1991

London based DJ and producer 1991, who goes by the name of Fred Webb, has emerged as one of the most exciting newcomer artists in UK Dance music. After releasing on MTA Records and OWSLA’s sister imprint NEST, at the start of 2017 he has been earmarked as a #NewName by Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1 and ended the year winning best newcomer at the Drum&Bass Arena Awards 2017. Now in 2018, 1991 returns with his new single, ‘The Epiphany’, featuring vocals from Matt Wilson.

 

1991 is predominantly known for his drum & bass productions which are often characterised by an addictive future bass element. The UK based artist has received massive radio support from the likes of Annie Mac and Danny Howard and club support by artists like Skrillex, Anna Lunoe, Chris Lake, Andy C, Pendulum, Netsky and Chase & Status.

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12th Planet:

12th Planet is the electronic music pioneer whose off-axis beats and subsonic frequencies orbit on the forefront of global bass culture. Recently named “Los Angeles dubstep god” by Rolling Stone, 12th Planet AKA John Dadzie and his influential label SMOG Records are widely credited for bringing the British movement stateside, and continue to be a crucial force in the evolution of electronic music. 12th Planet’s DJ sets now include a myriad of styles that reflect the current, diverse landscape of EDM music and continue to display his role as an essential tastemaker in the dance music world.

12th Planet burst onto the scene in 2006, releasing tracks that helped ignite the North American EDM explosion and collaborating with the likes of Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Datsik and Plastician. In 2012, 12th Planet’s seminal track “Reasons” (Doctor P Remix) was named by SPIN Magazine as one of the ‘30 Greatest Dubstep Songs of All Time’ — after all, “nothing set the tone for domestic bass culture quite like this Planet’s orbit,” said SPIN. 12th Planet has gone on to be recognized as “King of Dubstep” by SPIN and “US dubstep godfather” by UK’s dance music bible Mixmag after headlining tours across the globe and performing at major festivals including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and more.

Since 2006, 12th Planet has also led what’s become one of the most thriving underground movements in electronic music, with MTV calling the crew a “pioneering incubator of bass music in America.” The SMOG crew, with 12th Planet at the helm, continues to produce top quality events in Los Angeles and beyond, always pushing forward as an internationally recognized leader in U.S. bass music. However, John Dadzie’s role has extended beyond just bass music to encompass the whole of EDM, including what he recently described to OC Weekly as “transition music,” — a sound that incorporates diverse styles and BPMs. His DJ set is no longer classifiable by genre but best dubbed “a trip to the 12th Planet and back.”

 

Cookie Monsta:

From a very early age Cookie Monsta was always into music. From around 11 years old a PlayStation game called ‘Music 200’ caught his eye and that’s where it all began. He would play on this game making loops, playing on it for ages. Then around 17 he had as many music games he could find, but he wanted more. Cookie Monsta never really knew about music production and came from a group of friends that were not into that sort of thing. When he applied at college he was frowned upon for doing this simply because people thought music was pointless to study. He first opened up Reason 3 in September 2007 and the first ever Dubstep tune he heard was Midnight Request line from Skream, He never knew it was Dubstep, but he loved it even though none of his friends did. Then hearing all the upbeat and darker side of Dubstep made Cookie Monsta get into it completely and ever since then he has been expanding his knowledge of Reason 4 by religiously using it as much as he could. A lot of people ask him for tips and tricks for producing but the best bit of advice, according to him is, ‘If you’re passionate about making music and you know you want to make music then knuckle down and stay on it. If people doubt you carry on, no matter how bad things get. Music isn’t my hobby, it’s my life’. A true word spoken by this future talent.

 

Funtcase:

FuntCase (aka James Hazell) has been in the dubstep scene for a hot minute but already making a very solid impact on the scene, with a medley of ranged beats capable to kick the wig off of any head!

Since starting his dubstep creations back in July 09, FuntCase has thrown some of the most filthy, and most catchy tunes out there, causing his popularity to rise massively in such a short amount of time.

In the 6 years of his production career, previously creating Drum and Bass, he had numerous releases under the name ‘DJ Dose’ but never did he realise the opportunity of the dubstep scene, when he made his first tracks ‘gorilla flex’ and ‘make our day’ as a joke and for mates, who constantly suggested he try and make the style.

Now a new addition to the Circus Records crew it seems his hard work has paid off, visiting numerous nights around the UK and the world in such areas as France, Belgium and Romania, with talks of tours further out from the UK being planned.

Of courseeeeee, no-one rises this fast without the help of the big heads within the scene and FuntCase is supported by some of the biggest, With the likes of N-Type, Hatcha, Pendulum, Chase and Status, Rusko, Crissy Criss, Mista Jam, Trolley Snatcha, Datsik, Excision and more, the future looks very bright for this new and exciting talent.

AC Slater

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. 2015 was AC Slater’s most successful year to date: Night Bass hosted stages at EDC Las Vegas, Holy Ship and HARD Day Of the Dead and Night Bass was voted “Club Night of the Year” by LA Weekly. The last 12 months have also seen AC collaborate with scene heavyweights including Tchami, Chris Lorenzo, Jack Beats and Golden Features, as well as remixing house legend Kaskade and rap staple E-40 and releasing a solo EP via Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint. 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!

Badklaat

From the depths of Gloucestershire, UK, BadKlaat aka Adam James has solidified himself as a rising talent in the international Dubstep scene. After a string of releases on Never Say Die’s Black Label and one the of the biggest tracks in the history of Dubstep, ‘Head Crush’ – he is now working alongside other huge NSD talents such as Megalodon, Trampa and TrollPhace. BadKlaat shows no signs of slowing down on his impressive production spree with many huge shows under his belt and more Black Label releases, BadKlaat continues to impress with his unique style and approach.

Bear Grillz

Bear Grillz’ meteoric rise into the Pantheon of bass music legends was predicated on a philosophy of love for the scene and the necessity of always grinding as hard as you can. This philosophy netted him multiple Beatport #1’s including his massive collaborations with Datsik and Getter, “Fuck Off” and “EDM” respectively.  2016 was also a time of artistic transformation. At the start of the year, the as-yet-unidentified Bear Grillz revealed his true identity on the Jerry Springer show. Two million viewers and fans watched with amazement as he removed his iconic Bear Grillz helmet on camera. But by this time, Bear Grillz was already a global bass music brand, selling out shows in North America, South America, Australia and Europe. His notoriety only increased, and 2016 saw him booked for 12 international festivals while touring as support for Excision on his Paradox Tour. 2017 promises to be an even better, more successful year for Bear Grillz. An 8 track EP, with talent straight from the rosters of Bass Music royalty, is set to drop later this year, and a full North American tour is slated for the spring. He’s bringing his brand new custom stage design, “The Void”, with him, and, to make it rage even harder, he’s adding the sonic support of PK’s famous sound system. The name Bear Grillz has always been synonymous with face-melting, neck-breaking bass music, and his shows are always one mosh pit away from a prison riot. Don’t sleep on him–you’ll be seeing a lot more of him at a show near you

Black Sun Empire

When the Utrecht-based trio of Rene Verdult and brothers Micha and Milan Heyboer chose their artist alias, they couldn’t have known it would manifest itself as a destiny to be fulfilled. But for Black Sun Empire, their title has become their fate. Known to many as the leaders of the harder, heavier and more experimental end of drum & bass, Black Sun Empire has grown into more than an artist project. Now Black Sun Empire and its offshoot, Blackout, is a record label and events empire with a reach that stretches across the globe and has seen its three-man namesake spearhead a whole generation of new artists.

Black Sun Empire began making music together in 1993, but it wasn’t until drum & bass reached its peak in the mid-‘90s that the trio truly found their footing. In that formative period, Black Sun Empire drew heavy inspiration from the darker side of the genre, a movement pioneered by London-based imprints like No U Turn, Grooverider’s Prototype Recordings and Ed Rush & Optical’s Virus label. By the time the Internet revolution opened a path for non-UK drum & bass acts to be fully embraced by the scene, Black Sun Empire had perfected their craft and began to deliver a distinct and different sound that they could truly call their own.

Since then the Netherlands residents have recorded no less than six studio albums, crafting anthems such as The Sun, Arrakis, Feed the Machine and Dawn of a Dark Day in the process. Through their label and event brand Blackout they have helped to build and shape the careers of some of the drum & bass scene’s most respected names. Having launched Blackout as an offshoot of Black Sun Empire Recordings in 2010, the trio has given a platform for releases from Noisia, The Upbeats, Phace & Misanthrop, Mefjus, State of Mind, Neonlight, Pythius and Rido, to name just a handful.

Meanwhile, with their own tours, and the trailblazing events arm of their empire, Black Sun have heavily toured the globe. Constantly in demand in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America, the trio are relentless in bringing their music to their growing legion of fans. Through their Blackout events at iconic venues like Fabric and The Melkweg and performing at the world’s biggest festivals such as Glastonbury, EDC Las Vegas, Lowlands and Pukkelpop, Black Sun Empire have a reputation for uncompromising dance-floor pressure that is second to none.

2 Beyond Blackout, Black Sun Empire’s name rings out to the wider musical world. Having collaborated with the great and the good from the drum & bass scene – everyone from Noisia and Audio to Cause4Concern and Concord Dawn – the trio have also infused their discography with a healthy dose of outside influences. Names like Foreign Beggars, Virus Syndicate and Dope D.O.D. which will be familiar to hip hop and grime fans, while collaborations with New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver and Belgian composer Inne Eysermans show another side to Black Sun Empire’s multifaceted musicality.

