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Markus Schulz lengthy Twitter Q&A Recapped as he Talks New Tunes, ASOT, NWP, Future Dates, Favorites and More

There’s a lot of reasons we all love Markus Schulz but one of the ways he connects with fans consistently tuning into his Thursday afternoon Global DJ Broadcasts and chatting with his fans on Facebook on Twitter.  On Monday night he spent about an hour doing a random Q&A answering a number of questions, towards the end he said there was still 400 some tweets he hadn’t opened.  There’s a lot to admire in how much he opens up to questions but also keeps enough a mystery.

Not everyone is an addict so some of the questions/answers may seem obvious but he still answered!  Chances are you didn’t feel like clicking each conversation so just read below, I did all the hard work and there’s enough information below for a Markus Schulz Trivial Pursuit board game.

Want to try and get a picture, autograph or handshake from the slayer himself? Stick around when he’s done playing and get near the front!  This is asked often and the reply is often the same.  As long as it’s possible Markus always goes to the barrier/front of the stage to greet his fans.

Unicorn Slayer Name

Why unicorns?  “rainbows” (@NourAgha) Possibly the most amusing answer here!!!!

How the term unicorn slayer got started, “somebody tweeted it as a slogan since I was known as the anti-trance trance guy, I retweeted it and it took own a life of its own.” (@AJJaegle)

Another question about how he came up with unicorn slayer, “I didn’t actually invent it! Someone sent me a tweet referring to me as “the unicorn slayer of trance” about 3 years ago.” (@CatfishIsTasty)

More about being the unicorn slayer, “I retweeted it and it blew up like crazy. Suddenly people start showing up at gigs with Unicorn Slayer t-shirts” (@CatfishIsTasty)

Random

When did he move to the US and does he miss Germany?  “I moved when I was 13. I do miss it sometimes, but I have an apartment in Berlin where I stay in between gigs in Europe.” (@pvd_27)

How does he prepare physically for 12 hour sets?  “Eating light, getting a good sleep beforehand and not drinking any alchohol before or during set.” (@paullyking)

Want a hug after his Chicago gig on April 5th?  He said, “sure, as long as you bring Chi-town hot dogs.”  Imagine trying to explain that to security! (@nessafuu)

What percentage of the fan base likes the rabbit hole stuff?  “Hard to know, but it’s good more and more people are becoming aware of it. Posting the cut from LA on NYE on Soundcloud helped.” (@RoknSpock)

Best performance ever?  “I think the achivement of playing 16 hours total in 2 b2b nights in LA for the LA ’12 release parties.” (@F_Otaku23)

Asked to admit that Nothing Without Me is his favorite Scream track, “haha! When I made it I had a feeling it was going to be big, but never expected it to become such an attachment for everyone.” (@Lana4z)

Does the chick in the “Nothing Without Me” video scratch? If yes, how deep?  “haha, I don’t know, the restraining order is doing its job.” (@je44ery)

What’s it like playing in front of so many fans?  “you have to pinch yourself sometimes and remind yourself that you still need to work and entertain them.” (@Nick_Sammons)

On a moment when he realized holy shit I have an awesome life, “when I got my first job offer as a DJ after playing at a breakdance party.” (@JustANJones)

What artist was he happy to see/meet this past week?  “Paul Oakenfold. When he speaks, you take everything in because he’s seen it and done it all.” (@KSpencePhotos)

A city compilation for 2013?  “Early summer, approx June.” (@gissy_avalos)

Plans for the rest of the year?  “Bus Tour, 2013 city compilation, Ibiza + festival season. That’ll take me through to the end of the summer.” (@trancefamily8)

Longest studio session, “I think I did almost 24 hours a few times.” (@rvn_10)

Favorite up and comer?  “Think we both know the answer to that, some Colombian fella.” (@G_ill7)

Favorite non-Coldharbour tune at the moment?  “The remix of School of Seven Bells – Reappear that Thomas Datt sent me.” (@jfd6812)

Favorite studio tools?  “Logic and Ableton.” (@DannyAguilar787)

Favorite board game?  “Monopoly.”  (@vy_cma01)  That explains the long sets, gets involved for the long haul.  The only way someone can love that game.

Favorite all time song/artist, “Stairway to Heaven, artist: Pink Floyd, dance track: the original Perception by Cass & Slide.” (@CakeEater12)

Favorite place in the world, “gotta say Miami right? Went on vacation to Lizard Island in Oz last year though, that place was paradise.” (@marie_encina)

Favorite thing to do other than music?  “playing and watching sports, esp basketball.” (@missliz1102)

Favorite compilation of all time?  “I used to always say Sasha & Digweed’s Expeditions because it had my Edge Factor remix of Jayn Hanna on it!” (@TeddyGram420)

Producer to collaborate with?  “An Eric Prydz collab would be very interesting.” (@lmfstyle)

On dealing with sound issues at UMF Buenos Aires, “Very difficult to manage because weather is out of your hands. Still have responsibility to play and entertain fans toughing it out.” (@Maflotinha)

