Next Stop, Las Venus: the Galaxy’s Ultimate Party Destination
This is Future Music Festival 2012. Enjoy Your Stay.
Fresh from a record breaking, sold out Australian tour, Future Music Festival returns in 2012 with all the endless fun, energy and forward thinking sounds that music fans have come to love and cherish from this world-class festival experience.
Presenting the Future Music Festival 2012, an utterly utopian, orbitally awesome ride through the sweetest music in all of Las Venus… It’s tomorrow’s ultimate swinging party city in the skies – and there’s nothing else like it on Earth!
Using the galactic-bombastic forces of pure sound, dazzling light, and electrifying colour, the galaxy’s ultimate party starts now and Las Venus is where it’s at. More sizzling than a zero gravity strip tease, faster than a speeding aero-taxi in orbit and sexier than sipping cocktails on a comet to Saturn… Get ready for an intergalactic taste of life in the Las Venus fast lane.
The mighty Future Music Festival is not only delivering the biggest acts in the universe, but also the brightest stars of the future. Committed to showcasing the hottest acts and curating a deliciously eclectic array of genres to create a truly unforgettable experience, this award-winning festival prides itself on quality and variety. As you’d expect, Future Music Festival 2012 has something for everyone on its glittering line-up.
Here’s your first taste of what’s in store with more big acts to be announced in coming weeks…
Swedish House Mafia! Fresh from selling out Madison Square Garden in NYC in 10 minutes, the DJ collective consisting of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso will appear together as they bring their Swedish House Mafia stadium show to Australia for the very FIRST time! Be prepared for THE most anticipated live debut in Future Music Festival history!
A literal legend in his own lifetime, Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) has enjoyed the sort of music career and international stardom that many can only aspire to. When he hits our shores in 2012, expect to be blown away by his biggest and boldest tour of Australia to date, featuring his brand new, huge production based show.
Expect things to get a little crazy when UK chart topper and Brit Award winning Tinie Tempah returns to our shores with his Glastonbury Festival sized live show, whilst fellow Brit Jessie J will also be bringing a galaxy of colour, excitement and powerhouse vocals to our Las Venus!
For those who like their deep beats prepare yourself for drum & bass titans Chase & Status in their first ever live tour and Los Angeles dubstep king himself, Skrillex, debuting his ‘Cell’ show in his inaugural Future Music Festival appearance.
Liverpool’s Indie rock stars The Wombats (who have just arrived in Australia for their biggest run of arena shows to date), NYC’s dance-punk band The Rapture (supporting a brand new album) and Auckland’s very own The Naked And Famous are guaranteed to excite all lovers of live music, whilst a Nu Disco/House explosion starring LCD Soundsystem and DFA records own James Murphy and Pat Mahony’s Special Disco Version show. Holy Ghost, Hercules and Love Affair, The Juan Maclean and red-hot Azari & Ill will lay down the quality soundtrack for the perfect disco party.
For techno stalwarts the long wait is finally over as Aphex Twin returns to Australia after years of absence (last here 2004) bringing one hell of a live audio-visual experience. After a run of outstanding performances at European festivals last summer such as the coveted Sonar, don’t miss out on this rare and unique electronic pioneer.
South Africa’s futuristic rap-rave crew Die Antwoord will be bringing their raucous energy and exhilarating live show back to our shores, and with a new album tipped for next year, we haven’t seen nearly enough of them in OZ!
Back for his fourth consecutive year, Future Music Festival ambassador and Cocoon hero Sven Vath returns to lead the charge in the ‘Likes of You Tent’, alongside FMF first timer Jamie Jones – delivering their trademark style of twisted house and mind blowing techno…prepare to party Cocoon style.
Trance followers can look forward to riding every spine-chilling breakdown and build-up as we announce one of the world most successful musicians and a superstar of trance. Paul van Dyk returns to Australia after a 6 year absence -presenting his very own Evolution arena, featuring bespoke staging and production designed by him Berlin. Accompanying van Dyk is Garuda’s Gareth Emery, voted no.7 in the worlds Top 100 DJ’s in 2010; Emery is the youngest DJs ever to crack the top ten. Both these trance music icons are ready to take control of the Future Music Festival odyssey, with more artists in the arena still to be announced.
