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MARKUS SCHULZ’S ‘WE ARE THE LIGHT’ ALBUM TRACKLIST & RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED // NEW SINGLE & VIDEO BOTH DROPPING TODAY

– New long-player from the electronic music maven released Oct 12
– ‘We Are The Light’ single out today
– ‘We Are The Light’s official video online now

 

The seventh artist album from musician, DJ and – most recently – songwriter, Markus Schulz has confirmed its release spot. October 12 will see the German-born/US-based artist place sixteen tracks within the album frame of ‘We Are The Light’.

‘We Are The Light’ is a release that draws on musical areas Markus has been long recognized/venerated for, as well as ones more recently ventured into. Given the two albums that immediately precede it, it’s also a release he’s aware that’ll come with a degree of predetermination.

“Yeah, I know!” Markus says wryly: Dakota: ‘dark’, Markus Schulz: ‘not dark’. It’s an easy expedient way of looking at it. Personally though, with this album, I feel we’re transcending that. We’re moving beyond it and into a third band. If anything, this is ‘Markus Schulz: ‘positive’”.

Whilst doubtless sharing some sonic genetics with both ‘Watch The World’ and last year’s Dakota LP, it is too neat to peg ‘WATL’ as either straight successor to the former, nor clear-cut yin to ‘The Nine Skies’ yang. Something indeed more conversional and epochal took place at the start of its production. A shift in outlook that had a decisive effect upon its make-up. This album is in fact a result to both releases and marks an expressional ascension for Markus.

It is – to put it in a one word – “up”.

 

This is something that its track titles swiftly underscore. Numbers like ‘The Awakening’, ‘You Light Up The Night’, ‘Heaven’, ‘We Haven’t Lost Our Way’, ‘Safe From Harm’, ‘The Dreamers’, ‘Together’, ‘Utopia’ and ‘We Are The Light’s title single all telegraph its standpoint clear as day.

The album features a company of singers and fellow co-songwriters that – even by the gilt standards of Schulz’s previous LP releases – are an unparalleled assembly. Markus has consciously (as he puts it) “mixed up the pack” on the album. For every familiar name, there’s a co-writer making their debut. For every neophyte, there’s an established artist from another style-space being introduced to the electronic music realm.

From the already-acquainted side, ‘Scream 2’s Seri is back collaborating, as are ‘Watch The World’ alumni Nikki Flores, Adina Butar and Soundland. As expected the album houses the 2018 Schulz singles ‘Safe From Harm’, ‘Calling For Love’ and ‘Upon My Shoulders’. (Those respectively marked Markus’ debut collaborations with Emma Hewitt, JES and Sebu of Capital Cities fame). On the spellbinding ‘Symphony of Stars’, Christina Novelli also makes a first time appearance, while the album seeks and finds talent from other European quarters too. Alina Eremia and Smiley – already immensely successful household names inside their native Romania – make dazzling first time musical debuts outside their home country.

‘We Are The Light’s has also afforded Markus the much desired opportunity to resume the song-writing that first manifested on ‘Watch The World’. For each album track, almost without exception, Markus sat down with singers and songwriters to contribute thoughts, angles and individual insights, as well as lyrical lines, verses & choruses.

Marking its final pre-release milestone, ‘We Are The Light’ namesake single drops today, and along with it, its astonishing, nothing-less-then mesmerising official video. Shot amongst the Californian redwoods during the snowy frontend months of 2018, the Nikki Flores-sung title track is in itself an embodiment of the newly found positivity that’s the primary driving force behind the album.

You watch the new single’s official video here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyNGpo75yFo) and pre-order Markus Schulz’s luminously produced artist album ‘We Are The Light’ here (https://markusschulz.choons.at/wearethelight).

Released through Black Hole Recordings/Coldharbour Recordings October 12 2018

Tracklist:
01: Markus Schulz – The Awakening
02: Markus Schulz & Omnia featuring Seri – Road Of No Return
03: Markus Schulz & Alina Eremia – You Light Up The Night
04: Markus Schulz featuring Nikki Flores – We Are The Light
05: Markus Schulz – Heaven
06: Markus Schulz & Lachi – Far
07: Markus Schulz & Jared Lee – Together
08: Markus Schulz & Smiley – The Dreamers
09: Markus Schulz – Flight of the Phoenix
10: Markus Schulz & Soundland – 51°11′17″N 10°3′10″E (We Haven’t Lost Our Way)
11: Markus Schulz & JES – Calling For Love
12: Markus Schulz & Adina Butar – Breathe Me To Life
13: Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt – Safe From Harm
14: Markus Schulz & Christina Novelli – Symphony of Stars
15: Markus Schulz & Jared Lee – Utopia
16: Markus Schulz featuring Sebu (Capital Cities) – Upon My Shoulders

