Uniek gastoptreden van Afrojack op Pre-Grammy Gala Clive Davis

Afrojack heeft een onaangekondigd gastoptreden gegeven tijdens het officiele pre-Grammy gala van muzieklegende Clive Davis in het Beverly Hilton Hotel. Op persoonlijk verzoek van Davis trad de vooraanstaande Nederlandse DJ/producer op voor de ogen van de top van de wereldwijde muziekindustrie, tijdens het gala dat plaatsvond op de vooravond van de uitreiking van de Grammy’s.

Afrojack Grammy 2013

Afrojack, die zelf in 2011 een Grammy Award won voor zijn remix van Madonna’s “Revolver” met David Guetta, werd door vijfvoudig Grammy winnaar Clive Davis uitgenodigd om als allereerste Dance artiest ooit op het jaarlijkse pre-Grammy gala de openingsact te verzorgen. Een zeer uniek en eervol moment voor de 25-jarige Nederlander: “Dit is een heel speciale plek om te mogen optreden. Als je ziet welke grootheden eerder op dit gala hebben mogen optreden, en wat voor legendes hier in de zaal zitten, dan is het echt uniek dat Clive Davis me de kans geeft om hier te laten zien wat ik doe. We hebben de show mogen openen en hebben speciaal daarvoor het gala omgetoverd in een kleine club. Het was echt een grote eer dat te mogen doen.”

Clive Davis is een van de meest gerenommeerde entertainment ondernemers van de wereld. Zo had Davis grote invloed op carrieres van artiesten als Aretha Franklin, P. Diddy en Alicia Keys en wordt hij gezien als de ontdekker van Whitney Houston. Voor het vijfde achtereenvolgende jaar organiseert Clive Davis het pre-Grammy gala in samenwerking met de organisator van de Grammy awards; The Recording Academy.

Erik Abores tekent platencontract bij Spinnin’ Records

De 14-jarige Erik Arbores heeft zijn handtekening gezet onder een platencontract met Spinnin’ Records. Hiermee heeft de talentvolle dance producer de volgende stap gezet in zijn carrière. Eerder dit jaar besloot hij zijn studie technische natuurkunde te stoppen om zijn focus volledig te richten op zijn passie: het produceren en doorbraak van muziek. Het tekenen bij platenlabel Spinnin’ Records is een stevige stap naar een internationale doorbraak.

Erik Arbores kwam in het nieuws nadat hij in versneld tempo het gymnasium heeft doorlopen en zijn diploma behaalde op 13-jarige leeftijd. Hierdoor kwam ook zijn muziek in beeld. Zijn eerste single stond direct op nummer 1 in de iTunes hitlijst. Het leverde hem de eervolle iTunes award: Best New Dance Artist 2011 op. Ook internationaal werd zijn debuutsingle goed gedraaid op radio. Erik besloot dat hij deze ingeslagen weg wilde vervolgen.

Erik: “De aansluiting bij Spinnin’ Records is muzikaal de meest logische stap. Het dance label scoort internationale successen met artiesten als Afrojack, Sander van Doorn en Basto. Dit is de sound waar ik mij op wil richten en ik weet dat ik met dit team de perfecte samenwerking ben aangegaan.” Erik is op dit moment druk in de studio om zijn eerste nieuwe plaat in augustus te releasen.


Armin van Buuren invests in digital streaming: more than 25.000 Spotify subscribers

Armin van Buuren has reached an amount of more than 25,000 subscribers on Spotify. With that feat, he’s one of the first Dutch DJ that is doing so well on the digital music service. The number of subscribers doubled in the first 6 months, but has now increased even more. Within 5 months, the amount of subscribers has risen from 10,000 to 25,000.

The Dutch DJ, who’s currently working on his fifth artist album and has his own weekly A State of Trance night in Europe’s biggest club on Ibiza, doesn’t only offer his albums and compilations on Spotify, but also his A State of Trance Podcast. His playlist ‘A State of Trance Radio Tunes’ is the most listened to out of all his playlist, with more than 25.000 subscribers.

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Armin’s playlists are available via www.arminradio.com.