IMPORTANT TICKET INFO:
In lieu of last year’s quick fire sell-outs and Future Music’s commitment to delivering the best value for the ticket price, there are ticket solutions to make securing a ticket as easy and painless as possible. Future Music is pleased to announce that first release tickets will be available at 2010 prices and fans can now visit futuremusicfestival.com.au and register for pre-sale information to make sure they don’t miss out. Pre-sale tickets go on sale to those registered on October 17th – three full days before the general public get their chance to purchase October 20th.
And as if that wasn’t enough, a book now pay later option is available for fans who want to secure their ticket and pay it off in regular instalments. The book now ay later purchase option was introduced last year and was widely adopted by those who love to plan ahead!
With the all-star line-up locked n’ loaded and tickets all set to fly out the door in record pace, the time has come again …
Next stop? Las Venus. See you there …
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA (SWE)
FATBOY SLIM (UK)
PAUL van DYK (GER)
TINIE TEMPAH (UK)
THE WOMBATS (UK/NOR)
CHASE & STATUS – LIVE (UK)
JESSIE J (UK)
THE RAPTURE (US)
SVEN VATH (GER)
DIE ANTWOORD (SA)
APHEX TWIN – LIVE (IRE)
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS (NZ)
GARETH EMERY (UK)
JAMIE JONES (UK)
JAMES MURPHY & PAT MAHONY (LCD SOUNDSYSTEM/ DFA) (US)
HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR (US)
AZARI & III (CAN)
FRANK OCEAN (US)
ALEX METRIC (UK)
HOLY GHOST! (US)
THE JUAN MACLEAN (UK)
BENOIT & SERGIO (GER)
HORSE MEAT DISCO (UK)
STAFFORD BROTHERS (AUS)
PLUS MANY MORE!
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National Tour Dates 2012
Brisbane -Saturday 3rd March – Doomben Racecourse
Perth – Sunday 4th March – Arena Joondalup
Sydney – Saturday 10th March – Royal Randwick Racecourse
Melbourne – Sunday 11th March – Flemington Racecourse
Adelaide – Monday 12th March – Ellis Park *new and improved venue*
FUTURE MUSIC 2012: ARTIST INFO
Swedish House Mafia (SWE)
Comprising the sublime talents of fellow Swedish DJ/Producers and friends, Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia have risen to become a global House music movement in their own right in just a few short years. While each member of the genre defining, boundary pushing super-group commands their own illustrious solo careers, when combined, the results are nothing short of spectacular. Having recently sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden in less than 10 minutes, the ‘SHM’ as they’re known to a legion of die-hard fans that spans every corner of the planet are responsible for gifts to electronic music like ‘Leave the World Behind’, ‘One (Your Name)’, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ and 2011’s monster ‘Save the World’. With one top selling album to their name (ironically titled ‘Until One’) already and the world’s booking agents fighting for their attention, this trio of gifted Swedish maestros is well on its way to complete domination! This December the superstars are set to release a live album entitled ‘One Night Stand’. The album contains a collaboration with Knife Party (a/k/a Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen) and exclusively their Coldplay VS Swedish House Mafia – ‘Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall’.
Fatboy Slim (UK)
A literal legend in his own lifetime, Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) has enjoyed the sort of music career and international stardom that many can only aspire to. A leading figure in carving out the ‘big beat’ genre that took the planet by veritable storm in 1990s, this party- starting demigod rose to notoriety in the midst of the UK’s early 1980s Hip Hop and block party scene and, well, never looked back! Officially adopting the moniker “Fat Boy Slim” in late 1996, his catalogue of hits since boasts iconic tracks like ‘Everybody Needs a 303’, ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ ‘Praise You’ and ‘Weapon of Choice’. In a musical odyssey that has spawned a string of chart-topping albums (including “Better Living Through Chemistry”, “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”, “Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars” and “Palookaville”), taken in 12+ production pseudonyms, and seen him rock 250,000 people at arguably the most famous gig in dance music history – his Brighton Beach epic – it’s little wonder that many consider Fatboy Slim to be one of the greatest DJ/Producers of all time.
Paul van Dyk (GER)
In the world of Trance, names don’t come any bigger than Germany’s Paul van Dyk – nor do career achievements or accolades, for that matter. The veritable electronic maestro behind classic anthems like ‘For An Angel’, ‘Words’, ‘Another Way’, ‘Beautiful Place’, ‘We Are Alive’ and ‘Forbidden Fruit’, PvD – as he’s known and loved by his army of international die-hard fans – helped shape the Trance genre as we know it today through his sublime production skills and musical sensibilities. From releasing no less than six top-selling studio albums (that have sold in excess of 4.5 million copies) to composing soundtracks for movies like Into The Blue and The Dark Knight, and from featuring in DJ Mag’s Top Ten every year since 1998 to running the world’s leading Trance label (Vandit Records); Paul van Dyk is a DJ/Producer giant amongst DJ/Producers.
