Markus Schulz

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Markus Schulz
Markus schulz sutra oc.jpg
Markus Schulz at Sutra, OC California, 2012
Background information
Birth nameMarkus Schulz
Also known asDakota, New World Punx (with Ferry Corsten)
Born (1975-02-03) 3 February 1975 (age 44)
OriginEschwege, Germany
GenresTrance, Dance
Years active1990–present
LabelsColdharbour Recordings, Armada Music, Ultra Records
Associated actsFerry Corsten, New World Punx

Markus Schulz (/ˈmɑːrkəs ˈʃʊlts/; German: [ˈmaʁkʊs ˈʃʊlts]; born 3 February 1975) is a German-American DJ and music producer based in Miami, Florida. Best known for his weekly radio show titled "Global DJ Broadcast" that airs on Digitally Imported radio, After Hours FM and other online stations,[1] Schulz is also the founder of the label Coldharbour Recordings[2] and Schulz Music Group (SMG), an artist management company that manages rising stars in the industry including Nifra, Fisherman & Hawkins, Mr. Pit, Grube and Hovsepian and Adina Butar.[3] In September 2012, Schulz was crowned America's Number 1 DJ by DJ Times.[4]

In early 2013, after several spontaneous back-to-back performances, Schulz and Ferry Corsten announced they would be producing and touring together as the new EDM group New World Punx, their debut arena show was held at Madison Square Garden.


Schulz has released 15 mix compilations and seven artist albums under his own name, he has also released productions and albums, Thoughts Become Things, Thoughts Become Things II and The Nine Skies, under the alias Dakota.[citation needed] Through his work with remixing tracks, he has had the opportunity to work with such artists as: Depeche Mode, Madonna, Everything but the Girl, Jewel, OceanLab, Gabriel & Dresden, Télépopmusik, Fat Boy Slim, Miro, Book of Love, Blue Amazon, and PQM,[1] his remixes of "Intuition" and "Stand" by Jewel both hit #1 on the Billboard club chart.[5]

His seventh studio album, We Are The Light, released on 12 October 2018.[6]


When not in the studio working on new mixes, Schulz maintains an extensive international touring schedule, he originally held a seven-year residency at The Works in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he developed his style. Since then, he has continued to perform at clubs all over the world including Avalon, Club Space, Green Valley, Ministry of Sound,[7] Ruby Skye and Zouk.

Schulz signing autographs for fans at Sutra in Orange County, California, 2012.
Logo of Markus Schulz.

He has DJ'ed at some of the largest festivals and events, including: Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, Monster Massive, Together As One, Ultra Music Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event, Nature One, Dance Valley, Love Parade, Global Gathering, Creamfields, ETD Pop, Trance Energy 2010, Bang Music Festival, Future Music Festival, Bal en Blanc,[1] at the Episodes 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600 and 650 (as New World Punx) of A State of Trance and at Summafieldayze on the Gold Coast in Australia. In 2013, Schulz launched a 4-plus week North American "Scream" Tour with The M Machine.[8] A second similar North American tour was also launched in April 2014 following the release of Scream 2.[9]

On 28 October 2010, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, placing Schulz at #8 DJ in the world.[10] In September 2012, Schulz was crowned America's Number 1 DJ by DJ Times.[4] In DJ Magazine's 2013 poll, he was #21 in the ranking.[11]

Schulz is known amongst his fans as the unicorn slayer. Many EDM artists nowadays tend to fall back on light, upbeat melodies, nicknamed "unicorn melodies", but Schulz prefers to use square waves and pitch bends. After somebody tweeted, "Markus Schulz: the unicorn slayer of trance." Schulz retweeted it and the nickname caught on.[12]


Schulz performing at Mayday, 2010 in Poland.

