What a whirlwind year for Candyland. Since winning two consecutive Play contests in 2012, Ethan Davis and Josie Martin, both 21, have gone on to tour the US with Krewella, perform at TomorrowWorld, and release music on Protocol, Toolroom, and Ultra. Recently, the Santa Barbara-based duo took some much-needed refuge from the road to record the dubstep-tinged ballad “Not Coming Down” alongside singer Zak Waters. Now you’re up. Ready to make your mark?
What a difference a year makes. At the end of 2012, 21-year-old fledgling producer Kyle Trewartha (aka Singularity) was studying audio engineering at San Francisco State University. Then, as luck would have it, the Sydney native submitted his entry to Play and subsequently won PeaceTreaty’s “In Time” remix contest in December. His grand-prize-winning spoils included a clutch of top DJ gear and an official release on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. One year on and he’s gigging across the country and recording regularly.
Recently, we caught up with Trewartha and some of our other talented Play winners including Aussie twins Cosmo and Patrick Liney (aka Cosmo’s Midnight), 20, and Jonathan Kane (aka Shreddie Mercury), 24. We wanted to know what they’ve been up to over the past year, what inspired them to enter the contest in the first place, and what advice they’d give other future contestants like you. Where are they now? Let’s find out.
The exciting and interesting results keep pouring in from our latest Play contest winners, with another round of remixes that showcase just how passionate and talented our greater Beatport community is.
Over the past decade, Aussie-born tyDi (aka Tyson Illingworth), 26, has enjoyed a meteoric rise within the global dance-music community. In his mid-teens, the Queensland Sunshine Coast native was discovered as a budding trance DJ and producer. Then, at just 17, he was signed to Armin Van Buuren’s signature imprint, Armada. In 2008, the 21-year-old was crowned Australia’s No. 1 DJ for the first time—the youngest ever to win the award. The following year, he scored the title again. Want to be discovered like tyDi? Here’s your golden ticket to shine: Remix TyDi’s pulsating progressive anthem “Live This Lie” featuring chanteuse Carmen Keigans.
Norwegian Ralph Myerz (real name: Erlend Sellevold) is one of Scandinavia’s most eclectic and prolific musical exports, with recent releases ranging from hip-hop to electronic, glitch to indie dance. So it’s no wonder that he hooked up with (and was embraced by) rap royalty for his latest single from 2013’s Supersonic Pulse. Now you can join the interstellar P-Funk party by remixing Ralph Myerz’s “Do the Damn Thing” featuring Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Nipsey Hussle, Da Youngfellaz, Nicky Noelle, and Ciscoe.
As a DJ, producer, remixer, and label boss of his own Funky Element imprint for the past 15 years, New York City native Dank has been at the forefront of Stateside heavy bass culture since its inception. On his latest single, “Wonder Child,” he continues his tireless march toward global dubstep supremacy. Step right up. Now it’s your turn to remix Dank’s dub-friendly banger “Wonder Child,” on Ultra Music.
“Let’s Go Dancing,” the lead single from Tiga’s forthcoming album, has been dismantling dancefloors worldwide all summer long. And it’s no wonder—it’s a standout lick from the studio collaboration between Montreal-based Tiga and Audion (aka Matthew Dear), who’s set to release his own Audion X techno-spective on Spectral Sound. Now it’s your turn to rework these true techno titans. Join the ranks of hot-hand producers like Maya Jane Coles, Breach, and Solomun, among others, who’ve been tipped to remix Tiga vs. Audion’s single, “Let’s Go Dancing,” on Turbo Recordings.
Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara (née Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin) have been courting the mainstream for more than a minute now. Their seventh studio album, 2013’s Heartthrob, definitely breaks through with their most commercial offering to date. That said, the lead single, “Closer,” is an indie-dance anthem that’s begging for a big-room crossover remix à la Tiesto. (Hint, hint.) Go on! Gamble on this genuine opportunity to rework Tegan and Sara’s latest single, “Closer,” on Warner Bros. Remember: No guts. No glory.
2013 has shaped up to be a banner year for Timo Maas. Over the past 12 months, he’s released his long-awaited new album, Lifer, featuring Mikill Pane, Placebo’s Brian Molko, U.N.K.L.E’s James Lavelle, and Katie Cruel, among others. He’s celebrated a decade as a resident at DC10 in Ibiza, welcomed emerging artists to his Rockets & Ponies insignia, helped Cocoon commemorate their landmark centennial release, and cemented his undisputed reputation as a touchstone of modern German dance music. Show Herr Maas what you’re made of by remixing his adrenalized glitter-punker “College 84” featuring the aforementioned chanteur Brian Molko on Rockets & Ponies.
Andy Cato and Tom Findlay (aka Groove Armada) have hammered out the kind of long-standing electronic-music career that most dream of—and many might (metaphorically) kill for. Since the London-based dance duo first surfaced with 1998’s debut album Northern Star on Tummy Touch, they’ve churned out quality house music year after year spanning across seven albums. On this new single, they’ve teamed up with ginger-haired brothers Austen and Scott Smart (known as Brodanse), who are quite accomplished in their own right. So consider this a genuine chance to impress these dance-music maestros by remixing Groove Armada and Brodanse’s tech-house flower “Sweat” featuring Cari Golden.