Misi Volbeat Pantera proudly welcomes the Grammy nominated Re-mix master StoneBridge as today’s featured artist.
I had the huge honor of interviewing StoneBridge. I spent the past few days studying his musical career extensively and his career is by far one of the most phenomenal I have ever encountered. To give all of you somewhat of a breakdown on his career I will add his biography to the feature so you all can see the depth of who he is musically and what influence he has had on the world of music. His success is ever-present on a daily basis. He has his record label, a show on Sirius XM, countless number one’s on the charts, BMI songwriter of the year, and Grammy nominee. Truly a man with character, passion, and heart for what he does. It is with huge respect and honor that I present to you my personal interview with StoneBridge. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it.
Biography for StoneBridge:
Since tapping into the musical mainstream with his remix work for artists such as Taio Cruz, Britney Spears and Missy Elliott, Grammy Award nominated producer and DJ StoneBridge has not slowed down. Taking his unique brand of sexy groove ladled house to crowds throughout the world, his DJ travels have encompassed top bill performances at stages from Australia’s Future Music Festival to Wet Electric Festival California whilst being a regular guest for clubs like London’s Ministry of Sound and Ruby Skye in San Francisco.
Born in Stockholm, StoneBridge’s path in music stretches over 20 years having launched his career by remixing international acts like De La Soul, Titiyo and Rebel MC. However, it was with his remix of Robin S ‘Show Me Love’ in 1993 that solidified his reputation as a world class remixer with the record going on to become one of the biggest selling house records of all time and garnered a BMI best songwriter award 2012 for his contribution on Jason Derulo’s ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’, which sampled StoneBridge’s iconic bass line. This early success stirred up much interested in the Swedish producer’s studio talents and before long he found himself remixing some music’s most iconic artists in Lenny Kravitz, Basement Jaxx, Chic, Robbie Williams, Usher, Simple Minds, Will Smith, Texas, Sia, Patti Labelle, Yoko Ono and Debbie Harry.
His prolific musical output has led to three studio albums. His debut long player came in 2004 with the arrival of ‘Can’t Get Enough’, which garnered international acclaim among clubbers and the world’s music press. The album went on to sell over 60.000 copies and spawned undoubtedly two of StoneBridge’s biggest singles to date; ‘Put ‘Em High’ and ‘Take Me Away’, which both scored UK Top 10 chart positions. Four years later StoneBridge returned to the studio to complete work on his follow up album, titled ‘Music Takes Me’. Filled with the massive hit singles ‘SOS’, ‘You Don’t Know’ and ‘Close To Heaven’ the album drew much praise from his legion of fans. In 2010 StoneBridge released what he regards as “my musical chef d’oeuvre” with his third artist album ‘The Morning After’. The title track and second single from the album ‘Trip’en’ saw StoneBridge maintain his form for success with a slew of DJ and radio support.
Most recently StoneBridge scored a global #1 hit as co-writer of Jason Darulo ’Don’t Wanna Go Home’ and produced world renowned violinist David Garrett’s ‘Bring Me To Life’. Other highlights include his Grammy nominated remix of Ne-Yo ‘Closer’ as well as scoring UK Top 40 hits with remixes on singles like Lily Allen ‘The Fear’, Cruz ‘Dynamite’, Alexandra Burke ‘Start Without You’ and achieving his 11th Billboard Club Chart #1 with his remix of Cole Plante ‘Lie To Me’.
Maximizing his years of knowledge working behind the mixing desk and dealing daily with record label execs and A&R specialists, StoneBridge took it upon himself to launch his own record label, Stoney Boy Music. Using the imprint as a way to not only compliment his busy release schedule but also support the next wave of talented producers. From the get-go the label has achieved an upward rise of success with a slew of white hot releases including early tracks from superstars like Axwell ‘Jazzplayer’ and Robbie Rivera ‘The Ultimate Disco Groove and recently ’WhiteNoize ‘Harder’, AstroShift ft Krista Richards ‘Tonight’, Fridge Magnets ‘Feeling Grows’ and the Beatport #1 StoneBridge & Caroline D’Amore ‘Music Man’.
