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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?!

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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.

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.

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.

Swedish EDM DJ Producer Marcus Schossow

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Swedish EDM DJ Producer Marcus Schossow

Swedish EDM DJ Producer Marcus Schossow was born in Helsingborg, Sweden on October 28, 1985. His aliases include 1985, Oliver Englafjord, Progresia, Sokaya, Sunglider, and Tone Diary. He and his alter egos have been making music since he was five years old!

The Disruption of EDM 2007

Marcus released ‘Mr. White’ on Coldharbour Recordings Red in 2007. ‘Mr. White’ was a fusion of futuristic techno, filthy house, and trance. Its sound was intended to reinvent electronic dance music. It automatically became appealing to a whole host of DJs and music fans alike. Marcus was part of a hot, new, elite set of young DJs and producers with dance floors around the world clamoring for his infectious presence and prodigious mixing.

Progresia and Tone Diary established the ‘Schossow Sound’ while his work with fellow producer Thomas Sagstad has seen Tiesto, Axwell, and Steve Lawler snapping up tracks like ‘Hypnotizer’ and ‘Crepusculo.’ World-renowned label Spinnin’ Records gave Marcus their full backing when they signed him after his 22nd birthday. This signing made him their youngest to date.

At only 22, Marcus became a force in the dance music realm. Further support came from the A-list of DJ Producers including Pete Tong, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Angelo, and Sander van Doorn. These endorsements underlined Marcus’s increasing influence in the world of dance.

With Tone Diary, Marcus’ acclaimed radio show; the sound of Schossow travels even further. Setting the airwaves ablaze, he reaches those not lucky enough to have caught him live yet and reminds those who have of why they’ll have to check him out again!

And it’s not just his ability as a producer that screams ‘watch this person.’ Schossow is in demand around the world! He’s spun in major cities in the United States such as Los Angelesand Miami. He joined Andy Moor for his WMC 2010 event, Andy Moor and Friends. He’s in constant demand across Europe, the Far East and beyond are all calling out for gaps in his diary. In the short time, Marcus has been around; he’s already clocked up some of the biggest gigs in the calendar: Dance Valley, Godskitchen, Sunrise Festival, Escape Into the Park, Zurich’s Street Parade and the Colours Festival are just some!

Marcus possesses a résumé packed to the brim with releases on major labels. They include Size Records, Axtone Records, Revealed Recordings, Big Beat (Atlantic Records), and Spinnin’ Records. He also injected new life into his Code Red imprint with the banger, ‘Rumble.’ Marcus also serves as an outstanding mentor to young artists. He uses his status as a veteran in the scene when working along names like Corey James, NEW_ID and more.

Code Red Music

If you want to do something good, you have to do it yourself.

It was that belief that led Marcus Schossow to begin the Code Red Music project in 2015. The basic concept is to find, recruit, and mentor talented artists. The label’s core values as both an institution and record company were quickly acclaimed by many.

In Marcus’s words,

we wanted to create a place where our musical dreams can run wild

A core value of this belief is to

speak to each other daily, seeking to help and assist wherever possible

Not in the form of a constitution or set of rules, but in creative freedom.

Code Red Music’s focus is the musical journey and experience. Charts are valued just as much as discovery. At the core of this mission is interaction. Through the shared vision of Marcus, the artists, and their fans, they aspire to expand the quest for musical freedom and friendship.

Friendship is an important construct, and this involves everyone. Through interviews, tutorials and feedback sessions, the Code Red team wants to hear everyone’s thoughts and help improve the music. They want everyone to become part of this shared belief, and

have the options to create what we want to do, without anyone telling us how

Aussie Electronica DJ Producer tyDi

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Aussie Electronica DJ Producer tyDi

Aussie electronica DJ Producer tyDi is one of the leading artists in electronic dance music since 2002. Born Tyson Illingworth in Mooloolaba, Australia, on May 31, 1987, he goes by the aliases ‘Wish I Was’ and ‘Tyson Diorr.’ Unlike many of his contemporaries, he studied music late in life, age 14 to be exact. He fell in love with trance music and was also interested in music theory. So much so, he wrote music during his school lunch breaks. The earliest inspiration for his music was a relationship he had in school.