Emperors of their own self-built domain, Black Sun Empire’s reach and influence cannot be underestimated. The trio reign over a musical realm that now encompasses a roster of the most exciting artists that the heavier side of drum & bass has to offer and an events arm that delivers their vision directly to a growing, dedicated fan base. While you can be assured that Black Sun Empire will continue their expansion across the globe, it’s clear to see that they have already fulfilled the destiny which their namesake bestowed upon them.

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Boogie T:

Born and raised in the swamps of Louisiana, playing and writing music since the tender age of eight, Brock Thornton aka Boogie T, has come along way to bring the low end. Hailing from the South, the cradle of soul, it is easy to hear the southern influence in his music. Bass, Dubstep, Future Funk – whatever you want to call it – for Boogie T, it has always been about entertaining. Whether singing, rapping, playing guitar/keys/ bass, DJ’ing or producing, Boogie T’s goal is simple: make great music and connect with people by taking risks and pushing boundaries. Boogie T dropped his debut EP on Ganja White Night’s label Subcarbon Records in October of 2017, snagging a top 10 spot on the iTunes Electronic Album chart, and has releases on Atlantic/Big Beat, Circus Records, SMOG Records and All Good Records, amassing millions of streams online. Boogie T has toured with Ganja White Night, Snails and co-headlined his very own tour with SQUNTO. Playing across the country and beyond with GRiZ, Zeds Dead, Funtcase, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Minnesota, G Jones, SunSquabi, LOUDPVCK, Skism, NGHTMRE, Subtronics and many others, he and his guitar are gracing the stages of festivals such as Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, Buku, Lost Lands, Okeechobee, Big Dub, Imagine, 515 Alive, Dreamscape, Nightmare Fest, and so much more. Boogie T is blazing an exciting path from the Bayou to a city near you!

 

Squnto:

Rising out of the depths of the Massachusetts underground, SQUNTO has quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned within the world of bass music. Receiving support ranging from his contemporary underground brothers to the upper echelon of heavy dubstep acts and top tier artists like Excision, Datsik, Kayzo and Bro Safari, it is apparent that Eric Hunter Roth aka SQUNTO is here to stay. His perspective on dubstep and bass music is something very special and unique. SQUNTO’s collaboration with German deathstep artist Code:Pandorum “Wall of Death” took the bass music scene completely by storm, creating a massive cultural movement and further amalgamating the quickly blurring lines between heavy bass music and metal culture. Crowds all over the world have split to ‘wall of death’ themselves to this track and artists like Downlink and Figure have made it a staple in their sets. Cinematic intros, dark undertones, and massive basslines with unique sonic character are the defining nature of SQUNTO’s biggest tracks and are truly something to behold whilst standing in front of a proper sound system. Most would agree that SQUNTO’s tunes are some of the most filthy in the game. Aside from his music, what really sets SQUNTO apart is but his ability to perform live. In a world of dubious ethics and questionable ability when it comes to DJ’ing, SQUNTO is leading bass music culture to a new paradigm of what is possible and expected when it comes to live sets. Quickly becoming known as a master of the double drop, triple drop, mashup, and even the illusive quad drop, he consistently blows minds and destroys crowds with his monstrously high energy sets. Many have compared his style and ability to mixing dons like Megalodon and Skism, however, the perspective and flow of energy that SQUNTO brings to the art is distinct and unique unto himself. SQUNTO refers to his style of mixing only as “Dragon Drops” and prefers to let his aptitude on the decks do the talking musically and visually. With a refreshing conscious perspective and content that steps outside of the realm of what is relevant solely to the bass music and EDM scene, SQUNTO is making big moves on pushing the boundaries of what is possible with an artist presence as well. A staunch advocate of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, his goal is not only to bring a higher standard of content and performance to his fans, but to offer them ideas and resources that will help positively impact their lives in the long run, helping them reach a higher state of consciousness and empowerment and leading them to inner peace and happiness. Eric has stated to many that “music is just the tip of the iceberg,” and it is apparent that he has great ambitions that go far past just becoming a successful act in the realm of EDM. With international tours, festivals and relentless performances across North America, SQUNTO has made a big impression upon the dubstep and bass music world. Those who have witnessed his acts of bass destruction and follow his online presence know that SQUNTO is destined for huge things. As the man himself says, “Stay Locked!”

Borgore

As a fearless boundary buster, Borgore has deconstructed the stereotype of what a musician should be by blending his bass, trance, hip hop and dubstep influences with his classical music background. Borgore is at the top of his game. His decade long scroll of accomplishments include heading up his own successful label, Buygore Records, headlining sold out shows to record breaking crowds, a weekly internationally syndicated SiriusXM Radio series “The Borgore Show”, and a Milieu or collaborative banged alone side G-Easy, Miley Cyrus, Waka Flocka Flame and Diplo.

Camo & Krooked

WHAT IS IT about your favourite records that makes you love them?

WHY DO certain combinations of sounds surcharge your soul with emotion?

HOW CAN a chord progression invoke an elevation to an untouchable location?

The answers to these questions are the Holy Grail for all musicians. Understanding and unravelling the complex and subjective human relationship with tones, textures and triads is a constant quest for musical clarity. For the most passionate artists, this quest will take a lifetime…
Passionate artists like Camo (Reini) and Krooked (Markus): Two young Austrians who met on the skateboard but made a lifelong pact in the studio almost 10 years ago. Quickly identifying a shared vision and thirst for sonic communication, the pair have been asking themselves the questions above (and many more) since their earliest releases in the late 2000s.
At first they found answers within the high energy, chaotic parameters of drum & bass. But, as they’ve persisted on their quest, found more answers and asked more questions, they’re now exploring a much wider world of musical possibilities.
For artists so young, they’ve already achieved a huge deal: Few electronic acts are staring down the barrel of their fourth album at this stage of their career. Even fewer artists have created a made-to-measure live experience with as much attention to detail as their Zeitgeist show.
But everything you know about Camo & Krooked so far barely scratches the surface compared to their next ambitious project. Here’s what they’re up to… And how they got there.

NEW HORIZONS
“It’s about exceeding what you’ve done before. The next step has to be better. If we made the same thing over and over it would be painful. It’s not creative. We love the idea of not knowing what may happen. Fuck the safe path – we want to explore new paths. Some people might not like it. But that’s the risk we enjoy taking… And we’re not going to know if it has paid off until people receive it.” – Reini

These paths have been teased throughout their career – particularly with the brushed metal electro sheen of 2011’s ‘Make The Call’ and 2010’s paranoid minimal tech alias Chrome – but were properly swathed down in September 2013 with the release of their third album ‘Zeitgeist’.
After two successful thoroughbred drum & bass albums – ‘Above & Beyond’ (Mainframe, 2010) and ‘Cross The Line’ (Hospital, 2011) – ‘Zeitgeist’ was a game-changing document that showed Reini and Markus’s true passions, musical scope and future vision.
Embracing drum & bass’s famously high production standards while breaking down its infamously conservative formulas and tempo restrictions, ‘Zeitgeist’ compounded a stronger signature than they’d displayed previously…
Disco, techno, soul and funk were brazenly smelted down as the young duo carved delicate synthetic textures with soft plucks, spacious minimalist design and detailed arrangements. Abandoning scene expectation and fears of technical limitation, ‘Zeitgeist’ was a calling card for a genre-free future where artists transcend boundaries created by the fans, the labels and, ultimately, themselves.

“We want to create a sound that no one else has done before. Not just technically, but in terms of arrangement. The goal? For people know the Camo & Krooked sound at any tempo. There’s a safe way to play it when you’re establishing yourself and that’s how we did it on the first two albums… To a certain degree. But with ‘Zeitgeist’ we just did our own thing. Since then that way of thinking has grown so much it’s an intrinsic part of our musical journey.” – Markus

Joining them on this journey is essential. Many producers already have; the electric emotion and cosmic textures of ‘Zeitgeist’ are already being referenced, deftly nodded to and blatantly copied across drum & bass.
The referees have become the reference: Now, in the true spirit of exceeding past accomplishments, they’re about to take this sound, spirit and creative ideology to a new level.

JOURNEY THROUGH SOUND
In the aftermath of ‘Zeitgeist’ and its ambitious bespoke hi-tech live show, Markus and Reini have continued to study and analyse musical dynamics; how sounds ignite emotions and feelings from deep within, how space and silence are just as important as the musical elements. Above all: how music tells its own unique story.

“We listen to everything we love and constantly dissect the chord progressions and arrangements. That’s how we’ve learnt. We’ve made the connections between D&B and soul and funk. A lot of our development comes from listening and understanding.” – Reini

Studying the new masters from Jon Hopkins to Tame Impala to David August, Markus and Reini have toiled hard to understand their shared vision of their musicality and, most importantly, how they want to translate it to us.
Rather than use the same old in-the-box language, they’ve amassed a collection of analogue hardware to help them chisel and hone these messages furthermore: A Moog Sub37, Prophet8, Roland Chorus Echo, JoMoX MBaseII, Studer 961 mixing desk, mics to record their own percussion and drum libraries… The list is building, slowly but surely. Each machine helping them articulate their unique sound and define their own creative boundaries.

