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Dakota’s Nine Skies At Dreamstate SF


Since the release of Thoughts Become Things (2009) and Thoughts Become Things ll (2011), fans of Markus Schulz’s experiment with the darker, progressive side of electronic music have been yearning for a Dakota performance. Those who were at Dreamstate San Francisco 2017 had the privilege of witnessing the reemergence of Schulz’s Dakota alias and the debut of his Nine Skies project.

Schulz told Angus Thomas Paterson in an interview for Insomniac that the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the “turbulent political developments” of 2016 were some of the events that motivated the Miami-based artist to resurrect his techno infused trance. 

Schulz said about the upcoming project:

“What I’m doing with the Dakota show, it’s almost like a dark dancefloor musical. It’s called Nine Skies, and it’s the nine steps we go through in our quest for enlightenment . . . The live show has big moments . . . But it’s essentially a deeper, more thoughtful affair, and definitely not one of the shows where we’re shooting off fireworks at every drop.”

When the lights finally turned off Saturday night for Dakota, all of the chattering conversations turned into a roar as the screen behind Schulz was filled with bright stars mapping out a constellation of Earth and then of a (trance) baby. An ominous voice introduced us to the first “sky” as hymns filled the room. Everyone’s eyes glistened like the constellations on the screen, reflecting the LED lights projected from behind the man of the hour.

“I have been listening to Markus Schulz for years, and I love his Dakota stuff,” David Lopez, 28, Marin, told me before the set started. “To be honest, I never thought that we would even see a Dakota set. At least not in America.”

Fans were hypnotized by the beautiful visuals composed of vivid color and eliciting images that ranged from political strife to vast landscapes, to lustful bodies falling into carnal temptation. Schulz used symbolic images like the All-Seeing Eye (representing the physical, spiritual, and mental aspect of enlightenment) and the Power Fist to further highlight the message of a “sky” .

Dreamers heard a range of music from the familiar horns of “Mota-Mota”, a new production from Dakota, to classic tunes like “Cafe del Mar”. Schulz set was flawlessly strung together by powerful percussion and heavy synths. The crowd’s bodies became puppets to the string of beats from Dakota’s turntables. Aggressive kickdrums determined the intensity of one’s dance moves while euphoric melodies encompassed lovers to sway back-and-forth.   

Schulz also used lighting as a means to reflect the tone of the “skies”. When the theme contained pain, anger, and lust, shades of red and orange were used on the LED screen and shot through as lasers. Washes of blue and white illuminated the Civic Center during times of happiness and euphoria. A prime example was during Dakota’s recent release “Running Up That Hill” (featuring the angelic vocals of Bev Wild).

Emotions ran high during Sky Five: The Activist, the path of change in humanity. Fans saluted their middle fingers to the screen when a video of President Donald Trump’s inauguration played in black and white. The audio recording of Trump being sworn in was met with thundering anger from the fans. All of the rage in the room was soon soothed by images of Dr. King, Tupac, and the famous Tank Man at Tiananmen Square. Along with the iconic chords of “The Way It Is”, the duality of hate and peace was perfectly put together.

This was the moment in Schulz’s Nine Skies where I felt a connection with Dakota. A connection that I have not felt before in my ten years of festival attendance.

To be honest, I felt nervous during the first red-tinted video of CGI soldiers marching under a red sun. This feeling during a music festival was foreign to me, a little uncomfortable. I’m sure many others were in the same situation. But I realized this uneasy feeling was what Schulz wanted to evoke out of us, something that connects us to his artwork that transcends cliches of DJs and festivals. At the end of the whole journey, I was glad I was able to feel a rollercoaster of emotions at a music festival. Experiences like this are what makes a performance memorable.  

Before Schulz finished his time with Paterson, he spoke of his legacy and what he wanted to leave behind. “I want to create something that will endure for many, many years to come,” he said. “Something that people can look back at whenever they have hard times to listen to, watch it, and hopefully be enlightened by it as well.” It’s hard to not dwell on your own legacy when a man who has traveled the world and achieved many accomplishments in his life leaves you with pondering words.