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MARKUS SCHULZ @ E-LAKE FESTIVAL: NEW ALBUM, THE STORY BEHIND ‘UPON MY SHOULDERS’, BACKSTAGE FUN AND MORE…

 

The day after the release of his summer anthem ‘Upon my Shoulder’, we’ve been lucky enough to meet the man himself, the legendary Markus Schulz, a few minutes before he rocked the MainStage at e-Lake festival in Luxembourg, here’s what he told us:

TBA: Hi it’s Jess from The Backstage Access, here with the amazing Markus Schulz
MS: Hellooo, it’s good to be here, actually it’s my first time here in
Luxembourg so I am pretty excited
TBA: First of all congrats on your new single
MS: Yeah, it’s called ‘Upon my shoulders’ and it’s just released yesterday;quite excited about it, I wrote it after last year Tomorrowland, I remember I was playing on the mainstage and I was looking out at the audience and I saw the flags in the air, and I saw the hands in the air, and then I saw the people on each other’s shoulders so when I went back into my studio I said I wanna write a song about that, you know, about what I’ve seen and it was funny as it all came together and the way it feels like a festival anthem so I am quite excited then the world is finally gonna hear it
TBA: And it’s very good it had that feels good vibe a festival has
MS: Yeah that was the important thing, to make a feel good summer vibe in the song
TBA: Well Markus, mission accomplished
MS: Thank you!

TBA: So last time we talked you were telling me how involved you were in writing the lyrics of your album
MS: With the other song writers, yes, to me it’s important to get
involved in the writing cause I want give messages that our community can relate to, I wanna do more than create song people can sing along to, I wanna make songs that people can relate to, for example Shoulders, I hope than when people hear it 10 years from now, it takes them back to Tomorrowland or EDC or here at e-lake, I want people to remember the lyrics and that it takes them back to their special time
TBA: You are always putting all yourself into your projects, like with
Dakota
MS: I really want to give all myself , the vibe, the energy that I have
inside of me, I need to put that in my music, I don’t wanna just
manufacture music for like no reason, I wanna put my heart and soul into everything and right now is really though because music goes so fast, everyday there is new Music, every week there is a new number one song, but at the end of the day this is why I am doing it, I put my heart and soul into it cause I wanna my songs last longer, I wanna be able to play them for the next couple of years
TBA : You always had that, basically got my soul with ‘Do you dream’
MS: That was a legendary album and this is what I hope to accomplish with the next album, I have to take my music to another level and make it a bit more accessible for the new generation but it still has to have that vibe that you can relate to it even listening to it 10 years from now as well
TBA: Do you ever feel vulnerable when you put so much of yourself into
your projects?
MS: No, cause I think my fans know I have always been open, that¹s why we have a special connection, they know I am not up there faking it… you know, I am not the kind of dj that make them do things like sit down, say heyyy ohhh, things like that, I just put all my energy into my set and let ppl be themselves I am not into those ‘Simon says’  games if you know what I mean
TBA: Is there something in the scene you would like to change?
MS: Well it’s funny we are having this conversation this week… Of course there is something I would like to change in the edm scene right now, there is a lot of that cake throwing and tricks but in the same time I know there is a certain vibe a certain energy when people go mainstage and they hear those kind of sets, it’s the same when you go to a heavy metal concert, when you go to a Metallica’s concert .. they might not be your cup of tea but the energy it’s infectious, it’s insane… so in the end , yes there is something I would change but you just have to keep things in perspective, don’t be a hater and do your things because at the
end of the day is who you are as an artist you should concentrate on and not on who other ppl are as an artist.
TBA: And what is your absolutely love about the scene?
MS: I love the fans, and the fact they all gather together, I know there are people here that drove here from Germany, from the Netherlands or from Belgium so it’s like a community and when you look at the audience you see familiar faces, so yeah it’s my first time here in Luxembourg but when I look out at the audience there are a lot of people I recognize
TBA : And what’s next?
MS: So we got ‘Upon My Shoulders’ just being released and the new album coming out October 5th it’s called ‘We Are The Light’ and I am quite excited about it and I hope everybody gets excited too cause I am really proud of it and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it
TBA: We are excited already indeed!!

Will it be a tour?
MS: Yes we will put together something  special on selected dates to
bring singers and artists with me and it will be a lot of fun
TBA: Anything funny happened while touring lately ?
MS: Oh well this summer has been pretty crazy, it’s funny cause I was talking about it and I was thinking “I am gonna mention this at some point in an interview” …haha actually …tbh with you, everybody has been partying like crazy backstage this summer, the funniest thing has been seeing these dj’s being carried back to the hotel, I don’t wanna mention their names but let’s say everybody has been cutting loose this summer,djs have been celebrating a lot, it’s kinda nice to see that people are blowing off steam but backstage this summer has been quite amazing,pretty crazy
TBA : Ok Markus thanks a lot for your time and see you mainstage in a bit
MS: Thank you guys!

