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  • Hardwell

    Robbert van de Corput (born 7 January 1988), better known by his stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch progressive and electro house DJ and music producer. After watching parties on MTV as a 13 year old, he was inspired to start DJing.

    Breaking into the scene in 2009 with his bootleg of "Show Me Love vs. Be", he has produced multiple hit EDM singles such as "Encoded" and "Cobra" and also made collaborations and toured with Tiësto. In 2010 he formed his own label Revealed Recordings and was ranked number 24 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ list for 2011, and number 6 in 2012. Alongside other artists like Alesso, Deniz Koyu and R3hab, Hardwell was named an EDM artist to watch in 2012 by MTV.
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  • Frankmusik

    Vincent James Turner (born 9 October 1985), better known by his stage name Frankmusik (and between 2011 and 2012, by the name Vincent Did It), is an English electropop musician. The name "Frank" is derived from the surname of his grandfather, whose name he took in tribute.

    During 2004, Vincent performed as a beatboxer, under the name Mr Mouth.

    Vincent released his debut EP, Frankisum, in 2007. Former school friend and then assistant of A&R at Island Records, Ben Scarr, introduced Island colleague Louis Bloom to Frankmusik's MySpace page, which was getting a significant number of hits at the time. Although already known for high energy electro and happy hardcore, Frankmusik's signing to Island was in part because Bloom recognised a pop star performer beneath the electronic music, telling HitQuarters: "Underneath all the madness there was some great hooks and melodies, and buried even deeper was a voice; it took a lot of time after signing for him to have the confidence to sing without putting loads of effects over his vocal."

    In December 2008, Frankmusik made it on to the long-list of the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll. In the UK, Gaydar Radio was the first national station to champion Frankmusik and tracks from his debut album, Complete Me. Initially interviewed by Alex Baker as part of the station's coverage of National Student Pride, Frankmusik performed a number of live tracks, which were then playlisted as part of an album teaser. His rise to fame was also followed closely by his local radio station, 107.8 Radio Jackie, which was the first station to broadcast his music.

    In January and February 2009, he was the support act for Keane on their Perfect Symmetry tour in the UK. In March 2009, he headlined National Student Pride in Brighton's seafront club Digital with Jodie Harsh and Dan Gillespie Sells (The Feeling). In June 2009, Frankmusik was support act for the Pet Shop Boys in London, Manchester and Liverpool. He did a short tour to launch the album Complete Me, starting in Brighton on 17 July and taking in London, Glasgow and Manchester.

    Complete Me debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number thirteen in August 2009, after its second single, "Confusion Girl", was A-listed by BBC Radio 1 and reached number twenty-seven on the UK Singles Chart. The other singles were "Better Off as Two", which peaked at number twenty-six, and "3 Little Words".

    In August 2009, a more extensive UK tour was announced to take place during November and December 2009. Just two days later on 20 August 2009, it was announced that Frankmusik would join the Perez Hilton Presents tour in Autumn 2009. Frankmusik was part of a line-up at the 02 Arena 3D ELEKTRO RAVE alongside Caspa and Rusko, Tinchy Stryder, High Contrast, and Dancing Robot Music.

    Frankmusik has remixed material by other artists, including Pet Shop Boys' "Love etc.", Lady Gaga's "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", Alphabeat's "Fascination" and "10,000 Nights", Mika's "Relax, Take It Easy" and CSS's "Move", and has covered "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse and The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights". Frankmusik has also produced material for other artists, such as "First Place" on Tinchy Stryder's 2009 album, Catch 22, and "Wish I Stayed" on Ellie Goulding's Lights (2010). Frankmusik also remixed Zombie by Natalia Kills, although it is yet to be released. In 2010 he collaborated with Computer Club on a track called "Losing Streak". He cites Erasure, Electric Light Orchestra, Razorlight, Merzbow, Hard-fi, Pet Shop Boys, Late Of The Pier, Oasis and Killa Kela as influences.

    Most recently, he features in a Far East Movement track called "Fighting For Air", from their album Free Wired and appears in Far East Movement's music video for "Rocketeer" with Colette Carr and Mohombi.

    It was announced in February 2011 that he has begun work producing the new Erasure album in Maine. Entitled Tomorrow's World, this was released on 3 October 2011 in the UK, and 4 October 2011 in the USA. During October and November 2011, Frankmusik is the supporting act on the Erasure tour across the US and Europe.

    In an April 2011 interview, his A&R Louis Bloom said that Frankmusik was at work on his upcoming album. According to Bloom: "The challenge has been for him to simplify the structure of his songwriting whilst still encouraging him into taking risks on the production duties."

    On 19 October 2011, Frankmusik announced via his official Twitter page that he had parted ways with his UK label, Island Records. In an interview with music blog Flop of the Pops on 3 January 2012, Frankmusik announced that he would change his stage name to Vincent Did It, along with the exclusive premiere of a song titled "Dynamo".

