CruzDrum & Bass
Cruz A.K.A. Alex Foley has been a DJ for nearly 20 years. After learning to mix 90’s house and later some harder stuff, he fell in love with Drum and Bass in the early 2000’s. This is where he found his true musical home. Cruz’s selections vary widely within the Drum and Bass genre so you can expect anything from chilled liquid rollers, dance floor bangers and hard hitting Jungle rhythms. Now a resident at the monthly Drum and Bass night Bassworx Cruz brings the same selection and vibes to the Nu-perspectives show on Dance Fm.
Camlo Franco is the official resident DJ of Space Ibiza, Ibiza Calling and their worldwide tours. Anyone who has heard of Camilo Franco knows he is an exemplary hard-working DJ. Week in, week out, Camilo is constantly on the move, attending his residency at Space Ibiza during the club season and deejaying at other clubs and festivals all along the year. There has to be a reason for which Camilo is so sought out by clubs from all around of the globe, ranging from Asia to America and all regions in between, and that is because of his charisma in the booth. His sound and skills mixing has triggered an unstoppable dance floor frenzy in every single venue he has played. Proof of this is Camilo’s constant inclusion in major festivals’ line-ups, such as the Ultra Music Festival two years in a row.
Born in Colombia but living in Spain since he was a kid, Camilo Franco started his career as a DJ at the fresh age of 15 and he was soon spinning in clubs all over the country and beyond our borders. Over the years he has amassed quite a collection of awards and prestige: not is he only a resident DJ at Space Ibiza, but one of the most international artists based in Spain. He has been nominated as the best national DJ by the Spanish Vicious Magazine many times, he was awarded by Deejaymag as the Best Ibiza Resident in 2010 and he was recently bestowed the title of best Colombian resident DJ abroad by the Colombian Dance Awards and for the second time. A nice track record which will doutblessly keep growing.
Also known for his collaborations and his work as a producer with artists of the likes of David Penn or René Amesz, Camilo Franco has released on many different labels such as Toolroom Records, Hotfingers, Nervous Records or Urbana Recordings. Remixing is another field that holds no boundaries for this artist: he has worked with world-known producers like Chus & Ceballos, Bob Sinclar and Cece Rogers and René Amesz himself, among many others. His House and Tech House productions have achieved a great success: proof of that is the popularity of his track ‘I Got’, which reached the Top-100 in the Beatport general list. Camilo Franco continues his hard work in the studio – so keep an eye out for his upcoming releases and collaborations!
Music for me is not a profession; Just a Ritual (that keeps my soul going).
My primary styles and genres of music are a fusion of underground progressive house; dark progressive (which was influenced by my taste for Death Metal music); tribal house with inclusions of ethnic sounds which have influenced me throughout my travels.
I venture into Deep House and love the use of occasional Vocals as well, with a twist of progressive and tribal rhythms.
I don’t have limitations and I like to touch upon various genres in a single set.
My sets are a musical journey aimed for the soul; based on an integration of various and sometimes opposing genres; inspired by the mood of the moment.
Jack WoodcockHouse Music
British DJ born, 18-9-1981 in Cologne Germany and influenced by the likes of Masters At Work, Eric Morillo and Joey Negro, Jack Woodcock began DJing at the age of 19 playing a blend of soulful house music mixed in with some banging beats.
His DJ career began in various bars and clubs across London such as JD’s, Barcadia, Bar Rio, Red Bar, Fez Club. Jack quickly made a name for himself
Always looking to push the vibe and showcase his personal influences in 2003 he created BACKFIRED with 2 other up and coming DJ’s focusing on purely soulful funky music. BACKFIRED ran as a weekly event for 3 years across various venues before finding a home at the Shoosh Bar. BACKFIRED now an annual event will host it’s 10th anniversary this Boxing Day.
In 2006 Jack moved to Dubai, due to contractual obligations he was only able to play private bespoke events at venues such as the Radisson Roof Top and Jumana Beach. In 2010 these shackles where finally released and so SUNSTROKE was born. Due to the success of the event a deal has now been signed to bring this party back to the main land and 2012 will see the launch of the SUNSTROKE pool parties in Dubai.
The success of this event has and led to opportunities abroad at the biggest nightclub in Tashkent, (Uzbekistan) KT Komba, a club owned by the presidents daughter and a hot spot for VIP’s from across the former Soviet Union.
With gigs lined up in Germany, Belgium and Uzbekistan plus the continuation of SUNSTROKE exiting times lie ahead for DJ Jack Woodcock.
Martin GarrixCommercial House, House Music
It’s easy to get lost in the numbers behind Martin Garrix’s meteoric rise. From his adolescent years to the onset of young adulthood, the Dutch superstar has already set precedents and scored landmarks at every corner of the music industry. Picked up by Spinnin’ Records and subsequently backed by Scooter Braun, Martin has become one of electronic dance music’s youngest superstars, amassing a chart-topping, high-streaming musical legacy along the way. Leaping 36 places to #4 of the DJ Mag Top 100 charts in 2014, garnering both the attention of Billboard’s prestigious ’21 under 21’ as well as Forbes’ “30 under 30” list and hooking up with R&B superstar Usher for his latest single, Martin Garrix’s story has only just begun.