 

MARKUS SCHULZ PRESENTS ‘IN BLOOM’ VOLUME ONE // ‘SAFE FROM HARM’ VIDEO ONLINE NOW

Be in no two minds, Schulz loves Spring, and following last night’s red carpet rollout for the season, Spring’s sure gotta love Schulz!

Over the course of the In Bloom Global DJ Broadcast all-vocal trance special, every voice was raised in the celebration of the inbound season. Throughout were premiere unveilings of four previously unheard studio works, alongside the freshly minted Club Mix of lead track ‘Safe From Harm’. Each, in their own right, a hail to the new season, collectively they comprised the show’s ‘In Bloom EP’ counterpart. Spring, frankly, never had it so good!

Case you missed it all unfold, here’s the recap…

March’s Emma Hewitt-sung ‘Safe From Harm’ (the official video for which is online now) planted the seed for ‘In Bloom’ square. ‘Safe’ rolled a second six on the special with its deep ‘n’ boomy Club Mix transportation. You always suspected it was lurking behind the original’s daytime radio version, and pow – there it was.

With barely pause for breath, Markus brought on a second producer/singer debut, which put him on a first-time team-up with another internationally celebrated songstress. Backed by some major league trance elevation, singing/songwriting doyen JES was ‘Calling For Love’. The Global DJ Broadcast forum lit up.

The dusky-tones of Adina Butar were up next up with a breath-stealing performance backed by none other than Andy Moor. (Now who saw that coming?!!) With opaque lyrics and a captivating delivery, Adina welled an emotional storm for ‘Wild Dream’, while Andy helmed its prog-trance production line… right up to his let-rip drop.

Lest you were thinking that the EP was a legends-only club, next up newer names received their ‘In Bloom’ call-up. Behind the scenes, Coldharbour master sergeant Dave Neven had been hard at work with Romanian vocalist Ellie White. On ‘Try For Me’, her beautifully figurative verse opened up onto the track’s anthemic end-of-the-night chorus. The online crowd roared.

That left Anske to closeout this epic round of premiering… and how. Alongside the crystalline delivery of singer Victoriya, the man from Vilnius went the extra mile in ensuring that Spring got sprung. Tracking the arc of its beautiful fluttering note patterns to perfection, ‘Love Won’t End’s ebbing, flowing synths developed into a sky-kiss of a trancer.

 

With all of this finery on board, the Markus Schulz Presents In Bloom Volume One bursts forth today. You can stream/purchase through all respectable outlets though this link: https://coldharbour.choons.at/inbloom

 

 

 

DON’T MISS! Amplifying the audio with the visual, the official video fro Markus & Emma’s ‘Safe From Harm’ it online now. You can take it to the beach here: https://bit.ly/2EZssKQ


Markus Schulz Presents In Bloom Volume One Tracklist:

01. Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt – Safe From Harm (Club Mix)
02. Markus Schulz & JES – Calling For Love
03. Andy Moor & Adina Butar – Wild Dream
04. Dave Neven & Ellie White – Try For Me
05. Anske & Victoriya – Love Won’t End
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MARKUS SCHULZ PRESENTS IN BLOOM EP

Markus Schulz loves Spring! Over the course of the In Bloom Global DJ Broadcast all-vocal trance special, every voice was raised in the celebration of the inbound season. Throughout were premiere unveilings of four previously unheard studio works, alongside the freshly minted Club Mix of lead track ‘Safe From Harm’. Each, in their own right, a hail to the new season, collectively they comprised the show’s ‘In Bloom EP’ counterpart.

March’s Emma Hewitt-sung ‘Safe From Harm’ planted the seed for ‘In Bloom’ square. ‘Safe’ rolled a second six on the special with its deep ‘n’ boomy Club Mix transportation. You always suspected it was lurking behind the original’s daytime radio version, and pow – there it was.

With barely pause for breath, Markus brought on a second producer/singer debut, which put him on a first-time team-up with another internationally celebrated songstress. Backed by some major league trance elevation, singing/songwriting doyen JES was ‘Calling For Love’. The Global DJ Broadcast forum lit up.

The dusky-tones of Adina Butar were up next up with a breath-stealing performance backed by none other than Andy Moor. (Now who saw that coming?!!) With opaque lyrics and a captivating delivery, Adina welled an emotional storm for ‘Wild Dream’, while Andy helmed its prog-trance production line… right up to his let-rip drop.

