Monday, April 16, 2012

David Guetta

Pierre David Guetta aka David Guetta, is a French house music producer and DJ. His father was a restaurateur of Moroccan Jewish descent, and his mother is of Belgian descent. He is married to socialite and night club manager Cathy Guetta and they have two children, Tim Elvis Eric and Angie.

Originally a DJ at nightclubs during the 1980s and 1990s, he co-founded Gum Productions and released his first album, Just a Little More Love, in 2002. Later, he released Guetta Blaster (2004) and Pop Life (2007). His 2009 album One Love included the hit singles "When Love Takes Over" (featuring Kelly Rowland), "Gettin' Over You" (featuring Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO) and "Sexy Bitch" (featuring Akon), the last becoming a top five hit in the United States and all three reaching #1 in the United Kingdom, as well as another internationally known single called "Memories" featuring Kid Cudi which became a top five hit in many countries.

There are few DJs in the world that create the reaction that David Guetta sparks. Whether it's 50,000 fans singing along to his hit records at the recent massive Stade De France stadium Unighted über-party, or dark rooms of clubbers locked in the groove nine hours into his set, Guetta gets passions flowing. That's because he uniquely and boldly treads a tightrope most DJs wouldn't dare to traverse: the line between being an underground DJ and having huge crossover success. That might not sound like two worlds that go together, but David flits between French prime-time TV appearances, deep sets at Space Miami and producing music that appeals to clubbers and also way beyond with apparent ease. That he won a World Music Award and was voted the best house DJ in the DJmag Top 100 in the same year is a credit to his ability to work in both of these seemingly disparate worlds.

With DJ sets at hundreds of the coolest clubs each year and record sales clocking in at more than three million singles and almost 2 million albums – half a million of which are for his latest artist long player ‘Pop Life' – it's clear that his own path is a fruitful one. A huge star in France for over a decade, David is following that success worldwide. In America for example all of ‘Pop Life's singles smashed into the Billboard Dance airplay top ten and Love Is Gone refused to leave the No.1 spot on iTunes Dance USA for three months - while the album went gold in multiple territories across Europe. Guetta is also the most requested artist for summer compilations on the whole of EMI. With around 50 million hits on YouTube (and climbing fast), David is as popular outside of nightclubs as he is in them. In fact, David's video's hold the Number 1 and No 3 spots in the most watched Electronica clips on Youtube – worldwide and of all time!

This summer has seen Guetta play to an incredible array of people, calling in at Love Parade, Bahia Carnival, Queensday, Techno Parade and Global Gathering. That adds up to around 4,500,000 dancers before you even count the club gigs or the Pacha Ibiza residency! It's such a buzz playing to big crowds, but he's never out of a club for too long. He wants to entertain as many people as possible – show everyone a great time – but never at the expense of being a DJ. Of all the parts of his renaissance life it's this that is key – he's a DJ first, everything else follows. One of his favourite gigs was during his phenomenal US tour. After playing three hours of his biggest and best at Crobar Miami he dived over to Space to go deep for another six hours.

David is one of the most impressive DJs in the house scene. Almost remixing records live, he makes loops, slams tracks together that you'd never think would go and uses vocals over other instrumentals. I bet we have a lot more to see from David in the future. His sets are so dynamic that at times it is difficult to see how he can keep the energy up. To put it simply, Guetta creates moments…

Lets enjoy him...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Paul van Dyk

Grammy nominated artist, globally acclaimed DJ and audio architect Paul van Dyk continues to dominate the electronic music charts and appears at the pinnacle of every Top DJ list around the globe. Matthias Paul or PvD, as his fans have nicknamed him, has been ranked the World’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine’s "Top 100 DJs poll" two times something less than a handful of DJs have ever achieved.
Born in Eisenhuettenstadt, East Germany, Paul van Dyk grew up in communist East Berlin. Because his community did not have a true club culture, Paul van Dyk listened to the radio where he discovered his passion for music that extended beyond Techno music as he wanted to create a different, more unique sound. In the early 1990’s Paul van Dyk was spinning regularly at various clubs in Berlin before releasing his first album 45 RPM in 1994. But it wasn’t until the release of his second album Seven Ways which catapulted him into the Top 100, followed by the release of his hit single "For An Angel," which began to earn him praise across the globe. By the time Paul van Dyk released Out There & Back in 2000, it became clear that the Berlin-based musician had far more to offer than his signature club sets and remixes that had already defined him as one of the most influential DJs and producers of all time. His first compilation mix CD Politics of Dancing was released in 2001, followed by Global in 2003, a DVD which illustrates his own experiences travelling the world.

