One of the hottest acts in electronic music right now, ADVENTURE CLUB (Christian Srigley and Leighton James) has been a tireless source of banging remixes, uplifting summertime anthems, infectious DJ mixes, and explosive live shows since the duo’s musical trip took off in 2010. At the pace these guys move and with the release of their debut EP Calling All Heroes (BMG)—which hit #1 on the iTunes Dance Album chart in the US and Canada, as well as ranked over 10 HypeM #1 hits—there’s no time to stop for a breather.
ADVENTURE CLUB is a production outfit specializing in meshing dubstep’s chainsaw synths with delicate vocals and surprisingly upbeat melodies, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs. They’ve remixed the likes of Brand New, Thrice, Alexisonfire and Metric, just to name a few, while stunning listeners with their collaborations such as “Rise & Fall” with Krewella. One of their most favored remixes is of Malaysian songstress Yuna’s “Lullabies,” which was used in the opening sequence of Ultra Music Festival’s 2013 aftermovie.
Prior to that in 2011, ADVENTURE CLUB scored the opportunity to film a video for their remix of Lips’ “Everything to Me.” For it, the two outfitted themselves in red and blue action hero outfits, armed themselves with samurai swords, and battled an army of cardboard cutout monsters. The video racked up more than 2 million views on UKF Music’s dubstep YouTube channel. ADVENTURE CLUB has been brandishing their primary-color superhero aesthetic ever since, naming their popular mix series as well as their current national tour Superheroes Anonymous.
Performing live has actually become a big part of life for ADVENTURE CLUB. Over the course of the past couple years, the duo has appeared at Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo, just to name a few, and crisscrossed the country on multiple US tours. They’ve added an arsenal of visual effects and LED panels for their current Superheroes Anonymous tour in support of their Calling All Heroes EP. The duo’s four-track EP is its most expansive yet. On it, Christian and Leighton team again with Yuna as the emotional heft of her voice soars over hands-in-the-air bass beats on lead single “Gold.” (This collaboration with Yuna also garnered Adventure Club another significant festival promo spot as the lead track on Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas’ 2014 announcement trailer). Later, they apply their dark, haunting low end with heart-wrenching melody, and an anthemic electro-house rhythm with “Thunderclap.” The EP also includes “Crash,” as well as “Wonder,” which has the pair teaming up with Australian producer the Kite String Tangle.
In Alice In Wonderland, Alice falls down a rabbit hole and enters a fantastic world of Lewis Carroll's design.
A century-and-a-half later, Alison Wonderland architects a world of her own design as its chief author, creator, and voice. The Sydney-born and Los Angeles-based singer, producer, songwriter, and DJ realizes this vision at the intersection of future-facing pop, explosive beat-craft, and eternal dance rhythms.
Since emerging in 2009, her sound quietly inched towards mainstream ubiquity as the sonic sorceress received the "Highest Female DJ Billing Ever at Coachella," captured #1 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart twice consecutively, headlined sold out arenas around the globe, and clocked upwards of 100 million streams by 2018. Not to mention, ELLE proclaimed her one of its "Women On The Verge," and she garnered features from FADER, Glamour, Seventeen, Interview, Wonderland, Chicago Tribune, Du Jour, and more. Simultaneously, Alison's Radio Wonderland show clocked 5 million-plus iTunes downloads as well as broadcasting to over 20 countries and featuring prominently on the Sirius XM channel Diplo's Revolution. That steady rise represents the culmination of a lifetime dedicated to crafting ethereal and engaging escapist music befitting of her evocative moniker.
She architected the foundation for this world as a child. The classically trained cellist split her formative years between the Sydney Youth Orchestra and playing guitar in local bands before diving into production and DJ-ing during 2008. Grinding it out with regular night club sets around Australia and a series of remixes for everyone from Little Dragon to Justin Bieber, she ignited an international splash in 2015 with the full-length debut, Run. Not only did it reach gold status down under, but it earned a pair of nominations at the ARIA Awards. Arriving with a bang, she made her live introduction stateside at Coachella. Fast forward to 2017, she achieved the "Best New Artist" honor at the first-ever Electronic Dance Music Awards, while her remix of Dua Lipa's "New Rules" soared to #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts.
Alison's 2018 sophomore effort, Awake, leveled up every element. She joined forces with an all-star cast of collaborators such as Joel Little [Lorde], Illangelo [The Weeknd], Party Favor [Mad Decent], and longtime cohort Lido. Meanwhile, she teamed up with innovators including Chief Keef on "Dreamy" and Trippie Redd on "High." The record became the multi-talented phenomenon's second straight #1 bow on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart as "Church" leapt past the 14 million-mark on Spotify in a few months' time. For the ensuing headline tour, she sold out hallowed venues across the states, namely Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and WaMu Theatre, to name a few.
However, Alison's world continues to grow and expand with each subsequent single, album, and tour. It'll only get brighter, bolder, and bigger from here on out.
With 5 consecutive Beatport number 1s, over six million streams in the last 12 months off the back of their lively social media interaction, and collaborations and remixes for Zomboy, Datsik, SKisM, Excision, Destroid, Astronaut, Getter and more under their belt, few can deny that Barely Alive are one of the most exciting and fastest growing bass music acts to emerge over the last year.
The duo originating from Massachusetts, USA initially made a name for themselves when they released their debut EP through Disciple Recordings in early 2014 to global acclaim, hitting the number one spot across 4 different genre charts on Beatport in just 24 hours. This made Barely Alive an over night success, and to this date they have been labelled just under Skrillex as the second hottest dubstep artists of 2014 on Beatport.
