A-Trak, aka Alain Macklovitch, began his career at age 15 when he won the 1997 DMC World Championships and proceeded to take home every other DJ title known to man. He then toured the globe, first alongside Q-Bert's Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and then with Craze and the Allies. In 2004, he was hand-picked by Kanye West to be his tour DJ and in 2007 he founded Fool's Gold Records, with a mission to merge all aspects of club music. As well as DJing all over the world and setting up a record label he has offered up signature remixes (for, amongst others, Boys Noize and Simian Mobile Disco), original tracks (Say Whoa produced for Nike and released on Kitsune) and a collaboration with Laidback Luke (Shake It Down). Last year A-Trak created two critically acclaimed pace-setting DJ mixes for US dance music giants Thrive (Infinity +1) and UK stalwarts Fabric (Fabric Live 45) and most recently he made his mark on the pop world through his 'Duck Sauce' collaboration with Armand Van Helden, releasing 'aNYway', which hit the UK's top twenty this month.
After years of scratching, accumulating air miles and dressing smart, A-Trak has finally become the man to call to make the kids dance. Next year he will release his debut album, ask him and he'll tell you that this is the moment he's been waiting for his whole career. Lucky for us, we'll be getting a taste of the glory when A-Trak makes his Electric Zoo debut this year!
Above & Beyond
There are many in dance music who are able to DJ, and there are many who are able to produce. Above & Beyond is that rare breed of electronic musician who is able to do both, and more, to maximal effect. Currently in the top 5 in DJ Mag's annual poll, Above & Beyond have been responsible for sold out shows, instant classics, and the beloved Trance Around the World radio show. The trio finds every possible platform to bring their emotional trance sound to enthusiastic audiences the world over. The group has racked up countless accolades including Essential Mix of the Year, a New Year's performance to over 1 million people, as well as prolific production and remix work for artists both mainstream and underground. Their Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep labels are widely recognized as a premier platform for forward thinking trance and house. We're honored to have them headline the Hilltop Arena at Electric Zoo 2010!
"Adultnapper" is a shadowy figure drawn from the dark reaches of Francis Harris' imagination. Harris, a philosophy Ph.D. drop‐out with punk rocker roots, hails from suburban Las Vegas but has called Brooklyn home for the past 9 years - a stretch in which he has gone from "hating dance music," to establishing himself as an underground DJ/Producer with a unique sound and a global audience. Relying primarily on the ancient art of mixing two records, Harris' precision skills and thoughtful programming have earned him a reputation as DJ equal to his regard as producer - an uncommon distinction. On the decks, Harris intricately weaves divergent strains into a thick, pumping groove that subtly rises and falls, drawing the crowd ever deeper within his emotion-laden, melodic journey.
Today's electronic dance culture is due for a melodic transcendence from the shadowy, industrial electro that has been hammering away at the scene. As dance floors begin to buckle under such weighty beats, the Belgium-based, aptly named Aeroplane is dedicated to elevating its fans toward a higher musical space undefined by standardized genres. They reach for freedom from constraints of predictability, weaving currents of psychedelic guitars, pop keys, disco beats, catchy bass lines and melancholic waves into a singular connection of modern beat-driven music.
At age 18, Afrojack had his first Dutch Top 100 hit with "Afrojack - In Your Face." Now, he is rarely seen outside of his studio. When he's not DJing, he is producing hit tracks like "Math" and "Do My Dance," which get massive play and support by DJs like David Guetta, Josh Wink, Laidback Luke, Chuckie and Fedde Le Grand. Afrojack has played numerous festivals, such as Mystery Land, Tomorrowland (Belgium), Extrema Outdoor and Sensation, showing that his popularity is rising internationally. His production genius is also proved by collaborations with artists like David Guetta, Diplo, Kid Cudi and Steve Angello. Respected by fellow DJs and loved by clubbers for his dancefloor bombs and energetic performances, Afrojack is setting a new standard in the industry.
Armin van Buuren
Armin van Buuren has been named number one in the prestigious DJ Top 100 poll three times in a row - in 2007, 2008 and 2009 - voted for by over 350,000 people across the world, as an indication of his prolific output over the more than 13 years he's been DJ'ing and producing. Being the official World's Most Popular DJ is just one of his many achievements, but the driving force behind his success is an overriding passion for dance music. Of course we're having him return to headline Electric Zoo 2010!
Well known for his first single "9PM (Till I Come)" as well as his eight studio albums, five "in the mix" compilations and four DVDs, ATB is one of the most famous international artists of electronic music well known all around the globe. Voted on rank #11 at the last DJ MAG voting, holding rank #4 of theDJlist.com for more than two years now, he is one of those DJs who always is as close to his fans as possible, to present them his music live and directly.
This all lead to Andre becoming one of the most important producers and musicians for electronic music of the last decade. Together with Bryan Adams he stood on stage at Rock in Rio; he remixed pop legends like A-ha and has travelled the whole world as a DJ to get in direct contact with his fans. We're excited to meet him again when he returns to Electric Zoo!
My Feelings For You (ft Sebastien Drums) TOPPED the GENERAL Beatport TOP 100 Charts one week after release, going past Swedish House Mafia, Dirty South, Pharell Williams & Armand van Helden as well as Tiesto & Diplo, pushing Deadmau5 off the top position. This means it is our second number 1 in one month.
He has confirmed 10 shows in Ibiza already, where Avicii is main opening act for Tiësto at Privilege throughout the summer and supporting the Swedish House Mafia night during Radio 1 weekend on August 9.
Avicii was named Breakthrough producer/DJ of 2009 in, among other polls (Cuepoint.TV and the French magazine OnlyForDJ's), DJ Mag's Top100 issue by none other than Tiësto, Laidback Luke and Dirty South. More recently, Avicii's work has included remixes for Tiësto, Bob Sinclar, Alex Gaudino, Dizzee Rascal, Sophie Ellis Baxter, Little Boots and David Guetta. The reach, impact and interest in Avicii, more than any other producer right now, was ultimately cemented in April when Bromance entered the Beatport Top 100 at #2 and rose within almost 24 hours to the top slot.
