Knife Party are an Australian electronic music duo comprising Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, two members of the drum and bass band Pendulum. Knife Party were placed at #53 on Top 100 DJs poll, #22 on thedjlist and #9 based on 2013–14 data by Topple Track and JustGo Music; the duo have worked with other artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, MistaJam, Foreign Beggars, I See MONSTAS, Tom Staar, Pegboard Nerds and Tom Morello. The duo met and performed music since 2002 in various different bands and music projects forming drum and bass band Pendulum. Two of the three original members created Knife Party as a side project, although it evolved into their primary project. On 25 May 2011, Swire released a short preview on SoundCloud entitled "Not Pendulum"; the name is derived from a Deftones song of the same name—which caused consternation at first, as it implied that they supported knife crime—although Swire stated that "...we’re not advocating any type of knife-related crime any more than Swedish House Mafia were advocating organised crime."
Knife Party's first EP, 100% No Modern Talking, was released digitally through Warner Bros. Records on 12 December 2011; the EP was to feature "Back to the Z-List" but was replaced with "Destroy Them with Lazers" as the duo had decided to abandon the track. The EP title refers to the lack of "Modern Talking", a wavetable in the software synthesiser NI Massive used to create "talking" basslines, their second EP, Rage Valley, was released digitally through Big Beat. Rob tweeted a screenshot taken on his PC showing three of the four final Rage Valley tracks, captioning the photo "3 down, 1 to go", referring to the mastering of the final track "Sleaze"; the title track "Rage Valley" was named "Fuck Em" but the title was changed "for secret shady reasons you will never know" according to Rob. "Sleaze" was re-titled, the original being called "Until They Kick Us Out". Rage Valley was set to be released before the end of April 2012, but due to multiple setbacks the release was delayed for four weeks.
It was made available for purchase on Beatport and iTunes on 27 May 2012. The song "Bonfire", released on this album, was featured on an episode of AMC's Breaking Bad in the fifth season and in the video game WWE 2K15; the EP was Knife Party's first entry on the Billboard 200, peaking at #75. Their third EP Haunted House, was released on 6 May 2013 digitally through Big Beat. A last minute change was made to the EP and where "Baghdad" was replaced with "Internet Friends". Rob announced the approximate release date for the new EP, the week of 22 April, with iTunes on 29 April. Rob announced the final release date would be 6 May due to issues beyond his control; the EP was leaked on 29 April and uploaded in its entirety on Knife Party's YouTube channel on 5 May as well as a trailer video for the EP. The EP entered into the iTunes Top 10 Albums Chart and peaked at #3, it hit number 1 Electro House Album on Beatport. The EP was Knife Party's first Top 40 entry on the Billboard 200, peaking at #37. Rob Swire stated that he will be taking a six-month hiatus in July from live performances in order to record new music.
A month Swire released a statement that along with an announcement of a new Pendulum album, Knife Party will be recording and releasing their debut studio album. In May 2014 Swire stated that the debut Knife Party album was near completion and that they were in their final stages of finishing it. In June it was announced that the album would be titled Abandon Ship, however it was explained that its release date will be announced once the album itself is finished. On 6 August 2014, Rob Swire released a teaser from the forthcoming album. On 15 August 2014, the release of a single titled "Resistance", was announced, to be released for free on 25 August 2014 through SoundCloud, with the album to follow shortly after. On 22 August 2014, the album was announced, scheduled for release on 24 November 2014. On 22 September 2014, "Begin Again" was released as the second promotional single from the album; the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 183. On 7 November 2014 iTunes leaked the whole album.
Knife Party's Rob Swire mentioned in a tweet that he was happy with the album leaking, but that he felt it made "months of arguments about release dates and watermarks pointless." Evidence of a possible new EP made itself known during their performance at Ultra Music Festival 2015 where they debuted three new tracks: Parliament Funk, PLUR Police and Kraken ft. Tom Staar. On 3 June Knife Party tweeted they would be announcing their new EP within the next few days. On 24 July Knife Party tweeted their new EP "Trigger Warning" would be released within 6 to 8 weeks. On 13 November Knife Party tweeted on their official Twitter page that they will be releasing the EP along with Plur Police on 20 November 2015. At Kingsday Festival 2015 they premiered a brand new song featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame, they announced the song would be included on what was to be the Trigger Warning EP. However, after the announcement that the Jauz Remix of PLUR Police was the final track of the EP, Rob replied to a fan asking that the song would be on Tom Morello's upcoming solo album.
