House grooves duo Adriatique are Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer. They met in 2008 while DJing at the 90’s in southern Germany. Two unique individuals with kindred spirits, each seeming to possess the qualities the other lacks. They are talented individuals, but together they are phenomenal. Shala’s house music is an excellent fit for Schweizer’s minimal techno style.
Adrian Shala grew up in the western part of Austria. His cousin Patrick Bo was a house music DJ. His style was a deep afro-house. Shala’s earliest influence was listening and watching Patrick make a mixtape. He accompanied Patrick to a house party that he wasn’t supposed to attend. The vibes of the underground dance scene left an indelible mark. He commented,
I felt like I had been born a second time.
Shala honed his skills at home, and by the time he was seventeen, he played his first gig, the youngest guy in the club! As success begets success, he went on to concerts in Austria and southern Germany through 2008. , but we were both impressed with each other’s set and found we had a connection with each other. From there, we became friends.
Adrian Schweizer’s first foray into electronic music was with trance in 2002. He received a pair of 1210s; we’re assuming Technics 1210 turntables. From 2002 to 2005 he practiced his newfound love. In 2005, his dream of spinning in nightclubs came true. For the next three years, he selectorized in Swiss nightclubs.
One Duo: Adriatique
As Providence would have it, both Adrians booked at the same time in the same place. In 2008, they brought their respective styles to the same dark DJ booth. They met and respected each other’s set, a reciprocal connection felt, and a friendship was born. This mutual respect for each other’s music would be the foundation for the subsequent launch of their label, Siamese Records.
Adriatique began producing music in 2009. Neither Adrians produced music as solo artists. In describing their sound, Shala is at somewhat of a loss for words. There isn’t a plan to deliver house or techno. They bring to the studio their ideas and fuse them together. Shala’s soulful vocal house sound with Schweizer’s techno.
The break out year for them was 2012. From the energetic atmosphere of Diynamic beach at Off Sonar to their six performances at Neon Nights in Ibiza. The release of their two EPs ‘Bodymovin’ on Diynamic and ‘Face To Face’ on Culprit.
Eights years of friendship and collaboration saw the birth of their label, Siamese Records in 2016. Their imprint releases their music as well as music of other producers. While first and foremost a music label, SIAMESE does not want to limit itself to the art of music. A typical label night includes musical artists from that label and their music is showcased. A Siamese Records night includes the creative encounter of audio and visual.
The music isn’t the only component. Adriatique’s love for the art as it encompasses the event as a whole. As well as the DJ Producers, the visual and performance artists are collaborators and spotlighted as well.
Croatian Deep House DJ Producer Solomun born Mladen Solomun in Travnik, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1975. He performs under the alias Solomun. He founded record labels Diynamic Music and 2DIY4. He has two brands, Solomun+1 and Solomun+Live. He hosts his radio show, Diynamic Radio.
Solomun found his passion for music when he was ten years old. His cousin gave him a live disco mixtape. The music was funk, disco, and 80’s style. He was impressed with this new music. This music was nothing like he heard on the radio. He collected vinyl records and played his first gig when he was sixteen. The music was a mix of funk, hip-hop, new jack swing and 80’s stuff. He hosted his parties and transitioned to house music.
Solomun began producing music in 2005 and founded Diynamic Music with Adriano Trolio the same year. In 2010, he launched the more experimental label, 2DIY4.
Solomun plays a significant role in redefining European house music. His productions, remixes, and DJing deftly reconstruct the building blocks of house music and add a modern twist. He was a respected underground DJ and producer long before he was famous. His meteoric rise in popularity went into hyperdrive in 2012. That same year Mixmag Magazine voted him as ‘DJ of the Year.’
Solomun began his Solomun+1 brand at Pacha, Ibiza in 2013. This Sunday night party instantly became the island’s go-to event. The Solomun+Live brand started in 2015 at Pacha’s luxury outdoor performance space, Destino Hotel Resort. The famed producer shares the stage with a live guest act. This Thursday daytime party begins under the sunshine and ends under the stars.
