AC Slater (aka Aaron Clevenger) has developed a huge following over his career with his signature "Night Bass" sound, which fuses the most infectious elements of house music with the dirty basslines of UK garage and sprinkles of old-school rave synths and breaks.
AC has grown Night Bass from a party into a record label and global brand. The label is a breeding ground for like-minded producers from around the world who are pioneering a new wave of bass-heavy dance music. Night Bass events, which started as a monthly at LA's Sound Nightclub, have since grown to include tours and festival stages, with AC bringing the Night Bass sound and ethos to cities all over the world via his carefully curated line-ups.
2017 saw AC drop his debut album 'Outsiders' to critical acclaim. He self released the work on Night Bass and after a 30 date US tour and international promo the album broke into the Global top 10 iTunes electronic chart -- a testament to AC DIY nature.
2018 sees AC Slater booked back to back on a global tour which include his return to Coachella, EDC Vegas, Hard Summer, Holy Ship and Electric Zoo along with tours in Europe, Australia and Asia ( and even his Ibiza debut.) Over the summer he will also be rolling out his self curated 'Summer Phases' tour where Night Bass brand takes over various venues across N America.
AC Slater has stuck to his guns throughout his career and lets the music he creates do the talking. As he and Night Bass continue to constantly evolve and grow, make sure you join him for the ride!
Few come as well versed in family values as that of long serving techno legend Adam Beyer. A husband, father and certified underground icon, the Stockholm-based DJ/producer has come to embody one of the most consistent and carefully constructed legacies to emerge from Europe and hold influence across the continents. From festival main stages and coveted club floors through to the global airwaves and Beatport charts alike, Beyer's extended musical legacy is felt across the board.
"This is the most exciting it's ever been -- I've finally ended up where I was trying to get," he explains. "As a techno DJ it's never going to happen overnight. It's a long road to walk to get to that point where you have earned the resect and loyalty of the industry and the fans."
Many an advocate of the genre came before Beyer, but few have held a presence within the world of techno as respected and long serving. A DJ first and foremost, life as a producer saw Beyer gradually hone and perfect a sound that would seemingly fill a void within the modern musical landscape. Serving a more functional take on the sound that still honoured some of the heyday genre hallmarks of North America and mainland Europe, Adam's mantra has remained a relatively simple one: Respect the sound, maintain its integrity and gradually push things forward. Brick-by-brick, the sound became a signature felt across club land, but a connection remains between the sound of Adam's earliest work and the sought after productions he now brandishes.
At the helm of Adam Beyer's career stands a brand that has taken techno to truly global heights. Having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, Drumcode's full-hearted philosophy of releasing music always with the DJ in mind has allowed the label to expand into an all-encompassing brand, one now heralded as much as a musical identity as it is an attitude among the underground community. Providing a rare opportunity for Beyer to simultaneously renew what is current whilst looking to the next generation of talents, it's expansion into branded nights across the globe has made this one of the best travelled brands in modern techno, with its branded radio show taking further flight with broadcasts across more than 53 different countries. Its sound has been imitated, it's durability tested by the changing tides of the music industry, but Drumcode's ongoing peak is a testament to a brand that has dared to take the long way around in the name of becoming a sustainable and consistent musical powerhouse.
Behind the decks, there are many different forces to be experienced from Beyer. Be it an international festival headline spot or a more intimate club show, his solo sets adapt and evolve to fit the various moods of his globetrotting tour schedule. Alongside partner Ida Engberg, looser afterhours sets with the ability to focus on songs have become a favourite across the international club circuit. Paired alongside his ability to take the stage with numerous members of the global techno community, Adam Beyer's live persona truly knows no limits.
Opting for business as usual over tired celebratory gimmicks, 2017 sees Beyer build on the impenetrable foundations of his two decade legacy. An 'All Day Long' set at the newly opened Printworks marks an early highlight, followed by Junction 2, the festival in which he is a director and shareholder, which stages its second event in June, expanding to five stages. A suitably stacked out summer of international festival and Ibiza dates add to a marker year for Beyer. Whether it's on record, behind the decks or under the reliable Drumcode umbrella, Adam Beyer continues to unravel an unprecedented success story for the global underground circuit.
