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Artist Spotlight: Dash Berlin

dash-berlin-largeI’m not going to claim I’m the biggest Dash Berlin fan ever, in fact, I know very little about this man.  What I do know is that his music makes me feel a way that no other music had made me feel before.  Maybe it is the beautifully written lyrics or the euphoric vocalists he chooses to feature, but every time I listen to Dash Berlin I feel like his songs literally reach in and grab my heart.  Mushy gushy, I know.  But there is something about each of his songs that always seems to hit home with me.  Dash Berlin started producing in 2007; fast forward 5 years and he is voted the 7th most popular DJ in the world.  Obviously that says something about how insanely talented he is and how emotionally connected he makes his audience feel.  Personally I can listen to each of his songs on repeat all day and never get sick of them.  I feel like the messages he sends in his lyrics aren’t just the same bullshit lovey dovey stuff you can hear on the radio.  His lyrics are soooooooo much more heartfelt than I think any other producer’s that I’ve ever heard.  When it comes to meaningful songs in my life, I feel like everything  he touches ends up having a place in my heart.  I haven’t been lucky enough to see him live (yet), so there’s not much for me to say about his DJ sets, but as a producer he is just mint and definitely a very special one who I will always hold close to me.

Artist Spotlight: John O’Callaghan

Driving to work today, I decided to tune into John O’Callaghan’s podcast “Subculture Radio”.  I’m not a first timer to his show.  In fact, I have been an avid listener for quite sometime and John O’Callaghan fan since I first heard him featured on Armin’s album, A State of Trance 2005.  I guess you could say we have some history.  Anyways, my only source of music nowadays are podcasts, all day everyday.  While listening to Subculture Radio today, I realized John O’Callaghan truly doesn’t give a fuck.  “WHAT?”, you may be asking. Let me elaborate.  I subscribe to probably about 15 different weekly podcasts that are trance and I can definitely grasp what trends are going on, what is popular, and what is out of the loop. Sometimes I hear the same songs over and over again and sometimes the podcasts all seem to sound the same.  However, O’Callaghan’s podcast always has its own sound and like I said, its because he literally does not give a fuck.  I really was getting into what he was throwing down, and just thinking about the fact that half of the tracks on there I had never even heard before.  It was then that I realized that he hasn’t yet hopped on the “trend train” that I feel EVERY dj has hopped on.  He doesn’t play whats popular, he plays what he likes, and ultimately, what I like.

Techno is extremely out of the loop.  I feel like nowadays its either trance, dubstep, or house; techno is an abandoned genre that you don’t really hear much of.  John O’Callaghan don’t give a fuck, if he wants to play techno he’ll play techno.  If he wants to mix some trance in there, he will mix some trance in there.  What I love most about him is that fact that time and culture have not really changed his sound. He moves to the beat of his own drum and is a dj that truly doesn’t sound just like everybody else.  I’m not sure how many people are old school ravers, meaning they started going to raves BEFORE 2005, but techno was extremely huge.  The music wasn’t like it is today.  I feel like John O’Callaghan brings me back to my high school years dancing in abandoned warehouses til the sun came up.  He knows what he’s doing and he won’t let the ever-changing EDM culture determine how he plays his sets.  I love his sound because its techno and he’s not changing for anybody.  I feel like his music is timeless and original, and for that John O’Callaghan, I salute you.

Artist Spotlight: Gareth Emery

As if I don’t already talk about how much I love Gareth Emery enough, I felt the need to write a short rave about him proclaiming my undying love and groupie-ism.  As a producer, Gareth makes some absolutely breath-taking trance and progressive house.  As a dj, he defies the notion of sticking with one genre and instead plays multiple genres in each of his sets.  I tune into his weekly podcasts and I’ve also gotten the privilege to see him live twice.  You can’t say Gareth Emery is trance, house, or dubstep, because he throws everything into his sets and has defined himself as someone who can successfully play everything at once.  Many of the trance producers out there that only choose to play house during their live sets piss me off immensely.  However, because Gareth has avoided being categorized as a certain genre, I love him and everything he throws down.  Sometimes he plays more electro house than trance, sometimes he throws in dubstep, he is completely unpredictable which is what makes his sets so exciting.  He uses mashups that contain both progressive and electro beats to really spice up his sets and the order of the songs he uses makes his live performances almost feel like a roller coaster ride.  I feel like with so many artists “selling out” and strictly sticking to electro style beats in order to keep a musically naive crowd satisfied, it is hard to find a dj that can still give an original and worthwhile performance.  Because of Gareth’s unpredictability factor, I foresee him having a great future where I will never turn my back on him due to a crossover into mainstream music.  He will forever be that dj that plays the most perfect and dubious combination of trance and electro house.