International touring soon followed across the United States, Europe and the rest of the world, with Barely Alive making up one of the core artists of the Disciple Alliance tours, the Datsik Ninja Nation tour along side Trolley Snatcha and Kennedy Jones, and multiple headline tours in Australia, New Zealand, France and more. They have received regular DJ support from acts such as Skrillex, Datsik, Excision, Far Too Loud and Zomboy, as well as making regular appearances on huge online music platforms such as UKF, EDM.com, NEST HQ, This Song Is Sick, and a guest mix for the renowned BBC Radio 1.
This is just the start for Barely Alive, who within their first year at Disciple found themselves well on their way to becoming a future headline act.
As G-House powers forward at a menacing pace, BIJOU is the name on everyone’s lips. Instead of setting the bar for the genre, he only raises it higher. Rather than embracing the standard, he constantly pushes the envelope further with a distinct, robust soundscape all his own.
BIJOU’s show-stopping 2016 collaboration with Dr. Fresch, “Hello” marked a major turning point for his career in music and Future Ghetto as a whole. In the same week, his debut on Night Bass thrust BIJOU to the forefront of the G-House movement and he has never looked back.
His records continue to catch fire, gaining massive support from AC Slater, Destructo, Don Diablo, Drezo, Malaa, Party Favor and many more. BIJOU fed the blaze with a series of ambitious releases including “Gotta Shine” featuring Germ, “Revelation” with Dr. Fresch featuring Denzel Curry, and “Louis V” with modern legend and Night Bass champion AC Slater. BIJOU topped off 2018 with his stellar 4-track Super Phat EP, an instant staple in the modern dance scene. Flash-forward to 2019 and his Gangsta Party EP with Dr. Fresch (DND Records) has primed the producer for yet another successful year.
Infusing elements of hip hop and classic house, BIJOU’s sound is live enough for the underground, but mean enough to hold down any main stage. Fans at EDC Vegas in 2017 witnessed this firsthand as he took over kineticFIELD in full form. He followed up in 2018 with a thrilling Australian run and his first headlining U.S. Super Phat Tour. Having gained all the street cred he needs, BIJOU is now looking worldwide.
Keep your eyes and ears locked on BIJOU — fearless leader, G-House supreme — because he's about to take over!
Blunts & Blondes
Blunts & Blondes
Born of 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. Electro Funk, Dubstep, Riddim - 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 2017, snagging a top 10 spot on
the iTunes Electronic Album chart, and has gone on to releases with Atlantic/Big Beat, Circus Records, SMOG Records, All Good Records, and more - amassing millions of streams. On 4/20 of 2018, Boogie T launched his very own record label, Drama Club, with the mission to bring his fans his own music as well as signing tracks from some of his favorite artists in bass music.
In June of 2018, Boogie T premiered his live band BOOGIE .TRIO alongside hometown bandmates Andrew ‘Yano’
Yanovski on keys and Frank ‘Animal Drums’ Castro on percussion. The response was immediate and BOOGIE
T.RIO have gone on to release two EPs and perform at Electric Forest, Voodoo Fest, Red Rocks, and are are embarking on a headlining a 50+ stop national bus tour starting in January of 2019. Boogie T has toured with Ganja White Night, Snails, and co-headlined his own tour with SQUNTO in 2018. Playing across the country and beyond with GRiZ, Zeds Dead, Rezz, Funtcase, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Minnesota, G
Jones, SunSquabi, LOUDPVCK, Skism, NGHTMRE, Subtronics and many others, he and his guitar have graced the
stages of festivals such as Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, Buku, Lost Lands, Okeechobee, Big Dub, Global Dub, Electric Zoo, EDC Vegas, EDC Orlando, Imagine, 515 Alive, Dreamscape, Nightmare Fest, and so much more.
Look for 2019 to be the breakout year for Boogie T and BOOGIE T.RIO!
Since 2011, DESTRUCTO (Gary Richards) has dominated the dance floor on his own terms. He went from the acclaimed Technology EP (2012) and Higher EP (2013) to high profile remixes for artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder, Major Lazer, Rob Zombie, Digitalism and more. 2014 saw the precision-guided producer in the realm of g-house (where rap melds with house music) introduce his singular solo style with the West Coast EP, boasting collaborations with YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, Too $hort, Warren G and Kurupt. Along the way, he's touched down for shows everywhere from Australia and Fiji to Tokyo and Ibiza in addition to crisscrossing the country on alongside the likes of D.R.A.M., E-40, iLoveMakonnen, Anna Lunoe, Wax Motif, REZZ, Felix Da Housecat and more. Released in early 2017, the RENEGADE EP features collaborations with E-40 and Too $hort, Ty Dolla $ign & iLoveMakonnen, Pusha T & Starrah, Problem and Freddie Gibbs. DESTRUCTO’s latest releases out now on his HITS HARD label are “Bassface,” “Loaded” featuring Yo Gotti, “Shots To the Dome” with Gerry Gonza and “F**king S**t Up” featuring Busta Rhymes which to date has racked up over one million streams on Spotify.
DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O'Neal
DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant basketball players in NBA history and is now also one of the greatest entertainers on earth. At 7'1" and 325 pounds, Shaq's larger-than-life personality and powerful athleticism have resulted in worldwide admiration and one of the most passionate fan bases in sports and entertainment. The Hall of Famer first discovered electronic dance music after crashing the festival TomorrowWorld in 2014, a milestone event that changed his life forever after being exposed to DJ's such as Steve Aoki and Skrillex.
Shaquille has been passionate about music from a very young age -- at just 14 after O'Neal saw Public Enemy live for the first time, while sandwiched in a crowd of 5,000 people, he became fixated on DJ'ing. He cut his neighbors' grass, walked dogs, and scraped together any cash that he could until he saved up $200 to buy his first set of turntables at a local pawn shop. Fast forward to 1993, Shaquille's rap album, 'Shaq Diesel,' did the unthinkable of selling over a million copies and peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 100 cementing O'Neal as the only athlete ever with a platinum-selling album. SHAQ aka DJ Diesel's dance music debut was at TomorrowWorld 2015, as the Hall of Famer took the stage for the first time in front of tens of thousands of fans mixing the best of Trap, EDM, and Hip-Hop. From there DJ Diesel's career was born as he cemented the title of 'the biggest DJ in the world.' DJ Diesel recently embarked on a 15+ date 'Summer of SHAQ' tour, has graced main stages around the globe from Tomorrowland, Lost Lands, Life in Color, and even launched his own festival series -- Shaq's Fun House.
Part festival, part carnival, part circus, Shaq's Fun House pops up at leading cultural events around the world. Shaq's inaugural Fun House in March of 2018 was one of the most viral events of the year with surprise performances and appearances by Diplo, Steve Aoki, A-Track, DJ Carnage, Rob Gronkowski, Von Miller, designer Alexander Wang, and Shark Tank's Daymond John. Shaq's Super Bowl Fun House featured performances and appearances from Migos, Diplo, Tiesto, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx, Akon, Patrick Mahomes, Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Evander Holyfield and many more cementing it as one of the most legendary events of all time. Shaquille O'Neal's off-court accolades rival his athletic accomplishments, having found success in acting, music, television, gaming, and while SHAQ is already a platinum recording Hip-Hop artist, this is just the beginning for Diesel.
In 2013 after winning Insomniac’s Discovery Project Contest, Tony Fresh launched the Dr.
Fresch brand. His debut self-titled EP and innovative hip-hop/rap remixes exploded in the blogosphere and Dr. Fresch was subsequently featured at #9 on Billboard Magazine’s “Next Big Sound” Chart.
Dr. Fresch has continued to gain serious momentum over the course of the last year. With releases on OWSLA and Ministry of Sound, and over 30 million plays on SoundCloud, Dr. Fresch has quickly solidified himself as one of the most unique emerging dance music artists. His signature “Future Ghetto” brand weaves together elements of house, hip-hop/rap, and trap to create a unique, forward-thinking sound.
Over the summer of 2015, Dr. Fresch launched his mix series “The Prescription” which has already garnered millions of plays over the course of its first 16 episodes. Each installment features a 30 minute Dr. Fresch mix followed by a 30 minute guest mix. The summer also brought Dr. Fresch onto the festival circuit with plays at likes of EDC Las Vegas, Paradiso, Moonrise, Nocturnal, CRSSD, Splash House, Escape, Boo and more. Dr. Fresch’s 2016
collaboration with Baby Eazy-E (Eazy-E’s son) “Gangsta Gangsta” went viral online and climbed the UK Club Charts.
Dr. Fresch is currently at work on his house and hip-hop/rap blended four track follow-up original EP due to release in April 2018.
Eli & Fur
Eli & Fur
Since their debut release in 2013, Eli & Fur have been perfecting a sound built around infectious melodies with deep driving bass lines topped with their distinguished brooding vocals. Their sound has developed into something unique and has earned them respect from some of the biggest names in the industry.
The duo’s first release, ‘You’re So High’ reached Number 1 on Hype Machine and has since racked up over 20 million plays online. ‘Seeing is Believing’ saw the girls collaborate with Shadow Child, ‘Feel The Fire’ came on Anjunadeep followed by ‘Your Eyes’ which saw them team up with Beatport in the first ever Artist Partnership on the streaming platform. Their ‘California Love’ EP dropped in November 2015 & supported by their North America Tour it undoubtedly was the motivation behind such a connected & embracing audience. 2016 & 17 saw further collaborations with OC & Verde, RIVRS, Chase & Status, Tâches & Forrest as well continued releases on their own imprint NYX Music.
2015 was a pivotal year for Eli & Fur. Tipped by Beatport as 2015 Artists to Watch, they went on to pick up nominations for ‘Best Newcomer’ in The DJ Awards, ‘Best Producer’ in the Bass Music Awards, ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ at DJ Magazine’s ‘Best of British’ and more recently ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ in the 2016 IDMA Awards.
The girls rolled out 2015 with a Thelma & Louise inspired tour through North America. Documenting every step of their 15 date tour with Go-Pro, taking planes, train, automobiles and boats; dropping into radio stations, studio sessions, TV networks and clubs along the way. It was an unusual way to approach the US market but a life-time dream inspired by two of the coolest women ever to grace the big screen. The end result is the self-made video for California Love.
In recent years Eli & Fur have achieved continued success; notably Eli & Fur were awarded with the PRS Momentum fund in partnership with England Arts Council & Spotify. Not only a nod of approval from three of the most influential organisations in the business but an injection of funds at a crucial point to go towards further recordings. 2017 saw them take up residency at Red Bull London Studios. A privileged and sought after opportunity that gives Artists residential access to one of London’s most prestigious studios.