Axel Hedfors a.k.a. Axwell continues to transcend both clubland and commercial airwaves; whether on his own or as one-third of the Swedish House Mafia, he has undeniably got the Midas touch delivering hit after hit, year after year. Having secured a worldwide hit this year with the Swedish House Mafia featuring Pharell on the gargantuan 'One (Your Name)', Axwell's own current single 'Nothing But Love' looks set to follow suit, once again breaking new ground creating an anthem that has already become the must play record in Ibiza and across the globe. Anyone lucky enough to be at his Saturday headlining set at the Hilltop Arena can expect to hear Axwell classics and future anthems together with his own special mash-ups, remixes and re-edits. After the disappointment of having to cancel his show last year, Axwell is ecstatic to be able to make good on his promise to his fans to appear in 2010.
What started back in the mid-nineties as an experiment fusing youth culture and social action has turned into a multi-faceted, multi-faced creature called Bassnectar. It is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and it exists as an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary. Bassnectar combines sound and force with weight while spanning the spectrum of sonic style, covering every genre imaginable, and smashing it all into a collision of intense, wobbling basslines, hypnotic soundscapes, and pretty much anything that strikes his fancy. He calls the end product "omnitempo maximalism," which basically means no rules, no limitations, and no hesitation in fusing the familiar with the strange or the classic with the cutting edge. It's only natural that he's one of our headliners at Electric Zoo 2010!
The dirty and cool, sweaty and smooth electro sound of Italian DJ/producer Benny Benassi scored worldwide success with "Satisfaction" in 2002. With his cousin, the producer and musician Alle Benassi, things just got better and better. The album "Hypnotica", the side project "Benassi Bros" and the album "Rock n Rave" and a series of remixes including, in 2009, tracks for Flo Rida, Madonna, Shakira, Kid Cudi and many others. Benny has won tons of prizes and awards around the world and continues to tour the five continents with his unique style. In 2008 Benny and Alle won a Grammy Award for the remix of Public Enemy's "Bring The Noise." His new single, featuring Kelis, App and Jean Baptiste, produced by Basic Studio, Benny and Alle's new company, is due for release on Ultra Records worldwide, soon to be followed by an album. We can't wait to experience his return to Electric Zoo!
Boris's relentless approach to bring his cult of followers the best sound and experience possible has taken his fame to great heights. Boris holds residencies at some of the country's most famous clubs like Space Miami, Pacha NYC, Spybar Chicago, Rise Boston, Glow DC and many more. Boris's faithful service to the clubbers of New York and beyond has been rewarded with two Club World Award "Best Resident DJ" nominations (one while at Crobar, and one at Pacha), a DJ Times cover story and a top 5 finish in the national America's Best DJ fan poll. Powerhouse industry labels like *69 Records, Nervous, Viva and Stereo Productions have wasted no time in signing Boris projects to their labels. Are you ready to believe in Boris?
Berlin's Boys Noize, a.k.a. Alex Ridha, is 26 but already has a decade's worth of music-making and DJing behind him. At 16, he started DJing for the likes of DJ Hell and Felix Da Housecat. In 2003, Boys Noize was born, with a mutant techno sound and early releases on International Deejay Gigolos, Kitsune and Turbo. In 2005 his remixes of Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs became ubiquitous and he found himself on bills with Soulwax and Erol Alkan. His official remixes have also included Depeche Mode, Snoop Dogg, Marilyn Manson, Sebastian Tellier and Late of the Pier. His 2007 debut album "Oi Oi Oi" was followed up in 2009 with the keenly anticipated, experimental "Power." This year, Ridha has become a sought after producer of note, having worked with Kelis, Black Eyed Peas and Gonzales--proving that he has one of the brightest futures in electronic music, not the least of which includes playing the Main Stage at this year's Electric Zoo!
The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers are set to release their seventh studio album, Further, on June 22, 2010 on Freestyle Dust/ Astralwerks. This album is the band's first to be released with corresponding films made specifically to match each of the 8 audio tracks. The films will be included on an iTunes LP and special edition DVD.
As well as an eight-track album, Further is the band's first proper partnership with long-time visuals collaborators Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall. Visuals for Further have been created to correspond with each track on the album and have been planned during the recording of the record.
Nearly three years on from the release of their GRAMMY® Award winning and fifth consecutive UK Number 1 album We Are The Night, Further is the culmination of nearly two decades of psychedelic exploration, an immersive collection that finds The Chemical Brothers at their least-restrained and most-melodic best.
We're honored to have them headline Electric Zoo 2010.
For the past five years, Chris Lake has been living the dream. As a DJ he's travelled the globe. As a producer, he's topped industry charts over and over again. As a lover of music, he continues to chase down the freshest beats around. Simply put, he's become one of the great DJ/ Producers of the world. Chris Lake is...? The word accomplished springs to mind. Now it's up to us to sit back and enjoy the pleasure of watching as his attitude towards music matures and develops who knows what's yet to come...
Since his discovery in Amsterdam, international DJ and producer, Chuckie, is fast becoming a global phenomenon. He has played in almost every continent of the world, developed his own massively popular "Dirty Dutch" club concept and masterminded killer tracks such as, "Let The Bass Kick" and "Aftershock" which have gained him a huge world-wide following.
2010 is becoming another monumental year, as the "Mix-King" has landed a multi album artist deal with Atlantic Records in the USA, has been working with megastars like Jermaine Dupri, P Diddy, Lil Jon, Estelle, Toni Braxton and Akon and is bring his legendary "Dirty Dutch" event to carefully selected cities around the globe - The future's bright the future's Chuckie!
Raised in the suburbs of Detroit before relocating to San Francisco, Claude VonStroke always had a knack for music. Since his first original production "Deep Throat", his studio work has always been met with worldwide acclaim. As a DJ, Claude is known simply for having fun. He does not scowl or frown while providing worldwide audiences with his distinct interpretation of techno and house. In 2005, he formed the label dirtybird which is now celebrating its 5th anniversary with a 3CD release of the labels favorites. The acclaimed label has released some 40 EP's. Claude himself has over 25 releases, as well as two artist albums and an edition in the fabric mix series. He is also the boss of the more euro flavored techno and house imprint Mothership, which donates a large percentage of its profits to the bettering of the Detroit school system.
