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Ubiquitous DJ Visionary Endo

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Ubiquitous DJ Visionary Endo

Ubiquitous DJ Visionary Endo

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.

Inspirations

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.

Technical Superiority

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.

The Instructor

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.”

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UK Bad Boy of Dance Ben Nicky

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UK Bad Boy of Dance Ben Nicky

UK bad boy of dance Ben Nicky is a DJ and producer from Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol, United Kingdom. Born Benjamin Nikki Reginald Wederell, Armin van Buuren nicknamed him,

the bad boy of dance.

Ben is without a doubt the standout on the global trance scene. He catapulted himself into the limelight to transcend the genre. Not only is Ben talented behind the decks and in the studio, but also has a formidable digital media prowess. Consequently, he made his mark by outselling his peers to become one of the most sought-after artists on the globe.

Ben’s success lies in his adoring fanbase. His fans are young, excitable and full of energy. When he arrives in their cities, they flock to his shows. Consequently, his shows sell out worldwide from the UK to Argentina, Asia to Australia, and the United States. The fans are the reason he has catapulted past his contemporaries.

We alluded to Ben’s digital presence. His viral videos from these encapsulating performances rack up millions of views online. They are shared across all social media platforms so that he is ever present on your timeline.

Ben’s well-constructed DJ sets keep his audience locked in. He fuses classics with current drops in his unique ‘Headf**k mashups. He adds twists and turns in his musical journey, but also making it very dancefloor friendly. As a result, he appeals to the masses turning each set into a unique audio experience. Hailing from the trance scene, Ben is never content to stick to just one style. Having diversified his sound to cover a diverse range of styles within his sets including his ‘Headf**k Xtreme’ sets and ‘Techf**k’ sets. His musical range flow from techno to trance up to the harder styles.

With his itinerary undoubtedly the busiest in the trance scene, 2017 saw Ben perform at every major festival. Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and Creamfields. Scheduled at notable venues including Marquee in Sydney and Las Vegas, Avalon in Hollywood, Amnesia in Ibiza, Zouk in Kuala Lumpur and Ministry of Sound in London. He spun at his first solo arena show at the SSE arena in Belfast Northern Ireland to over 9000 people in October. Ben has already surpassed many household names to take command of new territories in the likes of Northern Ireland, Australia & Malaysia where he has become an icon to his young fanbase, bringing waves of new generations into the scene!

Ben released singles on some of the most prominent labels in the industry. The names include Ultra, Spinnin, Armada, VANDIT Records, Andy Moor’s AVA Recordings, and Who’s Afraid of 138?!

Electronic Dance Music Duo Tritonal

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Electronic Dance Music Duo Tritonal

Dave Reed and Chad Cisneros formed the electronic dance music duo Tritonal in 2008. They released their early works on labels Anjunabeats, Levare Recordings, Alter Ego Records, Stellar Sound, Spundae Music, Garuda, Air Up There Recordings, and Enhanced Music.

Tritonal acquired Enhanced Music in 2013. They had many vital works on Enhanced, but the critically acclaimed Metamorphic EP trilogy may be the most important. Metamorphic featured fan favorites, ‘Follow Me Home’ and ‘Now or Never.’

‘Now or Never’ broke into the top five on Billboard’s Airplay Dance Chart. Three other tracks, ‘Anchor,’ ‘Colors,’ and ‘Untouchable’ also charted in the top 5.

Tritonal’s connection with their fans has ensured that their music resonates with them, whether musical purists or mass crowds. Their successful formula has three components:

  1. compelling songwriting
  2. innovative productions
  3. exuberant performances

 

With every release, Tritonal transcends their previous works. In March 2013, they released their EP Metamorphic I, which included the progressive house tracks, ‘Bullet That Saved Me,’ ‘Bring Me Home,’ and ‘Deep Into Black.’ In May 2013, Tritonal announced the Metamorphic Tour phase 1 dates. Phase 2 of the tour landed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, August 30, 2013.

Melancholic Techno Artist Charlotte de Witte

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Melancholic Techno Artist Charlotte de Witte

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.

Accolades

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

Influences

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.

The Producer

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.

Melancholic Techno

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.

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UK EDM DJ Producer Lange

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UK EDM DJ Producer Lange

UK EDM DJ Producer Lange was born Stuart Langelaan in Shrewsbury, England in the county of Shropshire, in June 1974. His career began in 1997, signing his first recording contract with Additive Records in the UK. He achieved early popularity with a collection of releases attracting the attention of industry leaders such as Paul van Dyk, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and Judge Jules.