Their touring gained huge momentum in 2016/17 with some key look shows playing alongside the likes of Carl Cox at his infamous Space Ibiza residency as well as his personally curated line-up of the Mega Structure at Ultra Music Festival, Miami. Continued support came from Ushüaia’s notorious ANTS, Miami’s Resistance, Nic Fanciulli’s Social Festival, Manchester’s Warehouse Project, Berlin’s Kraftwerk and Circoloco’s first ever event in Los Angeles. Not to mention their widely acclaimed first performance at Coachella 2017!
As we go into 2018 off the back of an incredible few years it feels like there’s a genuine excitement surrounding Eli & Fur that’s authentic and intriguing. True talent wrapped up in a bundle of laughs, feeling their way as they go and having a damn good time on their way.
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.
Gareth Emery has been one of dance music’s most exciting musicians, record producers, and DJs over the past decade. The British artist is best known for racking up millions of monthly listeners with his three artist albums - 'Northern Lights', 'Drive' & '100 Reasons To Live' - all iTunes dance no.1 chart-toppers - the recent hitting the top spot in over 25 countries.
To this day, he continues to be at the cutting edge of innovation in dance music and its underlying industry, with his most recent projects including founding blockchain music startup Choon and co-creating and starring in the 8 episode satirical dance music show ‘We Are CVNT5’, created for Verizon.
On the touring side, his new live concept Laserface continues to generate incredible excitement from fans. Billed as ‘The World’s Greatest Laser Show’, it features Gareth’s music perfectly choreographed to hundreds of lasers by world-renowned laser designer Anthony Garcia. Since launching in late 2017, Laserface has sold out numerous arenas including San Francisco’s legendary 8,500 strong Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and headlined Los Angeles's 15,000 capacity Dreamstate Festival.
In 2019, his next album is due for release - a co-write with frequent cohort and label-partner Ashley Wallbridge. 'Kingdom United' comes out May 10th on the pair's own Garuda Music. With a Laserface World Tour underway, another solo album planned for 2020, and the Garuda label on fire, there's no doubt that for Gareth Emery, the best is yet to come.
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 world- wide, 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.
Back in 2013 David Lee Crow, now known as "Ghastly", had just left his goat farm in Arizona and was still living in his van working several day jobs ranging from being a server, to an after-school teacher while opening up as a local at Exchange LA. Since then, it has been an incredible rise for Ghastly, seeing him become a festival mainstay and playing some of the biggest shows around the world such as Coachella, EDC, Ultra Music Festival, and more. As an artist who is always looking to push boundaries creatively, Ghastly has continued to evolve his sound experimenting and melting genres together while collaborating with some of the biggest names in the game.
Since the early 2000s Elgusto and Luke Dubs have been
exploring the wide sonic territory formed by their influences,
both individually and as a group. Their chemistry in the studio
is undeniable, and backed by a friendship that has seen the
duo experience some incredible moments on stage and behind
the scenes. Hermitude have remained one of Australia’s most
endearing and popular acts.
Signing with Elefant Traks in 2002, Hermitude quickly created a
strong platform to express their individuality, and their relationship
with the label continues to this day. From their debut album
Alleys to Valleys, through to the flourished sounds explored on
the follow up Tales of the Drift, and then of course the musical
richness of Threads, those early chapters of Hermitude’s career
saw a quick and fiercely loyal fanbase form, while the Hermitude
name and reputation generated industry acclaim.
The music was captivating and forward-thinking, and with the
release of HyperParadise in 2012 Hermitude returned from a brief
hiatus with vigour and a re-energised approach to their craft.
Of course, the album gave fans ‘Speak of the Devil’, the duo a j
Award for Best Music Video and placement in the triple J Hottest
100 and their first Australian Top 40 charting album.
The multifaceted artist Jayceeoh had his biggest year to date in 2018 with major performances at EDC Las Vegas, EDC China (X2), EDC Orlando, Beyond Wonderland, Red Rocks Colorado, Miami Music Week, and international tours of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Never one to slow down with success he has two major projects releasing early 2019.
Jayceeoh has multiple touch points in the game at all times, and his catalogue is as deep as it is diverse. In 2019 alone he has released music on Circus Records, Deadbeats, Disciple, and Dim Mak. His latest solo releases "Level UP" and "Not At All" have been seeing tremendous support across the DJ community, and have landed him in multiple playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. Be on the lookout for his next single "Levitate" with Styles&Complete from his upcoming EP on Circus Records .
Also, keep an eye open for his new super group called 1000volts with rap icon Redman. The two artists have created a new hybrid of Hip Hop & Bass Music like no group has done before. They're recent collaboration with EDM heavyweights Zeds Dead has over 2.5 million streams on Spotify. The pair just released their first single off their upcoming EP on Zeds Dead's label "Deadbeats" which is a collaboration with rising star Dion Timmer and the legendary Kid Capri.
He is the curator of the Super 7 mixtape series which is one the most influential mixtapes in dance music to date. He partnered with Insomniac on the series in 2017 and has released vol 7 - 10 under their umbrella. He also hosts a monthly mix series called the Double Up featuring up and coming artists from different genres in the dance world.
