Haute Music: Armin van Buuren Brings the ASOT 500 tour to Miami, USA

Armin Van Buuren, the worlds #1 DJ is bringing his globally proclaimed radio show, A State of Trance to the United States for a 500th episode celebration, and what better way to celebrate than Miami’s Ultra Music Festival? Celebrating ten years, a series of five weeks, five continents, five separately aired live broadcasts, one electronic music pioneer. While there may be one man behind the decks, delivering his take on trance and progressive, van Buuren has invited many of his colleagues and fellow DJs along to play alongside himself throughout the course of the five events. Joining Armin Van Buuren in Miami this Sunday are Ferry Corsten, ATB, Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, Alex M.O.R.P.H, Cosmic Gate and Marcus Schossow.

Buuren who is also scheduled to headline Ultra Music Festival’s main stage on Saturday night, will have an entire ASOT 500 tent, fully equipped with a light show, worldwide trance family and a live broadcast by Digitally Imported Radio. Miami being the second stop on Armin’s A State of Trance 500 tour, following last weekend’s spectacle in Johannesburg, South Africa, the tour will continue in Buenos Aires Argentina on 4/2 and Den Bosch Netherlands on 4/9, wrapping up in Sydney Australia on 4/16.

When the 26th annual Winter Music Conference also held in Miami announced it would be held two weeks earlier for the first time since the start of Ultra Music Festival, many party-goers and festival attendees were forced to make a decision as to whether or not they would attend the traditional WMC or be one of the festivals some odd 100,000 attendees. For the first time in the history of the festival, an extra day was added in 2011 making the festival span Friday-Sunday. One thing is for certain, if Ultra Music Festival was concerned with ticket sales due to the absence of the music conference this year, the now sold out 3-day bonanza is proof that nothing comes between the love of the music.


Among Armin Van Buuren, Ultra Music Festival 2011 headlines also include The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Moby, Kaskade, Underworld, Duran Duran, Avicii, Will.I.Am, Carl Cox, Fedde Le Grand, Sasha, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, BT and Trentemoller – just to name a few. Winning the International Dance Music Award (IDMA) for Best Music Event 2011, Ultra Music Festival is sure to be one of the years hottest electronic dance music festival.


For more photos & info, check out www.ultramusicfestival.com

Article By: Mark Mancino

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Haute Music: Super8 & Tab debut in New York City

Trance DJs/Producers Super8 & Tab from Helsinki, Finland are set to make their NYC debut this Thursday February 24 at Cielo NYC. Miika Eloranta who aliases as Super8 and Janne Mansnerus, known as DJ Tab, took a break from perusing their individual careers in 2005 to form the partnership tag team. For their NYC debut, Super8 & Tab can be seen at Cielo, a vibrant space, offering a more intimate feel than your typical New York City Nightclub.

Working on their solo careers until joining forces in 2005, the Anjunabeats recording artists have worked alongside quite a few A-List DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond and Ferry Corsten. The trance music duo are best known for their singles “Needs To Feel“, “Helsinki Scorchin“, “Elektra”, “Irufushi” and the 2010 releases “Black Is The New Yellow“, “Empire” and “Mercy” recorded with Jan Burton, and “My Enemy” featuring vocals by Julie Thompson. Also known for their hard-hitting club remixes, Super8 & Tab renditions may be heard amongnst Above & Beyond‘s “Oceanic“, Ferry Corsten‘s “Made Of Love” , Luminary’s Amsterdam”, Paul Van Dyk’s “New York City” and “Nothing But You“. Re-mastering the Above & Beyond club classic featuring Zoe JohnsonCan’t Sleep” in early 2011, Super8 & Tab are sure to supply Cielo with a well balanced set for their New York City debut. Advance Tickets are available for $15 through Made Event, a limited number will be available at the door.


Article by: Mark Mancino


Music Monday: Max Graham

For this week’s Music Monday feature, I have called upon one of my favorite DJs, Max Graham. Graham is a Canadian based composer, producer, and professional DJ. Graham specializes in progressive house and trance music. His songs and remixes have been featured by various artists including Armin van Buuren and Markus Schulz. I was lucky enough to get some information directly from the source! Graham’s new album Radio was released on June 25,2010. With the huge success of its first single “Sun in the Winter”, Radio will surely continue to pulse the dance floors straight into 2011.

HAUTE NYC: How old were you when you started to DJ and how do you think you’ve grown since then?
GRAHAM: Well I didn’t start touring until I was about 29, I’ve changed and grown the same in music as I have in life, I no longer wear the same clothes that I did in 1999, I don’t have the same hair style etc… I think we naturally progress through music just like we do in everything else, looking for something new to inspire us. I think if any of us played the same music as ten or even five years ago it wouldn’t work.

HAUTE NYC: What are your biggest influences right now in the music industry right now?

GRAHAM: I would say the people I’m most impressed with are Arty and Protoculture this year, but so many people have been influences both personally and professionally. After taking a year off I was a little concerned about returning to the scene but lots of guys like Markus and Armin were very supportive and it’s been a great year so far.

HAUTE NYC: You recently released your new album entitled Radio this year. My audience is loving the first two singles Sun in the Winter & Nothing Else Matters. Any ideas for what your third single might be?

GRAHAM: Well NEM is actually the third single with Dusky 2010 being the second… We’re talking about possibly releasing “out of the fire” as a single with remixes but that’s still up in the air.

– Picture via ArmadaMusic.com

HAUTE NYC: What is your most memorable experience at a gig and where is your favorite place to play?
GRAHAM: Probably my first gig at Pacha in Buenos Aires, I walked in at 4am, the place was packed the house lights were on and I thought something was wrong, like the fire alarm had been pulled. The lighting guy told me “no they are waiting for you” and as soon as I started they turned down the lights and turned up the sound, I played for four hours to the most incredible crowd and I will never forget that gig. Favorite place? Different places for different reasons, Israel, Tokyo, Colombia, Argentina… so many, some for the food and the culture, some for the girls! haha, some just for the love of dance music.


HAUTE NYC: Your remix of Sun in the Winter was featured on #1 DJ in the world, Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance 2010 album. Many would consider that a great honor. How did you feel when you found out Armin would be featuring this track?

GRAHAM: Well I was really excited when Oakenfold put Airtight on his compilation in 2001, I’ve since had a few tracks on Armin/Tiesto/Oakenfold comps but yes it’s always an honor that they have chosen yours when they have so many to choose from. 🙂


HAUTE NYC: What advice would you give to new DJ’s just starting on the scene?
GRAHAM: Produce produce produce, while i may not agree with it, the only way to become a successful dj today is to make records. I think it’s quite easy to be successful and rise up IF you make good records. We are always on the look out for new amazing productions and when we find them we play them to death, this is the fastest way to get known as a dj and performer.


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