Every fan and producer of dance music has heard the name and can instantly recall the incredibly catchy tune. “Animals” is from one of the youngest producers in electronic music, Martin Garrix, and was 2013′s anthem, a track heard in nearly every festival set since its release earlier this year. The undisputed success story of 2013 as it recently hit #1 in Holland, Belgium and most recently, the UK. Martin explains that “Animals” was actually inspired by a Busta Rhymes hip-hop track and the rapid success of the single worried the producer as he shot straight to the top of Beatport charts. “It became big so quickly I was like, ‘Oh shit, this has happened really fast’, and I didn’t have any other tracks ready to release yet. At that point I was like ‘Oh, shit, I don’t want to be like a one-hit dude.’” However, it was clear the countlessly remixed festival hit was undeniable proof of the Dutch producer’s promising talent and future career in music. Since then Martin has released “Wizard” and a remix of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Sander van Doorn‘s “Project T,” but fans are still anxiously awaiting for word on what’s next for the young star.
“I have some really big collaborations with some of the biggest in the world,” Martin begins to reveal. “It’s with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and there’s another name that I can’t actually tell you.” But shortly after, Martin confirms that though the track is yet to be finished, a future studio session with Tiësto is guaranteed and the young producer doesn’t deny potential projects in the works with DJ Mag’s #1 DJ int he World, Hardwell.
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It’s no secret that Holland has earned a reputation for birthing a plethora of top-tier modern electronic music talent, as if a synthesizer is standard by the side of every crib. Since 2011, the county’s own Dyro has been steadily rising to the top of the charts and into countless DJ sets with continued support from Hardwell and Revealed Recordings. The Dutch electro-juggernaut has most recently stirred up buzz by claiming the #30 spot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ rankings, marking the highest new entry position in the competition’s history. Perhaps to celebrate, Dyro gives us a big taste of the sound that brought him here. “Go Down” is festival-sized big room banger with a fast progression build-up that leads to an intense drop with the power to make any crowd go absolutely nuts. Consistent but certainly no one trick pony, the young producer shows no signs of slowing down or breaking away from a style he truly owns.
On Saturday, Dutch breakout Dyro became the highest new entry in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, debuting at number 30 and cementing yet another excuse for Revealed Recording to celebrate – the first reason of course being the installation of Hardwell as the poll’s overall champion. Just moments after being crowned the highest new entry of the 2013 poll at Amsterdam RAI, Dyro told Dancing Astronaut: “This is an absolute honor for me. I am feeling great. It is all still a little bit surreal and I could never have thought it would be this high. You start thinking about the numbers and then all the social media hype kicks in, but I could never have guessed it would be this big for me in 2013.”
The announcement comes at the tail end of one of his biggest years to date, which saw the young Dutch breakout don his first Beatport number one alongside Hardwell for “Never Say Goodbye” as well as an extended streak of visibility on the global clubbing circuit. When asked about the pressures of his profile growing so rapidly throughout the year, he explained: “The pressure is getting bigger and it is harder to actually find time to get into the studio. I am not complaining, but this year it got very hard to get in the studio, but with time you work out how to balance the touring and recording element. Most importantly, this is still fun, even as it gets harder.”
With his next Revealed Recordings offering “Go Down” unleashed upon the digital market today, the year ahead looks to be no quieter for Dyro and his persuasive industry overhaul. With talk of his first North American solo tour and impending collaborations from the likes of poll-entering peers Dannic and Shermanology, new music looks to be an obvious focus for 2014. Posed with the task of offering advice to artists who aspired to ascend the industry in the same vein, Dyro offered the following advice: “The most important bit is to believe in yourself. If you are just starting out – look at your music as a learning process. You don’t have to release everything you make. Some tracks just end up being a vital piece of the puzzle for your learning curve. You have to accept it and use the elements that did work in moving forward.”
In true red carpet fashion outside of the “I Am Hardwell” premiere in Amsterdam, exQlusiv TV got a chance to bump shoulders with a few of the industry’s biggest names including Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. In the beginning of the snippet, when Tiësto is asked who the number one DJ will be, he confirms that Hardwell is indeed the new king of the DJ Mag poll.
