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Poll 2018: MaRLo

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From: Australia.
DJ style: “Trance.”
Best known for: “Altitude shows.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Avao ‘Activate’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Avao.”

Australia has long nurtured plenty of international DJ talent, but few are more wellknown than Dutch-born trance superstar MaRLo, who just capped off another huge year. And while 2018 highlights included the launch of his label, Reaching Altitude, and the release of hits like ‘Enough Eco’, Marlo Hoogstraten says the year was big for another reason. “I finally found that important balance between touring, family and producing music,” he says. Which is impressive, considering MaRLo’s life is split between touring his own sell-out Altitude events, nurturing new talent like Avao on his label, and playing festivals like Tomorrowland, A State Of Trance, Ultra Music Festival, EDC, Creamfields, Transmission and many more.

But balance doesn’t necessarily mean he’s slowing down, and MaRLo says he can’t wait to bring his own Altitude concert shows to more cities worldwide. He also has a message for all his fans: “I love you all so much, and couldn’t do what I love without you.”

Words: CHANDLER SHORTLIDGE

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 13:52

Poll 2015: Marlo

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MaRLo sums up his sound when he tells DJ Mag that it is "basically Tech driven chunky beats with plenty of hands in the air moments."

It's this down to earth and refreshingly honest crowd-pleasing approach that has won him so many fans. "This year was better than last year in almost every way, I'm really happy and am blown away with the support I've received and the incredible shows and opportunities I've been given this past year," he says.

However, it's not all about the noise for MaRLo, as his trip to play in Canada this year had some unexpected surprises. "I had a great time at Lake Louise and Banff in Canada when I had a few days off in between shows," he explains. "I was by myself and kinda got in tune with the silence and peacefulness of the incredibly beautiful landscape."

With plans to complete his first artist album next year, the ambitious Netherlands-born DJ would also love to be able to realise his dream of putting on his own arena-style shows in his adopted homeland of Australia in 2016.

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:56

Style: 
Trance/Tech Trance
Best known for: 
Visions
Tune of the year: 
Gaia - In Principio
From: 
Australia
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
Alex Di Stefano - Even though he's been around for a long time, this past year I've really been into his stuff. A great blend of Techno and Trance.
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
To be able to read a crowd and adapt his set accordingly.
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
For Electronic Dance Music as a whole, Yes.
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
Yes! It's really exhausting and takes a huge toll on me both mentally and physically, but I wouldn't change a thing. I absolutely love what I do, and feel so blessed to be able to do what I love every day.
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
The Humane Society
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
The Palace in Melbourne, Australia. It was an old cinema and just had such an epic atmosphere for Trance events. I miss that place so much.
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
No idea! Would love to see more ladies in the poll.
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
Each to their own, I don't focus on what other people are doing - I'd rather spend that energy and time making my own music.