Solomun loves working in the studio. Solomun’s passion for DJing and performing is evident to anyone who has seen him play anywhere around the world. Intertwined in his style of music are vigor, deepness, and emotion. A deep love for music motivates him to curate all of his musical endeavors, from productions, labels, residencies, and radio show.
His infamous Boiler Room set from early 2015 is the fastest growing Boiler Room video of all time, with around 18 million views – and counting. He is not afraid of taking the audience on a journey.
His advice to rising talent as told to Irina of The Ibiza Way,
I really don’t have any advice. The only advice I can give is not to go to other people, not to look at how other DJs work, no matter how successful they are or how big they are. Always rely on yourself and look at what you do. Do your homework and one day it will happen, success will come. If this is your profession in the future and if you love what you do, your time will come.
Best DJ: #1 (Deep House, public vote) // Beatport
Best DJ: #5 // Resident Advisor
Best DJ: #1 // DJ Mag Italia (IT)
Best Night: “Solomun+1″ (Sundays at Pacha) // DJ Mag Italia (IT)
Best Remixes // DJ Mag Italia (IT):
– Whilk & Misky – Clap Your Hands (Solomun Remix)
– Ost & Kjex – Queen of Europe (Solomun Remix)
Ibizas most shazaamt summer hits:
– #2 Whilk & Misky – Clap Your Hands (Solomun Remix)
Best DJ (Deep House) // DJ Awards Ibiza (ES)
Best DJ: #1 // DJ Mag Italia (IT)
Best Night: “Solomun+1″ (Sundays at Pacha) // DJ Mag Italia (IT)
Best DJ: #13 // Resident Advisor
Best Tune of the year: Solomun – Zora // Pete Tong @ BBC Radio 1
Best Set of 2015: Diynamic @ The BPM Festival // Be-At TV
Best Deep House DJ // DJ Awards Ibiza (ES)
DJ of the Year // Mixmag Magazine (UK)
Best Producer // DJ Awards Ibiza (ES)
Best DJ International // Cool Awards Brazil (BR)
Best International Tour // Rio Music Conference Award (BR)
Best Producer // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best Label: Diynamic // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best DJ #03 Solomun // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best Track #04 Kackvogel // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best Producer #6 // Faze Mag (DE, AT, CH)
Best Label Diynamic #5 // Faze Mag (DE, AT, CH)
Best Track #14 Kackvogel // Faze Mag (DE, AT, CH)
Best DJ #22 // Resident Advisor (UK)
Best Compilation #05 (Watergate 11) // DJ Mag (UK)
Best Compilation #05 (Watergate 11) // Mixmag Magazine (UK)
Remix of the Year- Around (Noir & Haze) // Resident Advisor (UK)
Most Charted Artist #04 // Resident Advisor (UK)
Best Remix #02 – Around (Noir & Haze) // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best Remix #03 – Let´s Go Back (Kraak & Smaak) // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best Producer #02 // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best DJ #03 // Groove Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Best DJ #05 // De:Bug Magazine (DE, AT, CH)
Ubiquitous DJ Visionary Endo; there are those individuals who are early adopters, then there are those who are innovators. Mike Henderson aka ENDO falls into the latter category. A ubiquitous figure in electronic dance music for going on two decades, ENDO is a musician, a DJ, a teacher, an inventor, and a visionary.
Beats have been driving ENDO as early as the first year of his life when he began drumming. Entering into his double digits, ENDO joined his school’s marching band and orchestra. As a teen, he stepped into the drummer’s seat in a number of hardcore and punk bands, absorbing the influences of grunge, punk, and hardcore sounds. That is until he decided to travel to Woodstock in 1999. Here, a 17-year-old ENDO experienced DJs for the first time. In an airplane hangar with mental visuals, his life took a sharp turn after hearing Moby, Fatboy Slim, and the Chemical Brothers. Upon his return to his home state of Vermont, ENDO traded his drumsticks for turntables, and locked himself away for the next couple of years, perfecting the art of DJing.
