY, Hlafway House, Glowinthedark, Peaches, Kid Sister, Bart B More, Shinichi Osawa, The Disco Fries, James Murphy and many more.
Tommie’s often spoken about DJ sets have landed him on the Main Stage of Ultra Music Festival three years running, the Hard stage at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Australia’s Stereosonic, opening for Afrojack at Pier 94 on NYE, playing alongside Skrillex for his Brooklyn “Takeover” and an East Coast run of dates opening for Zedd.
Whether as a producer, DJ, artist, dance music historian or social media provocateur Tommie brings a unique enthusiasm to his craft; one that is fueled by his encyclopedic (if not obsessive) knowledge of underground and pop music spanning the last half-century. This brought him to moderate & sit on panels at Amsterdam Dance Event, South by Southwest, Electronic Music Conference in Sydney Australia, New Music Seminar, Ibiza Music Summit, CMJ, Winter Music Conference and EDMbiz. Sunshine has appeared on Katie Couric’s day time talk show Katie, interviewed by Peter Jennings for ABC, appeared on BBC radio & TV, A&E, VH1, NPR and on occasion writes on sites such as Huffington Post known to cause an uproar in his firm stance on many issues most won’t dare talk about.
Tivon Key (pka “V Don”)
V Don, born Tivon Key, is a well-known established music producer. As a child V Don walked the same streets as Duke Ellington, passed the doors of legendary venues from a bygone era such as The Cotton Club and listened to stories from friends and relatives about people from the neighborhood like Nina Simone, Sugar Ray Robinson and Frank Lucas. And as a son of a Harlem DJ, V Don could hear the beats and sounds of artists like Freddie Jackson, Kool Moe Dee and Teddy Riley on any given day of the week. His first major production placement was “Sex, Money & Murder” featuring artists Trae The Truth & Marino. Working on the record led V Don to a friendship with Trae. Next, through an introduction by a friend, V Don would meet fellow Harlem resident and rapper Vado, eventually producing Vado’s “Large on the Streets” single. The song would premiere at the 2010 XXL Top 10 Freshman Concert followed by a video premiere on BET’s 106 & Park. The record performed well nationally at radio. Vado and V Don would continue their relationship with the follow-up records, “Wake Up”, “Rugby Down”, “Crimesquare”, and “Filthy Game” from the “Slime Flu” debut album.
Tom Cooperman is a well-established producer and musician, working in the industry since 2009. Cooperman makes up one half of acclaimed and Internationally known Electronic DJ/production duo, Breathe Carolina, a project backed by massive streaming numbers and hits like “Too Good”, “Blackout”,
“Rhythm Is A Dancer”, and “Sweet Dreams”. Cooperman’s passion, drive, and work ethic for creating music is highlighted by both the quality and quantity of his records.
Tom kicked off 2021 with catchy melodic single “23” and a massive remix for Hunter Hayes. 2020 saw a bevy of new music from the producer, delivering massive singles “IF U” with Conor Maynard & Robert Falcon, “Promises feat. Reigns” with Dropgun, “That’s My Music”, and “Higher” with Jordan Jay. Cooperman also flexed his remixing chops on official releases for Zedd, ILLENIUM, Ava Max, and more. His latest full – length release, the highly anticipated fifth Breathe Carolina album, DEADTHEALBUM (Big Beat/Spinnin’), hit #2 on Apple Dance charts and has amassed over 22M+ streams to date. The album lent itself to be a hybrid of Cooperman’s nostalgic emo roots and his current – day production style, fusing club – friendly records with vocals from his other half, David Schmitt. With his skill set and in – depth knowledge of the scene, Cooperman continues to build upon an extensive and impressive catalog of works
Going back to 2010 a Polish DJ/Producer formerly known as Pixel Cheese started his producing and DJ-ing career. Born in 1993, this young gun – now distinctively known as Tom Swoon – has made some major leaps forward in the world that breatheselectronic dance music. Although being quite new to the scene, his productions and remixes would make you believe he’s been doing it for years. His unofficial remix of NERVO feat. Ollie James – Irresistible got early support by theNervo ladies themselves, while his Swedelicious bootleg of Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge “Mansion” has made it onto Gareth Emery’s own podcast. Under his previous moniker Pixel Cheese, he gained lots of attention thanks to his bootlegs and remixes, most prominently his booty mashup of David Guetta & Avicii vs Laidback Luke – Till Sunshine (Pixel Cheese Bootleg) topping over 8 million youtube views.
