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Stafford Brothers, Thomas Jack, ELEPHANTE, KLINGANDE, Bingo Players, Dirty South, Morgan Page, Thomas Gold, Tritonal, Cash Cash
1543 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL, 60642
Doors 10:00 PM / Show 10:00 AM
This event is 21 and over
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The Stafford Brothers are the hottest Australian EDM export to hit the United States. Currently ranked the #1 DJ's in their homeland (ITM Awards, 3 years running) as well as ranking in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100, brothers Matt & Chris Stafford made their way to the West Coast, now residing in the Hollywood Hills of LA.
Shortly following they were the first ever electronic act signed to Cash Money Records and released their debut single with the label, 'Hello' featuring Lil Wayne and Christina Milian. 'Hello', still in its early stages of Australian release, hit triple platinum selling status reaching #4 on the official singles chart and #1 on iTunes (Dance) sitting inside of the top 5 most played tracks on radio this year.
A number of remixes of the track went on to take out #1 on Beatport within their respective genres, with one particular mix clocking over 1 million plays on SoundCloud. 'Hello' has also been nominated for 'Song Of The Year' in the 2013 ARIA Awards.
Not only are the Stafford Brothers the number one DJ's in their homeland, they're also involved in a number of industry related ventures. The brothers have their fingers firmly on the pulse of DJ development as partners in Australia's #1 EDM booking agency 360 Agency and their very own interactive educational website, DJ Master Course.
Catch the Stafford Brothers at their residencies across America including Cirque du Soleil's The Light, Las Vegas in the Mandalay Bay Hotel, main stage on the Stereosonic national festival circuit and in cutting-edge dance clubs all over the world.
- Hit Singles with both Lil Wayne & T.I.
- Latest Single Features Rick Ross and Jay Sean
- Performed at the iHeart Radio Music Awards
- Reality TV Stars on FOX in Australia
- Featured in Bilboard Magazine
RPM and Gareth Emery are pleased to bring you Electric For Life - NYE on Saturday, December 31st with support from Christina Novelli, Dan Stone, Standerwick, and Will Atkinson! Coming off the heels of 2 massive sold out shows in California, it's only natural for the next edition to be held in the greatest city on earth for New Year's Eve
With a copious amount of records sold worldwide and 3 iTunes USA #1 albums, Gareth Emery has become a legend in the dance music community. More recently, he's released "1000 Reasons to Live," a remix album for his 2016 release, '100 Reasons to Live,' which was #1 in 19 countries on the iTunes dance chart and scored a #2 on the Billboard Dance Chart! His project CVNT5 has been the most viral dance music video of the year, with over one million views in its first week.
Gareth Emery's rise to success stems from not only his quality productions and strong social media presence but also from his role as a curator and tastemaker in the electronic music community. Beginning as a radio show, showcasing the best of electronic music regardless of genre, the unprecedented popularity of Electric For Life soon meant it was selling out shows, hosting festival stages, and raising over $100,000 for various charities via its hugely popular merchandise line.
Elephante is a progressive & electro house producer/DJ based in Los Angeles. With a string of #1 remixes on Hype Machine (including Clean Bandit's "Rather Be", Calvin Harris's "Summer", Lorde's "Team", Katy Perry's "Dark Horse", he is one of EDM's fastest rising producers and hailed as one of its brightest new stars. His sound combines big room melodic house with influences from pop, electro, and trap, has been compared to Alesso, Madeon, and Avicii. He has garnered support from nearly every top EDM media outlets and played sold out shows across the country.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Elephante started his music career as a classically trained pianist and singer-songwriter. Since graduating from Harvard in 2011, he has been honing his craft as a producer and DJ. Already known as one of the hottest young producers in Los Angeles, he is sure to make a splash in the EDM landscape in the months to come!
Maarten Hoogstraten wasn't like other kids his age. When he was 10, his friends were buying toys to play with, but Maarten was already spending his cash on vinyl and CDs.
"You know how it starts," he said with a chuckle. "I was the one who bought records when I was young, I bought lots of vinyl, seven-inches, twelve inches, and when CDs came about I bought a lot of CDs, growing up, I spent all my money on music."
The producer behind the hit EDM act, Bingo Players, got hooked on electronic music when he was a kid, listening to The Prodigy's "Out of Space," and wishing he could make the kind of tunes that were being played on Dutch radio. But, at the time, to make dance music, you needed physical equipment—synthesizers and drum machines—far out of his reach at his age.
