With impressive support from Todd Edwards, Groove Armada, Oliver Heldens, and Trippy Turtle, Australia's freshest name in house is Acaddamy. After a busy year of remixes for Green Velvet, The Preatures, and Emoh Instead and originals Gangsta Pop and Into You on house imprint Habitual Recordings, Acaddamy claimed himself a spot in the impressive Stoney Roads', Producer of the Year Awards amongst Peking Duk, Golden Features and Motez. “Having guys like Motez, Shiba San, even DJ T support my stuff is just crazy" explains Acaddamy “..it makes we want to keep pushing the envelope". Producing from his hometown of Gerringong in Sydney's south coast, Acaddamy's sets of garage-tinged house come with a laidback attitude with an unmistakable punch. Acaddamy has had the good fortunate to play alongside name like Disclosure, MK, Dusky and Justin Martin during their Australian tours. A testament to his sound, ability and credentials as an exciting new star in house music. Acaddamy's emotive, good-times vibe has since become his trademark, with punters and industry elite eagerly anticipating his next move. His remixes of Danny T & Matt Sofo's Shake Yo Hands on Sweat it Out!, Youan's Your Trust on etcetcetc music have spread the Acaddamy vibe across the globe. Not to mention teaming up with Danny T to mix 'Ministry of Sound House Sessions 2015' boasting an eclectic compilation of tropical house and all-round good time tunes that sets the ideal tone for summer. "To be releasing Gave Up alongside artists like Ben Pearce, Duke Dumont and Kilter is a bit of a dream for me." admits Acaddamy. If all of this is just a dream, imagine what this kid can do when he wakes up!
Alex Metric's is an internationally in-demand producer, remixer and DJ who is signed to Skrillex's OWSLA record label. Fresh from three consecutive US headline tours with sets at the huge EDC in Las Vegas plus numerous HARD appearances, London-born Metric has successfully made that leap over the big pond and boy, has it paid dividends. But what lead Metric here? Looking back, Metric sees his 2011 debut album 'Open Your Eyes' featuring the likes of Charli XCX and Ian Brown as the encapsulation of his production work to date. Once arguably better known for his consistent and game-changing remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, N.E.R.D, Ellie Goulding, Bloc Party, and La Roux, Metric has long shown an apt ability to manipulate tracks and then stamp himself right through them.Producing other people's records is the realisation of a dream, but even as a teenager growing up in the countryside, it was something Alex wanted to do. He could sing play the keyboard from an early age, but never warmed to the idea of being in a band himself. Initially an indie kid, his conversion to dance music came when he once missed the bus home and decided to kill some time in a record shop. Fatboy Slim's 1996 album 'Better Living Through Chemistry' was playing at one of the listening posts. "I was blown away. There were guitars, these big broken beats and this mad energy. I bought it there and then. It was a massive turning point."After studying music at college in Guildford, Alex released a string of singles on a series of dance labels—a mix of progressive house, breakbeat and techno. His break came in 2006 when he signed to Adam Freeland's Marine Parade label. "I'd been making proggy, breakbeaty stuff and I was doing OK at it," he remembers. "But one night I was DJing in Russia and I realised right there on stage that I didn't like the records I was making. I had an epiphany. I thought: What's the music I love? French house, rock music, electro. Why don't I chuck everything I love into one record?" The result was his 2007 single Whatshewants, the starting point on the journey towards his current position as one of dance music's most exciting new talents. Fast forward to a few years later, and Metric's focus has naturally honed to what he does best: making banging club records for clubbers and DJs alike. The self-released Rave Weapon in 2012 did just what it said on the tin – got dancefloors heaving and BBC Radio 1 hot under the collar: a camp that has long supported him with everyone from Annie Mac to Pete Tong playing his records. The latter even personally invited Metric to play his 20th anniversary show at the BBC's hallowed Maida Vale studios in London. 2013 followed in a similar vein with the second release in his now legendary Ammunition series for OWSLA, featuring the stunning Prophecies which cranked things up to 1000 and propelled Metric even further into the big arena league with a its mechanical beat juxtaposed against sweet melodies.That was swiftly followed early 2014 with the current Ammunition collection via Hope, which came through to raise the bar and announce Metric to the world as a vanguard of contemporary electronic innovations. New release Heart Weighs A Ton sees Metric arguably jump two-feet in to the 'chameleon' tag with a pop-tinged track that looks set to outstrip all of his previous releases as the biggest yet.Metric is certainly carving out a niche in the new frontier of electronic music in America. Skrillex's respect for him as DJ and producer paved the way for him to settle down nicely amongst his OWSLA label mates. Metric continues to reinterpret and pay homage to the great genres of UK dance past while weaving in the freshest contemporary sounds of his new home.