Cream Ibiza Above & Beyond

World clubbing super-brand Cream kicks off the summer season with a double CD and digital release, Cream Ibiza mixed by award-winning trio Above & Beyond.

As the longest running UK club night on the island, taking over Thursday nights, Cream Ibiza brings together the world’s top DJs and thousands of clubbers to the award winning ‘World’s Best Club’ Amnesia. With mammoth weekly parties that will see Above & Beyond joined by the likes of Paul van Dyk, Eddie Halliwell, Calvin Harris, Sander van Doorn, Laidback Luke, and Example at the club this summer.

Described by DJ Mag as “the biggest electronic DJing and production collective the UK has ever produced,” Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki AKA Above & Beyond made an obvious choice for this year’s installment of the Cream compilation series.

Producers, songwriters, DJ’s and owners of the renowned Anjunabeats label, Above & Beyond have remained down-to-earth and as determined as ever despite the numerous accolades, remixing greats like Madonna and Radiohead and selling out shows from Bombay to Brixton Academy. 2011 saw the release of their second studio album Group Therapy. Described by Mixmag as “the artist album of the year”, it topped the dance charts in both the UK and USA.

Now they are set to perform at Cream Ibiza this summer, headlining six dates through June to September. Whether you’re heading over to the White Isle or not, Above & Beyond’s Cream Ibiza mix is essential listening for the summer.

This year’s Cream Ibiza tracklist perfectly reflects the ethos of Above & Beyond, taking in their biggest tried and tested tunes, fan favourites and exclusive new tracks – all guaranteed main room Ibiza material. Alongside hot tracks from the likes of Cosmic Gate, Dirty South, Kyau & Albert and Depeche Mode (Eric Prydz Remix) Cream Ibiza also features exclusive new mixes of Above & Beyond’s Stealing Time (from the critically acclaimed debut album Tri-State) and On My Way To Heaven, plus brand new remixes of Tranquillity Base (aka Above & Beyond)  Razorfish by Jerome Isma-Ae and of the Above & Beyond and Andy Moor classic “Air For Life” by Norin & Rad.

Available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CreamIbizaAboveBeyond
Buy 2XCD at Amazon: http://amzn.to/CreamIbizaAboveBeyondCD

David Guetta Ally Pally Show @ Alexandra Palace Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June 2012

Plus special guests Nervo, Nicky Romero. Will.i.am confirmed to play back to back dj set on June 2nd.

Two-time Grammy winning internationally respected artist/producer/DJ David Guetta has announced massive headline, bank holiday weekend shows at London’s Alexandra Palace on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June 2012.

DJ Magazine’s Number 1 DJ in World David Guetta cemented his status with 2009’s multi-platinum One Love; a genre-busting hitmaker whose in-your-face fusion of electro and hip-hop beautifully warps the pop landscape. Now, with his fifth studio album Nothing But The Beat (out now), Guetta builds on that breakthrough momentum and takes his decades-spanning career to a frenetic new level marked by bigger hooks and more brain-bending beats.

For help in blowing up those musical boundaries, Guetta assembled an A-team of collaborators sure to thrill enthusiasts from all ends of the pop spectrum. Nothing But The Beat features no fewer than 17 guest artists, from hip-hop royalty (Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Timbaland) and game-changing rappers (Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne) to R&B superstars (Usher, Chris Brown, Akon) and breakout pop acts (Dev, Jessie J). Rounded out by Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, Taio Cruz, Sia, and Guetta’s “fellow mad scientist” Will.I.Am., that roster was carefully culled to guarantee a filler-free album destined to deliver hit after hit.

That sizable success isn’t nearly limited to Guetta’s work as a recording artist and DJ. In addition to selling more than 20 million records worldwide he has produced No1′s for some of the greatest stars on the planet. Guetta acted as producer on the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (the highest-selling digital release in music history). Along with his two Grammys (one for his remix of Madonna’s “Revolver” in 2011, the other for his remix of One Love’s “When Love Takes Over), Guetta took home the Best DJ, Best Producer, and Best-Selling French Artist prizes at the 2010 World Music Awards. And having kicked off his DJ career as a teenager in his native France, Guetta also partners with his wife Cathy on promoting duties for the legendary F*** Me I’m Famous dance parties (held in locations like Ibiza, Miami, New York, and Las Vegas since 1995).


