Dutch DJ and producer Lvndscape first came to attention with a bootleg remix of Ed Sheeran & Rudimental's “Bloodstream”. He added a smooth, tropical vibe to the song and immediately showed the world what he stood for: beautiful melodies, elegant grooves and a touch of melancholy. A series of remixes and collaborations followed, each one growing his reputation. Remixing Bob Marley's “Is This Love” with Bolier in 2016, led to a loose-limbed, 21st Century update of this reggae classic and became a massive hit, racking up 15 million audio streams in just eight weeks. No better way to warm up a winter indoor experience than with Lvndscape's atmospheric deep house!
Time for some big names, emerging from the Belgian electro house scene: Steve Braet and Ruben Khaza a.k.a. Wolfpack. Buddies of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (remember “Find Tomorrow (Ocarina)”?). Collaborators of Futuristic Polar Bears, Diego Miranda, Fatman Scoop. Wolfpack have conquered the world with electrifying performances on Tomorrowland, Tomorrowworld and Ibiza, just to name a few locations, and with remixes for Nervo and Steve Aoki. More references? DJ Mag called their “Phatt Bass 2016” rave-tastic. And that’s exactly what they are!
Like Afrojack, R3hab is one of the proponents of Dirty Dutch, one of the hottest dance styles in recent years. His complex beats influenced by Detroit techno, hiphop and even Latin music are sure to keep your feet moving. R3hab was actually born in Marrakech, as Fadil El Ghoul, but lives in the Netherlands. He showed his face on events like Fame=DJ’s and Mysteryland and quickly became a highly demanded remixer and producer. As such, he did tracks for Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris and many others, and further grew his reputation with “Soundwave”, “Pump the Party” and “Revolution”. Prepare for a bone-shaking performance!
A global icon set to conquer the world, The Hollywood Reporter once wrote about Afrojack. And he surely conquered it. The Dutchman has been a household name in the charts since 2006 with tracks like “Dirty Sexy Money”, “The Spark”, “Take Over Control”, “Hey Mama” and probably his biggest success, 2011’s “Give Me Everything” with Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Nayer. He collaborated with many of the world’s most respected artists and producers, like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Chris Brown, Charli XCX and Madonna, so prepare yourself to get JACKED!
Recently crowned #2 of DjaneTop’s Top 100 Best World Female DJs, electro and progressive house DJ Juicy M is an inspiration for many. Juicy M or Marta Snitkina was born and raised in Ukraine, now lives in LA but her real home is at the clubs and festivals. She has opened for names as diverse as Black Eyed Peas, Skrillex and Backstreet Boys, played at Tomorrowland and even found time to become a mother of two. She considers herself the luckiest girl in the world, but anyone who experienced her live, knows it’s more than luck: she’s simply one of the most talented out there!
With his in-your-face turntable wizardry, hardworking DJ Dan O’Donnell alias D.O.D has grown a huge fanbase in the world of rave, with music that fuses the best from anything between electro, house, techno and progressive. He once described his own sound as ‘Future Jack’. It’s all about groovy basslines, mindbended electronic sounds and jacking beats. Some of his best-known tracks are “Bananas”, “Taking You Back” (with Afrojack) and “Flashing Lights” (with Laidback Luke). Recent shows at Tomorrowland and Dance Valley confirm: this man will rumble the dance floor at Electropia!
Berlin-based deep house wizard Beatamines sees his music as declarations of love. And he’s right. Listen to his incredible sound and it’s impossible not to feel the excitement, fun, thrills and passion that comes with new love. Beatamines has spent years in his studio, in clubs and at festivals to cultivate his magic melodies and deep, fat basslines, growing his following step by step. At Electropia, Beatamines performs with DJ/producer Matchy, one of the spearheads of the Neo Progressive movement. Together they recently released the wonderful Apocalyptica EP.
A Claptone set is always something special. The German DJ hides behind a golden beaked mask, a top hat and white gloves, and very little is known about his background. He simply loves to create his own strange and mysterious world, and his trademark sound is beautifully produced, infectious deep house. With his second album, “Fantast”, he took his songwriting to the next level, with lovely romantic melodies and lyrical textures in an almost perfect tapestry of sound. Collaborators were names as talented as Zola Blood, Matt Simons and Ben Duffy. Music to light up the dance floor.
Hannes and Holger a.k.a. AKA AKA are among the most successful DJ’s, producers and remixers to come out of Germany in recent years. They immediately won a Beatport Music Award with one of their first releases, “Woody Woodpecker”, followed by a #1 position on the Amazon techno charts with “Varieté”, an album with trumpet player Thalstroem. A great start of an extremely versatile career. AKA AKA are true music fans who integrate influences from swing, funk, jazz and balkan in their always incredibly danceable tracks that turn every club or festival into a party ground.
Having Derrick May at Electropia is nothing less than a huge honour. Why? Because Detroit-born Derrick May is one of the founding fathers of techno, together with Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. In the late 1980s he produced a string of groundbreaking cuts like “Nude Photo”, “Strings of Life” and “Kaos”: percussion-heavy cascades of sound that transformed the world of dance music. Without him there would have been no techno music, or it would have been very different, Though his more recent recordings may not be as well known as his early work, his music has never lost its relevance and he continues to be one of the great heroes of electronic dance music. An excellent DJ and a living legend whose performance no one can afford to miss.
Readers of FAZEMag voted her Best DJ three times in a row, and with her debut album “Zeitgeist” she gained cult status all over Europe. Polish-born Klaudia Gawlas also heads her own record label MOD, together with longtime collaborator Eric Sneo. Klaudia started as a guitar and keyboard player before she switched to DJing in a friend’s record store. Creating her own sounds in front of a live audience has been her passion ever since, and it’s a job she does with discipline, power, tons of energy and a deep love for music. Her performance at Electropia, the last one of this year’s festival, will be one not to forget.