“Limiting your sound and understanding your machines and their capabilities is essential. Having that abundance of creative opportunities is dangerous; endlessly flicking through folders and VSTs means you never actually make anything .You never find your own sound. So we’ve thought about everything that pleases us and intrigues us so we can establish and really define our own sound. Besides…
Hardware just sounds better!” – Markus

The first taste of these analogue experiments since ‘Zeitgeist’ emerged in June 2015 with ‘Gravitas’. A dreamy, arpeggiated composition, it was the bespoke result of a creative partnership with Red Bull’s skydiving team, created to soundtrack one of the most beautiful aerial stunts the team have ever displayed. Sitting at a pensive 115BPM, ‘Gravitas’ instantly smacked of Camo & Krooked’s sound while rolling at a tempo they’d never explored before. Another example of Markus and Reini’s musicianship, it acts as the quintessential tease for their highly anticipated fourth album.

BACK TO THE FUTURE
Camo & Krooked’s new album is their most ambitious project to date. Joining Markus, Reini and their stash of outboard kit are a score of local upcoming vocalists (because they love working with new artist and supporting Austrian talent), wild-skill session musicians (because they know their own technical limitations and when to call in a pro to replicate their own strums and sketches) and industry professionals such as award-winning pop architect Simon Britton whose discography is peppered with legends from Kool & The Gang to Eminem, Usher to Jimmy Cliff.
Even by the duo’s widescreen standards, it’s a brave new musical world. Building new sonic skylines on the impressive structures of their past, tracks such as the sun-freckled reflectivity of ‘Like I Do’, the delicate keys of ‘Black & White’, the slo-mo techno drones and dark bass tones of ‘If Else’ galvanise Markus and Reini’s capabilities well into the future in a way that’s not been done by their peers before. Many hugely respected artists who first came to fame in drum & bass have gone on to succeed on bigger stages… But not in the way Camo & Krooked intend to do it.

“We put so much effort and blood, sweat and tears into writing something that’s unique and fresh and not already done,” states Markus. “We don’t want to be the next big radio act”
“I wonder how long it will take till the bubble bursts? When radio moves on, everyone moves on… We want to make a deeper connection. We want people who stay with us and join the journey and not people who just respond to the hype and move-on as quickly after. But we can only do this if we are true to ourselves.”

With honesty and clarity as strong as their sonic signatures and musical passions, this is the sound of two men on a lifelong quest to understand and unravel the complex and subjective human relationship with music.

This is the sound of two men at a newfound creative peak.

This is next level Camo & Krooked.

Do you have any questions?

Chase & Christensen

Sean Chase and Evan Christensen are dj-producer duo  Chase&Christensen . Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Sean and Evan spent years in the underground circuits. Both started as solo acts; Sean, a hip hop deejay – while Evan held residencies at some of the cities most notorious house and electro venues. Deciding to form a duo was easy – both had been close friends for sometime. With a focus on deep and tech house, they have amassed a strong following, holding multiple residencies and playing parties on both sides of the border.

More recently, the duo launched their own event series,  No Vacancy . With a focus on supporting local talent, they have thrown over 100 events in the past two years, and have recently established rotating residencies at several local and international venues. Currently in the studio working on their first full project, 2018 is set to be the most creative year for Chase&Christensen  yet.

Claude VonStroke

In this day and age of music cross-pollination, Claude VonStroke sits at the forefront of all that is good, proper, and most importantly, fun. He’s just as at home remixing Kenny Larkin or Rihanna as he is dropping multiple underground hits. DJ-wise, his relentless touring of every major city, festival and, basement after-party around the world has only enriched this unique perspective on music.

Raised in Detroit and now based in Venice Beach, Barclay Crenshaw created the quirky alias “Claude VonStroke” in 2005 and went on to become one of the most well-respected label owners and DJs in dance music. His first release, ‘Deep Throat’ was a hit, putting his imprint on the decks of DJs around the globe. But the real breakthrough came with double-header ‘The Whistler/Who’s Afraid of Detroit?.’ The 12” cemented Claude’s reputation as a producer to be reckoned with, crossing borders, genres, and musical ears, and is now known as one of the classic dance releases of the decade.

Since then, VonStroke has released three original artist albums, a remix album, and several high profile mix compilations. Highlights include a collaboration with the legendary P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins as well as a few #1 & #2 hits on Beatport. Most importantly, VonStroke has kept it original, fun and funky.

As the owner of the record labels, Dirtybird & Mothership, VonStroke also built an impeccable A&R roster signing acts like Justin Martin, Julio Bashmore, Catz ‘n Dogz, Riva Starr, Tim Green, Breach, Eats Everything, Maetrik, Italoboyz, Justin Jay, and Shiba San well before they broke out of their hometown scenes (he even named a few of these artists.) Today, his labels continue to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene, releasing an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass, and electronica. Staying true to Crenshaw’s Detroit heritage, Dirtybird and Mothership donate 10% of profits to a children’s music school in Detroit.

A lot of Claude’s success can be attributed to a good attitude. He does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and truly loves his fans. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their asses and have fun.

Catch him play at numerous festivals and clubs worldwide, or, even better, at his legendary Dirtybird BBQ series of outdoor events.

Daniel Portman

Daniel Portman was born and raised in the suburbs of Zurich, Switzerland. He fell in love with electronic music at a very young age: It was the late 90s, with all its ups and downs, when young Daniel started to test his musical abilities on an Akai2000 sampler and an old sequencer.

Mid 2000s his first EP “Backside / Evolution” was released on Unreleased Digital. Followed by the EP “I never sleep”. Tracks came up on labels such as Harem Records, Big & Dirty, Armada, AnjunaDeep or on PinkStar Records next to releases on his homebase label Unreleased Digital.

He’s also known for successful collab productions with Jerome Isma-Ae and Stanley Ross.

Rapidly he gained a big base of fans from all corners of the world, and his agenda got fully booked with DJ gigs on all continents. He made quite a heavy assault on the DJ scene performing on events in front of more than 10’000 people.

Over the years Daniel designed a forward thinking and unique style of house music, which can be described as a mixture of progressive house and techno. But also with an ability to infuse cutting edge machine music with soulful grooves. Therefore his productions regularly fill the top positions of Beatport’s Top 100 chart and are fast becoming staples for DJs everywhere.

Delta Heavy

Simon James and Ben Hall – AKA bass music masters Delta Heavy – first met at Nottingham University back in ’03. It’s a friendship and partnership that’s proved pivotal to both of them both personally and professionally. As a duo, their respective skill sets were perfectly matched: Simon was the one with the more traditional musical background while Ben had a penchant for sound engineering. Both loved DJ culture though and both spun. United by a love of underground club nights like Stealth and Detonate in Nottingham, their passion for music from drum ‘n’ bass to house was honed after many a night and early morning dancing ‘til dawn. Needless to say, after they graduated, Messrs James and Hall made their way to London. Wasting no time with their electronic ambitions, both acquired computer software. Says Si over coffee in Kings Cross: “Because we both had the same interests in music, we thought we’d align our knowledge.”

The dance-floor-fuelled d ‘n’ b tear-up ‘Abort’ was their debut release on Viper, which made so much noise that the duo duly signed to Andy C’s Ram Recordings. Quickly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, ‘Space Time’/Take The Stairs’ solidified their place as low-end bass innovators. But as you’ll soon hear, this is one duo who don’t ever want to be put in a box. Or stand still for too long either. This isn’t an act dwelling on the past, which is why we’re now going to fast-forward to the present day. With a super-successful debut album for Ram Records/BMG (the chart-chomping ‘Paradise Lost’) [Debuting in both the US and UK iTunes Electronic charts in the top #10 and shifting over 250k+ copies worldwide across streaming and physical product] and Winners of Best Producers as the 2016 DNB Awards, the Delta future is all about music and touring. But beyond – and also before – that, what they’re really looking for is their own lane.

“When we started coming through via Ram, the genre barriers had dropped around bass music a lot and we were keen to bridge those gaps and work across different genres: we said to Ram at the very beginning that we didn’t want to just make pure drum ‘n’ bass music, we wanted to do something different. Some people aren’t happy when you do a lot of different stuff so finding a way that incorporates different genres that feels like us took some time. When we made our album, we found that comfortable space.” says Simon.

The American-sounding stuff that we do bridges that Transatlantic divide.” In the end, it’s about balance. “Absolutely,” nods Ben. “We grew up going to dirty little raves! Because we play so many territories, in some places they like it more underground and others more mainstream. Varying what you play to suit your audience is important. A short high-powered festival set can be great but we also love Fabric. I live in the US now and we have been doing some big shows in America and Australia, but this Friday I headline Fabric – so I will get to play some old classics that wouldn’t necessarily fit in at a US festival.” So Fabric still means a lot? “I have been going since I was 16! So yes, it’s still a huge deal for us. It also inspires us to go away and write more music, whether that’s a club banger or a track with real depth.” Both Simon and Ben are wary of DJs who “play the same set for 18 months. The idea of that numbs my mind! I will spend half of Friday preparing songs for Fabric… it’s not a chore.”

That same dedication goes into their new radio show, which airs Friday nights on Evolution/iHeartRadio. “Again, we just wanted to be in our own lane,” says Ben, “and to enhance that was all about playing music we’re into in an outlet or space where we can play whatever we want to play. I wanted to showcase some UK d ‘n’ b which they might not be hearing elsewhere. We are trying to show everyone tuning in who’ve heard of us, all the different aspects of what we’re into at the moment. DNB from the UK; dubstep from America, trap stuff from Australia and also some bassier, noisier sounds of course! Hopefully what we’re doing isn’t replicated by another show. There’s so much good music being made by so many talented people around the planet, and if we can hear a sonic footprint whatever BPM it’s at, our aim is to tie it all together for a cohesive hour.”