With his music regularly chalking up playlist support on radio networks such as Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital, StoneBridge’s presence on the airwaves is a familiar one. This led to StoneBridge hosting his own weekly three-hour mix show on Sirius XM/BPM broadcasting to millions every Saturday throughout North America as well as a weekly guest mix for Hed Kandi Japan.
Moving forward, StoneBridge has been strapped down in the studio of late putting the finishing touches to a string of new beats and remix cuts that he’s confident will excite dancefloors from Berlin to Buenos Aires. Away from his studio space, his DJ diary are consistently littered with numerous global exploits at clubs such as a residency at the legendary Hard Rock Las Vegas, Miami’s Space, Singapore’s Avalon, Detroit’s Bleu, Metropolis in Paris and London’s iconic Pacha and Ministry of Sound. Combine all of this with his radio show, which continues to gather more listeners week on week and the year ahead for StoneBridge’s looks brighter and bolder than any of his illustrious years gone by.
My Interview With StoneBridge:
Melissa Themeli: What do you find most enjoyable in your music career and why?
StoneBridge: It’s a good question and the best way to describe it is the satisfaction of working on a track for a week and then play it out and see people react. That is the fundamental joy, getting feedback on the work you do. This is also why long album projects can be very draining. You hear the music over and over for months and sort of lose perspective.
Melissa Themeli: Where in the world do you find yourself most musically creative?
StoneBridge: Definitely in my studio in Stockholm. I have all my sounds, gear and most importantly, my pimp espresso machine.
Melissa Themeli: What was your initial reaction when you were notified of your Grammy Nomination, and has that nomination enhanced your career ?
StoneBridge: I was checking emails on a tour in Brazil and got a message saying I’m nominated. I told the guys there and they said; well, that’s just hip hop, no biggie so I went along with that. Then my agent demanded to come with me to LA and sitting there next to Morgan Page and Deadmau5, seeing Paul McCartney walking past, it sort of sunk in….quite a big deal. It has given me a stamp of approval, mainly in the US and Canada and I get more bookings because of it.
Melissa Themeli: How do you celebrate when one of your songs hits the number one spot on the charts?
StoneBridge: I get very happy and smile for a bit, then I usually return to the project I was working on. I’m a bit of a workaholic and saying that, I don’t really see this as a job, it’s my passion.
Melissa Themeli: Are there more advantages to being an independent musician in comparison to being mainstream?
StoneBridge: I don’t understand that comparison. Independent can be very commercial, it’s basically just that an independent usually don’t have the funds to make Hollywood style videos. I love being independent mainly because I don’t like being told what I ‘have’ to do. If I feel like making the funkiest track ever, I make it.
Melissa Themeli: You have a very busy schedule, when you aren’t traveling and touring what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
StoneBridge: I love movies and read a lot. I got the whole thing down to art and do my admin on airports, watching films on the flights and read before sleeping. Efficiency is key in this day and age.
Melissa Themeli: You have worked with some huge names in music, is there anyone special that you haven’t worked with that you would like to?
StoneBridge: Very common question and all producers used to have a bucket list and on mine I had Madonna, but the last 5-10 years I have enjoyed finding new talent more. It’s less complicated and much more creative and open.
Melissa Themeli: What are your musical goals for 2014?
StoneBridge: I will focus on less projects and work harder on these. Driven by the general speed of the business, I have released way too many records and some of them were really fantastic, they just needed a bigger push so this is the main change in 2014. I will also care less what people say and follow my gut instinct as it has proven to be the best way before.
Melissa Themeli: What are you most proud of musically?
StoneBridge: There are some key remixes and productions that I love. The Robin S hit gave me a career so that is probably the most important one, but personal favourites include my Sia – The Girl You Lost and Texas – Inner Smile remixes. Shawn Christopher – Make My Love is still one of my favourite productions along with my first artist album, Can’t Get Enough.
Melissa Themeli :What is your favorite song currently?
StoneBridge: I got many for many reasons. I think Stefan Dabruck’s remix of Ivan Gough – Home is absolutely amazing for a club song. At the same time I love Made In Heights – Hors D’ouvre.
Melissa Themeli: Where do you see yourself musically over the next 5 years?
StoneBridge: I will move towards album productions for established artists, much like Quincy Jones, William Orbit and Trevor Horn. Still keeping elements of my club sound, but less restricted and more musical.
