Aftermovie Dancefreax @Dance Valley 2012

Dancefreax was @ Dance Valley 2012, watch our videoreport here!

Eindelijk zon op Dance Valley from Dancefreax on Vimeo.

W&W – Moscow (Official Music Video)

One of the many highlights of their A State of Trance 550 set in Moscow, W&W now finally reveals the highly anticipated ID. As an ode to their ever-growing league of Russian fans and a night to never forget, the Mainstage boys present ‘Moscow’, a  melodic tune for the masses!

Although the summer of 2012 has only just started, Willem and Ward have already celebrated highlight after highlight. With many more warm nights to be filled with their music, they present their follow-up to Jochen Miller collab ‘Summer’ and Marcel Woods joint venture ‘Trigger’, the big room loud and contagious ‘Moscow’.

Walking the thin line of prog, trance and electro, this eclectic affair will rumble and shake the many crowds it’s destined to meet.

Exclusively on Beatport:


Eindelijk zon op Dance Valley

Na jaren van regen en tegenvallende bezoekersaantallen liet Dance Valley  2012 zich, ondanks een enkele plensbui, eindelijk weer eens van de zonnige kant zien.

En niet alleen het weer was anders, ook het thema ´back to basics´ betekende dat de muziek eindelijk weer belangrijker was dan het showelement.

Volgens organisator Brian Bout van UDC was het hoog tijd om het concept van Dance Valley aan te passen.  Met als resultaat dat de lineup breder was van opzet dan voorgaande jaren, want naast de gebruikelijke tenten met techno, trance, house, hardcore en dubstep waren nu ook de populaire Gers Pardoel, The Opposites en kinky Wasteland van harte welkom op het festival.

Andere opvallende veranderingen ten opzichte van eerdere edities waren het verkleinde festivalterrein, waardoor de sfeer gezellig was en bezoekers niet te ver moesten lopen om van de verschillende genres te genieten en de `back to basics` vormgeving van de podia met containers, buizen, vaten, kleuren zwart en grijs, veel vuurwerk, spannende acts en spectaculaire lasershows.

Duidelijk is dat Dance Valley zich wil onderscheiden van andere festivals, waarbij in het verleden groter niet altijd beter heeft betekent.

Het uitzinnige publiek, dansend in de vallei of op de rotsen, genoot er niet minder om, maar dat kan ook niet anders met DJ´s als Axwell, Michel De Heij, Ferry Corsten, ATB, Laidback Luke, Roger Sanchez, Above And Beyond en afsluiter Afrojack die liet zien de superster-status meer dan waard te zijn.

Dus dit jaar gelukkig geen ´Plens Valley´ maar een zeer geslaagd Dance Valley, eindelijk een festival waarbij de muziek belangrijk blijkt te kunnen zijn dan show. Met bijna 40.000 bezoekers mag de organisatie blij zijn met dit succes en wellicht zal de nieuwe opzet een voorbeeld zijn voor andere ´dance´ festivals. Een tevreden publiek, DJ´s en artiesten die het prima naar hun zin hadden en eindelijk die zon, Dance Valley was dit jaar het feest van de muziek.

Eindelijk zon op Dance Valley from on Vimeo.

Introducing: DJ Lea Dobricic

Over the years, DJ Lea Dobricic has been using her distinct, timeless sense of music, and eye for the crowd to move hundreds of partygoers across countless dance floors. Born in Belgrade-Serbia, she was influenced by the local  underground Electronic -music scene. At age of 10, she began to actively pursue her love of music by taking up vocal training and joining the local choir. She always knew that she is destined to share her love and talent with music lovers around the world.

In 2005 DJ Lea decided to move to Florence, Italy to join the academy of Fine Arts. Her journey into the electronic music scene started at small clubs around Florence. It was not too long after, that she became one of the hidden treasures of the old city. Working as a full time DJ and producer, she has been rocking the house with heart and mind at many of the local clubs such as Tenax, KamKama, Frau Marlene, as well as many other clubs in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Serbia, which have all been pleased by her live-performance.  She spins a contagious mix of deep house, tech house, minimal and techno. Always with precise technique and extreme elegance, bringing freshness and energy.

Charismatic, easy-going, talented and beautiful …she had a meteoric appearance in electronic music scene, rapidly gaining a prestigious position in an environment entwined with men. 2006 she was invited to become the resident DJ at “Moyo”, one of the major, well known establishments in the city.

Starting with a very modest setup, she was able to progressively improve on her skills in a relatively short amount of time. With countless hours of practice and many sleepless nights, she was able to drive her performance to whole new level. Her basic interface is two turntables and a mixer.Though today she plays using Traktor Scratch, she kept the “Jokey” in DJ: she never stopped beat matching. But she did add a MIDI controller for loops and effects.Driven by her inspiration, she wanted to do more than just play great music; she wanted to make it too.

Soon her talent was noticed by Ahmet Sendil’s label “Bosphorus Underground recordings” and she started to regularly publish for them and many other labels like ItaloBusiness, Butane,Killing Machine,No-Logic etc. Today, she spends most of her time multitasking between Ableton Live, Logic Pro and various synths, wave editors and sample libraries. In addition, she is now eagerly learning math and physics (Things that she always disliked in school) in order to help her synthesize the right sound that will make that perfect fit.

In May 2010, she was awarded the winning prize of the “Stefano Noferini Remix” Contest.Her submission was one among hundreds reviewed, a clear statement about her talent driven by her passion for the music. Remix is released on “Deeperfect” records.


Birthday of Dean May, “Unofficial Mayor of Hollywood”, 2night @Greystone Manor

Dean May, LA club promotor and self-proclaimed “Unofficial Mayor of Hollywood,” has a birthday coming up and will be celebrating at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood TONIGHT. Very good friend Paul Oakenfold will be DJing, it’s gonna be an epic night…

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Introducing: Dani Deahl

Few in electronic music do as much as Chicago’s Dani Deahl. Counting credits as a DJ, producer, journalist and blogger, Dani’s reach within electro is all encompassing. She’s produced a Billboard charted track, interviewed heavyweights like David Guetta and Tiga for national publications, played Lollapalooza three times and currently runs a successful blog.

Born and raised in the city that invented house music, Dani was drawn to the genre at an early age, becoming a DJ and landing her first residencies while still in high school. Since then, she’s expanded into production and quickly made her mark. She’s worked with vocal artists from Sue Cho to Oh Snap! and Whiskey Pete, who lent vocals to the Billboard featured “Poppin Bottles”, her songs have been praised by artists like Diplo, Smalltown DJs and Donald Glaude and signed to prestigious labels Red Stick (a Strictly Rhythm label), Royal One, Dirty Fabric, Atomic Zoo and more.

Dani hasn’t just made her mark with music, but is an established writer as well. Beginning as a contributor for URB Magazine, she was later hired as the House Section Editor and branched out to write for other publications. Since then, she’s also written for Chinashop (Red Bull’s magazine), TimeOut, Mateo, BPM and more, interviewing the top artists in the world, reviewing albums and singles and writing feature articles. Dani also began her own blog, dsquared, in 2009. Featuring artist-approved, high quality downloads for free, she applied her journalism background to the site, offering detailed reviews for the audio posted. The format and music selection quickly garnered a worldwide fan base and the site now boasts between 60,000-80,000 monthly visitors with five staff writers.