Jayceeoh is a world renowned turntablist who won VH1’s Master Of The Mix TV Show & Competition in 2013. His unique skill set allows him to rock crowds and nightclubs alike. You can see him flex these skills in his "Practice Cuts" series on Facebook and Instagram where he blends bass music and hip hop flawlessly through live edits and routines that are unrivaled in the bass world. The series has over 30 episodes and counting with millions of plays across platforms.
Kyle is one of South Africa’s biggest dance music exports. His appreciation for all things music has given Kyle a unique and eclectic sound that has secured him as one of South Africa’s most successful international dance music producers.
Whether it’s a late-night Justin Martin set in a dark sweaty room somewhere in San Francisco, or a headline Oliver Heldens set at a massive European festival, you’re likely to hear a Watson record. This level of global support has helped secure releases on high profile record labels such as Heldeep, Dirtybird, This Ain’t Bristol, Atlantic/Big Beat, Universal and Ultra.
Within his home country, Kyle’s music has been playlisted on national radio stations and topped their charts. With official remixes for Rudimental, Oliver Heldens, Justin Martin & Malaa (to name a few) under his belt, his productions show no sign of slowing down.
Kyle is well respected within the local industry and his home club Truth in Johannesburg, and has grown his global reach with recent international tours. His influences have helped his craft evolve into a unique style of forward thinking house music that combines the grit of bass with catchy melodies and switched up quirky grooves.
Kyle is one of South Africa’s biggest dance music exports. Based out of Johannesburg, he has spent time touring internationally and is equally comfortable guesting at clubs in the UK to festivals in South America, to dark sweaty rooms in the heart of Sydney. With a growing base of supporters including Justin Martin, Shiba San & Oliver Heldens (and a string of very successful releases on global labels such as This Ain’t Bristol, Dirtybird and Atlantic), the waves this artist is making just seem to be getting bigger.
KILLY — recording artist/songwriter and Toronto’s youngest rising star — recently released his highly anticipated debut project, 'Surrender Your Soul'. From the breakthrough energy of 'No Sad No Bad' to the genre-defying flow of 'Fireflies', the vision is clear... KILLY has established a dedicated fan base with his untraditional releases and trailblazing intuition. Since his 2017 breakout single, 'Killamonjaro', the 20-year- old has been the youngest Canadian artist to achieve this level of international success, consistently generating millions of plays, performing at sold-out shows and festivals all over the world, all while remaining independent.
There aren’t many who are going to touch KILLY’s come up. The Toronto rapper who was raised in a Filipino and Bajan household, bursted onto the rap scene preaching that he "can introduce you to this life we live forever", and ever since, the fans have been down for the journey. KILLY has carried the momentum single after single with; 'Distance', 'No Romance' and OVO Sound Radio premiered 'Forecast', proving he’s no one hit wonder. In addition to the release of his debut project, 2018 has included a headlining, sold out Canadian tour, festival dates at Rolling Loud Miami, JMBLYA, FVDED in the Park, VELD, Osheaga and a 33-date 'Surrender Your Soul' World Tour... KILLY’s stock is soaring and he is destined to be Canada’s next big export.
Waynesboro, PA does not come to mind when you think of contributions to hip-hop, but Kimetrius “Lil Skies” Foose hopes to be that boundless rose to spring forth from the concrete. As a youth, Skies spent his time between Chambersburg and Waynesboro where his father – a local rhymer – planted seeds of rap success in the then toddler’s fertile mind.
“I remember my first time in the studio I was with my dad, Dark Skies. I was like 4-years-old,” Skies recalled. “It changed my life. I was like, I’ve found my playground. The freedom of just going into the booth and spitting and freestyling to release whatever was on your mind was alluring to me. I literally knew what I wanted to do with my life at 4-years-old.”
Not many people can definitively say they knew their purpose before kindergarten, but Lil Skies is not your ordinary 19-year-old. While some saw an unassuming, skating stoner, saturated in tattoos – a fixture in forgotten small-towns across America – beneath the surface laid a sharp and perceptive mind that gravitated towards punchy lyrics masked by melodic delivery like those of 50 Cent and Lil Wayne.
“I look at my body as an extension of the music. My body is a canvas and with my tattoos, I want them to be a direct reflection of my thoughts. I have ‘cold heart’ written in Chinese backward under my eye and people ask about it all the time,” Skies described of his latest ink—a nod to his lyrics, which serves as a reminder and a warning to remain genuine.
“I don’t fake relationships, vibes or anything with people. I just keep it real, and some people think I have a cold heart for that. Where I come from everyone is so scared to do something different and be themselves. People are not getting face tattoos. People see my face and they are shocked, they judge me and think ‘he has a case’ or ‘he’s a thug.’ But I’m not a dumbass, I went to college, I had a 4.0. My face tats are another way of me showing my fans it’s OK to be you and to shock people with your truths.”
Although Skies’ father gave him the inspiration to pick up the mic, it was Skies’ Italian-American mother and step-father that gave him the foundation to build in his notable absence. “My dad paid for a lot of studio time until I could get a job when I was 14. My dad was basically in my life because of music,” Skies said. “My mom was more of my support; she was always real. She taught me how to be a man. I looked at her raising five kids and she just handled that. I always wanted to be like her.”
Skies would channel the dichotomous lessons he learned from his father’s aspirations to make a way and his mother’s determination to provide for her family into his studies and rhyming. A straight-A student in high school, Skies enrolled at Shippensburg University, where he continued to work on music between schoolwork. While he was the people’s champ in high school, it was the students of Shippensburg who immediately and fervently took to his music, eventually leading to an opportunity to open for Fetty Wap at a 2016 university-sponsored concert. The draw of that moment was too much to ignore, and within a few months, Skies would drop not only out of his school, but two buzzing mixtapes – Good Grades Bad Habits and Alone – via Soundcloud.