Melissa Themeli: Being that you make some of the best music in the world to dance to I guess its only right for me to ask do you dance?
StoneBridge: I do yes, I get so excited when I play out that I’m generally soaked after a set.
Melissa Themeli: Is your record label Stoney Boy Music housing any big names in music right now?
StoneBridge: I have a forthcoming project together with Crystal Waters and the next single is by UK’s Silosonic. Both tracks are really amazing.
Melissa Themeli: What is your opinion of the American music scene in comparison to Europe and Australia or other countries?
StoneBridge: There is no question, the US are now driving the car no matter what Europe is saying. The interest for dance music has never been bigger in the US, well since the disco days. It’s a really good thing as it also refreshed the rest of the world and made dance mainstream in a good sense – money is invested in proper writers, producers and promotion.
Melissa Themeli: When you do your next US tour is Minneapolis on the list?
StoneBridge: I wish as I would love to see the historical Prince territory! I have no idea why I haven’t been booked there as I have been in Detroit and Chicago regular, but hope it will happen this year!
Melissa Themeli: Being that you dress so stylish do you have a stylist select your wardrobe or do you select them yourself?
StoneBridge:I do it myself as I am extremely fuzzy with detail. It’s really black v-neck and jeans, but they gotta be just right.
Melissa Themeli: Is there any thing you’d like to say to your fans in Minneapolis?
StoneBridge: DEMAND that I get booked in your club – that is all.
I hope my questions weren’t too many as I want this to somehow be my best interview of all time. For me I was beyond excited when Barbara Sobel of Sobel Promotions came to me to interview you . These kinds of things are once in a lifetime for me. I am honored beyond words and I thank you immensely for taking the time to answer these. Have a beautiful weekend xoxo Melissa aka Misi pantera \m/
No it was perfect – thank you!!
I would like to thank the following for making this feature and interview with StoneBridge possible:
A huge thank you to Stone, as I said this is a huge honor for me to have had this opportunity and I wish you much success, Barbara Sobel for selecting me to interview and for supporting my writing, my right hand Cari Fransisco, manager Julie Froberg, my husband Edmond Themeli, and you the reader for your continued support of Our City Radio. Thank you !!!
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Presenting Sobel Nation’s Joe Gillan
By Amber Miller
Joe “Tuppy” Gillan is a remixer from Sobel Promotions who has remixed such acts as Village People, KC & The Sunshine Band, Massive Ego, Ray Guell and many others. We welcome Joe to Syracuse Our City Radio!
Amber Miller:Hello, Joe. Thank you so much for doing this interview with Syracuse, NY OurCityRadio. You are a Remixer/Producer. What made you want to get into the music business? How long have you been working in music?
Joe Gillan: I have been involved in music for my entire life, but it was mostly in school with choir and band, or private lessons of voice and organ. After working alongside and with producers in the music business at various nightclubs, it was just a natural next step for me. I have done the lights with and alongside these amazing DJs and producers for years, mainly at Hydrate Nightclub in Chicago. When I first started 18 years ago, a local DJ/Producer, Orlando Gonzalez, taught me production and we made a bunch of tracks together. Then, after I had the privilege of actually holding the Grammy award won by Frankie Knuckles, I was determined to at least get a record out. Now, I’ve gotten to produce 21 records that have been released to date. It is incredibly exciting and humbling every single time to not only have a project commissioned, but accepted and released as well.
How has your remixing changed since you started out. Do you feel you have grown?
I am always improving and evolving with every song. The first few were really basic, but not very effective. As I continue, I hope to always make songs that are musically pleasing, creative, and a compliment the original while bringing originality to an arrangement. I have learned from some of the best, like Ralphi Rosario, David Noakes, Chris Cox, Mike Cruz, Paulo and the others I get to work with. They give me little “master” classes. Getting these tips from the masters has helped me to create much better music.
What specifically attracts you to the dance music scene? Do you have interests in producing other genres of music?
Dance music has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up with my favorites: Donna Summer, Chic, Village People, and the like. Then Erasure, Depeche Mode, and Eurythmics, more electronic and perfectly produced songs appealed to me more than most others. After working in the club scene, dance music took on a whole new life for me. I would break down the tracks musically and attempt to do the lights on the dancefloors to compliment them as perfectly as I could. I haven’t thought as much about other genres yet, but nothing is ever off the table.