Artist Spotlight: EDX

My life consists of music; day, night, and even in my dreams. Sometimes its music I love, sometimes its music I hate, and sometimes its music that is so brilliantly put together that I feel the need to write an entire rave on it.  Recently, EDX has been flying under my radar, so I decided to check him out and see what all the fuss was about. In a simple word, holyfuckingshitballs.  Not like I’ve been living under a rock or anything, but where have I been while EDX has been out there being so incredibly awesome? I’m not sure, but my discovery of him has awoken feelings in me that I haven’t felt in a long time.  I decided to tune into his live set from Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas recorded on September 7th of this year.  I could NOT have been happier to hear some real fucking house for the first time in AGES.  Every time I venture out into the world of douchey nightclubs, I am usually disappointed by what I hear the djs playing.  Typically I hear electro house track after electro house track mixed with dubstep here and there.  EDX put on a show that I would have never expected.  His set was melodic and euphoric.  Unlike many other djs, not only does EDX produce progressive house, he actually plays it for the majority of his sets.  I’m sick and tired of hearing same club shit over and over again.  Yes I love those banging electro beats that make the crowd go wild, but damn, too many djs use ONLY electro beats and I feel like I haven’t heard a variety of house during a set in quite sometime.

In a nutshell, EDX SMASHED Marquee and really showed the world that he knows what the fuck is up, and he knows how the fuck to put together a set.  Besides for the fact that I couldn’t stop dancing to his set, it was absolutely beautiful.  There are too many djs that dabble between trouse/trance/progressive house and electro house/progressive house.  I feel like EDX finally figured out how to put the perfect combination of songs together while still keeping the audience happy and true house-heads not pissed off (me).  As I said previously, his set was mostly progressive house to keep the crowd moving, with bits of electro tucked in there to make the crowd go nuts every so often.  His set was exciting and unpredictable, which I rarely find when I go see djs.  I cannot stop raving about EDX and his mellow bass and fluid rhythm.  His set was almost dream-like it was so euphoric.  I’m an idiot for missing him every time he’s been at a festival I have attended.  Rest assured blogging world, when the opportunity arises that I have the chance to see him, you will know.

Artist Spotlight: Juventa

After hearing Juventa’s guest mix on Above & Beyond’s TATW 448, I was impressed by by this new dj taking the trance world by storm and decided to look into the guy.  I was SHOCKED at what I found out.  Juventa is just a kid! 17 years old and he’s already had releases from Armada, Anjunabeats, and Enhanced recordings.  I was immediately intrigued and decided I wanted to do an artist review on him and get to learn more about him.  At the ripe age of 21 (I’m referring to myself) 15-year old Jordin Post aka Juventa was releasing music onto major record labels as I slowly drank myself into comatose-like stages 6 nights a week.  At the age of 23 I’m a bit confused as to why this 17 year old is better than me and (possibly) always will be.  Even though I would consider him a man-child prodigy, I find it rare that anyone younger than me has both the talent and marketing abilities to get where he has managed to land today.  So what’s the big fuss about this 17 year old Dutch kid?  Well I decided to listen to some of his discography and was able to find some absolutely breathtaking tracks.  These are amongst my favorite tracks I peeped from him:

I must say I’m quite impressed with his grasp of trance and progressive and can appreciate everything he does for somebody that is so young.  Each of his tracks were beautiful, melodic, and complex.  The beats and sounds were perfect and I would never guess somebody who is still in HIGH SCHOOL  could have this type of musical talent as well as ties with the biggest names in trance, including ATB, Above & Beyond, and Tritonal.  Rock on Juventa, rock on.

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