“It was an addiction and an obsession,” says ENDO. “It helped that I was a drummer and that I had a mathematical background. Using both of these and having a knowledge of song structure, I am able to calculate when I should stop and start tracks, using my mappings to navigate mathematically so they come in and out of the mix exactly when I want them to.”
Part of what ENDO calls his DJ “Jedi training,” was marathon, all vinyl, graveyard shifts on 90.1 WRUV FM in Burlington, Vermont called “Graveyard Breaks.” Here, he learned how to program sets, segueing into a weekly, three-hour daytime show on the station, “Hit The Breaks.” Word of ENDO’s skills started spreading. Soon he was getting booked at raves around New England.
A progression from his drumming background, ENDO’s instinctual gravitation started with breaks. From tear-out breaks to melodic breaks to clubby breaks, he can find a style that will fit the mood of the event. After a decade of breaks, ENDO has shifted into more house-based sounds. Similar to what he was doing with breaks, he seamlessly adjusts his sets: For dark, minimal and trippy after-hours vibes he will play techno or bass-driven tech-house, on a beach—where you’ll find him more often than not—he’ll bring out happier beats, but he could just as easily drop deep house, bassline house, G-house or funky house.
“My sets are all harmonic progression. I program my iTunes with smart playlists to give me compatible songs. Every song is in key, or intentionally out of key, modulated harmonically,” ENDO says. “You can subliminally play with people’s emotions with harmonic mixing. There’s all this tension, then you give them the harmonic release. You have to tell your story. You have to find the songs that speak to you. That’s the art form, the intuition. A good DJ has good intuition.”
ENDO has unleashed his patented brand of harmonic mixing at events across the globe: Pacha, Marquee, and Cielo in New York, Sound in Los Angeles, Guvernment and Coda in Toronto, Stereo in Montreal, The Globe in Los Angeles, Spybar in Chicago, Heart in Miami, Sands in Ibiza, Club Vertigo in Costa Rica, as well as BPM Festival in Mexico and Electric Festival in Aruba. He has played alongside John Digweed, DJ Craze, Roc Raida, Victor Calderone, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, Chus & Ceballos, Eric Prydz, to name just a few, and perhaps given them a much-sought-after technical tip or two in the process.
ENDO’s technical know-how is an inherent gift. Once he knew electronic music was his future, he left his University Of Vermont education as a math major and enrolled at the prestigious Berklee College Of Music as an electronic music production and music synthesis major with drum set as his principal instrument. After this, ENDO had a radio show at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology’s college station, 88.9 WMBR FM called “Algorthythms.” Here, he was breaking ground both musically and technologically with the latest DJ gear. For his final project at Berklee ENDO put together an exhaustive DVD tutorial for Native Instruments’ Traktor and in the process, created a new harmonic mixing system for DJs working with vinyl.
“When we were playing vinyl, you had to write the key of the record on the sleeves,” ENDO explains. “I was doing that for every record. The problem is, when you speed a record up or down, it’s in a different key. How do I mix harmonically if I’m switching speeds all the time? I keyed every record in the same BPM so no matter what speed the turntables were, you knew the keys were matching.”
ENDO contributed to Mixed In Key’s algorithm by sending them 200 tracks a month that he played, figured out the key to manually on the piano and delivering his results. His contributions helped improve the accuracy of the algorithm.
From here ENDO went on to work with Native Instruments as a DJ product specialist and artist trainer. He has taught the ropes to everyone: Dubfire, Sasha, Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, DJ Skribble, Josh Wink, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Dan, DJ Craze, LMFAO, Diplo, Lee Burridge, MSTRKRFT, Carl Cox, David Morales, Victor Calderone, Felix Da Housecat, among many others.