Where was Star (dog) and Dakota (cat) during the filming of the Harlem Shake videos?  “They were in charge of filming! :p” (@Maflotinha)

Best country to perform one?  One with the most energy?  “The US is obvious because of all the shows, but Prague, Kiev and Buenos Aires right up there.” (@shipit13)

On the Miami Heat winning streak, “definitely impressive. Still a bit to do to beat the Lakers record but I think they can do it.” (@ErrockOrtega)

On how he gets mixes to sound so big, “Effects box.” (@djlodato)

What is the DAW used in productions? Do you have any in particular?  “Nowadays it’s Logic.” (@JoseRios3)

Greatest achievement so far?  “That’s a tough one. I think the best way to answer is being able to do my dream job for a living.” (@EriqMoralese)

Where is the best crowd?  “Argentina is among the loudest.” (@FumoLetras)

How many tracks were played during his 12 hour set?  “The LA NYE one I think off the top of my head was 147.” (@dexteritee)

One other job in the world for a month, “probably running a radio station.” (@stewardsonshaun) That raises another question, how deep would the rabbit hole go in the early morning hours?

Staying focused for long sets, “you constantly have to read the room and gauge what the crowd wants. If you don’t then you’ll lose them pretty quickly.” (@sagarpchi)

Best city, club, or festival?  “Difficult to answer but to name a few – EDC, Nature One, Global Gathering, Transmission, Bal en Blanc.” (@EDMRAVECONNECT)

Tips for new producers, “always try to have your own style. Take influences from others and make a hybrid of your own.” (@KSharif5)

Advice for an up and coming trance producer?  “Try to develop your own style.” (@FreddyPedrique)

Interest in opening for Markus?  Produce tunes you’d like to get him to hear?  “You can send your demos to demos@globaldjbroadcast.com” (@david_alex_08)

New tracks with Seri?  “Never say never. I’m glad to have introduced her to the dance community through Love Rain Down.” (@mikederuzzo)

Toughest aspect of djing?  “The touring, staying on top of new music and making them fit into your live sets.” (@NevinFoxeh)

Related to A State of Trance

Best experience so far this year: “ASOT 600 Mexico.” (@Allanesk)

His favorite ASOT 600 so far?  “They have all been unique but Mexico City was so important for the community of fans there, they needed a big event like that.” (@nanahaam)

Favorite part of ASOT 600 Miami?  “Finally being able to play one!” (@AreebManji)

Three words to describe Miami, “Hot. Crazy. Rewarding.” (@FeT1970)

How much time was spent preparing for ASOT 600 Miami?  “Started working on it Thursday night right through to Sunday morning.” (@Richie_Katz)

Is he afraid of 138?  “not afraid but never really been my thing. 135 tends to be my limit when playing live.” (@deanjordan16)

On what he likes most about the A State of Trance events, “The scale of the events, how everyone is united at the venues and listening online, and hanging out with the DJs.” (@Kitty_Chrystal)

Were there nerves prior to the ASOT 600 Miami set?  “I was because it was the first big ASOT show I’ve done in my honetown. When you have frriends + family there you want to perform.” (@TranceInTX)

Favorite track played at ASOT 600 Miami, “one of the IDs I sneaked in and shocked everyone with! :p”  (@RichyV729)

Funniest thing seen from the stage, “to be honest the crowd went so far back it was tough to see everything going on” (@Gustavodlrp)

On what it felt like spinning with so many others in Miami, “It was definitely the biggest lineup out of all the big ASOT celebrations there have been.” (@MatthewCaligari)

Excited to play Albuquerque in April?  “yeah that’s going to be interesting because it’s outdoors and an early evening gig.” (@misses0wl)

On the panel with Carl Cox and Danny Tenaglia at the WMC in Miami, “that was amazing. To be on the panel with legends like him and Danny T was very humbling. Don’t think it was recorded.” (@Cradelus)

New World Punx

New World Punx was named after the tune New World by Markus and Punk by Ferry. (@pourbrew)

What inspired them to start?  “We did a few b2b shows last year, Godskitchen Birmingham, TAO Vegas and Echostage DC. The vibes of those gigs really.” (@keepitplur)

Did their styles change as they combined?  “I think there’s part of both of our respective styles that meet in the middle and that’s why they work well meshed.” (@pourbrew)

On the motivation for the comics of the duo, “I started reading through some comics in the office and figured it was worth trying. Something new and different.” (@KSpencePhotos)

Was the New World Punx set in Miami record?  “didn’t, don’t worry though, you’ll get the fun on Saturday.” (@TranceInPhilly)

On the potential of a New World Punx tour, “It’s very early stages at the moment but if the demand takes off then a tour may eventually happen.” (@Britkneetdwp)

During a short interview with Armin van Buuren during ASOT 600 Miami that they’ll probably do 10 to 15 dates a year.  He also mentioned that him and Ferry are having so much fun together that it’s a whole attitude and cool concept, they’ll still be doing what they have been as individual artists.

