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MARKUS SCHULZ

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Over the last 10 years, Markus Schulz has crafted the individual musical identities of progressive, trance & house into his own unique fusion sound. The combined influence of his headlining DJ sets; Armada and Coldharbour label releases and highly prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show have placed him at the forefront of the US EDM revolution. This success has been reflected in weekly sets spun in front of tens of thousands, a GDJB listenership up in the millions and critically acclaimed albums, including ‘Do You Dream?’ and most recently ‘Scream’. In 2008 Schulz broke into the # 10 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart and has maintained a successive run of high-ranking positions ever since. He holds the 2012-2013 DJ Times magazine reader-voted title of America’s Best DJ. Playing over 150 gigs every year, he has become the busiest international DJ playing out of the United States.

Markus Schulz on an exclusive interview with Out Now

Markus Scuhlz On a DJ Show with a lot of music fans

Where are you from? Born in Eschwege, Germany, but Miami, Florida has been home for quite a while.

 

When did you start making music? In the mid-1990s whilst living in Arizona. I worked as an assistant in the studio where CeCe Peniston recorded. At night, when the studio was free, I was allowed to learn and use the facilities.

 

How do you describe your music? A range of emotions across the trance, progressive and techno genres within the dance music spectrum. It can vary from dark, moody and introverted, to soulful, uplifting and emotional.

 

Favorite moment from your career?  Hosting my own stage at the Tomorrowland festival, where I played from the beginning of the day to the end without a break, lasting 13 hours. 

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Markus Scuhlz On a DJ Show with a lot of music fans - Out Now

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Who is your biggest musical inspiration? Classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd, U2 and Led Zeppelin, electronic acts such as Jam & Spoon, and composers like Hans Zimmer. 

 

What is your producing software?? Logic for synths, and Ableton for loops and mashups.

 

What other things do you do besides making music? I'm a huge sports fan, particularly basketball. I follow Miami Heat regularly and go to the home games when I have the opportunity.

What is your favorite track of all time? Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls, and from the trance music side, Cass & Slide - Perception.

Markus Scuhlz On a DJ Show with a lot of music fans - Out Now

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What is your best-producing tip?  Sometimes it's best if you don't over complicate the depth required for a track. I often find that I tend to overproduce and end up removing one or two layers before the final product. 

Why did you start making music? Ever since I was young, music and particularly radio has played a vital role in my life. Through a complicated childhood, it was a means of escape, and as I grew through my teenage years, I realized that music was by far the best medium to express my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I cannot underestimate the privilege of being able to touch someone else's life with my music.

 

What are your upcoming gigs? Festival highlights include Dreamstate Europe in Poland, Mayday in Germany and Tomorrowland in Belgium, as well as open to close club sets at SaSaZu in Prague and Avalon in Los Angeles.

 

Markus Scuhlz On a DJ Show with a lot of music fans - Out Now

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What are your goals for the future? To continue to inspire people through the liveset performances, festival performances, my productions and albums, and the weekly Global DJ Broadcast radio show. Each contributes towards an overall legacy I want to leave behind with pride and distinction.

 

What advice can you give for the young music producers/DJs

Don't try to copy the current trend or what everyone else is doing. Study your favorite producers and your favorite tracks, take little pieces of inspiration from each and make them a hybrid of your own. On the DJ side, try to gain as much experience as possible, whether it's playing to a few people in a coffee shop or a house party. The ability to learn how to read an audience and react based on the music is very important, and a lot of DJs fall down with having the same predetermined set to play from start to finish, no matter what city or location they are in. 

Message to your fans :

As always, I am forever grateful to everyone for their support and believing in what I do; and thank you to everyone who continues to be on this musical journey alongside me.
 

 

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