While it seems everyone from DJ Khaled to The Kardashians are embracing social media's guilty pleasure app Snapchat, there are a number of DJ/Producer who are also utilising the latest phenomenon. With millions of snaps being sent out each day, you can now find almost every DJ, Producer, personality or brand offering their exclusive take on what goes on behind-the-scenes. To celebrate the release of Go Hard or Go Home, we're sharing our Top 10 DJ/Producers That You Need To Follow On Snapchat. We've also gone ahead and created a snapchat database below, so you can have a quiet night in on "Snapper-chat", or squash the FOMO with a night on the town. Oh, you want to follow us? We're @ministryaus 😉 Go Hard or Go Home is available to pre-order now on iTunes.
UK Producer, Sigala, seems to be showing no signs of slowing down. Saying it's been an eventful few months for newcomer Sigala would be an understatement. The British native boasts an impressive musical background, starting out as an avid piano player from the age of 8, achieving grade 8 only a few years later. He progressed into Jazz music as a teenager before studying at Westminster University, here he was able to fine-tune his technical abilities and style. As he got marginally older, he discovered a love for dance music listening to the likes of Pendulum, Sub Focus, Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy. It was these artists combined with 90s music (particularly R'n'B and Garage) that would go on to influence his own music and sound. His hit singles 'Easy Love', 'Sweet Lovin' feat. Bryn Christopher, 'Say You Do' feat. Imani and DJ Fresh , and most recently, 'Give Me Your Love' feat. John Newman and Nile Rodgers, have gained massive support across radio and streaming platforms. 'Easy Love' was the feel-good anthem of the summer, debuting at No. 1 in the UK and is certified Gold in both the UK and Australia. Sigala's music can only be summed up as uplifting and soulful while tapping into that 90s nostalgia that is so definitive of the young producer's generation. Piano based instrumentals and jazz chords are still evident throughout, showing that his technical background lends itself generously to his present sound.
While we've seen Aussie producers explode onto the global stage over the past few years, one local artist has been flying under the radar, building a cult following along with a row of Beatport chart dominating tracks. Tom Budin has shot out the gates in 2016, building his name as one of the Aussie 'artists to look out for', cracking the Beatport chart with his track 'Mirrors', as well as providing the anthem for Sydney's Keep Sydney Open Rally in February with the track 'Mike Baird'. Aside from his current successes, his tracks are often featured in the sets of many mainstage artists, and has been likened to artists like Oliver Heldens and Tchami. To celebrate the release of On The Download March/April - Mixed by Tom Budin, Tom has shared his Top 10 Club Tracks That You Need To Hear. On The Download March/April is out now on iTunes.
Melbourne natives Damian Andres and Matt Campbell make up Australia's favorite Daft Punk tribute duo, Discovery. Daft Punk's second album, 'Discovery' was the inspiration behind the duo's name. Known for their electro-funk and feel-good disco sounds, Discovery will help you experience all that is Daft Punk. Get to know Discovery a little better by checking out their spotlight below.Describe your music set in 5 words? Live, Electro, Daft, Punky, Thrash. Where do you find inspiration? From Daft Punk's early work, particularly the Homework and Discovery album, as well as Thomas Bangalter's side projects with Stardust, Roule' and DJ Falcon. Any of the big house producers that were prominent in the 90's like Fred Falke, Paul Johnson, Armand Van Helden, Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar, Joey Negro, Masters at Work etc How do you consider yourselves different compared to other tribute groups? We can perform at just about any event and engage the crowd both visually and musically. Staying in character the entire time makes it way more mysterious and people are intrigued by that. Plus we have younger crowds compared to your average Elvis tribute show! Best show you've had? It's gotta be a draw between the Merivale Xmas Party in 2015 (Burning Man theme) and the Da Nang Festival in Vietnam where we supported Peking Duk, Client Liaison and the Vengaboys! Current favorite song(s)?Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont, Say My Name – Peking Duk, Beyonce – Formation, pretty much any song by Client Liaison
Pack your bags because we're going to Splendour!! The Splendour in The Grass 2016 lineup has been announced and we can get excited because IT'S BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE. The Avalanches are making a triumphant return to the mainstage, joining the likes of Flume,The Strokes, The Cure, and James Blake. Along with a huge roster of international artists, dance music makes a strong appearance with Duke Dumont, What So Not, Lido, Years & Years, LDRU, Hermitude and our very own Paces. Check out the full lineup and ticket details below, and prepare to suffer the fomo consequences if you miss out on tickets.
