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  • Major Lazer

    Major Lazer is a musical project by DJ/producer Diplo. Formerly a collaboration along with DJ/producer Switch, they parted ways in late 2011. Diplo has since enlisted producers/DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire (of Black Chiney) to help with the production and live shows.

    Formerly made up of DJ Diplo and Switch, the two were introduced after working with M.I.A.. The duo's first album Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do was released on June 16, 2009, on Downtown Records. It was recorded in Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios. Vocalists such as Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Ward 21, Busy Signal, Nina Sky, Amanda Blank, Mr. Vegas, Turbulence, Mapei, T.O.K, Prince Zimboo, Leftside and others contribute guest vocals to the album, as well as additional production from Afrojack and Crookers. This is the first release to come out of the label partnership between Downtown Records and Diplo's label Mad Decent. Major Lazer ended a US tour last summer. The album's first single was "Hold the Line", the video for which, directed by Ferry Gouw, was nominated for a MTV Video Award in the Breakthrough Video category. "Hold the Line" was also featured in the video game FIFA 10. The track "Zumbie" has a music video that features comedian Andy Milonakis. Music videos for the songs "Pon de Floor" and "Keep It Going Louder" were both directed by Eric Wareheim. Major Lazer performed at the Falls Music & Arts Festival (Lorne, Victoria, Australia) on the December 30, 2009, the Coachella Music Festival in April 2010 they also performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival in July 2010 and the Sasquatch Music Festival on Monday May 30, 2011. Live visuals were created by Pomp&Clout. Major Lazer performed at the 2011 Outside Lands festival in San Francisco. From February 2013 he is with the song "Get Free" in the Vodafone Germany TV advertisement.

    A mixtape with La Roux entitled "Lazerproof" was made available for free download on May 26. Diplo posted cover art on his Twitpic. It is the character Major Lazer in War Machine's silver suit, Elly Jackson of La Roux in the signature Iron Man suit, and Whiplash, the villain in the Iron Man 2 movie. On June 20, 2010, the group released an EP titled "Lazers Never Die". It contained two new songs and three remixes, by Thom Yorke and others. Switch provided production for Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)", which heavily sampled "Pon de Floor".

    Major Lazer's live shows previously included hype man Skerrit Bwoy although Skerrit Bwoy left the group in 2012 to pursue religion. In 2012, Major Lazer began working with Snoop Dogg to produce some tracks that are to be included on his new reggae project. Along with the project came his new alter ego persona known as "Snoop Lion". Switch has left the collaborative effort due to "creative differences" as claimed by Diplo. He departed in late 2011 and was replaced with DJ/Producer Jillionaire and Walshy Fire.

    In September 2012, Major Lazer announced that its upcoming album, Free the Universe, would be released on March 12, 2013 on Mad Decent, but was postponed to April 15, 2013. They also announced Fall 2012 tour dates.

    Major Lazer partly produced UK singer Rita Ora's debut album, Ora. Major Lazer worked with No Doubt for their sixth studio album, Push and Shove. The album's title track features producers Major Lazer and Jamaican reggae artist Busy Signal, and was released as a promotional single in August 2012.

    Major Lazer launched their Fall Tour 2012 in October, with shows in Oakland, Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City, amongst others.

    In February 2013, Major Lazer signed with indie record label Secretly Canadian. At the same time, they announced the new release date, April 16, for their album Free the Universe. They also announced the Free the Universe 2013 World Tour, which will run all spring. Read more »
  • Stafford Brothers

    Stafford Brothers are the house music DJ and Production duo of Matt Stafford and Chris Stafford based on the Gold Coast, Australia originally from New Zealand. They are the first Australian DJ’s to get their own reality TV show on a major network. Both brothers perform at all DJ shows and are sometimes accompanied by instrumentalists and vocalists. They are currently the #1 ranked DJs in Australia according to the 2011 & 2012 inthemix DJ Awards.

    The first Stafford Brothers single was a cover version of ‘More Than a Feeling’ originally performed and written by Grammy Nominated band Boston. The track was released in 2006. In the same year they signed a record deal with Australian dance music label Central Station Records, (now owned by Ministry of Sound Australia). They later signed a record deal directly with Hussle Recordings and MoSA, which produced five compilations mixed by the Stafford Brothers and five single releases. The highest charting single was ‘Wherever’, a collaboration with UK producers the Hoxton Whores featuring Frank Stafford on vocals, released in March 2009. The track reached #2 on the Aria Club Chart. It was also featured in the end of year Aria Club Chart Top 50 tracks of 2009 coming in at #17.