    On 10 March 2012, Turner announced on his Twitter page that he has decided once again to go by his former stage name, Frankmusik. He has released two new acoustic demos titled "I'll Know" and "This Is Who I Am" on his official SoundCloud account for Frankmusik.

    On 31 October, Turner released a song called "Fast As I Can". The song was released independently through digital distribution company Tunecore for international release. Read more
  • Alizée

    Alizée Jacotey (born 21 August 1984) is a French recording artist, known professionally as Alizée, a registered trade name. Born and raised in Ajaccio, Corsica. She was discovered by Mylène Farmer, following her winning performance in the talent show, Graines de Star, in 1999. While collaborating with Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, Alizée released two albums, both of which were hits inside and outside of France.

    Alizée entered the music business in 2000. She has since released four studio albums, the first two of which were composed by Laurent Boutonnat and written by Mylène Farmer. Her first album was Gourmandises, which received Platinum certification within three months of release. After its international launch in 2001, Gourmandises was a success both in France and abroad, earning Alizée the distinction of being the highest selling female French singer in 2001. The album featured her most successful single "Moi... Lolita" which reached number one in several countries in Europe and East Asia. Gourmandises was followed by a second studio album, Mes Courants Électriques, in 2003. Following its release, Alizée toured during the fall of 2003, performing in 43 concerts throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland.

    Alizée married fellow French singer Jérémy Chatelain in late 2003. Following her marriage, she took a hiatus from singing before returning with a new album, Psychédélices, on 3 December 2007. Her fourth album titled Une Enfant Du Siècle was released on 29 March 2010.

    In early 2011 she published her participation in a new album of Alain Chamfort and announced plans for a back to the roots studio album for spring 2012.
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  • DJ Shadow

    Joshua Paul "Josh" Davis (born June 29, 1972) better known as DJ Shadow is an American music producer, DJ and songwriter.
    DJ Shadow's Josh Davis is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo' Wax label. His early singles for the label, including "In/Flux" and "Lost and Found (S.F.L.)," were all-over-the-map mini-masterpieces combining elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, ambient, jazz, soul, and used-bin finds. Although he'd already done a scattering of original and production work (during 1991-1992 for Hollywood Records) by the time Mo' Wax's James Lavelle contacted him about releasing "In/Flux" on the fledgling imprint, it wasn't until his association with Mo' Wax that his sound began to mature and cohere. Mo' Wax released a longer work in 1995 -- the 40-minute single in four movements "What Does Your Soul Look Like," which topped the British indie charts -- and Davis went on to co-write, remix, and produce tracks for labelmates DJ Krush and Dr. Octagon plus the Mo' Wax trip-hop supergroup UNKLE.

    Davis grew up in Hayward, California, a predominantly lower-middle class suburb of San Francisco. An odd, white suburban hip-hop fan in the rock-dominated early '80s, Davis gravitated toward the turntable/mixer setup of the hip-hop DJ over the guitars, bass, and drums of his peers. He worked his way through hip-hop's early years into the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MC's, and Public Enemy, groups that prominently featured DJs in their ranks. Davis had already been fiddling around with making beats and breaks on a four-track while he was in high school, but it was his move to the Northern California town of Davis to attend university that led to the establishment of his own Solesides label as an outlet for his original tracks. Hooking up with Davis' few b-boys (including eventual Solesides artists Blackalicious and Lyrics Born) through the college radio station, Shadow began releasing the Reconstructed from the Ground Up mixtapes in 1991 and pressed his 17-minute hip-hop symphony "Entropy" in 1993. His tracks spread widely through the DJ-strong hip-hop underground, eventually catching the attention of Mo' Wax. Shadow's first full-length, Endtroducing....., was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America. Preemptive Strike, a compilation of early singles, followed in early 1998.

    Later that year, Shadow produced tracks for the debut album by UNKLE, a longtime Mo' Wax production team that gained superstar guests including Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (of The Verve), Mike D (of Beastie Boys), and others. His next project came in 1999, with the transformation of Solesides into a new label, Quannum Projects. Nearly six years after his debut production album, the proper follow-up, The Private Press, was released in June 2002. The following year Shadow released a mix album, Diminishing Returns, and in 2004 he released a live album and DVD, Live! In Tune and on Time. In 2006, his long-awaited third solo album, The Outsider, came out, but instead of following the blueprint he'd used on his past two records, Shadow enlisted help from Bay Area rappers like Keak Da Sneak, E-40, and Lateef, as well as David Banner and Q-Tip. He toured frequently during the next few years, but released no material until 2010, when the single "Def Surrounds Us" teased a new album. Issues around rights clearance delayed the release during 2011, but The Less You Know, The Better finally appeared in the fall, heralding a return to his sample-based hip-hop.
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