Producers / Vocalists
An honours graduate in Jazz from Leeds College of Music, the saxophonist / vocalist Lovely Laura is renowned for her incredible live performances with Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound, Ocean Beach Ibiza, Es Paradis and Space-Ibiza making it no surprise that she is currently the clubbing world’s most in demand saxophonist, having played in the most prestigious international clubs such as Cocoon (Frankfurt), Zouk (Singapore), Space (Ibiza) & Pacha (Worldwide).
To add to this, and under the personal invitation of Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana), Laura has toured the world performing at their exclusive events such as fashion show and boutique parties, even personal events.
She is often requested to play at global, corporate parties for Storm Models (London), Audi, VW, Lexus & Moet & Chandon and has performed personally for celebrity clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, Eva Herzigova, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) & Brian Ferry whilst also entertaining at exclusive Ibiza weddings & parties for MTV, Axwell (Swedish House Mafia) & Slash (Guns & Roses).
Summer 2014 saw a Facebook video of Laura playing Jubel by Klingande go viral on the internet. After 200k likes and over 60k shares, Laura was invited to perform with Klingande. The shows were very successful and she now regularly joins them on tour.
Laura’s passion extends from electronic music to that of jazz and soul, wher
e, as a solo artist the also talented singer/ songwriter, has enthralled thousands at arenas such as the O2, NEC, Manchester Evening News Arena and Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall, supporting artists such as Take That, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Stylistics and Candy Dulfer.
Her angelic voice can be heard on the incredible Hed Kandi album Balearica Unplugged released September 2011, where she was the featured vocalist for the entire album. The album deservedly went straight to No.4 in the UK iTunes Dance Album Charts.
Championed by Jazz FM and described as ‘completely original’, her debut jazz album Off The Ground was signed immediately by Robin Millar CBE (Sade, Everything But The Girl, Randy Crawford).
Described by the late iconic Humphrey Lyttleton (BBC Radio 2) as a ‘saxophonist with distinction’, Lovely Laura is a D’Addario performing artist who plays exclusively on Jazz Select Reeds. She is also endorsed by Yanagisawa saxophones.
For the summer, Laura always returns to a place she now calls home; Ibiza, where she will be found entertaining the masses on the hedonistic island
A transverse flutist is an arguably rare sight in electronic dance music, but that’s not the only thing
setting apart trained instrumentalist and upcoming producer L_cio. Having become known to a wider audience thanks to his collaborations with floor-savvy artists like Portable or Patrice Bäumel, the Sao Paulo native doesn’t aspire to be a DJ, but instead delves deeper into live performance in a club context – which led him to become that rarest of all things, a live electronic musician holding residencies in regular clubs without ever so much as touching a record.
Even in the broad and pretty undogmatic sonic landscape that is electronic music today, he’s a rare
sight: Laercio Schwantes aka L_cio, the man with the transverse flute. Having turned quite a number of heads with his instrumental contribution to Portable’s massive 2014 crossover hit “Surrender” (“Best New Track” at Pitchfork, among others), it’s not been Laercio’s first encounter with electronic sounds – a series of hybrid collaborations, projects and releases sitting squarely between acoustic and synthetic modes of production show a trained instrumentalist and live performer that knows his way around the studio, too.
Born in Sao Paulo to a deeply religious family, Laercio has been around music all his life – amidst the challenges of daily life, his adventist parents would whip out all sorts of instruments whenever the situation would allow it, introducing a young and curious mind to a wide range of musical expressions. It should come as no surprise, then, that our hero quickly felt at home with notes and bars, choosing the flute as his first weapon of choice which he eagerly studied from the age of seven. Even later non-musical career choices always reflected an infatuation with the world of sounds, like his stint as a capoeira teacher, combining martial arts, acrobatics and dance.
With such a multi-faceted background in music, the inevitable tinkering with synthesizers and other means of electronic sound generation was rather a question of time than one of ambition, and sure enough we find Laercio roaming the parties of the mid-noughties, absorbing the unique melange of styles and scales that inform club culture to this day. In stark contrast to most other rave inductees at the time, however, he never wanted to become a DJ: his area of expertise is the performance, not the collecting and curating of other people’s releases, and it shows in the unusual fact that Laercio has held club residencies as a live electronic musician in venues like Sao Paulo’s The Edge without ever so much as touching a record.
It’s a charming anecdote that Laercio presented presented his first demos to a light jockey and not to a club DJ or promoter, but he did so knowingly, always appreciating a different angle and preferring a free-form approach to musical expectations – instead of locking himself up in standardized delivery. Maybe that’s why he’s held in such a high regard as a contributor by a growing number of dance floor artists such as Portable or Patrice Bäumel, all the while exploring his own sounds in the club trenches as well as in the summoning pits of the studio. It’s what led him to appearances all over the world and in all sorts of media, from London’s Egg Club to Boiler Room Sao Paulo or Live At Robert Johnson’s Lifesaver tour, a fascinating and highly idiosyncratic trajectory that is bound to hold more surprises in the years to come.