Introducing: Emma Hewitt – Burn The Sky Down

Making the world a little more colorful with each song, Australian singer/songwriter Emma Hewitt is proud to present her long-awaited debut album, ‘Burn The Sky Down’. Fusing ambient and pop with electronic music, each track reveals a new side of the multi-talented songstress. While taking the listener on an eclectic ride into her private universe, Emma’s warm voice lights the sky and shows exactly why the world is ready for her.

Having worked with EDM’s producer elite and winning the ‘Best Hi-NRG/Euro Track’ award at the International Dance Music Awards of 2010 with Dash Berlin collaboration ‘Waiting’, has made Emma Hewitt one of the fastest rising names in dance land. Her characteristic and versatile voice became a favorite both in and outside the EDM scene. Outstanding live performances and acoustic sessions have made her a universal crowd favorite. With ‘Burn The Sky Down’, Emma Hewitt is ready to be more than a featured vocalist.

Thinking outside the box, the album slides down multiple genres and reaches far beyond the expected. Emma: “I didn’t particularly focus on being driven by a specific genre or style so much for the album. I really tried to let each song be what I felt it should be, so stylistically it is quite eclectic, although there is definitely a common thread running through the entirety. We worked with producer Lee Groves on the album, he has worked with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Gwen Stefani and Depeche Mode, so he was great at creating the ambient soundscapes we were looking for. I wanted to cover some different territory to what people may have traditionally heard or expected from me, and to show that no matter what style the tracks were produced in, the essence and spirit of the songs remained the same. In the end we have a landscape of different moods and dynamics that will hopefully take the listener on a bit of a journey. Each song will have an ambient, or slightly pop version as well as all the various dance remixes.”

‘Burn The Sky Down’ brings you the warm and welcoming ‘Colours’, the driving ‘Foolish Boy’, dark and seductive ‘Rewind’ and ‘Crucify’, and the haunting ‘State That I’m In’ amongst many other musical jewels. Bursting with touching lyrics, strong vocals and heart-rending melodies, this is Emma Hewitt in full flight.

Hardwell maakt vocale versie van de hit ‘Spaceman’

Hardwell brengt de vocale versie van de wereldwijde hit ‘Spaceman’ uit.  Voor deze track, die ‘Call Me A Spaceman’ heet, heeft Mitch Crown de vocalen verzorgd.

Het 24-jarig talent is zonder twijfel één van de meest succesvolle producers/DJ’s van vandaag. Vorig jaar kwam hij in de toonaangevende DJ Mag Top 100 poll als hoogste Nederlander binnen op nummer 24. In de afgelopen twee jaar werkte Hardwell samen met onder andere Tiësto en Chuckie en produceerde remixen voor namen als Rihanna, Taio Cruz, Armin van Buuren en Martin Solveig. Zijn track ‘Cobra’ werd het officiële anthem voor ID&T evenement Energy.

‘Call Me A Spaceman’ is de officiële opvolger van de wereldwijde hit ‘Cobra’ die tevens ook Dance Smash is geweest, en komt uit op Hardwell’s eigen label Revealed Recordings.

Mitch Crown, die de vocalen verzorgt, heeft meerdere Dance Smashes op zijn naam staan en heeft eerder samengewerkt met Fedde Le Grand en Quintino.

Tevens zal vandaag vanaf 17.00 uur de geanimeerde videoclip van ‘Call Me A Spaceman’ te zien zijn op het YouTube kanaal van Hardwell: www.youtube.com/robberthardwell

Het succes van Hardwell kent geen grenzen. Zo won hij dit jaar in Miami op de IDMA de award voor Best Breakthrough DJ. Zijn agenda staat vol met optredens in o.a. de US en Ibiza, maar komende week is hij te zien bij de Dancetour in Maastricht en Breda, Emporium Festival en 7th Sunday Festival.

Op 7  juli sluit Hardwell het spectaculaire evenement Sensation af.

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