Russell Lissack (born March 11, 1981) is the lead guitarist of London-based indie rock band Bloc Party. He is also in the band Pin Me Down; a duo of himself and Milena Mepris, who once referred to Lissack as a “Meerkat” due to how he appears and darts about on and off stage.
In just a few years, Vito De Luca, the Italian-Belgian producer behind Aeroplane, has established himself as party-starting DJ, remixer du jour -with his spacious cosmic-disco remakes of Grace Jones (William’s Blood), Friendly Fires (Paris) and Sebastien Tellier (Kilometer)- and, via his own keyboards riff-based melancholic beauties like Caramellas, or My Enemy, leader of the nu-disco and Balearica scene.
Known internationally as a curator amongst the worldʼs 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 father’s bait shop and being turned onto music through then-new mediums like MTV. Drifting North through the state came Miami Bass, and from the West came the sounds of Southern Hip-Hop artists.
Leah has been working relentlessly as a professional in the industry for 3 years, and has caught the attention of promoters and audiences around the country. She has most recently been crowned by the winner of She Can DJ 2012. Securing herself a global recording contract with major label EMI Music and a weekly spot on the Australia-wide radio show 'Party People' where she is heard by some 600,000 listeners across the nation every week.
Bag Raiders are a house duo formed in 2006 in Sydney, Australia, consisting of DJs Chris Stracey and Jack Glass. The duo are well known for their remixes and live shows.
Born Thibaut Berland and based in Paris, he initially made a name for himself in 2006 with a remix of Justice's "Let There Be Light" that was included on the Waters of Nazareth EP released in Japan. In 2007 Breakbot made his production debut with the Happy Rabbit EP on the Klee label. In the meantime, he established himself as an in-demand remixer, working on tracks by Digitalism, Sebastien Tellier, Röyksopp, and many others.
Zimmer's "Horizontal Disco" combines tropical elements, feel good melodies and groovy bass lines, making it the perfect “sun is shining” soundtrack. Growing up between France and California, this kid is the combination of both worlds: west coast carefree attitude with a twist of Parisian chic. Since his debut single "Cruisin" on Discotexas, Zimmer has come a long way. His music has been supported by Bag Raiders, Miami Horror, Moullinex, RAC, Goldroom and more.
One of Asia's biggest DJ export to date, Aldrin has been championing his genre-bending sounds through his signature ONE nights at Zouk in Singapore, and guest spots all over the globe, including Pacha, Space & DC10 in Ibiza, Turnmills, The Cross and Ministry Of Sound in London, Cielo in New York, Womb in Tokyo, and Home in Sydney. In the studio, his releases have received support from big guns like John Digweed, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, and Hernan Cattaneo, to name a few.
One of Japan’s most prolific electronic music producer and DJ around now, his versatile musical prose is now a welcomed item in the world’s dance music scene. His releases of modern deep house and also some floor-smashing techno under his own name, his collaborative production of top notch, tech-house with Ibadan’s Jerome Syndenham as Nagano Kitchen and regular DJ appearances at some of the coolest clubs around the globe, Hideo Kobayashi is a no holds bar, proficient, electronic samurai extraordinaire.
udge was born in 1973. His passion for music started early. As young as 16 years of age, he was organising parties in the suburbs of Paris where he was born, mixing funk and disco sounds together. It was during this time that he decided to go one step further to satisfy his curiosity and learn how music was composed: he bought his first keyboard, followed two years later by an atari and a sampler, which enabled him to experiment, composing his own original sounds.
The Stafford Brothers are the hottest Australian export to recently hit the United States. Currently ranked the #1 DJs in their homeland (3 years running, ITM Awards), brothers Matt & Chris Stafford made their way to the West Coast, now residing in the Hollywood Hills of LA. Shortly after they were the first ever electronic act signed to Cash Money Records and released their debut single “Hello” featuring Lil Wayne and Christina Milian this past February.
“ATFC is not a football team, in fact it’s one man who stands alone in his quest for keeping the funk alive & kickin and he’s been doing so for over a decade. He is Aydin The Funki Chile!”
Seamus Haji, Big Love.
Being able to maintain a successful 10-year long career in dance music is no mean feat. With trends changing and evolving at a rate of knots in the modern era there are many acts that have their 15-minutes of fame and disappear just as quickly, never to be heard of again.
Junior Jack & Kid Crème
Junior Jack was on the map but it was the next release which proved to be a milestone in his career. The classic bass-line monster "Thrill Me' was released in February 2002 and made a huge impact on dance floors across the world. Whilst being a commercial success, it also showed Vito’s commitment to the underground house sound at a time when his remixes and production skills were already much in demand by increasingly successful clients.
Kasey Taylor began his DJ career at the age of 13 on the decks at a little roller disco in Melbourne - Australia. 27 years on and he’s become one of Australia’s biggest ever dance music exports, and one of the most widely recognised DJ’s around the globe today.
ince the release of her debut album in 2000, Peaches has spread her seed on the pop culture landscape, harnessing a worldwide audience and, along with the countless followers she’s inspired, has shaped the mainstream into a more inclusive and sexually progressive surrounding.