Lest you were thinking that the EP was a legends-only club, next up newer names received their ‘In Bloom’ call-up. Behind the scenes, Coldharbour master sergeant Dave Neven had been hard at work with Romanian vocalist Ellie White. On ‘Try For Me’, her beautifully figurative verse opened up onto the track’s anthemic end-of-the-night chorus. The online crowd roared.

That left Anske to closeout this epic round of premiering… and how. Alongside the crystalline delivery of singer Victoriya, the man from Vilnius went the extra mile in ensuring that Spring got sprung. Tracking the arc of its beautiful fluttering note patterns to perfection, ‘Love Won’t End’s ebbing, flowing synths developed into a sky-kiss of a trancer.

With all of this finery on board, the Markus Schulz Presents In Bloom Volume One bursts forth today.

 

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MARKUS SCHULZ & EMMA HEWITT – SAFE FROM HARM

Placing the spotlight on song-centric trance, today sees Markus Schulz unveil the first track from his new capsule project through Spotify .

‘Safe From Harm’ has him on a first time studio-connect with Australian’s Emma Hewitt – a singer/songwriter who has vocally defined the music of many a producer, Chris Lake, Tiësto, Dash Berlin and Cosmic Gate included.

‘Safe’ intuitively finds the equilibrium between Emma’s resolute vocals & heart-on-sleeve lyrics and the diffused piano & more vertically inclined synths of Markus’ rapturous production.

‘Safe From Harm’ represents the first of five recordings, which collectively will comprise Markus’ new-season-embracing ‘In Bloom’ EP’.

A release counterpart to his now annual Global DJ Broadcast In Bloom special, the show is one of his four yearly concept mixes. Alongside the Sunrise, Afterdark and Classics Showcases, each channels the vibe and divines the essence of the prevailing season. Spring’s In Bloom’s broadcast places the focus exclusively on vocal trance, while the EP tightens the emphasis again, zeroing in on the talents of female electronic music singers & songwriters.

Essential spring listening, the Global DJ Broadcast’s In Bloom special airs Thursday April 19th, with the full EP dropping the following day, April 20.

More info on ‘Safe From Harm’ and the ‘In Bloom’ to follow!

Tracklist:

  1. Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt – Safe From Harm (Original Mix)
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MARKUS SCHULZ PRESENTS DAKOTA – THE NINE SKIES

“Not so straightforward, is it?” observes Markus. Both generally and rhetorically, he’s passing comment on life. However, in the closing weeks of 2017 & opening months of 2018, he could as easily be talking about the ‘how’, ‘what’ & ‘why?’ of Dakota’s stage show and its December-released 18-track LP companion, The Nine Skies.

Dakota has had its spiritual side from the off. The first and second ‘Thoughts Become Things’ albums were the pathfinders for this new, and possibly most definitive of Dakota projects. These releases were measures deployed to see if electronic music’s citizenry were receptive to something deeper and more involved.

Word back from the ‘Thoughts’ generation was: “ready”.

The tipping point for The Nine Skies’ didn’t occur however until last year, and the aftermath of the attack on Florida’s Pulse nightclub. “The final spur in the side”, was how Markus saw it at the time. “All the shit that’s happened after that has really changed things, but somehow that all seemed to start with Pulse. It just devastated me. Shook me to my core. It woke me up to the idea that, in general, we’re not on the right path. I believe to get us back there, to turn things around, anyone who is able has to do their bit. The Nine Skies is me trying to do mine in really the only way I know how”.

 

In respect of ‘The Nine Skies’, Markus’ own awakening started predominantly through books. “I started reading, he says, like a lot!” “At home, in hotel lobbies, on flights, in the studio.I’ve always had a lingering interest in spirituality and the desire to make some sense of life. It’s something I share with people that are close to me. We like to chat about the nature of things like dharma, prajna, true-self – all that stuff. It is how – over time – the ‘Skies’ came into being.

 

Markus has always seen Dakota not as an alias but as a persona – an identity even. “Sometimes I’m wearing Dakota’s head; other times it’s Markus Schulz’s, he says. Through that division, I’ve found the artistic space to make darker, moodier, deeper music. More exploratory and experimental gear… if that’s where my current state of mind is taking me.

 

Atypically, the entire The Nine Skies project – concept, show, album, et al, was wrapped and complete before but a word of it was breathed. “This, expands Markus, gave me an opportunity I’d not had before. It gave me a chance to shake up my usual release pattern. So in keeping with the progressive spirit of The Nine Skies/steps, rather than coming with dozens of shows and an album’s worth of new material frontend, I brought it one stage and single at a time. I felt it would give the audiences more time to digest and absorb what is undeniably a broader concept”.

