Born in Madrid, Spain, Henry Saiz is an electronic artist who transcends trend and formula to create a musical language that can be difficult to describe, but easy to enjoy. His authentic sound refuses to be summed up by a singular category. Instead, he takes inspiration and influence from all over the place and incorporates them into his live and DJ sets while forging the perfect synergy between electronic, disco, house, techno, and beyond. Over the years, his original productions have been released on notable labels like Balance, Bedrock, and Renaissance. As good fortune would have it, we’re about to give you the chance to remix Saiz’s extended deep-house jam “Love Mythology” on Natura Sonoris.
Canadian-born Sid Le Rock (aka Sheldon Thompson) has been wowing dance-music lovers with his signature electronic fusion since he first burst onto the scene almost a decade ago. Currently living abroad in Germany, this former Torontonian has been releasing a steady stream of stunning releases on notable labels like Ladomat 2000 and Shitkatapult. His latest full-length album, 2013’s Busted With a Bag of Bliss, blends together the outer limits of pulsing techno, iridescent electro, and evocative retro-disco soundscapes—definitely a worthwhile listen from front to back. Now, here’s your chance to remix Sid Le Rock’s euphoric title cut, “Bag of Bliss,” on My Favorite Robot.
Enter our latest Play contest before January 20, 2014 for your chance to win a Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MKII digital DJ controller, a Sounds to Sample Elements library, and an official release on My Favorite Robot.
British new-wave legends Tears For Fears were one of the biggest pop acts of the ’80s. Their US-chart-topping second album, Songs from the Big Chair, became synonymous with the decade upon its release in 1985, and founding members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith became household names seemingly overnight. But before massive worldwide hit singles like “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” there was their lesser-known debut album, The Hurting, featuring standout selections like “Mad World,” “Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love),” and “Change.” To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that debut LP’s UK release, Tears For Fears are opening the vault and offering up this once-in-a-lifetime chance to remix their 1983 sleeper hit “Pale Shelter.” (Actually, there’s been so much recent goodwill and renewed interest in the band and their music, including a Matthew Dear and Tegan & Sara cover of “Pale Shelter,” that they’re busy writing and recording new material for their next studio album, their first in 10 years, set to be released in 2014.)
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.