Platinum selling artist, DJ, producer, and all-around nice guy Dillon Francis has continued to surprise fans worldwide. His catalog encompasses the #1 Dance Radio Airplay hit "Anywhere" [feat. Will Heard], "Candy" [feat. Snappy Jit], #1 Billboard Dance Club Songs chart topper "Coming Over" with Kygo [feat. James Hersey], and the RIAA platinum certified "Get Low" with DJ Snake which surpassed 500 million worldwide streams. He initially landed in the history books during 2012 as "the first moombahton artist to achieve the number one spot on Beatport" on the Something, Something Awesome EP. His 2014 major label debut, Money Sucks, Friends Rule [Mad Decent/Columbia Records], graced Rolling Stone's "Top Electronic Albums of 2014" list as 2015's This Mixtape Is Fire EP bowed at #1 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart.
Dillon Francis has had a monumental 2018 surrounding the release of his second album, 'WUT WUT,' which featured multiple releases leading up to the album alongside some of the biggest names in Latin music including De La Ghetto, Arcangel, Fuego, Residente and many more. Francis has opened up a lane for himself in another global market reaching a predominantly Spanish-speaking and/or bilingual audience that has long embraced dance music. Francis' latest commercial release "White Boi" (feat. Lao Ra) was met with much excitement, immediately debuting in the Top 40 at Mexico's Spanish Pop radio upon its release. This year has also brought Francis numerous career milestones, including nominations for both a Latin American Music Award and Latin GRAMMY Award respectively for his collaboration with Puerto Rican superstar, Residente on their song, "Sexo."
As he wraps up his third consecutive year of his residency at the Wynn Las Vegas, Francis' 2018 tour schedule included some of the biggest festival stages around the world including EDC (Mexico & Orlando), Lollapalooza (Chile, Brazil, Paris, Chicago), Festival Estereo Picnic (Bogota, Colombia), Ultra, TomorrowWorld and Electric Zoo.
In addition to his music, Dillon Francis also recently released a 7-episode comedy series 'Like and Subscribe' available exclusively on Funny or Die and Amazon Video. The show follows Skyy Goldwynne (Dillon Francis), Hollywood's biggest manager who locks 4 of his influencer clients in a house with a camera crew. "'Like & Subscribe' Is Here & It's Hilarious"- Billboard (View Episode one here)
Francis consistently engages a social media following of over 2 million on Instagram, 1.5 million on Facebook, and over 1 million on Twitter with a string of hilarious content. Moreover, his music has lit up Furious 7, Entourage, Neighbors, Zoolander 2, and more. For tour dates, love letters and more information visit www.dillonfrancis.com
Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. The three-time Grammy-winning artist is as much an international brand as he is a musician/DJ/producer. Year after year, he’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.
Most recently, Diplo finds himself exercising his collaborative spirit and singular talent for transcending genre and cultural boundaries. With the formation of two new groups, Diplo continues his streak as a global hitmaker -- LSD a psychedelic supergroup with Sia and Labrinth that was streamed nearly one billion times and Silk City the disco-influenced venture with Mark Ronson. Since the debut of Silk City, the duo has collaborated with Dua Lipa for the Grammy-winning house hit “Electricity,” as well as releases with GoldLink, Desiigner and Mapei. On his own, Diplo continues to discover and collaborate with the most exciting new voices in music including Trippie Redd, Poppy, Lil Xan and MØ. His collaboration with French Montana, Lil Pump and Zhavia on "Welcome to the Party" for Deadpool 2 recently achieved platinum status.
A decade since its inception, Diplo’s original group Major Lazer continues to influence the sound of modern music. The group recently looked to Africa for inspiration, releasing a string of collaborations with African artists like Burna Boy, Babes Wodumo, Mr. Eazi and Kizz Daniel. Diplo’s rise to fame began in 2004 with his critically-acclaimed debut album Florida which caught the attention of then-breaking M.I.A., who partnered with Pentz to release the mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1. and eventually the Grammy-nominated track “Paper Planes” in 2007, which hit #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart and has sold more than three million copies.
