Walking into Marquee Day Club at midday we are hit by an intense wall of heat. And it’s not just the desert climate that’s raising temperatures. Today is the Miller SoundClash Grand Final, the culmination of months of hard work and the opportunity for nine talented DJs to make a name for themselves on the biggest of stages.
Throughout the club, Vegas' party faithful recline on sunloungers, or mingle in the cabanas and pools that flank the incredible venue.
This year’s Amsterdam Dance Event will go down in history as one of the finest to date! DJ Mag & Miller Genuine Draft danced their way around the Dutch party capital listening to some of the world’s biggest and best DJs in venues big and small!
Speaking of big, there is surely no better place to enjoy an ice cold Miller than overlooking 35,000 people going crazy in the Amsterdam ArenA. Watch the video below to relive the moment Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike were crowned as the World’s new No.1 DJs in our Top 100 DJs poll.
It has been a whirwind year for 2014’s Miller SoundClash winners Tom & Collins. The Mexican duo overcame thousands of hopeful DJs to win first prize in Las Vegas last summer and the event catapulted their career, with sets at EDC Mexico and the NYE celebrations in Playa del Carmen alongside Alesso under their belt since winning.
And now the charismatic pair have been signed to Aftercluv Dance Lab - a fresh new label from the Universal Music Group!
As Latin America’s second biggest country, Mexico is one of the world’s most exciting places to party. Hot artists, incredible clubs and world-renowned festivals combine to create an exciting melting pot where almost every taste is catered for. It also happens to be the country that Tom & Collins - the 2014 Miller SoundClash Champions - call home. We caught up with the engaging duo to find out what they love about their home turf…
Our annual Top 100 DJs parties at Marquee Las Vegas are the stuff of legend. And tonight the buzz outside Vegas’s original dance music super club is electric. Hundreds of people crowd the doors, populating the many queues outside the venue, chatting excitably about the huge night ahead.
After an intense wait, last week saw the announcement of Tom & Collins as the winning duo of the Miller SoundClash Wildcard category.
Juan and Jorge, born and bred in Mexico’s deep-rooted dance culture, sit down with the MGD team to reveal their incredible story, their dream collaborations and what’s it’s like to warm up for Avicii, Guetta and Aoki.
Tom & Collins are Mexican DJ/production duo Juan Pable Escudero and Jorge Corral, who’ve developed an accessible house sound drawing on deep and tech influences, which has proved hugely popular worldwide. Since breaking through via the Miller Soundclash in 2014 they’ve joined the global festival elite treadmill and this year alone have squeezed in appearances at “Tomorrowland, Ushuaïa Ibiza, RHA Festival, Beyond Wonderland, Sala Apolo (Barcelona), Live Festival Tulum, to name a few...”
Production-wise, 2019 has been a successful year for Tom & Collins too. They turned in an ecstatic remix of Betty Who’s ‘Language’ and a re-rub of ‘Real Life’ from Duke Dumont too. With their own releases this year — ‘Sola’ on Mother Recordings, ‘Obsessed’ on Universal Music, ‘Bad Tattoo’, ’Real Life’ with Jesús Navarro and Elsa Elmar, and their cover of ’80s pop hit ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ featuring Japh — they’ve perfected their signature sound: crisp beats, rubbery basslines, huge vocal hooks and short, snappy arrangements. As the pair say: “We’ve worked hard in the studio this year; trying to balance touring and producing has been the main goal, as well as to never stop experimenting with music and the joy it brings to us to be able to play it for other people.”
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What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Promote conversation and [artists] sharing their personal experiences, which ultimately will result in people opening up on mental health and more communication on these issues.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“Yes. We are music curators at a house club called Looloo in Mexico City and our residents always alternate genders.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“We try to take eco-friendly flights, as well as limit our meat consumption. We also don’t own cars and try to use environmentally friendly transport. No one uses plastic on our rider as well.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
Jorge: “A pillow called Bubba.” JP: “Zelda.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Chocolate, and Rosalía.”
MGD asked their Miller SoundClash winners Tom & Collins about their favourite global clubs. From European techno institutions to clubs that have put their cities on the electronic music map - Tom & Collins certainly know where to party! Check out their favourites below.