Studio albums (as Markus Schulz)[edit]

Studio albums (as Dakota)[edit]

Remix albums[edit]

  • Progression Progressed - The Remixes (2008, Armada Music)
  • Do You Dream? - The Remixes (2011, Armada Music)
  • Dakota – Thoughts Become Things II (The Remixes) (13 January 2012, Armada Music)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Shikodachi (1999, Safari Media )[18]
  • Kamaidachi (2000, Safari Media )[19]
  • American DJ - 04 Phoenix (2001, The Right Stuff) [20]
  • Coldharbour Sessions (2004, Armada Music)[13]
  • Miami '05 (2005, Moist Music)[13]
  • Ibiza '06 (2006, Moist Music)[21][22]
  • Amsterdam '08 (2008, Armada Music)[23]
  • Toronto '09 (2009, Armada Music)[13]
  • Armada At Ibiza - Summer 2008
  • Las Vegas '10 (2010, Armada Music)[13]
  • Prague '11 (2011, Armada Music)[13]
  • Los Angeles '12 (2012, Armada Music)[13]
  • Best of 2012: World Tour Compilation (15 December 2012)[24]
  • Buenos Aires '13 (2013, Armada Music)
  • In Search of Sunrise 14 (with Gabriel & Dresden and Andy Moor) (2018, Songbird)[25]




  1. ^ a b c "The DJ List Biography of Markuz Schulz". The DJ List. Retrieved 2006-08-31.
  2. ^ "Armada Music / Coldharbour Recordings". Armada Music. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  3. ^ Norrell, Charlene. "Interview with Markus Schulz". Pumped Audio. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  4. ^ a b "DJ Times Top 100 DJ's". DJ Times. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  5. ^ "Jewel Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2006-08-31.
  6. ^ a b "Markus Schulz Announces 'We Are the Light' LP Confirms Release Date, Tracklist & Next Single". EDM Sauce. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  7. ^ "Ministry of Sound radio - Markus Schulz". Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Markus Schulz North American Scream Tour". Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  9. ^ "Markus Schulz takes 'Scream 2′ on the road with spring bus tour". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  10. ^ "DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's". DJ Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs 2013". Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Q&A: Markus Schulz". Mixmag. Archived from the original on 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-03-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Markus Schulz – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  14. ^ "Markus Schulz – Scream – Coming August 31, 2012". Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  15. ^ "Markus Schulz – Scream 2". Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  16. ^ "Markus Schulz, Pre-Sale Ticket Request, Watch The World Album". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  17. ^ "We Are the Light by Markus Schulz on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  18. ^ "Markus Schulz – Shikodachi". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  19. ^ "Markus Schulz – Kamaidachi". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  20. ^ "Markus Schulz – American DJ - 04 Phoenix". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  21. ^ "Markus Schulz Interview". About. Retrieved 2006-08-31.
  22. ^ "Ibiza '06 on". About. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
  23. ^ "Markus Schulz – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  24. ^ "Best of 2012: World Tour Compilation - Markus Schulz". Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  25. ^ Hernandez, Christina (2018-07-01). "Tiësto's iconic ISOS series has been resurrected by Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor, & Markus Schulz in the most powerful of fashions [Album Review]". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  26. ^ Bein, Kat (2018-08-09). "Markus Schulz Taps Capital Cities' Sebu For Summery Pop Single: Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  27. ^ "The Awakening [Transmission 2018 Theme] – Single by Markus Schulz on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  28. ^ "Markus Schulz Presents Afterdark Vol. 1 – Single by Markus Schulz on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  29. ^ "Symphony Of Stars – Single by Markus Schulz on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  30. ^ Sunkel, Cameron (2019-03-12). "Markus Schulz and ATB team up on first-ever collaboration 'Heartbeat'". Archived from the original on 2019-03-14. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  31. ^ Sunkel, Cameron (2019-07-30). "Markus Schulz and BT join forces for landmark release". Archived from the original on 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  32. ^ Chang, Davina (2019-08-27). "Markus Schulz releases 'Ave Maria' in memory of his late mother". EDM Tunes. Archived from the original on 2019-09-07. Retrieved 2019-09-07.

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