His first official remix of Gareth Emery’s single “Tokyo” (Garuda) immediately saw Tom Swoon debut onto the main Beatport Top 100, only 4 days after it’s release. More remixes for trendsetters like Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Tara Mc Donald and Nervo are assuring Tom Swoon’s continued ascent. Besides this list of A-list DJ’s, international super rock/rap stars are also experiencing first hand what the impact is of a Tom Swoon remix resulting in remixes for Linkin Park’s “Burn it Down” (Warner Bros) and Flo Rida’s “Let it Roll” (Atlantic) both set to be released this August.
But remixing is not the only thing in which Tom Swoon excels. With his debut single “Elva” (Ultra) –(receiving early support from the likes of Tiësto) – “Who We Are” feat. Miss Palmer and “Not Too Late” feat. Amba Shehperd (both Ultra Records) Tom Swoon is making sure he’s here to stay!
Make sure you check out his own monthly SUPERHEROES podcast and listen to his weekly residency at Radio FG.
Songwriter and rapper, TomE offers a vital component to dance music with collaborations with DJ Frank, RIME, and Michael Mind Project. DJ Antoine’s “Bella Vita” is a catalog highlight, charting in various countries around the world.
One of the hottest and most decorated MCs of the new era of rap, Ugly God, born Royce Davison, didn’t get here easy. It took years of honing his craft and owning up to the figure he believed he was destined to be. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue a computer engineering degree and dropped out, subsequently forming the Little Dick Clique and releasing material — such as “Booty from a Distance” and “I Beat My Meat” — through Soundcloud. In 2016, one of the stand out tracks, “Water,” was picked up for release by major-label Asylum Records. Ugly God issued his debut mixtape, The Booty Tape, in 2017, which featured the self-diss track “Fuck Ugly God: and a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa entitled “No Lies.” That same year, he earned a coveted spot on the XXL Freshman List. After achieving the milestone of hundreds of millions of plays across streaming services and dominating the charts, the young phenom set out anther mission: realizing his artistic gifts.
His new album Bumps & Bruises paints a more detailed picture. The 16-track collection, which he self-describes as “the smoothest piece of art I have ever put my heart into, “boasts notable collaborations with Takeoff of Migos and Lil Pump, along with production by tay Keith (travis Scott, Drake), Whethan (Dua Lipa, Ty Dolla $ign) and Ugly God himself. Musically, Bumps & Bruises is an extension of his previous works, overflowing with playful production and coulees melodic quips. But his knack for melody and love of glistening frills isn’t upstaging the talent of the MC; Ugly God raps fantastically, weaving in and out of each beat with quick one-liners and a choppy delivery. Everyone’s favorite “fun” rapper is bound for stardom and evolving before our eyes.
Warren Fischer has been an musician, director, and producer for over 15 years.
Fischer started his professional career as an violinist and composer, releasing albums Disengaged, w/ Jim O’Rourke, Tamper, w/ Jim O’Rourke, Self-Titled, Table, and Collisionmusic Stalplaat, along with Fischerspooner records, #1 Capitol Records, Odyssey Capitol Records, and Entertainment Low Recordings. Co-founder of music-based art project Fischerspooner, Fischerspooner has mounted over 100 shows and installations in a wide variety of galleries and museums. After the first orgiastic and opulent Fischerspooner performances like those at MoMA PS1, they became a firm fixture in New York’s art scene. With their song Emerge, they landed a top 40 hit in the British charts in 2002, and appeared in the cult TV show Top of the Pops.
In 2018 Fischerspooner released their fourth studio album entitled SIR on Ultra Records -produced by Michale Stipe of R.E.M. and Boots of Beyonce fame.
As a feature film producer, he has worked on the last two films by Ry Russo-Young, Nobody Walks, and Before I Fall, garnering a Jury Prize at Sundance and a wide theatrical release respectively, as well as her upcoming projects, Replica, with Paramount and The Family Movie. Fischer also produced the Claire Carre feature Embers, which garnered dozens of festival awards and earned best science-fiction feature of the year on Indiewire. Fischer also produced Aaron Fisher-Cohen’s feature Active Adults, and Susan Johnson’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for Netflix.
As a director, Fischer has directed countless global commercials from brands ranging from Samsung, Exxonmobil to Ford, and has established himself as an A-list commercials director for over a decade, co-founding the film production company BUNKER to handle this work on behalf of himself and 10 other directors.
