Markus Schulz Bio

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Markus Schulz bio

For more than ten years Markus Schulz has fused the individual musical identities of progressive house and trance into his own creative and now inimitable hybrid sound. Through the unique alignment of his headline DJ sets, Coldharbour label output and highly prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show, he orchestrated a sea change revolution in the US trance scene. This success has been singularly reflected in weekly headliner sets in front of many tens of thousands, a GDJB listenership up in the tens of millions plus one Beatport chart-topping release after another. Born in central Germany, Schulz immigrated to the United States. Age 13, his dance music awakening came during the grip of the country’s then-exploding breakdance scene. His early production and DJ career roughly tracked that of the Stateside 2nd coming of House and he caught his first production break in 1993 when he remixed Sagat’s ‘Why Is It? (F** Dat)’ for FFrr. He focused between trance and progressive in the early nineties. In 2004 he was signed to the David Lewis Productions agency (also home of the World’s No.1 DJ Armin van Buuren) and his career took a big step forward. Now a regular fixture at the world’s biggest and most famous clubs, arenas and festivals, he lays down his unique trance-progressive vision on a weekly basis. In Europe, he’s smashed Trance Energy, Nature One & Dance Valley, worked tent-pegs loose at Creamfields & Global Gathering and brought gridlock to the Love Parade. Following the formation of the Armada group in 2005, Armin van Buuren sought Markus out and asked him to start compiling tracks for a new vinyl series. In quick succession they began to leave crater-like impacts on dancefloors and within 12 months the Coldharbour label (named after Markus’ then-production base in London’s Coldharbour Lane) was born. Perfectly intersecting the quality/quantity axis, Markus’ own productions have been the most fundamental of components in marshalling clubbers and music lovers to his sound. The impact of all the singles has been cauterized by his studio albums Without You Near (2005), Progression (2007). In 2010, Schulz released his third studio album, Do You Dream? That was followed by 2012's Scream. Schulz’s Global DJ Broadcast show has continued to be a beacon for an always-growing throng of trance & progressive dance fans. Based on a regular format, the first show of each month was a two hour long mix from one of Schulz’s rolling World Tour gigs—having included Medellin, Columbia, St Petersberg, Russia & Amnesia in Ibiza. Subsequent shows in the month featured Markus mixing his broad-span pick of the current electronic dance music best for an hour (which included the forum-voted Global Selection track of the week) followed by guest mixes from both established and up-and-coming DJs. He was crowned America's Number 1 DJ by DJ Times in 2012.

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