Showing consistency, 2017 went straight into full throttle with the Everybody’s Dancin’ EP on Green Velvets Relief Records securing the number 1 spot on Beatport. Making sure people knew there was more to come, Latmun then released the appropriately named ‘Groove Tool’ on Lee Foss’s repopulate mars, and is now following up with a debut EP on the coveted Hot Creations titled ‘Footsteps’ to close of 2017. Already gaining support from Jamie Jones, Carl Cox and other scene heavy weights, its sure to be another defining EP for the artist. Coupled with an intense worldwide touring schedule, and an armoury of releases waiting to be unleashed on the most exciting labels in the scene… 2018 is set to be the best yet.
Mention his name to any clued up dancefloor connoisseur and they won’t mince their words: Arapu is a certified treasure. Based in Bucharest, he has been putting out records since 2011, although he cultivated his passion for music since he was 15.
A real master of the decks, the electronic spaces Arapu creates are characterised by a straightforward style and its own seductive playfulness. The captivating basslines and driving synths are nothing more than the best fertilizer for his signature sound, carefully mixed at the right bpm to wake up the crowd’s voracious hunger for dancing.
His success is measured in the pleasure he finds in making music, a feeling that may start in the club, but it never seems to end there. Alongside the drones layers, field recordings and bass rumble, Arapu’s discography reaches a greater range of emotions. It’s hard not to notice that his records hide a special feature: the ability to amplify any form of good mood. As a natural outgrowth, in 2015 he started his own label – Liniar.
Look beyond the big moments and you’ll see a sound pilot with big ideas.
Releases for Steve Lawler’s Viva imprint kicked things of, followed by releases with Nick Curly’s much talked about Cecille label in Manheim, and the highly successful ReBirth records in Italy as well as remixes for artists such as Audioﬂy, Felipe Velenzuela & Ali Nasser. If that wasn’t enough Leon’s track ‘Rain In Rio’ was recently licensed to Cocoon’s ‘Green & Blue compilation’ In 2009 Leon is one of the producers that is helping re-invent the house sound, and as such his tracks are getting support from all the major players right now. Steve Lawler, Luciano, Carol Cox, MANDY, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Tiefschwarz Matthias Tanzmann and many more are all fans of Leon’s work, so its not hard to see why people are already talking about him as a future star.
Born and raised in Teramo near Rome Leon’s obsession with house music started at a young age after discovering the music of Danny Tenaglia, Todd Terry & Laurent Garnier – something he still regards as a major inﬂuence on his sound to this day. Djing in Italy from a young age would inevitably lead to production for someone of Leon’s ability. At the age of 23 he took his ﬁrst steps in the production world. However rather than rush things he knew he needed to hone his talents. 3 years of hard work later and he is starting to bear the fruits of this work, and starting to show the world that he means business! With over 10 years experience behind the decks, its not hard to see why LEON’s reputation as dj, which was outstanding in Italy before his productions broke through, have now skyrocketed in the past year. Already djing in some of the worlds most famous clubs such as Cocorico in Italy, Pacha & Cielo in New York, Ministry Of Sound London, Zouk Singapore, Arma 17 Moscow, Sunwaves Romania, Monza Frankfurt and many many more.
Over the last five years the duo have released their productions across various labels around the globe. From Berlin based Sol Asylum§ to imprints in Bulgaria (Caph Records), Russia (Tvir) and Italy (Castanea Records). In addition to their own labels, London labels have also become home to OdD productions. In 2013 Moscow Records released their Moscillation EP, and FUSE London’s sub-label INFUSE have welcomed a forthcoming EP from OdD. Hand-in-hand with their tireless efforts in the studio the pair know how keep the dance floor moving. From Fabric’s WetYourSelf to Berlin’s Club der Visionaere and Prince Charles; OdD are fast becoming a revered combination.
Eric Estornel, better known by his stage names Maceo Plex and Maetrik, is an American DJ, producer and DJ Awards winner from Dallas and Miami, United States, origin of Cuba. He now resides in Barcelona, Spain with his wife and kids. He is best known for diverse production style, influenced primarily by house and techno but also tech house, as well as a longtime performer for many Ibiza-based clubs, including Space and Amnesia.
exponents of the contemporary house and techno scene, but also one of its key tastemakers and pathfinders.
Coming from Romania, Adrian Niculae a.k.a. Priku established himself as a hard working and passionate music creator. He is a member of Sunrise booking since 2007, making his way up to the big gigs through many noticeable Sunwaves performances. He released on labels such as [a:rpia:r], Pressure Traxx, Fabric, Concrete Music and Only 300 Family, his name is also on Cocoon Green & Blue 2011 and Cocoon Heroes compilations.
In 2012, Bobohalma Ep was released on [a:rpia:r] label. This was a resounding success, highly appreciated by everybody who had the chance to listen it.
2013 is a turning point for Priku. He creates his own label: Motif and releases a new solo – Acoustic Ep under his real name, Adrian Niculae, the name that’s also present on Fabric 72. He’s young and and undeniably talented.
In 2016 started a new label and series of parties called Atipic.
He tackles the groove as nobody else. For him things can only go uphill.
His Ibiza success story began in 2013, when he inaugurated his infamous “Solomun+1”-residency at Pacha, which instantly became the island’s go-to event on Sunday nights. 2015 saw the commencement of his second residency concept: “Solomun+live” is an outdoor daytime event with nothing but live-acts as his special guests. Solomun loves working in the studio, but his passion for DJing and performing is obvious to anyone who has seen him play anywhere around the world. His infamous Boiler Room set from early 2015 is the fastest growing Boiler Room video of all time, with around 18 million views – and counting. He is not afraid of taking the audience on a journey.
About his style, where vigour, deepness and emotion go hand in hand in a very musical way, Solomun once said: “People have emotions. So why not on a dancefloor?” Running two successful labels, (Diynamic, 2DIY4) and Ibiza residencies (Solomun+1 at Pacha, Solomun+LIVE at Ushuaia) or the Diynamic Radio show, which is broadcasted in about 30 countries – it is all connected with Solomun’s passion for music. He does so much in the same way he manages the variety of influences on his music: with a soft touch, a little dance move and real honest commitment to “Doing It Yourself”.
“I don’t want people to recognise me. Only people who go to clubs and see me DJing will have any idea what I look like. I’m a normal bloke and I like it that way. You walk down the street with Hype and he gets stopped the whole time. That’s my idea of hell.”
In 1996, there was a sonic double-whammy. First, Zinc knocked up a speaker-busting bootleg of The Fugees Ready Or Not that supershot him across dance floors everywhere – again. Secondly, he, Pascal and the inimitable DJ Hype set up True Playaz. “There were three of us and we were good at different things. We still are.”
During 1997 True Playaz started a monthly club event at The End, after a few years they moved to Fabric and have become the club’s most successful regular night to date.
Zinc’s key records have always been about hybrid sounds and about fusing new elements onto solid steel breaks. 138 Trek, which set the garage world alight and eventually became a Top 30 hit, was originally released in 2000 by True Playaz on the Beats By Design EP.
“I did it to show versatility,” he explains, “to prove that I could do something at that speed. I sent it to all the breaks DJs and virtually no one took any notice. It was all the garage kids on the pirates who picked it up.”