The audiovisual experience of the Nine Skies sets a new benchmark of storytelling at a music festival. Trance Family SF will remember this masterpiece in their hearts as they reflect on Schulz’s legacy. With promises of a unique Nine Skies experience every show, I can only hope to see what Dakota has in store for the Electric Daisy Carnival.



Arkham Knights’ “Odyssey” Towards Stardom

As we enter a new year, we cannot help but reflect on the rising stars of 2016. No other trance DJs have had a better year than Arkham Knights. Fans quickly took a liking to Ben and Stuart’s genre-breaking style that incorporates euphoric melodies with the dark progression of electro and house. Since signing with the Schulz Music Group earlier this year, the two have been bombarding music sites -like SoundCloud- with groovy Afterhours mixes and live sets. The Turner brothers capped off their year with the same fiery momentum that sparked their ascension to fame with a release that pays tribute to their “Odyssey” so far.

Their recent production carries the legacy of the AKs’ sound. A heavy percussion starts off this musical voyage that immediately bangs on the eardrums, leading into the main melody that washes in. Sharp chords establish the rhythm of the track with a continuous loop. A rolling snare kicks-off the drop into an aggressive bassline that pushes the climax to euphoric boundaries, while a reiterating kick drum and tapping hi-hats cycle in the background. There isn’t a lot of bells and whistles to this track, allowing the perfectly orchestrated melody to shine with such sharp precision, leaving a yearning for more.

Although the single was formally released on the 5th of December, fans were first capsized by it’s hypnotizing timbre by Mr. Coldharbour himself at Transmission in Prague. Audiences around the world got an opportunity to hear the track on the Nov. 10th episode of Global DJ Broadcast. Since then, “Odyssey” was heard throughout the Coldharbour families sets. Paul van Dyk also supported AKs’ new hit on his VONYC Session 529, and Armin van Buuren played it on A State Of Trance 793. The fan’s of GDJB showed their love for the track by voting it as the Global Selection (Track of the Week) two consecutive times.

With Ben and Stuart’s freshmen CHRL hit, “Knightfall,” surpassing over 100K plays on Spotify on Dec. 13th, there is no denying that the electronic music world has noticed the two men from the former wool capital of England. Leeds name originally derives from ‘Ladenses,’ an old Brythonic word that translates to “people of the fast-flowing river,” perfectly describing Ben and Stuart’s rise on the trance charts. Insomniac Events, the powerhouse behind the iconic Electric Daisy Carnival, eventually caught wind of the two and featured them in the August episode of Metronome.

Stuart’s visit to the iconic Avalon in Hollywood last April was the start of AKs’ presence in the US. His visit was the start of many world tours in dark nightclubs and on festival stages around the world. The growing list includes the Transmission “The Lost Oracle” Pre-Party in October, sharing the main stage with fellow CHRL DJ Fisherman & Hawkins at the iconic Club Mecca and a gig right in their backyard at Mint Club Leeds. The two showed their hometown some love with a three hour set at the Leeds Trance Family event Trance Awakenings Part 2.

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AKs’ most recent conquest was taking the stage with fellow CHRL mate Dave Neven and Solid Stone this past January. Despite missing Ben on the stage, the lineup was stacked in Montreal as those three warmed up the cold Canadian night for the Boss Man, readying the crowd for some good-ole-fashioned unicorn slaying. Pictures from the January event looked massive as dance music fans covered two floors and over 40,000 square feet of the old coal factory. Lively fans danced the night away inside an old industrial building that contrasted the modern technology of pulsing speakers and futuristic strobe lights.

Odyssey is an epic word that describes a long wandering but fulfilling journey. For many, the word odyssey is synonymous with Homer’s epic poem. The word loses no value here as Ben and Stuart chose it to title their latest hymn. The timing of this release could not have been more perfect as we prepare for new music in 2017. “Odyssey” firmly makes a statement for everyone in the EDM community and TranceFamilies across the world: Arkham Knights are here and are a force to watch out for as they continue their quest to stardom.

You can stream “Odyssey” on Spotify or SoundCloud or download it at Beatport.

