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.
Bakermat is one of the biggest rising stars of the last 6 months. With his new sound he immediately captured the hearts of a wide audience. His breakthrough was his production called ‘Zomer’ with over 2.000.000 views on YouTube he laid the foundation for his popularity and nowadays he’s well-known for his instrumental deephouse sound. His unique sound creates a big smile on the faces from people of all ages.
The past months Bakermat gained a lot of popularity with shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Most of the time he played live on stage with his own saxophonist Ben Rodenburg, together they spend days in the studio to realize their fantastic sound into an amazing show.
The last months Bakermat released a variety of tracks called ‘Vandaag’, ‘Intro’ , ‘Leven’ and many more. The audience completely fell in love with all of his tracks that resulted in a support of dj’s lie Klangkarussell, Nico Pusch and Alle Farben. Especially, ”Vandaag” is a succes. The mix is watched over 9 million times on Youtube and played all over the radio in Europe.
With a year left in Psychology study in Utrecht and with over 111.000 likes on Facebook in a couple months Bakermat looks ahead for a bright future. If life couldn’t get any greater for him, we just confirmed a series of prestigious festival all around Europe for this summer. So we’ll see you definitely around!
Ferry CorstenHouse Music
Hailing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Ferry Corsten’s lustrous career is exemplified by a passion for music that began as a hobby and spiralled into a full-blown profession. Today, as it was in the beginning, Corsten’s skills lie in his ability to coax the maximum emotional impact from electronic dance music of all genres, not just trance, but also progressive-house and electro. He remains and has always been ahead-of-his time, making music that becomes a template for others to follow.
It was the album, Out Of The Blue, that started it all. As Corsten’s sophomoric artist album under the alias, System F, the eponymous single became a worldwide hit and charted in the UK’s Top 20 UK singles charts and Japan’s Top 10 singles charts for three consecutive years after its release. Corsten’s rapid success ignited a steady flow of releases including ‘Gouryella’ with Tiësto. It was during this time that Corsten’s remix of William Orbit’s ‘Barber’s Adagio For Strings’ became a clubland anthem. Though the instantly recognizable original appeared in the film, Platoon (directed by Oliver Stone), it was Corsten’s heady remix that took the original composition’s strongest elements and amplified them into a singular, explosive masterpiece.
There aren’t many artists who’ve soundtracked the birth of dance music and are still leading its development more than two decades later. There are even less who have gifted both the club and pop scenes with unforgettable musical moments that get talked about in hushed tones years after their creation. Dave Seaman is one of a select few.
Whether it’s one of his spine-tingling Global Underground or Renaissance CDs that’s still burning a hole in your stereo years after its purchase, or the perfect pop of Kylie’s ‘Confide In Me’ that he co-wrote, produced and remixed, there’s very few with their heart in electronic music who haven’t been touched by his oeuvre in one form or another.
It’s a commonality that everyone from clubbers at Creamfields, to the biggest recording artists on the planet share. Having devoted almost every weekend over the last 20 years to moving dancefloors from Ibiza to Iceland, Seaman has played the world’s most recognised festivals and clubs in more than 80 countries throughout his career, while still lending his production nous to the music industry’s A List. Along with crafting beats for Ms Minogue and Pet Shop Boys, everyone from David Bowie to New Order and U2 to Michael Jackson have received a Seaman re-rub.
Wind the clock back to when Seaman was eight years old and it’s difficult to imagine anyone wanting to devote their life to music quite as much as the Leeds-born lad. While others indulged in pipe dreams of becoming an English Premier League star or following Neil Armstrong into space, Seaman – much to his career councillor’s disapproval – knew he was destined for a life full of beats and rhythm.
By the early ‘80s, the music obsessive was spinning records at his high school disco and earning his pocket money playing friends’ birthday parties. He knew how to talk-the-talk, too. In 1987 the still-amateur DJ and DMC member won a trip to New York to attend the New Music Seminar – the industry’s most important event at that time. The trip ultimately led him to land the editor’s role at Mixmag, a position he’d hold for the next three years as he shaped the magazine into being the undisputed clubber’s bible it is today.
Seaman played his first bona-fide professional DJ gig at the legendary Shelley’s in Stoke in 1990, stroking vinyl alongside a couple of emerging talents by the name of Sasha and Laurent Garnier. Acid house was blooming and Seaman’s boundless enthusiasm and creative spirit was petrol in it’s tank.
Teaming up with producer and friend Steve Anderson, the duo recorded as Brothers In Rhythm, birthing the seminal rave anthem ‘Such A Good Feeling’ which became a UK Top 20 hit, while also issuing the landmark ‘Mixmag Live Volume’ 1 with Carl Cox in 1991 – a release that stands as one of the first ever commercially available mix compilations.
Seaman’s unrelenting desire to propel music at all levels saw him kickstart the Stress Records imprint through DMC, showcasing tunes by some of the finest talent in dance music for more than a decade. Artists including Sasha, Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed and Groove Armada’s Andy Cato all released smoking club cuts on the label, with many crediting it as acting as a global launching pad for their careers. He followed Stress with a decade at the helm of another lauded label, Audio Therapy where similar levels of success ensued proving his ability to spot & nurture talent time and time again.
Mark KnightHouse, Techno
DJ, producer, label owner and businessman: Mark Knight has proven a rare and wonderful breed of musical heavyweight. The second highest-selling Beatport artist of all time (with no less than eight No.1’s) his career has spanned more than a decade, with releases on a diverse range of labels such as Suara, 1605, Stereo and of course his own Toolroom. Despite his success, the Grammy-nominated artist has never rested on the laurels of being one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished international players, and continues to push boundaries and set new standards with each year that passes.
Armed with a musical library that knows no boundaries, a consistent run of hits and chart-topping ventures alike, the success of Knight’s recording career is matched only by the credibility and integrity maintained throughout his discography to date. Heard through a spread of anthems (‘Man With The Red Face,’ ‘Alright’, ‘Downpipe’) along with producing bands such as Faithless and Underworld has sealed a diverse musical heritage for the accomplished producer. It’s music for passion, not numbers, and it’s what Mark Knight does best.