    The Stafford Brothers began to work with International record labels in late 2009. ‘Come My Way’, a collaboration with UK producer Tom Neville (also featuring Frank Stafford on vocals), was released by Toolroom Records. Toolroom Records is a UK based underground house label owned by Mark Knight. Most recently the Stafford Brothers collaborated with Dubruck & Klein featuring Ollie James on vocals. ‘Get Away’ was released on Armin Van Buuren’s record label Armada Music. The Stafford Brothers have remixed Boogie Pimps, Kaz James and Macy Gray, Freeform Five, Robbie Rivera, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Princess Superstar, and Dirty Funker among others. Read more »
  • Kato

    Thomas Kato Vittrup better known as Kato (born 13 September 1981) is a Danish disc jockey and music producer mostly in the house genre.

    Kato started DJing early at nightclubs since 2005 remixing for other artists and independently since 2008, at which time he also started writing and producing his own music. His breakthrough came with the commercial success of the single "Turn the Lights Off", released on 1 January 2010 receiving platinum status for selling 30,000 copies in early August 2010. The track, is a cover version of an earlier hit by DJ Jose from 2007. The track contains the vocals of Jon (full name Jon Norgaard), a Danish Popstars contestant.

    Kato released on his debut album Discolized on 1 March 2010 on the Danish label "disco:wax" that includes collaborations with Jon (Jon Norgaard), Outlandish, Dr. Alban, Terri B, U$O and Johnson (Marc Johnson). The album reached #6 on the official Danish Albums Chart.

    The second single from the album, "Hey Shorty (Yeah Yeah Pt. II)", featuring rappers U$O and Johnson was released on 26 April. It was a big hit for Kato reaching #2 on Tracklisten, the official Danish Singles Chart. It sold above 30,000 copies. The album's third single, "Desert Walk", a collaboration with rap group Outlandish sold 15,000 copies making it to #4.

    On 15 July 2010 it was announced that Kato has signed a contract with Universal Music in Germany including possible release of singles and albums in Germany and promotional appearances on German TV.

    On 27 December Kato released the single "Sjus" featuring Ida Corr, Camille Jones and Johnson. It is a precursor to Kato's second album Discolized 2.0 due to be released in Spring 2011.

    Kato won in 2007 and 2009 award for "Best Danish mainstream DJ" at the Danish DeeJay Awards. Read more »
  • Don Diablo

    Don Diablo (born February 27, 1980 as Don Pepijn Schipper) is a Dutch record producer, songwriter, artist, DJ. His parents named him after Don van Vliet (Captain Beefheart).

    Don Diablo is an Amsterdam-based dj/producer, who produces his own music, does remixes and production work for other artists, (co)directs his own musicvideos and travels around the globe to do DJ-gigs. After signing his first record deal at age fifteen, Don Diablo has had the opportunity to grow as a producer as well as an artist. His music is a blend of musical styles varying from electro to dubstep and from downtempo electronica to drum & bass. At the end of 2005, Don Diablo founded his own record label and event brand, Sellout Sessions, and started fine-tuning his own sound and raising his profile in his native country, the Netherlands. Success followed soon after with (underground) hits like "Blow," "Who's Your Daddy", "Pain Is Temporary, Pride Is Forever", "Hooligans" and "Animale". "Blow" was the first single to be rolled out internationally and got licensed to over ten territories after creating quite a buzz in the club scene.

    Don Diablo's hectic tour schedule has taken him from London to Tokyo and from Miami to Sydney, playing at clubs and festivals like Glastonbury, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Future Music Festival, Ministry of Sound, Razzmatazz and Space (Ibiza) to name a few. While travelling the world, Don Diablo also managed to complete his studies and scoop up a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Besides his own career as an artist, Don Diablo has also produced for other people. You can hear one of his co-productions “Make You Pop” in the brand new (worldwide) Diplo Blackberry campaign. Don recently worked with artists like Rox, Example, Dragonette, Sidney Samson, Diplo and Ou est le Swimming pool and remixed for the Tinie Tempah, Mika, Chemical Brothers, Cassius, Gorillaz, Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, Plump DJ's and many others (see below for a full list). Don Diablo proved his ability in A & R by discovering, signing and then licensing the UK top 3 chart hit Exceeder by Mason. The record was originally signed to Middle of the Road; a record label set up by Don Diablo and infamous Amsterdam based club promoter Roy Avni (Electro Nation) who died in 2010.

    Don Diablo has also been very active in the blogscene. According to North American music blog aggregator The Hype Machine he was named “Most Blogged Artist' in the world several times. Which did not just give lots of kudos from the internet community and the alternative press, but also brought him in contact with artists like Diplo, Example and the singer of the Canadian electropop group Dragonette: Martina Sorbara. A collaboration between the two resulted in the single: “Animale”. The music video that accompanied the single became a big online hit and was nominated for a TMF award in the category "best video of the year" (2011). Read more »