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.
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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.Post Views: 579
By Real EDM — 8 months ago
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.Post Views: 416
By Real EDM — 8 months ago
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.”Post Views: 353