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Event Preview: NYE Extravaganza with Markus Schulz


Sooner than we know it 2015 will be coming to an end. With such an amazing year for trance fans all over the world, what better way to ring in the new year than with Markus Schulz. Over the last 10+ years Markus Schulz has crafted the individual musical identities of progressive, trance and house into his own unique hybrid Coldharbour sound. Through his natural audience interaction, flawless, intuitive harmonic mixing, unparalleled tune selection and now famous open-to-close sets, he has wowed crowds in every major metropolis. This will be surely one of the best events in New Orleans for the year.

Markus Schulz NYE

When: December 31, 2015

Where: The Metropolitan Nightclub, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans, LA 70130

Ages: 21+

Price: GA $25 + fee  VIP $75 + fee (VIP Ticket/wristband includes “cut the line” entrance, all-inclusive open Premium Bar, VIP Viewing Balcony, Must be 21+, no refunds if you are under 21 years of age.)

Other details: $1000.00 Balloon drop, champagne toast at midnight and much more to be announced.

To Purchase tickets click here.

For more info and updates please visit Metropolitan Nightclub.

Artist Spotlight: Grube & Hovsepian

As the saying goes two heads are better than one. This is the case in the duo of Tim Grube & Mike Hovsepian. Grube & Hovsepian was formed in 2008 after Tim heard Markus Schulz dropping a few of Mike’s tracks. Soon after Tim contacted him and the story starts there. As A&R for Schulz’s record label,  he proposed a new partnership for the pair. They have been quite successful so far playing in various venues across the globe. These  venues include stateside at LA’s Avalon, Miami’s Mansion, and main stage performances at European arena events including the legendary Transmission.


Virginia Beach native, Tim Grube started out bringing the sound locally in clubs opening for well-known DJs, solo gigs, as well as producing his own pieces during his spare time in Washington D.C.  Mike created a comparable trail over on the west coast. Now both are based in Miami, their progressive trance and electro-accented sets have brought electronic music fans right to the front of the line. In the studio they are steadily creating amazing tracks and fantastic remixes. Among them have been “City of Angels”, “Venom”, “Memory Lane”, “Invisible”, “Conviction” and “Pressure”. Showing great skill with these simply perfect tracks, the mix of uplifting and progressive comes easy to these two.


In 2012 they became one of the first signings to the Schulz Music Group. After onboarding them Markus Schulz said,

“When he (Tim) teamed up with Mike Hovsepian, I immediately saw that they’d found a connection that was going to work for them both. For me, they have become the most exciting duo to come along in the last 3 years.”

After being in the scene and doing what they have done this must have been amazing to hear from an artist with such stature as Markus Schulz. Along with show productions, Grube & Hovsepian showcase their radio show, ‘Grube & Hovsepian Radio’, which is broadcasted every Tuesday at 11 am EST on DI.FM‘s DJ Mixes channel. This radio show is heard by thousands and has become a favorite of many trance family members around the world including myself. Along with their successful radio show they have also been supported by numerous top artists including Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Markus Schulz, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, and Sander van Doorn to name a few.


Aside from their amazing accomplishments so far, I’ve had the pleasure to chat with Mike and Tim. Both of them are amazing guys that make everyone feel as part of the group. I look forward to the next time I can catch one of their shows, until then I’ll keep enjoying their amazing tunes and fantastic broadcasts!

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Grube & Hovsepian, Recorded Live From Club Space Miami Terrace (November 14, 2015)

Coldharbour Sessions 015: Grube & Hovsepian (March 2015)

Coldharbour Partners With Black Hole

Directly from www.coldharbourrecordings.com:

Spanning 200 releases over the past decade, IDMA-nominated Coldharbour Recordings has captured the hearts and imagination of many fans within the electronica domain. And its storied tale undertakes a new chapter beginning in 2015 – joining the family at Black Hole distribution.

The label, founded by DJ Times & Pioneer America’s Best DJ for 2014, Markus Schulz, has been heralded for its quality of releases through various genres, combined with the talent contained by its roster depth. Along with being the home of the Miami native’s appraised singles (the latest being the incredible Winter Kills Me featuring Lady V), talents such as KhoMha, Grube & Hovsepian, Nifra, M.I.K.E. Push, Mr. Pit and Rex Mundi continue to prominently feature in the playlists of many top-tiered DJs.

Black Hole Recordings, already housing Markus’ New World Punx Music label alongside Ferry Corsten, boasts a rich history of success and adulation in our scene. Their strategy and efforts will further increase Coldharbour’s continued development, with more label event nights coming than ever before.

The partnership begins in January, and among the first releases is the anthemic Skypunch by Dutch duo Fisherman & Hawkins. This will be complimented with EPs from Danilo Ercole and Solid Stone, and the centrepiece of the label will focus on Markus’ exciting project spanning the entire year – dedicating a new production each and every month to a particular city of inspiration.

This is bound to be nothing short of amazing.

Upcoming releases:

January 19: Markus Schulz – Bayfront (Miami)
January 26: Fisherman & Hawkins – Skypunch
February 09: Markus Schulz Pres. Coldharbour Selections: Part 38

New Music Review: Mike EFEX – Machine City


California native Mike EFEX is no stranger to regular Coldharbour followers, and he makes a welcome return to the label with a track primed for those dark and dirty moments late into the night, entitled “Machine City”.