Looking ahead, Delta Heavy have several key releases in the bag, including a collaboration with Dirty Audio which is being released on both Ram and Monstercat from North America.

Are there grand plans? We’ll let Ben have the final word. “When we write these tunes, you never know when things are going to pop up! Are there grand plans? Just to keep writing music! So for now, … the live show, that’s the main focus,” smiles Ben.

Dombresky

Dombresky, a producer from Paris has made his name known through his unique and authentic style. This has allowed him to make an official remix for A-Trak ‘s “We All Fall Down” & also collaborate with Tchami on “Freakin.”

Dombresky continues to impress the house scene with his tracks “Wait” & “Utopia” which have been released on Tchami’s Confession label. His brand new single uses cheerful melody which demonstrates how he once again is stamping his name into the scene.

Supported by artists like Diplo, DJ Snake, Anna Lunoe & many others, he stands out as one of the new faces of the international scene..

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Downlink

DOWNLINK – A name firmly cemented in the hearts and minds of the bass music community. He is respected the world over as a producer of the highest quality dancefloor bangers. He has had numerous #1 hits on Beatport and has released music with major labels like Rottun, OWSLA and Mau5trap. He has helped mix an album for the legendary nu-metal band Korn. He has toured the planet far and wide, leaving a wake of awe-struck audiences in his path. To see him live is to witness one of the tightest technical DJ’s in the game. His 4 deck live mixing and infectious stage energy light up venues turning crowds on their heads time after time. Expect lightning fast mixing on a journey through a wide variety of bass music. All tempos are fair game as long as its underground vibes and dirty bass. 2013 was a huge year for Downlink. Along with homies Excision and KJ Sawka, he gave rise to bass music supergroup Destroid, a whole different kind of live experience altogether. You really have to see it live to fully grasp the scope and intensity of the show. Also in 2013, Downlink launched his brand new record label, Uplink Audio. This will be a place where he will showcase his own music as well as a wide variety of other high grade material. Downlink is not one to be pigeon-holed and is constantly on a quest to evolve and refine his sound. With this in mind, one thing will always remain constant – a pure unadulterated heavy listening experience…

 

Space Laces

bug collector & producer of all things electronic

Drezo

It is rare now in a music scene of tiring trends for an artist to break the mold and make a statement creatively that people can connect to. However, based in Los Angeles, Drezo challenges the mainstream standard by staying true to his own powerful underground sound of house music. Through his compositions and remixes, the 24 year old aims to represent the darker and more imaginative side of EDM. With releases on OWSLA & Mad Decent, Drezo has proven that his haunting surge of originality is being accepted by the masses. Constantly devoting time in the studio has helped him evolve and innovate towards a sound that is now being widely recognized by the likes of Diplo, Destructo, Porter Robinson, Tchami, Zedd, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis and more, solidifying Drezo’s placement among the world’s top tier dance producers.

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Dubloadz:

Dubloadz aka Dave Nardolilli is a producer who’s quickly proven himself a force to be reckoned with, shattering the idea of subgenres and turning the dubstep world upside down over the course of only a year. His sharp and hard hitting “Savage Wonk” style boasts some serious musicianship, and quickly grabbed the attention of a lot of the power players in the electronic music world. Determined to make his mark in the scene quickly, he showed the world how much can be accomplished in a short ammount of time. 2014 proved to be a successful first year with releases on SMOG, Rottun and Never Say Die as well as bookings across the globe. His high energy sets show his attention to detail and cover a spectrum influenced by everything from hip hop and funk to hardcore and metal. With support from 12th Planet, Datsik, Excision, Figure, Eptic, and many more, there’s no disputing that Dubloadz got that meat game on lock. “I can only hope to inspire people. I love what I do and I want people to realize they can make their dreams happen as well.”

 

PhaseOne:

Hailing from Sydney, PhaseOne is an Australian legend. Emerging onto the scene in 2013 with strong skills in music production he founded himself within the dubstep community with a range of remixes and unique originals, forming his own distinctive style by mixing heavy metal elements with heavy-duty bass.

Catching the attention of dubstep heavyweight Datsik, PhaseOne released two EPs with the label Firepower Records, and his tracks ‘Matter of Time’ and ‘Touching the Stars’ reaching #1 and #2 respectively on the dubstep Beatport charts. Having also released tracks on Rottun, Kannibalen and Buygore, and collaborating with a multitude of leading producers such as 12th Planet, Virtual Riot and Megalodon.

In January of 2017, PhaseOne proclaimed his unrelenting commitment to dubstep that pushes boundaries with the announcement of an exclusive signing to Disciple records and then sealed the deal by releasing the ‘Origins EP’, making waves at home and abroad swiftly followed up by the ‘Dreamscape EP’ 5 months later.

PhaseOne has extensively toured Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe and North America, playing sold-out headline shows along with supports slots for some of the biggest names in the bass music scene inclusion supporting Excision on all shows of his Australian paradox tour.

Excision

Excision:

The name itself presents a terrifying image- a mangled, forced extraction, quite literally “removal by cutting”. It should come as no surprise that the sounds behind this name are just as filthy, brutal, and unforgiving as the namesake suggests.

Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload. Bass will rain down from above for hours as Excision’s skills as a DJ and producer shine like an unholy light from the underworld.

The true champion of bass music, Excision hails from Kelowna, British Columbia. The founder of the ROTTUN label, a bass music conglomerate that has shaped the sound of modern Bass music, Excision has created a vast roster of allies that has only bolstered his spot as a warrior of bass music. Armed with a library of destruction and filth, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the precious time you are engaged by Excision’s sounds will eclipse your mind for a lifetime, as you are constantly enlightened by the true fervor and energy that only an Excision set can provide.

 

 

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Flux Pavilion:

Flux Pavilion is a one man orchestra! With the ability to Sing and play a large variety of instruments it’s obvious that music comes naturally to him. Since first sitting down at a keyboard at the age of six his dream has been to make music that he loves and perform it to people who love it just as much.

Flux Pavilion AKA Joshua Steele has always been influenced by hard hitting dance music in everything that he does and it was only a matter of time before he found his own sound in the dance industry. in early 2008 Dubstep lit this internal fuse and he hasnt been the same man since.

Influenced by the likes of The Prodigy,Basement Jaxx and dubstep pioneer Rusko, Flux loved the high energy madness that dance music was capable of and set about making some of his own in the form of dubstep. Already adept with production skills he was soon off the starting block and his tunes were in swift circulation on the dubstep forum and were becoming a familiar name in the scene. What started of as a bit of experimentation soon became clear that Flux has definitely landed on his feet with the dubstep sound.

Before long labels were banging at his door itching to release his music so he decided that the world was ready for a bit of Flux Pavilion! Signing tunes to Rottun, Shift, XS Records, Stupid Fly and Dubmented beats and working with artists such as Datsik and Trolley Snatcha, his tunes were dominating the charts and starting to receive alot more interest from the big boys.

Ntype featured his track ‘fucking noise’ on his rinse mix cd and not content with that then signed flux’s track ‘Meathead’ to his label wheel and deal. This was a massive look for flux and got his name out there to all the Dj’s: Rusko, Hatcha, Plastician, Caspa, Skream. Soon enough no club was safe from one of Flux’s bangers and the bookings came flying in all over the UK and Europe.

While his career flourished Flux and childhood Friend Doctor P had also been working on some stuff together. They teamed up with Legendary DJ and drum and bass pioneer DJ Swan-e and Earl Falconer of UB40 and formed the infamous Circus Records. With his own platform for dubstep Flux began to imprint the scene with his sound and was quickly becoming one of the main players in dancefloor dubstep family. His track Voscillate Received ‘Track of the Week’ on Rusko’s radio one takeover which even featured his own vocals and more to date his forthcoming single “I can’t Stop” has just received world record of the week by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe.

Well known for his high energy performances and smashing anthems Flux is now performing all over the globe, and further tours are confirmed for next year in  the U.S, Canada and Australia.

 

Doctor P:

Any true fan of electronic music should instantly recognize Doctor P as one of the original godfathers of the bass-driven Dubstep movement. A true music lover at heart, Doctor P, aka Shaun Brockhurst, has had an intense love of music since he was just a teenager jamming with his friends on drums and guitar. It would later be the fateful acquisition of a Yamaha keyboard and Playstationʼs Music 2000 which would mark the beginning of the rise of one of todayʼs brightest and most innovative artists. Doctor P is what you might label as a triple threat as his talent can be found in the roles he effortlessly balances as a musician, producer, and DJ.

Since his game changing track, Sweet Shop, back in 2009 Doctor P has played some of the hottest venues bringing his homegrown British Dub step stylings to the eager masses across the globe. In just the past few years Doctor P has, to name just a few highlights, sold out arenas in LA, played the legendary Coachella festival, put on a mind bowing show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, and most recently tore up the 2012 Hackney Weekender.

With a number of iconic releases already under his belt, such as Tetris, Superbad, and of course the Dubstep staple that is Sweetshop, it is clear that Doctor P has only shown the world a fraction of what he can do. Aside from crafting his own original tracks, Doctor P has also lent his skills to remixes for artists such as Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Example, Fenech-Soler. The wide variety of genres he takes on only testifies to his adaptability and talent in being able to engage a multitude of different sounds and, in the process, creating truly special bass driven music.

