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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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.
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 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.