When he was a teenager, two events would change his life. An early music software program called ProTracker was released, and he would meet Paul Baümer, who would become his musical partner for the better part of the next 15 years until he suddenly passed away from cancer in 2013.
Maarten met Paul through his younger brother in Enschede, Holland, a two-hour drive from Amsterdam. One day, he went over to hang out with Paul's younger brother, and found that Paul was also making music using ProTracker software. "It was only four channels and was really basic, but it was a start and really fun to do."
"When we discovered we were both making similar sounding music with the same program we started spending all our time together and became friends right away'" said Maarten.
Over the next decade they began recording; and in 2006 they began recording under the moniker, Bingo Players. Their tracks started to resonate with the EDM crowds in America and abroad. Their songs— featuring buzzing, bouncing synthesizers, crunchy, guitar-like riffs reminiscent of the Chemical Brothers, and powerful, driving beats— are shaped by a memorable lyrical hook or a melody. 2009's "Devotion" utilizes the catchy vocal hook, and sets it against a funky infectious saxophone riff and syncopated backbeat.
"Most of the time we'd just start with a melody. Then a song would just evolve," said Maarten of their songwriting process. "We can connect with a song if the melody is strong even though it can still be bare bones. We need to sing along or whistle along or to have an earworm, you know what I mean? Something that sticks in your head."
Their breakout hit "Cry (Just a Little)," featured a re-recording of the hook from a 1988 Brenda Russell song, "Piano in the Dark." With the memorable lyric looping around an ebullient melody, it became an instant crossover anthem.
"I was watching VH1 and I saw this 'Back to the 80s' program where they played this Brenda Russell song and I thought, 'Hey, this particular part of the song sounds really cool, maybe we could do something with it in our own style?'"
Though they didn't start out as DJs, once the demand grew for them to play out live, they learned how to mix on CDJs. Soon, they became regulars on the EDM circuit, playing massive festivals, like Electric Daily Carnival, Tomorrowland, and Coachella.
"I think we started to become better producers once we started to DJ," he said, noting that they would bring new tunes on the road and play for a crowd to gauge their reaction.
In between playing festivals and clubs around the world, the duo found the time to start their own label, Hysteria (a hat tip to Def Leppard, one of their favorite bands), releasing singles from Carl Tricks ("Mad Dash"), MAKJ ("Springen"), and Henry Fong ("Jump") as well as Bingo Players tunes.
In 2013, they scored one of their biggest coups. An updated version of their 2011 track, "Rattle," titled, "Get Up" (Rattle)," with LA-based act, Far East Movement, rapping over a bouncy, catchy beat, became a instant hit. When they first played the tune back in 2011, Maarten and Paul didn't know if audiences liked it, but then, the single started to pick up steam around the world and slowly continued to grow.
It eventually charted in the Top Ten around the world including; Germany, Austria, France, and Australia (where it ended up going double Platinum), Gold in Canada, reaching the coveted #1 spot in the UK charts, and selling over 200,000 records in the U.S., reaching #5 on the dance charts. The success of the single, and the quirky, humorous video featuring ducks squaring off against hoodlums (which now has over 40 million views) helped propel Bingo Players high into the DJ Mag Top 100 list last year.
But in June 2013, at the height of their success, Paul suddenly fell ill. He was diagnosed with cancer. Everyone was shocked. Despite the prognosis, Paul remained optimistic.
In October, Paul took a turn for the worse and he passed away in December 2013. There was an outpouring of support from the EDM community with peers like Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Skrillex and Armin Van Buuren paying tribute on social media, at shows and in the press.
Maarten was stunned and didn't know what to do. But Paul's last wishes were for his best friend and his musical partner to keep making music.
"He always said to me, 'If you can find solace and continue what we started, please do so. Please continue the music. Carry on the Bingo Players flag,'" said Maarten.
He wasn't sure if he could carry on. But, he said, "I took a holiday, took some time off to clear my head and think about things. I thought, "Yeah Paul's right. I should continue, and continue the name and continue his legacy."
After all, they have a library of finished tracks and ideas they worked on together that have yet to be released and Maarten can continue his and Paul's dream of making the music that they heard on the radio as kids. The scene might have gotten bigger, and the production might be made on something more sophisticated than ProTracker, but, says Maarten, "The vibe is still the same. People want to have a good time, come together, and experience the music." And Bingo Players live on.