“I always knew I was going to drop out of college. I was an excellent student, but the experiences there were to help my music,” Skies explains. “It was a necessary step in my life to get the music out there.” The friends, fans, and resources he soaked up in that short time would come in handy for Skies when his breakout song with friend and collaborator Landon Cube “Red Roses” started to gain speed. Over a woozy and sparsely-produced track by Menoh Beats, the pair emotively meanders through tales of their vices, women, trust issues, and goals. “Red Roses” was streamed over 3M times when it dropped in July and coolly received another million in the first week of the long-awaited visual’s release helmed by Chicago director and new-rap impresario Cole Bennett of Lyrical Lemonade.
“When that beat drops it just grabs your ear and gets your attention,” Skies says about the appeal of “Red Roses.” “We put a lot of effort into that track. It was weeks of working on the mastering, editing, and layering sounds. Those details are important and I am happy people love it.”
The devil is in the details as Skies readies his forthcoming “dark and lit” mixtape Life of a Dark Rose. His next single, “Signs of Jealousy” continues his sing-song cadence powered by a distinct flow and etched with his pragmatic and relatable musings.
“I can’t wait for people to hear the new music, get acquainted, and see what Lil Skies is really on.” For Skies, despite the thorns and harsh terrain, there is no limit or ceiling that blood cannot break.
Enter the cult of speed with LIL TEXAS. Here for the underdogs and outcasts of electronic music, LIL TEXAS has inspired a groundbreaking movement for American hardcore. With his
roots embedded in jazz and classical music, LIL TEXAS shifted from being a mem
ber of a band
to creating his own artistic identity dedicated to the rave. In his own lane where 200 BPM is his
resting tempo, the LIL TEXAS project serves as a culmination of his true passions, from fashion
to culture and beyond.
LIL TEXAS made his hardcore debut with his original single “I AM EXCITED,” introducing his
uptempo hardcore sound to his audience of ravers and tastemakers from all walks of dance music. Met with immense success, LIL TEXAS’ singles have been supported by Virtual Self,
Kill The Noise, Pendulum, and many more. He’s inspired artists who’ve never delved into
hardcore before to join the TEXCORE movement, engaging their audiences in the most extreme form of dance music.
With the goal of establishing a voice for Ameican hardcore, the Western kink daddy himself has
already infiltrated the scene with a vengeance: he made his hard dance debut at Basscon: Wasteland in 2018, followed by a slew of shows supporting artists such as Gammer, Junkie Kid,
and more. As the American captain of 200 BPM, LIL TEXAS is motivated to make music that’ll
make you dance until you hit the ground.
“If you’re ostracized, if you’re fucked with, if you’re the black sheep in the EDM community or
your dance friends think you’re weird for liking hardstyle or hardcore, I’m there for you.”
Music over everything. That's the motto that has brought producer music to the worlds largest stages. Having produced for 8 years, 2017 was his breakout moment.Lucati has gained the respect from the underground and the legends that sit at the top of the game. Artists such as Claude VonStroke, Shiba San, Tchami, Malaa, and Mark Knight have all played or released this young and handsome producers' music. On January 1st, 2018 he debuted his Whistling Duck EP on the mighty DIRTYBIRD label to rave reviews. Mixing groovy, with casual, with sexy, Lucati's unique sound emerges amongst the new wave of House producers. Refusing to impersonate his idols, but instead taking inspiration, Lucati aims for something different and unheard of. Ramping up in 2018 with a solid release schedule and upcoming shows, the sky's the limit for this old dog.
Every once in a while you come across a rare trailblazer like the young Dutch star Oliver Heldens, who
stands out from the crowd with his own distinctive sound. A genuine superstar with No. 1 hits and over
a billion cumulative
streams to his name, he is at the vanguard of the new generation of house music
Oliver’s career has been a whirlwind of mind-boggling success ever since his breakout hit ‘Gecko’ was taken to the UK No. 1 spot with a vocal from Becky Hill, with the record receiving Platinum sales status.
A collaboration with Tiesto and remixes for Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers,
Charlie Puth, Coldplay,
Martin Garrix, Robin Thicke and Disclosure followed, besides a plethora of popular original productions.
As much as Oliver Heldens is one of the most prolific and successful DJs and producers around, he is also a resolute perfectionist. Working tirelessly in his studio to craft new sounds and directions at every
- it’s this attitude to innovation that saw him launch his spectacular HI-LO side project, which pushes his intricate and forward-thinking production aesthetic to its limits. The revered moniker has enabled him to present a more edgy side of his production skills, taking notes from the
underground and embodying their sound in his unique way.
It’s also this encompassing and extensive interest in music of all forms that led Heldens to set up his own record label, Heldeep. Heldeep has since become a platform for music by veterans like Dada Life,
Chocolate Puma and Tommie Sunshine to new kids on the block like Alok, Throttle, Brohug &
Zonderling and it stretches far beyond just releasing music. Heldeep has hosted stages at many of the
world’s premier festivals including SW4 in London, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Spring Awakening in
Chicago and hosted club nights and day parties all over the
planet. Most notably during Amsterdam
Dance Event in 2017, when Heldeep took over the infamous Paradiso for the second time, debuting an
entirely new boxing t
heme. Six months later and one ocean over, Heldens threw one of the biggest
parties of Miami Music Week in collaboration with Monstercat. As well as being one of the most talented producers in the game, Oliver is also one of the world’s
favorite house DJ’s, landing at #13 in the 2017 DJ Mag Top 100!