Let me start this music review by saying wow! From the beginning this track really had my jaw on the floor. The mesmerizing percussion reverberates through every orifice of your body! Mike’s signature sound is made evident from the beginning. This track can be played in a festival, club show or just sitting at home. “Machine City” takes you on a ride that not many tracks have taken me on and it’s so different in every way. “Machine City” circumferences you in a cloud that will take you higher and higher, then dump you into the realm unknown called pure bliss! The combination of sounds is one of the best that I’ve heard recently and I’m sure will be blasted across stages everywhere.

I personally had a chance to incorporate Mike’s amazing sound into one of my recent sets and the crowd reacted just as I thought. It left them wanting more and more until it finally fell right into that sweet spot that we all desire at any show. All I can say after listen to this track is bravo! The originality is clear and I can’t wait to hear many more from this amazing producer.

“Machine City” is available on Beatport at beatport.com-machine-city

Album Review: Markus Schulz Scream 2

After the huge success of the ‘Scream’ album, what better way to make another huge statement than to release ‘Scream 2’. I have to say everyone will be loving this album. Markus has made some amazing additions to the trance world with these tracks. Whether teamed up with some amazing talent or just the slayer by himself, each track will give you an in-depth view into the genius mind of Markus Schulz.

Let’s start this album review off with the track “Reloaded”. The beginning is great with an amazing melody that will just set the mood for the experience that is coming. This melody leads right into a very uplifting beat that seamlessly melts into the steady flow. Before you know it that beautiful melody is back ringing through your ears before dropping you right back into a fantastic drive. “Reloaded” is not to hard and not to soft but just right!

“Revolution” is a great vocal track that features Chris Madin. The way Chris sings these vocals will send chills down your spine. Just as you think this can’t get any better, Markus Schulz teams up with Venom One to create a phenomenal beat to accompany Chris Madin’s vocals. For me, I can see this played often at festivals to come!

“Blown Away” features Liz Primo and what can really be said about this creation other than, wow. This track to me is an emotional tugger and will really bring out the feelings in the listeners. With that being said, Markus continues to blow us away every time he shares his musical love with us. Liz Primo’s unique voice is a great addition and gives “Blown Away” a nice edge.

For me “Remember This” is one of my favorites on the album. I have been inspired by this track since the first time I heard it. There are so many great things going on here and from first hand experience this “Remember This” is simply amazing when heard on a professional sound system. I have used this track at my own shows and always get a positive response from the crowd. When your ears hear “Remember This”, it is like a signal is immediately sent to the muscles in your face that make you smile. Such a great addition to ‘Scream 2′.

“Erase You” is another favorite for me. Lady V (aka Victoria Horn) absolutely crushes the vocals and really brings a new breath of life to this track. After being dubbed the sequel to the “Stalker Anthem”, you really are told such an interesting story from start to finish. I found myself creating a music video in my head while listening. “Erase You” is so strong and direct that’s what I love about Markus Schulz and trance music. The way Markus and Lady V convey a message throughout this song is so skillful and precise, all while creating a masterpiece.

“Destino” and “Dancing in the Key of Life” have a very mystical sound to them from start to finish. They suck you in without you even knowing and I found myself really picking them apart and enjoying the sounds. Along with so many other of Markus’ creations, his sounds just envelop you and make every worry disappear and turn into enjoyment. These two are no different.

For “Lord Knows”, Markus Schulz teams up with Liz Horsman to deliver a mind bending track that includes fantastic vocals. From the first moment you hear Liz’s voice you cannot do anything but give your full attention to the track. As you set sail throughout the ups and downs, Markus transitions you slowly. This track gives you the feeling of floating in and out of reality in a good way!

“Fireworks” has a special place in my heart because two of my favorite artists collaborated on this track. Any music that has the name Klauss Goulart or Markus Schulz associated with it is always amazing. Combine them both with Paul Aiden and you get legendary. These vocals will literally grab your attention no matter what mood you’re in. Paul Aiden gradually leads you into a hard-hitting happy drive that will take over your soul. I cannot wait to hear this played at the many festivals coming up over spring and summer. Klauss, Markus and Paul have really outdone themselves with this one!

Markus Schulz Approved Press Photo.web

“In the Shadows” is such a deep track, it’s like Markus reached deep down inside, pulled that guttural emotion out and smeared it all over this. There is so much substance expressed within only a few minutes. It is amazing how this creation can really envelop you while still drawing you further and further in. I can only imagine a crowd reaction upon hearing “In the Shadows” at a Markus show. That big Markus smile we all fall in love with is sure to be making an appearance while this is played.

Adina Butar has also made an appearance on the album with “Muse”. Adina has a way of taking any track to the next level with her ground shaking vocals. When you get Markus Schulz making the beats and Adina serenading you with vocals there is no going wrong. “Muse” is a stunning song that really showcases both of their talents. This will have the vocals and beat marinating in your head long after the track has finished. Such a great addition to the ‘Scream 2’ album.

Markus and CeCe Peniston have teamed up on ‘Scream 2’ to create “Make You Fall”. This track has fun written all over it. The vocals from CeCe are very refreshing and upbeat, exciting you for what’s to come. Without a hesitation Markus pulls it all together with one of the funnest beats on the album. This is such a great dance track and will really make you bounce in your seat the whole time you listen. I love seeing this side of Markus Schulz and love how he expresses it!

Up until this point I thought I had picked my favorites, this all changed when I heard “Mango”. This track is amazing! The lead build is simply perfection and transitions so well into an immaculate drive. This drive is so hard and at the same time so different. The sound of “Mango” will immediately draw you in and spin you around in a trance wonderland created by Markus Schulz. No unicorn can fly fast enough to escape the slaying that happens from beginning to end. I can see “Mango” exploding onto the scene and taking over shows creating so many memorable experiences for everyone.