You reside in Chicago, Illinois. What is the music scene like in Chicago? Is there a heavy demand for dance music?
The music scene in Chicago will always have a huge following, but it is really split among the various genres and lots of people have no idea about the pioneers of this current EDM scene. The dance scene has just exploded everywhere recently and I for one could not be happier to be a part of it. We do have some incredible people still bringing nights of amazing music to the floors of this city. Of course, the well-known ones, like Frankie, and Ralphi, Michael Serafini, but there are also some other local DJs who play amazing sets that don’t allow me to stop moving, like Harry Cross, Ted Eiel.
You are a classically trained singer. What made you want to pursue this and what did you plan to do with it?
It was mainly for regional and statewide contests while in high school. In order to compete, we had to pick from a list of classical pieces and perform for three judges. You earned points in seven separate categories, and the song had to be sung as closely as the composer intended as written in the music. I was awarded perfect scores two years in a row. I had no plans for classical or opera, but had thought about musical theater briefly after high school.
Does being a classically trained singer give you any advantages in your musical career?
The main advantage it offers is being able to put together music with a basic knowledge of core musical dynamics and language.
Are you a fan of any particular classical pieces? Do you incorporate any of these pieces into your work?
I haven’t really thought about that music in quite some time. I just remember some of the pieces we played in band and how they always made me look at music in a different way with each piece we learned.
You have remixed for The Village People and KC & The Sunshine Band.
What was it like working with such iconic music industry veterans?
It was both an honor, as well as surreal. These are legends, whose music has always been a part of my particular soundtrack. Now, to be a part of their musical catalogues, working for them has been easily the highlight of my musical career so far.
What do you look for in a song that makes you want to remix it?
Previously, I would remix the songs that I liked the most, always already popular but I would want to put my own spin on it. Now, I remix the songs that I have been commissioned to do.
You also have a lucrative career selling Tupperware. How did you get into that? Is it another passion of yours?
I got into Tupperware to become independent from corporate 9 to 5, as well as to earn a company car to drive to my parties, and to my passion: rollercoasters. I had a friend, John Gould, who was able to pay his bills, live in Chicago, and drive a car that they provided. I just thought that was the best of all worlds, so I joined and started doing Tupperware parties to earn my first car. Flash forward 18 years and 14 cars and I have no plans of stopping. It enables me to also work at Hydrate, doing my lights, and making my music for the world to hear.
You produced ‘You Have Rescued Me’ for Carol Hahn. What was it like working with a billboard charting artist?
It was a wonderful experience. First, Carol is an amazing singer, as well as a truly nice person to work with. Knowing she was a Billboard artist, I was a little nervous at first, but the songs were so good to begin with, it was easy to create good music and composition around them.
What do you do to get yourself inspired to remix or produce a project?
I try to listen to the vocal as much as possible, by itself at first. I let the song create itself, to a degree. I try to write all original music or instrumentation. Then I do what I can to create new phrases, new choruses, to extend and compliment the original ideas. After I get done with the main production, it is easier to branch off and make other versions, such as “dub” mixes. Very little of the original, more creative and unique.
Are there any artists you hope to work with in the future?
I haven’t even thought of who I could possibly get the honor of working with in the future. This past year and a half has been a whirlwind. When I get done with one project, there are two more waiting in the wings. It makes my head spin sometimes, but dizzy can be good. I’ll have to give it some thought. Many of my favorite artists are either rock, like David Bowie, or off the beaten path, like Laurie Anderson.
I hear you love to cook. Any particular dish that is your favorite? What kind of
music do you listen to while you are cooking?
Not really. I am always trying new things within the realm of food I can have. Various food allergies and issues have narrowed it down over the years, as well the other things I have eliminated. Lots of creative things with various roasted vegetables, lots of hearty soups. Whatever music I do listen to though has to be loud.
You are currently working with Sobel Promotions. How did you get involved with them?
Barbara Sobel was looking for remixers a while back for several tracks, and I sent a sample of my work. My first official track was for Mike Cruz and Inaya Day, “Never Had Another Love”. I sent it to her, and she got me in with both Henck Conrey, and of course, KC and the Sunshine Band. It has just snowballed since then. She is a tireless crusader for the dance music.