Paul van Dyk’s touring diary remains incredibly hectic with regular globetrotting stops at major venues across the globe from New York, London, Ibiza to India, China and Singapore. At the present, he has the second largest Miles & More account, a Lufthansa program for the most frequent passengers.   

Paul van Dyk is credited as one of the hardest working artists in electronic music, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival, and a hugely successful recording career. With over 3 million albums sold worldwide, van Dyk travels around the world over 16 times each year to sold out performances internationally. On New Years Eve 2008/2009 Paul played Barra Beach to over 1 million people in Rio de Janero giving testament to his incredible popularity the world over. In 2008 Paul expanded into creating music for video games and movie soundtracks. His work with EA Games has resulted in mulitple releases featuring his music on Mirror's Edge and Grand Slam Tennis out in 2009. Paul has also lent his talents to remixing Batman's "Dark Knight Theme" written by Hanz Zimmer. But Paul is no stranger to high profile remixes, he has put his unique twist on Depeche Mode’s "Martyr", Justin Timberlake’s "What Goes Around" and Britney Spears "Gimme More" just to name a few. His original album In Between released in 2007 and featured collaborations with David Byrne and Jessica Sutta of the Pussycat Dolls as well as Rea Garvey of Reamon and Johnny McDaid of Vega 4.

Paul van Dyk received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his original album Reflections. Previously, PvD won four IDMAs in 2006: Best Global DJ, Best NuNRG/Euro Track, Best Producer and Best Mix Compilation for The Politics of Dancing 2. In addition, PvD was voted "America’s Favorite DJ" for 2004 and 2005 by BPM Magazine and was the big winner at the 2004 Dancestar Awards, taking home 3 awards: Best International DJ, Best Event and Best Music in a Commercial (Motorola). He also won the Mexican Oscar for his soundtrack in the film Zurdo in March 2004. Paul van Dyk was voted "Best Music Maker" by DJ Magazine, received the "Best International DJ Award" at the 1999 Music Awards in London, was named "Best International DJ" by Ministry of Sound Magazine, and Mixmag elected him as "Man of the Year".

Aside from his musical activity, Paul van Dyk has always dedicated a significant part of his life to politics and social justice. In 2004, PvD was the only electronic artist involved in a nationwide tour with the Rock The Vote campaign, where he joined the likes of Bono, P Diddy, the Black Eyed Peas and George Clinton. He most recently received Berlin’s Medal of Honor (Landesverdienstorden) in recognition of his work with Ruckenwind, a charity organization he founded dedicated to helping poor children in Berlin. He joins a distinguished list of arts and political establishment figures with this honor.
The next studio album by Paul van Dyk, entitled 'Evolution' is scheduled for release on 20 March 2012. The track 'Eternity' was made in collaboration with Adam Young, known for Owl City. Have a look of his great work and admire the man…

Monday, March 5, 2012

Darren Emerson

Darren Emerson is one of the most influential figures in dance music, with a 17 year career that has seen him work with everyone from Depeche Mode to Jamie Cullum. Emerson began mixing Hip-Hop records at the age of 14, and by 16 was DJing regularly at local venues. He began to explore house music and quickly acquired a reputation as one of the top British DJs, and demand for his services saw him playing at top clubs such as The Milk Bar, Limelights, and Venus. Darren has garnered several accolades such as "DJ of the Month" in The Face magazine, and i-D magazine.

In 1990, Martin Prudence, brother-in-law of Rick Smith, introduced him and Karl Hyde invited him to become the third member of techno band Underworld. While working on their second album, 1996's Second Toughest in the Infants, they released the single "Born Slippy NUXX", which was an instant hit following its inclusion on the soundtrack to the movie, Trainspotting.

Darren parted ways with Underworld in 2000 and then concentrated more on his solo career as a DJ and remixer, and also as a label owner. "Global Underground: Uruguay" and "Global Underground: Singapore" soon followed on the Global Underground label, with "Episode 1" on his new Underwater label following in 2002. He continued to release tracks by himself and new artists on the Underwater records label and eventually gained its own night at super club Pacha, Ibiza alongside fellow DJ Erick Morillo, to hold a joint Underwater/Subliminal Records night. During its second summer at Pacha, his Underwater Records night won 'House Event' of the summer at the DJ Magazine awards. After its success, Darren Emerson decided to host its own full night at Pacha, Ibiza which became an extremely popular night on the island.