Interview: Arkham Knights’ USA Debut at Avalon Hollywood


On the first Saturday of April I found myself dancing under illuminated neon lights at the historic Avalon Hollywood nightclub. I only arrived in Los Angeles a few hours before on an early Megabus from San Francisco. Prior to boarding the 12 hour overnight bus to LA, I was stepping off a plane from my month long vacation in Thailand. The journey from the other side of the world to the dance floor of Avalon was a long one: my body still jet lagged from the long flight, my mind still trying to grasp the change in time zones and my skin still smelled like a freshly burned tan from the Southeast Asian heat. But I made it to L.A., I made it onto the sticky, cocktail spilled dance floor (which has seen cleaner days) and I finally made it to my first Coldharbour Night in the City of Angels.

As the late Saturday night quickly bled into the dawning Sunday morning, I mentally prepared myself alongside a crowd of trance lovers ­who also craved dark, progressive melodies for the American debut of Leed’s rising star. Once the early clock struck two, the eager fans who had been waiting for hours, dancing their way through four amazing DJs, filled Avalon’s atmosphere with cries of joy, giving a warm California Trance Family welcome for Arkham Knights.

Before Stuart Turner, brother and one-half of AK, got behind the decks, I had an opportunity to sit down with him: getting a chance to peek underneath one of the masks that makes up this trance sensation that has been captivating fans with their techno-­infused style.

Hey, how’s it going?

All good thanks.

Where is Ben at right now?

He’s at home in the studio most probably, I have him chained up in there working 24/7 (laughs). It’s Mainly going to be me on the road playing gigs, Ben is more focused on production, although we are always in the studio together working on tracks. He’s got this real knack of bringing my ideas to fruition…he knows exactly what to do when we discuss an idea.

So I guess, everyone wants to know, where did the name Arkham Knights come from?

Well, (laughter) I was just trying to think of names and I had Arkham in my head for some reason. I used to be a fan of the old Batman comics. And I just put that with knights and bam! It was as simple as that. Then, like literally weeks later the actual game came out. It (Arkham) just really suit’s our style of the dark, groovy, techno-y kind of trance. We both loved the name and it stuck.

You guys definitely do a great job blending those two genres together. I remember I was on SoundCloud, refreshing your page, trying to catch a new Afterhours set, I saw that you posted your guest mix from the Judge Jules show. And it blew my mind. I like how you guys opened up with trance and blended it with techno and back to trance and ended it out with some hard tech-trance remixes. Are you guys like a trance first or techno?

You know, we love the techno grooves. Fuse that with trance and you got something special. We love the big lead lines too because trance was our first love. We focus a lot on grooves and you get a lot of groove from techno. So yeah, it makes sense to fuse the two together. Defiantly for our sets, I love playing techno and trance because it’s a great fusion.

Your last two tracks, “Legacy” and “Knightfall”, are huge success.

Yeah, they did real good. Did better than we thought.


Because obviously when you’re making them in the studio, you’re locked into this track for like two months or so. And you’re hearing it constantly everyday, and over and over, same bits and by the end of it you don’t realize whether it’s big or whatever, you just know that it’s something you like. So, you just go with it. The feedback from fans and of course Markus & the Coldharbour team is awesome…makes it all worth while.

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So how do you find that perfect medium between techno and trance?

There isn’t a script really. It’s hard to put into words, it just kind of happens, it’s just our vision of music built on what we love and are passionate about. We love it dark, lots of percs, heavy bass, driving grooves and in all that dark madness an uplifting lead. When writing a track I always imagine myself stood on a dance floor and getting that feeling you get when the DJ just dropped something special…if I get that feeling i know we are on to a good thing.

So how long have you and Ben been at this craft of blending those two genres together.

Since we started, in about 2008. We both sat down and started producing. Obviously, it took quite a long time to get there because it’s a hard thing to learn and  crafting your own sound is hard too.

Did you face any difficulties when you started coming out with this style?

