Your Dutch Dance Agenda: Performing DJs in May

11 May 2016 — 31 May 2016

Do you want to know when your favorite DJ will be laying some tracks, or are you curious about new Dutch voices in town? This page will post monthly updates on who is playing when and where, and highlight different Dutch DJs that are spinning their decks in the US at the moment.

Let’s face it: the best party, is a Dutch party. As a brand, a passion, and a movement, “Dutch Dance” has been dominating the international dance scene for years. Many Dutch DJs have gathered a worldwide following, and fly all around the globe to move from one enthusiastic crowd to the other. Proving that established dance icons and fresh talent do not need to stand in each other’s way, Dutch legends like Tiësto have been taking the new generation underneath their wings.

From underground talents to household names, the Netherlands’ party scene has built the reputation to harbor “everyone’s kind of DJ.” However, with so many successful and famous DJs from such a small dot on the map, it is almost impossible to keep track of all Dutch DJs that are performing in the United States.

Don’t worry: we are here to help out!

MAY 

Wiwek

Wiwek. Courtesy of the artist.

Wiwek, living in the small town IJsselstein in the Netherlands, is known for fusing electronic elements with tropical rhythms to create a distinctive and refreshing sound, which he likes to call “Jungle Terror”. The jungle terror style, created by himself, got inspired by his own Indian roots in combination with the love for Tribal House and Hip-Hop music. After releasing the highly anticipated tracks “Angry Birdz” and “On Your Mark”, two tracks that were among the most played tunes at Miami Music Week 2014, the Jungle Terror sound left its mark in the rapidly changing electronic music industry.

 Dates

  • May 11: Kamps – Oklahoma City, OK
  • May 13: Studio 8 – San Jose, 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 spiralled 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

  • May 13: REV – Minneapolis, MN
  • May 26: New World Punx @ Paradios – George, WA
  • May 27: Sand-Bar – Chicago, IL
  • May 28: Sunset Music Festival – Tampa, FL
  • May 29: Dahlia – Columbus, OH

Hardwell 

Hardwell. Courtesy of the artist.

At the age of 25, Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell, capped off a 10 year journey when he was crowned World’s #1 DJ in the 2013 Top 100 DJs Poll cementing his position as the electronic scenes newest superstar DJ and becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted Top 100 DJs award. In 2014 the Dutch megastar was crowned World’s #1 DJ for a second consecutive year. Having conquered almost every global territory from Asia to Africa, South America, Australia and Europe, the remarkable story behind this archetypal international DJ is one of devotion and relentless hard work. Currently, Hardwell ranks number two on DJ Mag Top 100. 

Dates

  • May 28: Sunset Music Festival – Tampa, FL
  • May 29: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 30: Wet Republic – Las Vegas, NV

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. 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. His debut release here, the catchy tune ‘Sweet And Sour’, is immediately signed to Tiësto imprint (and Spinnin’ sublabel) Musical Freedom. Initially going round as an ID track, the record quickly gains DJ support early 2016, getting played by major artists like Tiësto, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Oliver Heldens, Afrojack, R3hab, Firebeatz and Axwell. So, the story continues. Mike Williams is 19 years old, and his career is only getting started now.

Dates

  • May 19: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 21: Wet Republic – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 21: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV

Laid Back 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!

Dates

  • May 20: Light Night Club – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 21: Daylight Beach Club – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 21: We Are NRG – San Bernadino, CA

Martin Garrix 

Martin Garrix. Courtesy of the artist.

Part of the explosion of Dutch EDM DJs who emerged during the 2012-2013 season, Martin Garrix kicked off his career in a high-profile way, first landing on the dance charts with his 2012 remix of Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body.” Born Martijn Garritsen, the then-16-year-old DJ spent 2012 remixing Aguilera, signing with Spinnin’ Records, and releasing the “BFAM” single in collaboration with Julian Jordan. In 2013 he released his solo single “Animals,” which hit number one in the U.K. and reached the Top Ten in eight other countries. His Gold Skies EP rounded up those tracks, adding two more charting songs: “Tremor” and the title track. Garrix also found time to perform and mix the world over, climbing as high as number three in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 list in 2016.

Dates

  • May 19: F Cancer X Martin Garrix – Los Angeles, CA
  • May 21: Omnia – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 22: Wet Republic – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 27: Omnia SD – San Diego, CA
  • May 28: Omnia – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 29: Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit – Indianopolis, IN

Fedde Le Grand

Fedde le Grand. Courtesy of the artist.

Fedde Le Grand is considered to be one of the most defining figures in the fast evolving genre of House music. His influence is felt continually throughout the electronic landscape; Fedde’s beats, grooves, melodies and rhythms surround us all and have done for many years. He belongs for nearly a decade as one of the top 30 most influential DJ’s according to the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100, has been credited countless awards and remixed the biggest artists around – from Coldplay, Madonna, will.i.am, Robbie Williams, Everything But The Girl, Fatboy Slim, to more.

Dates

  • May 19: Beta Nightclub – Denver, CO
  • May 20: Sofa Kings Fridays – Boston, MA
  • May 21: Marquee – New York, NY
  • May 26: The Mid – Chicago, IL
  • May 27: Create Nightclub – Los Angeles, CA
  • May 29: Premier Nightclub – Atlantic City, NJ

 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 seven in the DJ Mag Top 100. 

Dates

  • May 15: Wet Republic Ultra Pool – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 24: Omnia – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 28: Wet Republic Ultra Pool – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 29: Omnia – Las Vegas, NV

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.

Dates

  • May 12: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 14: Wet Republic – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 14: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 19: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 20: Omnia SD – San Diego, CA
  • May 21: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 27: Maxim Indy 500 Party – Indianapolis, IN
  • May 28: Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 29: Wet Republic – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 29: Neon Desert Music Festival – El Paso, TX

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

  • May 26: Ethics Music Lounge – Austin, TX
  • May 27: Love & Propaganda – San Francisco, CA
  • May 28: Avalon Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA

 

Festivals

Electronic Daisy Carnival

As the day’s vivid colors give way to the night’s neon dreamscapes, our imaginations come alive. During those wee hours, when all others are sound asleep, we seek adventure within EDC’s otherworldly domains. In this place, we reaffirm that we are kindred spirits bound by a deep passion for music, art and discovery. And there is so much to discover.

May 14 -15: New York, NY

Together Boston

Together Boston is an annual music festival based in Massachusetts. Its primary focus is to emphasize the unity of music, art and technology and their propagation in the city of Boston. Through a week-long series of educational and professional discussions, demonstrations, installations, screenings and performances, Together attracts thousands of people every year.

May 15-22: Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts 
May 16: “Dutch Takeover” – Read more about this event here.

Sunset Music Festival

Join Disco Donnie Presents, Sunset Events, and Committee Events on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th at the Raymond James Stadium for another two-day weekend of performances from the artists you love with thousands of your closest friends.

May 28 – 29: Tampa, FL

Neon Desert Music Festival

Neon Desert is truly unique in that it not only continues to showcase national headlining hip-hop, EDM and indie talent, but it also plays a real tribute to the Latin heritage of the host town in El Paso and its diverse residents.

May 28 – 29: El Paso, TX

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