The king of the sun-kissed summer anthem; the mogul behind one of the hottest imprints on the planet; a superstar producer and DJ who’s never lost the giddy enthusiasm of a fledgling clubber; and one of the most successful and influential remixers of the 21st century. By anyone’s standards, Axel ‘Axwell’ Hedfors is a giant of modern-day dance music – and he’s only going to get bigger.
Ghostland Observatory’s entire approach to music – sonically, aesthetically, conceptually – is essentially a melding of the two distinctly different personalities of its two members, Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens. Whereas Turner, the producer/drummer/keyboardist of the duo, finds solace in the minimal, bleak cable-patch squawks of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the analog-disco-thump of Giorgio Moroder, Behrens’ interests lie more along the lines of psychedelia, rock and various country and blues artists.
Known internationally as a tastemaker and a figurehead amongst the world's most cutting edge DJs and producers, in just a few years Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a quick shot ton the top of an underground circuit running through nightclubs and chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence.Known internationally as a curator amongst the world’s most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a variety of successes. The last few years have been spent running through the club circuit and having chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978, Pentz spent most his childhood in Florida working in his fathers bait shop and being turned onto music thru then new mediums like MTV. Drifting North thru the state came Miami Bass and from the West came the sounds of Southern Hip Hop artists. The musical influence and variety coalesced and at 18 Pentz moved to Philadelphia for college at Temple University to study Film & Music. While a student he took a job in the South Philadephia community as a social worker and created the influential Hollertronix club night, which was the beginning of his fledgling career as DIPLO..
Thought to be a technical and musical genius by many, Sander van Doorn is without a doubt one of the worlds most essential, influential and popular DJ/Producers in dance music today. In very short order, Sander has become a brand synonymous with excellence – both production wise, and in front of the thousands he plays to nightly. He is truly one of the strongholds in dance music, a generation defining artist that reshapes our perception of what dance music can be, and he does it all with that electrifying Sander van Doorn smile.
Chicago's West Loop was once known as one of the Midwest's busiest manufacturing corridors. But soon, thanks to a new EP dubbed Play Hard, it may be known for a sound manufactured by one of America's most exciting new electronic acts: KREWELLA. Jahan, Yasmine, and Rainman, who live in and create music in the gritty yet artsy neighborhood, burst onto the national stage with their debut video "Killin' It" in early 2012, racking up Facebook likes and spreading virally around the globe via Twitter as EDM fans swooned over KREWELLA's unique brand of dubstep-infused electronic music with catchy female vocals. On their debut EP, The Krew displays their signature, vocally driven electronic sound. Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf take listeners on a sonic journey through the aggressive dubstep-infused production of Kris "Rain Man" Trindl. Fans got their first listen when Play Hard streamed on RollingStone.com, which then sat comfortably atop the Beatport Release Chart upon unveiling. The momentum continued when Play Hard secured a spot ont the Top 10 iTunes Dance Charts.
The Brooklyn based electronic duo, Break Science kick off 2012 with the release of their second EP entitled Monolith Code (Pretty Lights Music). As seasoned producers and touring veterans, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee have produced and performed with everyone from The Fugees, Wu Tang Clan, and Talib Kweli, to reggae Lee Scratch Perry and Miles Davis collaborator, John Scofield. On Monolith Code, Break Science evokes a wide spectrum of electronic genres filtered through a musician's lens, all while moving people spiritually AND on the dance floor.
Nero are an electronic music act from London, England consisting of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray. Alana Watson provides vocals on many of the duo's songs, though she is not officially a band member. On 6 December 2010, Nero were announced as nominees for the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. Nero are drum and bass and dubstep producers from the United Kingdom. Also known as NERO UK, they first joined formation Records in the summer of 2004. Over the last couple of years Dan and Joe's tracks have been causing quite a stir in the drum and bass scene, gaining huge airplay support from top radio DJs such as Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, Steve Lamacq, Pete Tong, Rob Da Bank and frequently from Fabio & Grooverider (all from radio one) as well as Hype on Kiss FM. Continue reading http://www.songonlyrics.com/nero-biography#ixzz2EgDpJql9
Like the mythological 12th Planet (popularized by controversial author Zecharia Sitchin), our 12th Planet flies perpendicular to the system. His beats are off axis and his subsonic frequencies send you into your own orbit. America's first king of dubstep is ready for impact.
