THE CHAIN   SMOKERS

ARTIST: CHAINSMOKERS

REPPIN: New York, NY

ASSOCIATED:Disruptor

 

 

The Chainsmokers is an American DJ/production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart.  The Chainsmokers were initially made up of Pall and former DJ Rhett Bixler. The Chainsmokers were re-formed as an EDM DJ duo in 2012 under the management of Adam Alpert in New York City. Pall, who had grown up DJing, was introduced to Taggart by Alpert, and had been working at an art gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan at the time. Pall attended New York University for art history and music business. Taggart had been attending Syracuse University and was interning at Interscope Records before the two met. He had taken an interest in DJing and released some original songs on the website SoundCloud. Taggart was informed by someone working for Alpert that a duo that was being managed by him had an open spot after Bixler left, which prompted Taggart to leave Maine in order to go to New York City. They started out by making remixes of indie bands. In 2012, they collaborated with Indian actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra on the single "Erase" which was followed by "The Rookie" in early 2013.  During an October 2016 television interview, ABC News Nightline reporter Nick Watt asked Pall and Taggart "What's with the (duo's) name?" Alex Pall replied "At the time of conception it was, it was totally just like I was in college. You know I enjoyed smoking weed and you know it was just like such a yeah the domains open. I don't have to have any like underscores." Drew Taggart added "Uh it's just a name.  Taggart has described the duo's music as "blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop." The pair have cited Pharrell Williams and deadmau5 as musical influences.  Acts who have inspired the Chainsmokers' songs include Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Taylor Swift, Max Martin, The xx and Explosions in the Sky.

 

 

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DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE

ARTIST: DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE

REPPIN': Willebroek, Belgium

ASSOCIATED: Spinning Records

 

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are a Belgian DJ and record producer duo composed of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios.  Born in Belgium, Dimitri and Michael Thivaios are of Greek origin The brothers grew up in the Flemish town of Willebroek. They began to make their first steps as DJ's reportedly at a young age. Very quickly, they made several appearances in small clubs and were resident BeatFM radio DJs. Dimitri then left Flanders in 1999 and began touring Europe. He lived in Mallorca and then in Halkidiki, Greece before moving to Ibiza in 2003, where he was a resident in major clubs such as Privilege and Space.  After living in Mallorca and on the Canary Islands, he settled in Zante, Greece where he was a resident of Amnesia and The End in 2006. In autumn 2006, Dimitri returned to Belgium to work with his brother Mike, and produced their first release "La Cocaina (Eivissa 2007)". His remix of "Work That Body", 2008 caught the attention of Axwell, who entrusted them with a remix of "Rotterdam City of Love" by Abel Ramos for his label Axtone.  

On 9 May 2016 the duo released 'Melody' with Steve Aoki & Ummet Ozcan which topped No.1 at Beatport Charts and is also the official UEFA 2016 anthem of the Belgian National Football Team.

On 12 May 2016, the brothers picked up three awards including ‘Best Global DJ’ for a second year in a row, as well as ‘Best Big Room DJ’, and ‘Best Music Video’ for their collaboration with Ummet Ozcan ‘The Hum’, which reached #1 in the singles chart in Belgium at the EMPO Awards, Mexico and earned them a Platinum record in their home country.

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EVIL NINE

ARTIST: Evil Nine

REPPIN': Brighton England

ASSOCIATED: Marine Parade

 

 

Evil Nine are an English electronic music duo comprising members Tom Beaufoy and Patrick Pardy. Their musical style is primarily classified as breakbeat, although it additionally encompasses other influences.  The pair first came together in 1998 after meeting in Brighton. After sending in a demo cassette they were signed by Adam Freeland to his Marine Parade record label, with their first release being the single "Less Stress". According to Beaufoy (in an interview given to Fabric Nightclub) part of the reason that their demo cassette tape was actually listened to rather than thrown away (by 1998 cassettes had become virtually obsolete in favour of CDs) was because of their friendship with Jemma Griffiths, who worked for Marine Parade at the time. She has since gone on to achieve chart success as a singer-songwriter under the stage name "Jem".  

In addition to their own material, Evil Nine has also released two albums for the Y4K and fabric mix series (see FabricLive.28), as well as producing remixes for dance artists including Adam Freeland, Timo Maas, Ils and UNKLE.

The pair has developed a reputation amongst both fans and critics as not being afraid to push the boundaries of what is considered breakbeat music, and tend to incorporate a multitude of styles into their DJ sets. An example of this is the track listing for Fabriclive 28, which includes artists as diverse as Simian Mobile Disco, Bodyrockers, Mystery Jets, and The Clash.

As well as regularly playing at various nightclubs both in the UK and Europe they have held residencies at fabric Nightclub in London and Audio in Brighton, and they currently hold the position of "Super-Residents" at Urban Gorilla in Sheffield.

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