It has been an amazing ride for the Grammy Nominated DJ/Producer Dirty South aka Dragan Roganovic.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia and relocating to Melbourne, Australia when he was 13, kick started his musical journey as he started to get influenced by everything around him.
Like many other youngsters starting out in the music biz, Dragan couldn't afford turntables but he managed to improvise with his old NEC Hi-Fi and started mixing with the tape decks. From here on, Dragan developed further by making bootlegs and mashups. Next step was to get even more serious so a brand new computer, software and keyboards were needed. The first official production was released in 2004 and Dirty South was born.
Soon after that, there was an invasion of Dirty South releases and remixes. In 2005 and 2006, Dirty South was nominated for the renowned Australian Music Industry's top accolade, the ARIA awards and in 2007 he took home the "Best Producer" trophy at the inthemix top 50 awards. He did that again the following year and added best local DJ to his awards list. Since then, there have been many nominations, awards and accolades, including numerous "Essential New Tune" gongs by the legendary Pete Tong, who hosts the leading weekly global dance radio show The Essential Selection. Besides the successes he has had on his own, with releases like "It's Too Late", "Let It Go", "The End" and "Alamo", Dirty South has joined forces with some of best producers in the world and created anthems such as "Open Your Heart" with Axwell and "How Soon Is Now" with David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso. On the remix tip, Dirty South has given the remix treatment to some of the most recognisable names in the music industry including U2, Snoop Dogg, Tracey Thorn, Depeche Mode, David Guetta and Josh Wink.
Alongside his productions, Dirty South started developing his DJ career. At first Australian turf was covered many times, but then the demand spread overseas, and soon enough he was playing for some of the best clubs and festivals across the globe, including Ultra Music Festival, Pacha (Ibiza & New York), Ministry of Sound, Space, Vanguard, Creamfields, Global Gathering, Sensation White and many others. The heavy touring payed off, and in 2008, Dirty South was voted No.74 in the DJ MAG Top 100 competition.
In between his heavy touring and producing schedule, there has always been time to do a yearly mix CD, and Dirty South has put his name down to compilations for labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Toolroom Records, Cr2 and SONY to name a few.
This summer has seen the birth of the Phazing concept, from the label of the same name to its first release from Dirty South called 'Phazing' which went on to be one of the anthems of 2010 to the 'Phazing Nights' branded live events, next year Phazing will continue to grow.
With only a few short years under his belt in the international production scene, Dirty South's potential to achieve tremendous musical heights seems limitless.
This is the story so far, and there is definitely more to come from Dirty South…
'We're Phazing A Million Miles Away!'
GRAMMY-nominated DJ/Producer Morgan Page is ubiquitous within the dance music scene - his latest album, DC to Light (out now) features "Running Wild" and "Open Heart feat. Lissie" and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #3 on Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The record features numerous guest appearances, including tracks with Angela McCluskey and frequent-collaborator Lissie, the starlet who worked with Page on 2008's GRAMMY-nominated "The Longest Road." Over the years, Page has performed landmark sets at festivals across the world, including the Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, and Ultra Music Festival, as well as countless shows in the world's biggest clubs. Page holds a Las Vegas residency at The LIGHT Vegas at Mandalay Bay and previously held a three-year residency at Wynn Las Vegas. Page also hosts a weekly radio show "In The Air" which airs on national satellite broadcaster Sirius XM. Besides music, Page is driven by two other passions: the environment and technology. The Tesla-driving producer has installed solar panels on the roof of his home to power his studio. As a proponent of emerging technologies, in 2013 Page brought to life the groundbreaking Morgan Page Presents MPP3D Tour, a forward-thinking, immersive visual experience utilizing 3D technology. In addition, Page partnered with Oculus, DTS, and Alienware to produce the first-ever virtual reality lyric video for standout single, "In The Air." DC To Light follows In The Air, which debuted at #1 on Beatport's "Top 100 Albums" Chart and #6 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. The title track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart, and held a Top 10 spot for an impressive 25 weeks.