Wesley Glass (pka “Wheezy”)
Wheezy is a producer from Atlanta, Georgia, originally born in Mississippi. In an interview with The Fader magazine he said that he is using FL studio and MIDI Oxygen 88. He used to sit in a studio with 808 Mafia CEO Southside and the other guys from the crew and also with Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital, Lex Luger, etc. (GENIUS.COM BIO)
If you’ve stepped into any club over the last year, chances are you’ve heard a Wheats record playing. In a very short space of time, this exciting new artist has gone from bedroom producer and hometown club resident to releasing on Kaluki, Saved, Circus,Toolroom & Viva, enjoying the support of DJs as varied as Jamie Jones, Nic Fanciulli, Hot Since 82 and Calvin Harris.
He first broke on to the scene as a young wide eyed 18 year old, with a chance meeting the New York legend, Kerri Chandler. After listening to Wheats’ demos on the spot, Kerri went on to play two of his tracks in that very set – impressing him so much that he went on to sign him to his label. Kerri still continues to support Wheats and they’ve built up a long – standing relationship
Now with an army of releases under his belt, his touring has taken him from Miami to Berlin, Amsterdam to Ibiza, London to LA with brands like Paradise, Elrow,Toolroom, Kaluki, Knee Deep In Sound.
Wheats has built up a huge following with support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s own Pete Tong & Danny Howard, Calvin Harris, Lee Foss, Alan Fitzpatrick, Hot Since 82, Nicole Moudaber, Jamie Jones and Steve Lawler.
Wheats continues to impress with every release, showcasing a deep wonky sound that doesn’t just copy current trends, his tracks are dominating clubs and festivals and he’s one of the most in – demand and talked about new artist’s on the scene… Make sure you keep your eyes and ears open for Wheats.
“I have to make something that’s never been made before; have to make the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life – otherwise it gets stagnant or worse,” says producer/DJ Wolfgang Gartner. Whether or not his progressively more maximilist take on electro-house is your bag or not, you have to respect his exponentially steep rise through the electro-house ranks. And Lord knows, you’ve heard it — or about it: flipping Beehthoven’s 5th for the 4 am crowd; eight #1 tracks on Beatport; remix/collabs with Britney Spears, Timbaland and Black Eyed Peas; festival-highlight performances at Coachella ‘10 and Electric Daisy Carnival’s ‘10 and ‘11.
Where Joey Youngman, the one-time party kid from San Luis Obispo, CA and another-time househead old soul, has been electro-house’s dark (work) horse, Weekend in America, his debut full-length for Ultra Music, is Wolfgang Gartner becoming dance music’s one-man parallel universe, outpacing electro-house and outdoing himself.
“One of my mantras is that I have a responsibility to advance the genre. If I’m capable of doing something I’ve never done before, I feel like I have to use that ability, because there are not many people who do – or can. I have to push myself real real hard to do it. That’s something that’s really surfaced with this record,” he admits. Gartner’s work ethic is mythical amongst even his most storied contemporaries: Make music all week. Play it out all weekend. His DJ sets – and this speaks to a combination of prolificness, personal taste and a proven track record – are almost entirely made up of edits of his own work. Then again, when you spend 20 hours a day working on music…
“Maybe it’s like an insecurity and not being satisfied listening to it over and over, but I’m constantly asking myself ‘Could it be better?’It could take me three hours to add this little milisecond sound that nobody but me will ever know is there, but I do it,” Gartner says of his somehow self-effacing self-confidence. “I get into tweaker mode; I’m just sitting there tweaking for ten hours straight on this sound or that track and putting everything together and coming up with something else.”
Take “Forever,” the menacingly not-what-you’d-expect will.i.am collab on Weekend In America. It’s a track that, with its ominous chord progression and middla-nowhere “RIP” shout-out to DJ AM from will, is as unlikely as it is, literally, amazing. “ That’s just me sitting with my keyboard and pounding out chord progressions for three days and coming up with a hundred or so and some of them are good and a few of them are great, until finally I get to that one where I can say, ‘This is something I can spend three weeks making into something,” says Gartner.