Following “Mango” is another strong addition to the album,”Mardi Gras”.  This track really comes alive for me during the midpoint. You just get lost in the synth and just keep floating away until the musical conductor, Markus Schulz decides its time for you to be reeled back to earth. There also is a point where you hear a hollow, almost echoing noise that is really interesting and not like any sound I’ve heard. Things like this and so many other high points within “Mardi Gras” really makes the track stand out!

“Gravity” featuring Amy Kirkpatrick can be summed up with one word, beautiful. Amy’s voice is so angelic and meshes so well with the foundation that Markus provides. “Gravity” is such a fitting name because that’s the only thing that will keep you grounded while listening. This masterpiece makes you want to grab your closest friend or loved one and just melt away together. This will be such an emotional piece for so many people and cant wait to see the love spread from “Gravity”.

“Reflection” is very interesting and has a theme feel to the sound and placement of everything going on. I could see this track being used on trance festival after movies and videos. “Reflection” really made me think while I was listening to it and before I knew it I was reminiscing in my head different shows I’ve been to and reliving why I feel in love with trance. Markus has subtly but efficiently created a track that will make you relive your love for music.

Last but not least, Markus Schulz and Rex Mundi have teamed up to create a great banger. “Towards the Sun” is very uplifting but at the same time makes you just want to move your feet. The title is perfect because with these two artists collaborating, heaven is not that far out of reach. Great job on this one!

Markus Schulz has opened up and let us into his world yet again with ‘Scream 2’. Listening to this album has been very enjoyable and I look forward to experiencing some of these tracks at the upcoming shows and festivals that I will be attending. I’ll be using a lot of these at my very own shows to spread the word of trance and how Markus Schulz is a constant positive influence in my life and others!

Markus Schulz’s artist album ‘Scream 2’ will be released today, February 21st!

Buy the CD from Armada Shop
Buy on iTunes Scream 2 – Markus Schulz

Scream 2 Tracklist:
01. Markus Schulz – Reloaded
02. Markus Schulz – Revolution (with Venom One feat. Chris Madin)
03. Markus Schulz – Blown Away (feat. Liz Primo)
04. Markus Schulz – Remember This
05. Markus Schulz – Erase You (feat. Lady V)
06. Markus Schulz – Destino
07. Markus Schulz – Muse (feat. Adina Butar)
08. Markus Schulz – Dancing In The Key Of Life
09. Markus Schulz – Lord Knows (feat. Liz Horsman)
10. Markus Schulz – Fireworks (with Klauss Goulart feat. Paul)
11. Markus Schulz – In The Shadows
12. Markus Schulz – Make You Fall (feat. CeCe Peniston)
13. Markus Schulz – Mango
14. Markus Schulz – Mardi Gras
15. Markus Schulz – Gravity (feat. Amy Kirkpatrick)
16. Markus Schulz – Reflection
17. Markus Schulz – Towards The Sun (with Rex Mundi)

Markus Schulz – Scream 2 (Album Teaser)

Markus Schulz feat. Adina Butar “Muse”

Behind the scenes of Scream 2:

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New Music Review: M.I.K.E. – The Motive E.P.

Belgian producer M.I.K.E. is responsible for some of the most iconic moments in trance music, whether it is under his main alias, or the alter egos of Push or Plastic Boy. Fresh from contributing to Markus Schulz’s Buenos Aires ’13 compilation with Before Dawn, he presents his first E.P. of originals for Coldharbour Recordings with three tracks in his unique style.

“The Motive” is the first track on this E.P and what a way to start. This is such a driven track by M.I.K.E. Upon first listen it just engages your ears from start to finish. The mid section of this track is such an ear burner and  will only engage with the audience even more. After this great synth it leads right back into the driving energy that will for sure keep people moving the whole track.

“Spacesuit” is what I like to call a hair raiser. This a very deep and dark track. The melody is subtle at points but creeps in at the right moments to send that ever lasting chill up and down your spine. The way the mid section of this track leads into the last-minute and a half its outright perfection. After listening to this track and the previous you can really get a good grasp onto how talented and how much of a range M.I.K.E. has to offer.

To finish off this great E.P. the last track is “Mass Freedom”. You really get the M.I.K.E. sound we all know in this track. As you take the six-minute journey you can almost vision a huge crowd of people with their hands up embracing the everlasting sounds in this track. The numerous sounds incorporated into this track just fit perfectly and the flow in incredible.

M.I.K.E. did a great job with this E.P. and I really enjoyed every track. I played these tracks at my own show on Saturday night and the crowd reaction was exactly what I expected, phenomenal. I think the crowd favorite of the night was “Spacesuit” or “The Motive” but I thoroughly enjoyed incorporating all three into my set. These tracks really come to life over a professional sound system.

Options to Purchase:

Beatport: bit.ly/clhr169bp
Juno Download: bit.ly/clhr169juno

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Official Music Video for KhoMha – Hydra Released

After releasing the Hydra E.P., this trio of tracks have become favorites to many Coldharbour Recordings and KhoMha followers.

The first track on the E.P., “Hydra” has received huge support and is becoming a go to for many trance artists. What better way to celebrate than with an official music video. Enjoy!

New Music Review: Klauss Goulart – Absolute Chaos E.P.

It’s a welcome return to a familiar face for regular Coldharbour Recordings followers. Klauss Goulart carves an E.P. full of grooves, energy and catchy melodies. With previous bangers under his belt such as “Turbulence” and “No Man’s Land”, Klauss Goulart presents his first work for the label in over two years.