His residencies at Hï, Pacha & Ushuaia
Ibiza as well as Marquee Las Vegas in addition to his billing
as a headlining act at
across the globe including Glastonbury, EDC, & Ultra continue to place him at the epicenter of the global DJ circuit and keep him spreading his eclectic, high-octane sound to millions of clubbers
throughout the year!
Pouya is single-handedly bringing the raw sounds of the underground to the masses. The bubbling Miami rapper, née Kevin Pouya, entirely embodies the modern underground rap star: born of the internet, bred on the streets, bored of the mainstream hip-hop world and blessed with those magical bars and flows. To this day, Pouya and his Buffet Boys record label remain fully independent and fully in control: He’s never released on a major record label or even an indie outside of his own. It’s with this dangerous cocktail of skills and life experiences that Pouya has built a rabid fan base, both via loyal URL and IRL followings, and has created an impressive discography of underground anthems and certified chart-toppers
Sheck Wes is a New York City-based rapper who makes stark and gritty, underground-inspired hip-hop that centers on his meaning-heavy lyrics. In early 2018, the 20-year-old first-generation American premiered his breakout single “Mo Bamba”: a tribute to his childhood friend and Orlando Magic draft pick Mo Bamba, and a powerful portrait of survival in the inner city. With its video shot in the Harlem housing project where he still lives, “Mo Bamba” drew admiration from hip-hop’s biggest heavyweights, and soon led to Wes’s signing with Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Records and Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, and later to Interscope Records.
Made with up and coming producers, DayTrip, Lunchbox and Redda, and released in early October, Wes’s full-length debut MUDBOY won widespread acclaim; Pitchfork hailed it as “a force to be reckoned with, a coming-of-age album from an über-hyped prospect that actually delivers on its promise.” Along with “Mo Bamba,” the album contains critically praised tracks like “Jiggy on the Shits” (which features a verse in his family’s native tongue of Wolof, and recently appeared on a Best New Rap Songs list from Pitchfork), “Kyrie” (highlighted in a “Best New Music” roundup from Complex), and “Vetements Socks” (included in the New York Times’ Playlist column).
Born Khadimoul Rassoul Sheck Fall, the son of Senegalese immigrants, Wes grew up in the Central Harlem project St. Nicholas Houses. At age five his family relocated to Milwaukee, and Wes spent much of his childhood moving back and forth between Wisconsin and New York. After returning to Harlem in his early teens, he split his time between making a name for himself in the fashion industry, playing basketball (and earning recognition as one of the city’s best high school athletes), and—having joined a rap group in Milwaukee at age 11—making music. He was eventually scouted by a modeling agency while riding the subway, and in early 2016 skipped a playoff game to appear in Kanye’s Yeezy 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden.
As Wes began building momentum with his music and fashion, his mother sent him to live in Touba, Senegal, where his passport was promptly confiscated by his older brother. Informed that he’d need a religious leader’s approval in order to return home, Wes first resisted his surroundings, but eventually had a shift in perspective and discovered a deep love for his family’s homeland. By the time he headed back to New York, 100 days later, Wes felt a new sense of purpose and a determination to empower others with his music.
On MUDBOY Wes proves that he’s stayed true to that mission, and embraced a drive best encapsulated by the artist himself when asked about the album’s title: “[‘Mudboy’ means] to come from nothing. To come from the mud. You gotta turn nothing to something. I don’t talk about the word ambition—I show it.”
Alien Bass Musik. Shake your booty to it.
Trippie Redd has quickly proven himself to be one of the most versatile and
emotionally raw performers of his generation. As both a singer and a rapper, he’s
shown no fear or limits as to what he won’t try. A wild child swirling in the smoke
of constantly rotating blunts, he opens his wounds and bleeds all over his tracks.
In just a few short years, this 18-year-old has already had his songs streamed
over a hundred million times on SoundCloud on Spotify and gained 1.4 million
followers for his unrepentant and hilarious Instagram account, tapping the main
arteries of an era increasingly reliant on the digital delivery of everything.
Trippie was raised on 14th St. at his grandmother’s house in Canton, Ohio, but
as he raps on his track “Hellboy,” it’s “the whole country where I blew up big.” His
first recording sessions started modestly in his cousin’s basement over by the
Stark County Fairgrounds, though he soon relocated to the more professional
studios of Atlanta. Now he calls Los Angeles his home (“People had
opportunities for me out here,” he says of his latest move). Everything he’s
uploaded so far has gone viral, finding bigger and bigger audiences beyond the
boundaries of whatever city he’s sleeping in. This rapid growth culminated in his
pair of 2017 mixtapes, A Love Letter To You and A Love Letter To You 2, as well
as signing a deal with Strainge Entertainment—a new label from Elliot Grainge
that is distributed by Capitol Records.
His music is urgent and often tattered, but always honest. On his breakout cut
“Love Scars” (whose title is tattooed under his left eye), Trippie rages between
regret and fury, showcasing his melodic talent as he sings, “You used to say that
you in love/ I used to say that shit back/ Taking that shit from the heart/ Now look
where the fuck where we at.” On recent single “Bust Down” he flexes hard,
celebrating what his newfound success has afforded him as taunts, “What’s your
net worth?” For “In Too Deep” he rides a melancholy wave, paranoid and defiant
in the face of those who might test him.