He attributes this spike in his equal parts obsessive-compulsive/obsessive-creative disorder in part to his recent move from Austin, TX to Los Angeles. “I had one friend in Austin – who I met for breakfast once every six weeks. I woke, up, went to Starbucks, made music, drove to the airport, flew out, and flew home. My studio was in the master bedroom. With my house in California, it’s in a guest room – I decided I want to make the master bedroom for sleeping.” There are no love songs on Weekend In America, but there is a new love: hip-hop. “Still My Lady” features Omarion, Dipset’s Jim Jones and Cam’ron trade verses on “Circus Freaks,” and Eve brings it on “Get ‘Em” as highlights on the album.
“Rap music is actually all I listen to when I can just listen to music, like in my car. I spend so much time listening to dance music, rap is something I can just enjoy,” Wolfgang Gartner explains. “I’m not trying to do all these collaborations with rappers to be trendy,” he adds. “I reached out to each of them to make sure they were down and understood where I was coming from. I honestly like hip-hop almost as much as I like dance music, so it’s a perfect combination.”
It should come as no surprse then that the track that opens Weekend In America is “Get ‘Em” featuring Eve. Gartner explains: “I was in New York playing Pacha so I actually went into the studio and work with her on the track, looping it, trying stuff out,” he says. “She came up with, ‘Party round the world/All my fly people no nasty girls/Jet planes baby that’s me/ Come on people now sing along with me.’ We knew that was the hook. It sounds like something Sugarhill Gang would have done, like it knows it’s this classic-sounding hook.”
The addition of rappers is all part of the progression of Weekend In America, he says: “It’s getting progressively harder to make music without hearing vocals and vocal melodies on it – that’s what comes naturally to me.”
Of course, “naturally” is an evolving word in the Wolfgang Gartner lexicon. As “Menage A Trois” proves, you don’t need a vocalist to hear voices. Another of Gartner’s mantras is that he’s making music for the future, and “Menage A Trois” sounds straight outta 2016: fully articulated synth lines trading verses in their own freaked-frequencies like MCs spitting in some as-yet undecipherable tongue. “The thing that makes that track for me is how conceptually different it is for me,” Gartner offers. “It’s literally just a bunch of random pieces from all over the place and some Fender Rhodes piano and this bass tone and then this vocal snippet that sounds like it’s saying ‘Menage A Trois.’”
Random, yes, but Weekend In America is nothing if not inspired by Wolfgang Gartner’s almost contradictory need to evoke his best live moments while pushing himself to top them – and then gig some more to create new moments to top: “Mantra number three for me is that when I’m writing I think about the last really amazing show that was f$%ing unbelievable for whatever reason – everything I make is designed for playing out. I get super tired of playing out every weekend, having one day at home. But I know I I need to get out there – I have to do it for market research,” he says.
As Weekend In America proves, it’s often the tracks that are most obsessed over privately that make the biggest impact publicly. Take the Electric Daisy Carnival festival ‘11 favorite “Space Junk,” caned as it was in several sets (Afrojack, etc.), which seems to take everything great and terrible over the last 15 years of dance music – vintage synths, hands-in-the-air trance flutter and dubstep’s modulated stammer, and fits it in one track – often in a single measure, sometimes even a single bar. “That’s the one that haunts me,” Youngman admits. “That’s the one I’m always trying to top.” Ironically, it’s also the one that contradicts another Wolfgang Gartner myth: that Youngman is himself a gearhead.
“I’m actually working on Windows XP with limited RAM, on Abelton and three vintage synths – one of which I don’t even use anymore,” he admits. “My computer’s constantly freezing up and maxing out,” he says. “But I’m more concerned with music than technology. I’m willing to write the entire breakdown of ‘Space Junk’ on an old keyboard with a busted arpeggiator that comes out so muddy that I have to deal with the hassle of spending a whole day editing it in 16th notes,” he continues. “But the fact that it came out of a synth – and not a plug-in – makes it totally worth the day I spent.”
Likewise “Illmerica,” with its long, phantasmic synthesizer chord progression, belie the heart of a composer over the somehow soulful rhythm sections that chug and chew more than chop or churn- Youngman’s past life as a Kerri Chandler-loving househead living on. That, he says, and his other past life: third grade piano virtuoso. “My parents made me take classical lessons,” Gartner laughs. “I played in competitions at local colleges with a bunch of other ten year-olds and I think I won a couple of them. Now I couldn’t play to save my life, but that foundation is there.”