Eddie Leader is one third of DJ & Production trio Slum Science from Huddersfield, England. Eddie has had releases with fellow slumsters Danny White & Rucky on DJ Heather’s Black Cherry Recordings, Icon, Deep Future, Good Family, Green House, Hudd Traxx and more. Slum Science music has been supported by DJ’s like Derrick Carter, Dom Capello, Mark Farina & Josh Wink since their 1st release in 2003.
Walker Barnard grew up on an ashram outside the American mainstream, listening to Balinese monkey chants, classical Indian music and The Beatles White Album. His first experience of the funk came early on when his father, who was making music videos for Motown, brought him to hang on the set of the shoot for Rick James's Super Freak video.
Das Moth aka Tim Sullivan
Das Moth is Timothy Sullivan. Ex-rocker (Damn Arms, Gimme Um), nomad (Australia/London/Norway/Japan), babysitter aka “manny”, and of course producer/DJ. His first 12″ ‘Moon/Wrong’ EP under the Das Moth moniker made its debut not so long ago – released on the Cutters Records label.
Keys & Krates
Keys N Krates formed as the brainchild of drummer Adam Tune, synth/keyboard aficionado David Matisse and internationally award-winning turntablist Jr. Flo. The Toronto trio came together in 2008 with the desire to bring their blend of live electronic instrumentation to the stage.
“For me, everything is an instrument, it all has sound. So in my eyes, I play every instrument, or at least I can create sound from anything. I think that’s the beauty of music. It’s not only about talent, it’s about perspective and the knowledge of how to create something from nothing and vice versa.” ~OSUNLADE, President, Yoruba Records
Already with great chart success in Australia, with the huge single “Sign Your Name” out on Axwell’s highly respected label Axtone Records. Matt is definitely no stranger to these shores with a number of Australian releases on the countries biggest dance labels including Neon, Vicious Recordings and One Love Records.
Santiago & Bushido
Amidst the countless dj’s and producers working in the burgeoning Chicago House scene, Santiago and Bushido stand apart from the rest with their unique blend of tech-tinged house beats. Since teaming up as a production duo in 2001, Chris Santiago and Tim Bush have helped push forward the sound of house music with their innovative style of production which encompasses many influences from the hard hitting to the deep and soulful.
“Coloring the disco floor landscape in hues of awesomeness at the edge of insanity, the ACID JACKS sound has been described as “computers making sweet synthesized digital love whilst driving Ferraris on a beach, at night, in the future.”. In semi-live or DJ format, his magical club & festival stage performances are nothing short of radical to the power of incredible.
Designer Drugs’ Hardcore/Softcore was released February 2011 on Ultra Records
Ask the DJ/production duo DESIGNER DRUGS how many air miles they’ve logged over the past year and the answer requires more than a bit of calculating. “Over 300,000,” Michael Vincent Patrick referencing numerous spots around the world where the group has performed.
The new decade sees Yousef consolidating his status as an international DJ, Producer, Club Promoter and Music aficionado with ever greater impact. Running one of Europe’s premier clubnights co-exists alongside manning a record label of the same name, whilst his reputation as a DJ grows with increasing stature and a constantly escalating global calendar.
Right place, right time. It's an old cliché, but it's one that's been the definition of Dennis Ferrer's musical career. Just as the dance music world was heading into the world of afro-centric house, Ferrer was there. And then, when it began to embrace the mix of tech and soul, Ferrer was there again, leading the way with his impeccable productions. As Ferrer goes, it seems, so does electronic music.
“I love music… how it can make our emotions flow; how it can change the way we think; the way we love; the way we express ourselves.”
Omid16B lives for music. Cutting edge dance music is like oxygen for Omid Nourizadeh. An Artist that has evolved into a unique DJ, producer who also has his own labels Alola, Disclosure and SexOnWax Recordings, spreading his passion worldwide.
Joey Negro is the most well-known pseudonym of master British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee. Under a plethora of other monikers including Jakatta, Akabu, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor, Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1988.
Formed in the early part of 2005, Van She is a band from Sydney. Unashamedly taking bits and bobs from 80’s post punk, funk and synth pop, 90’s grunge, french house, film scores, 70’s krautrock and the latest collection of innovative artists like Tom Vek and M83, Van She is that unique beast that one was beginning to believe no longer existed – a band that takes all these influences from days gone but makes them sound unique, modern, and…. fresh. A lazy pastiche this isn’t.
Sweden's Rasmus Faber has cemented his place as one of house music's elite after a long list of successful productions. As well as remixing industry icons such as Axwell, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Junior Jack and many more, his own productions have stood the test of time, with classics like 'Get Over Here', 'Never Felt So Fly' and the massive MTV hit 'Ever After', along with recent hits 'Are You Ready', 'Everything Is Alright' and the Defected Records hit 'Wilder Side', being club staples and permanent fixtures in many a DJ's record box.
ki and Dobre, Jark Prongo, The Good Men or just plain old Rene et Gaston; whatever you prefer to call the DJ and production duo most commonly hailed as Chocolate Puma, chances are you know them one way or another. Gaston Steenkist and René ter Horst are two of Holland’s most celebrated electronic producers and with a career spanning 20 years, 200-odd releases and countless remixes under their various guises are a duo whose influence on the European dance music scene cannot be underestimated.