Over the past few years, Emerson has been busy touring the world whilst preparing for his own solo debut album. He rarely plays in the UK apart from his previous bi-monthly resident slot at London club The End which closed down in January 2009. In 2007 he performed at Sensation White in the Amsterdam Arena.

In 2009 he released a third compilation for Global Underground - 'Bogota' and in 2010 he launched a new label, DETONE, on which he has so far released the club tracks Gracelands, Decisions, Hard For Slow and Au Go Go, featuring the vocals of the lead singer from Empire Of The Sun. Meanwhile, he continues his relentless globe trotting DJ schedule and has also begun hosting DETONE club nights at East Village in London.

Darren Emerson is one of the true pioneers of the music industry today. From rocking Glastonbury with Underworld and the perennial classic "Born Slippy" to topping the UK charts with his own label – Underwater, he has never let down his followers and has always tried to bring the whole house music industry one step forward. Open your laptop and enjoy him doing what he does best…

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Danny Tenaglia

The tale of Danny Tenaglia’s love affair with music, and the world’s subsequent romance with him, is one of the critical veins in the body of dance music. He is every dancer’s secret discovery; a random purchase at the record store, a reluctant night out that unexpectedly turned magic. Explosive success came not behind a major label release, or a world tour, or a radio hit remix. It happened when enough people had the private Tenaglia experience for themselves.

The momentum started building in early ‘70s New York, when a barely 10-year-old Danny first got the feel of vinyl in his hands. It was 1979 when he discovered legendary nightclub Paradise Garage, where DJ Larry Levan’s rich, genre-less blend of music seemed to mirror his own “no boundaries” policy. It was here where Danny found the club model he would one day emulate.

Danny left New York in 1985 and launched a successful DJing career in Miami as a resident at Cheers nightclub. There he schooled the locals in classic New York and Chicago house, but five years later he returned home, tired of only playing other people’s music. He started to assemble an impressive roster of remixes, including Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”, Jamiroquai’s “Emergency on Planet Earth”, and Madonna’s “Human Nature”. But his first epic was The Daou’s “Surrender Yourself”. With the kick in the bass and the underlying rhythm as the foundation, Tenaglia blanketed Vanessa Daou’s wispy vocal with grand, thick chords, a combination of classic groove and modern club-ready depth that was, at the time, entirely new. The title of his 1995 debut artist album on New York’s Tribal Records described it perfectly, Hard & Soul.

In 1996, after a brief stint at New York superclub Roxy, Danny landed a Saturday night residency at Twilo, a position that upped his profile but didn’t satisfy his expanding artistry as a DJ and producer. This period produced solid remixes like Grace’s “Not Over Yet” and Janet Jackson’s “The Pleasure Principle”, but by the time he moved to Tunnel in 1998, Danny had already created “Elements,” an instant classic that caused the dance scene’s collective jaw to drop. A trio of label compilations, Mix This Pussy and Can Your Pussy Do The Dog? for Tribal, and Gag Me With A Tune for Maxi, were the first Tenaglia sets clued-in clubbers could take home to dissect.

Although, the release of his first installment in the UK-based Global Underground series of DJ mixes ion 2000, titled Athens, lit the international fire. Athens (meant to reflect the set he played at the Greek capital’s club King Size) remains one of the darkest, strangest, sexiest sets ever released, and its tame cover photo of a gentle-looking man in a Yankee cap just didn’t seem to fit. DJ dates across Europe dispelled the mystery and started the spread of the infectious Tenaglia fever.

The world caught up to Tenaglia in 2000. His annual party during Miami’s Winter Music Conference outgrew its home at the cramped Groovejet and moved to just-opened superclub Space. DJ giants like Carl Cox danced on top of the speakers with the Deep Dish boys, Fatboy Slim mingled on the patio, and for a day the ego inherent to DJ culture evaporated Tenaglia was hailed as the undisputed king, the “DJ’s DJ.” His roof-raising revamp of Green Velvet’s “Flash” won “Best Remix” at the UK’s Muzik Awards, where he was also awarded the “Best International DJ” prize.