Markus considers that if there’s one thing enlightenment does take, it’s time. ”Rarely, if ever, in life does something happen overnight”, he says. The release of the album’s first four singles was designed to reflect one of the possible journey arcs from darkness to enlightenment. That started with early-in-the-album track, ‘Mota Mota’ and ended with its penultimate one, ‘Spirit of the Warrior’. “It arches from one of the most ominous darkly-minded, night-black numbers I’ve written to possibly Dakota’s most uplifting, emancipating moment ever”, says Markus.

The underlying theme of each of the 18 tracks on the album broadly falls into one of the Skies’ nine realms. “That, cautions Markus, is not something that’s going to be immediately apparent the first time you listen to it. Give it time though, and over subsequent spins I think, you’ll get an ever-greater feel for the transitional passage the album is taking. From Sky.One’s The Follower, transcending right the way over to the ninth Sky: Nirvana.” 

Dakota’s extraordinary The Nine Skies LP will be released through Coldharbour Recordings on December 8th. You can pre-order it through the following link: markusschulz.choons.at/thenineskies. Dakota adherents can also look forward, in the not too distant future to the The Nine Skies box set. This very special limited edition audio-visual release will include the DVD of Markus’ performance of The Nine Skies at Prague’s O2 Arena, as part of the Transmission 2017 event.

The Nine Skies tracklist:

01. The Nine Skies Intro
02. Bravo on the Go
03. Follow Me
04. Mota-Mota
05. Who Are You
06. Searching
07. Running Up That Hill
08. Eve’s Doorway
09. Edonismo
10. Kismet
11. The Way It Is
12. Cafe Del Mar
13. The Master
14. Carbonado
15. In Search of Something Better
16. Future Shock
17. The Spirit of the Warrior
18. The Ninth Sky

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MARKUS SCHULZ – WATCH THE WORLD (DELUXE)

 

Whilst ‘Watch The World’ was electrifying airwaves & delighting fans last spring, it was also having another, altogether subtler side effect. Intentionally or otherwise, it was bringing about a shift in the understanding of who Markus Schulz, the musician, is.

Working in stylistic areas new, penning & co-penning many of the tracks’ lyrics and delivering an entire disc’s worth of acoustic versions were just some of the ways in which ‘WTW’ challenged the Schulz perception chamber. Bringing that development to its natural conclusion this October, Markus signs off on his most transformative long-player to date with its criterion edition.

 

Never one to do things by halves, Markus commenced the Deluxe Edition by returning each of ‘WTW’s 15 tracks to the studio and fleshing them out into extended versions. Having brought new detail, nuance & life to each, he also adds two new anthem contenders to ‘Watch The World’s tracklist. Alongside ‘You And I’, the album now sports ‘New York City [Take Me Away]’, a second track captivatingly sung by Adina Butar. Also included is the epic-in-every-sense ‘Luce Prima’ (literally translated: ‘first light’). Conceived to bookend his Tomorrowland 2017’s main-stage daybreak set, here its two parts are reconciled into an ever-building, ever evolving 14-minute-long trance goliath.

Whilst putting together the Deluxe edition, Markus observed that when making ‘Watch The World’ “my frame of mind was very much in the song-oriented and radio-based zone. As a DJ though you never really lose connection with the club potential of music – no matter what its tone. With hindsight, I realise I was already making plans, subconsciously, for extensions and remixes to ‘Watch The World’s music, before it was even finished. That’s a considerable part of what this Deluxe edition is all about and I’m delighted I’ve finally been able to scratch that mental itch!”

Developing the reach of its music farther still, Markus sketched out a remix blueprint that would allow the tracks to work both individually and as an album-whole. Ranging from the deep to the uplifting, there are reinterpretations from a broad cross-section of the Coldharbour Recordings crew. Among them are Dave Neven, Nifra, Solid Stone and Fisherman & Hawkins, who have each respectively remixed up a storm on ‘In The Night’, ‘Love Me Like You Never Did’, ‘Destiny’ & ‘Favourite Nightmare’.

There are also rebuilds from legendary trance greats such as Solarstone, Kyau & Albert and 4 Strings, as well as more recent additions to its establishment like Standerwick, Gai Barone and Amir Hussain. Given Markus’ well-known eye & ear for talent spotting, many emerging names are likewise represented. The likes of Dream Sequence, Claus Backslash, Daxson, Artisan & Dawn all weigh in with spectrum-trance remixes, while elsewhere there’s an electro-pop spin of ‘I Hear You Calling’ from We Rabbitz and ‘Summer Dream’s trop-house take-on, courtesy of JackLNDN.