He competed in every DJ competition he could find while keeping them from his parents. They influenced him to be a drummer and bought him a drum set. He was so appreciative of the drums he traded them for turntables. Teenagers. As if DJ’ing isn’t hard enough, he used his older sisters to gain access to clubs because he was too young to enter at the time. The risk was worth the reward as Tyson won his first career DJ competition at age 16 under his school nickname ‘tydi.’ The spelling of ‘tyDi’ resulted from a typographic error on a promotional flyer for the Brisbane DJ Wars competition that he won.

A little-known record label, Armin van Buuren’s ‘Armada’ signed young tyDi at age 17. After high school, he applied to study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. The Conservatorium accepted him as one of 3000 applicants for the potential 30 seats in the program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Technology.

Touring and DJ Awards

Post graduation, tyDi toured Australia. In 2006, he entered the Technics InTheMix Australian Top 50 DJs, reaching number 12. After gaining more experience at music festivals in 2007, he reached number 4 in the Top 50 DJ charts. In 2008 and 2009, he became Australia’s youngest number 1 DJ and the first non-New South Wales winner of the award. In 2010 he won ‘Best Break-Through DJ’ at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in Miami. Tiesto presented him the award. Between 2008 and 2012 tyDi was included in the annual DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. He reached number 48 in 2011.

In 2015, the Conservatorium awarded him the Griffith University Young Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for his contributions to the music industry.

Early Discography

tyDi released tracks on Andy Moor’s label, AVA Recordings between 2008 and 2012. He joined Andy for two Miami Music Week events, Andy Moor & Friends in 2010 and AVA Takeover in 2012.

In 2009, his first album, ‘Look Closer,’ reached number 2 on the Australian Dance charts. His second album ‘Shooting Stars’ released in 2011, reached number 1 on the Australian, Canadian, Finnish and UK iTunes Dance charts and number 4 in the USA.

Through his extensive discography, which includes five full-length albums, countless singles and remixes, and numerous EPs across diverse genres, he’s topped global charts, he’s toured the world, and he’s made his indelible mark on the music world. Now, tyDi reinvents his sound once again via Collide, his forthcoming artist album set for self-release early 2018 via Global Soundsystem Records.

Collide

Four years in the making, Collide unveils tyDi’s latest artistic evolution. It’s a hefty undertaking reflective of tyDi’s developed skills as a songwriter and producer and traversing many styles and sounds.

On Collide, tyDi bridges the worlds of electronic and orchestral music as he presents an entirely new sound in uncharted territories. Collectively, the album threads a grand sonic narrative built on precise composition, progressive musicality, intelligent sound design, layered songwriting and grandiose orchestral scoring. Through its 12 original tracks, Collide creates an unprecedented musical journey that transports listeners off the dance floor and into the concert halls.

The first official album single ‘Closing In’ delivers dreamy synths that float over soft piano melodies and dance atop a beautiful brass section with a bed of majestic strings. The track also features the delicate yet powerful vocals of guest singer Dia Frampton. Dia was the runner-up in the inaugural season of The Voice. The Voice is NBC’s TV singing competition. In 2014, Dia and tyDi also collaborated on his 2014 single ‘Stay.’

The single ‘Gold Blooded’ charges open with an energetic introduction of violins and live brass instruments before diving into a melodic halftime trap chorus featuring empowering vocals from artist Dyson, while ‘Fallen Angel’ forges an intense and massive ride through dubstep-tinged force and modern bass music.

Longtime devotees find a special surprise in ‘Did You Know?’ where tyDi revisits his trance roots with an orchestral twist: Chunky synthesizers and futuristic sequencers build a digital playground as lush strings, and horns paint a cinematic backdrop while ‘London Rouge’ angelically coos of love and longing. Elsewhere, tyDi offers up an intimate, introspective look on ‘You Don’t Love Me,’ a personal reflection on love lost encapsulated by a vulnerable yet uplifting vocal performance from Tori Roper, who perfectly captured the powerful emotion driving the song atop a lulling electro house beat.

tyDi explained,

I wanted to make something larger than life, I needed to impress myself by making an album that’s so detailed, so thorough, so musically complex that you couldn’t copy it. This album is so uniquely me; it cannot be duplicated.