Call it the Gold standard. There's simply no other way to measure the staggering success that Thomas Gold has achieved in dance music, consistently obliterating boundaries and defying convention with chart-topping tracks and jaw-dropping performances across the globe. Since storming onto the scene in 2006, the German artist has emerged as one of the most widely admired producers in modern dance music. Gold quickly caught the attention of such premier labels as Toolroom Records, Phazing, Spinnin' Records and Size Records, while working with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Axwell and Dirty South. Gold's rare ear for remixing acclaimed artists has also helped elevate his name into rarified air. His breakout remix of Adele's "Set Fire to Rain" eclipsed 15 million YouTube views, while his reworks of industry icons like Lady Gaga, OneRepublic and Miike Snow continue to dominate dance floors worldwide. Gold's musical Midas touch earned him the honor of a coveted record deal with close friend Axwell's acclaimed Axtone Recordings, and he wasted no time in taking the Swedish House Mafioso's label to the top of the charts. "Sing2Me" rode its Miami anthem status straight to Beatport's No. 1 spot. The biggest names in dance music flocked to support the hit, providing a clarion call for Gold's signature style, which was fleshed out on his brilliant Essential Mix and Axtone Presents Thomas Gold compilation album later that year. Gold's trademark melodic sound reached an emphatic crescendo on his highly anticipated follow-up "Remember." Featuring vocals from platinum-selling Aussie Kaelyn Behr, the hit single ignited the industry and inspired Gold's smash-success "Remember the Light" tour. As a globetrotting international DJ, Gold has taken his talents from the studio to the stage in unparalleled fashion. He has become a main stage staple worldwide, enthralling thousands at Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, Mysteryland, Sensation White and Tomorrowland, and pushing the envelope by adding a live drum line and brass section to his ever-evolving live show. His unmatched energy and arsenal of custom edits have made him a fixture at the world's most prestigious clubs and earned him an esteemed residency at Light Las Vegas, where he regularly curates the soundtrack to an immersive sensory experience in partnership with Cirque du Soleil. Despite his dizzying rise, the Golden German remains relentless on the road to dance music dominance. 2014 finds Gold with highly anticipated collaborations with Borgeous and Deniz Koyu in the works, as well as a forthcoming single on Hardwell's Revealed Recordings. With marquee gigs spanning North America, Europe and Asia, and massive productions waiting in the wings, Thomas Gold's future is beyond bright. It's practically gilded.
Tritonal capped off an outstanding 2015 with the January 2016 release of "Blackout" – the long coveted but previously unavailable single featuring Steph Jones' delicate vocals and a pop twist on the duo's melodic sound. "Blackout" quickly became Tritonal's fastest-selling and -streaming single to date, the latest in a long line of hits for Austin, Texas songwriters and producers Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed.
In the previous year, Tritonal surpassed 53 million streams in aggregate on Spotify, over 10 million of that attributable to the Chainsmokers collaboration, "Until You Were Gone". The duo has also remixed Adam Lambert's hit "Ghost Town"; reached millions of listeners on iTunes, Soundcloud and Sirius via the podcast, Tritonia; and sold out iconic venues New York's Terminal 5, San Francisco's Warfield, and L.A.'s Club Nokia along with the majority of the Untouchable tour with Cash Cash. As of early 2016, the tour's anthem, "Untouchable", has been streamed over 19 million times.
Formed in 2008, Tritonal spent their early days on premium imprints like Anjunabeats, before eventually landing at Will Holland's Enhanced Music, which Cisneros and Reed came to co-own. Key moments on Enhanced include: "We Belong", a pivotal 2009 Ferry Corsten rework; the hit-laden 2011 debut album, Piercing the Quiet; and the acclaimed 2013-2014 Metamorphic EP trilogy featuring euphoric favorites "Follow Me Home" and "Now or Never". "Now or Never" cracked the Top Five on Billboard's Airplay Dance chart, a placement recaptured by follow-ups, "Anchor", "Colors", and "Untouchable". In a first for the duo, "Now Or Never" also became a sports anthem for CBS's Thursday Night NFL broadcasts in 2015, introducing the duo to millions of new fans weekly.
Tritonal's evolution and success prove that compelling songwriting, innovative production, and exuberant performances resonate with music lovers of all kinds, from underground purists to stadium fanatics.
In today's world of electronic music, there are few rules. Artists are freer than ever to write, record, and color outside the lines. For Cash Cash, the New York City based group known for their infectious dance music, this is the creative, anything-goes climate they've been waiting for.
Cash Cash is an electronic music trio originally hailing from the Garden State and currently signed to Big Beat/Atlantic Records. The group consists of brothers Jean Paul Makhlouf and Alex Makhlouf, as well as life-long friend Samuel Frisch. Together, the three DJ/Producer/Multi-instrumentalists record, mix and master all of their music.
