THE BALLROOMNERO (DJ SET)
At only 20 years and with massive original productions including ‘Nillionaire’ under his belt, Sebastian Ingrosso’s protégée is definitely one to look out for this year! He scored an Essential New Tune on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio One show with his debut track on Refune Records “Nillionaire” during Miami Music Week 2011, and secured more plays around the world with his original productions and his killer remix of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Save the World’. It’s safe to say that over the past 12 months Alesso has exploded onto the scene with his original productions, remixes and fresh take on DJing. His latest releases ‘Calling’, a collaboration with Sebastian Ingrosso, debuted Pete Tongs’ legendary radio show on Radio 1 and has proven itself to be the anthem for the summer season all over the world and has gained great chart success already and with the massive ”Raise your head” Alesso is taking over the dancefloors again by storm with it reaching no 1 on the DMC Buzz chart in its first week and a direct world exclusive play by Pete Tong.
Alesso entered no 70 at 2011 years DJMAG top 100 poll.
Otto Jettmann better known as Otto Knows is a Swedish DJ and music producer who has had a number of hits in Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands and has collaborated with a number of artists including Tim Berg, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso and has made remixes for ATB, Imogen Heap and others. His break came in 2010 on the electronic scene with "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap. This caught the attention of Tim Berg that used his production in "Hide & Seek (Avicii Remix)".
He has had a number of chart successes including his single "iTrack" credited to Tim Berg vs Oliver Ingrosso & Otto Knows and with his production of Dada Life's "Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker". His biggest hit is his 2012 European single "Million Voices" that has reached number 3 in Ultratop 50, the Belgian Singles Chart and number 6 in the Dutch Singles Chart. It has also charted within the top 15 of the UK Singles Chart.
In late 2012, Otto remixed "Lies" by Scottish disc jockey and record producer BURNS, which was included in the extended play release of the single in the UK. The remix proved to fair commercially better and peaked at number 32 in the UK Singles Chart on December 24, 2012 after four weeks.
At 21 years of age, Mat Zo is living the dream – part of a new breed of precocious, unrestricted DJ/producers that are making big noises without the one-dimensional genre blinkers of old. In the last 12 months alone, the London based producer has seen his boundary-blurring productions like “Bipolar”, “Superman”, “Mozart” (with Arty) and “Frequency Flyer” dominate the Beatport charts. DJs as varied as the Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto and Above & Beyond hammer them at the biggest events on the planets, while Zo himself spends his time zig-zagging across the planet – rocking the crowds at events like Electric Zoo in New York, Audiotistic in LA, Creamfields Australia and London’s SW4.
As a prodigious teenager, he took both the drum & bass (he records for Hospital as MRSA) and trance scenes by storm. Now armed with a discography of hits that would put some of the longest standing producers to shame, he has gone on to remix pop princess Kylie and become a leading light in both the drum & bass and trance scenes – occasionally topping the Beatport charts in both genres at the same time.
With his French-house influenced remix of Above & Beyond’s “Thing Called Love” getting support from Gallic underground hero Lifelike and “The Bipolar EP” finding its way into the sets of A-Trak, Afrojack, Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki and Roger Sanchez, Zo has proved his chameleon-like capabilities to find fans in whatever sound he turns his hands too.
As he works busily behind the scenes on his debut artist album for Anjunabeats, Zo’s kaleidoscopic creativity is set to be unleashed in full force. With everything from French house to rock-riddled, funk-fuelled electro and hip-hop vibes already planned for the album, Zo’s genre-wrecking visions are set to be realised in the most explosive manner imaginable.
Those claiming immunity to the elegant rage of the European Progressive House resurgence are clearly yet to come across enigmatic London duo Third Party. Transitioning from precious Progressive underground players to Size Record’s inaugural British connection, many have tried to replicate the energy of their double-barrelled studio output. To date, none have succeeded.
As resilient as they are melodically inclined, these supposedly opposing elements have made for the best of friends amid the rise of this young production outfit. Mustering the invaluable support of Steve Records for ‘Release’, the song that would later become their Size Records debut, the globe proved as equally taken by their strong-willed production values for the enigmatic follow-up ‘Duel’ as the head honcho of their now permanent musical abode.
Despite their familiar Progressive appeal, Third Party remain a force to be reckoned with amid a musical revolution to which they have contributed considerably. Taking on Electronic luminaries Cicada for ‘Feel’ and making the familiar reverie of Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s ‘Otherside’ their own with a game changing remix, further remix duties for Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Save The World’ as well as Steve Angello & Alex Metric’s ‘Open Your Eyes’ have established them as an outfit of wide ranging ambition and unlimited capabilities to match it.
Still loyal to club and country alike, their global movements alongside their illustrious Swedish peers and their inherited musical bloodline at Size Records remain untamed and intense at the outset of their biggest year to date. Next time you think of double-barrelled British House music, think melodic, think tectonic, think Third Party!
Nero are two young producers, remixers, DJs and dance artists from North West London who, in 2011, have taken the music world by storm. And “storm” is about right when it comes to describing the epic noise they make, with its thunderous dubstep bass, whirlwind drum’n’bass and hail of house rhythms, lightning flashes of rave synths, squall of orchestra, and occasional showers of guitar.
Dance floor dismantling drum & bass, London born Sub Focus has now become synonymous with music that draws from all corners of the electronic landscape, and has come to epitomise the ‘anything goes’ mantra of todays flourishing dance scene.
Los Angeles-born, New York City-based DJ/Producer Clockwork is no stranger to the world of electronic music. The young producer was one of the many 18 year olds circulating the dance music blogospehere with various bootleg remixes. But in 2011, armed with support and guidance from fellow young guns Felix Cartal and AutoErotique, Clockwork emerged from the throng of bedroom producers when his single “Squad Up” caught the attention Steve Aoki. Aoki signed Clockwork immediately, making him the youngest artist ever signed to Dim Mak’s prolific roster. Since the signing, Clockwork has officially remixed work for artists across the dance music spectrum, from Steve Aoki to Dimitri Vegas. His bootleg remix of Avicii’s notorious big room anthem “Levels” reached over 80,000 plays on Soundcloud, 2 million views on Youtube, and garnered international radio play.
Clockwork’s distinctive bass-heavy, big room sound has helped him gain support from the likes of Tiesto, Steve Angello, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, and everyone in between. His DJ sets are always as high energy and innovative as his productions, helping earn him an upcoming international tour as well as a spot on the line-up at the 2011 Hard Haunted Mansion Festival. With a prolific propensity to create, a progressive production style, and a genuine love for the performance, Clockwork’s future is looking bright.
Have been described as having the melodic synth thrum of Flux Pavilion, the tech-soul vocal drops of Moby and the reverberant snares of trip-hop act U.N.K.L.E. -but their sound is instrument-based and largely sample-free and it was Skrillex who found them.