Listen to Markus Schulz – Watch The World (Deluxe Album)

Disc 1. Extended Mixes

  1. In The Night (featuring Brooke Tomlinson) (Extended Mix) (5:41)
  2. Love Me Like You Never Did (featuring Ethan Thompson) (Extended Mix) (5:17)
  3. Destiny (featuring Delacey) (Original Mix) (10:10)
  4. A Better You (6:56)
  5. I Hear You Calling (featuring CAYO) (Extended Mix) (5:23)
  6. Leaving LA (featuring Nikki Flores) (Extended Mix) (6:21)
  7. Fears (with Kyau & Albert) (Extended Mix) (7:35)
  8. Facedown (featuring Soundland) (Markus Schulz Arena Mix) (7:54)
  9. Waiting (Extended Mix) (7:20)
  10. You And I (featuring Adina Butar) (Extended Mix) (6:40)
  11. Watch The World (featuring Lady V) (Extended Mix) (7:37)
  12. Summer Dream (featuring Mia Koo) (Extended Mix) (5:07)
  13. Favorite Nightmare (featuring Delacey) (Extended Mix) (7:50)
  14. Soldier (featuring Naguale) (Extended Mix) (6:23)
  15. Rewind (4:36)
  16. New York City [Take Me Away] (featuring Adina Butar) (Extended Mix) (7:45)
  17. Luce Prima (14:00)

Disc 2. Remixes.

  1. In The Night (featuring Brooke Tomlinson) (4 Strings Remix) (5:23)
  2. Love Me Like You Never Did (featuring Ethan Thompson) (Standerwick Remix) (5:26)
  3. Destiny (featuring Delacey) (Dream Sequence Remix) (8:24)
  4. A Better You (Daxson Remix) (6:32)
  5. I Hear You Calling (featuring CAYO) (JackLNDN Remix) (3:58)
  6. Let It Rain (featuring Helen) (Artisan Remix) (6:24)
  7. Facedown (featuring Soundland) (Solarstone Pure Mix) (8:13)
  8. Waiting (Gai Barone Remix) (8:24)
  9. You And I (featuring Adina Butar) (Dawn Remix) (9:06)
  10. Watch The World (featuring Lady V) (Claus Backslash Remix) (7:37)
  11. Summer Dream (featuring Mia Koo) (We Rabbitz Remix) (3:47)
  12. Favorite Nightmare (featuring Delacey) (Fisherman & Hawkins Remix) (6:11)
  13. In The Night (featuring Brooke Tomlinson) (Dave Neven Remix) (7:58)
  14. Love Me Like You Never Did (featuring Ethan Thompson) (Amir Hussain Remix) (7:15)
  15. Love Me Like You Never Did (featuring Ethan Thompson) (Nifra Remix) (6:13)
  16. Destiny (featuring Delacey) (Solid Stone Remix) (7:19)
  17. Markus Schulz featuring Delacey – Destiny (Kyau & Albert Remix)

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COLDHARBOUR  STUDIOS HAD BEEN LOOTED DURING HURRICANE IRMA  

Markus Schulz, (who has been interviewed here just a few days ago) just announced that while he was touring in Buenos Aires (and praying for the safety of his family and friends living in Miami during these last difficult days due to Hurricane Irma)  Coldharbour Studios had been looted.

The equipment been stolen can of course be replaced, said Markus, but there is something that won’t be easily restored…  The Pioneer gold mixer he received for winning DJ Times’ America’s Best DJ a few years ago. This had a sentimental value and he is bummed about this loss.

We agree with the artist that in such a life threatening event it’s kinda inconceivable that someone out there acted this way!

Sadly we cannot do anything to relieve Markus’sadness, we just hope that whoever broke into his studio to steal things will understand how deeply the artist’s  feelings have been hurt and maybe could consider to gave his mixer back!

THE NINE SKIES, A DEEP CHAT WITH MARKUS SCHULZ

“It’s just over a year since I put out ‘Watch The World’. To many – myself included, 12 months on our planet feels like a very different place. Real world events have always had an impact on Dakota’s mind and reflectively guided its production hand. Never to this level or degree though. The ‘Skies’ in the title are my interpretation of the steps to enlightenment. The Nine Skies objective is, in someway or other, to make a difference. What I want to illustrate through the show, its music and its message is that while times may feel dark, we are anything but lost. There’s always a path to light.” 
 With these deep words in mind, we are really thrilled to ask Markus more about The Nine Skies creative process and what he has in store for us now!
TBA: Would you tell us who is Markus and who is Dakota? And what are you trying to communicate your audience under these names ?

MS: I guess the best way to define each is to think of Markus Schulz as the extrovert and Dakota as the introvert.

I like to imagine the Markus Schulz productions as being about and for the fans. It is based on my interaction with them and what I see.