Over 10 boundary-pushing years, Nic Chagall and Bossi have evolved Cosmic Gate into one of the most creative and highly-sought-after electronic music acts in the world. Revered uber-producers, their musical acumen has seen them become long-term favorites within the global trance community and among their DJ peers. Countless anthems to their name, relentless global touring and a coveted remix on the Avatar soundtrack have made Cosmic Gate one of EDM's most respected and well known acts in electronic music history.
D. Ramirez has achieved five top 20 hits, played on every continent and single handedly coined THAT electrohouse sound. He was awarded Best Remix and Best Producer in DJ Magazine's 2007 awards and 2006 saw him knighted as a Player Of The Year in iDJ. His remix of Bodyrox 'Yeah Yeah' scored him an Ivor Novello nomination while past exploits such as 'Columbian Soul', 'Time Fades Away', 'Pleasure Me' and 'La Discotek' have all achieved coveted Coolcuts and Buzz chart hotspots, championed by some of the biggest DJs in the game. Dean has recently collaborated with the like of Underworld, Matt Tolfrey, Mark Knight & Robert Owens creating several singles, remixed Skunk Anansie's 'Twisted' and revisited his Essential Tune of the Month, Max Linens 'Soulshaker'.
In 1999 Davide Squillace, after discovering the underground electronic music during a sojourn in London, enrolled in the Naples' school of sound engineering and began tinkering with his first productions and promoting techno events. His first releases on Primate Records, Design Music, and Conform showcased the young artist's steadfast style. In 2004 Davide left Naples for Barcelona, unwavering in his resolve. While touring the world, he began to release in earnest what would become a massive body of work, gracing the catalogs of some of the finest labels including Ovum, Shake, Morris Audio, Resopal Schallware, Tuning Spork, CMYK, Adagio, Viva, Nervous, Saved, Sci+Tec, Rillis, etc. All the while he was curating and releasing on his own labels - Sketch, Minisketch, Vir, 500, Titbit and the recently debuted Hideout Records.
In addition to his genre-defining works, Davide continues to inspire and ignite dancefloors worldwide. Whether it be at Circoloco, where he has been a resident since 2007, Womb, Berghain, D.Edge, or any other marquee venue, Davide plays with an unequalled funk and excitement. His signature sets, revered by the masses and peers alike, do a double duty in guarding our much-loved traditions while constantly pushing them forward.
Diplo is known internationally as a curator amongst the world's most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements. His highly acclaimed futuristic dancehall album "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do," released with Switch as Major Lazer, hit number 7 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Chart. In 2008, he earned a Record of the Year Grammy nomination for his work on M.I.A.'s mega-hit "Paper Planes;" he has also produced for Santigold, Lil' Jon and Missy Elliot, and remixed works by Beck, Radiohead, Britney Spears and countless others. His record label Mad Decent has helped to introduce Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro and other marginalized music to clubs around the world. Some of the varied acts he has signed or produced include Rye Rye, Bonde do Role and Crookers. From cumbia to dubstep to punk and beyond, Diplo's dynamic range spans far beyond any singular culture or musical realm.
Dirty South's foray into DJing was by improvising with his old NEC Hi-Fi and mixing with the tape decks. Eventually he built a proper set up, and in 2004, Dirty South was born. Since then, he has been nominated for both Grammy and Aria (Australia) awards and won the "Best Producer" trophy at the 2007 inthemix top 50 awards. He currently ranks in at number 59 on the 2009 DJ Mag top 100 DJs list and has given the remix treatment to some of the most recognizable names in the music industry including U2, Snoop Dogg, Tracey Thorn, Depeche Mode, David Guetta and Josh Wink. In between his heavy touring and producing schedule, there has always been time to do a yearly mix CD, and Dirty South has put his name down to compilations for labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Toolroom Records, Cr2 and Sony/BMG to name a few. We can't wait to see what he has in store for his Electric Zoo debut!
The multi talented, multi tasking Dixon earned his stripes from the underground dance scene of Berlin during the early 90's. He began in an era where picky club goers attended their favorite clubs knowing its residents would bring the goods night in and night out. His sets have long been known to start slow and unfold towards a peak, then another and another in order to find the exact point from which the crowd gains that lasting experience. Now, he is a globetrotting ambassador of everything techno, deep house, and beyond. Dixon is also the accomplished head of the renowned label Innervisions, which created along with Âme to bring the sounds of deep, soulful and sexy house back to light in a world made up of minimal sounds.
Ed Banger crewmember DJ Mehdi has worked with the best of the best in French electro and hip hop: Daft Punk, Busy P, MC Solaar, Cassius and Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay, just to name a few. The first single "I Am Somebody" from his debut album Lucky Boy features the vocals of Chromeo's Dave 1, and is a perfect example of the animated bassline and synth-heavy sound that make Ed Banger DJs legends in their own time. He's put the French electro golden touch on remixes for Miike Snow ("Burial"), Erol Alkan and Boys Noize ("Death Suite"), and Etienne de Crecy ("Out of My Hands"). DJ Mehdi has spun at hotspots all around the world, including Pulp in Paris (where was a resident DJ), Fabric in London, and Pacha in Ibiza. We can't wait to see what bangers he's bringing for his return to Electric Zoo!
DUSTY KID (aka Paolo Alberto Lodde) was born in the first half of the decade of the 80's. As a new "enfant prodige" he immediately showed his natural attitude for the variegated "music world". At 10, after just one year of private lessons of the basic notions of piano and violin, he was admitted directly to the 6th year of the piano course in the conservatory of his native city. Following the accademic experience, his tasks moved gradually from the austere classical world to the electronic system, free from binds and traditional old-fashioned diktats. DUSTY KID started to manipulate synthesizers, samplers and sequencers, and he realized that one passion was growing and growing: the ardor for arranging and producing his own compositions. He released his first single "I Found A Reason" at 19 on the English label Lowered Recordings, and then he produced various singles and remixes for Mutiny UK, Robbie Rivera and Trinity Hi-Fi. The first official single under the aegis of the pseudonym DUSTY KID was "The Summer of Love".