For when you want to go out, but you know you shouldn't. For when your body says yes, but your wallet says no. Do you Go Hard Or Go Home? We've got the compilation that will resolve your dilemma. Introducing Go Hard or Go Home, the newest addition to the Ministry of Sound family. Designed for music fans who thirst for the club, Go Hard or Go Home serves up 3 huge discs of current club tracks, dance anthems and a curated selection of some of the biggest tracks in the world right now to lift your pre-party, party and late night kick on because no night ends at 3am. Loaded with 3 Discs of current club hits, Disc 1 and 2 are pushing the boundaries to help you Go Hard, with tracks from Tiesto, Diplo, Timmy Trumpet, R3hab, DVBBS, Sigala and The Chainsmokers. Whether you're hitting the pre-party with some pump up anthems, or rolling straight to the club, Discs 1 & 2 will get your night off the ground. Disc 3 takes it back a notch to keep the kick on going should you decide to GO HOME. Because no kick on should go without a singalong and some laidback house vibes, Disc 3 features tracks from the likes of Duke Dumont, Kygo, LDRU, Flight Facilities, What So Not and Years and Years. Your triple disc, Friday night ultimatum to rave, or behave is here. So do you Go Hard or Go Home? Go Hard or Go Home is out now on iTunes.
Justin Martin looks to the skies on Hello Clouds, his second full length album on Dirtybird. Building on the formidable foundation he established with 2012's Ghettos & Gardens, Justin invites listeners on a high-flying journey through a rich musical landscape. One of the label's most beloved characters, Martin lets his effervescent personality shine through on these 13 tracks – along with an unexpected range of emotions. From the first strings of album opener "Dive In", Justin effortlessly establishes an otherworldly mood. Are we deep beneath the ocean's surface, or squinting at bright sunlight while 30,000 feet in the air? It ultimately doesn't matter – we just need to hear more. And Justin delivers with a set of obsessively crafted tunes for clubs and headphones alike. For example, on title track "Hello Clouds," Justin mixes the ethereal vocals of rising star FEMME with sub-rattling lows and a chorus of singing 303s. This is only one of many exciting collaborators on the album. "I reached out to specific artists who currently inspire me," Martin explains, "artists I think the world needs to hear more of." This impressive group of collaborators include FEMME, Charlotte OC, Lena Cullen, Kill Frenzy, Will Clarke, Ardalan, and even his brother Christian. These features introduce a veritable cast of supporting characters, adding additional stories and sounds to the ones Justin is already sharing. Hello Clouds is an impressive sophomore outing – a complete work that invites the listener to float above walls, ceilings and any other restraints they might encounter. So lay back, look skyward and experience the breathtaking scope of Justin's imagination."
Southern California native SNBRN has channeled the lasting spirit of his home state in his latest release, Gangsta Walk.SNBRN offers a total rework of the late Nate Dogg's original,speeding up the track and embedding a warm house beat behind the rap icon's verses. What's most special about the track is the inclusion of an unreleased acapella that SNBRN acquired officially from Nate Dogg's estate.
After a massive 2015 which saw Kilter play sold-out shows with the likes of Hermitude, Carmada and Little Dragon, the Sydney producer has emerged from the studio with a new single 'Fool For You' featuring vocalist Micah Jey. Featuring Kilter's signature production and a sultry female vocal, 'Fool For You' was premiered by mixmag and will be released by etcetc Music on March 25th, 2016.