Behind his humble attitude and encouraging smile is an artist wise beyond his years; setting a precedent for young and aspiring musicians across the globe. Martin has come a long way since DJing his parents’ parties, wandering music festivals as a fan and unofficially remixing Christina Aguilera. The young savant shows through hard work and talent. Garrix’s living testimony demonstrates that up and coming artists can realize their dream of topping global charts, scoring multi-platinum sales, and headlining festival main stages across the globe.
By the time 2013 came knocking, the bar had been set notably high, but the whirlwind success of Martin’s breakout year was just around the corner. Hitting number one in the UK charts and reaching the double platinum status in the US, “Animals” has to date garnered more than 100 million streams on Spotify and over half a billion views on Youtube. Having subsequently linked up with such heavyweights as Ed Sheeran, Tiesto, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dillon Francis, Sander Van Doorn and DVBBS, this who’s who of collaborators set a spotlight on Martin’s avant-garde studio prowess. Playing soundtracks to such prestigious festivals as Coachella, the main stage at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and with new residencies at premiere nightclubs like Omnia Las Vegas and Ushuaia Ibiza, Garrix’s sound has become ubiquitous around the world.
After entering 2015 with more high-profile shows and new music, such as his collaboration “Don’t Look Down” with Usher, “The Only Way is Up” with his newfound mentor and friend Tiesto, Martin’s ambitions are ramping up for the second half of 2015. You’ll find Martin Garrix at every festival worth attending this next year; just as cheerful and exuberant as you’d expect a young adult whiz kid looking forward to a blossoming career.
Benny BenassiHouse, House Music
Emerging from Italy, world class DJ & producer Benny Benassi is a name needing little introduction but deserving of wide acclaim. Having built a career and reputation spanning over a decade, this humble, authentic and charming musician has grown from club DJ to festival king to multi-million selling record producer with grace and ease taking success in his stride. Having trademarked his unique infusion of house and electro early on, his music continues to inspire and evolve whilst still remaining true to the very core of the Benassi sound.
There is no better place to start delving into the rich history of the Benassi career than with his global smash “Satisfaction”. Spiralling this Italian DJ from local hero to international success overnight, “Satisfaction” and its game-changing music video were the first real step into stardom for Benny. Created with his cousin and producer, Alle Benassi, and inspired by the car horns outside an open street facing window. Kicking off in Europe the single graced the charts with a #1 in France, #2 in the UK and Germany. Surely then it comes as no surprise his debut album ‘Hypnotica’ naturally followed suit, reaching top 20 across nearly all parts of Europe within the first month of release. It also landed him the title of “European Border Breakers Award” for most record sales for an Italian album outside of Italy.
The next few years for Benny were a culmination of successes, whether it be the major festivals he went on the play (Coachella, EDC, Beyond Wonderland to name a few) or his two proceeding artist albums (‘Phobia” in 2005 and “Rock N Rave” in 2008). In 2008 the most note worthy recognition of his talent was awarded to him, when he won a Grammy Award for his incredible remix of Public Enemy “Bring The Noise” further catapulting the Benassi name into stardom.
Born and raised in a small village in Western Sweden, Rathsman furthered his passion for music at the age of 18 when he began organising parties at numerous clubs in Gothenburg, quickly rising through the underground hierarchy of Sweden´s second largest city. Together with his close friend Fredrik Nyberg, aka DJ NIBC, they started releasing material under the alias Stuffa, which came to a climax with the release of their third single ‘Proof’ on the prominent house label, Defected.
Soon after, it was Rathsman’s decision to abandon all pseudonyms and release his distinctive productions under his own name that proved to be the turning point in his career.
Closing 2014 with a timeless underground anthem – a remix for global star Sam Smith – kicked of the Swede’s next chapter and marked the start of his two most career defining years to date. Rathsman’s remix of ‘Like I Can’ caught the attention of Annie Mac, who instantly premiered it on her Friday night show, Pete Tong who made it his ‘Essential New Tune’ and Danny Howard, where it became #1 on his ‘Dance Anthems’ show. Rarely have remixes made such an impact.
Proving that he was more than a great remixer, Rathsman’s highly anticipated follow up came in the form of ‘Wolfsbane’ which was first tested out on the packed out dancefloor of Space Ibiza whilst supporting Disclosure. The crowd’s reaction to the track was so strong that it cemented the duo’s feeling that ‘Wolfsbane’ was the track with which to launch their new imprint, Method White. After picking up early club support from Solomun, Guy Gerber, Adriatique and Jackmaster it was crowned ‘Essential New Tune’ again by Pete Tong and went on to be hailed the ‘Tune Of Miami Music Week’ by Beatport, hitting the Top 10 of their Deep House Chart along the way.
Steve AokiCommercial House, House
Steve Aoki is a DJ and also the founder of Dim Mak Records, which has counted leading indie rock bands such as Gossip, Bloc Party, the Kills, and the Rakes among its stable of signees. The son of wealthy restauranteur Rocky Aoki, he is of Japanese heritage and calls Los Angeles home. In 2007 he released his first official mix CD, Pillowface & His Airplane Chronicles, on Thrive Records. Featuring tracks by Justice, Klaxons, Mystery Jets, Peaches, Datarock, Yelle, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Scanners — most of them remixed — Pillowface & His Airplane Chronicles is fairly representative of Aoki’s renown as a taste-making dance party DJ rather than a skillful turntablist.