Electronic music lovers escape into a realm of progressive beats with genres such as house, deep house, electronica, techno, dance and drum-and-bass. No matter the genre, only a world-class DJ drugs ambient souls with bumping beats until sunrise. These legendary DJ’s perform at top worldwide events and festivals such as Time Warp, Ibiza’s International Music Summit and Awakenings. Instead of living vicariously through websites, soundclound and Facebook fan pages, book a ticket to see these DJs before you, or the DJ, gets too old and dies. But if you do like the comfort of your computer, make sure to listen to your music with the Tuis wireless headphones.
World-renowned dance DJ, Pete Tong, has “bootlegged” much skin in the electronic music world. Pushing the old age of 55, Pete Tong still rocks BBC Radio’s Essential Mix and global events, including his recent performance at Seattle’s 2014 Decibel Festival. Tong is Britain’s most recognized DJ and has kept a clean identity since his old school 1995 mixes with Paul Oakenfold. During the summer, fans find Tong beat-banging house music along Ibizan shorelines, creating a sexy yet sultry European atmosphere. His online presence allows him to reach fans when not performing live.
Legendary techno-producer, Richie Hawtin, is one of, if not the, best DJ’s in the industry. This Canadian-raised DJ started with humble beginnings at 17 playing house and techno in Detroit clubs. Known as the “Plastikman,” rumor has it that Hawtin has made DJ-tastic loot, and scores six figure gigs. Hawtin recently entered the hot seat this fall 2014 with an ego-raged “accident” of pushing a speaker on top of a fan recording him at Time Warp. Richie immediately apologized, but when you hear his one-of-a-kind techno tricks, Hawtin fans either forgive his brutal mistake or rave about his senseless vibe. In 2015, Hawtin turns 45, but not to worry, his youthful blonde hair and music will be hear around the world for many years to come.
Eric Estronel, known by stage name Maceo Plex, produces a mix of house, dark and deep house and techno. His rookie beginnings originated in 2001 mainly along the Miami coastline. His native Cuban roots fabricate beats to keep music light and airy enough for the dance floor. So what kind of voodoo does Maceo Plex play? Fans find Maceo “beat matching” hypnotic gigs at festivals in sunny climates such as Ibiza and Mexico, and offers sexual healing to libido-frustrated ears. Known for his popular song, “Under the Sheets,” fans find Maceo taking a break from the turntable to dance, jiggle and move to his own grooves. Must be that Cuban energy?
Conquering the Chilean crowds at 21, Luciano moved to Europe with dreams of making it big. He moved toward the big, hedonist culture of Ibiza after proving himself worthy in the underground scene. His music integrates a blend between techno and deep house, which enhances a “high on life” dance expression. Luciano produces emotional sets where fans enter a trance state of spiritual freedom and sheds an occasional tear in gratitude of his mind-altering music. This “Rico Suave” moved out of party city Berlin to St. Croix, Switzerland to spend more quality time with his wife and three children. Apparently DJs are family guys too.
Paul Oakenfold, 51, has been active in the DJ industry since 1980. Although his legendary career seems like he’d be an outdated bag of old crusty muffins, Paul Oakenfold still tours the world fusing classics with modern sets. Born in London, Oakenfold’s historic career started in the 1970’s producing “bedroom sets” and playing in wine bars. (Most likely the music that made your mom and dad conceive.) He dabbles into the realm of electronic, Goa trance, acid house, break beat, and anything else that combines a chemical reaction. Oakenfold is finishing up 2014 with a world tour and will play in Mexico City in 2015 with other popular DJs such as David Guetta and Tiesto. Better book tickets before this veteran exits the industry.
Throughout the years of Deadmau5’s existence, thousands of fans have questioned, “Who is that guy behind the mouse head?” That mouse-man is soon to be 34-year old Canadian DJ, Joel Thomas Zimmerman. Blending a combination of progressive house, electro house and electronica, Deadmau5 has scored major labels including Ministry of Sound and Virgin/EMI. Deadmau5 performs live wearing a giant mouse head, which ruffled Disney World’s panties to file a suit claiming the mousehead has similar resemblance to the trademarked figure, Mickey Mouse. Zimmerman, being young and “wise,” attacked Disney via Twitter causing a mouse-droppling storm. Between irrelevant fighting, Deadmau5’s music is top notch.