“I know 100-percent sure, it’s going to be Mr. Hardwell at number one. I believe in him, because he did so well this year and he has so many loyal followers which is important. He has a lot of great music, he’s done a great job, and he had a great show at Tomorrowland where he played amazing. So, it makes sense.” – Tiesto
In the video, Hardwell (looking like an absolute boss in that suit) says that he is unsure of the rankings and that everything will be confirmed only after the official rankings come out on Saturday. It is also rumored that Tiësto is going to be given the Lifetime Achievement Award during the awards ceremony.
You can catch both artists this month at Hakkasan Las Vegas, where they currently have exclusive residencies.
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Armada Music, in collaboration with names like DJ Mag, Google+, and Point Blank Music School have announced their latest effort at exposing young talent in electronic music — the socially-driven, all-online Academy of Electronic Music. Today marks the launch day of the new music school, where producers will have the chance to discuss music with peers and experts, get mentored by some of the most successful names in the game, and even get work signed by Armada Music. The “community” is all-inclusive, but seven of the most outstanding students will be selected for further work in Point Blank’s first ever Electronic Music Composition course. Admission is now officially open here, and if you’re interested in seeing more what this is about, make sure to tune in when the top 7 are selected at ADE on October 19th and when the Google+ lessons begin on October 21st.
Whether you agree with it or not, DJ Mag’s Top 100 popularity poll has opened for 2013. With a plethora of new music available this year in both the mainstream and underground, the choice has never been so difficult. Will Armin come out as #1 again? Who will be the biggest movers and shakers? Will Professor Meowingtons pHd finally make the list? Let the ironic social media pleading, cheating scandals and subjective arguments begin! Voting closes September 16th.
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Bowling may seem an odd choice for an extra-curricular WMC outing given Miami’s reputation for glamour and hedonism, but not so for the lovable mess of misfits at San Francisco’s tech funk label Dirtybird. A sacrosanct safe haven for eclectic personalities and sounds, the label is known for being just as forward-thinking as it is, well, fun. On WMC Wednesday, a local Lucky Strike became ground zero for the label artists and lucky attendees aboard the MOX Bus, which featured such daily “takeovers” by various labels throughout the week.
We recently heard that at DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards, the crowned Best DJ winner Eats Everything had various equipment stolen — preventing him from even DJing that evening. Eats Everything (Daniel Pierce) lost a bag that included several precious USB sticks with records no one else had plus 100 of hours of work for his touring. In a stroke of luck, we’ve now learned DJ Mag received the contents of Eats’s property at their HQ and an anonymous note that read “It was an accident, Sorry! Merry Christmas.” Quite the relief.
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Defected Records announced earlier today that it will no longer be hosting “Defected In The House” nights at the famed Pacha in Ibiza. In a statement from label founder Simon Dunmore, he explains that the “current House music renaissance meant 2012 was [their] most successful summer” in the seven-year residency at the club, but “continuing a tried and trusted formula would have been the easiest option but…our achievements last summer give us a great platform to look at the new opportunities available to us.”
Defected had a huge year: they picked up awards for Best British label from DJ Mag, the track of the year award for Pirupa‘s megahit “Party Non-Stop,” as well as the producer of the year award for Solomun (one of the label’s features at their Pacha nights). We’re curious to see what this means next for the label and its presence in Ibiza. What is refreshing, however, is knowing the despite huge leaps in popularity of dance music on the international scene, major players like Defected are not sitting stagnant and solely pursuing money-making endeavors because it is easy and has worked in the past.
Last month, DJ Mag unveiled their annual top 100 rankings, and the 2012 list of DJs was full of surprises. The most notable being an apparent changing of the guard, with Avicii cracking the top 3 — slots that have been designated to the same dominating powers for the past several years. While Avicii — who has been held responsible for the commercialized trajectory of EDM — may not have been the unanimous vote among dance music fans, his influence among the genre, and the world in general, has been unavoidable.
Many people throw around Avicii’s name when cracking mainstream jokes, but — like it or not — the man has become one of the most popular and influential icons of the scene. Whether or not you agree with his #3 ranking, the people have spoken and the numbers show that he has earned that spot. Here are the 7 reasons why Avicii was ranked as an elite figure in 2012.