On the final day of Ultra Music Festival 2016, Knife Party closed the festival out with Tom Morello with a live performance of the ID, named "Battle Sirens". They played a new pair of VIPs: LRAD and Bonfire, the latter of, accompanied by Tom Morello playing guitar. On 5 September 2016 Knife Party posted a GIF with the words "Coming Soon" on top of a static background; this was followed up on 7 September with another GIF of a cartoonized Tom Morello in shad
Above & Beyond (group)
Above & Beyond are an English electronic music group consisting of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, Paavo Siljamäki. Formed in 2000, they are the owners of London-based electronic dance music labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, host a weekly radio show titled Group Therapy Radio; the trio has been ranked among DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs Poll, having placed at #6 in 2007, #4 in 2008 & 2009, #5 in 2010 & 2011, most at #51 for 2018. Grant and Siljamäki met at the University of Westminster. Having discovered a common mutual interest for electronic music, they decided to collaborate in writing music together. Following Siljamäki's suggestion, they set up the Anjunabeats label in the summer of 1999 with the release of their first single, "Volume One", under the alias Anjunabeats; the Anjunabeats record label was founded as a medium to release their own music. Since the label acquired the same name as their production alias, they started to release music under different names, most notably as Dirt Devils and Free State.
The original mix of "Volume One", packaged with their Tease Dub Mix, received immediate attention in various dance clubs and gained support from DJs such as Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules, Paul van Dyk, after Grant and Paavo Siljamäki handed a dub plate of the song to Paul Oakenfold in 2000 at Home, the now-defunct London nightclub. Following the success of "Volume One" and a string of singles and remixes under their Free State and Dirt Devils alter egos, the marketing director & manager of Warner Music Group, Tony McGuinness, was alerted to the duo by his brother, Liam McGuinness. Liam had purchased a sample library that Grant got in touch with Jono. Having been commissioned to remix Chakra's "Home", Tony McGuinness recruited Grant and Siljamäki to help him complete the remix; when the group was searching for a name to use for their Chakra remix, the inspiration came from a web page belonging to an American motivational trainer coincidentally named Jono Grant. Grant had the poster stuck to his wall.
The slogan used by the motivational trainer was "Above & Beyond", they decided to use that as their name. Although the group was unknown at the time, their remix of Chakra's "Home" was picked over remixes by Rob Searle and Tilt to be the A-side mix, after plays by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, it reached number one in the UK club charts. In addition to Above & Beyond's production work, the trio established the vocal trance group OceanLab with Justine Suissa. Other collaborators in the band's early stages include Andy Moor and vocalists Carrie Skipper, Ashley Tomberlin, Zoë Johnston, Richard Bedford. Interest in Above & Beyond soon emerged from established trance labels and new remixes were requested: the trio remixed Aurora's "Ordinary World", Fragma's "Everytime You Need Me", Perpetuous Dreamer's "The Sound of Goodbye", Adamski's "In the City"; these tracks served as the foundation for Above & Beyond's reputation as one of the UK's leading vocal trance remixers. In 2001, Above & Beyond produced a club mix for Madonna's single "What It Feels Like for a Girl", remixed select tracks by Delerium, Three Drives, J-pop artist Ayumi Hamasaki.
In 2002, Above & Beyond made their DJ debut in Tokyo performing for 8,000 clubbers alongside Ferry Corsten and Tiësto. As their fan base increased, the trio began to make regular appearances at some of the world's largest music festivals and clubs, including Rockness and Creamfields in the UK and Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain. In 2003, Above & Beyond remixed DJ Tomcraft's "Loneliness", Motorcycle's "As the Rush Comes", as well as being asked back by Madonna to remix "Nobody Knows Me". Other remixes included Britney Spears' single "Everytime", Dido's "Sand in My Shoes", Delerium's "Silence". Above & Beyond's single "No One On Earth", featuring the vocals of Zoë Johnston, soon followed, it was voted Tune of the Year for 2004 in Armin van Buuren's trance radio show A State of Trance. In 2004, OceanLab's fourth single, "Satellite", was released. Known to be one of their break-through tracks in the early days of producing, it reached #19 on the UK chart in May 2004. In 2006, Above & Beyond released their debut artist album, Tri-State.
