Digital Dreams News: TJR and Myon & Shane 54

April 23rd, 2013

Posted by Gosia Mrugala

Today’s new additions to the 2013 Digital Dreams Music Festival artist lineup: San Diego’s TJR (above left), whose signature sound is a self-described “brand of quirky, bouncy house that blur[s] the lines between house, techno and electro,” and Hungarian trance duo Myon & Shane 54 (above right), currently ranked 80th on the DJ Mag top 100. Look for both acts on the Dreams Stage.

‘sall for now. HERE be the link for tickets and info. HERE be the Digital Dreams Facebook.

Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.



Digital Dreams News: Dash Berlin!

March 13th, 2013

Posted by Gosia Berlin


Today’s new addition to the DIGITAL DREAMS Music Festival artist roster? Oh, just some obscure, flash-in-the-pan Dutch trance guy named … what was it again? … oh, right: DASH BERLIN. Who’s only, like, the number seven ranked DJ in the entire frickin’ world.

Seriously, this lineup is getting better by the day.

If you haven’t already got your tickets, GO HERE and sin no more. And if you’re not convinced that you need to be at Digital Dreams come the Canada Day weekend — in which case, you may already be past saving — there are more artist names to be announced in the days ahead. So please to be checking this site or the Digital Dreams Facebook page for the latest news.

Gosia Mrugala is a Toronto-based blogger and reviewer. You can read her blog HERE, and follow her on Twitter HERE.

Digital Dreams In Depth: Afrojack

June 25th, 2012

Posted by Scott Willats

The week before a Canada Day long weekend is always such a tease. Nobody wants to be at work, but the promise of an unforgettable holiday keeps us all slugging away.

This weekend, though, isn’t your typical Canada Day. The Digital Dreams Music Festival in Toronto will showcase some of the best EDM artists in the world. Think of it as the unofficial kick-off to Canada’s summer festival season.

As we gear up for this extravaganza (and if you’re one of bpm:tv’s contest winners, congrats!), I thought it would be good to do a quick background check on some of the headliners who will be packing the crowds at Ontario Place. We start with the Dutch giant known as Afrojack!

For many of us, Afrojack (a.k.a. Nick van de Wall) became a household name after he dropped “Take Over Control.” But there’s more to the man than monster hits. Long before this breakthrough single, he’d been putting in his time, playing small clubs, producing quality tracks without the support of a label, and assembling the kind of resume any DJ would be proud of.

Afrojack is the sort of DJ who was born to headline big fests like Digital Dreams. Beyond the stage showmanship and the relationship with Paris Hilton, there’s a gifted artist who produces anthem after anthem — not to mention a shrewd businessman who has built his label Wall Recordings — home to the likes of R3hab (also performing at Digital Dreams) and Sidney Samson — into an industry heavy-hitter.

So how do you go from small-club DJ to pop mogul? Hard work. Let’s take a look at the product of his labours.

It was evident right from the start that Afrojack was going to be several cuts above the average. Sure, this first track, “In Your Face,” has a few bobbles — but it’s still light-years beyond your typical debut release. That ear for the perfect groove, that innate ability to make the listener’s head bob and hips swivel — it’s not a plug-in you add to your track, it’s the soul of the producer.

This is a perfect track to play at your next party. I guarantee: at least half the people there won’t ever have heard it. It’s a tune that evokes a lot of emotion — and one that lays out clearly the template for Afrojack’s future success. (The B-side, “Waho,” is worth a listen as well.

This next track, “Drop Down” (Do My Dance) was his first real taste of success. Collaborating with The Partysquad helped him elevate his game and earn wider recognition. Here’s where Afrojack found the sound he would grab and hold onto — a sound that would be mimicked and copied for years to come: blending a hard drum line, evocative of UK garage, with crazy off-the-wall sonics. I can’t think of any other producer capable of pulling this off and making it sound good.

Was it the beat? Or Eva Simons? Or the remix by Adam F? All of the above? Or something else entirely. Nobody’s every put their finger on it precisely, but one way or another, “Take Over Control” was Afrojack’s statement: a track that made the dance floors go nuts. The combination of Eva’s angelic voice and that screaming synth: it was a sound DJs and ravers just couldn’t get enough of. And it still bangs!

