New World Punx' Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten Are Seasoned, EDM Rebels

Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz
What do you get when you take two artists who have each spent more than two decades defining trance music worldwide through their own singles, albums, record labels and even radio shows? The Coldharbour Recordings label owner, Markus Schulz, and Ferry Corsten of the "Corsten's Countdown" radio show have created a new DJ moniker which personifies a blend of their distinct, well-seasoned sounds. Their live show is a test of endurance and creativity, playing back-to-back sets every night.

The duo made their debut this year at Madison Square Garden during Armin Van Buuren's "A State of Trance 600." They most recently embarked on a mini tour which makes it's way to the Hollywood Palladium tomorrow. We caught up with the New World Punx to find out how they've been inspired by one another and what the fans can expect during their LA debut.

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Maor Levi is the DJ Behind "Everything Step"

Maor Levi
The Israeli producer Maor Levi has been fine-tuning his talents for more than a decade after becoming fascinated by Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise at the age of 12. In 2005 he released his first single "Lital" on Anjunadeep records, the sub-label to Above & Beyond's world renowned Anjuanbeats and was named "Trance Artist of the Year" by the group. Showcasing his more progressive and deep house side he's dabbled in the many sub genres of electronic dance music through various aliases which include 123XYZ, M.A.O.R., Maori, MLV, Pillow One, Roam L and Verny. He was forced however, to take a three year break from his musical aspirations to serve in the Israeli army.

In the face of adversity Maor Levi came back stronger than ever as he redefined himself and his sound playing what he calls "everything step" an inventive genre-crossing modern take on EDM today. Now the rising star is co-headlining his own Anjunabeats "Summer USA Tour" alongside OC natives Norin & Rad. The tour makes a stop at Exchange LA tonight as part of their Insomniac "Awakening" nights before coming back to Sutra September 14th. We caught up with Levi after a special Above & Beyond show at Sutra this week to find out how life has changed for the young artist as a part of the Anjunabeats family.

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Above & Beyond's Tony McGuinness Shares Why He Loves SoCal

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How Tom Fall Became a DJ on the Rise

Tomi Fallenius aka Tom Fall
Tom Fall began learning how to play instruments by ear when he picked up the guitar and drums at the young age of 10. Though he was asked to join a band, Fall declined because he was more drawn to the sounds of electronic music. At 16 years-old, the Finnish producer born Tomi Fallenius fell in love with dance music--trance, progressive and house. Fascinated by music production he taught himself the art of producing and began playing numerous DJ gigs in his hometown of Lohja. Soon after, his first and only demo "Cubic" was released as a single on Above & Beyond's Anjunadeep Records in 2010.

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Tom Fall - Yost Theater - January 11, 2013

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Justin Jay and Ardalan - Mesa - June 30, 2013

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Justin Jay at Mesa

Justin Jay and Ardalan
June 30, 2013

Dance music continues to take over our favorite night clubs, lounges and even bars. Yet instead of sticking to the big room progressive house format which dominates everywhere, the Modern Disco Ambassadors have taken a liking to bringing more of the underground sounds of house music right here in OC. With their third installment of Brunch Sundays at the chic Mesa Lounge located at the Camp in Costa Mesa, MDA brought a Dirtybird Records showcase with LA's own Justin Jay and San Francisco based Ardalan. MDA's Kedd Cook and our local favorites Minaya & Vikus also got on the decks for an afternoon of groovy beats, champagne showers and plenty of booty clapping (yes, at brunch!)

Our OC Weekly "Best Club DJs" of 2012 Minaya & Vikus started the day proper at Mesa with some deep house grooves at an early 1pm. Daniel Minaya was celebrating his birthday (for the entire month actually) and there was plenty of bottomless Mimosa's and cake to be had. Because you know "betches love cake!" The boys had a busy June with gigs at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, Luna Supper Club in Pomona, opening for the legendary Paul van Dyk at Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim and making their San Diego debut on the Stingaree rooftop the night prior. But no matter how many times we see them it's always a treat to hear a different side of Minaya & Vikus as they could get funky with their song selections and surprise us with their deep house favorites.

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How Did TJR Become a Mega Club DJ? By Being a Good Opening DJ

Thomas Rozdilsky aka TJR

After making waves as a resident DJ at LED events and clubs like Voyeur in San Diego, the Connecticut-raised TJR has embarked on the biggest year in his DJ career. The easiest indicator of that might be his new residency at Hakkasan, the new EDM mega club inside the MGM Grand. Anchored by a Michelin Star restaurant, the five-story, 80,000 square foot space is the visual representation of how colossal the dance music world has become. And now, TJR finds himself right at the center of it. Add that to his recent feature in GQ Magazine, a successful European tour and the impending summer festival circuit filled dates all over the world and you've got yourself quite a recipe for notoriety.

We got to chat with TJR, born Thomas Rozdilsky, as he relaxed in his Encinitas golf course home after a wild weekend playing LED's My Life Every Day Memorial Day Party at the Valley View Casino Center and the 6 a.m. daybreak after party. Tomorrow, he comes to Orange County to play Heat Ultra Lounge along with local favorite Adam Auburn as the opening support.