The global Dance icon and five-time Grammy nominated Axwell has had little time to rest upon his laurels over the past decade. In a career that has taken him from the Swedish underground to Madison Square Gardens and the UK charts alike, his Midas like touch has seen Axel Hedfors rise as an idol of modern house music. While his earliest work could be found under a number of different monikers, his own name has championed the boarders of sun kissed house music. With landmark hits Feel The Vibe, Wonderful World and accidental crossover anthem I Found U, all have demonstrated that versatile quality Axwell has stamped across his craft. His national identity, however, has been a heavy hallmark in terms of his global success. Alongside long serving peers and childhood friends Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia has stamped out the animosity once associated with popular Dance music, setting a new precedent with such chart-topping endeavours as Save the World and Don't You Worry Child and momentous live landmarks at Madison Square Garden, Milton Keynes Bowl. Their legendary farewell tour 'One Last Tour' racked up a landmark run of 53 shows across 36 cities for the enigmatic trio. As Ax puts it: “Every night we were met by one unified crowd who were all there like us to toast the same things. It felt like all of us were appreciating the same feeling and emotions through music." An accidental success story by all accounts, their decision to split now sees each member take the thriving industry on his own terms, something Axwell is not shy of.
Bob Sinclar (born Christophe Le Friant) is a French Record Producer/DJ and owner of independent record label Yellow Productions.Bob Sinclar quickly rose to fame on the back of his 1998 co-production with Thomas Bangalter, the Jane Fonda sampling Gym Tonic. Released as part of his first album 'Paradise' this funked-up, pumping, vocal house track caught the world's imagination and even though, to this day the track still remains a stand-out piece of work any house fan worth their salt can instantly conjure up.Bob followed 'Paradise' with his second album 'Champs Elysees' and from that came I Feel For You and Darlin – two instant classics that cemented his position as one of the leading artists in the huge house revival of that time. But it wasn't just house music that attracted Bob. From the black roots of reggae, hip-hop, funk and acid-jazz, he began to craft out his own sound and along with other French up-and-coming artists such as Martin Solveig, David Guetta, DJ Gregory, NaSSau, Julien Jabre and more, formed the celebrated Africanism movement. Bob and his fellow artists produced tracks like Slave Nation, On The Drum and Bisou Sucre, showing off Bob's rich understanding of beat, groove and vocal flow. At the same time, the disco vibe of Cerrone further underlined his versatility and relentless passion to create music. He was unstoppable and on the back of his passion, his critically acclaimed label Yellow Productions swiftly rose to the top ranks of independent electronic imprints.Then in 2005, a track called Love Generation was released on Yellow, followed in 2006 by World Hold On. Quite simply, both tracks took the name and the music of Bob Sinclar stratospheric. His 'Defected in the House' album found its way into countless music collections; his 'Night At The Playboy Mansion' mix double disc CD became an instant collector's item. 2009 saw Bob release 'Born in 69', and to accompany it he further indulged his passion for the playboy lifestyle by producing his own tribute to Hugh Heffner's seminal publication; Playbob. Lala Song, Peace Song and Love You No More were just some of the tracks from the album to be released and saw Bob shift back towards the sound of his Africanism genre. In 2010 Bob travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to work with world renowned producers Sly & Robbie, giving his biggest hits a reggae-flavoured reworking that gave his 'Best of…' album 'Made In Jamaica' a hugely creative twist.Having gone quiet for a little while, Bob is back with his latest single - Someone Who Needs Me. Someone Who Needs Me is uplifting and energetic, and brings Sinclar's trademark happy vibes to the crowd like you've never heard before. Having amassed around 2 million plays on YouTube & soundcloud in a short few weeks, the catchy chorus will get party people sing along instantly and make you realize here's a track you can't do without.His flair for blending vocals, instrumentals and rhythms into one soaring, euphoric house set still rock clubs to their very foundation wherever he touches down.
Winner of the Grammy for Best Remix 2013. Billboard, UK & ARIA Chart Top Ten Hits. Multi Platinum selling Singles. Beatport, Buzz, Hype Machine & Cool Cuts Charts Number 1′s. 2 BBC Radio One Essential mixes. 3 Essential New Tunes. A weekly Global Radio Show. The 'go to' remixer. An acting debut in Michael Bay's Blockbuster film 'Pain & Gain' alongside Mark Wahlberg & The Rock. Residencies in Las Vegas, New York and Miami. A yearly tour schedule & sell out shows spanning the world over. A new Major Label deal with Universal Worldwide (Polydor / Interscope). These are just a few things that have been making French born Miami resident Cedric Gervais one of the most sought after House DJs & Electronic Music Producers in the World today. Forthcoming Major label single & video releases Missing You & Love Again and a string of underground club releases coupled with a prestigious 'Ministry Of Sound Compilation' will see Cedric continue his ascendancy into 2016 and beyond.