Yeah sure, when your doing something different it’s always worrying how it’s going to be received. We still worry now, sometimes I think “have we gone to far out of the box this time” but Ben is always the voice of reason (laughs). Markus is such a great mentor, he really gets us & what we do, so we worry less these days since we joined Coldharbour.

I remember reading a quote in February edition of Raver Magazine where Markus (Schulz) compared your guys sound to the old school Tiesto sound. (Laughter) That’s a huge pedestal to be compared to. How did that make you guys feel?

Oh man that was overwhelming to read, because the old sets from Tiesto, the old Tiesto tracks were where we first really got into trance. Myself and Ben were big fans back in the day. I mean, I played around with trance on vinyl back in the mid to late 90’s. Defiantly like the early days of Tiesto & Markus saying that about us was like, “Wow”.

So, that must have been a huge confidence booster.

Oh, absolutely. We’re massive Markus fans. He’s a huge inspiration to us. I’ve followed Markus since 2005. Having him as a mentor and having these kind of comments come from him is just  overwhelming sometimes. And being sign on his label obviously is just…wow, it’s where we always wanted to be. So, it’s a massive achievement. To be honest, he’s  one of a few DJs that I go out of my way to go and listen to and make the effort to go see. His sets are both inspiring and educational.

Are there any other DJs that inspire your music?

We really like Eric Prydz. Another great artist is Solid Stone, He’s just amazing. But there are so many good artist out there, Nifra is blowing up as are Fisherman & Hawkins too. But really for inspiration we  look to the past, rather than the now, because I don’t really think that many people are doing the same thing that we do. We always go for that raw industrial feel. It really takes us back to the old days.

Do you think Arkham Knights are going to stay in the same realm of sound in the future? Or, maybe experiment with another sound?

Oh yes, definitely. But we’re always experimenting. We always try and aim to make each track different, changing the key elements in a track. Like in “Knightfall” you got the drums and “Legacy” has a big focus on a lead. We always try and do something different. In “Blackgate” we got a drum roll that comes out of the breakdown. So we always try and get those main characteristics, that really stands out, to fit in each track. Obviously, that takes a long time because you can run out of ideas. (Laughter).

When you and Ben throw together ideas, do you guys perhaps develop a track that is sometimes a little more techno than trance, or progressive trance, or big-room? Maybe creating another alias to produce those different kinds of music?

I mean, alias’s is good and works well for some, but for us we really want to keep focus on what & who we are. We don’t want to start doing alias’s right now while we are in the infancy of our career and have fans wonder who we are. Then when you start branching out people don’t know whether you’re going to turn up at a gig as this guy or this guy and same goes for tracks. So we just really need to be consistent with what we do, really have that focus on who we are as an artist and what identifies our sound.

And that sound has been doing really well. This week you guys had your debut guest mix on the Global DJ Broadcast and now you’re here for Arkham Knights first Coldharbour Night in L.A., a lot of great things and success are coming your way. Congrats on that. Are there any more goals left for you two?

You know, we never really expected this to be honest. If somebody would have asked us last year would we be here now, I would have said no. Because you just don’t expect it, it all just comes out of nowhere. There is no checklist to be honest, we love music and are very passionate about it. We’ll just keep going with what we love doing and see where it takes us.

Do you guys like to do anything else in your free time?

It really soaks up all your time. There is no free time. (Laughter) It’s the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about at night. Now we’re here at Avalon. A dream come true.

Any words out there for Arkham Knights fans?

Thanks for your support we wouldn’t be here without you. We have now signed to Schulz Music Group so expect to see a lot more of us at future club nights.

Well, thank you for your time and speaking with Schulz Army.

Awesome mate, thank you, anytime.


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Review: ‘Watch The World’ Acoustic Tracks

News of a new artist album by Markus Schulz has been brewing for quite some time now. If you have had a chance to attend one of his sets in this past couple of years, you have been paying attention to the IDs. Not to mention the ID teases in the Global DJ Broadcast. Once the date of April 29th, 2016 was announced, and the release of the acoustic versions of the album on YouTube, the anticipation of the album was upon us.

