Over the course of his career, DJ Jazzy Jeff has achieved many accomplishments including a DMC Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music Awards and nominations. But he is a humble man who is still doing it as his 2002 hit said: For Da Love of Da Game.
Emmavie Mbongo is a self taught singer/songwriter, producer and DJ from London. Specialising in a form of limitless, soulful RnB, her credits spawn across a number of artists’ work both in the UK and internationally including collaborations with IAMNOBODI, ROM, Dornik, Alfa Mist, Barney Artist & Jay Prince.
Known for crafting a brand of subtle, musical techno, John Tejada has embraced electronic music as a personal frontier, expanding on his resume as a techno recording artist as producer, remixer, DJ, and label owner.
Tom Wrecks and Pat Drastik of Thugli come from a technical DJ background, and have a resume of accolades in the competitive DJ world a mile long. They have rocked clubs & festivals from London to Hong Kong and bring a unique experience with every set and every crowd.
Nick Hook’s universal brand of dirty, analogue dance music has traveled around the world from New York to Tokyo for more than 10 years. Hook’s eccentric roster of collaborative productions reflects an undying affinity for all types of electronic music.
DJ Spinna is a humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. With a steadfast work ethic, an extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul, and R&B), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) with no restraints.
Mark De Clive-Lowe expertly melds the science of beat-making and technology with organic musicianship and tradition. The piano set the course, the keyboard is the vehicle, and with the drum machine as fuel, his relentless skill is underscored by a rare sonic sensibility.
Where man and machine collide in innovation and technique, Jeremy’s capabilities are not limited to the studio - on-stage he has developed a unique, energetic, and infectious solo show that is the opposite of the one-man laptop bore.
As a DJ, producer, and drummer with decades of experience in the Jungle music genre, Spinscott continues to push the limits of performance and production with his Jungle Plus Drums DJ format that combines 100% Loop-Free & Sequence-Free drum machine routines and classic DJ style mixing.
From humble origins in Detroit, raised on a healthy diet of Motown, Jazz and early Hip Hop – Terrel Wallace (aka Tall Black Guy) has become a standard bearer for the current hip hop beats scene, and one of the most influential producers working today.
AKYLLA combines the powers of performers Sherry St.Germain and Saratonin. Countless hours in the studio refining production and vocals created 100% by these ladies brought forth a style that hits hard while triggering deep emotion with melodic mastery.
Moving effortlessly between the DJing & production worlds, Finger drummer, performer, and classically trained pianist Carl Rag’s live sets are quickly becoming the stuff of legend. His eye-catching, ear-pleasing performances are a skillfully crafted master class in finger drumming.
From the historic Root Down parties of Los Angeles to the infamous Do-Over, DJ Day’s contributions to the various avant-garde music scenes in Southern California run deep. Not content being defined by one craft, he gracefully transitions between being a DJ/turntablist, musician and beat maker.
One of the best live performance DJs on the planet, former Red Bull Thre3style Champion ESKEI83 is internationally known both for his incredible technique and his ability to drive the party crowd wild – all over the globe.
Trained on the drums since the age of 6, OddKidOut is well known in the Philadelphia music world, and more recently in the international digital media space, for his drumming, finger-drumming and music production skills.
Starting out as a DJ & producer back in the 90’s, Buddy Peace has released an armoury of beat tapes, remixes and guest cuts. Using primarily an MPC 2000XL, finger drumming has remained a major part of his production and DJ performances.
R!OT is the electronic music project of Michael Wyckoff, a pianist, composer, producer, and controllerist from Los Angeles. His YouTube channel has over 150,000 YouTube subscribers and focuses on virtuosic live performances, which have been viewed over 23 million times.
JBlack (Jimmy Stanford) is a young innovative music producer from Atlanta, Ga. As CEO and Founder of Shadow Black Entertainment, headquartered in the Washington, DC area, JBlack provides high quality rap beats for rap-artists and singers.
Justin Aswell is both a virtuoso and musical polymath with his own special blend of formal training and underground philosophy. One of the first finger drummers to emerge, he’s known for his viral video performances, but is equally in his element producing, rocking shows, and teaching music.
Decap is a SF based sonic sculptor who has produced for artists such as Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, and Tim Kile (formerly of Arcade Fire). He is currently releasing music as a solo artist and released collaborative work with heavy hitters such as Hit Boy and some of the top artists from the emerging future beats movement.
Leonard Charles is about discovery, adventure and honesty within the parameters of music, and Charles's deep & modern funk meditates on the music of his heroes – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson, Hiroshi Sato, John Coltrane, George Benson, Ahmad Jamal Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.
An accomplished educator, performer, & producer, Tim teaches at Drumtrainer Berlin & Noisy Academy, has wrtitten for “KEYS”, “Drumheads” and “Recording Magazine”, and performs all over the world with his band Front 242 and other acts.
As a founding member & Producer of Orlando-based Hip Hop group, Solillaquists of Sound, DiViNCi first gained notoriety by using multiple MPCs in ways the world had never seen before. The virtuosity in his frenetic performances & popular YouTube clips set inspiring precedents for the now popular “Controllerism” scene.