This is Chardy. The Ministry of Sound DJ/Producer's back-story includes numerous Aria charts appearance's, Inthemix DJ poll findings, residences (One Love's Prince of Wales, Billboards, Q Bar, La La Land, 161, Platinum, Sorry Grandma, Lady Luck…) and flawless appearances countrywide. Pete Tong's a fan – Thanks to the Essential Collection. And the man's name continues to rank on the Australia Festival scene, closing Falls (with Mr. Andy Murphy…) for both 2010 and 2011 – Mind you, throwing down one hell of a New Years bash. Backing it up on each occasion with Summadayze main-stage gigs come New Years Day.Signed to Ministry of Sound, Sassafras with Timmy Trumpet has smashed the Top 5 Aria Dance Charts and surpassed the Beatport Electro Charts Top 30. Follow up records/mixes with Trumpet, Andy Murphy and Oliver Twist to come. Backed up with radio-play, remixes and collaborations for/with Chuckie, Joachim Gerrad, Romero, P Money, Wiley, Carl Kennedy, The Stafford Brothers and DJ PP (Hot Fingers). Add to that a handful of records on their way via labels Hussle and Downright. When not on the decks – you'll most likely find him at bar. Agwa-bomb in hand. Say hello!
Raised in Detroit and based in San Francisco, Barclay Crenshaw created the quirky alias Claude VonStroke in 2005 and went on to become one of the most well respected label owners and DJs in dance music. His first release, Deep Throat was a hit putting his imprint on the decks of DJs around the globe. A manifesto of sorts, it was the rare dance floor bomb that sounded as much fun to make as it was to dance to. But the real breakthrough came with double-header The Whistler/Who's Afraid of Detroit?. The 12" cemented Claude's reputation as a producer to be reckoned with, crossing borders, genres and musical ears. The Whistler was embraced by the bass crowd, and at the same time sitting just as easily on the more 4/4 floors. Similarly, Who's Afraid of Detroit? (a social comment about the unfounded fears of suburbanites visiting downtown Detroit) is now known as one of the classic dance tracks of the decade.In 2009, he recorded a mix for Fabric's venerated compilation series and released second album 'Bird Brain', which encompassed many diverse aspects of dance music and beyond. It included a collaboration with the legendary P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins as well as two tracks that went to number #1 & #2 on Beatport respectively.His label, dirtybird, continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene. The label features an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica. Since the creation of dirtybird, Claude has continued to be the dedicated A&R man, signing over 100 EPs and demonstrating his incredible ear for what works on the dance-floor. Staying true to Crenshaw's detroit heritage, dirtybird donates 10% of its profits to a children's music school in Detroit.A lot of the success of dirtybird and VonStroke can be attributed to a good attitude. Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he truly loves his fans. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their ass and have fun.In this day and age of music cross-pollination, Claude VonStroke sits at the forefront of all that is good, proper and most importantly fun. He's just as at home remixing Kenny Larkin or Infinity Ink as he is dropping multiple #1 Beatport hits. DJ wise, his relentless touring of every major city, festival and basement after-party around the world has only enriched this unique perspective on music.
DEORRO (Formally known as TONIC), a Los Angeles native who grew up in West Covina, is one of the top young upcoming producer/DJ's in the music industry. At the age of 14, Deorro began his DJ career by playing at local gigs and house party's. By the age of 17, he was already producing his own tracks. After a few years, Deorro was considered a Soundcloud sensation and sold out international events in Australia twice under the name TONIC. With the help of his unique style of fusing progressive and electro dutch music together, his music has spread rapidly across the globe, and has over 1 million downloads on the web overall.In 2011, Deorro reached over 20,000 followers & had over 1.5 million plays on Soundcloud. Deorro has also been on the Top daily charts for Soundcloud numerous times. In late 2011, Deorro signed one of his most popular tracks Big Fat to BIP Records which expanded his fan base world wide. One of Deorro biggest accomplishments was making Beatport Top 20 in Electro House. Deorro has gained support from big names such as Laidback Luke, Tiesto, Kaskade, Porter Robinson, Bingo Players, Knife Party, Afrojack, Chuckie, Sidney Samson, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, Alvin Risk,Cazzette, Peace Treaty and many more. In 2012, Deorro was added as a supporting act on a US Tour selling out shows in different states and rapidly gaining fans. Deorro also went on a Australia Tour, selling out shows in Melbourne & Sydney. Deorro was given the opportunity to close out the main stage at Good Life Festival 2012 in Melbourne Australia right after Skrillex & Steve Angello which held over 30,000 people, it was the outstanding and unforgettable performance that people still talk about till this day.One thing is certain, Deorro is a one of a kind act that comes around once every generation. His unique sounds, and style definitely make him a Must-See Act. Keep an eye out for this talented individual that will soon make headlines and the biggest impact in the EDM industry.