Mikey Perry, aka Paces, stormed through 2014 with two massive Australian and New Zealand tours in support of singles 'Julian' and 'Can't Touch Me' including a performance on the main stage at Splendour In The Grass Festival in Byron Bay. His year culminated in his first official release through new label etcetc for his 'On My Mind' EP with a comprehensive twelve date national tour.This year couldn't have started any better for Paces, having a track he worked on with Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza, 'Switch Lanes' making it into triple j's Hottest 100 at the coveted number 100 spot. Now Paces is quick to follow it up with his new single 'Nothing's Forever' which features vocals from Perth singer Kučka who was triple j's unearthed feature artist in July last year. Having already received solid support from radio with a triple j premiere on 2015 with Richard Kingsmill and being named single of the week on New Zealand's George FM 'Nothing's Forever' is set to take Paces profile to the ultimate swag level.
In less than a decade, Timmy Trumpet has successfully transgressed from the international stage as an acclaimed Jazz musician to the realm of global dance music. Now as a combined DJ/Instrumentalist, he's ranked in the top 10 DJ's in Australia (ITM Poll), performed at Ibiza's Pacha and Miami's WMC, and mixed both Ministry of Sound and Pacha CD's featuring his own Aria Chart smash hit 'Sassafras'. Rightfully dubbed "the busiest DJ in Australia" Timmy averages 7 flights a week, juggling over 200 shows per year, including all the major festivals, owns his own clothing label, runs a club night, and is a regular co-star on the FOX8 reality TV show The Stafford Brothers.No stranger to the limelight, Timmy Trumpet won 'Young Musician of the Year' at age 13 before being granted a full scholarship by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Anthony Heinrich tutored him. Within two years he secured a position as the leading solo trumpet player in the Australian All-Star Stage Band, taking part in an extensive tour through Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Holland covering some of the world's biggest Jazz Festivals including Montreux and the North Sea Jazz Festivals. After developing perfect pitch at a young age, Timmy's progression into dance music has been propelled by his ability to effortlessly mix in-key, mastering the art of improvisation."After discovering Jazz I began to jam over everything and anything, mainly stuff on the radio. It wasn't long until I discovered house music, met a DJ, then played my first gig. I drove home that night knowing this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." The Live DJ/trumpeter cross-over experiment proved a great success, providing the launching pad for a career in dance music. After landing a contract with legendary house label HedKandi, he jumped on board the next flight to the UK, which lead to touring & performing to record crowds at South Korea's Mass, Thailand's Full Moon Party, and playing alongside Erick Morillo at Pacha Ibiza. Armed with a pocketful of contacts, Timmy was determined to create a name for himself in Australia…Enter his next big break- The Stafford Brothers- who heard of his talents while touring in Ibiza. "They introduced me to the Australian market outside of Sydney, and I've learnt so much from them about music, business and life," Timmy says, attributing the brothers as good role models. Establishing a strong bond with the DJ duo he became their "brother from another mother" and their main supporting act while touring throughout the country.Timmy would soon find himself a co-star on The Stafford Brothers FOX8 reality TV series. Timmy Trumpet's rise to the top of the DJ world showed no signs of slowing down, with the dynamite instrumentalist securing himself main support act of Mo-town legend Stevie Wonder on his only Australian show in 2011. After a whopping 70,000 votes, he was ranked Australia's #7 DJ (#2 in NSW) in the 2011 ITM Music Awards.FAST FORWARD TO THE NOW; Taking over mainstages across Australia with the king-size Future Music Festival National Tour, filming 'The Stafford Brothers' Season 3 in L.A, as well as mixing this years much anticipated and renowned 'Ministry of Sound Sessions 9 CD' featuring 2 of his own tracks, Timmy Trumpet is proving he is a force to be reckoned with.
Held in the highest esteem by his peers and the masses, Ember is without question one of Australia's most in demand genre hopping beatsmiths. Crossing the country on a weekly basis, leaving jaws dropped upon sweat drenched dance floors; this star student of the Sydney club scene has definitely earned his stripes. Sharing stages with the worlds dance music elite, he has held his own at Stereosonic, Field Day, Splendour In The Grass, Shore Thing, Big Day Out, Parklife and Future Music Festival amongst other iconic party spots. Warming the faders and ransacking riders with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Skrillex, Duck Sauce to Diplo, building a resume along the way that any mother would be more than proud of. Keeping his ear to the ground and head out of the clouds, Ember has been asked on board national tours with Ministry of Sound three times in the past two years, recently mixing the renowned 'Annual for 2015', after touring the country with Joel Fletcher for 'Clubbers Guide to 2014', and Chardy for 'Electro House Sessions 6'. His first official release, Blur, hit #1 on the Australian ARIA Club Chart, with Triple J premieres from Peking Duk and mixes from Go Freek, Spenda C, Jay Karama and Combo gaining support from dance aficionados the world over.True to his groundwork in ass droppin' party tunes, the young man has been hitting home of late, voted as one of Australia's Top 50 DJs 7 years in a row by inthemix and listed as one of DJ City's Australian producers to watch in 2014. Hell bent on throwing down wherever there's a spot to get down, Ember continues to turn heads and taste make with his booty-bouncing sets. Bridging the gap between his own brands of busted up tech funk and main room ghetto bangers; the future's looking strong for this young party maestro.