Collide is a continuation of sorts of tyDi’s 2014 album Redefined, a significant effort that saw the producer’s first foray into live elements and instrumentation via his use of string quartets, violas, violins, double bass, guitarists, live vocalists and much more.

Collide also sees tyDi implement his conservatory training as well as his academic classical music degree and musical upbringing.

An accomplished musician, tyDi enlisted two times GRAMMY award-winning composer and seasoned veteran Christopher Tin to help bring Collide to the masses. Best known for his composing and scoring work across the concert music, film and video game industries, Tin has won multiple awards and accolades: In 2011, his choral piece ‘Baba Yetu’ from the video game ‘Civilization IV’ became the first piece of video game music to win a Grammy Award, while his album ‘Calling All Dawns’ took home a second Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album that same year.

tyDi said of his collaboration with Tin,

To make my dream album, I needed someone experienced who was a king in the composing world, this is the type of composition you can only get from an entire orchestra, and I owe so much to Christopher.

For tyDi, it all now comes full circle on Collide, his most ambitious and most challenging project to date.

When you watch a film with an intense score, you’re swept away to a different planet. The atmosphere, emotions, melodies, and instruments captivate you. That feeling doesn’t always enter the dance realm. I wanted to capture that magic and bring it to the electronic world.

Still, all the minute details, all the long hours in the studio and all the sleepless nights that went into the album are evident throughout Collide. And, according to tyDi, this is only the beginning.

I’m at a point in my career where I’m not satisfied doing the same thing. All the ambition, all the drive behind this album comes from the need and internal desire to combine every single thing I’ve ever learned in my musical career and put it into this project, to show everyone what I’m capable of.

—John Ochoa, October 2017

US EDM Duo Norin and Rad

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US EDM Duo Norin and Rad

US EDM Duo Norin and Rad, Bruce Karlsson (Norin) and Nick Sember (Rad) were named after the original name of the comic book character, Silver SurferNorrin Radd. Tipped as stars of the future by Above & Beyond, Bruce and Nick have lived up to that billing and more, releasing numerous smash hits that have found their way into DJ sets around the world.

Since their breakthrough smash hit “Bloom,” the California upstarts produced the most futuristic trance-influenced grooves and progressive EDM around with a string of Anjunabeats anthems such as “Zion,” “DeVas,” “Pistol Whip” and “Five Finger Death Punch.” By 2013, their production output varied from the rave-influenced progressive house riot that is “Bird Is The Word” and techno-edged “Thunder Cat” to their recent release “Prototype,” produced alongside their brother-from-another-mother Andrew Bayer under their collaborative ‘Artificial’ moniker.

The duo found time to remix the soundtrack from the world’s most prestigious video games franchise, Halo 4, as well as “The Way You Are” by Australian outfit Peking Duk and the legendary “Air For Life” by Above & Beyond and Andy Moor. They joined Andy for his AVA Takeover at WMC 2012, along with tyDiMarcus Schossow, Boom Jinx, Joseph Areas, and Betsie Larkin.

As full of energy as their music, the duo’s unique approach and fast-cutting DJ style earned them rightful reputations as party starters of the highest order. In 2013, these two SoCal boys played some of Australia’s biggest arenas with Above & Beyond, toured with Mat Zo on his Damage Control bus tour and rocked legendary spots around the world, from New York’s Roseland Ballroom to India’s Jayamahal Palace, to Amnesia Ibiza. On the festival circuit, they conquered the stages of Miami’s Ultra, EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, and Creamfields in England, Argentina, and Peru.

On November 7, 2014, Nick Sember (Rad) posted on Facebook that Bruce Karlsson (Norin) had indeed left Norin & Rad. Nick continued Norin & Rad himself along with his self-titled solo project and has released tracks under Anjunabeats. Karlsson joined Kevin Wild and Elias Ghosn and formed Bad Royale.