Tinie Tempah (UK)
Fresh out of London’s ubiquitous Grime scene, UK rap superstar Tinie Tempah hit the ground running with his monster underground anthem and debut single ‘Wifey’ back in 2006. A cult hero with UK university rap fiends, Indie kids and Grime rollers alike, this high octane MC has the skills to pay the bills, and then some. 2010 and 2011 have seen Tinie rise to global superstardom with his debut album ‘Disc-Overy’ producing the monster hits ‘Pass Out’, ‘Written in the Stars’, Swedish House Mafia collaboration ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ and ‘Invincible featuring Kelly Rowland’. Tinie is set to go large in 2012 – particularly if his latest single, ‘Till I’m Gone’ featuring Brooklyn rapper Wiz Khalifa is anything to go by. Having already scooped the pool with Best Breakthrough Act and Best Single chimes at the iconic 2011 Brit Awards, and received a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize, the sky’s the limit for this relentless hero.
The Wombats (UK/NOR)
Fusing the musical prowess of Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis and Tord Overland-Knudsen, The Wombats are an established and forward-thinking Indie Rock phenomenon. From first crossing paths while studying at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, this musically gifted trio with a well-crafted penchant for the glorious leftfield has gone on to wow the planet with three unique and evocative EPs – “A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation”, “The Wombats” and their latest offering, “This Modern Glitch” – and cache of hit records, including ‘Backfire at the Disco”, ‘Kill The Director’, ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’, and ‘Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)’. Firm favourites with festival crowds at the likes of Glastonbury, T in the Park, the Reading and Leeds Festival and The Voodoo Experience, The Wombats are, quite simply, not to be missed… anytime, anywhere.
Chase & Status (UK)
The recipients of no less than five coveted Drum & Bass Awards and a Q Award to boot, Chase & Status are two producers on a bass-driven mission to make the genre their very own. Comprising the skills of Saul Milton and Will Kennard, this barnstorming duo have been crafting DnB and dubstep bombs and letting them loose on unsuspecting dancefloors since 2003. With two stunning albums to their name (2009’s “More Than A lot” and 2010’s “No More Idols” which is platinum in the UK), an arsenal of tracks which boasts the killer likes of ‘Blind Faith’, ‘Pieces’, ‘Hurt You’, ‘End Credits’, ‘Let You Go’ and ‘Hypest Hype’, and top billing at festivals all over the planet, Chase & Status are at the top of their game.
Hailing from California, former front man for From First To Last, Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore), has been taking Dubstep fans around the world to heaven and back since first embarking on a glittering solo career back in 2007. The genius behind gritty low slingers like ‘Weekends!!!’, ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’, ‘First of the Year’ and ‘Ruffneck’, and three attention- grabbing EPs (‘My Name is Skrillex’, ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ and ‘More Monsters and Sprites’); this talented artist has remixed household names like Snoop Dogg and Lady Gaga and even found time to launch his own label, OWSLA. Fusing Dubstep seamlessly with Electro House and Fidget House, Skrillex is carving a name for himself deep and proud.
Jessie J (UK)
Making a name for herself as a gifted songwriter for artists the ilk of Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus, Jessie J (aka Jessica Cornish) burst onto the world stage in her own right in 2010 with the release of the chart-topping single ‘Do It Like a Dude’. Cementing her status as one of pop music’s most prodigious talents with her debut long player “Who You Are” in 2011 (which spawned hits like ‘Price Tag’, ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ and ‘Who’s Laughing Now’), this spirited songstress took home BBC Radio’s Sound of 2011 Award, not to mention gongs in the Brit Awards, Urban Music Awards and BT Digital Music Awards in the same hectic year. Most recently she also won 4 MOBO Awards included Best UK Act, Best Newcomers, Best Song and Best Album. With an appearance on David Guetta’s latest album and slots on prime time shows like X Factor and The Voice in the UK under her belt to round 2011 out, Jessie J has arrived in a major way. New single Domino, which went straight to #1 most added to radio the week it was released, will be included in the ‘Who You Are’ re-release album which is due out November 4.