But it's during 2004 that Dusty Kid creates the project Duoteque with DJ Andrea Ferlin and releases numerous EPs on Boxer Recordings and the tracks were immediately included in the DJ sets of some of the most important names, like Richie Hawtin, Tiefschwarz, Ricardo Villalobos, Domenic Eulberg, Sven Vath and Magda.
After the Duoteque experience Paolo decides to take his own way and to release his own productions as DUSTY KID.
Raised in north London, Erol Alkan's obsession with music turned professional in his teens. Erol's still getting a bigger rush from the dance floor than anything else. "The time I feel most alive, and the only time I truly feel like myself, is when I'm playing records and giving people a party," he explains with an enormous grin. "And right now, I'm more excited by DJing than I've ever been." In the past few years, since his own decade long weekly club night "Trash" began to attract attention everywhere from Italian Vogue to The Face and from Rolling Stone to Kerrang, Erol's party-starting genius has surged in demand. One night he'll be DJing at an Alexander McQueen catwalk show afterparty in London, with Kate Moss and Sadie Frost shaking their arses down the front, and the next night he'll be playing to a notoriously tough, no-nonsense Belfast crowd, who'll welcome him like a lost son. Erol's list of collaborations and remixes is equally as diverse, having remixed techno and electro hits like Mylo's "Drop the Pressure", Alter Ego's "Rocker", and Justice's "Waters of Nazareth", as well as indie rock hits like Death from Above 1979's "Romantic Rights", Bloc Party's "She’s Hearing Voices", and Franz Ferdinand's "Do You Want To". This democracy of vision led to him winning the Muzik Magazine award for Best Breakthrough DJ in 2002, and was voted 2006 DJ of the Year by the readers of Mixmag.
The identity of mystery man Fake Blood was one of electro's best kept secrets until 2009, when Theo Keating revealed himself to be the mastermind between genius remixes like The Black Ghosts' "Any Way You Choose to Give It," Armand Van Helden's "I Want Your Soul," and Little Boots' "Stuck on Repeat." Original tracks like "Mars" and "I Think I Like It" hit the top of the dance charts and dominated dance floors, and earned him an episode on BBC Radio 1's legendary Essential Mix show. Fake Blood's signature grimy electro sound is what many DJs strive for but very few achieve, and we're honored to have him show us how to get down and dirty at this year's Electric Zoo!
Fedde Le Grand
With a glittering career behind him including a raft of international awards, A-list collaborations and tracks such as Put Your Hands Up For Detroit, Take No Shh!, The Creeps, Let Me Be Real and Back & Forth, Fedde le Grand is one of the world's most in-demand artists. He's worked with everyone from Madonna to Will.i.am to Fatboy Slim on music and rocked dance floors and arenas around the planet from his home country of Holland to Miami, New York, London, Tokyo, Australia and beyond. He reigned supreme over Pacha Ibiza in 2009 and saw his debut artist album Output released in over 60 countries to huge critical acclaim. Bringing passion, integrity and undeniable amounts of individuality and originality to everything he touches, only one question remains on everyone's lips - what is next for Fedde le Grand?! Well, we'll tell you: A killer set at his Electric Zoo debut!
Flying Lotus comes from a rich musical heritage including relation to the one and only John Coltrane. As a musician himself, he is widely recognized as one of the world's premier abstract and experimental artists. Hailing from the city of angels, Flying Lotus is a prolific music producer, DJ, and laptop musician with two acclaimed LP's to his credit. "1983" and "Los Angeles" manage to cover a dizzying amount of musical soundscapes while staying true to dance floor ready percussive beats. Flying Lotus can also claim fame from his work on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, as well as remix work for Radiohead's In Rainbows album. There is no doubt that FlyLo, as his fans call him, is the undisputed leader of a groundbreaking new wave of experimental dance music.
Over the past few years the name Funkagenda has been synonymous with the sounds of quality house music. His productions and remixes are highly sought after by the world's top labels including Toolroom, Positiva, Size, and Subliminal. He is also a DJ who can be seen playing at all the top clubs, festivals, and events around the world. Though his DJ sets are a staple for clubbing enthusiasts, Funkagenda's heart lies in the studio. His tracks like "Breakwater", "Mad Money", "Shogun", and the reinterpretation of "Man With the Red Face" have all been top sellers and award winners. If you are a fan of dance music and an avid club goer, there is no doubt that you have come across the sounds of Funkagenda at nearly every night out.
The young Brit Gareth Emery has enjoyed immense success in his relatively short time in the scene. He has already cracked the top 10 of DJ Mag's annual poll, can be seen at nearly all of the world's major dance events, runs the successful Garuda brand, and presents his Gareth Emery Podcast to worldwide accolades. To say that Gareth is a trance DJ would not do his unique sound justice. It is a style that is, no doubt, rooted in trance but also encompasses everything from techno, electro, and progressive with spacey grooves, thunderous basslines, and harmonic melodies. Now on the cusp of releasing his artist album it seems that the sky is the limit when it comes to the success of Gareth Emery.
Glenn Morrison is a true global music citizen; a critically acclaimed and internationally renowned DJ/producer who is as comfortable tweaking the controls in the studio as pushing the emotional envelope with an audience of thousands. His eclectic taste for all things considered 'proper club house music' has garnered him a variety of fans from varying core sound bases. From grainy screeching acid lines to lush ethereal progressive, this jack of all trades does it all and well. He is well known for his live mixes and residencies at the worlds most prestigious venues, such as Amnesia in Ibiza, Pacha in Buenos Aires, and Rain in Las Vegas. With the success of his own productions at number 1 on the World Dance Charts, as well as the Billboard Dance Charts such as No Sudden Moves, Contact, Symptoms Of A Stranger, Blue Skies With Linda, and Circles, amongst many others, he does extensive work with videogame companies such as EA Sports, Blizzard Entertainment, and Nintendo. A true prodigy whose talent knows no bounds and has been able to translate this energy to a commercially accessible worldwide stage.