What do you hope to accomplish in your musical career?
I have already accomplished more than I had ever hoped before. I would love to start recording
some of the original songs I’ve written at some point.
Should we be on the lookout for any new projects coming up from you?
I have several I am finishing up now, including the new one for KC. There are a total of six that I have on the burners in various states of writing, so there will definitely be more coming soon.
Are there any other things you would like to add or message you want to get to people?
We often lose sight of the most important things in this world because we get caught up in routine. Try to let go of the anger. Take a step back, breathe, and try to be respectful and kind. It could make a huge difference in a life that you will never know.
DJ Scotty B
In 1983, DJ Scotty B discovered his passion to be a DJ at a roller rink in the small coastal town of Perry, Florida. From the roller rink days he worked his way into several small AM radio stations and his own mobile DJ Company. As his mobile DJ Company took off, he elevated into FM radio stations and eventually became a premier night club DJ throughout Florida and Georgia. His highlight during this time was the Guest DJ spot at MGM Grand, Studio 54, in Las Vegas.. DJ Scotty B is back with a vengeance and now has a weekly House Music radio show, Digital Response that Broadcast from The
Jersey Shore. He showcases his mixing abilities, different genres of House Music, and The Hottest International Guest DJ S in the World!!
DJ Chris Colby
I have been DJing since approximately 1985. Back then I enjoyed the collecting of the hard to find and great pieces of dance and club music on 12 inch vinyl as much as the actual mixing. I started spinning at local smaller clubs and for private parties. I moved on to other larger area clubs throughout the metro Philadelphia PA USA area. I also started a collection of mixes called DJ Chris Colby’s Dance Evolution. This series still gets continual periodic updates with today’s latest music. DJing has change dramatically through the years but I still do it for the same reason as when I started. To bring people together of all ages, backgrounds and orientation on a dance floor and make them feel as one, feeling the beats of the time with the DJ Chris Colby Dance Evolution flavor. Recently I have had many requests from throughout the world for copies and how gain access to my mixes. There is so much great dance music out there (whether you call it club, dance, pop, techno, EDM) that never gets to the masses of dance music lovers as it should. My feeling is it does not matter what chart it does or does not appear on it is the feeling you get deep inside when you hear it. How the pieces pull everyone on the dance floor together so they are moving to the same beat and flowing as one mass, from 2 to 2000 or more people on the dance floor it is the sight and feeling of that for me as a DJ that makes me want to continue and do more in my next mix or gig.
I search the world for the best dance remixes and share them with all to help the dance music community grow. I also specialize in bringing my own dance beats to the world
Chris Cox – record producer, remixer, DJ, mix engineer, and multi-instrumentalist – is one of the most talented and successful dance music artists in the United States. With a regular rotation of sold-out international DJ performances and studio productions that yield nothing but chart-topping hits, Chris Cox is a symbol of the superstar power in dance music today.
There are few who have done more for dance music and the DJ industry than Chris Cox. With a discography of more than 400 productions, remixes, mix compilations, and a string of 43 #1 Billboard Dance Club Hits, this Nevada native has left a permanent mark. Certainly more than any other producer, Chris Cox is defined by his stand-out remixes that have made him a global phenomenon.
Chris comments, “Until recently, most of my time in the studio has been spent on reinterpreting the work of other artists. Now, I am spend more time interpreting my own music via songwriting and original production. While I still love synth programming, making beats, and mixing, I dedicate much more time to playing guitars and using the studio as a vehicle to explore my own musical vision and twisted sense of humor.”
Rising to prominence in the late 90’s as one-half of the remix/production duo Thunderpuss, Chris Cox has mixed tribal-tipped rhythms into the potent vocals of artists like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Shakira, Janet Jackson, and the Pet Shop Boys.
In 2004 Cox received a Best Dance Recording GRAMMY Nomination for his co-production of the Cher song “Love One Another.” He was also a two-time IDMA Award winner in 2000 and 2002 for “Remixer of the Year,” and the recipient of the IDMA Award for “Best Underground 12” Dance Record For The Year 2001”.
As a solo-artist Cox continues to create mind-blowing mixes for such chart-topping artists like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Rhianna, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Osbourne, Celine Dion, and vocal legend Shirley Bassey. In 2008 Cox produced and remixed the #1 Billboard Electronic Album “Hannah Montana 2 Non-Stop Dance Party” for Disney sensation Hannah Montana.