The Rapture (US)
If it’s 100% pure Dance Punk you crave, then NYC’s The Rapture have got just what you’re looking for – and a whole lot more. Formed way back in 1998, this groundbreaking, pioneering act kindly given the planet four epic albums (“Mirror”, “Echoes”, “Pieces Of The People We Love” and 2011’s “In The Grace Of Your Love”) and a collection of generation- defining tunes that boasts the likes of ‘House of Jealous Lovers’, ‘Get Myself Into It’, ‘The Chair That Squeaks’, ‘Love Is All’ and ‘Sister Saviour’. Featuring the skills of Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte and Gabriel Andruzzi, The Rapture are revered for their innate ability to effortlessly meld their Punk roots with electronic and dance elements to create a sound that’s all their very own. Fresh, distinctive and always brash, this New York trio has got it going on … and on … and on.
Sven Vath (GER)
Germany’s King of Techno, Sven Vath, is a cult-figure within the world’s pulsating EDM underground. As one of the genuine driving forces behind modern electronic music, his seminal albums (including ‘Accident in Paradise and ‘The Harlequin, The Robot, & The Ballet Dancer’) literally paved the way for contemporary Techno, while his Cocoon record label, events and parties are undisputed marks of uber-cool chic and premium quality worldwide. Celebrating his 30th year as a DJ this year and fresh from his 12th massive season with Cocoon at Amnesia in Ibiza (the gems from which are about to be dropped as a compilation), Sven’s appearance at Future music festival 2012 is part of Sven’s annual world tour for this mix CD ” The Sound Of The 12th Season. Renowned for delivering marathon sets and engaging the crowd with his off-the-wall antics, he’s an inimitable force who continues to break musical ground and reshape EDM as we know it – long live the King!
Die Antwoord (SA)
Featuring the blistering talents of Ninja, Yo Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi Tek, Die Antwoord are a trio of rap-ravers that know how to get a party started and take it into overdrive. Hailing from Cape Town in South Africa and fuelled by a passion for Hip Hop and Zef, this dynamic trio is
the genius behind singles like ‘Beat Boy’, ‘Wat Pomp’, ‘Fishpaste’ and ‘Rich Bitch’. Already veterans of festivals like the Big Day Out and Coachella, and signed to leading global label Interscope Records, Die Antwoord are the fresh new face of a fresh new sound that’s set to blow up in 2012.
Aphex Twin (IRE)
Arguably the most influential electronic artist in the history of contemporary dance music, Aphex Twin (aka Richard James) has been twisting minds and taking dancefloors on epic “Braindance” journeys since the release of his debut EP “Analogue Bubblebath” way back in 1991. Making use of a whopping 14 monikers during his career, as Aphex Twin he is best known and loved for his groundbreaking albums “Selected Ambient Works 85-92”, “Selected Ambient Works Volume 2”, “…I Care Because You Do”, “Richard D. James Album” and
“Druqks”), and iconic tunes like ‘Come To Daddy’ and ‘Windowlicker’. Renowned for trawling the sweetest sounds from a range of genres – including Ambient, Acid, Breakbeat, Techno and Noise – and mixing them up to set the world on fire, this veritable genius is a true master, in every sense of the word.
The Naked and Famous (NZ)
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, The Naked and Famous are a five piece indie band with serious clout. Featuring the skills of Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith, Aaron Short, David Beadle and Jesse Wood, this prodigious kiwi quintet has been plying its trade since 2008 and has already tasted success with its debut album, “Passive Me, Aggressive You”. Released in 2010, the album not only put the band on the map, so to speak, but also contained the hit single ‘Young Blood’ which debuted at number one on the New Zealand chart – the first New Zealand artist to do so in three years. Auspiciously nominated for BBC Radio’s ‘Sound of 2011’ poll and no less than six gongs at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards, The Naked and Famous are well on their way to living up to their catchy name.
Gareth Emery (UK)
Since first capturing the attention of the likes of Judge Jules, Eddie Halliwell and Pete Tong with his white label remix of The Shrinks’ ‘Nervous Breakdown’ back in 2002, UK DJ/Producer Gareth Emery has quickly risen to become one of Trance music’s brightest stars and most
prodigious talents. From delivering forward-thinking anthems like ‘Mistral’, ‘Psiclone’ and ‘Flood Control’ to regularly appearing at the world’s most revered clubs (including Godskitchen, Slinky and The Gallery) and hosting one of the most popular, decorated and downloaded podcasts on the web; Gareth proudly sits at #7 in the coveted DJ Mag Top 100 and is widely tipped to reach even greater heights in 2012. With his own label, Garuda, hosting sell-out club nights in the UK and releasing chart-topping tracks from both himself and stars like M.I.K.E, Beltek and Ben Preston, Gareth Emery’s meteoric rise to the top is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Fresh, original and innovative: Gareth Emery is the undisputed future of Trance.