In an industry of one-trick ponies, Luna has it all: Looks that kill, a dedicated underground following, extensive skills with the tools of the trade, and, last but not least, timing.
In response to electronic dance music (EDM)’s recent presence under the mainstream spotlight, pop music artists incorporate the beats and progressions popularized by the former genre into their productions now more than ever. Such trends invariably backfire, however, when purist fans of the producers from which pop artists borrow their sound challenge their street cred in any kind of open forum. Luna’s career, on the other hand, resonates with the long-time supporters of the EDM community as she’s been creating music within the genre for much longer than she’s been a pop singer.
Electro/dubstep singles such as “Hearts Under Fire” and “Leaving for Mars” gained her recognition on the Beatport charts around the same time dance music started to hit the mainstream airwaves. This right-place-right-time back story – coupled with her stunning looks, sexy voice and girl-your-parents-warned-you-about mystique – affords her the opportunity to reach a wide audience that ranges from underground music fans to top 40 teenyboppers.
Still an avid DJ/producer, Luna commands an expert grasp of the skill sets required to create music across the entire spectrum of dance music; she’s just as comfortable throwing down a bass-heavy dubstep set as she is an uplifting house set. She has performed at legendary nightclubs like Hollywood’s Vanguard, NYC’s Limelight, Denver’s Beta and LA’s Avalon as well as festivals such as the esteemed Burning Man.
Luna’s most recent releases include collaborations with Sydney Blu, Manufactured Superstars, Revolvr, Quivver, Helicopter Showdown, Jontron, and Dragon. Make sure to check out her new music videos on youtube for her singles “Rock Show” and (coming soon) “Arrest the DJ.”
Designer Rachel Auburn started out with a stall in Kensington Market in the early ’80s. Catching the interest of many including Susanne Bartsch she came to New York in 1984 to showcase her talent with other British designers for New London New York.They then went on to Japan which created even more interest for them as designers.
In 1985 Rachel and Leigh Bowery opened a stall at Hyper Hyper in Kensington Market called Spend Spend Spend, the title of the store. Known for its cutting edge fashion it soon made its way to fashion magazines such as the Face and I D. Rachel herself soon became a regular gracing the pages of London’s top fashion magazines.
Leigh Bowery asked Rachel to play at his club, Taboo. She was such a hit that she immediately became Taboo’s resident DJ. With enormous popularity and known for her high energy mixing, campy disco & glum rock-ish type tunes she soon became an enormous hit all over Europe along with the London trendy elite scene.
Playing such clubs as Heaven & Café-dee-Paris this led Rachel to re-mixing and producing. She was the first female DJ to play in China and Johannesburg (a gig of over 17,000 people). In December 1999 Rachel was voted one of the top 100 DJs by DJ magazine. She then created her own record label which continues to product dance music successes. She continues to flourish creatively as a mother, DJ, producer and all around talent.’
Much has been said about Senadee, who with just a few well chosen dance productions under his belt has become one of the most sought after male vocalists and songwriters on the dance scene right now whilst simultaneously alluding to a far greater calling.
His vocal and writing collaborations with artists such as Grammy-Award nominated super-producer BT, becoming the first commercial signing to Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto imprint in over a decade, and appearing on countless compilations including big hitters from Warner, Sony and Armada Music have helped his star rise meteorically since his humble beginnings.
Bubbling under the surface, Senadee has been crafting his own unique brand of brooding, pathos infused indie-dance anthems that touch the soul both lyrically and melodically and has led to his demand leading to him recently signing his first album deal.
Currently hard at work preparing for the imminent release of his debut album, creating dance music in a way that will both surprise and refresh. Highly acclaimed and celebrated in equal measure, the rest of the world will soon welcome Senadee with open arms.
John Truelove is one of Britain’s original dance music producers. Best known for his moniker, The Source, under which he released the iconic ‘You’ve Got The Love’, that track remains one of electronic music’s enduring anthems and most successful commercial hits, having reached the top 10 of the UK charts several times since its first release in 1991.
Such is the influence of ‘You’ve Got The Love’, that – after the band covered the track – it proved to be the catalyst in the success of Florence & The Machine’s triple platinum selling album Lungs. It subsequently became the band’s highest charting single from the album, receiving a nomination for Best British Single in the 2011 Brit Awards, as well as being the selection for their appearance on the iconic ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ in 2010. It was also the stand-out performance at the 2010 Brit Awards, which featured Dizzee Rascal combining his hit Dirtee Cash in a mash-up duet with Florence, ultimately leading to the successful single release “You’ve Got the Dirtee Love” reaching #2 UK national charts.