“I’m not just making music just to make it. It’s not funny to me, it’s not a game,”
Trippie explains. “I make music to feel other people’s emotions and vibes. I want
to tap into other people’s world. That shit’s fire to me.”
Trippie grew up listening to whatever his mom or brother were playing around the
house—usually the songs of stars and icons like 2Pac, Lil Wayne, Nas, Drake
and JAY-Z. But then he started to form his own perspective through the YouTube
search bar. With a growing interest in rock music, he first was drawn to spectacle
specialists like KISS and Marilyn Manson, as well as the unarguable emotional
pull of Nirvana. “If you type in the no-brainer shit, you get that first, then you
watch what plays next,” Trippie says of his research sessions. Through those
algorithms he ended up in the darker corners of alternative and hard rock
occupied by artists like System of a Down, Slipknot and Rob Zombie.
Though his family didn’t previously have a tradition of making music, his brother,
who went by the name Dirty Redd, and his cousins started to make their own rap
songs when Trippie was just coming of age. Tragically, Dirty died in a car
accident when Trippie was 10 years old. Inspired by what he had seen his
brother do, he decided to pick up the microphone. “I took his dream and did it
myself,” Trippie says now.
As Trippie prepares his debut album, due in 2018, he’s also been torching stages
at festivals like Rolling Loud and Day N Night. He’s continued to get his name out
with guest appearances on songs by XXXTentacion (“Fuck Love,” an unofficial
single that cracked the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart) and D.R.A.M. (“Ill
Nana” from the gold-certified Big Baby D.R.A.M.). Trippie is still working with
upcoming producers like Goose the Guru (his trusted collaborator on favorites
including “Romeo & Juliet” and “It Takes Time”) and with other artists of his
generation like Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee and Famous Dex. He’s also been in
the studio with legends like Scott Storch and Diplo, and had sessions with Lil
“I like timeless music. I like making timeless music,” Trippie says of what he’s
currently recording. And as to how you do that, he explains, “You’ve got to think
of a timeless concept—love, hate, anger, sadness—all that shit is timeless. And if
you can make something without it just meaning one thing, people can feel it and
turn it into their own. That’s what makes it timeless.”
One of South East London’s most closely guarded secrets has recently emerged from the shadows and is set to take the music industry by storm. Known only as TroyBoi, this multi-talented musician recently signed to Timbaland’s right-hand man and US Super Producer, Jim Beanz, things are heating up faster than ever! Producing a wide variety of genres, but specializing in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical trap beats, TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it’s quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream and together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you’ll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will never want to get out.
What's more iconic, the beard or the big bass lines?
Armed with diversity matched with precision, Will Clarke is a force to be reckoned with. Solidifying his place in dance music years ago with hits like "Booty Percolatin" and his collaboration with Bot on "Techno (Not Techno)" he's since gained fans from the likes of Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Shiba San and Dirtybird label head Claude VonStroke among countless others. Leaving a strong 2018 behind him, and entering a new year with an arsenal of new music locked and ready to be released on Truesoul, Relief Records, Dirtybird, and Octopus Recordings all while being accompanied by the launching of a live side project known to the world as Amok.
He doesn't stop there, hitting #1 twice on Billboard's dance charts with his remixes of rock legends U2 and pop princess Rihanna, paired with his current remix of Rufus Du Sol's latest hit "No Place" proves his talent has no limits.
Step outside the studio and you'll find Will Clarke designing and manufacturing his streetwear company "Doing It For The Cuddles," which is not to be mistaken with his own record label under the same name, set to launch in 2019. Among it all, he finds time to sit down with his peers for his monthly radio show, "The Barbershop" which can be found on Sirius XM.
Whether he's in the studio writing originals, reproducing mass hits, or contemplating what his company will tackle next. This born-and-bred Bristol boy will keep you on your toes.
What's 2m tall, lives Behind the Iron Curtain, has 1605 reasons to run an awesome label and *fucking ies*?
Meet UMEK, a techno legend from Slovenia.
UMEK is personally responsible for kickstarting the electronic music scene in his home country by rst organizing illegal raves and then becoming one of Slovenia's most wanted export products and number one music ambassador to the whole world.
And he does y! Around 100 times per year, visiting almost every continent each year. His gig diary ranges from dark underground clubs in Berlin to massive techno stages on world's most renowned festivals. Apart from making his name in the DJ booth, he's also a tireless producer. He mostly releases on his own imprint 1605, where he often gives the opportunity to talented producers, unknown to the broader public. His signature sound as well as his label's production can regularly be heard on UMEK's widely popular weekly radio show Behind the Iron Curtain, which is now featured on more than 150 radio stations across the world.
Zomboy came crashing head first into 2016 with the game changing single ‘Like A B*tch'. Taken from his hotly anticipated Neon Grave EP, the track became the go-to set opener for the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake and almost every bass DJ at Ultra 2016.
While the EP Crushed the charts, the 'Neon Grave' tour saw Zomboy sell out venues all over North America and has set the tone for an incredible 2016 for the producer.
Never one for slowing down, he's since remixed the Chainsmokers' huge crossover hit ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, and has embarked on his annual festival run, destroying crowds one by one with his inimitable energy and stage presence