At New York City’s Marquee Club last Friday night, Markus Schulz picked up the 2018 award for America’s Best DJ. Having hit the #1 spot in DJ Times magazine’s annual reader’s poll back in 2012, Markus repeated the feat just two years later. Having seen off competition from a host of fellow US DJ glitterati, Markus – famed for his open-till-close sets and energetic performances – brought home the title for a record-breaking third time.
On receiving the news, Schulz said: “this is such an incredible honor. I have never been in this industry for the purpose of winning awards, and my biggest accomplishment in life is having the ability to connect and entertain those who believe in me. I take absolutely none of this for granted, and I count my lucky stars every day that I am able to do what I love for a living.
I’d like to sincerely thank everyone at DJ Times for their continued support, all of the promoters who facilitate my passion in the clubs and festivals throughout North America, and the core team around me who sacrifice so much in helping me achieve my dreams. And most of all, my adoration goes towards the fans… because without them, none of this is possible. To have received this award once would have been incredible, but to be recognized as America’s Best DJ for an unprecedented third time, over a seven-year period, also demonstrates how continually loyal and passionate they are for my overall palette of work”.
Ahead of his set at Marquee, Schulz was presented with the #1 position prize – the much-coveted golden Pioneer DJ mixer. Following the theft of his previously awarded mixers during Hurricane Irma looting back in Sept, 2017, the moment proved especially sweet for the Miami-based DJ. The award also caps off an extraordinary year for the DJ/producer – one that’s seen the release his first ‘In Bloom’ and ‘Afterdark’ EPs, and – in the form of ‘We Are The Light’ – his seventh artist album.
FRANCESCA LOMBARDO ANNOUNCES SECOND
SINGLE ‘RAIN’ TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ‘LIFE OF LEAF’
ALONGSIDE EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT ‘EYE RING’ OFFICIAL VIDEO SHOT AT PETERSHAM HALL
WATCH THE OFFICIAL ‘EYE RING’ VIDEO HERE
FRANCESCA LOMBARDO – ‘RAIN’
RELEASE DATE: 14th JANUARY 2019
Francesca Lombardo returns with second single ‘Rain’, set for release on the 14th January and taken from her forthcoming debut LP ‘Life of Leaf’. Once again, Francesca dexterously blends rich electronic frequencies with her classical inclinations. Equipped with soaring strings and driving bass notes, Francesca delivers a nuanced and uplifting composition that once again enables her vocal prowess to take centre stage, continuing to blur distinctions between live performance and club culture.
‘Rain’ follows on from the first single release, ‘Eye Ring’ which in addition to numerous remixes from artists hand selected by Francesca was supported by an open and vulnerable video. Shot in the elegant surroundings of Petersham House, the video seamlessly marries analogue practices with electronic futurism, eerily placing Francesca in solitude within the setting of the lavish estate.
Set out as a declaration of identity, both ‘Eye Ring’ and now ‘Rain’ convey formidable passion and a dreamy wistfulness, hinting at a true relationship album in ‘Life of Leaf’, one that is interchangeable in style, yet rooted in personality and life experiences.
‘Rain’ will be released on January 14th 2019 via Echolette under exclusive license to Cooltempo.
CATZ ‘N DOGZ REFLECT ON THEIR FINAL EP OF 2018 WITH FOLLOW UP MUSIC VIDEO FOR
‘THE CHOICE (MISS BUNTY VOCAL)’
WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE
Since day one, DJ and production duo Catz ‘n Dogz, have prided themselves on their appreciation for life. Well known for their unique production-style, the duo returned with their final transmission of 2018. This time, it’s all about the core fundamentals that have brought them so far; Friendship, trust and love. Without them they wouldn’t thrive. Channeling this, ‘The Choice’ EP sends out the message of how we live is ‘The Choice’ we all have to make; Take what you do seriously but don’t take life too seriously. A bold statement against insular club culture, closed minds and lack of innovation.
As we enter the final month of the year, they revisit the EP and deliver a video for the Miss Bunty Vocal Mix. Featuring Miss Bunty herself, the video takes an opportunity to reflect upon the year they’ve had and delivers a clear message from the Polish Duo:
“Despite the difficulty’s life may throw at us, all we need is Love and the support of good people around us. In our case, Friendship is what has made Catz ‘n Dogz Work for over 11 years now. Keep on making ‘The Choice’”