Justin "3LAU" is house music producer and DJ by night; college junior by day. Currently 21 years old, 3LAU balances a full course load at Washington University in St. Louis with a nationwide tour schedule and hours devoted to producing the bootlegs and remixes that have landed him top 10 Beatport & Hype Machine charting. Combining top-40 acapellas with instrumental bangers, 3LAU kickstarted his career producing a signature sound that transcends the traditional definition of a bootleg, seamlessly weaving tracks that breed dance floor filth.
Figure has quickly emerged as an early pioneer in a flourishing drumstep movement. A lot of DJs and producers claim allegiance to a diverse genre-bending repertoire, but with chart- topping releases in the Dubstep, DNB, and Electro House genres, the DJ, remixer, and producer is the real deal. Each monstrous release gives rise to a rapidly growing fan base of insatiable bass music purveyors eager for his next bass line evolution. Appearing on a number of respected labels including Play Me, Heavy Artillery, and Ultra, as well as backed by groundbreaking electronic music artists like Skrillex, Tommy Lee, Excision, BT and others.
Brooklyn-based Baauer is a 22-year-old DJ/producer who makes house music that sounds like hip-hop.Released yesterday on Mad Decent imprint Jeffrees, Harlem Shake is a bamboozling combination of sonar synths and snares, woven together with a lion’s roar sample and warped vocals urging you to "Do the Harlem Shake." It's practically screaming for someone to rap over it–just imagine A$AP Rocky's sugary flow or Azealia Banks' gunfire rhymes on top of this one. Accompanying Harlem Shake is the marimba-driven "Yaow!" a beat so tropical it makes sense that Diplo is a fan.
He's got a reputation for doing some thoughtfully fresh and mindblowingly original remixes that take him from beyond a standard dub step or mash-up artist to a DJ/producer with skills that have turned heads and caught ears all over the Southeast. In a live setting, he sends people off with his mix of humor, ingenious pop culture samples and beats that can‚Äôt be touched. While his roots are firmly planted in hip hop, there is no shortage of heavy electronic bass music at a Wick-it show.
At first glance, Christian Bauhofer comes off as the unassuming dude yawning next to you in class. He looks like some kind of lumberjack/nerd fusion with his glasses and scruffy hair. Come up to the same man after the sun goes down, with the addition of a few drinks and a whole lot of bass, and you will find the smiling Christian assuming his party crushing alter-ego: Minnesota. “My goal is to make bass heavy dubstep/glitch hop music that’ll get you dancing, but it is not the same old three note transformer step,” Bauhofer states. “I try to focus more on the melodic side of dubstep, and hopefully, make quality songwriting a more relevant factor in the genre.” What began as a leave of absence from UC Santa Cruz has been extended indefinitely as Bauhofer’s career has taken flight and nationwide demand to see him play has grown. The time off has proved incredibly useful to him as he has been able to focus his attention on producing as well as accepting many offers to perform at festivals that he wouldn’t have had time for during the school year. Festivals that he is now able to perform at include the Emissions Campout in California, Electric Forrest in Michigan, Snowball in Colorado, Snowmont in Vermont. Other opportunities have opened up for Minnesota, including touring as a supporting act for Big Gigantic;
Formed as the musical brainchild of Justin Aubuchon and Curt Heiny, Archnemesis creates its distinctive sound by combining original music with samples ranging from early 20’s blues and jazz to modern hip-hop and soul. With their EP Diamonds and Glass and LP Peoples Radio both available for free download at www.archnemesismusic.com, the highly anticipated third release Every Man For Himself is now available from their website and at www.1320records.com. With this addition to their ever-growing musical catalogue, Archnemesis continues to turn heads at festivals and club shows while elevating the standard for modern electronic music.