And therein might lay the greatest mantra/myth of the Wolfgang Gartner story and the greatest contradiction of Weekend in America: that it’s just dance music. “I would think I would hate what’s mainstream, but the truth of it is, the dance world makes sense to me,” says Wolf. “I understand how and why it creates the response that it does with people.” That said, as Weekend In America shows in its byzantine soul, kaleidoscopic command of frequencies and impossibly imaginative arrangements, Weekend in America the artist is answering to an altogether higher power and potential, one the Wolfgang Gartner massive has the good fortune of being able to get onto the floor and out of their heads to every weekend.
But for Wolfgang Gartner, the introverted empath spending thousands of hours in isolation making these tracks that will connect him to tens, even hundreds of thousands of people at a time, Weekend In America is party-rocking speaker-freq’-ing as self-realization. “I can imagine it and I know something amazing that’s never been heard before is possible. Occasionally it’s even something I can already hear in my head and that’s why I have to make this music.”
Woodench Theogene (pka “Ashton Woodench”)
Music Producer | Mixing Audio Engineer | Floridian
Wyatt Johnson (pka “Galvanic”)
Wyatt Johnson, best known by his artist pseudonym, Galvanic, is an 18-year-old Midwest songwriter and producer. While Wyatt has surrounded himself with music for a majority of his life, Galvanic did not take shape until late 2016. In just 2 short years Galvanic has amassed millions of streams and has landed himself on some of the most coveted Spotify curated playlists, including New Music Friday and Chill Hits. Galvanic has found success in a unique style that crosses genres rooted in electronic undertones, as his name would suggest. With Vulnerable and pop-friendly vocals, Wyatt looks to build on this momentum with the soon to be released “Everything In Life Is Yours EP” and several upcoming singles.
YBN Almighty Jay
YBN Almighty Jay is one of hip-hop’s ascendants to watch in 2018. A member of the buzzy YBN crew, his rise almost never happened. “I just made the decision to rap in November when I dropped ‘Chopsticks’!” he explains. “Shit went crazy and I was like, ‘Yeah. I’m a rapper now.’” The 18-year-old (real name Jay Bradley) enlisted in the Navy at his mother’s behest. “My Mom was like, ‘Yo. You gotta do something.’”
Despite his mother’s fears, Jay had laid a groundwork that would serve him well in hip-hop. As a teen in Galveston County, Texas, he grew up on Lil Wayne and Soulja Boy. His first foray as an artist came in 2012 from an unlikely source: Xbox Live. “I used to rap on Xbox online, dissing n*ggas,” he remembers, as a 13-year-old. “Everybody was like, ‘Yo that’s fire!’ Then I started rapping.” Interestingly, he met current collaborator YBN Nahmir from those days. Jay laughs, remembering how they were competitors before becoming friends. Jay—whose stage name is a nod to Chief Keef’s Almighty So as well as to his Xbox group “Almighty Bankroll”—began rapping on his phone. His first record, “She’s a Thot,” was released on Soundcloud. By high school, the pastime evolved into “making that fire shit.” He released his first mixtape, Fort Down, and people took notice.
The breakout “Chopsticks” reflects Jay’s plucky process, scouring YouTube for the beat (prod. by ForeignGotEM) and recording in a friend’s closet. “I freestyled that whole shit and ran with it.” He went to Alabama to shoot the video and a viral hit was born. “Chopsticks” has over 11 million views on YouTube (5.3 million streams on Spotify) to date. Timing was impeccable. “I was supposed to go to the Navy on November 20,” he remembers. “But I dropped ‘Chopsticks’ on November 10. I said, ‘Fuck that shit. I’m not going.’” 2017 also saw his collaboration “No Hook” (prod. by Hoodzone) with YBN Nahmir go viral; 17 million plays on YouTube and 11.6 million on Spotify. Jay inked a deal with Atlantic Records in January 2018. “I’m a boss!” he declares, happily. He’s prepping a solo project as well as a mixtape with YBN Nahmir. The lead single “Bread Winners” is off to a strong start; 1.6 million plays on YouTube and 270k streams on Spotify. “We just go to the studio and record shit. If it’s fire, we throw it on the mixtape,” he explains. So what’s next? “We have a lot of hot shit.”
Grant Yarber, better known as YOG$, is a producer/songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. He currently lives in Los Angeles and signed to ULTRA publishing. YOG$ is typically behind the scenes producing, writing and shaping the sounds of the many artists he works with. YOG$ has credits with the likes of Quinn XCII, Healy, A.CHAL, DeJ Loaf, Jacquees, Felly, Dom Kennedy, Tobi Lou, and many more.