Doctor P’s Sweet Shop single has sales in excess 60,000 alone, and his track Big Boss has garnered over 7.5 million hits on YouTube (closer to 8.5 million if you take into account the countless unofficial videos), his youtube channel has enjoyed a staggering 31 million views, and his Circus records mixtape has been downloaded over 20 thousand times. It is fair to say that these numbers speak for themselves; Doctor P is a force to be reckoned with.

Three years after emerging as one of the heavy hitters of the Dubstep movement, with a catalogue of groundbreaking tracks and countless accomplishments, Doctor P released the single, “Galaxies and Stars”, from the EP “Animal, Mineral, Vegetable” which had the equally brilliant “Bullet Proof” which was collaboration with the awesome singer Eva  Simons and was released late 2012 on Circus/Atlantic records.

“Galaxies and Stars” is a typical Doctor P buzz track, having found airtime on Fearne Cottonʼs Radio 1 show and Mistajam on 1Xtra, it has already become another legendary track for the prolific DJ.

If you like what Doctor P has been creating so far let us just say… you havenʼt heard anything yet.

G Buck

Philadelphia-based G-Buck definitely bucks the artificial boundaries imposed by genre. His skills as a producer and DJ/turntablist give him a flexibility with his art-form that makes him a complete package for top-tier success. G-Buck has tracks on Mad Decent/Jeffrees, Main Course, DimMak & Get Right Records. With support by the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, A-Trak, DJ Snake, UZ, Munchi, & TJR – G-Buck has merely been testing the waters with his variety of stellar productions

Getter

Entrepreneur, creative director, label owner are just a few titles American music producer Tanner Petulla, professionally known as Getter, can claim. With the launch of his own clothing line Trippy Burger, that sits in multiple Zumiez stores nationwide, the creation of his own label “Shred Collective”, appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly for his own musical productions and constantly touring worldwide, Getter has become a house-hold name. As he grows as an artist – his musical repertoire has evolved from aggressive baselines early in his career, to melodic blends of beats sailing buoyantly over waves of reverb and bass, mesmerizing hip hop selections as seen on Pouya’s, Dumbfoundead, and $UICIDEBOY$ albums, as well as experimenting in metal – there’s truly no genre safe to his touch.

Hydee

Ruben “HYDEE” Reyes has made a name for himself in the Canadian music community over the past decade through hard work, dedication, and his love for Drum & Bass, Dubstep and everything else in-between. He began his music career drumming in local punk and hardcore bands, but over time he grew a love for DJing, and found his way into the Drum & Bass scene. Once Hydee heard the sounds of the UK underground there was no turning back, and soon enough he became one of the veterans in Toronto’s bass scene.

As a long-time resident at EMBRACE events, Hydee has shared the stage with superstars like Nero, Skrillex, Rusko, Excision, Andy C, Datsik, Flux Pavilion, Skream & Benga and many more. He is General Manager and Partner of Toronto Bass Community (TBC), a group that was created with the sold purpose of keeping bass music alive in Toronto. Hydee and the team at TBC have hosted events such as Low Frequency, a monthly local night, and NXT LVL, a bi-monthly international headliner event that has featured artists such as Downlink, Barely Alive, Dieselboy, Eptic, Skism, Bear Grillz and so many more. He has helped build the TBC into a well-known and respected brand in Toronto, and continues to contribute to building the bass scene in the city. Hydee has left his mark as a regular headliner at WEMF, a veteran at DIGITAL DREAMS, and the world famous BASSMENTALITY weekly.

He has made appearances at Valhalla Sound Circus and EverAfter Music Festival the past couple years and has so much more to come. Hydee has built a dedicated fan-base over the years through tireless hard work, DJ skills and his love of the feeling he gets from high-energy crowds. With years of experience on stage as a performer and as an MC, he brings a unique perspective into the music scene that only a veteran of his caliber can bring.

There won’t be anyone left standing still when Hydee’s in the house!

Illenium

There are melodic bass producers, and then there is Nick Miller. In the few short years that Denver-based Miller has been producing under the name Illenium, his prolific outpouring of captivating remixes and haunting originals has garnered him a devoted following and seen him rise quickly in the ranks of the dance music community to become one of its most beloved new stars. Illenium has distinguished himself from the myriad of others through an unrivaled ability to create an immersive emotional experience of highs and lows that pulls on the heart-strings and leaves the listener awestruck, displaying an adeptness for creating aural arrangements that vary in style, yet always maintain beauty, complexity and emotional depth. Illenium’s stunning productions come to life through a live performance that incorporates a keyboard and drum pad framed by cutting-edge lighting and visuals, creating an immersive experience that has captivated audiences across the country. In early 2016, Illenium released his debut artist album ‘Ashes,’ which earned him the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Electronic Album Chart, as well as a remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” which racked up over 10 million plays in its first month alone. In addition to selling out most of his debut headlining tour, Illenium has appeared at Lollapalooza, Mysteryland, Summer Set Music Festival, Paradiso, and more.

Kayzo

Hayden Capuozzo was born in Houston Texas,but called many cities his home. At the age of 24, Kayzo had his start in 2012 in a pretty unreal way. He was selected as the winner of Insomniac’s ‘Discovery Project’ Challenge with a mix that was absolute insanity in the best form. Winning this gave him a chance to play ‘Escape from Wonderland’ that year and making his performance one not to forget, that also happened to be his first gig ever.

Since his debut, Kayzo hasn’t let up experimenting with creating music in genres like happy hardcore, hardstyle, electro, dubstep and even a bit of psy?trance. He has recently created milestone collaborations on remixes with happy hardcore rising star Gammer on their Propaganda remix by DJ Snake and Carnage with their “Never Forget You” remix.

Kayzo released his EP “Welcome To The Doghouse” in Spring ’16 through his own label ‘Doghouse Recordings’. The EP was comprised of an eclectic couple of songs to sink you teeth into. KAYZO most recently released his newest collobroaration with Barong Family artist, Cesqeaux, titled “Home.”

There is surely no slowing the Doghouse and Hayden.

Khardiac

Khardiac is a Canadian psytrance DJ and Producer based in London, Ontario. Khardiac has taken inspiration from professional and world renowned musicians such as Armin Van Buuren, Aly & Fila, and Paul Van Dyk.
With a deep rooted passion for music and production stemming from childhood, Khardiac has developed his skills by having shared the stage with artists from Armin Van Buuren, Protoculture, Lange, Jordan Suckley to Jauz, Marshmello, Ghastly and many others locally and internationally. His productions are heavily supported by the likes of Coming Soon and with a massive release forthcoming on Spin Twist Records he is a talent on the rise worth looking out for.

Kill The Noise

The music of Jake Stanczak, better known as American producer and DJ, Kill the Noise, was born out of an era where Ridley Scott imagined utopian futures on the silver screen, and artists like NIN and Aphex Twin rocked MTV.

After channeling the influences of his youth through over a decades’ worth of forward­driven electronic releases (Roots, Kill Kill Kill, Black Magic), and charismatic live shows (Coachella, EDC, Lollapalooza), the name “Kill the Noise” has become synonymous with some of the leading acts in dance music — getting creative in the studio with the likes of Tommy Trash, Deadmau5 and Skrillex.

In 2014 alone, Kill The Noise has already won his second MTV Video Music Award, co-written the first single (and title-track) from Skrillex’s album “Recess”, collaborated with Mat Zo (Kill The Zo) and produced the feature track for Paramount’s 2014 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (“Shell Shocked feat Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla$”). More driven than ever to push forward on all platforms of audio and visual collaboration, Kill the Noise now has sights set on a massive stretch of international tour dates, as well as an upcoming EP of original work.

Krimer

Hailing from Montreal, Simon Bertrand aka Krimer, is a producer who is consistently pushing the boundaries of Dubstep, taking multiple facets of other genres and boldly bringing them together into his own unique style. His tracks have gained support from the some of Bass Music’s most influential taste makers, such as DJ Snake, Borgore, Getter, Snails, Excision,12th Planet and SKisM, who instantly signed him after the 2016 anthem-to- be ‘Blow Up’ found it’s way into the Never Say Die inbox. With a stage presence that backs up the frantic nature of his music and the DJ skills to match, Krimer has already taken his sound worldwide and has no intention of slowing down in 2017.

Liquid Stranger

In an ever-evolving universe, the art of maintaining complete and total fluidity is the most necessary key for survival. Renowned for his metamorphic capabilities and expertly crafted sonic adventures, Liquid Stranger has mastered his ability to slip in and out of genres all while honing his own personal style.

Liquid Stranger has earned his reputation for exuding incommensurable talent and taking audiences on a soul-stirring aural journey of genre-bending beats on the dancefloor. He has performed at some of the most innovative events and festivals around the globe including: Shambhala, Bella Terra, Escape from Wonderland, EDC Orlando, Summer Camp, Paradiso Festival, Beyond Wonderland, Inox Park, SXSW, Enchanted Forrest, Elements Festival, Infrasound Equinox, EDC Las Vegas, etc.

In his latest installment, Nomad Vol 2, Liquid Stranger seamlessly blends three tunes- Bounce, Freefall & Zenith- that radiate aqueous harmony, are dripping in luxurious bass and topped off with a splash of funk. The Nomad Series in itself is an excellent representation of Liquid Stranger as an artist as it was created purposefully to push the envelope of genres and create something that could easily satisfy the likes of anyone listening. In accordance to Liquid Stranger himself, “I travel a lot and go through phases of living a somewhat nomadic life style.” He goes on further to explain how much of his inspiration is drawn from these journeys, “and the Nomad series is about taking all these influences and blending them into one sonic stew.”