Lange is recognized as one of the most influential dance artists of the past decade; a DJ who has remained at the forefront of the scene throughout his career and a producer that continues to push all boundaries. After an exhausting list of achievements, counting among them 20 UK top 40s, featuring on a film soundtrack, and remixing mainstream artists such as The Pet Shop Boys and Faithless, Lange remains one of the world’s leading EDM producers.

Lange is a prolific international DJ as well as an exceptional producer and remixer. He has performed for such brands as Insomniac, Cream, Godskitchen, and Gatecrasher. He has graced the stages of Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Global Gathering, Sziget, Balaton, and A State of Trance. His talent and work ethic have seen him rise to the Top 100 DJ poll for eight years. He has reached number six in the Tranceaddict Top 250 poll.

Lange is an artist that has continued to reinvent himself to take on the evolving dance scene and show any aspiring DJ how to be an industry leader. He has an eclectic, exciting, and driving style influenced by the dance music spectrum from trance and progressive, to techno, and electro.

Lange brought his Harmonic Motion album tour to the Eden Terrace at Nocturnal Nightclub. He was supported by Miami local DJs ElementOne and Cezar G.

Chicago House Music DJ/Producer Topher Jones

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Chicago House Music DJ Producer Topher Jones

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.

Current Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

General Manager
dustin@plus1management.com

Booking agent
Matt Meyer: mmeyer@amonly.com

Miami DJ Producer Joseph Areas

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Miami DJ Producer Joseph Areas

Early Beginnings

Talented Miami DJ Producer Joseph Areas, like many of his electronic music DJ Producer brethren, was immersed in music at a young age. By the time he was 15, he had his first turntables and was spinning open format at local house parties. He had an eclectic musical background that included Latin and Caribbean tracks to the urban sounds of Miami. As a result, his sets were inclusive of these various sounds, rhythms, and instruments.

Joseph was more and more exposed to electronic dance music which became his passion. This growing desire led him to the realization that he wanted not only to play the music but live the lifestyle. After his eureka moment, Joseph decided to make his love of DJ/production of electronic dance music an integral part of his life, leaving everything else in the backseat.

The Producer & Visionary

As Joseph honed his electronic dance music DJ skills at house parties and small venues, he transitioned to remixing tracks from some of his EDM influencers. They include Andy Moor, Lange & Fenja – ‘Top of the World,’ Kyau & Albert – ‘Do You Still Know,’ and tyDi – ‘The Moment It Breaks.’ He has collaborated with vocal artists Betsie Larkin, Jaren, and Tania Zygar.

As a producer, Joseph’s first studio wares were quickly snapped up by the likes of Armada Music and Andy Moor’s AVA Recordings. Joseph’s artistic side, combined with cutting-edge technology and production methods, evolved exponentially. His sound is a unique combination of euphoric melody and twinned with floor-kick energy. His style pushes listeners to the redline of emotion and exhilaration. Some of his original work include ‘Parvenu,’ ‘For An Instant,’ ‘Beluga,’ and most recently released on a State of Trance, ‘Void of Self.’ His tracks continue to receive significant and sustained support from the scene’s upper echelon.

While tech house was trendy in Miami leading up to 2010, Joseph’s love of trance led him to the conclusion that Miami needed a trance night. He became co-founder with his Los Angeles partners of Element Entertainment, now Prime Entertainment Ventures. They established Night Shift on the Eden Terrace at Nocturnal Nightclub, now Heart Nightclub. Night Shift led to subsequent nights at Grand Central and Pure Ultra Lounge, official WMC events, to Off The Hookah and Fate Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale. He provided support for Kyau & AlbertStoneface & Terminal, Andy Moor, Lange, and Myon & Shane 54, just to name a few. He’s graced the decks at Space and Imperia in Miami.

The Recording Label, Arisa Audio

Joseph also went on to establish his recording label, Arisa Audio with Faruk Sabanci. DJ Magazine described Arisa Audio as,

one of the most promising new trance labels around

Arisa Audio led to other labels Metanoia Music, Arisa Lifting, Intricate Music and Harmonic Breeze. After nearly a decade and one hundred forty releases, Joseph’s on-going mission for Arisa Audio is to deliver the highest quality, most forward-looking electronic music possible to dance floors and music lovers alike.

Joseph’s love of the musical journey leads him to one ultimate goal: to provide beautiful electronic dance music to the universe. Enjoy his latest release, ‘Void of Self’ released on A State of Trance and played by Armin van Buuren on ASOT 839.

 

Joseph Areas – Void of Self (Original Mix) Released on A State of Trance

 

Italian House Music DJ/Producer Alex Kenji

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Italian House Music DJ Producer Alex Kenji

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!