ASADI, a 20 year old producer from Columbus, Ohio, is dedicated to introducing a style of music he developed called Persian Trap Music. Offering a cinematically majestic sound with dauntless 808s and elaborate trap rhythms, ASADI shows his unsuspecting listeners that he can play it all live from scratch on his beat pad, the Maschine.
Two time #1 act and remixer and boss of Vacation Records Aussie export Stu Tyson has released hundreds of records on the dance worlds biggest labels. Not only a writer/producer, he’s focused on taking the live/DJ crossover to a new level with his Maschine pad drumming performances.
KRANE is a Bay Area native producer, traversing the range of dance and hip hop, influenced by his wide ranging musical upbringing. His tracks are at home on festival stages, club rooms and your headphones, attracting awe for their attention to detail and expert mixes.
STLNDRMS (pronounced stolen drums) is a sample junkie, beat geek, crate digger, pad masher and knob twister. Born in Detroit MI, by way of Tokyo Japan, by way of like 50 other places, the beatmaker from Atlanta GA I makes chill sample beats with a bunch of really old gear, and the prolific producer drops at least one beat daily.
Eric Lau is a world renowned producer using his trademark sounds and style to tell an illuminating tale. He describes his music as source music; a sound that connects to the root of musicality and rhythm, uplifting people through creating inspiring music that he has become internationally loved and recognised for.
Choke is the outrageous Tel-Aviv based controllerism artist Adi Rotem. Adi has dedicated his musical career to challenge sample owners using ten of his fingers, and some old vinyl records and vintage synths. Choke creates beats with the custom MIDI Fighter 64 in a ‘one man band’ show combining light, art and music.
Stro Elliot doesn’t just make beats — he makes music. As a child of military parents, he travelled the world marinating in a record collection that spanned from jazz greats like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, to funk/soul luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, and Prince.
Atish occupies a rare space in dance music – his success has been realized through his total devotion to the art of DJing. With a combination of sophistication and accessibility, his sets are expressive journeys in melodic deep house that create lasting emotional experiences for the listener.
Drawing on their backgrounds as club DJs, the Vancouver-based production duo of DJ Marvel and Kutcorners have been killing crowds with their live remix performances, which include and array of Synths, Turntables and live drumming — gaining praise from Pitchfork, Okayplayer, & Hypetrak
Hailing from Slovenia - Shakazula spent his teenage years playing along to his favorite hip hop, soul and funk songs with his bass guitar; However it was the purchase of a Maschine Studio that expanded what he was able to do. things are looking promising for this young producer.
One of the most versatile and innovative Polish DJs, 69 Beats has been actively rocking European clubs and festivals since 2008 with two goals in mind – to bring happiness into other peoples hearts and to show that DJs work is not only about pushing the “play” button.
Over his twenty-year career Recloose has developed into a standout of Detroit‘s musical litter, releasing a number of groundbreaking 12”s for Planet E, Rush Hour, Delusions of Grandeur; remixes for the likes of Funkadelic, Herbert, MJ Cole and Azymuth; a live album; and four full-length LPs.
Born in London, made in Hong Kong, William Ricketts moved to New Zealand (Melodics’ home base) and had his heart captured by the country, along with the talented and diverse peer group he found. Wild Bill Ricketts is his solo project.
DJ, producer, remixer, label boss… for a decade now Graeme Sinden has been establishing himself as one of the leaders of dance music as we know it. Collaborations with scene leaders such as Shadow Child, Sbtrkt and AC Slater demonstrate the level at which he operates at.
Hailing from Christchurch in New Zealand, Ruse is a DJ/Producer combining solid skills with a genuine love of music. Winner of NZ’s Redbull Thre3Style, DMC, and Decknology competitions; Ruse’s sets cross musical boundaries, Hip hop to electronica, funk to glitch.
Music and rhythm have taken Eshan Khadaroo a.k.a Push4Life on an amazing journey over the past few decades. Transfixed by drums and self expression at a young age, Eshan has made a career out of his passion, and educates the next generation with his latest project at push4life.eu
From his hometown of Brisbane, to his groundbreaking appearances at Shambala’s Fractal Forest, Slynk has spent years refining his skills, experimenting, and educating himself and his fans with mash up productions of classic hip hop, ingrained with rare and funky, rhythmically savvy grooves.
Known for his Youtube channel, Multiplier (real name Adam Pollard) started producing after seeing a Skrillex show in 2010, when dubstep started to gain popularity. The focus then was releasing music and DJing, featuring and charting on Beatport and Trackitdown, alongside a string of international DJ bookings.
A Korean beatmaker based in Seoul, Lionclad has been hailed by GQ Korea & Playboy magazine as one of the most remarkable young producers in Korea. A master of MPC finger-drumming, Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, & Experimental have had a profound influence on her music.
Winterpark is the project of Melbourne electronic musician and educator Matt Ridgway. Musically, styles are blurred, merged and re-imagined into deep electronic soundscapes. Movement and pulse lead the listener through washed out waves of bliss and uncertainty, glistening explosions and chiming Astro-pop.
Step1 is a beatmaker and DJ whose action-packed performances blend elements of turntablism, scratching, finger drumming, and live production. A longtime educator, she also owns a music production school called Sequence One where she teaches Ableton to the next generation of producers.
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