EDM and Trance DJ/Producer Mark Sixma

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EDM and Trance DJ Producer Mark Sixma

EDM and Trance music DJ Producer Mark Sixma, aka M6, was born in Breda, Netherlands in 1983 and studied classical piano as a child. The name Breda derived from the convergence of two rivers, the Mark and the Aa. Breda as a result of its location, made it strategically important to the Holy Roman Empire, both politically and militarily. It is known for its stunning medieval castles and the Gothic cathedral, Church of Our Lady. It is also known for being the home of some of the top DJ/Producers on the planet, including,

  • Tiesto
  • Hardwell
  • W&W
  • R3hab

Mark recently gave an interview to EDMIDENTITY where he described his music as,

I’ve always enjoyed multiple genres of music, electronic and otherwise. For instance, I listen to classical music quite a bit and that definitely inspired some of the more anthemic tracks I produced. For me combining different (sub)-genres in one track is always a creative challenge which I enjoy a lot! For instance, ‘Requiem’ combines a classical choir with EDM elements and trance music.

Mark began his DJ career at 13 and in 2007 released ‘Destination 6,’ which became Tune of The Week on A State of Trance episode 322. Mark signed with Armada Music shortly after. In 2008, Mark released ‘Fade 2 Black,’ and it also became Tune of The Week on ASOT episode 353. These two tracks secured Mark’s place in the world of trance music.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010 Armin van Buuren chose three of Mark’s tracks released under the alias M6. They are respectively,

  • Amazon Dawn
  • Paradise Lost
  • Days of Wonder

In 2010 Armin van Buuren released his fourth album, Mirage. Mirage reached number 5 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Armin collaborated with Ferry Corsten on the track, ‘Minack’, and allowed Mark to remix it in 2011.

Mark continued his success with releases on labels such as,

  • Armada
  • Armind
  • A State of Trance
  • Who’s Afraid of 138
  • Perfecto
  • Blackhole Recordings
  • Revealed
  • Mainstage Music
  • Vandit
  • Ultra
  • Spinnin Compilations
  • ArisaAudio
  • Metanoia Music

Mark has toured the globe with the biggest names in trance,

  • Armin van Buuren
  • Ferry Corsten
  • Gareth Emery
  • Judge Jules
  • Markus Schulz
  • Paul van Dyk
  • Sander van Doorn
  • W & W

Mark has performed at several festivals including,

  • Stereosonic
  • A State of Trance 550 & 650
  • Nature One (two times)
  • Electronic Family
  • Escapade Music Festival
  • Ultra Music Festival Miami

In 2013, Mark released ‘Requiem,’ which became the most played trance track of the year. His three releases, ‘Character,’ ‘Refused,’ and ‘The Saga’ scored in six of Beatport’s Top 10 records. The other three were remixes of Orjan Nilsen’s ‘Mafioso,’ Cosmic Gate’s ‘Crushed,’ and Jorn van Deynhoven’s ‘New Horizon.’

Mark held the Beatport number one spot in 2014 for his remix of ‘Adagio For Strings.’ He lost his number one spot to himself, an uncommon accomplishment for sure, for ‘Falling Back,’ which supplanted ‘Adagio For Strings.’

In 2015, Mark toured North America for the first time. He collaborated with Armin van Buuren for ‘Panta Rhei,’ which appeared to solidify his position in the trance music elite.

There are many reasons why Mark Sixma has continued success, but I’ll point out only two. First, he loves the journey of producing music. Second, he maintains an intimate relationship with his fans via social media.

His latest collaboration is with Emma Hewitt for ‘Missing’ by Everything But The Girl first released in 1994.

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Mark Sixma and Emma Hewitt
 

Electronica Artist BT

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ELECTRONICA ARTIST BT EARLY LIFE & INFLUENCES

Electronica artist BT, born Brian Wayne Transeau on October 4, 1971, in Rockville, Maryland. He is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, songwriter, producer, technologist, and audio technician. BT is a pioneer of trance music and for

stretching electronic music to its technical breaking point.

BT listened to classical music at four years old and studied classical piano. In four years he was studying at the Washington Conservatory of Music. His exposure to electronic music came from the pop culture of breakdancing music and Vangelis’ soundtrack for the movie Bladerunner in 1982. These early influences led him to artists like Bambaataa, Kraftwerk, New Order, and of course Depeche Mode.

BT was an eclectic musician in high school. He played punk guitar, ska bass, and drums in another band. He studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, by the time he was fifteen. At Berklee, he became a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, keyboards, synths, guitar, bass, sequencers, drums, drum machines, the glockenspiel, as well as modifying instruments.