In the two years that followed, Tenaglia released another Global Underground installment (London), toured the world, took the party island of Ibiza by storm, got nominated for a Grammy for his remix of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel Loved,” also nominated for Best Dance Song), returned to Twilo for two special gigs – a President’s Day marathon with Carl Cox that shattered all its attendance records, and the club’s sixth anniversary party with John Digweed, which turned out to be even more meaningful than it seemed at the time as Twilo was shut down permanently a week later. Also graced the cover of every major dance music magazine and won a Dancestar Lifetime Achievement award.

In 2003, Danny came full circle with the release of Choice: A Collection Of Classics, a two-CD mixed compilation that let him pay direct tribute to many of the artists who had influenced his sound and style. He also opened another Space during Winter Music Conference (the new location down the block), and took another Dancestar award, this time ‘Best Party’ for “Be Yourself.”

Since then Danny has remained prolific in the clubs and has graced the decks in all the big rooms in NYC including Avalon, Crobar, Pacha NYC, Roxy and Webster Hall. Now after a long studio silence, Danny re-emerges in 2008 with his newest single on Tommy Boy Records, “The Space Dance”, named in honor of his first weekly residency at renowned global clubbing institution Space Ibiza to begin in July 2008.

And as in every year since his DJ odyssey began, all across the globe, from his hometown of New York City to Acapulco to Tokyo, more people experienced their first night with Danny Tenaglia, that clubber rite-of-passage which all bet that  forever changes how you listen to music, go out to nightclubs, and think about DJs.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nick Warren

You can tell when Nick Warren is playing his Dj set. The music is arousing and the crowd goes crazy. That’s the perfect combination for a perfect party, isn’t it? Nick Warren is well-known for his eight albums released in the Global Underground series and as a member of the duo Way Out West. He is head of A&R for the progressive house and breaks record label Hope Recordings.

In 1988, Nick Warren began DJing in Bristol, playing mainly reggae and indie music until house music became more popular in the UK. By the early 1990s, Warren had become one of the more popular DJs in Bristol, performing regularly at the superclub Vision and DJing for Massive Attack.

While working at a record store in 1994, Nick Warren met producer Jody Wisternoff and the two decided to work together. Their first collaboration was on the track "Paradise is the Sound" which they released under the artist name Sub-Version 3. Their next two releases were issued under the name Echo, with Way Out West being the name of their remix project. The duo soon adopted the name for their act and signed a deal with Deconstruction Records.

In the mid 1990s, Nick Warren began a residency at Liverpool dance club Cream. In 1997, Warren was given the opportunity to mix the second entry in the still young Global Underground series. The album, “Global Underground 003: Prague”, is a live set of Warren's from Prague. Although labeled as 003, this was actually only the second release on the Global Underground label. This began a relationship with Global Underground which led to Warren creating seven additional mix albums for the series, including “Global Underground 008: Brazil”, “Global Underground 011: Budapest”, “Global Underground 018: Amsterdam”, “Global Underground 024: Reykjavík”, “Global Underground 028: Shanghai”, “Global Underground 030: Paris”, and “Global Underground 035: Lima”. Warren stated that he feels comfortable working with Global Underground due to an underlying trust between himself and the label.

In December 2000, Way Out West was dropped by Deconstruction, which had since been bought by BMG, as the label felt that Way Out West's album would not do well commercially. Way Out West then signed a three-album contract with Distinctive Records, turning down offers from other labels such as Bedrock. Their first album on Distinctive was Intensify, which featured the singles "The Fall", "Intensify", and "Mindcircus". "The Fall" used lyrics taken from the Cole Porter song "Autumn Leaves" and "Mindcircus" features vocals written by Imogen Heap. For the next Way Out West album, Don't Look Now (2004), Warren and Wisternoff brought in vocalist Omi and drummer Damon Reece. As of early 2007, Way Out West had begun work on new material. Warren made this possible because he is now head A&R of Hope Recordings, the label in which their last single "Spaceman" was released in 2008. In 2008, Global Underground released Warren's next compilation, “Global Underground 035: Lima”. Before this album, Warren had sold over 110,000 compilations in the Global Underground series in the UK alone.

Way Out West's fourth album, titled "We Love Machine," was released on October 6, 2009. The song "Only Love" featuring Jonathan Mendelsohn on vocals was the first single off the album, released August 31, 2009. Also in 2010, Nick released on Bedrock Recordings, with the track In Search Of Silver and he began his Soundgarden show on Frisky Radio, a bi-monthly venture in which Nick plays a wide range of different sets on this popular station.

