Real EDM DJ and Artist Interviews from Chicago. Hosts Luis 2 Live & Dylan featuring top EDM tracks and Exclusive Mixes. #Chicago = #1 Greatest Dance Music City of All Time! #EDM


Episode 7: Interview with 99 Souls and hear their Breakout Song, The Girl is Mine! Their faces were obscured on the cover of their breakthrough 2015 hit, but dance production duo 99 Souls identified as “1 jazz kid” and “1 hip hop baby” from the U.K. They evidently had a soft spot for Brandy and Monica’s 1998 duet “The Boy Is Mine” and Destiny’s Child’s 2005 single “Girl,” as they applied a sample of the latter and had Brandy re-record a portion of the former for “The Girl Is Mine.” The pop-oriented house track, released on Resilience and eventually licensed by Sony, earned early support from BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. Months later, it peaked at number 15 on the U.K. pop chart. ~ Andy Kellman


Episode 6: Interview with Chicago’s DJ Nurotic and exclusive Mini-Mix! 103.5 Kiss FM’s DJ Nurotic was born and raised on Chicago’s northwest side. DJ Nurotic’s love for music was apparent really early on. It was a birthday party at age twelve when he witnessed a “DJ” for the first time that he instantly knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Years of practice lead to his first residency, at age 17! Throughout the years he has spun at concerts for groups and bands in many genres from hip-hop to reggaeton, house to bachata, he has never limited himself to one crowd or one genre. Besides Chicago, he has performed in many other states and has released an impressive amount of mixtapes. Dj Nurotic is heard weekends in Chicago on 103.5 Kiss FM and nationally on SiriusXM’s BPM.


Episode 5: Interview with The Chainsmokers! The Chainsmokers have become the hottest young American EDM DJ duo. They’ve gotten immense support by friends such as Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tiesto, W&W, and more. Their live shows are becoming the most sought after in EDM. Their wild antics, hilarious personalities, and addicting productions have fans interacting with them non stop and running to see them live every chance they get. In this episode, we dig into their #1 smash hit “Roses” and learn more about their signature sound, overcoming #SELFIE, how you can become a hit with what they call 10,000 hours to success, and so much more! Then laugh at this week’s Drunk Dial… ever get wasted and prank call a bar?


Episode 4: Interview with Xcedra Twins and hear their Breakout Song – Confetti! Meet the Xcedera Twins, recording artist with a totally new style that ranges from R&B to Rap and chart-topping dance music. The dynamic duo A-L & C are a triple threat originates from St. Louis, Missouri but currently reside in Los Angeles, California. These emerging artists and are making their mark in the music world and have worked with many industry heavyweights like Missy Elliott, TLC, Snoop Dogg, Ernest Thomas and Sisqo to name a few. The brothers have had many amazing opportunities from touring the globe, on-air radio-guest appearances, to even gracing the stage of BET’s 106 & Park! In 2016 the twins released their brand new single entitled “Confetti” remixed by world acclaimed producer “Jason Nevins”. “Don’t Dream Your Dreams, Live Them!”


Episode 3: Interview with Chicago’s DJ Bucky Fargo and exclusive mix! — Fargo is rooted in the dark, spacey sounds of Techno/Minimal, taking audiences on tech-heavy ride suited for the after-midnight set. Growing up in the house epicenter of Chicago, Fargo took some points from the radio pioneers who crafted a weekly vibe on the Hot Mix 5 of WBMX 102.7. After hunting down music of his interest in run-down warehouses, Bucky was quickly influenced by the rave scene in the 90’s. In no time Bucky was a seasoned conductor of the Midwest rave scene and playing some of the most respected club events across the tri-state area. These days, in addition to the clubs and the underground scene you can hear Fargo in Chicago on 101 WKQX’s Electric Playground.


Episode 2: Interview with Crystal Waters! We spend Episode 2 with Crystal Waters. Known for her string of worldwide number one dance hits beginning in the 1990’s, including her 1991 signature smash,”Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”, which garnered her three American Music Award nominations and made her an international sensation. Listen as Real EDM gets Crystal to explain the lyrics of Gypsy Women, and then Crystal dishes out some strong advice for future hitmakers.


Episode 1: Interview with Sted-E, Hybrid Heights & Crystal Waters! The sound of New York is a unique one that transcends the boundaries of genre-fusing styles and melodic elements that are infectious, rebellious and energetic. This sound is one that continues to evolve while influencing the masses from musical masterminds that are Sted-E & Hybrid Heights.