Dirty South aka Dragan Roganovic has had an impressive rise to stardom. He made an instant name for himself in the dance music industry, impressing the who's who of international DJ's, producers, media and music lovers with his remix of It's Too Late for Australian rock outfit Evermore. This remix was licensed to over 30 compilations worldwide, including 'Ministry of Sounds Sessions Three'.Dirty South has a natural ability to produce devastating dancefloor weapons, with an already impressive discography of original works, such as, Such a Freak, Spank and Get Down. He also collaborated with Paul Harris to create Better Day which featured on Dirty South's disc on 'Ministry of Sound Sessions Four', and also received the prestigious 'Essential New Tune' gong on Pete Tong's Radio One show.Dirty South also has an impressive remix portfolio which reads like an honour role of dance music's finest, having reworked revered artists such as Depeche Mode, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Tracy Thorn, Chris Lake, Fedde Le Grande and Kaskade (his remix of Sorry earnt him a nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Remix). Proving his immense talent as producer and remixer, he was commissioned to complete an official remix for the Don of Hip Hop, Snoop Dogg. With only a few short years under his belt in the international production scene, Dirty South's potential to achieve tremendous musical heights seems limitless. As his trademark blend of beats inspires more and more house lovers across the globe to sit up and take notice.
English DJ and producer Daniel Stein, a.k.a. DJ Fresh, is one of the UK's most respected and influential drum and bass producers. Dan began his musical mission at the tender age of 19 when back in 1998 he fronted the hit drum and bass band Bad Company , whom NME dubbed 'the Wu-Tang of drum and bass'.The group made a name for themselves in the drum and bass industry by creating the record label BC Recordings, releasing three albums and a series of singles, and also setting up Dogs On Acid, the world's largest UK-based electronic music website to date. Their first release The Nine was voted 'Best track of all time' by 130,000 members of Drum and Bass Arena. Bad went on to win virtually every accolade thinkable for a drum and bass act and were a phenomenon across the globe. After five years however, Dan felt it was time to follow his own path. In 2003 he produced Mo-Fire as his final Bad Company outing and it landed at #22 in the UK national charts. A few months later, Dan produced Miracles with Adam F for The Pet Shop Boys as the lead single for their Greatest Hits album. It reached #4; an almost unprecedented proliferation into the national charts for a genre that was so underground at the time.In July 2011, Fresh absolutely smashed the charts with Louder. Featuring the vocals of Sian Evans and licensed by Lucozade Lite for their TV ad campaign, Louder was the first bass music track to debut at #1 in the UK Singles Chart and has sold over 500,000 copies to date. Now a household name thanks to Louder, DJ Fresh has recently raised the bar once again via a sold-out UK live tour featuring a full band (including a headline performance at Alexandra Palace in front of 6,000 people), his Future Jungle EP, remixes for Katy B, Hervé and Jessie J and winning 'Best Dance Act' at this year's Urban Music Awards.
Duck Sauce. The boys who brought flavor back to dance music, no MSGs. A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, hirsute style icons and pan-generational DJ geniuses, combining forces to craft the most infectious anthems they can think of. New York City like drippy marker tags and 4AM hotdogs, funkier than the Statue Of Liberty's tit sweat. Of course, the 200 million (and counting) humans who watched their iconic Barbra Streisand, Big Bad Wolf and aNYway videos already know. The duck-billed throngs pogoing thru their triumphant world-wide festival sets already know. The celebs watching 'em stunt like Bill & Ted in Wu Wear on the Grammy red carpet already know! And now, DS are back to remind the world - and own your entire summer - with It's You, their insanely catchy new single and (literally) hair-raising music video. This silly symphony sets the stage for the full-length Duck Sauce album, 'Quack', a musical epic on the level of Sgt. Pepper, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Funkmaster Flex bomb drop. Don't say we didn't warn you. Birds fly high, quack is back.
Adam Dyment, aka Duke Dumont, surfaced in 2006 with a buzzing, whip-cracking remix of Mekon's Yes Yes Y'All. The London, England-based producer and DJ, inspired by "fidget house" figure Switch (M.I.A., Major Lazer), continued to increase his exposure through remixes for the likes of Late of the Pier (Bathroom Gurgle), Bat for Lashes (Daniel), and Lily Allen (The Fear) prior to releasing his first DJ mix album, Fabriclive 51, in 2010. Dyment continued to be in demand as a remix producer — in 2012 alone, he handled tracks by Bonobo, Santigold, and AlunaGeorge, among others — but he also produced a hit of his own in March 2013 with Need U (100%). Co-produced by Futtize and featuring vocals from A*M*E, the track, reminiscent of early-'90s crossover house, topped the U.K. pop chart. One year on, in March 2014, Dyment hit the U.K. number one spot once again, this time with the Whitney Houston-sampling track, I Got U.
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.