ENDO also has numerous on-line tutorials on Dubspot, which to date have over four million views, and from which he gets positive feedback from regularly. These include his DJ tutorials on Traktor—including the first ever on-line DJ course, “Digital DJing With Traktor,” with DJ Shiftee. As the first person to be known for figuring out how to sync Ableton and Traktor as well as Ableton and Maschine, ENDO evolved DJing for both Native Instruments programs, and has detailed Dubspot videos—the first of their kind—on these DJing methods.
Furthermore, ENDO created a revolutionary Maschine mapping for Traktor. After having the most downloaded mapping system, he set up MIDI Monsters, where he presents his evolutionary mappings as he creates them.
Disruptive Booking Agency
As is ENDO’s way, he sees issues where others aren’t aware of them, and sets about fixing those, creating a smooth terrain for creativity. Enter his latest venture, the booking app, AGNT. Aimed at DJs and promoters, the handy platform came about after ENDO’s extensive tour managing experience for the likes of Sasha, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire, Sharam, Pete Tong, among others. Geared toward simplifying the process of booking, the barrage of negotiation e-mails are taken out of the equation with the app having all the information built in. From availability to fees, timeslots to payment, press pack to music, AGNT is all-inclusive. The app also allows DJs to bid for gigs, promoters to find the best DJs in their genre, and all users to rate each other.
“We initially made the app for DJs who don’t have an agent,” says ENDO of AGNT which he developed with Edmonton promoter, Viet Nguyen. Months prior to its launch date the app has 4,000 users signed up, and counting. “Agents don’t want to represent an artist who is making $200 a night. It’s not worth it. We’re giving them the chance to have representation and protection from getting screwed over. Also, there are a lot of DJs I look up to who got pushed out by agents and not getting gigs. AGNT is going to help revive their careers. And now, we have a lot of big DJs coming to us saying, ‘We want to use this.’
He continues, “With the rating system, everybody is going to be accountable. It will hopefully solve the problem of not talented DJs getting bookings and help good DJs rise to the top.”
Taking the world by storm is Belgian melancholic techno artist Charlotte de Witte. She has a vision for her music and models her career to bring that idea to life. Her work ethic has her torching dance floors across Europe every weekend with her aggressive techno sets.
After conquering Europe, Asia, and Canada, the rest of the world is calling. Next stop for Charlotte: World Domination! She is that rare breed of DJ who can perform on the most significant stages as well as the sweatiest underground raves.
With all of her accomplishments thus far, her heart belongs to the underground techno scene and her home of Belgium. She is humble and maintains a sense of stewardship if you will, with up and coming talent. She has a Saturday night radio show, ‘Playground Charlotte de Witte’ on Studio Brussel. Studio Brussel is Belgium’s leading radio station. She has a residency, ‘KNTXT’ at Fuse nightclub, which has been a staple in the Brussels techno since 1994. She uses these opportunities to showcase music from lesser known artists.
Best Producer #1 – Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2016
Best Radio #2 – Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2016
Artist Of The Year #3 – Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2016
Best Song #3 – Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2016
Best DJ #3 – Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2016
Best Song #1 – Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2015
Tomorrow In The Papers #2 – Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2014
Her hometown of Ghent, Belgium, had an immense impact on her life. The underground nightlife and quality festivals enticed her to become a DJ. She realized the importance only recently of growing up in Belgium. She found New Beat and rave culture influenced her later music.
Charlotte has an affinity for melancholic music. She enjoys tracks with breakable, fragile voices. Her favorite artists for such music are James Blake, Bob Moses, Dillon, Lera Lynn, Julia Stone, and Rhye. Someday, she hopes to collaborate with them as she feels her techno would be a great match.
Charlotte started producing music about five years ago. After DJ’ing for some time, she found a need to understand the music. She wanted to know what made a track work, so she delved deep within herself to find the essence of music. Producing gave her another vehicle to reveal herself through melancholy techno.
Making music really gives me a chance to tap into the more emotional side of electronic music that I love. Music that has that melancholic side to it, I just find it so much more interesting, whether DJ’ing, producing or just listening myself at home.