The first track on this E.P. is “Absolute Chaos”. This track off the bat starts with a nice solid beat to draw you in before fizzling out and turning into a driven mid section. The thing that really brought this together for me personally was the hollow knocking sound overlaying the synth, a very nice touch. The last half of this track has a very big room sound. When I dropped this song at my last show the magic happened all through out the track, but the last-minute is when the dance floor erupted. Klauss is right on track with this song and it came together perfectly.

Next track is “Legions (Original Mix)” which will catch the attention of the big room lovers, with a tough rugged bassline and an unrelenting melody boasting plenty of power. I have to say, playing this at a venue on a professional sound system sounds amazing. This track is the definition of a driving dance beat. It kept the club goers moving and smiling when “Legions” was played during my set. Klauss also throws in a true trance fell at the end of the track which shows how much talent is within him. Not only do I see “Legions” as one of my favorites, but I see this song providing many smiles for crowds in the near future. Once again great work!

The last track on this E.P. “Nayana (Original Mix)” has the most true trance feel for me. Such a great way to showcase that Klauss has so many aspects of blissful sound to give. The first time I heard this track was during Global DJ Broadcast and I feel in love immediately. This track has my favorite build of any on the E.P.  This is what I like to call a “Hands Up” song. So many melodic harmonies just make you want to close your eyes and disappear into trance heaven. I can only hope to hear this song at a festival to get the true feel of what a song like this can do to a crowd. I actually closed my show last night with this song and it felt like everyone was amazed with the sound and the heart put into this track.

The Absolute Chaos E.P. is a great showcase of all the amazing talent that Klauss Goulart has. This E.P. I believe covers almost every sound of great trance there is. “Nayana” is my personal favorite but with these three tracks its hard to pick.

Take a listen below and be sure to purchase the Absolute Chaos E.P. on Beatport or iTunes.

Follow Klauss Goulart:
Website:  www.klaussgoulart.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/officialklaussgoulart
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KlaussGoulart
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/klaussgoulart
SoundClound:  https://soundcloud.com/klaussgoulart
Beatport:  http://www.beatport.com/artist/klauss-goulart/110696
iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/pt/artist/klauss-goulart/id322915186

Tracklist for Buenos Aires 13 and Pre-Order Available

Markus Schulz announced the tracklist for Buenos Aires ’13 which is expected to be released on October 4, 2013. Buenos Aires ’13 is the most recent release in his newest city series which features a city that has had an impact on his year. Previous cities featured have been Miami, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Toronto, Las Vegas, Prague and Los Angeles. Each CD features 19 tracks by most of the Coldharbour family and also includes a 20th track on each as a continuous mix.

Some of these tracks finally have names and until now have only been known as ID’s played during live events and on Global DJ Broadcasts. Markus Schulz world premiered “Remember This” on the September 5, 2013 edition of Global DJ Broadcast which was recorded in Boston on August 25, 2013. We’ll have a review as soon as we get a chance to listen to it but have no fear that Markus has put together another amazing compilation.

Buenos Aires 2013



Pre-order on iTunes at http://tinyurl.com/ba13itunes

Pre-order the CD from Armada: http://bit.ly/1at0Mh9

Disc 1:
01. Marscela – Momento de Gloria
02. Sequ3l – We Evolve
03. Sensetive5 – Sin City
04. Crystal Design – Scarface
05. Rodg & Ruben de Ronde – Remain Different
06. Tucandeo – To an End
07. KhoMha – Cyclone
08. Rex Mundi – Aureolo
09. Ruffault – Progressive Dreams
10. Grube & Hovsepian – Palermo
11. Danilo Ercole – Point of View
12. Markus Schulz presents Dakota – Barracas
13. Wellenrausch & Basil O’Glue – Wickaninnish
14. Markus Schulz featuring Ana Diaz – Nothing Without Me (Markus Schulz Shadows of Coldharbour Remix)
15. M.I.K.E. – Before Dawn
16. Markus Schulz – Remember This
17. Mr. Pit – Catch Me
18. Aaron Camz – Suburbia
19. Rex Mundi – Backpain

Disc 2:
01. Protoculture – Talisman
02. Markus Schulz & Rex Mundi – Towards the Sun
03. KhoMha – Dimensional
04. Digital X – Stratosphere
05. Purple Stories – Praia da Adraga
06. Danilo Ercole – Freezing Rain
07. Fisherman & Hawkins vs. Nifra – The Battle
08. Elevation vs. Grube & Hovsepian – Fair Winds
09. Vassilakis & Tarr – Galea
10. Grube & Hovsepian – Trickster
11. Basil O’Glue – Gilgamesh
12. Solid Stone – Scrambled
13. Markus Schulz – Mardi Gras
14. Harry Square – Royal Flush
15. Digital X – Phantom
16. Skytech – The Other Side
17. Elevation – Stadium Control
18. Solarstone – Solarcoaster (Markus Schulz Coldharbour Remix)
19. Marscela – Viaje Completo

Pre-order on iTunes at http://tinyurl.com/ba13itunes

Pre-order the CD from Armada: http://bit.ly/1at0Mh9



Recap of Over Three Hours with Markus Schulz on Twitter

This week Markus Schulz logged into Twitter with a free hour on his hands for another round of questions and answers and it turned into three and a half hours before Twitter put him in “Twitter jail.” Within the first 30 minutes he had over 500 unopened tweets. Just like his DJ sets he’ll go as long as he’s allowed to.