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Leo Levo's New Dance Night Paints the Yost Black

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Leo Levo at the Yost Theater Midnite Sessions in March
The vibe tonight at the Yost Theater will probably be a lot different than most weekend revelers are used to. All-black attire is a must, lights will be almost non-existent and there won't be a go-go dancer in sight. The focus on the music sways from progressive house to techno and tech-house grooves. It's kind of a rare staple to see an up-and-coming local DJ headlining a venue as big as the Yost Theater. Then again, few are as stylistically on point as Leo Levo. He headlines the Yost Theater again tonight for another Midnite Session of polished electronic music that strays away from the mainstream.

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Dirtyphonics Bring "Vomit Level" Partying to Nokia and Coachella

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Dirtyphonics at Coachella

Charly, Thomas, Pho and Pitchin--four french dudes who have been making heavy bass music for well over a decade now--are currently on tour in support of their full-length album IRREVERENCE out on Dim Mak Records. They celebrated their album release on Tuesday at Dim Mak Studios in typical LA fashion with lots of high profile friends and peers in attendance, played at Voyeur in San Diego last night and tonight they are about to blow the lid off the Nokia Theater. We got to chat with the quartet backstage in their trailer at Coachella straight off their debut appearance at the famed Sahara Tent about their musical influences, dirty girls and what to expect tonight and this weekend at week two of their Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival set.

Charly and Thomas met back in 2000 while in design school and Pho joined the group in 2004 bringing his electro-inspired sound to their already eclectic drum & bass beats. "When we were teenagers we used to play in metal bands and then we got into the 90s hip-hop," Charly says. "Then we got into house music and techno through the French scene. It wasn't until the drum & bass that we all gathered together." In 2008 Pitchin jumped on board and they saw success after their debut single "French Fuck" was released on AudioPorn records. Reaching number one on the Beatport charts they joined the ever-changing electronic music scene and put their own stamp on "drumstep" with an intense energy and unpredictability in their tempos.

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Raging With My Mom at Ultra Music Festival

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Fabian Ortiz
Lulu and Alejandra at Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival celebrated its 15th annual edition by expanding over two three-day weekends (a la Coachella) making it the largest electronic music festival in the US and the only one in the world to take place over two weekends. Acts included some of the worlds biggest EDM names such as Tiƫsto, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris to non dance music artist like Snoop Dogg and Yesayer.

Overlooking the breathtaking downtown Miami skyline and marina at Bayfront Park, the festival brought over 165,000 dance music fans from all over the world - literally. The sea of participants adorned flags, shirts, hats and everything you could imagine to represent their hometowns, states and countries. Among those festival revelers was myself and my mother Lourdes whom I brought along for the ride so she could see for herself what the EDM festival craze is all about. Perhaps this adventure would bring us closer and maybe she won't think I'm so crazy for making the pilgrimage year after year to attend the biggest festivals out there. I know what you're thinking: "Wow this girl must be crazy." But in actuality it was her own adventurous spirit who wanted to join me. Perhaps it's where I get it from?

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Maceo Plex: The Deep House Dark Horse of Beyond Wonderland

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After falling in love with electro in his native Miami, Eric Estornel began deejaying in the early 90s. Like most EDM enthusiasts he later got into techno and began making house beats in 1996. He moved his family to Dallas where he made a name for himself as a local DJ, but it wasn't until he fled to the European dance music scene that things started to take off for him four years ago. He released an LP on the infamous Crosstown Rebels label and his appeal has since skyrocketed. Tonight, going by his DJ moniker Maceo Plex, the soulful, underground producer is headlining the official Insomniac Beyond Wonderland pre-party alongside Maya Jane Coles at Exchange LA and playing the Crosstown Rebels Rave stage at Beyond Wonderland Saturday only to make his way back to Miami for his Ultra Music Festival debut on Sunday!

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Laidback Luke - Fox Theater - March 8th, 2013

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Laidback Luke at the Fox Theater Pomona

Laidback Luke
March 8th, 2013
Fox Theater Pomona

Last night the Filipino/Dutch DJ sensation Laidback Luke brought his signature mix of hip-hop and electro house to the Fox Theater in Pomona. Legally known as Luke Van Scheppingen, Laidback Luke has been killing it on the electronic music scene for the past 15 years. Know for his infamous Mixmash Records which continue to release hit after hit and his grand Super You & Me parties that sell out the biggest venues all over the world with it's audiences dressed in super hero get ups - Laidback Luke is one of the hardest working DJs and producers in the game who continues to amaze and wow his fans. This special Thursday night 18 and over event brought some serious dance music to the I.E. thanks to powerhouse promoters LED and Goldenvoice.

The show started at 11pm, noticeable early by EDM standards, and raged for a full two hours with in your face electro mash-ups and remixes of Luke's own originals as well as surprisingly a lot of Swedish House Mafia edits - perhaps playing homage to the 60,000 people event all of the EDM crowd will be attending this weekend at the Los Angeles Historic Park. We're not complaining however, as the vocals of of his track with SHM group mates "Leave the World Behind" echoed on the sound system we got carried away in anticipation. The crowd seemed fittingly for the Fox Theater's old school "rave" culture (this used to be the spot back in the early hey days of dance music) with kandi kids and girls in fluffies ready to get their shuffle on the packed dance floor.

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