Jamie Jones (UK)
Jamie Jones has achieved in the space of a few short years what many producers try for a lifetime. Turning his hand to a variety of styles while still maintaining a strong signature sound, Jones has created an admired musical identity and a loyal global following. One of techno’s
rising stars, he’s part of a new guard of house and techno DJs who resonate as artists, party people, DJs and live acts. A regular feature at Ibiza’s biggest nights and London’s biggest clubs, his productions have graced iconic imprints including Coccon, Get Physical and Poker Flat to name just a few, while his debut long player “You Don’t Remember the Future” was released on Crosstown Rebels to critical acclaim in 2009. Innovative, talented and driven by the love of a good party, Jamie Jones is flying the international Techno flag with distinction and aplomb. Catch him on the up…
James Murphy & Pat Mahony (LCD Soundsystem/ DFA) (US)
As cutting-edge purveyors of punk-dance-rock anthems laden with dirty sounds and fat, nasty grooves, LCD Soundsystem have enjoyed cult status since bursting onto the scene in 2002 and have been sending main stage festival crowds completely bonkers ever since. The
Grammy-nominated brainchild of DFA Records founder and electronic punk music luminary James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem have amassed six top-selling compilations, released a deluge of eclectic hits (including ‘All My Friends’ and ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My Place’) and had their music snapped up for inclusion in a wealth of video games (including ‘FIFA 06’), high profile TV shows (including ‘The O.C’) and premium advertising campaigns (including one for Nike which featured Murphy’s infamous ’45:33’). Always full of great lyrics, smart themes, sarcastic insults and good jokes, the music of LCD Soundsystem is in a league of its own. Their live shows are always hot, but their DJ sets are even hotter as Murphy takes his crowd on a journey through a DFA-infused land of rare cuts, exclusive edits, unreleased reworks and LCD-inspired bootlegs.
Hercules & Love Affair (US)
Straight of out of NYC, Hercules & Love Affair is the brainchild and prodigious musical project of DJ Andy Butler. Supported by Kim Ann Foxman, Mark Pistel, Aerea Negrot and Shaun Wright, this funk-up, soul-fused, House-driven silky soul explosion is the proponent of floor-friendly tunes like ‘Classique #2’, ‘Blind’, ‘You Belong’, ‘My House’ and ‘Painted Eyes’, and two massive albums – 2008’s “Hercules & Love Affair” and 2011’s “Blue Songs”. Taking the joys of hot nights in cool discoteques to the world with a cutting-edge take on House music’s classic forms, Hercules & Love Affair have made the world fall in love with Disco, all over again.
Azari & Ill (CAN)
In their ever festival performance after captivating the Vivid audience at Sydney opera House earlier this year Azari & III are set to blow Australian audiences away again! Hitting the world between the eyes with singles like ‘Hungry For The Power’ and ‘Reckless (With Your Love)’ at the start of their stunning musical adventure, Azari & Ill have since been a much-loved mainstay of the planet’s finest clubs and biggest festival stages. Blessed with a rare ability to transcend genres and scenes, their high profile fans range from Annie Mac and Grizzly Bear to Boys Noize and Broken Social Scene, while their list of remix duties takes in the eclectic likes of Robyn, Cut Copy, Booka Shade, Creep (Romy of the XX) and LA’s noise darlings Health. Tirelessly building a bridge between the worlds of dance and rock, Azari & Ill features the talents of Alixander, Dinamo Azari, Starving Yet Full and Fritz Hedler, and are the real deal for anyone who likes music, proper.
Frank Ocean (US)
New Orleans born Christopher “Lonny” Breaux has name for himself in the music industry as one of the most talented songwriters to emerge in the past few years; co-writing tracks with Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, Nas and Beyonce on her latest album ‘4’. Member of the Los Angeles based hip hop collective OFWGKTA, the outspoken singer and
songwriter released his own solo mixtape in 2011. “Nostalgia Ultra” immediately became a critical acclaim and set Frank Ocean as a name to be closely watched. Featured on two tracks from Jay Z and Kanye West album ‘Watch The Throne’ and a new album due for release in early 2012 through Def Jam Frank Ocean is certainly one to watch!