A lot of great questions and dialogue. Sorry we couldn’t reference everyone’s question below but when you read yours you’ll recognize it. The format we’ve taken with this recap, like the others, is to start with what was asked and the reply from Markus Schulz after in quotes. We’ve also tried to organize the questions into these categories: random, favorites, DJ Mag Top 100, venues, city compilation, Tomorrowland, music, upcoming and possible cities, solo sets, New World Punx and Fate Nightclub.

Markus Schulz July 15 Twitter Q&A


A fan started out writing: I just want to say thank you a million times. You are one of us. We are you on the dance floor. Amazing person and DJ/producer. Markus replied with, “This is the thing I can’t stress enough. I love being on either side of the booth so I can understand the feelings of the fans.”

The best thing about being a DJ? “The ability to connect with fans, meet them in person and become friends.”

Fans in Egypt are concerned about Markus making it there for the Future Sound of Egypt 300 event and Markus responded, “It’s one of the most important shows of the summer and I will do everything to be there. Egypt fans have waited for me to come.” There’s apparently been some rumors as well which Markus addressed saying, “Not true at all. This is a massive gig and I’ll do everything possible to be there for the fans.” A third question was asked and Markus gave some more reassurance saying, “As things stand Egypt has my word that I will be there. Honored to come back.”

How much does Markus love Los Angeles? “ha ha stretches arms as wide as possible to say thiiiiiiiis much.”

If Markus could pick one city to settle down in later in life, where would it be? “I’m very happy in Miami. I need to be somewhere with warm weather and isn’t a pain to travel to and from.”

Do you consider yourself as successful DJ or more like, just a man doing what he loves? “Doing my dream love for a living”

When growing up Markus’ dream job was “a radio host, then doing what I do now.”

Where demos can be sent?  demos@globaldjbroadcast.com. Markus has often said that you shouldn’t expect to hear feedback on the track but if they like it and will use it they’ll be in touch.

If Markus couldn’t make music anymore, he says he would feel empty. “The day I feel I don’t have the ability to create anymore is the day I hang up the headphones.”

When asked what is better, a talking dog or a cat that can cook, Markus said “I have a dog that tries to eat sharpies” (hmm… which dog is it, Star or Comet?) “and a cat that does my scream face.”

If you could pick anyone in the world (dead or alive) to hang out with for an hour who would you choose? “Larry Levan. Was hugely inspired reading all the stories about his Paradise Garage nights so would have loved to ask him about that.” Read about Larry Levan on Wikipedia.

Who was your idol when you began your music career? “Mr. Magic, Red Alert, Tony Humphries, Latin Rascals and Larry Levan.”

Do you have the Rey Mysterio’s mask or the El Santo’s mask? “El Santo”

What earplugs do you use? “I got mine custom made a few years ago via my doctor. Vital when you have a heavy tour schedule. Pricey but recommended.”

Do you work out to keep up with your hectic schedule? “Yeah, as much as possible. I’ve taken up bike riding this year.”

Do you have any pre show superstitions? “If time allows I always try to get a disco nap in.”

How many unicorns have you slayed? “More than enough to have PETA on my ass.”

You ready to murder El paso at Sun city music festival? “I can’t believe how many people are messaging me about SCMF! Getting so excited to play it!”

Do you still have the unicorn necklace I gave to you at Fluxx? Do you ever get tired of playing so many shows? “Yes, still have my drawer of kandi from the bus tour. The travelling is tiring but the passion of the fans helps me get through.”

When are we going to get news on Scream Bus Tour Part 2? “Let me get the city comp done and dusted first! :p”

If you weren’t a DJ/producer what would you have done as a career? “I honestly couldn’t imagine myself doing anything.”

Do you ever think about Avalon NYE 2012-13? “I do all the time. I have both the GDJB World Tour and rabbit hole portions of the set on my ipod when traveling.” Listen to the rabbit hole.

I have a great idea. Would you be open to one of us planning a track list for a set? Dibs if this ever happens. “That would be a cool idea sometime but would take huge planning because as you know I tweak nearly everything to fit my sets.”

How can you describe your fans in Mexico? “One of the most passionate and loving set of fans anywhere.”

Thoughts on Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas? “Incredible. Said it for a while but crucial show every year.”

Can I enjoy a beer with you when you come to Helsinki in a few weeks? “May not be the best idea since it’s the same weekend as the 12 hour Tomorrowland + have Ibiza the next day!”

Best memory from The Guvernment on Canada day? “Has to be the wedding proposal. First time I ever did something like that on stage.” Read the Schulz Army review of that night including the wedding proposal.

How many things did you sign at the Tao Beach pool party during EDC? “lol I have no idea. It got to the stage of deliriously tired that I was in the zone and kept going.” Friendly reminder from Markus Schulz that day, “Don’t throw balls at DJs”.

Markus Schulz Dont Throw Balls at DJs

Why and how can you be such an amazing DJ? “It’s hard and easy. Hard because of the amount of time you have to dedicate, but easy when you feed off the passion of the fans.”


Favorite piece of DJ equipment to use? “The advancement of the CDJs in the past few years has been incredible.” He also said that the 2000’s are his favorite.

Can you tell us which are your current favorite DJs outside of Coldharbour? “Guy J, Adam Beyer, The M Machine.”

What’s your favorite color? “Gotta say black otherwise my 20 slayer v-necks will be sad.”

Someone mentioned that they really like the black sneakers you often wear to shows and were wondering what brand they are? “Converse.”

What’s your favorite part of your job? “Connecting with the fans and meeting them in person where we become friends for life.”