Grum's rise to musical prominence went like this: not long after he produced his first track, The Hype Machine calculated he was the second most blogged act in the world (behind Radiohead). Grum grew up amidst Scotland's fascination for techno and trance, and also became massively influenced by Daft Punk, The Human League and Stuart Price. The result is what he calls "a real mash-up of French house, Italo-disco, new-wave, and soft rock." Features on leading electronic music blogs like Discodust earned him remixes for Late of the Pier, Anorak, and Tronik Youth. His blissful, bass-heavy first single "Runaway" was picked up by Aeroplane for their Mixmag covermount CD and featured on the play-lists of Pete Tong, Zane Lowe and Annie Mac. His second single, the infectious and driving "Sound Reaction," is "a mixture of rave and electro with a hint of disco." Perfect for Electric Zoo!
JDH & Dave P
JDH & Dave P are the DJs and promoters responsible for the FIXED parties. In addition, Dave throws the Making Time parties in Philadelphia, which just celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Together they have toured extensively with artists such as Soulwax, 2manydjs, and Simian Mobile Disco.
France's Joachim Garraud is the genius behind remixes, arrangements and production for David Guetta, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Moby and many, many more. He co-wrote and co-produced David Guetta's Just A Little More Love album, featuring the number one smash hit, "Love Don't Let Me Go." He was nominated along with David for the 2006 Grammy Award for best remix of the year for the infamous track "F*** Me I'm Famous." Joachim's own Zemixx podcasts have been ranked number one on French iTunes Podcast charts. His first solo album Invasion was launched in groundbreaking style, as Joachim allowed fans to create their own CD and artwork. He's also known for pioneering a new concept of fusing the DJ world with live musical improvisation, proving his reputation as a visionary We're excited to see what he has in store for Electric Zoo!
John Digweed is the very embodiment of a "DJ's DJ". He is a globetrotting performer, successful label owner, forward thinking producer, and all around dance music icon. On any given day he can regularly be seen headlining the world's premier clubs and festivals, sometimes visiting places where no other DJ had ever played before. His two decade career can only be described as groundbreaking. With successful mix compilations on Renaissance, Global Underground and Fabric, beloved residencies, classic studio production, and a million+ followed radio show, the name John Digweed brings immediate association with dance music of the highest quality. And we're honored to have the chance to experience it at his Electric Zoo debut this year.
Sonic perfectionist Jon Hopkins is known for his brand of big and bold electronic music productions compiled of smooth synth sounds, harmonic melodies, and amorphous basslines. He has been dubbed a musical innovator by esteemed peers such as Brian Eno and Herbie Hancock, and has been called upon by international superstar act Coldplay for production work, as well as tour support. Jon is known to transcend the traditional parameters of electronic music, drawing influence from his classical piano upbringing, as well as is early experimentations with four track tape recorders and old school computer programs. His two albums "Opalescent" and "Contact Note" draw upon this influence while remaining distinctly different in their scope, leading up to the spring release of his latest LP "Insides". Now Jon is set to release a new 12-inch containing exclusive remixes of his material from the likes of Four Tet and Nathan Fake while gearing up for a busy festival season.
From his humble beginnings in a small Dutch town, Voorn's rise to superstar DJ status has been a measured process. A big remix here, a quality single there, a beloved mix CD, a fantastic live gig: His is not so much the stuff of legend as it is the stuff of hard work and dedication. Nonetheless, 2009 seemed to be the year when it all exploded. His Balance 014 mix has already gone down as one of the finest in the series, and "Sweep the Floor" swept Ibiza.
Amidst all the work and accolades in 2009, including a Best Remixer Award at the International Dance Music Awards and nominations for Best American DJ, Best Producer and Best Full Length DJ Mix, KASKADE's sound still holds authentic to the underground. Highlighted by strong sales (#1 iTunes Dance for six weeks), consistent and high music chart placement (topping Billboard Hot Dance Airplay, iTunes Dance, BBC Radio and "most played record" on Sirius Dance Radio 2009), various TV and film licensing ("Gossip Girl," Sex and the City, Devil Wears Prada and the upcoming film Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey), 2009 served as a hallmark year for KASKADE, a global superstar in his own right with a versatility that's unmatched in the electronic music world. Now with the release of his sixth album, Dynasty, 2010 promises to be this Electric Zoo veteran's biggest year yet.
Electronic music has found a new hub in Los Angeles in the form of DJ duo Jo'B and Daniel Ledisko, better known as LA Riots. The duo has quickly established themselves at the forefront of the electronic music scene, DJing high profile clubs and events across the country and churning out club bangers that have caught the ear of audiences and artists alike. Having recently remixed such artists as Scanners, Le Castlevania, Mystery Jets, Chromeo, Jupiter One, Photek and Justice, LA Riots has been tearing up the highly fickle music blogosphere and is quickly gaining momentum within the mainstream music industry as well. As the electronic genre continues to take shape and evolve, expect to see LA Riots there alongside it, bringing their unique energy to the masses and setting dancefloors on fire.
Luke is laid back about everything except music. After a staggering jump of 19 spots since last years Top 100, Luke ended up at the 27th position in the DJ Mag DJ Top 100. His latest track "Till Tonight" is out on his own label Mixmash Records. The track comes with a stunning remix package by MSTRKRFT, Ferry Corsten and Tom Trago. Next to that "Laidback Luke Presents Super You&Me featuring Avicii" is the first 2CD mix compilation released on the Dutchman's own imprint. The first CD is mixed by Luke, the second is mixed by Swedish super talent and fellow Electric Zoo artist Avicii. Super You&Me, Luke's own event, which is all about having stupid fun with your friends and dressing up, was one of the best events of the WMC 2010 in Miami. Super You&Me events already turned cities like Dusseldorf, London and Amsterdam upside down. Together with his events, gigs, tracks, mixes and remixes for artists like Depeche Mode, MSTRKRFT, Moby and many others. Laidback Luke is conquering the world like no other and we're excited to witness it this year at Electric Zoo!
Super producers Diplo and Switch have collaborated with some of the world’s most revered artists, from MIA to Lil Jon. As individuals, they are two of the most respected producers and remixers working today with successful compilations, EPs, and record labels to their credit. Now, the duo collaborates with their most mysterious and revolutionary artist to date. Major Lazer draws from Jamaica's musical tradition, having recorded his first LP in none other than the Tuff Gong studios, to bring dancehall bangers that move the body and educate the mind. Armed with Lazers for arms and a manifesto that destroys the forces of evil burrowing beneath conventional society, Major Lazer brings the classic sounds of 80's dancehall into the digital age, representing both the past and future of dance music. Needless to say, we're super psyched to have them destroy our Electric Zoo Main Stage this year!