Liquid Stranger is no alien to the Beatport charts, and has held the #1 spot on numerous occasions and in several different genres including: dubstep, reggae and drum & bass. Over the course of six full-length albums, countless EPS and a plethora of single releases, he’s yielded worldwide hits as diverse as “Ripple” and “Bombaclaad Star”, which reigned supreme as the #1 reggae track of 2011. “Shake My Ass” dominated the drum’n’bass chart at #1, while his third album Private Riot has become a timeless dubstep classic, solidifying him as a force to be reckon with.

In 2015, Liquid Stranger continues to transcend musical dimensions by curating thought- provoking harmonies. This year he has also brought us Wakaan, a label pioneered by Liquid Stranger himself. With the new label he has given free-form compositions and artists a place to thrive. However, what’s next to come is simply unforeseen, as he is a jack-of-all-trades. But one thing is for certain, whatever he brings to the table will be produced mindfully and masterfully to the highest artistic standard.

Those who are unfamiliar with his music often tend to categorize him as only a heavy dubstep artist, which is anything but the truth. The most effervescent quality of Liquid Stranger is his ability to shift from genre to genre all while maintaining a sense of smoothness and consistency, which in turn makes him one of the most unpredictable artists to date. In a sense, he has ended genre barriers for the sake of musical storytelling taking whatever sounds he needs to put forward the intended vibe.

Liquid Stranger’s omnifarious approach to music has led him to stand out amongst a pack of artists desperately trying conform to a commercial demand. Proven to be a timeless staple to the world of electronic dance music by bridging the gap between mellow and heavy, what’s next can not be foreseen for this contrastive musician.

Mark Knight

DJ, producer, label owner and businessman: Mark Knight has proven a rare and wonderful breed of musical heavyweight. The second highest-selling Beatport artist of all time (with no less than eight No.1’s) his career has spanned more than a decade, with releases on a diverse range of labels such as Suara, 1605, Stereo and of course his own Toolroom. Despite his success, the Grammy-nominated artist has never rested on the laurels of being one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished international players, and continues to push boundaries and set new standards with each year that passes.

Armed with a musical library that knows no boundaries, a consistent run of hits and chart-topping ventures alike, the success of Knight’s recording career is matched only by the credibility and integrity maintained throughout his discography to date. Heard through a spread of anthems (‘Man With The Red Face,’ ‘Alright’, ‘Downpipe’) along with producing bands such as Faithless and Underworld has sealed a diverse musical heritage for the accomplished producer. It’s music for passion, not numbers, and it’s what Mark Knight does best.

2015 was a landmark year for Mark Knight. His track ‘Second Story’ on Suara was crowned an Essential New Tune by Radio 1’s Pete Tong, and went on to be one of the biggest records of the summer: another welcome accolade from the national broadcaster following Mark’s induction into Radio 1’s Hall of Fame earlier in the year.

Last year also saw the release of ‘A Year In The Life’: a collection of highlights from Mark’s illustrious career. All proceeds were donated to the children’s charity War Child, while alongside the album, a feature-length fly-on-the-wall documentary – filmed over the space of an entire year – was released in January 2016.

2016 has already marked some of Mark Knight’s strongest work to date. The key mantra has been about Mark stripping back his music and going back to his roots, creating more underground, club ready tracks. Mark has certainly achieved this through his sound and the labels in which he will be releasing on over the year, taking a step back from Toolroom from an artists perspective for the first time in over a decade.

Founded in 2004 and responsible for championing a wealth of talent from across the industry spectrum, the award-winning Toolroom Records will of course remain a key component in the life and times of Mark Knight. Having spearheaded the label’s new direction over the past few years as part of their pivotal #RESET campaign, Knight continues to have a leading role within one of the UK’s biggest independent record labels.

Notable in 2016 is the label’s shift to focus less on singles and more on developing artists and releasing albums: one of Mark’s major priorities for the year. Toolroom has dominated the Beatport charts for over a decade with its forward-thinking house and techno releases, but with album projects coming up from Adrian Hour and Weiss now looks set to embark on a new chapter in its continuing evolution.

Alongside his bountiful studio output, Knight has continued to grow his much loved radio presence, with Toolroom Radio now reaching over 13.5 million people in 60 countries across the world, all tuning in each week to hear Mark’s records of choice, while on iTunes Toolroom Radio was recently named in the top 20 most influential podcast by Digital Music News based on number of subscribers. Knight also remains a firm fixture on the worldwide touring circuit with a number of key residencies around the world under the Toolroom Live banner and performances at dance music bastions Space Ibiza and Amnesia as well as a host of landmark festivals. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder the Toolroom man has deservedly maintained his status as an indispensable asset to modern dance music.

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Midnight Tyrannosaurus:

The Florida based bass music producer Midnight Tyrannosaurus has been making quite a quake in the underground dubstep community. Quickly gaining recognition and DJ support from big names like Excision, Figure, and Cookie Monsta. With multiple top charting Beatport releases on Chronos Records, I. Am. Audio, Prime Audio, and Anemnesis; Midnight Tyrannosaurus is well on his way to making his own unique staple in the industry. Raw literal dinosaur sounding synths, and heart thumping sub bass make a Setasaurus one you’ll never truly forget!

 

Megalodon:

With millions of Soundcloud & YouTube plays, not to mention a string of Beatport Number 1’s, Megalodon is no stranger to the dubstep scene.

Since 2008, the San Francisco based producer has seen ever growing demand, touring both North & South America , Australasia and Europe on a regular basis. Megalodon has collaborated with some of biggest and best names in bass music around today such as Zeds Dead, Skism, Habstrakt, 12th Planet, Virtual Riot, Bar9, Antiserum and has gained regular DJ support from major players like Skrillex, Datsik, Excision, Borgore, Skream, Benga and Hatcha to name a few.

No stranger to the spotlight, his music can often be found featured on some of the biggest music platforms around such as UKF,EDM.com, This Song Is Sick Rinse FM and the infamous BBC Radio1.

Now signed to the world-leading Never Say Die records, responsible for building the careers of A-list acts such as Zomboy, Skism, MUST DIE! and others, few can deny the momentum Megalodon has gained in recent years. His technical mixing style, alongside his dedication to making forward-thinking tracks with a hint of Dubstep’s roots has helped to define him as a standout act, and definitely one to watch over the next year.

Pendulum DJ Set

Pendulum formed in their home-town of Perth (Western Australia) in 2002, when producers Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen teamed up with acclaimed local DJ Paul ‘Elhornet’ Harding. While their individual formative roots ranged from producing drum & bass, breakbeat and hardcore, to playing in metal and punk bands, their comparable talents proved an unstoppable force when they managed to single-handedly conquer the world of drum & bass in their first 12 months together.

“We want our music to be an escape. While technology continues to constantly advance production techniques and (arguably) sound quality, something has been lost in the process – that original sense of self-escape, the idea of leaving yourself open to experience something you don’t necessarily find in every-day life. That was the energy we picked up on and liked about electronic music when we first got into it. It felt like the same energy found with bands like Led Zeppelin and even The Beatles, and still occasionally today with bands like Tool, The Mars Volta, Queens Of The Stone Age and others.

To us, it made perfect sense to combine the best of both worlds, but it had to be done in a way that didn’t make it sound obvious. In the last 10 years you’ve had all these bands that tried to cross the bridge by recruiting a turntablist / using a synthesizer on their new single, or electronic artists who just threw an obvious guitar sample into a tune…but eventually it just came across as a gimmick or a bit cheesy. We thought we’d try and do it properly, because to us it still hasn’t been done right and theres a lot of room for exploration.

If you turn on the radio today you’ll hear 20 tracks in a row describing someone’s every-day life, or songs with a one-line catchphrase chorus about shaking your ass in the club – the production is usually great but when you look deeper, there’s nothing behind it…it doesn’t offer you anything past its face value. We want to hear something different and exciting, but the material we want to hear isn’t getting made. Thats why we spend nearly every waking moment trying to create music that takes you out of this universe – for ourselves and anyone else who wants to listen.”

Price & Takis

(real names, Peter Takis and Micheal Assalin) are DJ/producers from Winnipeg, Canada, with a passion for pop and dance music. Their signature style combines the worlds of dance music — most notably, the sub – genre known as ‘trap’ — with a pop influence. What began as a bootleg remix of Zara Larsson’s “Never Forget You” quickly became one of the most – streamed music tracks on YouTube in 2016, garnering millions of streams from around the world. Currently signed to Armada Music, Price & Takis are well on their way to spreading their distinct sound worldwide. The duo have DJ’d at internationally recognized nightlife venues, including, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas, and they have played alongside acts such as the Chainsmokers, 3LAU and others. With a fanbase that’s building organically, Price & Takis have already become a name on the lips of music – lovers the world over. This is just the beginning.

Slander

Though Derek and Scott have been perfecting their craft since 2010, Slander has entered the dance music scene with the feel of an overnight success story. Veteran DJs and skilled producers, Slander has crafted their own genre dubbed “Heaven Trap” with a devout following.

Despite their rapid rise, they are no stranger to the industry’s top producers, including Skrillex, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, Snails, and Carnage. Their Nuclear Bonds EP was a stand-out release from dance music’s top underground label, Mad Decent. After dozens of remixes, their first big vocal hit, a Heaven Trap original entitled “Love Again” featuring vocalist WAVZ, garnered over one million listens on Soundcloud and was also championed by Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint.