In 2005, Diplo founded label/culture lab Mad Decent to lend his globally-recognized voice to the sounds he encounters traveling the world. Mad Decent has gone on to release music from a dynamic range of artists that include Santigold, Omar Souleyman, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, Baauer and more.
Diplo founded his global dancehall group Major Lazer in 2008 to great critical acclaim. Their 2015 smash hit, “Lean On” with DJ Snake and MØ, became the most streamed song on Spotify of all time and hit more than 1 billion views on YouTube, making it one of the Top 10 most watched music videos ever.
The double platinum single “Where Are Ü Now” featuring Justin Bieber from his Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex has enjoyed similar success & won the group numerous awards including an MTV European Music Awards as well as an American Music Award for Collaboration of the year. Both of Diplo’s 2015 releases -- Major Lazer’s Peace Is the Mission and Skrillex and Diplo Present: Jack Ü -- topped the Billboard charts for #1 Dance/Electronic Album.
As one of pop’s most in-demand producers, Diplo has worked with artists such as Beyoncé -- producing two songs on the Grammy-nominated Lemonade, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Wale, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, Quavo, Travis Scott, Travis Porter, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Azealia Banks, Die Antwoord, Camila Cabello, Sean Paul, Robyn, AlunaGeorge and many more. His last EP, California, served as Diplo’s first body of work as a solo artist in more than five years, and the latest entry into a catalog that continues to defy genre and convention.
Diplo continues to tour the world, playing 300 shows a year with Major Lazer and under his own moniker, including headlining Mad Decent Block Parties worldwide and a legendary Vegas residency. Recent stops include Pakistan, Brazil, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Croatia, China, Mexico, Italy, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary and beyond.
Not many artists can boast several multi-platinum singles, multiple Grammy nominations, sold out headline shows around the world and over three billion streams across streaming platforms, but Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw of Galantis have never been like most artists.
As the collaborative duo of Karlsson (aka Bloodshy, one-third of Miike Snow) and Eklöw (aka Style of Eye), Galantis has set a new standard for songwriting in dance music. Working as Bloodshy, Karlsson’s songwriting collaborations included Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and Britney Spears (whose “Toxic” earned a GRAMMY award for Best Dance Recording). After reaching out to Eklöw (who co-wrote and produced Icona Pop’s hit single “I Love It” as Style of Eye) to remix Miike Snow’s “Animal,” the two continued to collaborate until ultimately Galantis was born.
After making their debut with 2014’s “Smile,” the Swedish duo has blossomed into a full-blown streaming sensation, while notching their biggest hit to date with 2016’s mega smash “No Money” – garnering over 911 million global streams, reaching the Top 10 on iTunes in 43 countries, and certifying platinum in 16 countries including the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
Karlsson and Eklöw’s tremendous success with recorded music is only one component of the Galantis story, however. Coupled with their strong track record of streaming and sales triumphs, Galantis boasts an innovative live show that incorporates a three-tiered stage equipped with cymbals, drum pads, and 5 full-size kick drums. Since their debut in 2013, the duo has sold out countless venues around the world on their headline tours, including 70 shows throughout North/South America and Europe – equating to over 174,600 hard tickets.
Most notably, in March 2017, the duo sold 10,000 tickets in a single evening, between a sold out show at San Francisco’s iconic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (their biggest headline show to date), and a late night set at Mezzanine. A testament to the duo's foundation in live performance, Galantis frequently performs at historic venues like O2 Academy Brixton in London and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, Galantis also announced a residency at Wynn in Las Vegas.
When it comes to the festival circuit, Galantis is equally dynamic. After making their live performance debut at 2014’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Galantis has thrilled crowds at marquee festivals including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Creamfields, Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo, SW4 and V Festival.