Over the last decade Marco Carola has emerged as one of the world's most influential purveyors of techno and electronic music. He is responsible for the seminal techno labels Zenit, Question, Design, 1000, and Do.Mi.No, as well as countless releases on virtually every important techno platform. Carola's unique style draws on his influences in the golden age of Italo-House to the underground techno sound of Frankfurt and London. Marco Carola has mastered a sound which has brought him headlining spots at events and clubs from Tokyo to New York and everywhere in between.
Over the last 10 years Markus Schulz has fused the individual musical identities of progressive house & trance into his own creative and now inimitable hybrid sound. Through the unique alignment of his headline DJ sets, Coldharbour label output and highly prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show, he orchestrated a sea change revolution in the US trance scene. This success has been singularly reflected in weekly headliner sets in front of many tens of thousands, a GDJB listenership up in the tens of millions & one Beatport chart-topping release after another. Following several highly ranked positions, in 2008 Schulz punched his way into the Top 10 of DJ Magazine's Top 100 chart, landing at no.8. In repeating the exact same achievement in 2009, he now stands, quite unequivocally, as America's no.1 club DJ.
Martin Buttrich is famously as fluent behind a mixing console as in front of a virtual drum kit. That technical prowess, combined with a fascination for music of every shape, has resulted in outstanding releases on influential labels such as Planet E, Four:Twenty, Cocoon, Poker Flat, Nervous and Desolat. He's also put his sonic thumbprint on many big ticket artists, notably receiving a Grammy nomination for a Tori Amos remix in 2003 and more recently remixing Tracey Thorne to wide acclaim. Such diverse musical horizons are rare. While other prolific artists may have slowly watered down their music, Buttrich's star has risen in diametric opposition. His vision has become more and more condensed, more and more crystallized. Flipping and puncturing grooves in a live setting is a snap for him, and he's entranced audiences at festivals like Time Warp and Creamfields and at temples of boom such as Fabric (London), Womb (Tokyo), Cocoon (Frankfurt), Panorama Bar (Berlin) and Amnesia (Ibiza). Martin has just released his debut solo album Crash Test on Desolat: a project fusing wild imagination with solid musical architecture, cherry-picked inspiration with true perfection of his musical craft. Built the old-fashioned way - through dedication, driven by passion.
Martyn's unique interpretation of dubstep has simply been dubbed "Martyn Music" by his legions of fans and admirers. Rooted in all things bass, the sound draws influence from everything from Detroit techno, Chicago house, hip hop, and drum & bass. Martyn began 2010 with the release of the landmark 50th edition of the esteemed fabric mix series. As expected, the mix was met with critical acclaim and showcased the entire scope of Martyn's sonic abilities, wetting appetites for his upcoming second LP. His label 3024 is a genre defying platform for music from the likes of Flying Lotus, 2562, and of course, Martyn himself. Fans can catch him playing at diverse clubs and festivals around the world including Cielo, Panoramabar, Mutek, Iceland Airwaves, Bestival, Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder events, and now Electric Zoo.
Matthias Tanzmann is rapidly advancing as one of the most sought-after German House DJs, already counting residencies at Flokati (Munich) and Sternradio (Berlin) among his accomplishments along with an impressive calendar of gigs from Moscow to Barcelona, Paris to London. Matthias, a former media design student at Bauhaus University, has released numerous EP's, three mix compilations, and remixed tracks by Moby, Wighnomy Bros., Freestyle Man, Marlow, Terry Lee Brown Jr. and Dapayk & Padberg, and many more. The host of the famed Moon Harbour nights at the Distillery has a musical output that revolves around more than just functional club music, regardless of whether it's on the turntables or in the studio.
Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. He started out playing classical guitar and then went on to play with seminal Connecticut hardcore punk group The Vatican Commandoes when he was 13. He started DJ'ing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80's New York house and hip-hop scenes.
He released his first single, "Go" in 1991 (listed as one of Rolling Stone's best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he's also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others.
He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including Heat, Any Given Sunday, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The Beach, among others.
Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the Humane Society and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, and in 2007 he launched mobygratis, which provides free music for independent film makers.
Moby's album 'wait for me' and 'wait for me! remixed' is out now through his own record label, little idiot.
Downtempo, space disco, house, tech, b-boy era electro, hip hop, soul, and funk - if you can move, Orchard Lounge will back you up. Formed in Chicago in 2000, OL is the collective of Ben Silver, Spencer Lokken and Bethany Lokken. This versatile, classically trained trio has enlightened dance floors nationwide with their eclectic mixes, from sunset chill-out to bass-dropping tech house, and an array of other futuristic sounds. In recent years they've built a reputation as a hard-touring festival act and set-break crowd favorite, frequently supporting The Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The New Deal and Future Rock. They've also played alongside heavyweights like Bonobo, Lindstrøm, DJ T, Jamie Jones, Booka Shade, Metro Area, and Kevin Yost, constantly keeping the crowd engaged with a unique mix of turntable and live-band improvisation.
To talk about Paco Osuna is to refer to one of the key references of the worldwide electronic music scene. With a precise technique, he constructs and produces a complex sound. In a continual evolution he has been able to redress the purest minimalist sounds, recreating them and adding his personal touch: depth, darkness and intelligence. 2009 was a year with a full diary; Paco toured worldwide, from Latin America to Japan, Miami to Argentina, London to Berlin, and Australia to Central America. Paco's dedication and musical skills have led him to be an indisputable part of the Plus8 ranks, publishing EPs such as Crazy (2007), Obeat (2008) and Lemon Juice (2009). In 2009 he was chosen to be part of Plus8's 100th release, reediting two of Plastikman's classic tracks, "Goo" and "Ethnik". In the studio Paco Osuna is a fertile mind, having also produced and remixed in 2009 for labels such as Spectral, Minus, MindShake, Clink and Bla Bla LTD, among others.
