Your Dutch Dance Agenda: January

Afrojack

Afrojack. Courtesy of the artist.

Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack, started his career at the age of 14, as he performed at local pubs and clubs, and earning additional income with designing websites for fellow musicians. In 2007 he released “In Your Face”, the first recording under the Afrojack name. He received international success with the song “Take Over Control” featuring Eva Simons, which charted in 10 different countries. He took part in Episode 2 of ‘Behind The Speedo’, which is a comedy series by Redfoo. Currently, Afrojack is listed as number ten in the DJ Mag Top 100.

Events

  • January 6: Omnia Nightclub – Las Vegas, NV
  • January 13: Omnia Nightclub – Las Vegas, NV
  • January 20: Omnia Nightclub – Las Vegas, NV

Bingo Players

Maarten Hoogstraten wasn’t like other kids his age. When he was 10, his friends were buying toys to play with, but Maarten was already spending his cash on vinyl and CDs.“You know how it starts,” he said with a chuckle. “I was the one who bought records when I was young, I bought lots of vinyl, seven-inches, twelve inches, and when CDs came about I bought a lot of CDs, growing up, I spent all my money on music.”

When he was a teenager, two events would change his life. An early music software program called ProTracker was released, and he would meet Paul Baümer, who would become his musical partner for the better part of the next 15 years until he suddenly passed away from cancer in 2013.  Though they didn’t start out as DJs, once the demand grew for them to play out live, they learned how to mix on CDJs. Soon, they became regulars on the EDM circuit, playing massive festivals, like Electric Daily Carnival, Tomorrowland, and Coachella.“I think we started to become better producers once we started to DJ,” he said, noting that they would bring new tunes on the road and play for a crowd to gauge their reaction.

But in June 2013, at the height of their success, Paul suddenly fell ill. Maarten was stunned and didn’t know what to do. But Paul’s last wishes were for his best friend and his musical partner to keep making music. “He always said to me, ‘If you can find solace and continue what we started, please do so. Please continue the music. Carry on the Bingo Players flag,’” said Maarten. 

Events

  • January 20: Omnia San Diego – San Diego, CA
  • January 21: Time Nightclub – Costa Mesa, CA
  • January 26: Sky – Salt Lake City, UT

Chuckie

Chuckie’s leading mixing skills and distinctive productions not only show an indispensable complement to the Dutch dance industry, the international dance-scene has also been giving him a warm welcome. Driven by ambition, enthusiasm and pure passion for music, his characteristic set makes the crowd go wild and his many productions reflect his true visionary in his craft works. Nowadays, Chuckie still continues to surprise the crowd with his mind-blowing style and his story is yet to continue. 

Events

  • January 7: Intrigue Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
  • January 28: Surrender Nightclub – Las Vegas, NV

Dash Berlin

Dash Berlin, Courtesy of the Artist.

Dutch DJ and producer Dash Berlin is recognized as one of the leading names in Trance music. As a true icon of the electronic world,Dash Berlin is no stranger to the DJ Mag Top 100 poll and was able to secure a place in the Top 10 for three consecutive years. He is well known for his breakthrough track “Till the Sky Falls Down” and has received several International Dance Music Awards. Dashers! Get ready to dance until the sky falls down with Dash Berlin.

Events

  • January 6: Marquee Nightclub – Las Vegas, NV
  • January 14: Echostage – Washington, DC
  • January 23: The Groove Cruise – Miami, FL

Eelke Kleijn

Eelke Kleijn. Courtesy of the artist.

Eelke Kleijn is a rare talent. With work stretching across movie trailer scores, deep live shows and incredibly well-formed production, he crosses a boundary from electronic producer and in to a true modern day composer. With peers and tastemakers standing up for this unmistakable imagination, the Rotterdam-based music maker’s potential has no bounds. With 2 artist albums delivered, an array of originals and first class remixes what he has achieved thus far would be any DJ’s reverie. Ultra to EMI, Global Underground to Eskimo Recordings and Spinnin’ to Suara have seen the young Dutchman’s vision in productions become world heard. 

Dates

  • January 11: Flash – Washington, DC
  • January 14: Avalon Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA

Ferry Corsten 

Ferry Corsten. Courtesy of the artist.