Favorite song at the time? “Stairway to Heaven.”

What do you think so far in 2013 are your top 5 favorite cities you’ve played in so far? I hope Toronto is one! “Toronto definitely, Prague for Transmission, Kiev in Feb was off the hook, solo nights in Buenos Aires and ASOT 600 Mexico City.”

What are the best headphones you use? “Technics RP DH1200.”

What is your favorite set that you have ever played and why? “Hugely proud of LA ’12 release party solo set bc it was 1st one in LA.”

Saw you and Ferry at Tao beach during EDC week and it was unreal! What do you prefer intimate shows or big festivals?? “Both have their charms. I love production you can bring to a festival to feel like a spectacle but love closeness of fans too.”

What is your favorite trance song?? “The original ‘Perception’ by Cass & Slide.” Listen to it here:

Perception is track that is special to Markus because the original Cass & Slide version is the one track he wishes he could have made himself.

Favorite cities to play in the US?  “Way too many to be just one but special connection in LA, NY, SF, DC, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Las Vegas and Phoenix.”

DJ Mag Top 100

Markus hasn’t decided yet on his top 5 DJs, but most likely it will be, “A few of the Coldharbour guys along with a couple of others who I admire.”

Any guesses as to who will be #1 in the Top 100 DJs poll, “I would be surprised if it was anyone other than Armin.”

How important is the Mag poll for you, like, honestly? “It’s still relevant to the scene so we all have to care about it to a certain degree. But I’ve always said it’s the fans’ voice.”

Do you think the DJ Top 100 has any relevance to the EDM scene? “It plays an important role because club promoters use it as a tool. It’s why I encourage people to vote regardless for me or not.”

Do you care about the DJ Mag rankings at all? “Ultimately it’s (hopefully) the fans’ voice. What means the most to me is having people believing in me and what I do.”

What do you think about this DJ mag list?  “It’s a large fabric of our scene. Not the singular make or break thing for careers but is important.”


Flames Central in Calgary, “It’s a great little venue. Scene in Calgary is getting bigger with every visit and always enjoy passing through.”

Markus thinks that Paradiso in Seattle, Washington has the “most beautiful backdrops I have ever seen when on stage DJing.” “That place was amazing. Would love to do a summer sunset extended set there sometime.”

Full on Ferry, “was fun, the new Eden is pretty cool. Looking forward to getting back to Ibiza next Monday.”

City Compilation

Release date? “Should be next month, have worked tirelessly on it for months to make it as special as possible for the BA fans.”

Markus is hoping that the Buenos Aires ’13 City Compilation will be released within the next 5-6 weeks. “Don’t have a definite date yet but will let you know.”

Release party? “Making plans for it but won’t happen until after summer.”

Why did you pick Argentina for this year compilation city? Any particular reason? “Accumulation of all my Argentinean experiences over the years and felt it was right time to highlight the passion of fans there.”

“Played Argentina for very long time + thought moment was right. Don’t worry, Mexico becoming hugely important for me every year.”

What makes the Argentinian crowd stand out from the rest? “Argentina was one of the first countries who really embraced me and what my sound was about. Their passion is intense.”

What do you like most about Argentina?  “Passion of the fans and the amazing Argentinean steaks!”

“I can see Mexico being a city compilation within the next 3-4 years. The fans there are so good to me.”

Why wasn’t there a city compilation in 2007? “The comps used to come out a lot later in year, Ibiza ’06 I think was Oct and then I had Progression summer ’07. 07 was due to be Amsterdam with late Oct release date but ended up being pushed back to January 08, so had to skip a year. 07 was originally Amsterdam, but schedule meant it was pushed back from November ’07 to January ’08”

Possibility of a city compilation Beirut ’14, “You never know, but ideally I would need to have much more of a regular presence in the country rather than every few years.”


How are you gonna prepare yourself for a long 12 hour set in Tomorrrowland? “I’m travelling there night before so hoping to get a good night’s sleep and get the jet lag out of the system.”

What happens if you need to go to the bathroom during your 12 hour set? “Put on one of my 30 minute long Dakota tracks.”

Will they allow you to have a meal on stage behind the decks? “I’ll probably arrange to have some light food. Dealing with the heat will be the hardest especially if it’s a humid day.”

Do you like mozzarella sticks? “Don’t tempt me! In marathon set training mode this week. :p”


Will “Perception (Rafael Frost Remix)” ever be released? “No plans to release at the moment. It was done mainly as an exclusive for my live sets.”

Oh and track 5 from your ASOT MIA set, WHAT IS THAT!!!!!! “Buenos Aires ’13 will have the answer.”

Come to San Francisco for an open to close set! Maybe a San Francisco album? “Don’t forget SF got the entire 2nd disc of the World Tour Best of 2013 compilation last year!”

What inspires you when producing? Any place, any crowd in particular? “It can be any crowd really. When I am on stage and reacting to the crowd it gives me ideas to try in the studio during the week.”

Would you ever make a genre switch like Tiesto from trance to electro house? “No, I love melodies too much.”

Are you still releasing tracks on #CLHRred? And what qualifies for a red release? “Not at the moment, will most likely run everything thru main Coldharbour label for now. Always open to signing deeper material.”

Do you use a special track for the soundcheck? “I usually use the one song I want to test or am most excited about debuting to the fans that night.”

Will Scream 2 still be happening in the fall?  “Yes still the plan. Ongoing along with all the other multiple projects.”

Need a follow up of “New World Track”. That track always gives me goosebumps. Also ‘Do you dream’ too! “One of the instrumentals I’m working on for Scream 2 kinda has a “New World” sequel vibe about it.”