Through the Markus Schulz productions, I can express myself through an array of options – through inspiring melodies, written words into song and collaborating with others, and learning from them.

With Dakota however, it is something much deeper within my conscience, and requires the right setting and circumstances in order to be creatively resonating.

TBA: Your new project The Nine Skies was kinda big deal for us as fans, what did it mean to you personally and how did you come up with the idea?

MS: It was the most soul churning project I have ever undertaken in my career.

The Nine Skies was a year in the making. When I started touring the Watch the World album, there was a lot of tragedy in the world, and everyone felt a sense of unknown and fear due to everything that was happening, politically or otherwise.

When the mass shooting happened at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, it absolutely shook me to my core, that something so
terrible could happen in an environment that I could well have been in myself; and in a city very close to home in Miami.

At that point, I pretty much went dark on a personal level on social media, and left my team to get the word out about upcoming gigs and releases – because to me, I couldn’t feel comfortable with embracing this party and good vibes atmosphere when the world around us was suffering
every day.

I did a lot of reading and studying in my downtime, taking on board a lot of Reiki influences. The story of a person finding themselves as a lost soul, but find the right pieces to set themselves on the journey towards enlightenment is something that essentially applies to my own life, and something I hope that can inspire others as well.

 

TBA:  Which one of these Nine Steps to enlightenment was the one who really forced you to look inside yourself?

MS:  I don’t know if it was one particular step, but it was more a case of figuring out how to represent this path towards enlightenment as a complete story.

Originally, when I thought about the concept of a full
Dakota show, it was going to be all out techno – imagine 90 minutes of music with the core sounding like Mota-Mota for instance.

But when examining each step, I knew that this wouldn’t be the correct approach.

So in the beginning, we are lost souls, and in many cases, we feel sadness and anger. And in order to proceed the journey from this phase, we need help and guidance. Therefore the beginning of the show is very techno driven with militant style percussion. But as we transition into the later skies, the melodies and tones begin to brighten, towards the culmination in the final sky – the nirvana.

TBA:  Did this project change you somehow?

MS: If anything, it made me a lot more emotional. I cannot tell you the number of nights I wound up in tears as a result of working on this entire process.

The Nine Skies makes me think about my overall legacy more. And my hope is that people can look at this album and treat it almost as if it’s a self-help book of guidance, whether it’s this year, next year, or 50 years down the line.

TBA:  Can you also tell me something about your Watch the World album’s creative process?

MS: Working on Watch the World as a project was an enormous challenge for me because of stepping very much out of my comfort zone, and delving deeply into the world of songwriting for the first time.

It was actually a revisit to days of my youth in school, where I excelled at creative writing, and the teachers would encourage me to try it as often as possible. But in those teenage days, my heart had been set on chasing the dream of becoming a DJ. It meant that I slowly drifted away from the writing aspect, and along with DJing, finding gratification in playing with synthesisers and turning knobs.

But with the sixth album on the horizon at that point in time, I needed something beyond the music, and it was writing words based on what I felt on the inside. I felt it was risky at first, but thanks to the overwhelming response towards Destiny, based on a story about my personal circumstances and relationship, it gave me confidence to explore this songwriting path further.

TBA:  How do you deal with your success? And what is your relationship with social media ?

MS: It’s fine. At the end of the day I’m just a normal person like everybody else. I never got into this business for the fame of it or winning awards.
People who come to the shows will know how much I value the support, and make every effort possible to spend time afterwards with them and give my thanks for coming out.

Social media has huge positives for DJs, along with every other public figure, because it gives you a window to show that you acknowledge and care about the support of your fans. And I think most fans nowadays are smart enough to figure out whether there is a genuine warmth and care about this connection. My golden rule in life is that no matter what
happens or what privileged position you end up in, always and forever remain humble. And that was reinforced further when reflecting and contemplating towards what The Nine Skies would become.

I remember a few years ago when my brother was in a really bad car accident in Germany, and ended up in a coma for 10 days. At the time it happened, I was in South Korea, and was about to tour India for a week.
And honestly, I felt so incredibly alone and afraid. However, when I wrote on social media about what had occurred, having the sympathy and appreciation of the fans genuinely helped me get through it.

TBA: What is inspiring you most of late?

MS: I say this often but it’s the next wave of producers taking Coldharbour by storm that are my biggest inspiration. We have such a healthy and broad-ranging roster right now.

You have Nifra who is the flagbearer for females in trance; Arkham Knights are tearing things up with this tech-trance fusion they have going, Solid Stone is one of the biggest contributors to the progressive scene right now, and you have guys like Anske who are slowly carving out a sound in
their own right.

Helping this talents grow and achieve their own dreams is one of the biggest achievements I can speak of.