Australian three-piece Flamingo have only been making their lush brand of alternate electronica for just over a year - but you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise. A three-piece, who discovered the importance of balance dabbling in a concoction of ill down-tempo drum patterns, infectious melody and off-kilter electronica. Taking influences from various styles to make music that doesn't satisfy any one genre, Flamingo spent the early months of 2014 refining their sound and building a powerful live show supporting the likes of Bonobo, Yacht, Giraffage, Classixx, Kilter and Rüfüs. In April 2014 Triple J selected the trio to represent JJJ Unearthed on the main stage of Groovin The Moo Oakbank. Following this Red Bull Music Academy invited Flamingo to perform at Splendour In The Grass amongst an incredibly talented lineup including Nicolas Jaar and Hiatus Kaiyote. On top of their debut festival performances 2014 has also seen Flamingo embark on a ten date sold out tour around Australia with good friend The Kite String Tangle. Praise garnered thick and fast on the back of sophomore EP 'DRIP AWAY' released through Etc Etc, coinciding with the band's first national headline tour which saw the trio visit Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. FLAMINGO struck again in early 2016 with, "Hypnotised", and just as the name suggests, its mesmerizing from its first listen.Showcasing the bands laidback swagger and groovy attitude, "Hypnotised" is an undeniably sweet track, layered with bold vocals and electronic beats.
There are DJ/producers who define themselves by the past. Then there are those who are about The Now – and The Next. Glover is one of the latter, concerned not with long, winding historical narratives, but with what's actually happening. The Sydney-sider is bringing an upfront sound to the international scene – an ever-mutating synthesis of big room, electro house, progressive and tech infused grooves that we should really just call 'Glover'.Having held down the main room of Sydney's Pacha since its launch, Glover's meteoric rise as a producer has added to his already impressive arsenal of achievements. His Top 10 ARIA club chart remixes include Onelove's #1 ARIA club chart record Generik's The Weekend', Tigerlily's Faith (as selected by Tiësto for his Club Life Podcast) and Jimi Frew's Trouble as well as remixes for Laidback Luke Where Forever and Dutch über-label Spinnin' Records who placed his transformation of LA producer Borgeous' Invincible fourth in their world-wide remix competition. Glover's debut single, the #1 ARIA club chart record Faces received massive support internationally from djs such as Tiesto, David Guetta, R3hab and Firebeatz.Having been championed by the likes of Tommy Trash, W&W & Bingo Players, this party icon plans to hit the international scene very soon. Big dreams make for big tunes, big parties and bigger storie
Jesabel is on her highway to electronic success, striking from ear to ear and embracing a divergent sound with an ever-evolving talent. Drawing a bubble of inspiration from her offshore icons right through to Australia's local dance music premiers, the Sydney based lady behind those lashes- Jessica, is proposing the right route in the music industry taking electro and house beats with her.As the winner of boutique DJ competitions at Soho Fridays and GirlThing in 2014, Jesabel has broken her own fresh beat, with dance floors and festivals from Sydney to Singapore warming up their beloved DJ booths for her. Supporting some of Australia's top Talent from Tigerlily to Uberjak'd and Will Sparks, her bass lines are on the haute list, spawning her sound overseas to Two Queens beach festival in Singapore where her Musical selection has become infectious with over 8000 ragers.Sharing her successes and savvy finesse, Jesabel has also been involved in the Down N Up program, enabling underprivileged youth to stand up and shine in the electronic music industry with DJ competitions to motivate the masses.Aspiring to a solid stance in the studio and tapping into an electronic and vocal journey as one, the Jesabel story is only just beginning to be told…
Adored by listeners from all corners of the internet and festival goers alike for his euphoric, energised sound, Kilter is the moniker for 24 year old Sydney rising star Ned East. Having amassed 33 million streams online, multiple visits to the Top of Hype Machine charts and triumphed in the triple j Like A Version studio.It's a pretty good indication of a young artist's trajectory when they're being selected by the heavy hitters of the game like ODESZA, Mø, Duke Dumont and London Grammar to remix their big singles on the back of just a handful of originals. Likewise when they're scaling the heights of The Hype Machine charts to #1 and then a remix for UK sensation Ben Pearce amasses streams in the millions. Yeah, Sydney producer Ned East, who's become best known as Kilter through such high profile releases, has done all that at just 24 years old. Cool, right? Well, Kilter's just getting started.Having quickly developed a reputation as a gun producer in the studio, Kilter's thrown us a juicy plot twist and keenly stepped up his game as an accomplished live performer too. Flanked by electronic drums and synth-gear galore, Kilter's live set delivers on the promise of an actual, well, live performance with limbs flying fast between keys, sample pads and drumstick duties."When it came time for me to bring my music to the stage having an instrument in my hand is what felt most natural," Kilter says of his show, crediting an upbringing surrounded by music at home and jamming in school jazz bands. "Using drums, keyboards and samplers I can perform and express myself in a way that's unique to that particular show and crowd," he says. "That uniqueness is what I've always loved most about seeing my favourite artists perform and it's what I try to capture at a Kilter show."The lively setup has been winning Kilter a slew of new followers at key Australian festivals like Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival, not to mention magnetising crowds as the main support act for RÜFÜS, Hermitude and Little Dragon's national tours. Those new fans kept Kilter on the road for an extended 'Shades' EP tour that clocked up a bonkers 24 dates across Australia and New Zealand hitting the capital cities and then causing a froth in regional spots like Bathurst, Mandurah and Townsville.While keeping mum on just who we can expect to show up next Kilter's track record of collaborations inspires promise for what's ahead; there's the signed and certified banger 'Fool For You' with Sydney singer Micah Jey, dusty hip hop-inspired beats with GRMM ('Look At Me'), 'Gravel Pit' with Matt Miller that got an almighty Flume remix, and the euphoric bounce of his team up with Porsches on 'Want 2'.So let's check in again with how Kilter's trajectory is looking for 2016 and beyond. It's up, way up.