New Dakota album in the works? “Just a few tracks going at the moment that may or may not blossom into full album.”

If you were offered massive amount of money to change to house or another genre of music and leave trance will you accept?!  “No you have to follow your heart + fully love what you create. If you don’t enjoy what you make it sucks the life out of you.”

Should we be expecting new music being played at Electric Zoo? “Yep, yet more IDs to entertain people.”

Any word on collaborating with Eric Prydz? It would be an infusion of sinister sounding magic. Absolute Chaos. I hope it happens. “Would be amazing if it ever happened. Huge admirer of what he creates.”

Next Coldharbour artist to watch? “We just signed Beat Service to SMG so we’ll try to build him up in terms of gig presence.”

Markus has starting compiling tracks for his 4 hour Coldharbour Day mix.

Who has surprised Markus with their productions and the progress made in scene so far this year? “Loving Digital X and Purple Stories.”

Who has surprised you with their productions & progress made in the scene so far this year? “Loving Digital X and Purple Stories.”

Who are your major influences in trance music? “The young producers who are coming into the scene with so many fresh ideas.”

Can you post your set from Edmonton on the 12th?  “Wasn’t recorded unfortunately, generally only record whatever sets I use for GDJB World Tour. But great night, very kind fans.”

Thoughts on UK Hard House of the early 2000’s (Nukleuz, Tidy Trax)? “The old Mauro Picotto stuff of that era was incredible.”

Can we ever hear the live set from Sound Garden Hall this past April?? Please! “I didn’t record but after that night I definitely want to come back to Philly for another big show.”

What motivates you to produce? “Being on stage and seeing the reactions of the fans when performing.”

Which countries do you think should be as important as they are U.S. or Europe in terms of electronic music? “Mexico + Argentina.”

Every country has excellent DJs/Producers and great work to show. Every country must be important in terms of EDM. Markus replied, “That is indeed true and hopefully with the range of guys I support through Coldharbour it reflects that.”

Did you study in order to become a DJ/producer? “No I very much learned by doing. I started off by putting mix tapes together for breakdance parties for my friends.”

Where did you get your godlike talent for beautiful productions? Were you dipped in a fountain somewhat like Achilles? “Inspired by melodies and inspired by the fans, can’t put it any simpler than that.”

Do you enjoy buying new equipment or you consider it as just a part of being a DJ? “Usually once a year I’ll go on a huge shopping spree and buy loads of equipment to upgrade the studio.”

Also, any chance we could hear you play some Markus The Slice Schulz tracks on #gdjb? “lol, oh god. Who found my Backstreet Boys remix?” He mentioned it and here its.

Upcoming and Possible Cities

North Carolina: “No concrete date yet but it’s always a very fun spot to play, will most likely figure in next bus tour plans.”

Barcelona: ” I think I’ve only ever played there once but been there several times on layovers. Beautiful city, would be nice to do a show.”

Boston: “Next month, I’ll ask if I can update my tour dates tomorrow.”

When can we expect to see you back in montreal? I’m aching for an extended set at (((@StereoMtl ))) “Nothing concrete but door is always open for a bit of ((( ))) action.”

El Salvador: “No plans, but I’m getting a ton of requests from Central America fans. Might need to think about putting together a tour there.”

Moscow: “No plans at the moment but hopefully soon. Great scene in Moscow and continues to grow. Love the MS VK.”

Los Angeles: “I’m doing Groove Cruise at end of September and we’ll see about extended set at club after that sometime.” Regarding future shows at @AvalonHollywood this year, “Not ruling it out but no 100% plans I know of at the moment.”

Singapore:  “I think possibly early spring next year for Singapore and rest of Asia.”

India:  Any plans of having Coldharbour Day in India?  “India tour news coming soon but I am coming before end of year.”

Brazil:  “No plans at the moment but would love another run down to the incredible Green Valley.”

Is your @GlobalGathering set gonna be nearly as good as your 6 hour @ministryofsound set? “Very exited for it. One of the absolute best festivals to play every single year.”

OC August news is coming! (Update:  Just announced, Markus has a show on Thursday, August 22 at Sutra in Costa Mesa, CA. Tickets available soon!)

Nocturnal: “News coming soon ;)”

Beyond Wonderland Bay Area: “News coming soon!”

Do you want @ASOT 650 to happen in Toronto? “I approve!”

So the #ASOT650TO campaign is strong, how would you feel about Toronto getting an event like this and would you play it? “If it’s in the Rogers Centre and I can run to the stage like the Ultimate Warrior then I’m in.” New goal for the ASOT650TO campaign! Setup the runway and apply the face paint to Markus.

With cities campaigning for ASOT650 worldwide, do you think ASOT650 will be the best ASOT series? (@ASOT650TO loves you!) “It gets bigger and bigger every year and next year most likely the same. Would love to be part of it.”

The A State of Trance 650 Toronto is putting in some serious effort! Surprised that there haven’t been any other campaigns already active in something like this.

When will you come back to Chicago? “Hopefully soon! I owe everyone who supported me in the rain at EDC.”

Much respect for playing #EDCchicago in some unpleasant weather. Returning anytime soon? “Nothing yet but I’d love to. The Castle and EDC gigs this year were both incredible in their own way.”

When are you coming back to @echostagedc? We miss you over here. “I miss all the DC crew and Glowheads too. We will have to plan our next adventure soon.”

Do you have any plans to come back to México? Here, we miss you a lot #SchulzArmy. “Si!!!”