UK-based DJ Magazine gave the album a five-star review, saying, "A blend of sleek electronic rhythms, lush filmic textures and old-fashioned song writing. Tri-State is the fulfillment of any dance act's ultimate album aspiration: a padding-free, diverse long-player. In a word,'Brilliant.'"Singles from the album include "Air for Life", with Andy Moor, which won Best Underground Dance Track at the 2006 Miami Winter Music Conference and was named Tune of the Year for 2005, as voted by the listeners of Armin van Buuren's radio show A State of Trance. "Alone Tonight", featuring Richard Bedford, was nominated for best progressive house/trance track at the 22nd International Dance Music Awards held at the 2007 Miami WMC, reaching #4 in the Finland National Singles chart and #5 in the UK Dance Chart. Above & Beyond performed "Alone Tonight" at the Global Gathering 2005 broadcast live on Radio One in the UK, their single "Can't Sleep" was included on A State of Trance's episode 280, which featured at #3 on the best 20 tracks of 2006, according to the fans that voted in its polls.
The Above & Beyond Club Mix of their track "Good for Me", featuring Zoë Johnston, was voted Tune of the Year in 2006 on Van Buuren's A State of Trance. In 2008, Above & Beyond won Best Underground Dance Track at the IDMA Awards at the Winter Music Conference with their Above & Beyond Club Mix of their single "Home". On 31 December 2007, Above & Beyond unofficially hosted their largest show on Barra Beach, Rio de Janeiro, where they played to an estimated one million people
Clyde Sergio Narain, known professionally as Chuckie, is a Surinamese DJ and producer. He lives in Aruba. Chuckie is a producer of what has been called the "dirty house" scene, a cultural movement centered on lively urban club events featuring dancing, bright lights and interactive stage elements, he has helped develop a style of music known as "Dirty Dutch", a genre characterized by high pitched lead synths over Latin-inspired rhythms and samples. Hits including "Let the Bass Kick", "Aftershock" and "Make Some Noise" have contributed to his success. Chuckie has remixed songs for, among others, Michael Jackson and David Guetta and has produced for 50 Cent and Akon. Further, his work has been showcased on the popular EDM focused show "What's Hot in EDM?" on BBC Radio 1. He owns his record label, Dirty Dutch Music, he hosts the one-hour rap and hip hop show on KissFresh from 11pm every Wednesday. Other albums Dirty Dutch Dirty Dutch 2008 Dirty Dutch Outsiders Dirty Dutch Fallout Dirty Dutch Blackout Dirty Dutch Exodus 2017Turn Up the Bass 2003 Ixxel – "Drop That Beat" 2005 Gio – "X–Girl" Brace – "Hartendief" 2006 Real El Canario – "U Rock" 2007 Ron Carroll – "Walking Down the Street" 2008 Sidney Samson featuring MC Stretch – "Pump Up the Stereo" Unders and Drrie – "3 Days in Kazachstan" The Partysquad – "Stuk" Joachim Garraud – "Are U Ready" 2009 David Guetta, Chris Willis, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso – "Everytime We Touch" David Guetta featuring Akon – "Sexy Bitch" David Guetta featuring Estelle – "One Love" Bob Sinclar featuring Shabba Ranks – "Love You No More" Groovewatchers – "Sexy Girl" Hardwell and Rehab – "Blue Magic" Chris Kaeser – "Who's in the House" Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano – "Pondo" 2010 Bob Sinclar featuring Sean Paul – "Tik Tok" 3OH!3 featuring Kesha – "First Kiss" Black Eyed Peas – "Rock That Body" Kelly Rowland featuring David Guetta – "Commander" Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E – "Tonight" Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull – "I Like It" Robbie Rivera featuring Fast Eddie – "Let Me Sip My Drink" Sidney Samson featuring Lady Bee – "Shut Up & Let It Go" Luis Lopez vs. Jesse Lee – "Is This Love" Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick featuring Shawnee Taylor – "Live Your Life" Toni Braxton – "So Yesterday" Sergio