Having released four full-length albums and an array of EPs and singles, the trio continues to blur the lines between genres. In the midst of creating their extensive catalog of charting originals, they have also found success producing and co-writing Krewella's "Live for the Night," along with producing official remixes for major artists such as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, David Guetta, Hardwell and many others. Their latest full-length album 'Blood, Sweat & 3 Years,' is Cash Cash's way of bringing music listeners from all genres together under one rattling roof. JP Makhlouf stated, "Our goal was to merge different styles from hip hop, rock, and pop with electronic dance music." An ambitious and intense project that took 36 months to complete, the LP blends tear-jerking lyrics, expressive synths, thunderous basslines, and the group's signature infectious melodies. It also showcases their knack for pushing familiar voices into new territories with a star-studded lineup of A-list guests including John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Nelly, Christina Perri, Bebe Rexha, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B, Trinidad James, and many more.
"We hate buying an album if it all sounds like one song," JP says. "The same synths, the same drums, the same moods. We get excited when we hear something untraditional. Musically, that's what we are after." To get there, they insisted on taking the long road. It would've been easy to trade tracks over email between tour stops, but they felt proper studio sessions would inspire a deeper level of collaboration with the featured artists. JP says this approach was "a lesson in patience, thus the album's title," but the only way to land on something truly new. "A lot of DJs never even meet their features, they just trade stems and acapellas over e-mail until someone decides it's ready," JP says.
"That style of working doesn't compare to being in the studio with Nelly, chain smoking blunts and drinking Crown Royal until 5 a.m. We brought the majority of the features on our album into our home studio to record, and made priceless memories with them in the process. I remember after we recorded Christina Perri, we took her on a tour of New Jersey, showing her all the famous spots they filmed 'The Sopranos.' It's moments like that which made this album extremely meaningful to us. Recording gang vocals with John Rzeznik on our song "Lightning" in our house was another moment we'll never forget, being alternative music listeners. When we recorded "Broken Drum" with Fitz & The Tantrums, it was just a hot summer day in Jersey filled with good vibes in the Garden State at our pool."
Those all-nighters in the studio seem to be paying off since they found crossover success with their RIAA-certified platinum electro-pop anthem "Take Me Home feat. Bebe Rexha," which has been streamed more than 100 million times. As of 2017, their catalog of music made them one of the top 200 most streamed artists on Spotify worldwide. Their follow up single "Surrender" also broke US Top 40 radio and reached #1 on US dance radio. The group's success extended beyond their home turf after achieving platinum, gold, and silver records in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. "Millionaire," their dancehall-infused summer anthem with Nelly, gained over 50 million streams and views. JP says the pinch-me moment came when the rap legend decided to add his signature "must-be-the-money" vocal stamp into the song. The nostalgic throwback was unexpected, but fit perfectly with the rest of the album which makes distinct and sometimes familiar voices feel fresh and new.
"The thing that unites the album is the songwriting," JP says. "We spend as much time producing the music as we do writing it, from chords and rhythms to lyrics and melody, because we truly enjoy the whole process. "When we first heard Bebe's voice, she was the opposite of a cookie-cutter singer so we knew immediately that we wanted to work with her," JP says. "And it changed everything. Suddenly we were working with rappers and artists of all styles. "Rather than trying to bring everyone back to the same old sound, we got to focus on making new ones. It felt like we finally found what we were best at."
The trio grew up together in northern New Jersey playing various instruments in bands and recording in their basement studio. As they evolved from an electronic band to a production group in 2011, they quickly established themselves as musical risk-takers whose imaginative song structures and energetic live shows caught the attention of heavy hitters in the music industry. By 2012, they had released music through Universal Music Group, EMI, and iconic Dutch dance label Spinnin' Records.
Cash Cash took on a nonstop touring schedule since 2008, leading the group to sell out various headline tours around the world including their "Untouchable" and "Must Be The Money" tours in 2015 & 2016. Their touring history also includes a laundry list of main stage festival sets and their own headline residencies in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. For Cash Cash, the collaborating doesn't stop in the studio, as they continue to bring their features and outside artists to their shows. Their guests have included artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Rae Sremmurd, ILoveMakonnen, Bebe Rexha, Lil Dicky & E40. Their new 2017 residency with Hakkasan Group has the trio in Las Vegas frequently across venues Hakkasan, Jewel, Wet Republic and Omnia; starting the next chapter of Cash Cash.