Built to party, impregnate and conquer the world, Kronic is Australia's most reckless entertainer. Fueled with Ciroc, Patron and an alarming disregard for personal safety, his electronically sequenced on-stage acrobatics take dj'ing to the next level, leaving crowds everywhere throbbing, engorged and yearning for more.Raised on tapes from AM and Rectangle, Kronic originally sported his hip-hop wares across house parties and boudoirs of Adelaide, wooing friends, foes and women with a west coast influenced take on musical curation. Mixing things up towards the end of the 2000's, his sound became more electric and diversified, with artists such as Chuckie and Afrojack finding their way into the mix. One morning, or afternoon (the details are pretty hazy), while laying hung over and besieged by a bunch of scantily clad women in a candle lit room, he realised that there's something in this dance music business. Sensing the imminent club music invasion, Kronic set his gold chains aside and hopped onto the glow stick electro-club revolution.Five years on, with tour supports for LMFAO, Afrojack, David Guetta, Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon notched into his bed post, alongside lanyards from Creamfields and a handful of Australia's biggest festivals slung over the door, it's obvious that Kronic has a penchant for picking the right track. Trading Adelaide for the sun, sand and single ladies of the Gold Coast, Kronic hooked up with fellow party enthusiasts Bombs Away, and transformation from mixtape DJ to party-proven producer began.Locking in some studio time along the way, with a handful of infamous mash-ups, mixtapes and bootlegs filling out his discography, Kronic delivered his debut release and Top Ten ARIA Club chart single - Looking for Some Girls in early 2012. Rich in synth, donk and sex sweat, the appropriately artistic video clocked over a million view within it's first 7 days before YouTube deemed it too hot for the internet's eyes. Taking it all in stride, Kronic is currently in the studio crafting the next generation of party-starting anthems alongside Seany B, FlyGirl Tee, Krunk, Uberjakd and more.
In a time where EDM has been seemingly invaded overnight by a plethora of barely legal production prodigies, Krunk! commands the ears and eyes of DJ's across the planet. Between climbing the beatport charts with releases on Ultra, Dim Mak, Dirty Dutch, Big Beat and Ministry Of Sound, the Adelaide native has been raising hands and heartbeats across Australia's biggest spots, headlining club shows and holding down support sets at Future Music Festival and Sterosonic.In the midst of touring the terrain, the burgeoning talent has been refining and developing his now trademark musical style; a combination of melodic breakdowns and pace maker shattering drops, forming into post-Melbourne, festival ready big room sound. Quickly captivating the attention of those in the know, Krunk!'s production prowess is world renown, popping up in sets from Showtek, Henry Fong, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Vinai, Chuckie, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Sick Individuals, Sidney Samson, Dyro, Danny Howard and more.Krunk!'s first foray into original releases, Hey Ho (Ultra) became a viral hit in Europe, climbing to #1 on the Belgium Dance charts, and became his first Beatport number one. Barely taking a breath, Krunk! unleashed collaborations with Uberjak'd (Kuzantip – Dim Mak), Kronic (3 Percent – Sup Girl) and Chuckie (Vamonos – Dirty Dutch), in between banging out remixes for the likes of Chuckie, Sunday Funday, Tigerlily and The Only, and topping the ARIA Club Charts with his take on I Am Sam & Archie's Firefly.