Mauri featuring Janet Gray – "Everybody Dance" Nari & Milani and Cristian Marchi featuring Luciana – "I Got My Eye on You" Pendulum – "Witchcraft" Mohombi – "Bumpy Ride" Moby – "Jltf" Lil Jon featuring Claude Kelly – "Oh What a Night" Felix Da Housecat – "Silver Screen Shower Scene" Picco – "Venga" Diddy - Dirty Money – "Hello, Good Morning" Lock'N Load – "Blow Ya Mind 2011" Nervo featuring Ollie James – "Irresistible" 2011 Michael Jackson – "Hollywood Tonight" Ely Supastar and Henry L featuring Dawn Tallman – "Money for Love" DJ Smash – "From Russia with Love" Carolina Márquez – "Wicked Wow" Nause – "Made Of" Mastiksoul and Dada featuring Akon and Paul G - "Bang It All" Diddy - Dirty Money - "I Hate That You Love Me" Jean-Roch featuring Flo Rida and Kat Deluna – "I'm Alright" Erick Morillo and Eddie Thoneick featuring Shawnee Taylor – "Stronger" Eva – "Ashes" Wynter Gordon – "Buy My Love" The Saturdays – "Notorious" DJ Obek featuring Ambush – "Craissy" Laurent Wery featuring Swift K.
I. D. and Dev – "Hey Hey Hey" Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – "We Found Love" Kelly Rowland – "Down for Whatever" Neon Hitch – "Bad Dog" Wildboys – "Dominoes" 2012 Neon Hitch - "F U Betta" Sarvi - "Amore" Donaeo - "Party Hard" Skepta - "Punch His Face" Aba and Simonsen - "Soul Bossa Nova" KeeMo featuring Cosmo Klein - "Beautiful Lie" Dada Life - "Rolling Stones T-Shirt" Milk & Sugar featuring Neri Per Caso - "Via Con Me" Wallpaper - "Fucking Best Song Ever" Baauer - "Harlem Shake" Sub Focus featuring Alpines - "Tidal Wave" Roscoe Dash - "Good Good Night" 2013 Pitbull featuring TJR - "Don't Stop the Party" 2014 Timeflies – "All the Way" Shakira - "Dare" T-ara - "Sugar Free" Deadmau5 - "Ghosts'n' Stuff" 2015 Cash Cash ft. Busta Rhymez, B. O. B and Neon Hitch - "Devi
Showtek is a Dutch electronic dance music duo consisting of two brothers from Eindhoven and Wouter Janssen. The duo manages to reach the top of multiple music charts and work with artists such as Tiësto, Chris Brown and David Guetta. Showtek was ranked 17th in the Top 100 DJs list of 2014 but by the magazine's 2016 list, they had dropped to 96th; the brothers, who have been musically active since 2001 offer podcasts on their own radio show on the music streaming service iTunes. The brothers Wouter Janssen and Sjoerd Janssen began their musical career in electronic music in techno music in 2001 and subsequently moved to hardstyle in 2003. At that time, Wouter produced hard trance under the stage name of Walt, Sjoerd hardstyle as Duro, they released their first album, Today Is Tomorrow in 2007 under their independent label Dutch Master Works. The album was well received in the Dutch music charts, reaching 68th place, received a score of 95/100 on Partyflock. In 2009, their second album, Analogue Players in a Digital World, was unveiled at the Amsterdam Dance Event in the Netherlands and circulated by the Central Station Records.
The album was well received by the press, which allows them access to rewards. The duo uses multiple aliases including but not limited to. In 2011, the group collaborated on the album Kiss from the Past by Allure, one of the musical projects of Dutch producer Tiësto. In 2012, they collaborated with Tiësto again on the singles "Miami / Chasing Summers" included in the album Club Life: Volume Two Miami, on a single titled "Hell Yeah!". In 2012, the Showtek brothers began a series of collaborations, a project called Crazy Collabs, with producers from some of the other genres in dance music. Before the official announcement of their collaboration, they co-produced an EP with Tiësto and Angger Dimas entitled "We Rock" as Boys Will Be Boys, they have worked with Tiësto, Justin Prime, Ookay, MAKJ, Noisecontrollers. Showtek co-produced the upcoming single of Chris Brown entitled Nobody's Perfect with Lukas Hilbert and David Jost. Showtek has their own podcast, available through their website and iTunes.