EARLY CAREER

BT left Berklee in 1989 and moved to Los Angeles with the dream of becoming a successful singer-songwriter. After several months, he realized his true love was electronic music. He returned to Maryland months later and worked with Dubfire and Sharam of Deep Dish, where they started Deep Dish Records.

The next few years saw BT pioneering the trance sound he would become famous for. His tracks ‘Relativity’ and ‘A Moment of Truth’ became hits in the United Kingdom, but not the United States. He was unaware of how popular he was overseas. BT became fully aware though when Sasha bought him a plane ticket so he could see for himself. In front of thousands of clubbers, Sasha dropped a BT track, and the dancefloor erupted. BT was now aware.

BT met Paul Oakenfold and subsequently signed with Perfecto Records. His first album, Ima, released on Perfecto in 1995 consisted of progressive house music. The first release, ‘Nocturnal Transmission’ was featured in the film, ‘The Fast and The Furious’ in 2001.

With the success of Ima, BT collaborated with Tori Amos on ‘Blue Skies’ which reached number one on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart in January 1997. This led to collaborations with and productions for Sting, Madonna, Seal, Sarah McGlachin, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Diana Ross, and Mike Oldfield.

BT released his second album, Electric Sky Church Music in 1997, was darker than Ima and more involved musically. The first release, ‘Flaming June’ was a trance collaboration with Paul van Dyk. This initial collaboration led to subsequent collaborations. They remixed BT’s ‘Remember’ and reached it also became number one on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart.

Through 2016, BT has released ten albums and worked with numerous stars in electronic music, as well as rock, pop, and hip-hop.

FILM SCORING

In 1999, BT scored the soundtrack to Go, which was a movie about dance music culture. He moved to Los Angeles and worked on the soundtracks to The Fast and The Furious and Under Suspicion.

THE TECHNOLOGIST: STUTTER EDIT

BT pioneered the sound engineering technique of the stutter edit. In layman’s terms,

“Stutter’ edits, commonly used in a variety of pop music, including dance music and hip-hop, slice and dice clips into pieces and then reassemble them in a different order.”

These sounds repeat rhythmically. BT formed a software company, Sonik Architects, and developed the plugins Stutter Edit, BreakTweaker, and Sonifi.

BT – LSTM (Original Mix) Released on Armind 

Ultra Music Festival Miami 2018 Phase One

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Ultra Music Festival Miami 2018 Phase One

Ultra Music Festival Miami 2018 Phase One released the lineup with much fanfare. The world’s premier electronic dance music festival returns, regardless of controversy, to Bayfront Park on March 23, 24, and 25, 2018. The upcoming festival marks a major milestone. Ultra celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary.
The artists for phase one of the following categories in alphabetical order are as follows:

DJ Headliners

  1. Afrojack
  2. Armin van Buuren
  3. Axwell /\ Ingrosso
  4. Carl Cox
  5. The Chainsmokers
  6. David Guetta
  7. DJ Snake
  8. Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber
  9. Eric Prydz
  10. Flosstradamus
  11. Hardwell
  12. Jamie Jones
  13. J.E.S.U.S
  14. Joseph Capriati
  15. Kaskade
  16. Maceo Plex
  17. Marshmello
  18. Nicky Romero
  19. RL Grime
  20. Sasha & John Digweed
  21. Steve Aoki
  22. Tiësto
  23. Virtual Self

Live Headliners

  1. Azealia Banks
  2. The Crystal Method
  3. Empire Of The Sun
  4. Infected Mushroom
  5. Rabbit On The Moon
  6. Tchami x Malaa

Support

  1. Andrew Rayel
  2. Audien
  3. lBrohug
  4. Estiva
  5. Fedde Le Grand
  6. GTA
  7. Gabriel & Dresden
  8. Hot Since 82
  9. Josh Wink
  10. Joyryde
  11. Keys N Krates
  12. Lee Burridge
  13. Lost Kings
  14. Matoma
  15. Nghtmre & Slander
  16. Ookay
  17. Paul Oakenfold
  18. Pete Tong
  19. Rezz
  20. San Holo
  21. Slushii
  22. Sub Focus
  23. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
  24. Vini Vici
  25. What So Not

Ultra Music Festival Miami 2018 Phase One