Out of the studio Chris Cox is a world-class DJ who has logged over 2 ½ million miles headlining parties, festivals and residencies performing his signature celebratory, bigger-than-life sets in nightlife capitals such as Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Prague, London, Las Vegas, New York City, Mexico City, Montreal, Chicago, and Atlanta.
As a musical entertainer in the role of the DJ, Cox adapts a unique and personal musical journey for every venue, crowd, and night. The drums are incredibly important and incredibly varied. From primal tribal-rhythms to rattling militant-stompers, these beats provide the backbone of his boundary-breaking and chance-taking mixes. His musical vision is translated to the dance floor via a format of spectacular live programming, Chris Cox productions, and subliminally sexy arrangements that surpass expectations and surprise even the most seasoned dance music lover. Clubs that made an impact on his sound include Nation in D.C., Universe in San Francisco, and Crobar in Miami. As Chris recalls, “Those particular clubs had the entire show, the entire vibe, and everything was just perfect.”
Chris’ dedication to delivering an unforgettable night is indisputable. He knows when and how to play the funk out of a record, how to summon the soul from a crowd, and how to provide the attitude and magic they desire, crave, and deserve!
Joel Dickinson is a remixer, electronic music producer and recording engineer based in Minneapolis, MN. From Inaya Day to Green Day, Natalie Merchant to Lady Gaga, the Steve Miller Band to Kevin Aviance – Joel restyles every song (new and old) with his special twist of catchy riffs and synthetic wizardry.
In a career nearly a decade long, he has been a programmer and engineer for Junior Vasquez; including work on mixes for Cyndi Lauper, Cher and Whitney Houston. He is a co-member of the remix team Audio Assembly who have produced for artists such as Karen Young, Taylor Dayne, Kimberly Davis and Kelly Clarkson. He is also a co-producer of the Hell & Keller remix project, who have produced for Raquela, Willow Smith, The Human League and others. Until 2010, Joel was producing solo projects under the moniker of “Thee Werq’n B!tches.” His remix and subsequent video for Thee Werq’n B!tches ft. Faye Dunaway – “No Wire Hangers!” was given the title of “Gayest Thing on the Internet” by VH1′s Best Week Ever in 2008. Many of his remixes and productions have attained Billboard Club Top Ten charting status, including Eddie X ft. Niki Harris – “This Time Baby” (#5) and C+C Music Factory ft. Scarlett Santana – Rain (#8). His remixes of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5″ and Bette Davis’ “I’ve Written a Letter to Daddy” (from “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”) are regarded as camp club classics and are played somewhere in the world nearly every night to a rapturous response. A number of his productions have also attained more widespread cult status, including the Minneapolis house classic, “Phreakshow,” and his club remix of Liza Minnelli’s “Cabaret,” endorsed by the original New York broad herself.
Liam Shachar began his musical journey at the young age of 13 with a pair of turntables and a DJ Mixer. He began performing in clubs around his hometown of Tel Aviv, Israel at the age of 16. By the age of 19, Liam had worked for a local DJ record store, had 2 radio shows and was performing regularly as a DJ. In his early 20’s Liam began to experiment with music production, which led him to his first single release, “The Creation,” on George Acosta’s Grooveman Records.
In 2000, Liam relocated to Miami and started performing in local clubs, such as Shadow Lounge and Billboard Live while releasing singles on various record labels around the world. His music productions start gaining support from top DJ’s such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Sasha and John Digweed. In 2003, he was invited by Basswalk Records to play at the world-renowned Ultra Music Festival as a headliner for the label’s stage. Liam’s big brake came in 2004 when he was personally picked by Paul Oakenfold to be the newest artist of his Perfecto Records imprint. Under the Perfecto label, Liam remixed some of the label’s biggest talents including
singles from Oakenfold himself. He also remixed David Guetta’s “The World Is Mine,” which was released on Ultra Records. In 2005, Liam came across a singer by the name of Joe Echo and remixed his song, “On All My Sundays.” The remix gain huge support in the dance music industry and was immediately picked up by Oakenfold for his ”Perfecto Vegas” album. The success of the remix led Liam to record another song with Echo named “The Waves” which was later featured in Jonathan Lynn’s 2010 film “Wild Target.”