In December 2013, the duo founded their own label "Skink", licensed to Spinnin Records but isn't a sub-label. The song "We Like To Party" by Showtek was the first title to be released under the new label. In 2014, they collaborate with Vassy and David Guetta for the single "Bad", listed for 239 weeks on 19 different music charts. Notes ^ "Get Loose" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop singles chart, but did peak at number 79 on the Ultratip chart, which tracks the top 100 songs that have not made the Ultratop 50. Official website
Joseph Thomas Youngman, better known by his stage name Wolfgang Gartner, is an American DJ and music producer. Much of his music prior to 2010 was released through his own record label, but he signed with Ultra Records in 2010 and Ministry of Sound in the UK in 2011. Youngman created the Wolfgang Gartner name in late 1999 after establishing a successful name as a deep house DJ. Not wanting to be criticized for such an abrupt departure in style, Youngman created the name anonymously. Gartner's identity was revealed in July 2008. Youngman took the name from the coach of the Cal Poly Mustangs men's soccer team; the current Wolfgang Gartner logo was created in 2010 by New York graffiti artist Eric Haze who created logos for the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and EPMD. Gartner hosted the first episode of MTV's dance music show "Clubland" which aired on September 22, 2011. A portion of the episode was filmed at his home in Los Angeles, where he gave a tour of his studio and introduced music videos, he was the DJ for the 10th Video Game Awards, which aired on Spike TV on December 7, 2012.
A total of eight of Gartner's songs have held the #1 position on the Beatport Top 10 Chart. His single "Wolfgang's 5th Symphony" was the highest selling song on Beatport.com in 2009. Gartner received a Grammy nomination for his remix of Andy Caldwell's "Funk Nasty" in the Best Remixed Recording Category in 2010. On September 20, 2011, Gartner released his first full-length album Weekend in America; the album featured vocal cameos from Omarion, Jim Jones & Cam ` will.i.am and Eve. It peaked at # 2 in # 1 in Beatport's album chart. Gartner collaborated with deadmau5 on "Animal Rights" and "Channel 42", with Skrillex on "The Devil's Den", with Tiesto and Luciana on "We Own the Night". Gartner's music has been featured in a number of video games including the racing game Midnight Club: Los Angeles, snowboarding game Stoked, as downloadable content for Activision's DJ Hero, Dirt Showdown, Forza Horizon, his music has been featured in the TV shows Teen Wolf and The Secret Circle, Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Arrow and in the movie Limitless.
Gartner was nominated for four International Dance Music Awards in January 2011, including Best Electro/Tech House Track, Best Progressive Track, Best Breakthrough DJ and Best Breakthrough Artist. That same month Gartner announced a new video for the single Illmerica. Forever, a collaboration with will.i.am, was released on April 12, 2011. The music video received regular rotation on MTV UK, MuchMusic, AMtv in the USA; the single received limited radio airplay in America, while reaching A-List rotation on BBC Radio 1 in the UK. His musical style ranges from electro house to progressive house and tech house, as categorized in online record stores such as Beatport. Gartner finished in 8th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country's most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ. Gartner has performed at a number of music festivals including CounterPoint 2014, Camp Bisco 2011 and 2013, Neon Desert Music Festival 2013 World Electronic Music Festival 2012, Electric Forest 2012, Sasquatch!
Music Festival 2012, Coachella 2010, 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 and 2011, Ultra Music Festival 2010 through 2013, Parklife 2011, Creamfields 2011, Global Dance Festival 2012, Electric Zoo 2011, 2012 and tours extensively around the world. In 2010, Gartner debuted as a featured guest on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix series, hosted by DJ/producer Pete Tong. Studio albums Weekend in America 10 Ways to Steal Home Plate Official website "Kindergarten – CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014
Nicolaas Douwma, better known by his stage name Sub Focus, is an English DJ, record producer, songwriter and sound engineer from Guildford, Surrey. He has been releasing records since 2003. On 12 October 2009, he released his self-titled debut album, he released his second album, Torus, on 30 September 2013. A fan of rock music, bands such as Nirvana, Douwma started a band at school with some friends although this was a short-lived ambition as he "wasn't good" at playing musical instruments. At the age of 13, however, he discovered computer software for producing electronic music and became a self-taught producer, started making rudimentary dance music; the main reason he followed this path and got more involved in it was because it meant that he could create a whole song on a computer without having to be able to play a musical instrument. His first major influences were groups such as The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers, artists who blended guitars with dance music, he first discovered jungle and drum and bass music after hearing "Incredible" by M-Beat and General Levy.