Matt Darey Crown of Thorns Progressive Trance

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Matt Darey Crown of Thorns Progressive Trance

Matt Darey Crown of Thorns progressive trance featuring Kate Louise Smith (Aurosonic Remix) from his debut artist album, “Blossom & Decay.” Listening to this, I tried to think of a way to describe it. I found an excellent description of the album, which I think illustrates this track beautifully, on the Armada Music website.

‘Blossom & Decay’ gathers all those years of musical involvement, passion for the groove and feel for melody. It tells you about Matt’s love for deep progressive, breaths the rhythm of a melodic tide and washes over with alluring soundscapes, all driven by the beat. Featuring vocals by the likes of Kate Louise Smith, Leah, Ashley Tomberlin, Kirsty Thirsk, Sir Adrian and others, you’ll be led by soulful lyrics and thought-provoking songwriting. Matt Darey’s album is full of lush collaborations, pumping remixes and genre-bending originals.

Here is a one hour portion of Nocturnal 363 on Mixcloud, which includes some of the new tracks. It was an absolute joy to listen.

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UK Progressive DJ Producer Ashley Wallbridge

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UK Progressive DJ Producer Ashley Wallbridge

UK Progressive DJ Producer Ashley Wallbridge, born February 28, 1988, is from Stoke-On-Trent in Central England. His birthplace is world-renowned for its pottery industry.

He began his musical journey in 2008 as not only a DJ Producer but also as a ghost producer. Most likely, if you aren’t familiar with his tracks, you are familiar with music s he’s ghost produced.

Ashley has an innate passion for his music. This desire is amplified when he’s in front of a crowded dancefloor or festival. Ashley also finds motivation from his many downloads and his peers around him. His studio allows him autonomy to dig deep into his seemingly boundless well of creativity to make the music he loves. The music, in turn, led to remix requests from luminaries such as Avicii, Havana Brown, Krewella, Gareth Emery, and Armin van Buuren.

He released several tracks on Andy Moor’s AVA Recordings label between 2008 and 2013. He joined Andy at two of his official WMC AVA Takeover events in 2011 and 2012.

His 2012 debut album ‘The Inner Me’ reached #5 on the iTunes USA charts, #9 in Canada, and #12 in the UK. Ashley continued to feed off the vibe of the crowd and cater to their emotional need. This uncanny ability to play to the crowd extended everywhere from Europe to the USA. His on-point productions and larger-than-life dedication to his craft have earned him spots at Los Angeles’ Exchange, Omnia in San Diego, Ministry of Sound in London, Privilege Ibiza and a residency at famous Las Vegas hotspot Marquee. Taking it up a score at Creamfields Australia, Global Gathering in the UK and Sunset Music, the Wallbridge brand ignites demand across the globe.

Ghost Producer

Ashley spent many years ghost producing for other producers. He had pragmatic reasons for doing it in the first place. He became disgusted with the practice after seeing those producers make a small fortune from his work and not give him any credit. What set him off was certain producers taking credit for his work and defrauding the fans. Some even had the gall to ask him to do it again. If not for the non-disclosure agreements and lack of credit, he would have continued.

He teamed up with Gareth Emery, and they created the project, CVNT5, the brainchild of a drunken stupor.

“a satire of a lot of the clichés in dance culture today. We’re laughing as much at ourselves as other people, a lot of the content for the video comes from stuff Gaz and I have actually done ourselves (maybe not the pissing in the fans’ faces part).”

Ashley signed with Armada Music in 2016 and launched dramatic productions such as ‘Amnesia,’ ‘Goa,’ ‘Undiscovered, featuring KARRA, and ‘Naughts & Crosses.’ It’s clear that the waves Ashley Wallbridge makes are getting bigger every time he pushes the envelope of his sound. And it is that kind of mindset that allows him to ride those waves like the scene leader he is.

Dance Music, The Future

Ashley has an interesting opinion about the pop crossover world.

I think it’s great, seeing the kids out at a festival when ten years ago it would have been a rock concert. Pop music comes in cycles, and when it’s chewed up and spat out dance it will move on to something else! The heartbeat of dance music will always be in the underground; it’s where it began, and it’s why it will never go away no matter what happens in the pop crossover world.

The underground, real fans, acts as an anchor for the music. The bastardization of dance music will die when pop has used dance music for what it can and move on to co-opt something else. On the other side, will be a resurgence of trance and a truer progressive. He expects more melody and chill.

I’m not sure about the next 10 years… there’s probably some 12-year-old kid sitting in his bedroom on Ableton right now creating a new genre none of us have heard of yet! But certainly in the near future there will be a return to melody in the mainstream; as big room dies there’ll be more melodic, chill, really musical stuff. In the club scene, progressive will come back in a truer form, and a lot of people are talking about a trance resurgence. The cool underground will keep enjoying whatever the latest social media hating hipster is putting out.