In 2007 Liam started his own record label, “Inner Logic Records,” and released his first full artist album entitled “Perfect World.” The album, a continuous mix of his own productions, received outstanding reviews in music magazines worldwide.
Today Liam lives in Miami, Florida. He is currently recording a second artist album and performs as a DJ in clubs and festivals around the world.
David Noakes is a British dance music producer and House DJ. As well as his own productions, David often collaborates and writes for other artists and is also a songwriter for pop artists.
David has been involved with music from a very early age and has had various record contracts under several aliases. 2011 saw the launch of the David Noakes brand with 2011 as a test year building contacts and working on collaborations. This led to several projects with successful chart topping stars such as Paul Hardcastle as “Full Circle” Maxine Hardcastle, Andrea Britton and Kay Jay. David operates from his own studio in his home town of Brighton, England-home to many well known dance music producers. David completes all stages of his work from writing and production to mixing and mastering. DJ and remix work is also carried out on a weekly basis.
After around 12 of his own releases during 2011, David is now working on a range of new releases for 2012.
German DJ/Producer and label owner D.O.N.S. has established himself as one of the most innovative, unique, and exciting figures in the dance music Industry. From his solo productions to his bootlegs and covers to his highly sought-after remixes, D.O.N.S. studio output is an ever impressive slew of crafted gems for the dancefloor.
Oliver Goedicke, aka D.O.N.S. got digged very early into the music by his radio host uncle. Age 12, he started collecting vinyls and a few years later playing at private parties which he organized himself. His unlimited knowledge of music got him a position as a salesman at a notable records store, which ended up throwing branded parties. One night, the resident DJ called in sick which gave the opportunity to Ollie to replace him, even though he had never touched a professional set up before. Still he was so successful that he was offered a residency every weekend.
Later on, he moved to New York for half a year, where he got fully infected with the House Music virus, going to legendary Tunnel and World, listening to Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry or Adiva performing one of the first big gigs of her successful career. He quickly realized that music was his life and instead of keeping most of his earnings to finance his studies, he actually spent it on buying more and more vinyls. These were the first steps of the crazy genius monster of production!
Founding the Hard House/Hard Trance DJ/Producer duo Warp Brothers with his music partner Jürgen Dohr in 1999 was his career booster. Thanks to worldwide hits such as We Will Survive and Phat Bass (Blade), his success reached an immeasurable level at a breathtaking speed. He quickly got to play live for dozens of thousands of frenetic techno and Warp Brothers fans.
In 2005, Oliver decided to become D.O.N.S. in order to focus on a softer side of House music. During a couple of years, Oliver was working on D.O.N.S. productions from 9 to 5pm and touring as a Warp Brother from 9 to 5am. Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hide lasted until Oliver found his passion and happiness in the D.O.N.S. project releasing a few hits such as legendary Pump Up the Jam, Big Fun and The Nighttrain, all topping mainstream and dance charts around the Globe and propelling him to the rank of an A-list DJ/Producer.
From John Dahlback’s Blink and Everywhere, to Kid Cudi’s Day ‘n’ Nite, Roger Sanchez’s Release Yoself or Ron Carroll’s Lucky Star, many international hits owe their success to his remixes, giving him the recognition of the remixer the most in demand in the world.
On show, his technique and energy have set the fire in prestigious clubs and festivals impressive crowds such as over 300,000 people in Valencia. Bootlegging and mash-upping, live for shows, or especially edited for his radio show, his performances are always a not to be missed one of a kind. With over 20 million daily listeners on 60 radio stations in 30 countries, D.O.N.S. IN THE MIX is carefully prepared by D.O.N.S. himself every single week, with the most exclusive, undiscovered and up-to-date sound, all edited for the purpose of the show.
Besides his busy DJ and production schedule, he still devotes some of his time to manage one of the EDM scene’s most exciting and forward-thinking labels, Kingdom Kome Cuts aka KKC, and discover new talents. He is also an active international Ambassador for HIV/AIDs charity Dance4Life, a role he shares alongside artists such as Tiësto and Fedde Le Grand.
DJ EDDIE “COOKIE” KAY