The track has been used extensively in television and advertising, including in the closing sequence of the final episode of Sex and The City and the current CBS series 90210, as well as for blue-chip organisations such as Sky Sports and Vodafone.
John delivered further notable releases in the 1990s as The Source, including Sanctuary of Love on Pulse 8 Records and later Clouds on XL Recordings. Another alias, Lectrolux, provided the platform for a string of popular hard techno releases on his own label TeC. This output, along with the Now Voyager pseudonym, contributes to an overall impressive production and remix catalogue for Truelove .
Irish DJ Micky Modelle, DJ poll winner numerous times, finally won his hard earned chart success in 2006 with ‘Dancing In The Dark’.
Gaining Number 1 chart positions on video channels The Box and MTV, but without a shared of national radio support, ‘Dancing In The Dark’ still climbed to 10 in the UK national charts
In his impressive career as a producer and remixer, he has remixed artists such as The Source feat Candi Staton, Atomic Kitten, Samantha Mumba, Nomad and Pink, but chart success under his own name eluded him until he came across a ballad by Belgian singer Jessy, and transformed it into a huge dance crossover track.
Dom and Oz met whilst DJ’ing at gigs in Brighton during the mid 90’s. They had similar tastes and both were interested in dabbling with music production, so they acquired some studio equipment and started crafting their art. Very few labels were initially interested and the duo later launched Kaktai Records in ’97 as a platform for their music.
Dom developed a preference for the studio and has since featured original productions & remixes in a variety of styles on every prominent label within the scene. Apart from his partnership in Kaktai Records, Dom also runs the Hard House / NRG label, Spinball Records & Battle Jaxx which was an outlet for his Funky Hard House.
Since mid 2004, Dom has managed to escape Studio 404 long enough for a few very select DJ appearances as well as OD404 Live shows with Oz.
Shiloh’s rise to the top came fast and furiously with their very first single, “Will U Ever Come Around“, becoming one of the biggest dance releases of 2003. The progressive breaks genre that had taken over at that time was championed by Shiloh and 2007’s “Café Del Mariachi” reconfirmed their ability to create a dance floor bomb, getting constant play from Sasha for months. Their artist album Bleed gained almost universally positive praise from industry press and DJs alike.
As producers Shiloh are an icon of the dance music scene. Their discography has grown too numerous to keep track of with well over 100 entries of originals, remixes, compilation appearances and video game credits. They’ve done remixes for EMI and Global Underground, been commissioned by Jaguar Motorcars, and their music has made it into a handful of Sony Playstation games. Their mix compilation appearances resemble a who’s who list.
Shiloh’s illustrious journey through this scene hasn’t been driven by marketing specialists or press juggernauts. Their success hasn’t been fueled by gimmicks. In fact, one thing has spearheaded their career and one thing alone… their music. It’s this fact that has made Shiloh an undeniably revered treasure to all progressive-minded dance music fans–a sentiment that has withstood the test of time and will continue to for many years to come.
Michele Adamson is a writer, vocalist, DJ & producer. Brought up between the fast paced technology of Hong Kong and the mystical culture of England, she tours the globe performing and collaborating with the psychotronic pioneers of future music. Her debut chill out album Fallen Angel was released in 2005 with global sell-out success and her new album will be out later this year with two CDs of Ibiza-influenced music. Michele is a prolific contributor to the scene and her distinct vocals can be heard on numerous psy-compilations and artist albums such as Shpongle – Tales of the Inexpressible, Younger Brother – Flock of Bleeps, Infected Mushroom – Converting Vegetarians, Last Men Standing – This Is Ibiza. If you find yourself catching glimpses of holographic UV material flashing in the corner of your periphery, chances are Michele is around.
Currently touring the world with her new electro live show which she premiered at Pacha this year, Michele is also known for her high-energy, crowd-pleasing performances of material from Strange Arrangements and other trancefloor fillers, such as her collaborations with Astrix, GMS, CPU, Dynamic, & Dino Psaras, among other talented purveyors of psychedelic beats. You can catch Michele’s solo psyVocal trance, electro and chill out live shows in countries in the Far and Middle East, Europe, the US, South America, Russia & Australia.
Currently working on an new style electro live show, Michele released her second album “Strange Arrangements”, with the cream of the psy scene which was released with Fineplay (Japan) and On The Move Music in 2008.
You can catch Michele touring her solo psy-Vocal trance and chill out live shows to countries in the Far and Middle East, Europe, the US, South America, Russia & Australia. When not warbling Michele delivers wicked Dj sets of Electro, Trance and Eclectic chill (chillectro!!) as well as performing live with GMS, Shpongle & The Egg.