Sted-E & Hybrid Heights have quickly ascended into the upper echelon of dance music producers with their monster productions. Their groundbreaking sound has lead to remix work, which has deemed them “the go-to producers” for
some of dance music’s most respected artists and labels.

The two began creating together in 2009, and their mixes have topped global charts and have gained them six #1 Billboard Club Remixes. Having been supported by the world’s biggest DJ’s such as Tiesto, Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Robbie Rivera, Stonebridge, Cedric Gervais, Roger Sanchez, Paco Osuna, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Marco Carola, Erick Morillo, Bob Sinclar, Richie Hawtin, Peter Gelderblom, Judge Jules, Baggi Begovic, Federico Scavo, Todd Terry and Chocolate Puma.

Sted-E & Hybrid Heights have released several chart-topping singles and EP’s. Their latest single entitled “Believe” with house legend, Crystal Waters reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart making it the duo’s second #1 original production record. You’ll want a front row seat to see why fans worldwide have their eyes fixed on anything and everything that is yet to come.


Episode 23: Interview with Griz! GRiZ is a Michigan-born electronic music producer and musician who has attracted an enormous live following, regularly playing major festivals and selling out headlining tours. Referring to his music as “future funk,” GRiZ produces glitchy, energetic tracks with booming dubstep bass and elements of jazz, hip-hop, and soul.

Born Grant Kwiecinski in Southfield, Michigan in 1990, he began playing alto saxophone and piano as a youth, and dropped out of Michigan State University in order to pursue a career as a musician. His debut album, End of the World Party, was released in 2011 by Mochipet’s Daly City label, and its sample-heavy downtempo tracks made a splash online. The saxophone-wielding musician began supporting popular touring electronic acts such as Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, leading to his own successful headlining tours.

His self-released second album, Mad Liberation, appeared in 2012, followed by the more socially conscious Rebel Era in 2013. His fourth album, 2015’s Say It Loud, featured numerous guest vocalists (including Talib Kweli and Ivan Neville) and an increased presence of live instrumentation, working toward more of a vintage funk sound while remaining contemporary. GRiZ stuck with the organic funk approach for 2016’s Good Will Prevail. His fifth album, it featured guest appearances from Eric Krasno, Big Gigantic, Muzzy Bear, and others. He’s working on new music — including a sixth studio album to follow-up 2016’s Good Will Prevail. But GRiZ cautions against anyone holding their breath waiting for it to surface imminently.


Episode 22: Interview with Cosmic Gate! Initially known for producing hard trance, German duo Cosmic Gate gradually shifted to a more accessible progressive trance sound on their way to becoming one of the genre’s most successful duos, selling out arenas and releasing dozens of club hits. Claus Terhoeven (born 1972) and Stefan Bossems (born 1967), both from the West German city of Krefeld, first met in 1997, but started collaborating the following year when they found themselves in the same studio by chance. Driving singles “The Drums” and “Mental Atmosphere” appeared on EMI in 1999, but the duo’s breakthrough came when “Fire Wire” (initially the B-side of 2000’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) was given a stand-alone release in 2001. The commanding track hit the U.K. Top Ten and was remixed numerous times. Parent album Rhythm & Drums appeared that year and reached number 30 on the German album charts. This was followed by 2002’s No More Sleep, which spawned further hit singles such as “Back to Earth” and “The Wave.” In 2003, the duo made the first of many appearances on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll. During the same year, the duo released the first volume of their Back 2 Back mix CD series. The second volume, released in 2005, marked the beginning of their long, fruitful relationship with Black Hole Recordings.

By the time Cosmic Gate released their third full-length, 2006’s Earth Mover, their sound had changed, moving away from hard trance and exploring a progressive style. Released in 2009, Sign of the Times continued Cosmic Gate’s venture into progressive trance, with tracks sung by vocalists such as Emma Hewitt and Aruna. Back 2 the Future, a double CD containing remixes of older Cosmic Gate tracks, arrived in 2011, and that year also saw the release of the duo’s fifth album, Wake Your Mind, which included one of their best-known songs, “Be Your Sound.” The duo mixed the 2012 edition of Ministry of Sound’s annual Trance Nation series. They founded Wake Your Mind Records in 2013 and initiated their weekly Wake Your Mind Radio podcast in April of 2014, issuing their sixth full-length, Start to Feel, shortly after. Two volumes of Wake Your Mind Sessions mix CDs appeared in 2015 and 2016, and the studio album Materia arrived in 2017, first as two separate digital chapters before being issued as a complete double CD.