Berlin-based Paul Kalkbrenner's status as a Techno MVP is cemented by more than 15 years of experience as a producer and live act, starting with the 1999 release of his "Friedrichshain" EP on Bpitch Control (the newly founded label from Ellen Allien), a series of singles and two full-lengths ("Superimpose" and "Time"), plus continuous live performances that threatened to shatter the grid of his calendar. His third abum "Self" (2004) marked his affinity for melodic, grand emotional gestures, and "Gebrünn Gebrünn", released one year later, became a crossover hit. He's also the star and soundtrack composer of the 2008 Berlin Calling, a film about a musician in Techno City during the new millennium, now a cult classic. The soundtrack and especially the single "Sky and Sand" broke all sales records, with the track going gold in Belgium where it remained in the charts' Top Ten for weeks.
Ultimate tastemaker Pete Tong is the host of BBC Radio 1's legendary Essential Mix show, featuring the mixing talents of the world's top DJs, including Richie Hawtin, Paul Van Dyk and Armin van Buuren. Tong also breaks hits as a club DJ with summer residencies at Pacha in Ibiza, and gigs at Tennax in Florence, Space in Miami, and Ministry of Sound in London. His podcasts, "Tongcasts," have been downloaded by thousands. As a producer, he has assembled the music for movie soundtracks such as The Beach, Human Traffic, and 24 Hour Party People. His record label, FFRR Records, launched in 1988 and found its first hit in Salt n Pepa's "Push It," followed by a whole catalogue of hit tracks. After all this time, Tong says he hasn't gotten complacent: he maintains a packed DJ schedule, keeping his finger firmly on the pulse of fresh and exciting new music.
Popof is a DJ, composer, and arranger hailing from the French rave party scene, with a preference towards minimal techno and electro. Popof has remixed tracks by major artists, including Moby's "I Like To Move In Here," Tiga's "Sunglasses at Night," Mystery Jets' "Half In Love With Elizabeth," and Depeche Mode's "Hole to Feed." He has also produced high-profile remixes such as "Bells of Brighton" on CR2 records, "No Trace" on Renaissance, and "Emotional Distortion" on Audio Therapy. His EP, "Alcoolic," released on the label AFU LTp in 2007, was a huge success and he has collaborated with a who's who of renowned artists, including Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Tiësto, John Digweed, Dave Seaman, Tiga, Sasha, Sven Väth, Erol Alkan and many more. As a previous member of the underground collective Heretik System, Popof has participated in numerous events throughout France, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied in the live setting by drummer Cory Eberhard. Together these two achieve a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music.
At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin' beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want; electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. And the people are responding. Pretty Lights' three albums, Taking Up Your Precious Time, Filling Up The City Skies, and Passing By Behind Your Eyes have been downloaded over 500,000 times from PrettyLightsMusic.com. Experience it yourself when Pretty Lights takes stage at Electric Zoo 2010!
Reboot, a.k.a. Frankfurt-based Frank Heinrich, is the master of what he calls "complex polyrhythmic architecture," an versatile approach to musical performance and production that spans house, techno, world music and jazz, and uses traditional analogue machines as well as a laptop. With proven releases on such labels as Below, Cadenza and Cocoon, and an explosive live show, Reboot has earned every inch of his reputation as a speaker-freaker. His debut on Cadenza, "Be Tougher," was a dark offspring adopted by Luciano on his Fabric 41 mix. Another massive hit for Reboot was the mind-warp of 'Vandong', which blew up as part of his Sidekick EP. Reboot's barrage of booty-shaking beats have spread rapidly around the globe, from Robert-Johnson and Cocoon Club in Germany, to Womb in Japan, D-Edge in Brazil and Fabric in the UK.
Artist, DJ, conceptualist and ambassador, more than anyone else in modern electronic music, Richie Hawtin has relentlessly proved himself to be a true innovator. The one-man mogul behind acclaimed Techno imprints Plus 8 & Minus sends signals out all over the world from his HQ in an old fire station in Windsor, Ontario - just across the border from Detroit Techno City. The signals are constantly evolving, his Plastikman persona gave Techno a unique face with a series of four ruthlessly minimal albums of skeletal beauty, while breathtaking festival live sets at Glastonbury and Tribal Gathering helped invent stadium Techno. His "Decks, EFX & 909" album released on novamute in 1999 expanded the concept of a DJ mix album beyond the imagination of most DJs. We can't wait to see this living legend return to Electric Zoo.
Rusko is recognized as one of the finest representatives of the UK dubstep sound. Going down the genre's energetic and fun approach, as opposed to its serious and dark side, Rusko manages to create a style all his own in a genre which can frequently feature imposters. His sound holds the ability to appeal to those outside of the genre bringing him collaborative efforts with more mainstream artists such as Santigold and Hot Chip. He scored a massive hit with the anthem "Cockney Thug" which could be heard emanating from speakers around the world. Now, Rusko is setting the airwaves on fire with more original productions and remixes for The Prodigy and Little Boots. The future seems bright for the young man from Leeds as he sets dancefloors on fire with his signature overdose of bass.
Sander Van Doorn
Thought to be a technical genius by many, Sander van Doorn is without a doubt one of the world's most essential, influential and popular DJ-Producers in dance music today. In very short order, Sander has become a brand synonymous with excellence - both production wise and in front of the thousands he plays to nightly. Recently awarded the "Top 10 DJ" honor, Sander's rise has been nothing short of phenomenal.
In just 7 short years, Sander van Doorn has become electronic music royalty. Each of his productions have charted #1 on Beatport's trance chart, he's been awarded countless top honors from the IDMA's, The Ibiza Awards, Mixmag and DJ Mag. He's remixed superstars such as Robbie Williams, The Killers and Depeche Mode. Non stop global touring and headline appearances at events like Creamfields, Mysteryland, Dance Valley and EDC have cemented his status and furthered his phenomenal rise.
