Breathe Carolina’s latest project, ‘Dead: The Album’, was released late in 2019. Their first studio album in five years and their first since their departure from Fearless Records, ‘Dead: The Album’ strays towards a new sound weaving together elements of various strands of EDM and leaning heavily into pop and R&B. After five years without a studio album, this latest venture marked a turning point for the duo who were set to take 2020 by storm. One can only expect 2021 to fulfil their ambitions.
“Family, music and friends – without them, we are nothing!”
“We can’t rely on our business model alone anymore. We’ve got to improve with live stream experiences like, for example, virtual reality, but also with even more focus on social engagement on Facebook, Instagram and others.”
“We don’t really see any racism in the DJ scene. I (Ruben) am originally from Bangladesh and Steve is partly from Spain. We travel the whole world and love the variety of cultures.”
“We would love to see more [revenue from] streams and downloads from music go to the artist who created it.”
“A few things we largely wrapped in 2019 have only seen the light this year,” says Matan. “Our film ‘A Psy Trance (R)Evolution’ is a full-length documentary about ourselves and the psytrance music wave in general. We partnered with [production company] Bad Birds, [pay-per-view channel] InsightTV and Tomorrowland for the project and it turned out being bigger and becoming more global than we imagined.”
“We will also be releasing a remix album of some of our earlier tracks,” adds Aviram. “We pretty much have all the strongest artists in the psytrance scene doing reworks and we’re really happy with the results so far. That’s going to be out around the end of the year.”
Green Velvet makes it look easy. No flashy tricks, no massive breakdowns, no superstar-DJ histrionics — with a grin on his face and a bob of his chartreuse-coiffed head, all he needs to do is mix one body-jacking stormer after another to transform a crowd into a mass of twitching limbs. But that’s just one of the reasons that Chicago’s Curtis Jones finds himself among 2020’s Top 100 DJs.
You could argue the fact that he founded two of the most beloved labels in all of US house-dom, Cajual and Relief, should be enough to land him on this list. You might posit that his sheer staying power — he’s been at the top of his game for nearly three decades — makes him deserving of the honour. And then, of course, there’s his own classic-filled discography, brimming with raw party tunes like the indelible ‘Flash’ and smoother deep house numbers such as ‘Brighter Days,’ the latter produced under Jones’s Cajmere moniker. Add it all together, and you’ve got one of clubland’s revered treasures.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Lens in 2020, though; in August she became the primary target among a group of techno artists who were criticised for playing legal but non-socially distanced parties in countries that had begun to open up from coronavirus lockdown, only to see cases rise again. Lens’ most recent appearance, however, saw her back at home, spinning a vinyl set for her YouTube followers. “This year has mostly been about studio time, plus I’ve started working out three times a week and watched a lot of documentaries,” she tells DJ Mag.