TBA:  Any new projects in store for us anytime soon?

MS: My priority right now is finalising The Nine Skies album as Dakota, which I am hoping to be able to put out around shortly before this year’s ADE.
But if you have been following my travels closely, you will have guessed that I am already planning my output for next year, and you will have seen the photos of me working in the studio with the likes of Nadia Ali.

I can’t say too much for now, so let’s keep the focus almost entirely on The Nine Skies album, but know that there is something new on the horizon to come afterwards.

TBA: Your music is always evolving but also true to itself. What is your secret?

MS: Ultimately, you have to put your heart into absolutely everything you do – whether it’s the productions, the DJ sets, Global DJ Broadcast or anything
else. If you are making or indeed playing music that you don’t enjoy, you will burn out very quickly in this scene.

There are so many talented people in this industry who don’t make it or catch that essential break, meaning that they have to give up their dream and secure a different job to support themselves and their family.

So I take absolutely none of this for granted. Of course there are many sacrifices in your life you have to make along the way, but I count my blessings every day in the knowledge that I am one of the very few lucky ones who gets to do what they love for a living.

What’s interesting is that because of the big EDM explosion in this decade, there has been a huge influx of new talent thrust into the rigours of touring.  And many of them say to me “this is too tough, I’ll do this for a few years, make my money and get out”, but for me I want to keep going as long as my health allows.

TBA: The first thing you think when you go on stage?

MS: Strive to perform at your absolute best and embrace all of the fans who have worked all week and paid their money towards something they have looked forward to.

TBA:  And the first thing you think when you leave the stage?

MS:  It depends. One of the best sources in finding inspiration towards creating new melodies is while I am on stage performing, because of the passion and emotion you are feeding off the audience.

On a lot of occasions, the goal once I finish a set and say my goodbyes at the club is to get back to the hotel, open the laptop and map out a rough sketch of what is in my head, before forgetting about it.

Other occasions can be different. I am guilty of overanalysing my performance sometimes, so I can mentally beat myself up if the flow or journey of a set wasn’t what I was hoping for.

After the first performance of The Nine Skies at Dreamstate in San Francisco, I sat backstage for a long time in silence not speaking to anyone, because of the heaviness involved in the project coming to life.

TBA:  One of my favorite albums of all times is Do You Dream… I remember that summer I was in Ibiza and came to your show at Amnesia and you blew my mind. After that I went straight to buy your album… you got my soul from that moment, I would love to know what inspired you.

MS: That’s very kind of you to say. Well, throughout my childhood, I found life very difficult and uncertain.

What was my purpose in this world?

The simple truth is, discovering and falling in love with music saved me. I cannot speak highly enough about how beautiful a medium radio is, because it’s always there for you no matter what time of day or not, and you don’t even have to say hello or goodbye.

When I found myself immersed in the breakdancing scene, and arranging parties among friends, the one epiphany moment was the night we hired a venue in a hotel, and I wound up DJing the entire evening. I knew then definitively that this was what I was put on this earth to do, and I would endure every struggle just to achieve this dream.

When Do You Dream came around, if my career had ended before then I would have been happy.

So my mantra at that point became, if you have fulfilled the ultimate dream you had, do you still dream?

The fact I am still going and doing my absolute best towards establishing a legacy will tell you the answer.

 

TBA:  The funniest episode that happened to you on tour?

MS: That would be the time I ended up in jail at an airport.

As many of you will understand, the most demanding tour schedule for DJs always occurs during the summer months.

I think this took place in 2010. I had one of those crazy 24 hour stretches where I played three gigs in three different countries.

I started playing the closing set at a gig in Barcelona; then it was straight to the airport for the Netherlands, where
I played late afternoon at Dance Valley.

The final gig was in Glasgow, but there was a problem with my immigration papers when landing. So I ended up being detained at the airport – put handcuffs on and everything. Eventually the problem was resolved, but the delay meant I had to go straight to the club and perform. I was so deliriously tired by the end of it, but I look back and think how funny the whole experience was.  Sadly they didn’t let me keep the handcuffs.

TBA:  Tell me a secret about yourself 🙂

MS: I have a fear of heights! Which I know sounds absolutely crazy when you consider how my hours of my life I spend on planes. But it has been something I have lived with all my life. There was a gig in Poland many years ago where I came to the venue, and the stage was so high that I couldn’t climb the ladder and play my set. So from that point onwards I
have to ensure that for any gig I am booked for, I have to know the height of the stage beforehand so I can determine whether or not I’ll be able to do it.

 

TBA: Thanks a lot Markus for taking the time to chat with us and hope to see you soon!!

Let’s grab Running Up That Hill and  Mota-Mota !!

 

 

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