KSHMR takes over DJ Mag's After-Dark party on Saturday 25th March at Maps Backlot in Miami.
The Californian DJ soared to No.12 in last year's Top 100 DJs poll after only first entering the ranks in 2015.
He'll top an all-star line-up of special guests yet to be announced, bringing the noise from 11pm 'til 5am as part of our Miami Music Week celebrations.
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Bassjackers have revealed via Twitter that new music is on the way this week, through an ‘80s video game-style teaser.
The end of the teaser hints that the release will be named ‘Joyride’.
KSHMR is set to make his Exchange LA debut this Friday 13th February, and his entire set will be live-streamed on DJ Mag’s Facebook page.
The event kicks off at 10pm PST (6am GMT) with Adam Auburn and Jvck Savage in support. KSHMR’s set time is still to be confirmed.
American-born DJ producer KSHMR was recently unveiled at No.12 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll, after coming in as the highest new entry in 2015 at No. 23.
Martin Garrix has been revealed as the winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll 2016, with the 20-year-old Dutch superstar becoming the youngest ever No.1 DJ.
Garrix, who takes the coveted top spot from 2015 winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, was awarded the No.1 trophy by his mentor, Tiësto, on stage at the Top 100 DJs poll award ceremony at the Heineken Music Hall. The event was the opening party in this year’s AMF Festival, the largest of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
Enigmatic producer KSHMR has taken the electronic music space by storm over the last twelve months.
Following a string of Beatport No.1 singles, the LA-based producer shot to No.23 in 2015’s Top 100 DJs Poll, powered by 7UP!
As the highest new entry in the poll KSHMR was awarded with the Next UP Award - a fitting end to a phenomenal year.
US musician, producer and DJ Niles Hollowell-Dhar, better known as KSHMR, only began releasing his brand of hi-octane electro-house in 2014. Since his Highest New Entry debut in the Top 100 DJs poll of 2015, he’s quickly been accepted into the upper echelons of EDM and has collaborated on music with artists like Bassjackers, Hardwell, Timmy Trumpet and Tiësto. In a year of several strong KSHMR releases on his Dharma imprint, a few vocal tracks were particularly big: Mike Waters sang on KSHMR’s stadium-banger ‘My Best Life’, and the tropical-esque ‘Bombay Dreams’ with vocals from Kavita Seth, the frantic ‘Lies’ featuring Luciana and ‘No Regrets’ with Krewella all got plenty of DJ traction.
In 2017 KSHMR performed at Ultra with Timmy Trumpet and live musicians, a show he’s continued to develop in 2019, from his native California to Japan, Romania, Germany, Canada, Holland and beyond: “For the first time, I brought the Live Orchestral Experience to a headlining show in NYC, using live players to create a truly magical EDM/orchestral hybrid. This year I toured with a new, fully 3D animated story in my show as well.”
Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Stop giving DJs so much money. The other DJs.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“I have no interest in gender at all, I work with people who inspire me and occasionally those are women, like Mariana Bo, who I think is extremely talented, but I won't pretend to be an activist.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I started recycling at my house.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“Ninja Turtles action figure.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“Cookie Dough ice cream.”
From: Berkeley, CA
DJ style: “Ethnic EDM.”
Best known for: “‘Power’, ‘Wildcard’, ‘Secrets’, ‘Carry Me Home’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “‘Killshot’ by Eminem.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Brooks.”
KSHMR has experienced the highest highs and lowest lows this year. “The best thing about 2018 was getting to do a full tour of India alongside my grandfather,” he tells DJ Mag. “And the hardest was when he passed away soon after.”
Born Niles Hollowell-Dhar, the American takes his stage-name from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, also referred to as “paradise on earth”, and in the last year has launched this own new label, Dharma. It’s focused on putting out music from upcoming producers, and he’s also worked on a new live show with a fully animated story, which is what he’s wanted to do for a long time. “It’s a magical story, intertwined with my own songs,” he says.
This year he’s also DJ’d alongside a small orchestra, and he’s done so in many countries around the world. He’s also produced big new electro-house tunes likes ‘Carry Me Home’, with more to come before the year ends.
“I’ve really experimented in the studio this year and had an open mind,” he says. “Instead of limiting myself to tracks I think will work on the dancefloor.”
Words: KRISTAN J CARYL
With releases on Dutch imprint Spinin’ Records, remixes for the likes of Avicii, and a huge collaboration alongside Tiesto, American EDM producer and DJ KSHMR has had quite a productive 2015 to say the least.
His ascension to the top is even more impressive considering Niles Hollowell-Dhar has only been releasing music under his KSHMR alias since 2014. Before then he was one half of hip-hop production duo The Cataracs alongside David 'Campa' Benjamin Singer-Vine.
2015 finally saw the LA-based producer breakout from his hip-hop roots and into the world of EDM, and it was his collaboration, ‘Secrets’, alongside Dutch heavyweight Tiesto that was the catalyst to putting his new alias on the map. That success then saw the LA-based producer play his first live show at the Fonda Theatre in LA alongside Bassjackers and newcomer Yogi.
“This year has gone better than I ever hoped for,” KSHMR tells DJ Mag. “'Burn' with DallasK really opened the door for me, and from there I had the honour of collaborating with Tiesto on 'Secrets', which became the biggest release of my career so far.”
“Music aside, Tiesto introducing me for the first time at Ultra 2015 in Miami was one of the most surreal experiences of my life,” he continues.
As well as high-flying collaborations and remixes, KSHMR also found time to release 'Jammu' — his most personal track to date. It pulled in a host of influences, including those from his Indian heritage, into a giant EDM melting pot.
With support from the scene's biggest names, KSHMR is showing all the signs of becoming one of the US’s biggest EDM stars to date.