If it's music's prerogative to change with the times, Laidback Luke is the master of evolution. The one time Chocolate Puma protégé turned Dance Music heavyweight has a two-decade track record of doing things his own way, keeping versatility at the core of his every move. He's inspired the masses, rewired a worldwide passion for dance music and set a new precedent for fan interaction along the way. Add a who's who list of collaborators, remixes, global live credentials and a side line in professional Kung Fu and there is still no rarer breed of superstar DJ than Laidback Luke. Since minting his debut release in 1995, Luke's authority has only strengthened with the changing tides of dance music. Boasting collaborators to-date as varied as Diplo, Example, Lil Jon, Hardwell and Swedish House Mafia, his music shows a rare balance of both chart and credible club success. The wealth of remixes and personal bootlegs under his belt begs no exception, with credits ranging from Daft Punk, Green Velvet and Depeche Mode to Robin Thicke, Madonna and Mariah Carey. Adding house sideline Nouveau Yorican alongside wife and fellow DJ Gina Turner to the equation, his agenda continues to push boundaries and break norms at every given opportunity. Passion project turned career altering label venture Mixmash Records has played a huge part in Luke's overhaul of the music industry. A place where new music is discovered, nurtured and celebrated, the label has invested in the next generation of talent like few other of its time. With no formal musical agenda other than outright quality, the culmination of Mixmash and its Ones To Watch sub-label has unearthed stars, spotlighted next generation players and kept quality and creative energy at the forefront of this definitive career highlight. Avicii, Bingo Players, Knife Party, Afrojack and many others all credit Luke for his early support. Beyond his recording career, the live arena is where the magic of Luke's musical versatility is let loose. Spinning records from across the ages and keeping the 'skill' factor at the forefront of his live sets, this long and prosperous career behind the decks has seen no short cuts or technological loopholes from the long serving DJ. Through his Super You&Me concept, which to date has scaled the worldwide clubscene and has hosted a multitude of global festivals along the way, Luke and his army of prestigious peers continue to remind the world that the sound of a superstar does not waiver the right to have fun in the process.
Martin Garrix may not be a superhero or a secret agent, but he does possess two identities. By day, he's like any other 18-year-old. He just finished school, hangs out with his buddies, and causes just the right amount of mischief for his parents. However, when the sun goes down, he's behind the decks in front of packed hotspots and festivals across the globe such as Ultra Music Festival and Coachella fraternizing with electronic dance music royalty, tirelessly producing in the studio, and dropping records. In the morning, everything reverts back to normal for the EDM impresario, but he's changing the genre in the process.In 2004, Garrix experienced something of a revelation while watching TV at home in the Netherlands."I had never been interested in electronic music," he admits. "Then, I saw Tiësto playing the Olympics on television. I hadn't heard that music before. My mom played classical piano, and my dad and I played guitar. It was the first time I witnessed the beats, tempo, and vibe electronic music gives you. From that point, I was hooked. I started listening to trance, and I slowly moved to house. I instantly began saving up money for my first DJ setup."That first setup allowed him to begin performing at parties for his parents' friends, weddings, and other local events. Simultaneously, he produced his own original music, honing his production skills and craft. In 2010, Garrix hit the stage at a club in Amsterdam. Only 13-years-old at the time, he instantly sent the venue into a frenzy. Fast forward two years later, he posted an unofficial remix of Enrique Iglesias's Tonight that sent the blog-o-sphere ablaze. As buzz and enthusiasm grew, iconic dance label Spinnin' Records offered him his first deal. Sander van Doorn lent support through releasing "Error 404" on his label, and collaborations with Sidney Samson (Torrent) and Julian Jordan (BFAM) followed. Garrix went on to do official remixes for the likes of Christina Aguilera (Your Body) and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Vs. Sander van Doorn (Project T).2013 saw him un-cage Animals, his breakout international single for Spinnin' Records. Fusing a tribal bounce to a seductively dark refrain, the track charges ahead like a dance floor stampede. Upon release, it climbed to #1 on the Beatport Top Songs Chart and impressively held the spot for four weeks. As a result, Garrix became the youngest artist ever to seize the top spot. It reached #1 in the UK, Holland and Belgium as well as Top 5 in Australia, France, Spain, and Germany. In the aftermath, the track saw release in the U.S. via Casablanca Records. The single had solidified him as a bona fide record-breaking phenomenon and even reached a Platinum status in the U.S. with over 1 million sales. "I've had that melody since I was 12," he smiles. "It stuck in my head, and I wanted to do something with it for so long. The drop is very different. It feels like you're in the jungle. It's just a blast of energy."Following up the success of Animals, his remix of Project T and his collaboration with Jay Hardway Wizard ascended #1 on Beatport and in the UK charts as well. As he rises through the ranks of EDM, he's also still finding time to enjoy growing up and keeping up with his friends. "It's so weird," Garrix laughs. "They join me on the road very often, and we have fun. They're pretty excited!"They're not the only ones who are excited though. Fans everywhere have gotten wild with Garrix and Animals". He goes on, "The most amazing thing is hearing how many people get inspired by my music and story. I want to show everyone that if you pursue your dreams, they can come true no matter what. That's what I want to do."2014 was all about releasing new music and touring. His collaboration with Firebeatz on 'Helicopter' got to #1 in Beatport as well as his collaboration with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike “Tremor" and “Gold Skies" with Sander van Doorn and DVBBS. Not to mention, he's gearing up for his upcoming release with Afrojack “Turn up the Speakers" as well as his collaborations with Dillon Francis, Ed Sheeran and with Hardwell.After selling out his debut world clubtour, the youngster is now traveling around the globe headlining the world's biggest festivals.