If time has taught us one thing, it is that Melbourne duo SCNDL deals in consistent dance floor destruction – no apologies or vowels required.The creative union of Tom Grant and Adam Amuso, SCNDL’s bouncy yet highly-tuned peak time tendencies have made them a breakout force to be reckoned with on the global dance music radar in 2014. By the time their sophomore hit Gypsy had scaled the Beatport electro house top 15 and put them in the good books with the likes of Porter Robinson and Dada Life, SCNDL were one of the definitive stories of ascension to emerge from Melbourne, Australia, ground zero for the eponymous Melbourne Bounce contagion that’s caused a revolution in Australian clubland and is now legitimately airbourne and spreading virus-like on a planetary level.A remix for breakout US star MAKJ’s Hold Up saw the duo infect the Beatport Electro House top 20 once again, immediately leading to them being placed on watch lists with some of EDM’s sharpest tastemakers.Bleed with fellow Aussie Timmy Trumpet emerged on North American imprint Monstercat in 2013, scaling the heights of the Beatport main chart (where it peaked at 12), and conclusively establishing their scientifically-engineered bass lines at world best practice level. With support accumulating from the likes of Tommy Trash, Chuckie, TJR, Tocadisco, Lazy Rich, Henry Fong and MAKJ, the duo ended 2013 with DJs and dance junkies alike craving their refined club getup amid a sustained international bounce blitzkrieg that’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.So much so, gargantuan pop name Flo Rida came knocking, the result a re-imagining of his single How I Feel as a driving Melbourne Bounce juggernaut which is bound to signal their arrival on the world stage with a definitive sonic boom.Meanwhile back on home soil the duo simultaneously held down three spots in the ARIA club chart top 10, confirming their ability to dominate the club landscape on the home front while engaged in expeditionary assaults further afield offshore. In 2014, the word at camp SCNDL remains affirmative action on a global scale, with iconic club mega brand Pacha inviting them to curate their own regular night at their burgeoning Sydney outpost and designing a large-scale mega production uniquely around them. There’ll also be an incoming single release with Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Music imprint, new single 40 Thieves, an appearance at the Juicy Beach Party for WMC 2014 and a rumoured European and UK release for Bleed.This is the unapologetic face of low-end favoring dance music. Hold the vowels, take the plunge and prepare for the hell-borne sound of Melbourne.
Head banging, unmistakable locks at large and fist in the air, Tommy Trash is not your stereotypical dance music icon. Armed with an arsenal of his own carefully created anthems, he has rejected the clean-shaven no-nonsense image of many a peer. Tommy’s work hard play hard antics have carved him a unique position in a scene in desperate need of rebels. Outside his party-hard stage presence, the Grammy and VMA nominated producer’s approach to mind-blowing music remains as heartfelt as they come. With Platinum records around the world, singles on labels ranging from Axtone to Fool’s Gold, from Refune to Mau5trap, and from Spinnin’ to Owsla and Boys Noize, every new installment of his diverse, floor-filling productions lay testament to the pride the Aussie takes in his blazing, musical legacy. It’s no wonder that the likes of Rolling Stone and MTV have marked him out as ‘One To Watch’.From the most prestigious nightspots around the globe and the ever-expanding global festivals that he so seamlessly conquers to the grimiest warehouse parties, there’s no stage too grand or miniscule for him to tailor his adrenaline-fueled sets to. In line with his successive industry triumphs, the road ahead looks set to comfortably accommodate the rare energy and characteristics that Tommy continues to bring to dance music.