Hailing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Ferry Corsten’s lustrous career is exemplified by a passion for music that began as a hobby and spiraled into a full-blown profession. Today, as it was in the beginning, Corsten’s skills lie in his ability to coax the maximum emotional impact from electronic dance music of all genres, not just trance, but also progressive house and electro. He remains and has always been ahead-of-his-time, making music that becomes a template for others to follow.

Dates

  • January 6: Opera Nightclub – Atlanta, GA
  • January 13: Sound-Bar – Chicago, IL
  • January 14: Kingdom Nightclub – Austin, TX

Jochen Miller 

Jochen Miller

At a time where electronic dance music has become more widespread and versatile than ever before, it comes as no surprise that Jochen Miller continues to deliver an impressive array of original productions and remixes. In 2014 he signed an exclusive deal with Armada Music and released successful tracks that were highly supported by some of the biggest names in the scene. Tracks such as ‘Cubic’, ‘Bad Rule’, ‘Let Love Go’ and ‘We Back’ could all be found in the beatport charts as well. Fast forward to 2015 Jochen released his debut studio album ‘Fearless’ and collaborated with national as well as international singer/songwriters who worked with him on singles like ‘Fearless’, ‘Slow Down’, ‘A Million Peaces’, ‘Turn It Up’ and more. A side from his own studio productions he also collaborated with Disfunktion and dropped “The Sound of Trice” a mix compilation for Armada Music.

Dates

  • January 23: The Groove Cruise – Miami, FL

Joris Voorn

Joris Voorn, Courtesy of the Artist

Joris Voorn is a record producer and Dj from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Raised in a musical family, music naturally became an important part of Voornʼs life from an early age. Electronic music first caught his attention in the mid- 90ʼs, and he started DJʼing in 1997. After developing a more focused interest in house and techno, Joris invested in the versatile MC-303 Groovebox and began to experiment with synth sounds and drumloops. In 2002 his carreer took off with the release of his EP “Muted Trax”, and with the 2003 release “Lost Memories” he really started to make a name for himself.

Events

  • January 7: Heart Nightclub – Miami, FL
  • January 13: Sound Nightclub – Los Angeles, CA

Julian Jordan

Julian Jordan, Courtesy of the Artist

When Julian Doppenberg was signed by Spinnin’ Records on the age of 16. In a collaboration with another young Dutch DJ Martin Garrix he released the track “BFAM”, which immediately became a success. Collaborating with other artists such as Sander van Doorn and Firebeatz, Julian Jordan is able to make a name for himself. He brings a fresh spin to the dance scene, fusing some of its trademark sound and bombast with exciting new twists and influences. MTV cites him as “one to watch”, which is definitely possible with his busy tour schedule.  

Events

  • January 13: Maya – Scottsdale, AZ

Laidback Luke 

Laid Back Luke. Courtesy of the artist.

Born in Philippines, raised in Holland, Luke van Scheppingen, known as Laidback Luke with no exaggeration is the reference point of the dance scene for the thousands of clubbers these days. His unlimited energy brightly results in both stunning live sets and ongoing anticipated studio hits. The Dutch heavy weight house master is loved all over the globe: they worship him in Amnesia on Ibiza, they sell out his Super You&Me event wherever it goes to, and they put him on the 20th place on By-All-Means-Wanted TOP 100 DJs list. With the crazy energy that Luke conveys and the martial arts that he practices, rest assured his future will be out of this world!

Events

  • December 2: Flash Factory – New York, NY
  • December 3: Metropolitan Nightclub – New Orleans, LA
  • December 15: Sky SLC – Salt Lake City, UT
  • December 22: Time – Costa Mesa, CA
  • December 23: Pure – Sunnyvale, CA

Mike Williams

Mike Williams. Courtesy of the artist.

Mike Williams is known as a versatile artist, passionate and fascinated by music from an early age. Recently Mike signed with Spinnin’ Records and MusicAllStars Management, adding an exciting new chapter to his career. As a child Mike Williams can already be found behind a keyboard. At the age of 12 he starts to take his DJing more seriously. He gets booked on several events, sharing the stage with DJs like Martin Garrix, Jay Hardway, Yellow Claw and Alvaro, while he also starts producing tracks of his own. When his bootleg of Calvin Harris’ track ‘Blame’ gets picked up on social media, he starts receiving support from various artists, including Oliver Heldens. 

