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.
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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
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.Post Views: 0
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.Post Views: 0