2011 marked Hope Recordings' 100th release, taken on by none other than Nick Warren himself. The track was titled “Buenos Aires” as Nick feels a special connection with the city, having played there on several occasions. “Travelling to Buenos Aires for a gig has always been revitalizing as I love the place and its people”, often states. Hope Recordings' next release was by Tom Glass, titled 'Naive' for which Nick did his own 'Psycehdelic Wheel' Remix. In November 2011, Nick released another solo single, Rumbletump, on Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat label.

Have a taste of Way Out West...

And of Nick Warren himself....


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dave Seaman

There aren’t many artists who’ve sound tracked 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 the 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 had a Dave Seaman ‘moment’.

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 15 years to moving dancefloors from Ibiza to Iceland, Seaman has played the world’s most recognised festivals and clubs in more than 70 countries throughout his career, while still lending his production nous to the music industry’s A List. Along with crafting beats for Ms Minogue, Take That and Pet Shop Boys have enlisted his studio expertise, with everyone from U2, to Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, David Bowie and New Order having received a Seaman re-rub.With massive discography of more than 60 releases and 30 remixes, his productions have gone on to feature on more than 80 other titles, released all over the globe.
Turning  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 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 weddings and birthday parties. He knew how to talk-the-talk, too. In 1987 the amateur DJ and DMC member won a trip to New York to attend the New Music Seminar. 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 Shellys 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 its 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.

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 digital advertising promotion for their careers.

Today, Seaman’s passion to exhibit boundary-breaking talent is as strong as ever. Via his independent label Audio Therapy, his inspired A&R has helped nurture some of the finest groove-merchants in dance music. The label’s roster speaks for itself, with Popof, Timo Mass, Pig & Dan, Wally Lopez, Mihalis Safras, Pirupa & Pigi and Robert Babicz all contributing tracks and remixes recently.
Without a doubt, his relationship with Renaissance is one of the most renowned in dance music, with Seaman having contributed 10 mixes to the revered series. 30 years away from that initial boyhood dream, the places and people may have changed, but Seaman’s passion hasn’t. As busy as ever, he still continues to create. Whether it’s through his own productions or his growing list of revered compilations, you know Seaman’s always on the frontline of electronic house music!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cosmic Gate

Cosmic Gate is a German trance duo made up of Claus Terhoeven (aka Nic Chagall) and Stefan Bossems (aka DJ Bossi), from Krefeld in Germany.  Nic and Bossi's Cosmic Gate's partnership has proved to be one of electronic dance music's most successful, and one of its most enduring.

Formed in 1999, Cosmic Gate's first single was "Exploration of Space", followed by "The Drums" ,"Mental Atmosphere" and their "Somewhere over the Rainbow" remix using samples from the film, "The Wizard of Oz". However, Cosmic Gate did not become well known until their single "Fire Wire" was released in the UK in 2001.

At the start of 2011, with the release of 'Back 2 The Future', Cosmic Gate blurred the line between the compilation and artist album. With producers like Markus Schulz, Arty, Robbie Rivera, Wippenberg, Jochen Miller, Arnej and Rank 1 remixing tracks including 'The Drums', Fire Wire', 'Exploration of Space' and 'Back 2 Earth', it produced a single release run that saw Cosmic Gate take up residence on Beatport's Top 10 chart for an unbroken, unprecedented 3 months.

Over their production lifetime, the Cosmic Gate remix has become almost as illustrious as their productions. In essence, a blow-by-blow of trance music's A-list, Nic and Bossi have lent their studio know-how to productions from Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond's OceanLab project, Markus Schulz, Deadmau5, Robbie Rivera & Rank 1. They rewired John O'Callaghan's mega-seller 'Find Yourself' to devastating effect and produced remixes of veteran trance producer Vincent De Moor's 'Fly Away' and 'Carte Blanche' (Veracocha). In early 2010 Atlantic Records US approached them to remix James Horner's 'I See You' - the main theme from the film Avatar. This run culminated in them being nominated for Best Remixer at the 2010 IDMAs. Most recently they have reworked Ferry Corsten's classic 'Punk'

Over the past few years, Cosmic Gate's sound has developed and moved away from the harder edge trance through to their current, more subtle yet still driving energetic music style. Just open your laptop and enjoy this…