Like their millions of fans around the world, the music industry at large has also taken notice of Galantis’ impressive track record. The duo was nominated for three P3 Gold Awards in Sweden in 2017, taking home the trophy for “Best Dance Act.” They also won “Producer of the Year” at 2017’s SKAP Awards, while “No Money” was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 2017 Swedish Grammis Awards. Galantis was also recently ranked at #25 on Billboard’s Dance 100 Artists of 2018 list.
With the arrival of their second album The Aviary in September 2017, Galantis showed once again why they are a unique force in dance pop. For Karlsson and Eklöw, the key to their artistry’s evolution on The Aviary came in embracing change. Much was different about the album’s creative process this time around. While their debut LP Pharmacy – which spawned singles “Gold Dust,” the UK Top 10 hits “Peanut Butter Jelly” and the platinum-selling “Runaway (U&I)” – was recorded in a secluded studio in the Stockholm archipelago, its follow-up came together within the constant touring climate that comes with being a top-tier dance act.
The Aviary amassed over 1 billion streams worldwide in its first week, shooting straight into the Top 10 album chart in 23 countries – including #1 in Japan – as well as topping the dance album chart in 17 countries. The singles kept up Galantis’ winning streak – “Love On Me” (with Hook N Sling) became yet another multi-platinum selling hit for the duo, with over 190 million streams to date; “Hunter” gave Galantis’ their biggest opening week streaming figures to date with over 1.2 million domestic streams before going on to rack up more than 165 streams; while “Pillow Fight” and “Tell Me You Love Me” with Throttle all racked up over tens of millions of streams each.
Their reputation as hit makers have also turned Galantis into highly sought after remixers for A-list pop artists, putting their distinct stamp on remixes for the likes of Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”), Sam Smith (“Too Good at Goodbyes”), Florence + The Machine (“Delilah”) and Selena Gomez (“Fetish”).
As they enter their fifth year, Karlsson and Eklöw are showing no signs of slowing down. Now with over 3 million tracks sold globally (over 1 million of which were from the United States), over 10 million Spotify listeners each month, the pair are primed to take their infectious, feel good energy to a larger global audience with more new music and live shows in 2018.
Illenium (Ascend Live)
Illenium (Ascend Live)
World renowned DJ and producer, Hot Creations label boss, founder and curator of the Paradise global event series and a member of cross-genre band Hot Natured, over the last decade Jamie Jones had pioneered his own distinct sound that has paved the way for a warmer, more melodic, side of techno to emerge.
It was DJs Can Dance -- the East London warehouse parties he threw in the mid 00's -- that helped him make his mark on the capital, while the countless summers spent playing in Ibiza solidified him as an integral cog in the island's music scene. 2010 saw him hold an esteemed residency at DC10 for Monday's Circoloco day parties, but little did he know that a year later he would be at the helm of one of the island's most respected parties at the very same club.
This year marks the seventh season of Paradise at it's Ibiza home of DC10. As a raver, this is the club where Jamie spent his summers on the dance floor and where he came to meet the family that would later make Paradise a reality. Wanting to offer something different to the Ibiza party circuit and inspired by Larry Levan's legendary Paradise Garage parties in New York, he set out to create a party that was eclectic, creative with an intimate family feel. Now he's bringing a little bit of Paradise to every corner of the globe with parties landing in cities like Miami, New York, LA, Moscow and Toronto. Over the years Paradise has grown globally, partnering with like minded brands and festivals including The Warehouse Project, Printworks, Tomorrowland, We Are Fstvl, BPM and DGTL.
To date, Jamie's label Hot Creations has put out over 100 releases, with the 100th, 'Kooky Chords,' coming from Jamie himself last September, hitting the number 2 spot on Beatport's chart. The label has also helped launch the careers of numerous artists such as Patrick Topping, Richy Ahmed and Detlef, who also make up part of the loyal Paradise family Jamie has built around him.
