10 DJs Playing Amsterdam Dance Event Who Are Poised For World Domination
Amsterdam Dance Event takes place this weekend, which means the Dutch capital will be inundated with DJs, industry movers and shakers and party people from all over the world. The influx includes some of the world's best-known DJs, from trance superstars like Tiësto, to underground heroes like Seth Troxler, all giving their best to hoards of music-loving devotees. But who are the selectors that are on the road to glory? There are many, many DJs appearing at ADE who are just starting to break through. These are the ones who are poised for world domination.
Techno from the dark side is the order of the day from Volte-Face (French for "about face" – a turn-around in opinion). As well as running his own successful BleeD parties and associated label in London, he’s traveled across Europe delivering his polished brand of malevolent vibes to clubs such as the mighty Berghain in Berlin. Volte-Face has also teamed up with Daniel Avery to conceive a project called Rote, which explores both the dark and light ends of the techno spectrum. At ADE he’ll play for the Reclaim Your City crew at RADION, just a few days off the back of another gig at Berghain, so expect a lucid atmosphere.
Event: Reclaim Your City @ RADION
Fest300 saw this duo spank the hell out of their Boiler Room set at AVA Festival earlier this year. Both men hail from Belfast but are now based between London and Berlin, and they’re steadily establishing themselves as a formidable duo, as well as accomplished dynamos individually. They are resident DJs at Shine, one of Belfast’s longest-running nights, and stay true to the art of spinning vinyl. Anyone who’s been to the "London Loft Party" they put on over the summer will attest to their prowess. At ADE they’re reppin’ for the AVA Festival who will team up with London promoter Percolate to set things off nicely on the conference’s first day.
Working at Resident Advisor, one of the world’s most respected electronic music platforms, will always be helpful when you’re trying to make your way in the DJ world. However, SAOIRSE (pronounced like this) would make waves whether she was part of the RA gang or not. She is hugely passionate about the industry, as evidenced by her very vocal support of London’s iconic fabric nightclub during its recent battle to stay open. As well as having bundles of knowledge and passion, SAOIRSE is pretty nifty on the wheels of steel and will make some big strides over the next year or so. Earlier this year she played one of the sets of the summer at Zoo Project in Ibiza; she’s also on the bill at Percolate x AVA Festival.
Big room, melodramatic techno is taking over the world with acts like Tale Of Us traversing the globe, crushing one dance floor after another along the way. Within their arsenal there will always be one or two tracks from Gardens of God, a Lithuanian powerhouse whose music strikes that perfect, and very tricky, balance between earth-shattering kicks and spine-tingling melodies. Gardens of God recently launched his own label, Sodai, and is definitely one to watch. At ADE he joins the lineup at an event hosted by Dutch festival titans DGTL alongside Maceo Plex’s Mosaic party brand, which has rocked Pacha in Ibiza all summer.
Event: DGTL x Mosaic @ NDSM
5. KC Lights
In his mid-twenties and really hitting his stride is Glaswegian house specialist KC Lights. His penchant for catchy vocals and big bass lines brought him to our attention and we’ve been watching his steady rise over the last 12 months or so. He turned in a great set at MK’s Area10 tent at WeAreFSTVL back in May and has had a hectic tour schedule all summer. Now, the autumn is here and he’s still to and fro-ing from the UK over to European shores, with ADE being one of his forthcoming appearances at a huge collaborative event between MK and Hannah Wants. With the support of those two powerhouses, as well as several other big players in the house scene and a growing army of fans, KC is set to blow.
Belgian techno producer Charlotte de Witte (formerly Raving George) should definitely be kept under close watch. She’s dropped two huge releases this year, the killer Trip EP on OFF Recordings and, a personal favourite of us here at Fest300, the Sehnsucht EP on Tiga’s trusty Turbo label. She started spinning in clubs at the tender age of 17 and quickly established herself as a formidable DJ; after a few years, she got in the studio to start making music. Splicing catchy, and often familiar, vocal clips with meaty, dynamic beats and bass, Charlotte’s music has helped push her up a level and is one of the main reasons why we’re so excited about her. Unforgettable moments were had on the dance floor at Space in Ibiza to her killer track "My Feeling," which samples the house classic by Junior Jack. Catch her transmitting emotions in the dark at "Dave Clarke Presents The Dirty Dozen" at Melkweg.
At Burning Man there are so many DJs flying around the Playa, darting from one stage to another playing to feverish crowds covered in dust, that it can be difficult to keep up. But every so often you hear a set that’s so magical you ask the DJ’s name and you never forget it. At Burning Man this year, Miyagi played seven sets in five days including a wonderful sunrise set at the Kazbah stage. As you can imagine, his style is deep, melodic and entrancing. In Hamburg he runs his own WEIRD parties, plus he is the bossman at two labels, Rennbahn Records and Lost Diaries. Miyagi is busy man so make sure you catch him while you can at night put on by one the UK’s freshest labels Chapter 24, together with When We Dip.
This guy has a hell of a lot of BBC Radio 1 support, which is going to send him into the stratosphere. Yotto hails from Finland and he’s been playing around with music since he was a kid, using instruments he found around the house (his dad is an old rocker) to learn the ropes. He linked up with the team from Anjunadeep in 2015 and has gained more and more traction ever since. The dude has remixed Coldplay and had a few "Essential New Tune" nods from the King of electronic music himself, Pete Tong. Get down to All Gone Pete Tong at Air right in the centre of Amsterdam to catch Yotto doing his thing. Expect to hear this guy's name all over soon...
Event: All Gone Pete Tong @ Air
9. Lost Desert
When you join the All Day I Dream crew you know there’s something special going on. The mysterious Lost Desert clearly has a bit of magic floating about their work, as proven on their recent release with the ADID boss, Lee Burridge. Arabian strings and dreamy soundscapes, together with hypnotic rhythms, made it a surefire winner – especially when delivered in the desert at Burning Man. In fact, a lot of the music seems to have been made purely for being played at Black Rock City. Find yourself in the Lost Desert at All Day I Dream’s ADE party, and remember the name.
10. Kevin Over
We’ve enjoyed watching Kevin Over’s ascent in recent times. He’s dropped some serious music, including the stunning "Write Your Hits" on VIVa, a dance floor weapon if ever we heard one. Besides, he’s had two releases with Truesoul, the Drumcode sub-label, and mobilee. And he’s DJ’d all over Europe, tearing the roof off everywhere he’s played. Playing a mix of deep tech-y cuts and tougher techno, Kevin’s reputation has been solidified in 2016 and he is now building from a solid groundswell of support from some of the industry’s biggest players including Drumcode head honcho Adam Beyer. He’s on the bill at Parallel ADE, where he’s going back-to-back with Tapesh, and then STRAF_WERK the following night.