1. Oliver Heldens had a fantastic year. He launched bangers such as “Gecko (Overdrive),” featuring chilling vocals from Becky Hill and “Last All Night (Koala)” with Kristen Stewart’s voice surging through the speakers. Heldens has also recently collaborated with veteran producer Sander Van Doorn and the product was “THIS,” another deep house track that you can’t stop grooving to. His weekly podcast rightfully named Heldeep Radio, is also on point. This guy never seems to disappoint.
His set from EDCLV will surely get you hooked, check it out and then check him out on Wednesday at the Sunset Pool.
2. We thank Russia for two things: Vodka and Arty. Brilliant progressive house/ trance producer and DJ, Arty is currently signed to Above & Beyond’s label, Anjunabeats. He has produced some amazing tracks over the past few years. A must hear throwback tune is “The Wall” featuring Tania Zygar on vocals. One word to describe it: beautiful. Also, how can you not catch feels from “Together We Are” featuring Chris James?? His radio show on Sirius XM Radio and his monthly podcast also hold the same name. Catch Arty onSaturday at the Theatre.
This track seriously bangs:
3. New World Punx is the trance DJ duo constructed of Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten, enough said. These two are both incredible on their own but as a pair they really combine their high- energy and radical production techniques. In 2012, Ferry Corsten’s weekly podcast named Corsten’s Countdown was broadcasted live out of Sirius XM Radio for 8 hours. His track “Live Forever” featuring the incredible vocals of Aruna is most definitely one to have in your library.
Unicorn Slayer aka Markus Schulz is notorious for his lengthy sets, at the end of 2014, he had the dance floor at Pacha NYC raging for 10 hours straight until 8am. If you think you can keep up, check them out on Thursday at Bahamas Beach!
Check out their Trancegiving set at Echostage:
4. Michael Woods was a classically trained musician, proficient in many instruments during his youth. He has channeled his previous training into unique electronic productions and now has a residency at Las Vegas super-club, Hakkasan. In 2008, Woods started with his own record label Diffused Music and his podcast goes by the same name. Fingers crossed he plays his latest track, out on Spinnin’ Records, “In Your Arms” featuring Lauren Dyson on Thursday at Sunset Pool!
Listen to Diffused Music episode 50:
5. Egyptian trance music duo Aly &Fila is made up of Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Naguib. They are the only DJs besides Armin van Buuren and Markus Schulz to have played ‘A State of Trance’ events 7 years in a row. In 2009 they launched their own label Future Sound Of Egypt and they have a phenomenal online radio show with the same name. Their remix of “Between Heaven And Earth,” originally by Nacho Chapado, will take you to another planet. If you like euphoric trance then you don’t want to miss them Friday at the Theatre.
Check out their collaboration with trance legend Paul Van Dyk and incredible vocalist Sue McLaren:
6. I don’t know what they’re putting in the water over in the Netherlands but most of the greatest producers and DJs are Dutch, one worth mentioning is Sidney Samson. Samson started Djing at the fresh age of 14 and he hasn’t slowed down since. In 2007, he created a record label called Samsobeats along with Gregor Salto. Their mission was to create a feeling rather than a particular sound. They created a home for great music, no matter what the genre- from electro beats to latin based tracks. Dutch house is mainly what Samson is known for, he’s produced bangers like “Let’s Bleep” and his track with Justin Prime, “Thunderbolt.” Rage with Sidney Samson Thursday at Sunset Pool.
Check out his track with his wife Eva Simmons (lucky dude!):
7. When he’s not producing under his 8 different allis’ Erick Morillo likes to play as himself. I mean how much fame can one guy handle? He produced the 1991 hit “I Like to Move It” under the name Reel 2 Reel. Everyone has gotten down to that track at least once in their life. Morillo started DJing at the ripe age of 11 at weddings of friends and family, mostly playing R&B and hiphop and then started to make a name for himself in latin clubs in NYC. His love for house music soon took over and he’s been a legend ever since. Expect a thrilling, extended set from Morillo on Wednesday at the Theatre.