Episode 21: Interview with Darude! Finnish DJ/Producer Darude (born Ville Virtanen) started experimenting with music and DJing while still attending school, adopting the nickname of “the Rude” (later Darude) after Swedish rap star Leila K.’s “Rude Boy.”

Before the Storm Producer Jaakko Salovaara (aka JS 16), founder of the independent label 16 Inch, teamed up with him to release his first single, called “Sandstorm.” British Neo-Record became involved in the newcomer project soon after. In June 2000, Darude achieved the status of the chart-topping artist in the U.K. Around the same time, Ville Virtanen successfully performed on the BBC Top of the Pops show, bringing forth the release of his debut album titled Before the Storm.


Episode 20: Interview with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike! The aliases of Greek-Belgian brothers Dimitri and Michael Thivaios, the EDM DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, started their musical careers at a young age. From the age of 14, the pair began to DJ around their local nightclubs and became presenters on Belgium radio station BeatFM a few years later.

They left Belgium in 1999 to play a European tour and settled in Mallorca to establish their names on the European dance circuit before moving to Halkidiki, Greece and then Ibiza in 2003. It was there that they made their names after securing residencies at respected nightclubs Privilege and Space. Next, after being made resident DJs of the nightclubs The End and Amnesia in Zante, Greece in 2006, they produced their first single, “La Cocaina (Eivissa 2007),” which was released on white label the following year. A slew of miscellaneous releases followed, but it was when their 2008 remix of Dave Lambert & Housetrap’s “Work That Body” was noticed by Axwell — who then enlisted them to remix Abel Ramos’ “Rotterdam City of Love” for his label Axtone — that DJ stardom beckoned. They hosted the Tomorrowland EDM festival in 2010, and the following year collaborated with Afrojack and Nervo on the smash single “The Way We See the World.” The duo launched their Smash the House imprint in 2011. Several singles released on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label followed, and the duo scored seven number one hits on digital music retailer Beatport in 2013 alone. The brothers racked up numerous pop hits in Belgium and other European countries, including “Chattahoochee” and “Find Tomorrow (Ocarina),” which both hit number two in Belgium. 2014 found the duo cracking the U.K. charts for the first time when “Tremor” (their collaboration with Martin Garrix) hit number 30. Hits and festival headlines continued, and the duo was ranked number two on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll in 2015. While Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike worked on their debut full-length in 2015, singles “The Hum” (with Ummet Ozcan) and “Higher Place” (featuring Ne-Yo) hit number one in Belgium as well as the top of the Billboard dance chart. In 2016, they collaborated with Dutch production duo W&W on the single “Arcade,” which reached number one on electronic music site Beatport’s Top 100 EDM songs chart, as well as hitting the Belgium and French charts. Singles such as “Melody,” featuring Steve Aoki and Ummet Ozcan, and “Stay Awhile” kept the brothers in the public eye, with the pair also going one better than in the previous year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s second place by claiming the number one spot, the first for a duo. October saw the release of “Hey Baby,” a collaboration with American producer Diplo, who had previously joined the pair at their House of Madness party in Ibiza.


Episode 19: Interview with Jax Jones! Jax Jones is a London-based DJ and producer whose sunny, uplifting house tracks incorporate a wide range of musical influences. Born Timucin Fabian Kwong Wah Aluo in 1987, he grew up listening to rap, gospel, Afro-beat, and numerous other genres and began making beats as a teenager, initially as a hip-hop producer. He got into house music after meeting Duke Dumont, and the two collaborated on the song “I Got U,” which became an immediate hit when it was released in early 2014, topping the U.K. singles chart. Jones released his debut single, “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” in 2015, and co-wrote Dumont’s summer hit “Ocean Drive.” In 2016, Jones released the single “House Work,” featuring British vocalist MNEK and Chicago house veteran Mike Dunn. Featuring vocals from U.K. singer RAYE, Jones’ next single, “You Don’t Know Me,” became his biggest solo hit yet, reaching the Top Ten on numerous charts around the world. He followed up in 2017 with the Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don-assisted “Instruction.”

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