Simply put, “No Beef” is an anthem. For a while last summer, it was every DJ’s go-to climax track. EVERY DJ. If you were in the big room, you were gonna hear this. While the vocals by Miss Palmer certainly didn’t hurt, it was the collision of Afrojack’s synth and Steve Aoki‘s keys that put this song in a class by itself.

So there you have it; four reasons Afrojack is a perennial DJ Mag Top 100 finisher, and one of 30 richest DJs in the world. If you like what you’ve seen and heard here, I recommend getting your ass to Ontario Place this weekend. Seriously, you haven’t heard “No Beef” till you hear Afrojack spin it live.


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bpm:tv Holiday Specials

December 22nd, 2011


Here’s a quick rundown of the holiday specials we’ve got lined up for you through New Year’s Day. Enjoy!

Dec. 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 @ 10 pm ET/PT
Just what you want to find under the tree: DJ Marky D wraps up three solid hours of the hottest club grooves for all the good little boys and girls, and puts a pretty bow on it. Visions of sugarplums won’t be the only things dancing.

Dec. 24: 9 am to 5 pm ET | Dec. 25: 8 am to 8 pm ET | Dec. 26:  10 am to 4 pm ET
Jorie Brown wants to spend her Christmas with you! Curl up in your favourite Forever Lazy with a cup of eggnog (and whatever you put in it), while the effervescent host of Canada’s only all-request dance hour plays the music you want to hear, from old-school grooves to big-room bangers.

Dec. 24 & 26: 5 pm ET | Jan. 1: 5 pm & 7 pm ET
What was the sexiest dance music video of 2011? Which song had the worst lyrics? Who was the best dressed artist? The most overrated? (Could they be one and the same?) Join bpm:tv on a two-hour trip down short-term memory lane, as we walk you through the highest highs and lowest lows of the year that was in electronic music.

TOP 100 DJs OF 2011
Dec. 28: 3 pm to 7 pm ET | Dec. 31: 1 pm & 5 pm ET
From Above & Beyond (#5) to Pete Tha Zouk (#37), Bloody Beetroots (#86) to Laidback Luke (#20), we pay tribute to this year’s finishers in the definitive DJ Mag Top 100. It’s an honour just to be nominated — but it’s better to win.

Dec. 31: 10 pm to 4 am ET
No need to fuss over that playlist: we’ve got your definitive New Year’s Eve soundtrack right here: six nonstop hours of the year’s hottest dance tracks — killer beats to keep you dancing long after the champagne’s been drunk and the balloons all popped. Hello 2012!

Don’t forget: bpm:tv is available to all Rogers digital customers in free preview until Wednesday, Jan. 4. You can find us on channel 708. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!

The Top 100

October 21st, 2011

Incidentally, here’s the complete DJ Mag Top 100 for 2011. Debate and discuss amongst yourselves. See y’all next week.





Top 100 DJs announced. The top 10 respond on facebook and twitter.

October 21st, 2011


Posted by Popo

The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll results have been released along with the predictable controversies. This year the first grumblings heard on social networks were all about the now pop-friendly David Guetta took the coveted supreme spot away from Armin Van Buuren.

Here’s how the 10 vote-getters themselves responded on Facebook and Twitter.

1 – David Guetta – Thank you so much for making me number one at the top 100. I have the best fans in the world! -

2 – Armin Van Buuren – Thanks to everybody for the massive support this year no.2 @djmag & best trance! Congrats to @davidguetta for winning this year. -

3 – Tiësto – Thanks for being #1 in your heart, that’s the only thing that matters to me! -

4 – Deadmau5 – #4 again on the top100 DJ polls… hey, not bad for someone who isnt a DJ. Anythings possible folks!  -

5 – Above & Beyond – Congratulations to David Guetta for topping the DJMag poll. And big thanks to everyone who voted for us, well chuffed with 5! :) Tx


7 – Afrojack – Yeesssss #7!!!!! Thanks everyone for voting!!!!!! I fking love u guys!!! Wooot! And great celebrating JACKED last night! 2012 baby les gooo!

8 – Dash Berlin – THANK YOU ALL!

9 – Markus Schulz – Amazing to be in the top 10 again. Thanks to everyone for the support. -

10 – Swedish House Mafia – Big respect to all the Dj’s and the fans that have been supporting this scene and made it so big and it can only get bigger and better. Keep it up. Proud of you guys :D – Sebastian Ingrosso