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S1 EP18: MARKUS SCHULZ

Episode 18: Interview with Markus Schulz! Over the last 10 years, Markus Schulz has fused the individual musical identities of progressive, house & trance into his own creative, now inimitable hybrid sound. Through a unique alignment of headlining DJ sets, Armada and Coldharbour label output and his highly prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show, he’s spearheaded a sea change revolution in the US trance scene. This success has been reflected in weekly sets played in front of many tens of thousands, a GDJB listenership up in the millions & one Beatport chart-topper after another.

Following several highly ranked positions, in 2008 Schulz broke into the Top 10 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart. He’s remained there for the last four straight years (polling #9 in 2011) and now stands as the busiest international DJ playing out of the United States. In this episode learn the meaning behind his nick-name “Unicorn Slayer” and why he thinks Croatia is the spot to party!

S1 EP17: TRITONAL

Episode 17: Interview with Tritonal! Tritonal capped off an outstanding 2015 with the January 2016 release of “Blackout” – the long coveted but previously unavailable single featuring Steph Jones’ delicate vocals and a pop twist on the duo’s melodic sound. “Blackout” quickly became Tritonal’s fastest-selling and -streaming single to date, the latest in a long line of hits for Austin, Texas songwriters and producers Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed.

In the previous year, Tritonal surpassed 53 million streams in aggregate on Spotify, over 10 million of that attributable to the Chainsmokers collaboration, “Until You Were Gone”. The duo has also remixed Adam Lambert’s hit “Ghost Town”; reached millions of listeners on iTunes, Soundcloud and Sirius via the podcast, Tritonia; and sold out iconic venues New York’s Terminal 5, San Francisco’s Warfield, and L.A.’s Club Nokia along with the majority of the Untouchable tour with Cash Cash. As of early 2016, the tour’s anthem, “Untouchable”, has been streamed over 19 million times.

Formed in 2008, Tritonal spent their early days on premium imprints like Anjunabeats, before eventually landing at Will Holland’s Enhanced Music, which Cisneros and Reed came to co-own. Key moments on Enhanced include: “We Belong”, a pivotal 2009 Ferry Corsten rework; the hit-laden 2011 debut album, Piercing the Quiet; and the acclaimed 2013-2014 Metamorphic EP trilogy featuring euphoric favorites “Follow Me Home” and “Now or Never”. “Now or Never” cracked the Top Five on Billboard’s Airplay Dance chart, a placement recaptured by follow-ups, “Anchor”,“Colors”, and “Untouchable”. In a first for the duo, “Now Or Never” also became a sports anthem for CBS’s Thursday Night NFL broadcasts in 2015, introducing the duo to millions of new fans weekly.

Tritonal’s evolution and success prove that compelling songwriting, innovative production, and exuberant performances resonate with music lovers of all kinds, from underground purists to stadium fanatics.

S1 EP16: XENIA GHALI

Episode 16: Interview with Xenia Ghali! A fashionista with her own line of high-end hand jewelry, Xenia Ghali is also a big-room DJ plus a songwriter and producer signed to Pitbull’s label. Raised in Athens, Greece, Xenia began learning the piano at age five, then began picking up other orchestra instruments before focusing on pop and rock in her teens, when she learned to play the drums and guitar. Attending college in London turned the multi-instrumentalist on to dance music, and soon she bought two turntables, spinning house music and then all flavors of dance. Small gigs turned into medium gigs, then slots at the mega-clubs Ministry of Sound and Pacha in Ibiza meant she was in the rank of superstar DJ. Earning a master’s degree in music production from NYU brought her to America, where she began recording her own demos. In 2014 she was signed to Pitbull’s Mr. 305 label and released the single “Broken,” featuring Katt Rockell.

