If 2008 signaled the arrival of an emerging superstar, then 2009 has cemented the name Markus Schulz into the minds of electronic music fans across the world. It’s far from an understatement to suggest that the German-born trance hero has impacted upon the music industry on a global level, with a weekly radio show that broadcasts worldwide, a tour to match and an iPhone app to boot, the Markus Schulz empire is stronger than ever.
Having taken possession of a top ten berth in the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 poll for the second year in a row, 2010 couldn’t be set up better for the Schulz show to continue its ascent, and with an artist album due in the summer who would bet against Markus mayhem sweeping the globe once again.
Originally from Berlin, Markus moved to the US aged 13 and quickly become engrossed in the break-dancing scene of the time. Although a talented mover on the floor, a chance to dominate the decks at a breaks party he helped organize proved to be the pivotal moment when Markus decided upon the path of his life’s work.
With a desire to ‘meet’ and engage with the world, Markus has toured globally over the past few years, exhibiting his unique brand of progressive and melodic trance to thousands of clubbers and reaching out to every corner of the globe.
Markus also dominates the airwaves with his weekly radio show, Global DJ Broadcast and can be heard on over thirty stations worldwide. His very special “Ibiza Summer Sessions” debuted in summer 2008 to rave reviews. Bringing a taste of Ibiza to those who couldn’t be there whilst adding to the experience of those who were. New stations around the world snapped up the show for their listening audiences, positioning Markus as one of dance music’s hottest properties and sending listening figures to astronomic levels.
Markus’ reputation as one of the global leaders in production as well as a world renowned DJ is supported by the rise of his own label Coldharbour Recordings. Delivering a plethora of A-List releases, the imprint acts as a platform for Schulz as well as up and for up and coming artists, something Markus is passionate about.
Largely inspired by his travels and the people he has met, his unrivalled discography incorporates numerous solo, collaborative and remix projects that form the foundations of his success. Investing whole hearted passion into every aspect of his work, Markus consistently delivers hit after hit, most notably with ‘I Am’ / ‘Daydream’ feat Andy Moor, a staple in many a DJ box.
2009 was set alight with the formidable smash ‘The New World’, which set the tempo for the whole year and preceded Toronto ’09, the latest edition in Schulz’ epic world compilation series. Following on from the phenomenal success of Miami ’05, Ibiza ’06 and Amsterdam ’08, Markus progressed his city inspired series to deliver us another exhilarating journey through trance from a revelers perspective.
His production talents didn’t go unnoticed by the music establishment, a nomination for Best Full Length DJ Mix for the previous mix, Amsterdam ’08, at the IDMA’s swiftly followed. This proved only a dip in the water as Markus scooped Best American DJ on the same night, not only re-affirming the popularity he has within his homeland but also on a global scale.
A monumental return to Schulz’ formidable Dakota project proved to be one of the highlights of the year for the man himself and many fans who have waited for nearly seven years to re-acquaint themselves with the darker, moodier and deeper side of the legendary producer. ‘Thoughts Become Things’ satisfied trance, house and techno fans the world over and forced Dakota back onto the lips of the electronic music masses with overwhelming success.
The latter end of 2009 showed no signs of his relentless production schedule slowing down, the release of ‘Markus Schulz World Tour: Best of 2009’ not only broke boundaries when it comes to compilation construction but re-enforced Schulz’ attention to detail and forward thinking.
At a time when the traditional format of compilation cd’s are becoming tiresome, Markus endeavored to offer his fans something alternative; the result, a mix that blended recordings from his world tour, including revelers joyful cries, into an epic journey across the globe, taking in eleven cities on route and resulting in a truly mammoth production masterpiece.
With his popularity is at an all time high, but not one to rest on past successes; a determination, an appreciation of his fans support and drive to push boundaries within the Miami-based star is what puts him at the front of the leading pack; placing Markus as one of THE force’s to be reckoned with in dance music.
Let the story continue……
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