Douwma did not start taking music production until he left school and deciding what to do for a career. In order to advance and to get more of an understanding of electronic music production, he went to college and studied sound engineering. From 2001–2002 onwards due to encouragement from his friends, he started sending out demo CDs, his breakthrough came in 2003 when a friend of his, playing in a club on the same night as RAM Records boss Andy C gave him his demo CD, with his phone number written on it. After hearing it, Andy was so impressed with the demo, he phoned up Douwma straight away and signed every track and Douwma was signed to RAM's sister label Frequency, before making his debut on RAM two years later. In March 2005, Douwma had a number one single on the UK Dance Chart with "X-Ray / Scarecrow"; the single reached number 60 on the UK Singles Chart. In June 2008, he hit number one on the UK Dance Chart again with "Timewarp / Join the Dots". In August 2009, he cracked the UK top 40 for the first time with "Rock It / Follow the Light", which reached number 38.
"Rock It / Follow the Light" got him a third UK Dance Chart number one, as well as reaching the B-list of BBC Radio 1's playlist. Sub Focus has remixed selected works of The Prodigy, deadmau5, Rusko, Dr. Octagon, Empire of the Sun and Dizzee Rascal. On 6 October 2009, Sub Focus released "Smooth", free to download. On 12 October 2009, he released his debut studio album Sub Focus, the album peaked at number 51 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2010, Sub Focus was a support act for Australian drum and bass band Pendulum on their UK tour to promote their third album Immersion; that year, he produced the Example track "Kickstarts" for his second album, Won't Go Quietly. The track was successful in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number three; this makes it Sub Focus' most commercially successful production to date. A free track "Falling Down" featuring vocals from Kenzie May was released on his website and was released digitally as an EP. In 2012, he released "Out the Blue" featuring Alice Gold and it reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.
It was followed by "Tidal Wave" featuring Alpines which peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart, which became his first to spend at least two weeks in the top 40. "Tidal Wave" featured on the Mercedes Benz "Sound with Power" advertising campaign, along with Tinie Tempah. On 12 May 2013, "Endorphins" featuring Alex Clare was released, continuing his recent chart success, peaking at number 10 in the UK Singles Chart; the album's fifth single "Turn It Around" was released on 22 September 2013 and reached number 14. His second studio album Torus was released on 30 September 2013, he headlined the Radio 1 Dance stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals 2013. Sub Focus played at Glastonbury 2013 with his new live show setup. In the summer of 2013, he went on to play at Dour Festival, Reading & Leeds, Global Gathering and Isle of Wight festival among others, he headlined BBC Radio 1Xtra Live at the Bournemouth International Centre on 7 October. He completed a 2013 UK tour; the sixth single from Torus, "Turn Back Time" climbed the UK Singles Chart to number 10.
The next single from Torus, a new version of "Close" featuring a session singer instead of MNEK, failed to chart. Sub Focus Torus Sub Focus on Facebook Sub Focus on Twitter Sub Focus discography at Discogs
Gabriel & Dresden
Gabriel & Dresden is an American electronic music duo comprising Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden, formed in San Francisco. They collaborated from 2001 to 2008 again from 2011 to the present. During that time, they have created numerous hit songs and remixes, some of which are considered classics, they won the coveted Winter Music Conference IDMA award for "Best American DJ" twice, in 2007 and 2008, the latter time on the same day that the group split up. The pair reunited in early 2011 and proceeded on a reunion tour, which began at Ruby Skye in San Francisco on March 4, 2011, they produced two studio albums together, one self-titled album and The Only Road, released after an 11-year hiatus period. Dave Dresden's musical ability was developed through 15 years DJ-ing prior to forming the group, while Josh Gabriel has an undergraduate college degree in music composition from the California Institute for the Arts. Dave's love for music was influenced by a local 1980's Westchester County, New York nightclub located in Banksville, New York called Krypton's.