S1 EP15: MORGAN PAGE

Episode 15: Interview with Morgan Page! Morgan Page an artist, DJ, songwriter, and even radio show presenter, continually offering a unique and undeniable perspective, evolving with the times. His tracks include “The Longest Road”, “Fight for You” and “In the Air”. Page has received two Grammy Award nominations; a personal nomination for best remix with Nadia Ali and in 2009 his song was nominated for best remix (“The Longest Road” – Deadmau5 Remix). With all this along with sales figures that put him over 600,000 digital track sales and YouTube views that surpass 19 million, it’s no wonder the Wynn Las Vegas tapped him for a prestigious residency in 2012 and Sirius XM gave him his very own radio show—aptly titled “In The Air”

Page has become a seismic presence at festivals such as Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Big Day Out, and many more worldwide events. In 2012, he was nominated by the IDMA’s in the “Best American DJ” category alongside Skrillex, Kaskade, and Deadmau5. Page also shares his producing secrets and 100+ ways to crack the creativity code and make better music at MP Quick Tips. In this episode, we learn about a possible collaboration, talk making music, and get the secret behind his hit “The Longest Road.”

S1 EP14: ABOVE & BEYOND

Episode 14: Interview with Above & Beyond! Above & Beyond, a London-based trio, has hit number one on iTunes in 20 countries, they’ve become the first British DJs to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden – in fact, the first DJs from anywhere in the world to sell out both the legendary New York venue and The Forum in Los Angeles. Wait there’s more… Above & Beyond sold 12,000 tickets in one day in both Sydney and Amsterdam. They have headlined stages at festivals everywhere, from Glastonbury to Creamfields, from Electric Daisy Carnival to Pukkelpop to Lollapalooza. After all of that Above & Beyond did something truly unimaginable for a mainstay EDM artist, they decided to go acoustic. Now presenting these wholly different productions in iconic global venues like the Royal Albert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, San Francisco’s Greek Theatre, Sydney Opera House, New York’s Beacon Theatre and the Chicago Theatre. We caught up with Above & Beyond as they were getting ready for night number two in Chicago. In this Episode, we cover everything from the beginning to going acoustic, and even what Mom thinks of all their success.

S1 EP13: ARMIN VAN BUUREN AND KASKADE

Episode 13: Interviews with Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade! Our first guest is the one and only A-V-B. Not only has he been crowned the world’s number one DJ and Armin Van Buuren has had the privilege of performing at some of the world’s biggest and best festivals, clubs, events, and shows, and also maintains a radio show. No matter how many hours Armin has traveled to get there, as soon as he enters the DJ booth, the Dutchman puts his full focus on the music, the crowd, and how those two will combine. Once the beats of his first record have kicked in, the room lights up and chanting starts to fill the air. To witness a set by Armin van Buuren is to be blown away — to lose yourself completely in the music and become one with the people around you. Second, we talk with Chicago’s Own Kaskade. Though he was born in Chicago, the DJ, A&R director, record store owner, and producer is known as Kaskade found his spiritual and musical home in San Francisco by way of Salt Lake City and New York. One of the hardest-working people in the San Francisco house scene, he’s Kaskade the house music producer/DJ by night; by day he’s Ryan Raddon, A&R director for OM Records. As an A&R man, he helped kick-start the careers of many artists, in this episode we’ll discover how he came up the name “Kaskade” and the real meaning behind his tracks.

S1 EP12: JES

Episode 12: Interview with Jes! In a world where few have the vision, creativity and willpower to carve their own distinct niche JES has excelled in exactly that. One voice and vision that has forged a career path that is often imitated, but rarely equaled. JES’ extraordinary voice and passionate songwriting have won her the respect and adoration of both the music fans and industry across the globe. After hits with dance music pioneers like D-Fuse and Deepsky, JES began to work with two underground San Francisco based DJ’s named Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden forming a band called “Motorcycle”. The resulting song, “As The Rush Comes” would change the landscape of electronic music for a generation. Propelled onwards by the massive success of “As The Rush Comes,” (#1 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart US) JES formed a close working relationship with Tiesto (then ranked as the worlds #1 DJ) and signed a solo artist deal with his label, and the rest, as they say, is history. In this episode Jes covers it all, including her record label and tips for getting your song heard, then she plays her Top 3 Favorite songs including “Happy” the track she did with Austin Leads and Redhead Roman