With past performances at EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, EDC Orlando, EDC Mexico, Something Wicked, Sun City Music Festival, Contact Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Ilesoniq, Moonrise, LifeInColor, and Global Dance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater primarily on the main stage, Slander has had the opportunity to show that their tracks are festival worthy.

They went on the Gud Vibrations tour with best friend NGHTMRE and played historical venues such as the Hollywood Palladium, The Rave, Concord Music Hall, Ogden Theater, Stereolive, Ram’s Head Live, The Observatory, Playstation Theater, The Fillmore and many more. They did this all while holding down a monthly residency at the #1 nightclub in the United States, XS, whose other DJs include megaclub juggernauts Avicii, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and Zedd.

Besides the top clubs and festivals in the U.S., they’ve headlined in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Athens, and other European cities as well as performed at Europe’s premiere dance festival – Tomorrowland. They’ve now hit Australia, New Zealand, India, and Asia on multiple headline tours and their international profile grows daily.

Snails

Snails is a Montreal-based producer and DJ who pushes a forward-thinking brand of dance music combining trap rhythms, dirty bass lines and off-kilter sound design. His first tracks appeared online in 2012 on Kannibalen Records. Since then he has amassed a burgeoning fanbase of snail-heads and bass-lovers. Recent releases like “Dirty Raxxx”, “RBBR” and “SLUGZ” blend hypnotic melodies, huge drops and mind-bending sample manipulation into a tight, dance-floor friendly package. Snails’ latest track “Wild”, co-produced with Antiserum and released on Skrillex’s Owsla Records, was one of the standout tracks at the 2014 edition of Ultra Music Festival. Having recently signed with Circle Talent, Snails looks primed to bring his unique take on dance music to the mainstream.

Space Jesus

Space Jesus is the feeling you get when you travel through a wormhole in a fresh pair of Jordans. Jasha Tull was born in New Jersey and raised on hip hop. With his alarm set to NYC’s Hot 97 throughout elementary school, Jasha started making beats at a young age, and created Space Jesus as a vessel to express his personal experiences through music. With a focus on alien basslines, gangster beats, and future feels, the Spaceman imprints his signature sound onto each genre he graces. After building a reputation for his dynamic live performances, and with appearances at Tomorrowworld, Shambhala, Mysteryland, and beyond under his belt, Space Jesus continues to explore the auditory universe in search of lower frequencies.

Subtronics

Jesse Kardon, better known as Subtronics, is a 24-year-old Philadelphia born dubstep producer specializing in all things robotic. His work is heavily influenced by the likes of Rusko, Skism, Tomba and Downlink, and the collective efforts of the underground dubstep community.Taking on a core group of followers over SoundCloud in the first few years, he has grown exponentially in the past few months, gaining support from a plethora of bass music legends. Subtronic’s signature bouncy yet mechanical sound design is matched by his incredibly recognizable flow, setting him apart from the vast sea of up and coming producers around the world.

Subtronics has recently collaborated with the likes of Uber, MurDa, Ecraze, and Samplifire, adding to his already expansive solo discography, garnering him attention from major labels. This continued growth resulted in one of his most successful collaborations to date in the form of a remix of “Thief” by Ookay which he put together with trap up and comer Bailo. The track was played out at every major festival in the summer of 2016, being supported by the likes of Adventure Club, Knife Party, 12th Planet, and many others. In 2017 Subtronics is set to release several debut EP’s on some of the biggest labels in bass music. There doesn’t seem to be any obstacle imaginable that could slow down this young computer nerds continual rise into bass music glory.

Svdden Death

Within a scene that is constantly changing, few have risen through the trenches and have stirred the bass community in 2017 as much as Bay Area native Danny Howland, better known as SVDDEN DEATH. Taking inspirations from Noisia,16BIT, Skrillex, and other legends in the dubstep community – SVDDEN DEATH has formulated a hybrid of textured rhythms and sub-wrecking basslines to create his own maniacal sound. With the release of his first EP through the well-known Never Say Die: Black Label as well as singles released via Buygore Record’s newest imprint Fresh Blood – SVDDEN DEATH has made his mark in the bass scene and will be one to watch.

Sullivan King

Sullivan King is the under-the-radar rebel with a mighty cause: The Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist/producer and solidified guitar god is setting out to shatter the mold and to disrupt the electronic world—one lick at a time. Lifting the brash and rugged energy of bass music off the dance floors and the power of metal and hard rock from the stadiums, Sullivan King creates a musical mosh pit built entirely on rapid-paced, neck-snapping dubstep, intensely shredding guitars and a bold live show that pushes the boundaries of modern music performance.

Launched in early 2014, the Sullivan King project is the artistic creation of Keaton Prescott, whose musical DNA is composed of one-half metal and one-half bass music. He initially discovered his love for music in his early teens after his mother encouraged him to pick up a hobby outside of his everyday humdrum. Like the sword of King Arthur, the guitar beckoned; with a fist in the air, he answered the call and never looked back. After discovering the music of Van Halen, via his father, Sully took a headfirst dive deep down the rabbit hole of guitar-based music. He soon discovered the progressive rock sounds of post-hardcore and emo/screamo from the aughts via his brother—at first coming across bands like From First to Last, Chiodos and Atreyu—and then explored the metalcore noise of acts like Escape the Fate, Bullet for My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold. Altogether, these artists opened the floodgates and laid the foundation for his developing obsession with heavy metal, care of genre icons Pantera, Metallica and the like.

Fast-forward a couple of years later when Sullivan King discovered the sounds of EDM after countless hours spent on hardcore gaming, where artists like Skrillex, Avicii, Rusko and Wolfgang Gartner ruled the sound waves across global online gaming communities. It was in 2012 at the now-defunct Sunset Strip Music Festival, however, when he witnessed the analog spirit of punk rock come to life via the digital workings of a DJ and his decks as the notorious Steve Aoki manned the stage. Suddenly, it all clicked.

Keaton’s newfound love for EDM begot a cultural crossroads where bass music and metal live in a harmonious yet hellish balance. After exploring and perfecting his trademark sound at the revered Icon Collective Music Production School in Los Angeles, he set off to launch his solo artist career. And thus, Sullivan King was born.

Today, Sullivan King boasts an inimitable style and sound with no regard to genre confines. His original tracks, remixes and reimagined renditions take the vitality of dance music and run it through the metal machine. The result is a bold, forward-pushing sound that’s equal parts electric and heavy.

For a taste of the fury, he offers a full-on metal assault in his remake of dubstep classic “Bass Cannon” from Flux Pavilion, in which Sullivan King unleashes a relentless salvo of diabolic guitars, screeching solos, double-pedal drums and shrieking vocals. On “Lockdown,” a collaboration with The Chainsmokers’ drummer Matt McGuire and rapper Sam King, he goes for the jugular as he detonates a bass bomb over dubstep-fueled drops and blazing guitar licks. Elsewhere, his reworks have brought the immense metal touch to numerous EDM anthems, including “Tremor” (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Martin Garrix) and “Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker” (Dada Life), both remixes with frequent collaborator Riot Ten.

Already, Sullivan King has locked in massive collaborations with a number of high-profile producers, including “Pure Evil” with Jauz (March 2014), which counts over 1 million plays on SoundCloud to date, and “Kill It With Fire” with Ghastly (August 2014), both released on Borgore’s Buygore imprint. He’s also released a string of powerful original tracks and remixes on several influential independent EDM imprints, including: “Till We Die” with KAYZO on Headhunterz’s HARD with STYLE (November 2015); “Fuck It” with Riot Ten on Excision’s Rottun Recordings (December 2016); “We in Here” with Nightowls featuring Dan Rudd on Kannibalen Records (February 2017); and his remix collaboration with RYLE of Excision’s “Codename X” on Rottun Recordings (January 2016). By the end of his debut year, Sullivan King accumulated over 2.4 million plays worldwide, an impressive figure for a new artist by any measure. Additionally, his music production work has been featured in a number of feature film projects, including: the official trailer for the international blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse; a Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spot; and the trailer for American Made, starring Tom Cruise.

On the live front, Sullivan King truly comes to life as he clashes analog traditions with digital attitude via a proper one-man show. His live setup—composed of Pioneer CDJ decks, a microphone, a laptop running Ableton, his faithful Schecter guitar and a Guitar Wing from Livid Instruments, which he uses to manipulate and trigger pre­-recorded loops and sounds—allows him to adapt the best of both worlds into his shows and create unique performances every single time via impromptu guitar solos and varying track selections on the DJ end. His live shows have already gained the attention of the live music and concert industries: He’s performed at historic venues, including Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles and Webster Hall in New York City, and he’s also secured official sponsorships with Livid Instruments and Schecter Guitars, where he became the first EDM artist signed to the guitar brand’s roster.

Sullivan King is today at the helm of a burgeoning musical movement. As one of the few artists to successfully marry heavy metal and electronic music, he’s birthed a new creative space all its own. “If DJs are today’s rock stars, then Sullivan King is forging his own rock galaxy,” agrees LA Weekly (2/19/16).

“I’m taking an idea and creating something I’ve always wanted to hear in electronic music that wasn’t always there: the live element,” says Sullivan King. “I wanted to hear people putting guitars and drums and screams and vocals behind electronic music.” For him, this sound is no gimmick; it’s his mission. “I started this project to make music I wanted to listen to and to fill the gap missing in live electronic music. I’m leading the sound and pushing it forward, because I believe there’s something to develop here.”