2015 sees him play different festivals, in the meantime Mike drops a successful bootleg of Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘I Really Like You’, gaining over 3 million SoundCloud plays. By the end of summer 2015 the young artist is being approached by several dance parties and signs a contract with renowned label Spinnin’ Records.

Dates

  • January 21: Smoky Mountain Opry Theater – Pigeon Forge, TN

Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens, Courtesy of the artist.

Oliver Heldens caught the attention of Tiësto, when he released his single ‘Gecko’.  Tiesto immediately signed him to his label; Musical Freedom and released the track with vocals from British singer Becky Hill on June 23, 2014. Heldens also has a weekly podcast titled Heldeep Radio. His songs “Gecko”, “Last All Night” and his remix of Dr Kucho!’s “Can’t Stop Playing” charted as top 5 singles in the UK, reaching 1st, 5th and 4th position respectively. Since 2015, Heldens has been performing under the alias HiLo as well. 

Events

  • January 12: 45 East – Portland, OR
  • January 13: The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
  • January 14: Audio on the Bay – Richmond, CA

R3hab

R3hab, courtesy of the artist.

Performing and recording under the name R3hab, EDM artist Fadil El Ghoul started his career in 2008 producing the track “Mrkrstft” for Hardwell. He teamed up with Hardwell once again in 2009 on the single “Blue Magic,” and worked with Afrojack in 2011 on “Aces High (Prutata).” He subsequently garnered prestigious 2014 slots at Tomorrowland, Future Music, Creamfields, and Summerburst, and that same year he put out the 12″ “Androids,” “Flashlight” with Deorro, and “Ready for the Weekend,” which were among some of his biggest-selling singles. He also landed a featured spot on Calvin Harris’ 2014 album Motion, and a DJ set at the Coachella Music Festival followed in 2015. In 2016, he teamed with the R&B vocalist Ciara for the single “Get Up.”

Events

  • January 14: LIV Miami at Fontainebleau – Miami Beach, FL
  • January 20: Cle Nightclub – Houston, TX
  • January 21: Exchange LA – Los Angeles, CA
  • January 27: Royale Nightclub – Boston, MA

Sam Feldt

Sam Feldt

While only in his early twenties, Dutchman Sam Feldt has become quite the deep house tastemaker of his day. With amazing remix work as well as solid hits like the early 2015 release ‘Show Me Love’, which proved to be his definite claim to fame, he’s one of the DJs to watch when it comes to a new sound flooding the scene. Sam Feldt is definitely not a stranger to the house music scene. After working behind the scenes as a producer for a long time, perfecting his musical talents, he decides to show the world what he’s capable of by uploading his first tunes by the end of summer ‘13. Within a year Sam signs with Spinnin’ Records and releases his first track on the label.

It doesn’t take long for the young producer to get sensed by international dance media as part of a new exciting wave of melodic deep house. With almost two million plays on SoundCloud and 250.000 plays in one week as well as a #1 Hypem spot for his remix of the Sander van Doorn & Firebeatz release ‘Guitar Track’, Sam established himself in the scene.

Events

  • January 23: The Groove Cruise – Miami, FL

Tiësto

Tiësto. Courtesy of the artist.

Highly regarded by both DJ Magazine and fans of electronic dance music, Tiësto launched his career as one of the world’s foremost trance DJs, due in part to his legendary six-hour live sets, and went on to embrace a more pop-oriented EDM approach. The fifth Tiësto studio album, A Town Called Paradise, appeared in 2014 on Casablanca. It featured the most pop-oriented productions of his career and a slew of guest vocalists who included Ladyhawke and Icona Pop. Tiësto appeared on DJ Mag Top 100 2016 as number 5.

Events

  • Tiësto January 7: LIV Miami at Fontainebleau – Miami Beach, FL
  • Tiësto January 12: Lavo – New York, NY
  • Tiësto January 13: Omnia – San Diego, CA
  • Tiësto January 14: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • Tiësto January 28: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV

Festivals

The Groove Cruise

January 23 – January 27: Miami, FL

The Groove Cruise Miami is a non-stop experiences, comprised of 3 or 4 (and sometimes 5) straight days of beach & pool parties, as well as themed extravangaza’s and onboard events that rival the best dance music festivals in the world. With as many as 50+ world renown artists setting sail at any given time, you are bound to run into your favorite DJ right around the corner.

  • Dash Berlin
  • Jochen Miller
  • Sam Feldt