Abakus is an artist project of music producer Russ Davies, who also releases nudisco-electro under the Cinnamon Chasers alias, and progressive rock/ambient with his father Dave Davies (founder of 60s cult act The Kinks) as The Aschere Project. Abakus explores the deeper and more emotionally complex side to electronic music and is releasing a new dual-part album titled Futurism in 2012.
Play-N-Skillz, a rap duo with the two brothers, Oscar "Skillz" Salinas and Juan "Play" Salinas. They are from Irving, Texas, in the Dallas, Texas area. Known best for working with Swishahouse artists and also Three Six Mafia, Lil' Flip, Chamillionaire, Gemini, 50 Cent, Pitbull, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Blast, Adina Howard, Bun B of UGK, Young Chris, Young Noble, Phar East, Petey Pablo, Lil Jon, Mannie Fresh, Paul Wall, Big Tuck, Frankie J, Akon, and others. Growing up in a South American family, Play-N-Skillz lived in a black neighborhood in Irving, Texas. Their most successful single produced so far is Ridin' by Chamillionaire.
MERGING BEAUTY WITH BASS:
It isn't easy to corner guitarist/ producer D.V.S* into a particular genre. His monster amp blasts ignite dance riots, while his sensual melodies aim straight for your heart.
In the process of refining his two sided sound, his originals and remixes have been steadily forming packed dance floors since 2009.
Hayden Kramer, known as HeRobust, is an Atlanta based producer that has been blending genres ever since he emerged onto the electronic music scene in early 2011. HeRobust's debut EP, Albumin, was released on Saturate Records in February of 2011 and was quickly recognized by industry leaders such as XLR8R and Vice. Soon after, heRobust found himself shared the stage with the likes of Flying Lotus, Opiuo, Vibesquad, Gramatik, NiTGrit, shlohmo, Shigeto and many more. February of 2012 marked Hayden's econd release, the Late Night / Morning After double album. The release was met with rave reviews all over the internet, select tracks even finding there way to the featured page on vimeo, top 50 on hypeM, and a feature on Diplo label Mad Decent's blog. 2012 has been a huge year for Kramer so far, with a tour with Opiou and Vibesquad already under his belt, and track support from heavy hitters like Skrillex and Koan Sound, 2013 is shaping up to be huge.
Jesse has been a staple of the electronic music scene in Austin, Texas since 1999. With roots in house muisc, Jesse built his reputation by playing alongside top performers such as Deadmau5, Digweed, Sander Kleinenbeg, Chris Fortier, Sasha, James Zabiela, Adam Freeland, and many more. In 2010, Jesse founded Gravitas Recording, a record label and creative collective that includes an all-star cast of local and national talents with a focus on producing, djing, vjing, video mapping, sound, lasers, and lighting. The label's first release, a 24 track multi-genre compilation, has been downloaded over 10k times with much fan fare.
JMike McDonald (a.k.a wiZard) is a genre-blending producer and guitarist from Dallas, TX. His unique combination of glitchy hip-hop beats, funky basslines, and live guitar has earned him a loyal regional following that is growing by the day. When asked about why his sound has won over audiences, McDonald replies "I think it's appealing to people because it not only has that bumping synth- driven glitch-hop beat, but it also has that guitar element, and I think that people are still really drawn to the sound of a sailing guitar lead."
A guitarist since grade school, McDonald grew up playing in jazz combos, funk bands, and rock groups; but his real passion was production. He built a small studio in a garage and began recording local bands and toying around with synthesizers and drum machines. wiZard migrated into electronic music after realizing it was the perfect medium for him to explore his wide array of influences and integrate them into a sound that was truly his.
Electronic funk revolutionary, Wade Randolph Hampton, aka DJ WishFM, aka Smooth Criminal, aka W, and aka Redheadedstepchild, amongst various other stealth monikers....has always preferred exploring the outer perimeters of dance music. He personifies the term 'jack of all trades'... putting him in a class by himself as he regularly plays three different styles in a single weekend, digging deep into a collection of over 100,000 tracks. Unafraid, WishFM claims no genre affiliations and avoids the DJ cliques...while still somehow belonging to some of the most revered and historic DJ crews on the planet.