Charlotte chooses the names of her tracks by two methods. She merely uses the word most oft-repeated or waits for the emotion the song elicits. For instance, the title track, ‘Weltschmerz,’ of her first EP is a German word. The German author, Jean Paul, defined Weltschmerz as, ‘the feeling experienced by someone who believes that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind.’ Charlotte was overcome by melancholy and appropriately named the track.
The inspiration for naming her song ‘Brussels’ was a conversation she overheard. While at a noodle bar in the city, she heard a woman talk about her boyfriend gone on a night out. The woman said,
And I looked into his eyes, and he was gone. I didn’t know what to do.
The words imprinted on her mind and they fit this song.
Chicago House Music DJ Producer Topher Jones is a breakout American DJ Producer poised to take the country by storm and put Chicago back on the map as the house capital of the world. Hailing from the Windy City, Topher’s had originals and remixes on labels such as Ultra, OWSLA, Dim Mak, Garuda, and Spinnin. Not only has he had a Beatport top-10 overall smash, but his tracks receive support from the biggest names in the industry, including Skrillex, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, and Chuckie.
Topher’s music seamlessly crosses musical boundaries as it dips and dives between big room house, dirty baselines, and carefully crafted melodies. A songwriter as well as a producer, Topher has a hand in every aspect of the recording process and takes great pride in creating songs with depth and character.
An Indianapolis native who moved to Chicago after college, Topher continues to attack his craft with the same single-minded passion and determination. When asked about his success, he said, “Hard work trumps everything. Be kind, be courteous, be passionate and be grateful. Hard work with that mentality and a little bit of talent can go a long way.” This mindset not only affects his music but also how Topher interacts with his fans and community as he consistently donates time and money to causes in the greater Chicago area.
Topher’s 2013 was full of original music, remixes, collaborations, and a packed tour schedule that included a 30-date tour with Tritonal’s Metamorphic Tour and a bus tour with Morgan Page.
Italian house music DJ Producer Alex Kenji, born Alessandro Bacci, is well known the world over for his infectious style of house music. His DJ sets offer an impeccable fusion of house and tech-house, going from deep grooves to techno. He has delighted fans all over Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. He is loved in the United States and is often seen in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California.
Alessandro has many other aliases he produces under; Yoshie Chandler, Combo, Green Sugar, HouseLovers, D.L.D., Orange Love, Kaiko, and Itchy Bit.
Some of his most celebrated releases are ‘UP,’ ‘A Lot Of,’ ‘Adelante,’ ‘Gimme Five,’ and ‘Pressure,’ all reaching #1 in the Beatport Top 100. Alex has gone on to score an endless stream of over 50 Beatport Top 10 hits. Further testament to his success, ‘Pressure’ won Best Progressive Track at the 2012 International Dance Music Awards. Nominated for Best House Track at the 2012 Beatport Awards was his ‘Get Funky.’
Alex is co-owner with Manuel De La Mare and Marshall of 303Lovers and Hotfingers record labels; these brands have sold more than 300,000 units on music web stores, mostly via Beatport since first launching in August 2007. Alex has overseen collaborations with both independent and major labels including Toolroom, EMI, Spinnin Records, Universal, Ultra and many more.
With over 100 releases to his name, 2 successful record labels and a DJ career that is rocking every corner of the globe, Alex Kenji is ready to make you move!
Uk Techno duo Pig and Dan, individually known as Igor Tchkotoua and Dan Duncan, are a UK based techno duo that formed after a chance meeting on a flight to Spain. In 1999, both Igor and Dan coincidentally were on the same plane to Spain. They struck up a conversation, and the rest is, as they say, history.
Prolific DJ Duo
Pig & Dan have played alongside some the biggest names in the techno and house music world, as well as headlined themselves. They’ve been a part of the most significant global festivals including
They’ve blessed the decks in some of the most famous nightclubs worldwide such as Amnesia Ibiza, Ushuaia Ibiza, Crobar Buenos Aries, Output New York, Womb Tokyo, and the Eden Terrace atop Nocturnal Nightclub Miami.