The highly anticipated Clubbers Guide To 2016 National Tour has been announced with the homegrown legends Kyro & A-Tonez hitting up over 20 shows around the country. Armed with a collection of taste-making, party starting, and crowd pleasing tunes, along with Ministry of Sound merch and goodies, the guys will be bringing one of the biggest parties to a venue near you. Check out the announced dates below, and keep an ear out for a few sneaky shows being announced in the coming weeks.
Jack Beats are heading back to Australia in February 2016 for a national tour thanks to Nuffsaid! The UK duo will be hitting up Mountain Sounds Festival, Enchanted Garden Festival as well as club shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast. Jack Beats have a plan. That plan involves taking the very best, most spectacularly effective pieces from a vast array of different musical genres and blending them together into an irrepressible force that detonates on contact. When you lay it out like that it all seems quite simple really, doesn't it?Through their six singles and a string of monstrous remixes for the likes of Rudimental, Oliver Heldens, Major Lazer, A-Track , Skream, Beyoncé, Aloe Blacc, Big Boi and more, they have formed a relationship with an increasingly hungry audience.For Niall Dailly and Ben Geffin the joy in music is in the idea and its execution. They're relentlessly moving forward and they're intent on bringing us all with them."We're in a world of our own," Ben says. "We've always made music that's quite forward-thinking and different. So much so that, sometimes, we're not sure whether anyone else is even into it. There's a bit of fortune-telling going on in what we do, but we both have patience, we never release anything until we know it's absolutely right."Ultimately, Jack Beats have got a mass of ambitions, the main one being to get their music to as many people as possible."If a year ago someone had said our music would come out on a major label across the world I'd have fallen over laughing," says Niall. "We began life as an underground crew making tunes for Sunday night hardcore clubbers. Suddenly it gets to this level and it's shocking, but we've been around enough to know that we're here on the merit of what we've done. We're not trying to be something we're not."And that is the key to Jack Beats, that's why their plan works. They are making exactly the music they want to make and the world is coming to them.
Exis is hitting the road this February for Ministry of Sound's Trance Nation tour! The 9 date run will see Exis take over iconic venues such as Family in Brisbane, HQ in Adelaide and Home in Sydney.This will be Exis's first national head line tour and told us that "The most exciting thing about being part of Trance Nation is being able to bring my music around Australia and meeting my fans & supporters. To see what I've worked hard for the past few years come to fruition like this and have a tour is something I would never have imagined back then." Kicking off next weekend at Discovery in Darwin, make sure you don't miss Exis on the road this summer.
Chinese Laundry Garden Parties have been infamous in the Sydney scene since their launch in 2009. This season has already seen Andy C & Scuba hit Sydney with huge sets, and now Kölsch will take to the garden stage, giving fans new and old a chance to dance in the sunshine!
Melbourne duo SCNDL are one of Australia's biggest dance music exports. In the past year alone they have toured the US and Canada twice, plus visited Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Japan,! 'Meant To Be' is their latest single and it's been sitting at #1 on the ARIA Club Chart for the past three weeks in a row, making it the biggest dance track in the country right now! In celebration of their ARIA #1, SCNDL will soon be hitting the road once again on a 19-date Australian tour kicking off in Darwin on February 27th, then traversing across the country throughout March, April and May, with more dates to be announced. For 'Meant To Be', the Melbourne pair has thrown the rule book out the window, melting future house bass lines with the energy their fans have grown to expect and unleashing one of the most innovative floor fillers yet. SCNDL are well known on the Aussie dance scene, having previously teamed up with multi-platinum-selling artist Timmy Trumpet on their track 'Bleed' which has had over 5 million combined spins on YouTube to date. SCNDL also remixed fellow Melbournian Will Sparks' track 'Ah Yeah So What' which came in at #9 on Beatport's list of top selling Electro House tunes in the entire world for last year. Some of the biggest names in music globally are also fans, with David Guetta and Martin Garrix supporting their tracks. Now it's time for Australian radio to get behind SCNDL. Check out a preview of SCNDL's high energy show here and download to 'Meant To Be' now!