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.
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By Real EDM — 10 months ago
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: 0
By Real EDM — 1 year 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: 0
By Real EDM — 1 year ago
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.Post Views: 0