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2019 is Illenium’s year. The beloved producer/DJ had his first major label release on Astralwerks with his third album, ‘Ascend’. Along with that has come his highest-profile collaborations yielding his highest chart-topping numbers thus far. Most notable are ‘Takeaway’ with The Chainsmokers featuring Lennon Stella and ‘Good Things Fall Apart’ featuring Jon Bellion, which is a certified crossover hit at both alternative and pop radio, the latter also a Shazam favourite. “Everything has fallen into place,” acknowledges Illenium, who is holding steady at half a million streams daily.

His devoted Illenials continue to make his Ascend tour — which is filling arenas — a mind-blowing success. Not the least of these stops for the full band live show are three sold-out nights at Red Rocks in his current hometown of Denver, Colorado, New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Staples Center. “It’s definitely been a crazy ride,” says Illenium — who realises his only real competition in the DJ world is his much-adored long-haired miniature dachshund, Peanut da Weenut.