For the past eight years, Markus Schulz has created an annual compilation mix album with tracks that were inspired by and dedicated to one his favorite cities from his tour that year. Starting in 2005 with his home city of Miami, the last one he released was ‘Buenos Aires 13’. Here’s a list of all of his previous compilations mixes:
Miami ’05 (2005, Moist Music)
Ibiza ’06 (2006, Moist Music)
Amsterdam ’08 (2008, Armada Music)
Toronto ’09 (2009, Armada Music)
Las Vegas ’10 (2010, Armada Music)
Prague ’11 (2011, Armada Music)
Los Angeles ’12 (2012, Armada Music)
Buenos Aires ’13 (2013, Armada Music)
This year, rather than dedicating one compilation a year based on one city, Markus Schulz has decided to change things up with his “City Series.” Each month he’ll release one brand new track and dedicate it to a city that he’ll be playing at that month. When he is on tour he’ll be recording elements of the live show and utilizing sounds of the venue. Then at the end of the year, he’ll combine all the recordings of the twelve original instrumental tracks into his new compilation ‘Markus Schulz – World Tour 2015’.
The first release in the “City Series” is entitled “Bayfront (Miami)”. Bayfront Park may be known for hosting the Ultra Music Festival every year but it’s also close to where Club Space is located. Regarding the choice of his hometown of Miami as the inspiration for his first track, Markus said,
“When examining the cities which have impacted my body of work throughout the years, you have to consider your day-to-day surroundings and the reason why you call a particular place home. Had it not been for my days as a weekly resident at Club Space, I would never have had the privilege of displaying my talents on an international basis. When I learned that I would be welcoming 2015 at Space with a signature open to close solo set, it was only appropriate to commence this project by paying tribute to my home turf. Bayfront is not just a track dedicated to the club, but will play a pivotal role in my appearances at the Groove Cruise in January, and the Ultra Music Festival in March. Unifying these elements is something I hope the Miami natives will enjoy”.
Next up in the “City Series” will be Bucharest where the February track will be recorded. Bucharest is home to a couple of Coldharbour artists, Mr. Pit and Adina Butar. His third track will be recorded live in San Francisco during Markus’ open-to-close solo set at Ruby Skye in March. Although he hasn’t finalized the rest of the tracklist yet, other cities that he’s mentioned that are extremely special to him and likely will be a featured city are Buenos Aires and Las Vegas.
“Bayfront (Miami)” the first single from his new monthly release project “City Series” will be released on January 19th on Coldharbour Recordings.
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2015 is already looking to be a big year for Markus Schulz. It was just announced that he’ll be performing along side Ferry Corsten as New World Punx for his first ever appearance at Coachella. He’s also been working on a collaboration with the legendary Giorgio Moroder for Moroder’s upcoming LP.
I’m liking how this track with @MarkusSchulz is evolving. We’ve got it!
— Giorgio Moroder (@giorgiomoroder) January 5, 2015
Markus Schulz 2015 Tour Dates:
January 29 – Groove Cruise – Miami, FL (New World Punx)
February 6 – The Gallery at Ministry of Sound – London, United Kingdom
February 7 – Arenele Romane – Bucharest, Romania
February 13 – SaSaZu – Prague, Czech Republic
February 14 – I Love Qiev at Stereo Plaza – Kiev, Ukraine
March 7 – Maya Music Festival – Bangkok, Thailand
March 20 – Ruby Skye – San Francisco, CA (Open to close set)
April 11 – Coachella – Indio, CA (New World Punx)
April 18 – Coachella – Indio, CA (New World Punx)
+ More to be announced soon