Colorado-based SAVOY's rock edged, yet club-geared releases, along with their notoriously high energy live shows have spawned a hybrid dance culture of its own. In just under a year and a half, the live electro-house trio has made a name for itself by effectively bridging the gap between the concert venue rocker and the club-bangin' partier - and the result is a rapidly emerging new market that can't seem to get enough. In such a short period of time, SAVOY has truly established themselves as not only talented producers but as innovators of live electronic music. 2010 marked the release of SAVOY's much anticipated new EP "Nothin For Nothin" which includes remixes of Dire Straits, No Doubt, and more.
Sleepy & Boo
New York's Sleepy & Boo helped set off the inaugural Electric Zoo festival with a tent-rocking set at the Riverside Arena. This duo are preeminent players in the Big Apple's electronic music scene, where they are the resident DJs and driving force behind Basic NYC, their renowned Saturday night fiesta at New York's Sullivan Room (named as New York Magazine's "Best Dance Party" in 2009). For the last six years, they've played alongside the world's most important artists, all performing to a packed house of true music lovers. Sleepy & Boo are regularly on the lineup for some of the city's most important club nights and events, dropping their infectious, hypnotic style of house and techno at venues like Cielo, Pacha, Santos Party House, and Water Taxi Beach. From big rooms to underground parties, Sleepy & Boo are known for their musical diversity and picking the right tracks from across the musical spectrum.
The man behind Dim Mak Records who founded and released artists from Bloc Party, The Kills, Klaxons, MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Mystery Jets, The Rakes, The Gossip, Envy, also is the same man behind the production moniker Weird Science that has remixed Peaches, Snoop Dogg & Bloc Party. Under his own name, Aoki has remixed The Killers, Robin Thicke, Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran and Timbaland, Chester French, S.P.A., All American Rejects, Chris Cornell & more. In the past he has collaborated w/artists from Boys Noize, The Faint, D.i.M., The Bloody Beetroots, & Junkie Xl. Also involved in fashion, Aoki has developed lines for KR3W Apparel, Supra Footwear, headphones for WESC, and in '09 sunglasses with KSUBI, headwear with NEFF, bags with Burton, & a brand new mens/women's range with his sister Devon. Check out dimmakcollection.com to buy tee shirts & hoodies and read on his blog on here that he keeps up to date. Hailing from Los Angeles you can check most of his antics up on his partner in crime's website www.TheCobrasnake.com.
Steve Bug is an internationally recognized taste maker, trend setter, and all around ambassador of the minimal and tech sounds that make his hometown of Berlin the techno capital of the world. He is a DJ with an impeccable ear for mixing with a flawless style and unrivaled track selection. As a label head, Bug boasts three of the industry's most respected with Dessous, Poker Flat, and Audiomatique. Bug's studio work like "I Swallowed Too Much Bass" have all become instant classics, holding places in the record boxes of all the world's top techno jocks, while his artist albums, collaborative projects, and mix CDs are anticipated the world over. His latest mix CD entitled Dessous Best Kept Secrets is a classic mix in the making, further attesting to Steve Bug's one of a kind abilities.
The Glitch Mob
Selling out major venues from coast to coast simply by word of mouth, The Glitch Mob has become a festival favorite, rocking crowds from Lollapalooza to Red Rocks to upcoming key slots at Coachella and Ultra with their visceral, innovative performances. "Pairing the richness and headiness of the best dance music with the head-nodding backbeats of hip-hop, they only aim to move you, and they by and large succeed," raved the Los Angeles Times. And this spring, the L.A.-based trio embarks on their first full nationwide tour in support of The Glitch Mob's debut album release Drink The Sea, due May 25 on the band's own Glass Air label. Drink The Sea represents The Glitch Mob's transformation up from the underground into a more widescreen vision: from the cryptic cover art (courtesy Sonny Kay, famed for his work with Mars Volta) to the kaleidoscopic dimension of the music inside, Drink The Sea evokes a voyage into the unexpected—including sonic waters previously unexplored by the band itself.
To the untrained eye Tom Middleton is just another DJ. Beard, box of records, bounces behind the decks. You seen one, you've seen them all, right? Wrong. You see Tom isn't just a DJ. He's a scientist; a meticulous technician with a thirst for all musical forms from breakbeat to baroque.
Researching each and every project with eagle eyed glee, Tom approaches every venture, from productions to DJ mixes, with the attention to detail that's usually reserved for the likes of architects, surgeons, and engineers. Not to mention a sense of humour.
Victor Calderone has brought his music to dance music fans all around the world for over two decades now. Having a career that has garnered every possible achievement that an electronic artist can have, it is almost easier to talk about the things that he hasn't accomplished (which is not very much). His marathon DJ sets blend old classics with new favorites and transcend genres. Everything from tribal to tech can be heard at his beloved residencies like Pacha NYC and Stereo in Montreal. Both as a producer, remixer, and DJ, Victor sets himself apart from his peers by continually pushing the boundaries of the genre. His famed residences, star studded remixes, and chart topping productions have made Victor Calderone an icon within the dance music community.
Like the famous Wolfgangs before him, Wolfgang Gartner was destined for greatness. In less than three years, he's had eight #1 tracks on Beatport (including the site's best-selling track of 2009) and remixes for A-list artists (Black Eyed Peas, Timbaland, Britney Spears), all lauded by David Guetta, Tiësto, and Pete Tong. His ability to create smash tracks like "Undertaker" and "Firepower" comes from his well-trained ear (he studied classical and jazz piano), particularly attuned to harmony. He has also played before thousands at events like Coachella and Ultra Music Festival. Gartner is meticulous in his approach to crafting new tracks in the studio, contemplating how they'll sound in different venues and new ways to pitch curveballs at the dance music cognoscenti - without using gratuitous gimmicks. And another thing is certain: between his commitment to the integrity of the music and experimentation, Gartner's next move is always a surprise.
A DJ with truly eclectic tastes in music, Zack Roth is an up and comer to look out for in the future. His style of music can be described as progressive, dark, and danceable, as his sets showcase his passion and love for a wide variety of electronic dance music.
2010 has been Zack's biggest year to date. In addition to keeping up his busy gig schedule, Zack has put in some serious time in the production studio. With current and forthcoming releases on labels such as Dissident, Silk Royal Music and more, Zack has transitioned into the production realm of the business seamlessly. He eagerly anticipates his next few releases, that are sure to make a big waves in the progressive and house scenes.