This year is set to be Sullivan King’s biggest and most prolific yet. His release schedule is as busy as ever, with forthcoming projects that include: an official remix of Excision’s “With You” on Rottun Recordings; a collab EP with Riot Ten (Rottun Recordings); the single “Break The Rail” with Dubloadz on prominent bass label Disciple Recordings; his debut solo EP on Kannibalen Records; and collaborations with mega artists Kill the Noise, Snails, and Slander. This fall, Sullivan King is also scheduled to perform at the debut of Excision’s Lost Lands festival and is joining electro trio Black Tiger Sex Machine on their West Coast/Midwest Midnight Terror Tour.

At a time when the musical realms of electronic and pop churn out cookie-cutter music on the daily, Sullivan King is paving his own path as he pioneers this metal-EDM hybrid sound. He breaks free from the norm and instead opts to remain loyal to his vision like a true artist, regardless of genre and industry trends. And to the haters and non-believers, he raises a fist and a middle finger in the air: Sullivan King has arrived to take the throne.

Tantrum Desire

Jay Faleye otherwise known as Tantrum Desire, is an electronic producer/DJ from London, UK. His love and passion for Drum & Bass music escalated since the early2000s and has remained strong ever since.

In late 2006, Tantrum Desire released tracks such as “Dreamscape” on Heavyweight Records. His music attracted many peers which followed onto DJ’ing at residential clubs in London, also receiving air time support from BBC Radio 1 & 1xtra. By late 2007, he was then picked up by Drumsound & Basslinesmith and signed to their very own Technique Recordings.

Since then, the Londoner has had many releases leading up to his successful worldwide anthem “Reach” in 2011. An explosive single hitting over a million views on YouTube, holding the Number #1 spot on Beatport for over a month and being one of the most rotated singles in the Drum & Bass scene. This received great support from Radio presenters and DJs such as Zane Lowe, Fearne Cotton, Fabio & Grooverider, Annie Mac, Pendulum, Andy C, Benga & Skream, Sub Focus plus more.

Dividing his studio time, Tantrum Desire has been busy with his live shows throughout the years, touring in many cities across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.
In addition to this he has affiliated with labels such as Universal Island Records, Ministry of Sound, 3beat, with also building a history in high demand remixes for likes of The Wanted, Laidback Luke, Rusko, Matrix & Futurebound, Wideboys, Utah Saints, the list goes on.

In early 2015, Tantrum Desire released his single “Oblivion” featuring vocals from Solah, selected as one of UKF’s Top tracks of the year, taken from his debut album “Diversified” which was then released in the summer on 2015. The LP went in the Top 10 release charts on Beatport and was nominated Best Album at the Bass Music Awards sponsored by Sony. He supported the album with international tours, performing at clubs and festivals such as Ministry Of Sound, Avalon in Hollywood and Shambhala Festival in Canada.

The future is bright for the fact that Tantrum Desire has become one of the most exciting production outfits to date, with the fire to innovate and take things to the next level.

Terror Reid

We aren’t very sure what to say about Terror Reid. We received a phone call from Getter a few weeks ago. He said he’s losing his mind and there is someone, or something that wont leave him alone. His exact words were “it wont stop following me. its telling me’ I am you’re terror’ ”. Apparently, he blacked and woke up with music and a new hatred for the world. It’s safe to say that “Terror Reid” is not Getter. Maybe a schizophrenic personality? or some sort of sidekick? We can’t really tell. But one thing is for sure, Terror is here and he is not leaving anytime soon. It’s time to bring back hip hop. It’s time to feel the Terror

Trollphace

TrollPhace, aka Damon Orienti, has quickly established himself as one of the filthiest and most violent producers in the game. Too complex to be qualified simply as Dubstep, his evil and aggressive sound makes run-of-the-mill bass music appear mild-mannered at worst.

Proving to be a momentous year, in 2014 the Atlanta-based producer has already enjoyed: a Reddit shoutout from Skrillex, who instructed fans to, “Check out this kid…making SICK tunes”, a Main Stage appearance at Ultra Music Festival alongside Diplo and Skrillex as Jack U and an OWSLA release. Not to mention the attention TrollPhace has received from some of the industry’s heaviest hitters including 12th Planet, Zed’s Dead and Datsik.

More than a filthy producer, TrollPhace is a monster behind the decks. His ground-shaking sets seem to beg the question, how violent can we get? Blending together his unique hip-hop influenced and aggressive tracks, TrollPhace leaves crowds begging for more.  With a nationwide tour alongside Mantis and Rekoil getting underway and a number of raw and heavy unheard tracks in his arsenal, TrollPhace will without a doubt continue to prove the substance behind his monstrous reputation.

Will Clarke

Bristol is renowned to be a generator of exciting fresh talent in all aspects of art. The fact that the bearded booty-cuddling machine, Will Clarke, is from this part of the world is no surprise to anyone.

Two years after Will’s ‘Big Booty’ was being played in every club around the globe from the likes of Jamie Jones, Seth Troller, Eats Everything and MK (just to name a few), Will has rocketed to great heights in the house and techno scene. Will has become a family member in the DIRTYBIRD flock, and has released a plethora of chart topping records such as ‘The Goog’, ‘Can You Funk’, also collaborations with Justin Martin with their track ‘Back To The Jungle’ and a collaboration with Shiba San, ‘Give It To Me’. Staying on the DIRTYBIRD theme, Will has just released his Booty Percolatin’ EP (which if you haven’t heard yet, you are missing out). Alongside Will’s original releases, he has also churned out remixes for Riva Starr, Lee Foss’s label Emerald City, Hot Natured, Azari & III just to name a few.

In 2015 Will took it upon himself to start his radio show ‘The Barber Shop’ which has now had guests such as Groove Armada, Kolsch, MK, Yousef, wAFF and the list goes on. With over half a million monthly listeners across multiple platforms, Will’s Barber Shop is causing a little bit of a fuss.

Will Clarke’s live DJ sets are full of his unreleased music, edits and reworks. The fact that he played over 100 shows worldwide in his first year touring, proves that he is a force to be reckoned with.

So if you are into Booty’s Percolatin, beards or cuddles then make sure to check out Will Clarke.

With all of this under his belt, last year Will embarked on a Dirtybird tour of Australia and The Americas and finally to finish off 2015, he headed back to the US for several dates on the Get Real tour alongside Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet. These dates alone saw Will appear at festivals such as Pete Tong’s stage atWonderland, The Dirtybird Campout, Something Wicked Festival, HARD Day Of The Dead and SnowGlobe. He is currently at the beginning of his first Dirtybird tour of 2016, 25 dates across North America on the ‘Will & Bill’s Excellent Adventure’ tour with Billy Kenny including The Holy Ship and CRSSD Festival in San Diego. Coming up after this tour, Will is heading Down Under in May for his third Australian tour as well as a string of dates in Asia and the Americas later in the year.

 

Like many artists Will Clarke’s sonic palette comes his experiences and influences from home and afar. The roots of his sound stem from both his home town of Bristol, and his seasonal home in Ibiza, which have forged Will’s style; a style that fuses the best of Bristol’s bass elements with the upfront house music sensibilities of the white isle. Talking of his approach to productions Will says “I make music for clubbers, not DJs. I sample a lot of old school rave tracks from the 90s, with 21st Century production techniques.” Then add those little influences from Bristol and Ibiza and you will understand why Will’s music holds such a broad appeal and is often supported by the cream of the crop in the industry.

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Zomboy:

UK producer and DJ Zomboy, one of the biggest names in bass, has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. 2014 saw the release of his eagerly anticipated LP ‘The Outbreak’ on Never Say Die Records, which allowed him to expand his musical horizons and explore new styles. The album was incredibly well received, charting at No.1 on iTunes in the US, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Italy, Guatemala, Czech Republic and New Zealand.

This coincided with an extensive, sold out US tour of the same name, that saw him deliver his inimitable live performances to the length and breadth of the country – before rounding the year off in spectacular style with a first time appearance in the DJ Mag Top 100.

With recent remixes under his belt for Fedde Le Grand, Dillon Francis and a chart topping collaboration with Skrillex, 2015 is set to be another year of world domination for Zomboy.

 

Skism:

Internationally renowned DJ, pioneering producer, label head and artist manager – these are the job titles that summarize SKisM’s illustrious career since blasting onto the dubstep scene in 2009.

As one of the forefathers of heavy dubstep, he has collaborated with and remixed the likes of Flux Pavilion, Excision, Zomboy, Porter Robinson and The Foreign Beggars, whilst his back catalogue of originals is punctuated with classics such as ‘Rave Review’ and ‘Like This’. The seminal concept track ‘Experts’, which was accompanied by the video that infamously rocked the internet in 2012, continues to be referenced as his greatest musical contribution to the genre, and arguably the best music video within it to date.

Known to his peers as the ‘Dj’s Dj’, SKisM’s technical prowess and energy on four decks has cemented his name as one of the busiest and most electrifying DJ’s on the circuit, and has seen him continually tour the globe over the past 5 years. His mixes gain almost as much, if not more attention than his tracks, and his inimitable ‘Double Drop’ style whips dance floors into a frenzy wherever he plays.

As a scene leader, SKisM is constantly pushing things forward through his award winning record label Never Say Die Records. Both the founding father and sole A&R, he has brought some of the most exciting artists in bass music to the masses, such as Zomboy, Eptic, MUST DIE! and rising star LAXX (with whom he collaborated with on his most recent Beatport chart topping single ‘Hostile’).

Poised once again to take things up a notch, 2015 has seen the hugely successful launch of the ‘Black Label’ imprint with the first in a series of XL compilation albums, picked and mixed by the man himself.