Alex Metric (UK)
Making a name for himself as a heavyweight NuSkool Breaks producer, Alex Metric (aka Alex Durry) has since evolved into one of the world’s hottest House and Electro House DJ/Producers. Called upon to remix musical royalty like N*E*R*D, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz and Bloc Party, his sublime studio skills have also seen him lend his production talents to the eclectic likes of Adam Freeland, The Infadels and Charlie XCX. A veteran of nine EPs since 2007, Metric topped the dancefloor charts in collaboration with Steve Angello and Ian Brown on ‘Open Your Eyes’ in 2011 and has rocked thousands of fans at festivals near and far. With an ear for great tunes that’s flexible, considered and rare, Alex Metric is leading the charge of hot new House icons on a global scale – do not miss him in his first ever Australian Festival tour!
Holy Ghost! (US)
Featuring the combined talents of long time pals Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel, Holy Ghost! are an Electropop duo who have a knack for tearing roofs off. With their roots firmly embedded in early Hip Hop culture and a penchant for melodic bliss, this winning combination has spawned massive tunes like ‘Hold On’ and ‘I Will Come Back’ and seen the pair remix the likes of Moby Cut Copy and MGMT. Signed to DFA and often found touring with LCD Soundystem, Holy Ghost! are nothing to be afraid of if you dig good times and great electronic music.
The Juan MacLean (UK)
Responsible for massive singles like ‘By The Time I Get To Venus’ and ‘Happy House’, UK musical maestro Juan Maclean is well on his way to self-decreed global domination. In the last handful of years alone he’s skilfully remixed the lofty likes of Daft Punk, Air, David Gahan and Matthew Dear, and has released a stunning trio of full-length artist albums (‘Less Than Human’, ‘Visitations’ and ‘The Future Will Come’) – and this speaks nothing of he and project partner in crime Nancy Whang’s regular jaunts around the world to grace the biggest clubs, festivals and events. A cult figure amongst fans of the DFA sound, The Juan Maclean’s synthinfused pop classics have inspired a legion of followers and continue to provide the soundtrack for big nights out and heaving parties from Brasilia to Berlin and everywhere in between.
Benoit & Sergio (GER)
There are few artists making seriously great music while not taking themselves too seriously; that difficult feat is one rarely attempted and even less often successfully carried out. Benoit & Sergio grew up thousands of miles apart, in Paris and Iowa respectively. In 2008, they met at a party in Washington DC and began making dance tracks in the long winter of 2009. Right from the start, they had an insatiable artistic chemistry that kept them in the studio for ten to twelve hours at a time, riffing on each other’s ideas until they had created something even more epic than they had anticipated. They have recently released the “Principles” EP on DFA and “Let Me Count The Ways” for Spectral in May and June 2011.
Horse Meat Disco (UK)
Now into their seventh year, Horse Meat Disco have continued to lead the way with packed residencies at their HQ at The Eagle in London’s Vauxhall, Lux in Lisbon and Tape in Berlin. Inspired by the music and inclusive ethos of New York’s club scene during the ‘70s and ‘80s, the collective have garnered a unique reputation for amazing parties and unmatchable sets, the quartet of DJs each mixing their own quality blend of disco juice. During 2011, as well as playing their annual UK festival dates at Glastonbury and Lovebox, they will be spreading the love to some of the world’s leading festivals including Vivid in Sydney, Electric Elephant, Bestival and San Francisco’s Pride.
Stafford Brothers (AUS)
If there’s a bigger name in Australian House music than the Stafford Brothers right now, then, hey, we’d like to know about it! Featuring the talents of Queensland siblings Chris and Matt Stafford, this dynamic duo are an Aussie musical tour de force that’s well on the way to genuine global superstardom. Cutting their teeth in the far north’s bubbling club scene earlier this decade, it didn’t take long before “The Staffords” established themselves as special guests and headliners at the nation’s biggest and best dance venues, music festivals and clubbing special events. Renowned for their trademark big room House sounds, as DJs they’ve toured extensively throughout New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Asia, Europe and the UK, and flown the flag for Australian EDM with sheer aplomb. Meanwhile, as producers, they’ve torn up dancefloors and charts with huge tunes like “Give Love”, “I Can See”, and “More Than A Feeling”. 2011 marked the start of an epic year for The Stafford Brothers as they got to make their very own reality TV show on Foxtel and took home the coveted #1 spot at the 2011 In the Mix Awards!