DJ Ralphie Gomez, the club's longtime resident DJ, played an eclectic mixture of new wave and early industrial music that drew crowds to this popular back road rural night spot. He was inspired by watching a pre-fame Moby DJ at a teen club in Greenwich, Connecticut called The Cafe. One night while dancing at Krypton's to Anne Clark's "Wallies", Dave decided to be a DJ. Dave's first gig was at Marty & Lenny's, a nightclub in New Rochelle, NY where the owners of the predominantly freestyle music venue promoted a new music night; the night was promoted by Long Island's 92.7 WDRE, Dave's eponymous DJ name "Dave the Wave" started to earn him recognition amongst fans of new wave and industrial dance music. From there, he landed a long-standing residency at BAR in New Haven, CT which lasted for over ten years; this helped him to land a spot reporting his top tracks to the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in Billboard, a touted, difficult title to earn amongst DJs in the US with only 95 DJs in total submitting their weekly charts.
Dave worked in many other facets of the music industry including radio, A&R, journalism and club promotions. Josh started experimenting with synthesizers and computers in the early 1980s, achieving mastery of the Yamaha DX7 and TX816 by the age of 17. With an Apple Macintosh Plus, the earliest of music applications like Mark of the Unicorn’s “Composer” and “Performer”, Josh was on the bleeding edge. In the Netherlands, Gabriel's inventor spirit took shape as he wrote a computer application to control samples on an Akai S900 in real-time with a joystick. With this, the inception for what became Mixman was born. Along with electronics whiz Jan Panis, Gabriel built an apparatus which converted beams of light coming up off the floor into a MIDI control device and the 20-year-old Gabriel dressed in black, wearing white gloves performed his real-time beat-trigger device in the clubs of Amsterdam. Josh attended the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands and earned his degree from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
He founded the music creation tool Mixman in the 1990s, the first program to make music using loops of digital audio. Gabriel's patents for loop-based music remixing are the backbone of industry standard music making software applications used in every producer's studio today. Dave met Pete Tong whilst he was the music director of Swedish Egil's grooveradio.com in 2000. By 2001 Dave was working for Pete as a scout looking for new music for his radio show Essential Selection and label FFRR. At the Miami Winter Music Conference in March 2001 Dave stuck up a conversation with Josh at a party being hosted by grooveradio.com after seeing Josh hand DJ Leon Alexander a copy of his first vinyl record called "Wave 3". Dave liked the track so much gave it to Pete who played it the next week on the Essential Selection and used it for his compilation Twisted Beats. A few months as a thank you for the work he had done, Pete offered Dave the opportunity to do a remix of New Order's Someone Like You and Dave asked Josh to work on it with him.
Dave and Josh joined forces in 2001 and made a name for themselves by creating numerous remixes for artists as diverse as Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, Sarah Mclachlan, Way Out West, Annie Lennox, Duncan Sheik, Jewel. In 2002 Gabriel & Dresden released "Lament" on Satoshi Tomiie's Saw Recordings imprint, their first single; the first Gabriel & Dresden gig was Arc in New York City. In 2004 they released their first mix CD, after having their seventh #1 Billboard Dance Chart Hit with the Madonna & Britney Spears collaboration "Me Against the Music", they worked on their own group Motorcycle with JES, resulting in their signature song "As the Rush Comes", which reached #11 on the UK pop charts. Their remix of Josh's side project Andain's "Beautiful Things" became a club and radio anthem around the world, they entered the prestigious DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ's poll in 2003 at #43. They climbed the Top 100 chart in the following years, placing at 40 in 2004, 33 in 2005, peaking at 20 in 2006. In 2005, they released "Without You Near" in cooperation with Markus Schulz and Departure as well as "Zocalo" with Armin Van Buuren, featured on his album Shivers.
Their remix for Above & Beyond's "No One on Earth" was voted the #1 track of the year for 2004 on Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show. In 2005 Gabriel & Dresden started their own label, Organized Nature, intended to release their own material, their first release on the label was the song "Arcadia" which gained immediate favor with DJs such as Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. Josh an