Oliver Heldens was just 17 years old when the biggest record label in the dance industry, Spinnin' Records, approached and signed him. After years of practicing his passion, creating music in his own bedroom studio, Oliver stood out from the rest. With “Gecko” Oliver caught the attention of living legend Tiesto and the track was released on his very own label, Musical Freedom. Now, only two years later, his #1 spot in the Official UK charts with “Overdrive (Gecko” (together with vocalist Becky Hill) makes him one of the most desired dj’s in the world.Because of the great potential Spinnin’ Records heard in his tracks, they signed him as their exclusive artist. His strong original ideas and melodies, created in his own world. Oliver’s best melodies were invented while cycling back from school or while he sat in the classroom, being bored. Soon enough Oliver gained huge support from the biggest names in the scene. Worldly known dj's as Hardwell, Tiesto, Nicky Romero, Chuckie, Sander van Doorn, Showtek, Ferry Corsten and many others gave Oliver their thumbs up. This stimulated the young dj to create many more tracks and to keep doing what he loves doing the most creating new music. On the 30th of December, as quick as a flash, came the killer track ‘Gecko’ (released by Tiesto’s Musical Freedom). It’s a track that catches everyone’s attention at the minute. It’s funky and eclectic and full of tech house laced bass lines and percussive crashes. With a #2 spot on the Beatport top 100 it’s one way of making a grand entrance. After six weeks, ‘Gecko’ remained in Beatport’s main chart top 5, and at #1 in the Deep House chart for over a month. And as if that wasn’t enough Oliver keeps going and reaches the #12 spot on Beatport in January 2014 with his remix of the Martin Garrix smash ‘Animals’. Heldens also released a remix of Robin Thicke’s “Feel Good” and Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” and will be touring the summer festival and night club circuit with appearances at the main stages of EDC Las Vegas, Amnesia Ibiza, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Departures Ushuaia Ibiza, Creamfields, and Electric Zoo Festival.A first glance at his talent and his future status is this summer’s chart crushing track “Gecko Overdrive” with Becky Hill. What a breakthrough for Oliver Heldens!And with his new and upcoming tracks and remixes, such as “Koala”, Oliver is about to put his mark on the dance scene, take over all the dancefloors worldwide and really act as a bridge between EDM und underground.
Gold Coast producer Mikey Perry, better known as Paces, kicked off 2015 in typical swag-lord style, waltzing into triple j's Hottest 100 at number 100 with his Tkay Maidza collab, 'Switch Lanes'. This was quickly followed up by his hit single 'Nothing's Forever', which featured vocals from Perth artist Kučka. 'Nothing's Forever' hit the top 30 of the iTunes Dance chart after being added to full rotation on triple j. Off the back of this success, Paces hit the road with a sold out tour across the country and was tapped for official remixes for Years & Years, Tinashe and Hermitude.Now Paces has unveiled his debut album Vacation, with the album already hitting the top 20 on the iTunes albums chart and #2 on the Electronic chart. The album features the tropical jam '1993 (No Chill)' featuring Jess Kent, which hit the #1 most played spot on triple j in January. Watch the video here. Vacation is a 13-track journey through Paces' world of tropical beats and forward thinking pop. Paces has worked with a plethora of Australian and international talent on his debut LP, with vocals coming from as far as Brazil ('Cafuçu' featuring Bonde do Rolê), Baltimore ('Work Me Out' featuring Rye Rye) and Canada ('Payday' featuring Maurice Moore). Closer to home, Paces has tapped local vocalists such as Reija Lee, Esther Sparkes, Oliver Tank and a somewhat unexpected appearance by Guy Sebastian to make Vacation a showcase of some of Australia's brightest talent.Vacation has already been receiving rave reviews with Stoney Roads calling it “a journey through happy vocals and tropical infused beats" and “an essential for those wanting to live in an endless summer". Music Feeds also gives Vacation huge props calling it “a bold statement by an artist who it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore."
Grooving to the beat of his own drum of positive vibes and all round good times is POOLCLVB, a new project by a notable production talent going that extra step to push the boundaries of his craft. Defined not by a sound but more so a feeling, POOLCLVB culminates the fruit of chill and house with a distinct future edge; systematically unleashing a bounty of musical delicacies reminiscent of a sunset bike ride along Venice Beach. POOLCLVB manages to blend a forward thinking sound with nostalgic and carefree inspiration from the 90's, shaking it all up to masterfully deliver a dynamic cocktail of musical delight. The love of house, infectious vocals, full-bodied basslines and mesmerising hooks is the POOLCLVB way of business. Whether it be through cold-pressed originals such as Top 20 ARIA Club Char hit 'Here You're Mine', 'Move Me', the epic Bag Raiders cover 'Shooting Star', or perhaps the draw dropping remix styles provided for amigos & compadres Motez, Golden Features, Kilter and Yolanda Be Cool, it's distinctly fresh & fruity on the palette every time.