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.
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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.Post Views: 0
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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.Post Views: 0
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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