Rocketing into the Top 100 in 2017 at No.26, Belgium’s Felix De Laet has enjoyed an equally rocketing career trajectory since he broke into the big-time with his breakthrough 2014 smash, ‘Are You With Me’. Establishing a partnership with Armin van Buuren’s iconic Armada camp, where he dropped his ‘Less Is More’ album a few years later, including breakthrough hits ‘Reality’ and ‘Are You With Me’. Felix says the biggest development this year was his live debut at his country’s Tomorrowland festival.
Wankelmut 'One Day'
“This is the track that got me into the deep house kind of vibe that I love so much, guitar sounds and good vocals — love it.”
“This influenced me because of the use of the synths and the cool delay sounds — and again a cool mix of energy and emotion.”
Avicii & Philgood 'A New Hope'
“An unreleased track unfortunately but so good. I’m a big electro house fan and this is definitely one of my favourites.”
Marshall Jefferson 'Move Your Body (Tchami Tribute)'
“Amazing track by Tchami! Tchami was really one of my favourite producers around a few years ago, his sound design AND creativity were insane — and still is!”
Fisher 'Losing It'
“Any track by Fisher is amazing. Fisher is an amazing mix of accessible good vibes tech-house and aggressive sounds at the same time. It was a perfect insight for me on how I could grow as a producer if I wanted to go deeper.”
Netsky 'Iron Heart'
“The production behind this track made me fall in love with Netsky. Everything he released is pure magic, and I’m so happy I got to make a track with him.”
Zonderling 'Tunnel Vision'
“Zonderling inspired me with their take of 'Domino' by Oxia, but once they put out 'Tunnel Vision', they really created something unique and amazingly powerful.”
“I had to pick a track from Flume. Flume inspired me and keeps on inspiring me on sound design and production, mixed with feelings and electronic sounds. By far my favourite producer of the last five years.”
Eric Prydz 'Opus'
“I was always really afraid of changing bpms in tracks, also because it would be harder to mix in a set, but 'Opus' taught me different. Now I love messing around with the BPM and build-ups that make my tracks evolve into something unpredictable.”
2017 documentary ‘Avicii: True Stories’ is to return to Netflix later this month.
The film, which covers the late DJ and producer career and personal life, was taken down from Netflix following his death earlier this year with the themes covered in the documentary - of the health struggles associated with fame and intense touring - becoming a bigger talking point after his death was reported as having been by suicide.
Avicii and Swedish House Mafia have topped Google's searches lists for 2018.
While Avicii was the second most searched term of the year overall - and was the most searched individual relating to loss - Swedish House Mafia were announced as the top trending electronic music artist of 2018.
Go here to explore Google's Year in Search 2018.
Swedish House Mafia recently confirmed four festival shows for 2019.
Avicii: True Stories, the Netflix documentary of the EDM star who sadly passed away in April aged just 28, will show for a limited theatre run in December in both Los Angeles and New York City, allowing it to be eligible for an Oscar Nomination in 2019.
Avicii was posthumously awarded “Best Swedish Act” at last Sunday’s 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards, which were presented by Hailee Steinfeld and held in Bilboa, Spain.
It’s the latest in a show of appreciation for the late star, who rose to fame with his 2011 hit ‘Levels’ but who tragically passed away in April this year aged just 28.
The release of posthumous Avicii album is allegedly being discussed by the late EDM star’s family and a record label, according to Aloe Blacc.
In a recent interview, the ‘Wake Me Up’ singer and friend of the DJ/producer said, “There are several songs left. I believe the record label is working with his parents and the estate to find a way to bring these unreleased songs to the public.”
"But for me there's no rush,” he added “I would leave that with his parents."
'Avicii: True Stories' director, Levan Tsikurishvili, has teased a possible return of the documentary to streaming service Netflix.
For those unfamiliar, the 2017 film laid bare the life, times and challenges of Avicii, AKA Tim Bergling, one of EDM's most talented producers, who tragically lost his life earlier in 2018, aged 28.
Before his sudden passing in April, Avicii recorded an album's worth of unreleased music with Nile Rodgers.
Having worked with the Chic main and producer on the 2013 single 'Lay Me Down', the much-missed Tim Bergling teamed up with Rodgers to record ten tracks across numerous sessions before his death.
In late 1976, a guitarist named Nile Rodgers and a bass player named Bernard Edwards bribed an elevator operator $10 to keep quiet about an after-hours session. Their friend and DJ Robert Drake was working as a maintenance man at Sound Ideas Studios. Along with the rhythm section of their former group The Big Apple Band and by roping in friends such as a pre-fame Luther Vandross, they recorded a song called ‘Everybody Dance’.