The Production Team
Pig & Dan have nearly twenty years together produced some of the most prolific music in techno. While they have a signature sound, which is precisely recognizable, they have the uncanny ability to push their musical envelope. It’s a contradiction to be identifiable and diverse at the same time, which is a testament to their talent.
Pig & Dan have released music on renowned labels such as Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings, Slam’s Soma, John Digweed’s Bedrock, Monika Kruse’s Terminal M and Richie Hawtins’ Plus 8. Apart from their extensive discography they’ve collaborated and remixed for the some of the industries greats including Underworld, DEADMAU5, John Digweed, and Innercity with their massive classic Goodlife.
After so many years in the business plus four albums under their belt, the dynamic duo took it upon themselves to push their envelope on LP number five by producing the much acclaimed downtempo album ‘Destination Unknown.’ Boasting flavors of Hip-Hop, Dub, and soul, they managed to top the Beatport chart from more than four months in a genre they have never cut previously.
Both behind the decks and in the studio they’ve proved that their momentum is continuously rising. They’ve had a year playing the world’s most famous venues and celebrated a #1 in both the overall and Techno genres on Beatport with their smash hit ‘Growler.’
Pig & Dan also released the album ‘Modular Baptism’ on their label Elevate. Hailed as an accurate reference to their unique sonic diversity, it shot straight to #1 on the Beatport release charts.
They released their ‘Mexico’ EP on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode which celebrated yet again top ten hits. They also had the honor of compiling and mixing the final Space Ibiza compilation CD alongside Carl Cox. Their latest collaboration with Techno Queen Monika Kruse on her own imprint Terminal M smashed up the Beatport charts once again.
Currently, the dynamic duo is once again celebrating top ten on Beatport with their remix of Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s hit track ‘Sorry I’m late.’ This latest remix has gained massive support from industry leaders such as Solomun and Maceo Plex.
The future is blinding with upcoming collaborations ready for release with artists Adam Beyer, Harvey Mckay, ANNA, and Stephan Hinz. Their track, ‘La Bruja,’ was featured on Drumcode’s prolific A-Sides compilation.
The Tech House Spaniard Dennis Cruz DJ began his career at the age of 17, like many of his countrymen, while also studying to be a sound engineer. By his early 20’s, he had experience in the studio producing tracks for hip-hop artists and rock bands.
He honed his musical style over the years by molding his many diverse influences. He channeled his style, influences, and experiences into his Iberican Sound. He takes his fans on a musical journey in each of his DJ sets that brings emotions to life on dance floors across Europe to Russia, the Mediterranean, the Americas, and Australia.
In time, he became a pillar of the tech house world, setting trends and creating sounds. He earned accolades from Beatport, Resident Advisor, and Vicious Music Awards in 2015 and 2016. 2017 looks to be another exciting year for him and his fans.
He has tracks with some of the hottest labels in the scene, including but not limited to,
One of our favorites is the tech house track, ‘Mad,’ out on Stereo Productions. A catchy vox intertwine in and in between the percussion on this monster track can be quickly deemed as pristine and bright as the Blue Lake of South Australia. The new offering from the musical mind of the incredibly diverse Dennis Cruz has a driving force behind the drum patterns that can steer a locomotive off its rails. The layers of white noise embedding this piece have enough tension to make the bravest of late night alumni surrender.
UK tech house DJ Producer Paolo Mojo was born Paul Bimson in St. Helens, Merseyside, England and based in London, United Kingdom. His aliases include Parade and Paul Bimson. His style incorporates techno, house, electro, acid, funk, breaks, and disco.
Paolo mixed Renaissance Digital 01, which was the first DJ mix exclusive to iTunes. He even compiled EQ Recordings’s Balance 009. Pete Tong named Paolo one of the hottest producers in 2008 on his show, BBC Radio One. Paolo also has two very popular mixes for Tong’s Essential Mixes as well.