Avalon May 11

On how long he’ll play at Avalon on May 11, “never put a set time on Avalon, as long as everyone wants to keep going then I’ll go as long as I can.” (@lissakins)

Will Ferry Corsten be there too?  “no, will be @KhoMha and @The_M_Machine as part of the Scream Bus Tour.”  (@keepitplur)

Playing an extended set?  “yep, from the peak hour down through the rabbit hole.” (@shaynashley)

A State of Trance New York City

How does it feel to be playing MSG, “it’s the stuff of dreams, never in a million years did I think I’d play there. Gonna have to wear my Air Jordans.” (@dj_flanagan)

Upcoming gigs to look forward to, “this weekend alone is absolutely massive. ASOT 600 at Madison Square Garden NY, afterparty at Pacha and Bal en Blanc Montreal!” (@m_moss_7)

How long are New World Punx playing at the ASOT 600 after party at Pacha?  “Until they kick us out. We’ll turn off the lights when we are finished.” (@staccyy_)

What to expect from New World Punx at ASOT 600 NYC, “the MSG set will be high intensity, lot of my signature tracks + Ferry signature tracks, and a few surprise debuts.” (@dexteritee)

Expect new tunes (this includes Bal en Blanc)?  “We have one new original to debut and a new remix of a classic.” (@ZorTrance)

What can be expected of New World Punx, “a very late night!” (@Kyle_Cove)

Going down the rabbit hole at Pacha?  “yep, and I’m taking Ferry with me.” (@howieji)

Bal en Blanc in Montreal

On his next gig in Montreal, “playing b2b with Ferry at BEB this Sunday. 5th year in a row playing BEB for me. Very honored.” (@habs_fan_76)

On visiting Stereo in Montreal after Bal en Blanc to visit Danny Tenaglia, “might swing by for a little bit before my flight home.” (@Matt_Rivs)  For anyone who isn’t familiar with Montreal, the city parties well into the afternoon!  Bal en Blanc doesn’t end until 12pm and Stereo will be open well past that.

Ready for Montreal?  “yes! Love you guys in Montreal. One of the most special cities in our scene.” (@Sarahh_Sunshine)

Potential Tour Dates

A Toronto open to close set?  “Still whispers but very hopeful that it will finally happen.” (@zeeaziim)  To add on to this, Markus had played for about four and a half hours in Toronto at Labour of Love the first weekend of September 2012 in Toronto. He’s played longer sets before in Toronto but never a true open to close. A petition was started here trying to convince the club to make it happen and it’s slowly built some momentum.

Any Vegas dates planned?  “No Vegas news at the moment yet, but website tour dates will be updated as soon as there’s anything.” (@jsaunders_)

Also related to Vegas, asked about playing at Electric Daisy Carnival, “hoping so and I would imagine all the big names will be there again. Hopefully no wind this time though.” (@pat2icia)

Best of Both Worlds (Markus Schulz vs Armin van Buuren) at EDC Vegas?  “That would be cool to do, but ultimately would be up to promoter to decide.” (@MATOOOOOE)

Another about EDC Vegas, “Hope so! One of the best events every year.” (@JayHerrera10)

EDC NYC?  “Not 100% sure but I don’t think so.” (@jfd6812)

New World Punx in So Cal?  “Not just yet, main focus for me are the Bus Tour shows in SD and LA in May.” (@MelodeeRaves)

Seattle?  “Working on Seattle hopefully later this year at some point. You should come to @FIVESIXTYtalk in Vancouver on May 18.” (@AerynCoss)

Houston?  “Houston hopefully later in the year at some point. Enjoyed my visit there last year.”  (@TranceInTX)

El Salvador?  “No plans at the moment.”  (@JosueMartinez24)

Does he want to visit Egypt?  “yes! Would love to come back to Space Sharm sometime.”  (@OmarEldahan1)

Tunisia?  “great community that grows with every visit. Might be back at some point in summer.” (@ox_Sarra_ox95)

How many LA dates can be expected?  “just the one this time.” (@javierdontcare)

Glasgow?  “not sure. Hoping for a solo set at MOS in London at some point, so you should make plans to go to that.” (@MandyFarrel87)

Australia?  “The album promotion I guess was during Stereosonic last year. Will be back at some point again for sure.” (@WarrenParnell)

Mexico?  “Hopefully summer, miss you guys down there.” (@ErnestoArr & @an63110)

Kuala Lumpur?  “I’m still waiting on details for my week in Asia. Only one I know is Singapore on May 4.” (@Laidback_Lut)

Ibiza?  “Still waiting to hear about Ibiza.” (@tippm002)

Malaysia?  “Not sure, still waiting to hear on any plans.” (@deir_hoshiyar)

Indonesia?  “No plans at the moment but if any developments you’ll see them on website tour dates, beautiful country.”  (@tishaverinka)

Brazil?  “For sure. Your country is home to one of my favorite clubs to play, Green Valley.” (@ggb005)

That was lengthy!!!!  You can follow Markus Schulz on Twitter @MarkusSchulz and of course the Schulz Army at @_SchulzArmy.  Make sure to use the hashtag #SchulzArmy on Twitter.  And if you haven’t already, like the Schulz Army on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SchulzArmy

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