Any plans for Mexico City? We want you back here. “Mexico always on my mind because of you amazing fans!”

Did we have any chance to have you back in the decks again in Mexico? “Good news coming soon and very excited!”

Any chance you’ll be returning to LA with @KhoMha any time soon? I REALLY need to see you two do a B2B set. “No plans at the moment but make sure you support him and the guys at the Coldharbour Avalon night on Aug 24.” Buy tickets here.

Think you’ll be able to make an appearance during Coldharbour Night at Avalon next month? “No I’m actually at Marquee in Vegas that night. Will be there in spirit.”

Hope to see you at EDC Orlando this year, if not any big Orlando gigs you’ll be playing? “Haven’t heard anything at the moment but EDC would be cool to do again. Need to keep it growing for scene in Orlando.”

Ireland: “I think Ireland was talked about at some point but has gone quiet. Would be nice though, been too long.”

Sad you’re not coming back to Oz for Stereosonic this year, when will we see you again? “Talk about maybe a club tour early next year but early stages at the moment.”

Paraguay: “I don’t think I have ever been there. If there is a club and a promoter that can bring me to your country then go for it.”

Ideal next residency? “New York.”

Any chance for another @ElectricZooNY after party this year? “If Made Event want me to do it then I’m happy to do it esp bc it’s for the NYC fans.”

Any word on an Electric Zoo after party at a non-Pacha venue?  “I don’t mind Pacha to be honest. I like the intimacy of it. But I’ll play anywhere good for the NY fans.”

How about to explore new locations in Ukraine like Kharkov with Coldharbour Night? “Ultimately up to the promoters to put a plan together then approach the office.”

Will you ever come back to South Africa again for a #GDJB ? Your set in Johannesburg was unforgettable Your music changed my life. “Oh yes, would always be open to doing GDJB from South Africa again.”

Trinidad and Tobago needs you. You need to take us down the rabbithole! “I would love to go back there for some downtime. Been a while”

Solo Sets

Do you ever feel bored when you DJ for 6+ hour long sets? “Not at all. The longer sets I get the opportunity to road test unfinished and new material way before all the regular sets.”

When asked what he would do if he needs to use the restroom during his 12 hour set, Markus says he will “Put on one of my 30 minute long Dakota tracks.”  Has anyone ever seen Markus take a break during one of his marathon sets?

Would love to see you do open-close @TheGuvernment once a year, is that realistic?? “I am holding out my arms for a TO hug to make it reality.”

In Las Vegas, “That would definitely be cool to do sometime. If Marquee could extend the hours it would be even better!”

What about DC’s long set? “Up to the @ClubGlow crew! But would be amazing to do open to close sometime.”

Washington, D.C.: “Would be amazing to do open to close sometime.” @ClubGlow crew take note!

When is that open to close set you promised us TranceFamilySF fans? “I am shifting a few gears in the hope of making it happen. Haven’t forgotten! (and TFSF wouldn’t allow me.)”

When asked if he would ever consider playing a show as Dakota, Markus replied  “I think generally I get into my Dakota groove in the early part of solo sets.”

When are you gonna pull a marathon set in NYC? “No plans outside of Electric Zoo at the moment but an NY open to close is something I’d dearly love to tick off my list.”

Compare doing a marathon set and b2b. Is a  B2B marathon possible? “Definitely is, just did a  B2B with Ferry Corsten for over 6 hours at TAO Beach in Vegas for EDC weekend.”

When do you plan to do your next US marathon set? “Won’t be until well after summer, spending most of now to September in Europe and elsewhere.”

You must do an open to close set here in NYC anytime this year it would be great. “Yes NY and DC are top of my list for first time open to close solos (and SF again cause I owe them after the same DC bet).”

All I have to say is NYC needs a solo extended set! “I second that. High on my to-do list.”

Super jealous of your 12 hour set at Tomorrowland! Any chance of a US extended set tour? We would love to see you at  Foundation Nightclub. “It would be great to do sometime but would require a lot of advance planning. Maybe next year?”

New World Punx

Was your gig last year with Ferry at Echostage the catalyst for becoming the new world punks? “That gig was definitely the deal breaker.”

New World Punx at Echostage any time soon?  “Always open to come back to DC but no plans yet. Would love to finally do open to close solo there too.”

Any chance of a New World Punx set at Electric Zoo? “Ferry and I are doing different days for Electric Zoo so not likely.”

Would you do a show in LA as New World Punx? “Would always be open to playing in LA in any form.”

Markus hasn’t heard the exact set times for his NWP set with Ferry in Lebanon, but he won’t be complaining if the set is 6 hours.

Will their be a new world punx tour and how is scream 2 coming along ? “Few NWP shows confirmed for fall + NYE. Playing few instrumentals and vocals from Scream 2 in current livesets, still plenty to do.”

Are you looking forward to #POPNYE with Ferry Corsten? Any surprises in store for New Year’s Eve? “Should be a lot of fun. We’ll be working on more surprises in the run up to Christmas.”

Any plans to play some New World Punks shows in the near future? Where? “Yes, have a couple of shows lined up around Halloween time and confirmed for POP NYE in the Bay Area.”

Fate Nightclub

I just wanted to say ‘thanks’ for the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Fate Nightclub last Thursday. Markus replied, “Hoping the Thursday nights really take off and we can get a regular trance footprint in Miami.”

It was a pleasure meeting you at the grand opening of Fate the other night! Did you have fun? “Yeah was great. I’m going to try to be there on Thursday nights when I’m at home and not travelling so you can say hi again.”

Stay tuned in for the next one!