Julian Jeweil is having it large; the talented Frenchman holds the heady accolade of being Beatport’s No.1 best-selling techno artist of 2015 as well as having six tracks in Richie Hawtin’s Minus BP Top 10! With releases on Minus, Form, Plus 8, Cocoon and many more, 2016 has shaped up to be one hell of a year too. Not only that, he has remixed the likes of Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Moby, Pan-Pot, Joseph Capriati, Deadmau5, Pete Tong and John Monkman, Marc Houle, John Digweed, Pig & Dan, Christian Smith — the list goes on.
Club4 has been going for a decade now. What do you think has been the key to its longevity?
Originally Club4 was conceived by Marco Carola, Adam Beyer, Christian Smith and myself in order to create a club made by DJs where artists enjoy playing without any pressure, building a more friendly and informal atmosphere allowing everyone to have fun - both the DJs and the crowd.
Tom Swoon's interest in music started at a very young age. At 17, he discovered dance music and was inspired by artists like Deadmau5 and Daft Punk.
Over the next few years, Swoon taught himself to spin and saved up enough cash to score a proper DJ set-up, transforming himself from a bedroom DJ to full-blown pro — his devoted fans voted him in at number 46 in last year's Top 100 DJs poll.
2016 set to be another great year for Swoon, and we are lucky enough to have him performing a live DJ set from the DJ Mag office this Friday!
ItaloJohnson are real party starters. That is basically all we know about the mysterious Berlin based trio, but it’s all we need to know.
Whether playing underground basement parties or headlining festivals, threading together house vibes or unloading heavy techno weapons, they know how to make the dancefloor a visceral, jacking place filled with many happy boys and girls.
It’s music that stirs the soul, brings a lump to the throat and a tremble to even the stiffest upper lip. For a whole generation, ‘Strings Of Life’, ‘Go’ and ‘You Got The Love’ are our equivalent of ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Land Of Hope and Glory’ and the national anthem the classical standards unfurled every year during the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. A place, you might assume, where house music would go down as well as Ben Klock dropping Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at Berghain.
Howard and Guy Lawrence, the Disclosure brothers, show up for their promotional appearances the way you would for a job interview: professional and prepared. Fresh-faced and well groomed, at 21 and 24, respectively, the two’s experienced demeanor is similar to a career musician of their combined ages.
For Nicky Romero, 2015 was another typically hectic year. Playing at all the biggest festivals across the world, including Ultra Miami, Europe and Japan, at EDC Las Vegas and Tomorrowland in Brazil and Belgium, the DJ/producer still found time to drop the first installment in his new ‘Lighthouse’ trilogy of productions.
Nicky also knuckled down to get his Protocol label bubbling more than ever before.
“We’ve got some seriously great talent on our roster,” he says, “and we had our 50th release at the beginning of the summer. We’re also taking our Protocol nights around the world, and they’re always great fun. I’m so proud of everything that is coming out there.”