Paolo Mojo is one of the leading lights in the underground house music scene. He has a massive global following and a consistent production schedule that keeps him in demand worldwide. This hectic touring schedule amassed him a formidable global fan base. He graced the decks in such nightclubs as Womb in Tokyo, Ministry of Sound in London, Avalon in Los Angeles, Eden Terrace at Nocturnal in Miami, Warung Beach in Brazil, Wonderland in Ibiza, Chinese Laundry in Sydney, and Zouk in Singapore.
Indefatiguable Work Ethic
Paolo has an extraordinary work ethic in the studio. His special re-edits are endless. He’s an innovative DJ with enviable technical ability. His hard work, talent, innovation, and drive for perfection results in a high profile discography. In turn, he is amassing a substantial loyal underground fanbase. These factors will ensure he remains a star of the scene for many years to come.
Paolo’s label Oosh is at the center of his work. Two of his releases earned the title BBC Essential New Tune by Pete Tong. ‘JMJ’ (2007) and ‘Sirena’ (2008) earned the title ‘Top Tunes of the Summer’ for their respective years by Tong as well. He has two top ten hits in Beatport.
The label has expanded to include the cream of house and techno producers such as Wally Lopez, Rene Amesz, DJ Yellow, Noir, Jim Rivers, Juan Sanchez, King Unique, Alan Fitzpatrick, and Saeed Younan. It also included the first Paolo Mojo ‘Ten To One’ compilation release in February 2011. His associated podcast Ooshcast has become one of the most popular downloads since its launch in December 2009.
In 2010, he released ‘Crazy For you’ on Noir, ‘Disco Kiss’ on Hysterical, and ‘He’s The Man’ on Younan Music. He followed these releases with remixes of Saeed Younan’s ‘DC 2 MIA’, and Rainer Weichold’s ‘Tango For Noemi’ for German label Great Stuff.
In 2011 Pete Tong’s Essential Selection playlisted ‘Mmmm Daaa,’ which released in Spring under Strictly Rhythm. His much-hyped ‘All Night, Alright’ released in June on hot Italian label 303 Lovers. 303 Lovers is home to Manuel De La Mare, and Alex Kenji, who subsequently remixed the track. Finally, his ‘Welcome To the Factory’ sampling track of the same name has been personally approved by Angel Moraes and released on Chus & Ceballos’s Stereo Productions label.
Elsewhere, his track ‘1983’ released in 2012 on Eric Prydz’s Pryda Friends has become a true club classic. He’s also released tracks on Pryda and Mouseville (the only ‘outside’ artist to do so) and a varied and vast list of other labels. Bedrock, Saved, NRK, Cr2, Toolroom, Renaissance, Great Stuff, Positiva, EQ Recordings, Factomania, Little Mountain, Curfew Nervous, Ego Records and the list goes on.
Belgian Techno Prodigy Amelie Lens was born May 31, 1990, in Antwerp, Belgium. Antwerp is known for having the second largest port in Europe as well as being the center of trade and culture. Antwerp is also the second most multicultural cities boasting 170 different nationalities. In time, we shall see if Antwerp will also be known for being home to one of the greatest techno DJ/producers of all time.
I found a quote from Amelie on her Facebook page which demonstrates her positive mindset and what motivates her to work hard;
“When people try to bring me down it gives me energy to work even harder, focus even more and feel extra happy about what is going on in my life right now. Life is too short to feel sad or angry, to bother about what other people think of you. I just wanted to share this little something with you today, don’t let anyone bring you down!”
And work hard she does. By the end of October 2017, Amelie will have performed seventeen times in thirty-one days.
Amelie Lens released her debut EP in February 2016, under Lyase Recordings. The title track, ‘Exhale,’ is a sick hypnotic techno masterpiece. The combination of the whispering sultry vocals, percussion, and bass ensnare the mind but leave the listener wanting more and unable or unwilling to escape.