JOYRYDE exploded onto the music scene in 2016 and his journey has been as unique as the man himself. His talents don’t simply reside in the studio or on mainstage festival stages; he’s a multi-hyphenate who brings his signature style and taste to the worlds of fashion, directing and production design.
His music has garnered support from the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake, Diplo, Major Lazer, Yellow Claw, Tchami, NGHTMRE, GRiZ, Don Diablo, Dyro and Jauz — who champion his undeniable hits including “Hot Drum” and “DAMN” in many of their sets. His relentless schedule took him to Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Electric Zoo in New York, EDC in Las Vegas and Orlando, and international festival stages including Lollapalooza Paris, EDC Japan and many more.
His C.A.R stage production, or “Calling All Rydrz” is the first of its kind and features the artist perched atop at 1969 matte black Dodge Charger, tricked out with all your favorite rave amenities, spewing everything from garage and house to UK Grime and Hip Hop. In 2016, the stage debuted at Avalon in Hollywood and Webster Hall in New York City and has now made its way across the globe on an Australian and New Zealand tour in early 2018.
Armed with an arsenal of unreleased tracks, JOYRYDE is taking aim at 2018. Whether it be bringing his visual panache to a new music video, dropping more seasonal apparel on his self designed line #RYDRWARE, or continuing to dominate the touring circuit, the world better be prepared to be taken for a ride.
Nora En Pure
Nora En Pure
Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption
Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption
Born of radical sonic possibilities and limitless permutations, Electronic music has always been a fluid genre where innovation is prized. Having been at the forefront of the sprawling genre since 2009, Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (Hooks), aka Zeds Dead, are acutely aware of how vital new ideas are. That's why when the Toronto-based producer/DJs finally took time off from headlining festivals, they crafted a debut album full of dynamic, forward-thinking songs that defy categorization and disrupt musical foundations.
The products of two musically-inclined households, DC and Hooks played piano before moving onto the guitar. As teens, they became enamored with the beats of '90s hip-hop producers (e.g. DJ Premier, Pete Rock) and formed production duo Mass Productions (MP). Like DJ Shadow or RJD2, they explored the boundless potential of hip-hop based instrumental music.
This insatiable appetite for sonic exploration has been the guiding principal of their career. In college, DC and Hooks became entranced by the rhythms of drum & bass, dubstep, and electro. Changing their name to Zeds Dead, the pair founded one of Canada's most storied club nights: Bassmentality. Initially held in the tiny basement of 751, around-the-block crowds prompted a relocation to Toronto's Wrongbar, where the duo booked artists like Skrillex, Borgore, and Nero.
Zeds Dead haven't stopped their ascent since Bassmentality, touring the world, performing to thousands at music festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, HARD, Ultra, Tomorrowland Belgium, plus the biggest stages in India, Asia, & South America. Zeds Dead have also launched their own events, notably their annual Deadrocks event at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater, which they most recently sold out in June of 2016, and their first annual Deadbeats Toronto event at Echo beach in August 2016.
The group's compelling, high-intensity live shows double as a showcase for their ever-expanding catalog. To date, Zeds Dead has released projects with electronic music titans like Ultra (The Living Dead) and Mad Decent. The duo considers their 2014 EP, Somewhere Else (Mad Decent), a significant artistic milestone. With features from Twin Shadow and Perry Farrell, among others, Hooks and DC seamlessly fused the sonic hallmarks of contemporary hip-hop with brain-melting bass, poignant piano keys, and more.
"The way Somewhere Else came together, the concept behind it, and the way we worked with other people -- it was closer to my main vision for Zeds Dead," says DC.
Zeds Dead fully realizes this vision on their forthcoming album, Northern Lights. Released via the group's DeadBeats imprint, it is the culmination of two musical journeys, of years of collaboration, touring, and recording. As such, the album encompasses much of life's emotional complexities. Some songs evoke the wistfulness of nostalgia, others the uncertainty of the present. While others still brim with bright-eyed hope for the future.
"It's music that works best at night. The northern lights are something beautiful and vibrant coming out of the night sky," explains DC. "That contrast provided the framework for the album."