Not many DJ’s have had an illustrious career such as that of Markus Schulz, he has produced major dance hits, runs his own record label (Coldhabour) and has radio show broadcasts to audiences all over that world. Markus is known the world over for his number one dance hits which earned him a cult following among dance music lovers. His single release “I Am” became a favourite of many DJ’s in clubs around the world and pushed him higher in DJ rankings. He has taken the top ten spot in the coveted DJ Mag Top 100 poll for two years in a row. In 2008 he introduced his “Ibiza Summer Sessions” which received rave reviews and brought the Ibiza experience to those who had longed to be at the party capital of the world.
Markus is known for his unique brand of progressive and melodic trance, his inspiration is largely drawn from his travels around the world. His mantra is to invest passion in every aspect of the work he does, this can be evidenced by the success his tracks have enjoyed over the last few years. 2009 saw the release of “The New World” – the track was the ultimate dance hit for 2009. In 2008 he was nominated for the Best Full Length DJ Mix for Amsterdam ’08 and was also awarded as Best American DJ on the same night. His city inspired hits, Miami ’05, Ibiza ’06 and Amsterdam ’08 were a phenomenal success and set him apart from the rest not only has a DJ but also as a producer.
Dance music lovers are still enthralled by the Markus Schulz World Tour: Best of 2009, the album is a result of tours undertaken in 11 cities and is a mix of his best songs from the tour. Markus’s discography is another testimony of his unrivalled success, it incorporates; numerous solo, collaborative and remix projects. With his popularity at an all time high, but not one to rest on past successes; a determination, an appreciation of his fans support and drive to push boundaries – Markus remains one of the forces to be reckoned with in dance music.
ATB’s unique brand of dance music has not only earned him fourth spot on DJlist.com he was also ranked 11 at the DJ Mag voting. Andre Tanneberger started his DJ career in 1995 and quickly became a favourite among dance music lovers in the international scene. He is well known for his hit song “9pm (Till I Come)”, his music is said to have a lasting effect because of the individual spirit that he injects to each of his tracks. During the last decade ATB has worked with international stars such as Heather Nova, Moby and William Orbit and he also shared the stage with Bryan Adams at the Rock in Rio concert.
ATB has 145 releases and his sales figures are estimated to have reached 5 million, and he is one of very few DJ’s who can boast 80 gigs in a year. ATB remains one of the most popular electronic producers and musicians in the world.
Berlin born Monika Kruse has been in the music scene for nearly two decades, she started her DJ career in 1991 and 3 years later she joined Ultraworld Crew, a well respected production house which organised techno parties. When the doors of the legendary Ultraschall club opened in Munich in 1994, Monika was chosen as resident DJ – this set her on a path to international stardom. She started playing at international events in major cities around the globe. After much anticipation from her fans from all corners of the world, Monika released her first song in 1996; this was followed by a partnership with Patrick Lindsey with whom she produced several albums, 14 EP singles and various remixes. Her move back to Berlin saw her start two record companies: Terminals M and Electronic Avenue Recordings. Both companies act as platforms for established and aspirant artists and producers.
In 2008 Monika released her first solo album “changes in perception” and it was voted No.2 in Germany’s Raveline Magazine. She also has a long list of hit singles, including “Latin Lover” which reached No. 1 in the Netherlands Dance Charts and made it into the top 20 of the Spanish Sale Charts in 2003.
Apart from her busy DJ and producing schedule, Monika also runs a philanthropic organisation known as “No Historical Backspin”. The organisation acts as a mouth piece for artists to make a stand against racism, intolerance and xenophobia.
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