S1 EP11: THOMAS GOLD

Episode 11: Interview with Thomas Gold! Episode 11 starts with a voicemail we got from CHI-EDM.com. Then an in-depth interview with Thomas Gold a Berlin-based DJ and producer who within the last couple of years has released a string of smash singles played the planet’s foremost clubs and festivals, remixed some of the biggest pop acts in existence and garnered praise from a whole host of his contemporaries. Since storming onto the scene in 2006, the German artist has emerged as one of the most widely admired producers in modern dance music. His breakout remix of Adele’s “Set Fire to Rain” eclipsed 15 million YouTube views, while his reworks of industry icons like Lady Gaga, OneRepublic and Miike Snow continue to dominate dance floors worldwide.

S1 EP10: ROBBIE RIVERA

Episode 10: Interview with Robbie Rivera! Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Robbie Rivera is known for producing “tuff, sexy tribal house music”. In 1998, motivated by complete artistic control, Robbie Rivera and his wife Monica launched their own record label, Juicy Music. Artists who have collaborated with Robbie Rivera on remixes or compositions over the years include Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Santana, Faithless, Basement Jaxx, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Kaskade, Pink, Ferry Corsten and David Guetta. DJ magazine has named Rivera one of its ‘Top 100’ most influential DJs as chosen by its readers. Mr. Rivera produces the weekly radio show called “The Juicy Show” which airs weekly on SiriusXM and around the globe.

S1 EP9: TYDI

Episode 9: Interview with Tydi! Australian DJ, songwriter, and producer tyDi is a conservatory-trained musician whose eclectic trance and house tracks have earned him a globally dominant profile. Born Tyson Illingworth in Mooloolaba, Australia in 1987, tyDi first became drawn to trance and other types of techno in his early teens. Although he played drums while in high school, he eventually procured a set of DJ turntables and by age 16 won first prize at the Brisbane DJ Wars. After high school, tyDi relocated to Brisbane, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Technology from Queensland Conservatorium of Music. While at school, tyDi still found time to perform, building a loyal following with his regular appearances at the Brisbane nightclub The Family. In 2008 he maximized this attention by becoming the youngest artist ever to win the InTheMix Top 50 DJs in Australia contest.

After graduating conservatory in 2009, tyDi released his debut album, Look Closer, which rose to the number two slot on the Australian dance chart. Two years later he returned with his sophomore album, Shooting Stars, which hit number one on the dance charts in Australia, Canada, and the U.K. and showcased collaborations with several vocalists including Tania Zygar, Brianna Holan, and Audrey Gallagher. In 2012 he curated the dance mix compilation album Global Soundsystem 2012: California, and the following year he delivered a compilation of his own chillout, non-dance-oriented material, Hotel Room.

In 2014 tyDi released his fourth solo album, Redefined, which showcased a more stylistically varied electronic palette and included vocals from Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba and the Ready Set’s Jordan Witzigreuter. A bevy of non-album singles followed, including 2016’s “Oceans” (with Jack Novak and Greyson Chance) and “Lost” (featuring Asiahn), among others. He delivered yet more singles in 2017, including “Beautiful War” (featuring Lola Rhodes) and “Closing In” (with Christopher Tin and Dia Frampton).

S1 EP8: LOST FREQUENCIES

Episode 8: Interview with Lost Frequencies! Felix De Laet better known as by his artistic name Lost Frequencies is a Belgian DJ and music producer. He became famous with his remix of “Are You with Me” by country artist Easton Corbin. The song had originally appeared on Corbin’s 2012 album All Over the Road, but had not been released as a single. Lost Frequencies speeded up the track, used the refrain and released as a new mix on 27 October 2014. The track topped the Ultratop chart on 15 November 2014 also reaching number two in the Belgian Wallonia francophone chart as well. It has also charted in France.

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