The ability to get all of the acoustic versions with a Pre-Order on iTunes as well as access on Spotify has been great. Other than the normal interview or article about the album, the Unicorn Slayer has been gracious enough to share back stories of the tracks via Facebook Live videos.  From his passion through creative writing to the ideas shared with vocalists and co-writers, you can tell Markus has put his heart and soul into the album.

For all of us who enjoy trance and the melodies, it makes complete sense to start with acoustic versions of the tracks. “In the Night” featuring Brooke Tomlinson tells a beautiful story of a relationship struggles highlighted beautifully by Brooke’s vocals.  “Love Me Like You Never Did” featuring Ethan Thompson continues the story telling, but the journey through the vocals as well as the music itself keeps you compelled.

It was nice to listen to the acoustic version of “Destiny” after loving the trance version released over a year ago. This different version gives you a new perspective on the track entirely. Without becoming a broken record, the vocals from everybody on this album are fantastic. Please take the time to listen and digest the acoustic versions before you find yourself engrossed in the trance versions.


Event Review: Markus Schulz Open to Close Set at Avalon Hollywood

With the upcoming FIRST open to close set by Markus Schulz in Houston, Texas approaching, it is time to review the Open to Close set at Avalon Hollywood February 27-28 that blew my mind. Despite being a fan of the Unicorn Slayer for close to 10 years, this Open to Close experience was my first. Granted not the first time witnessing the man spinning, it was highly anticipated. From the previous reviews from Schulz Army, Trance Family, and Markus himself, missing a night/morning at Avalon Hollywood was not to be missed. As someone who has lived in Arizona for the majority of my life, knowing the history of Markus and Phoenix has been in the back of my mind. The set at Maya Dayclub/Nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona January 16th was great, and it was ONLY 4 hours, granted Nifra got the party going right away.

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After all of the planning, the day finally came to hop on a flight, Uber to the area, and wait for another Schulz Army member to join me. Despite following other groups/artists in the past, the Trance Family really feels like a family. This is has been explained before, so no need to elaborate more. As predicted, the lines began early, and stretched around the blocks surrounding Avalon. The good news was that the wait was relatively short once the doors opened. The night was young, but you could feel the energy in the room already. The Schulz Army and Trance Family were ready to party, and like I make it throughout the journey Markus announced on the microphone. The first couple of hours got the party warmed up, and then you could tell as the club was pretty filled, Markus was ready to take it up a notch.

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Markus did NOT disappoint playing some new Coldharbour family tracks mixed in with other favorites produced by the man himself. The aerialists, the distribution of glowsticks, and the fun being had by all throughout Avalon was invigorating. Meeting other family added to the atmosphere along with again consideration by others. Everybody was there to dance and enjoy the music. Yes, there was exhaustion throughout the night, but don’t underestimate the power of drinking water. Obviously, the goal is to stay throughout the night, so once the infamous “Rabbit Hole” was announced by Markus it was time to return to the dance floor after a short break to rest the feet.

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Don’t get me wrong, the entire journey musically throughout the night is wonderful, but I FOREVER want to go down the Rabbit Hole with Markus Schulz. Just when you think you can’t continue, another great track is played by Markus giving you another wind to continue. The love of the music and anticipation of what Markus will play next keeps you longing to stay lost in the beats. If you ever have the chance to witness one or more of these legendary Open to Close sets by Markus Schulz, DO IT!

Here’s two hours from his 11 hour open to close set at Avalon Hollywood.

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Review: Coldharbour Recordings Best of 2015 Top 20

It was an amazing year for Coldharbour Recordings. The Miami based label did not cut any corners in 2015 as they satisfied the thirst of trance fans with stunning releases. Whether it be in an intimate clubs until the early morning of the next day, or at a festival with thousands of strangers who are connected by the same beat, or at home for your own convenience, the sounds of Coldharbour was there helping people groove. Just in case you missed it, Black Hole Recordings made it easy to enjoy the top Coldharbour Recordings tracks of last year. The list of future favorites does not disappoint as it contains elements of progressive, dark, uplifting and everything in between.

The list contains a great number of talents. Fisherman & Hawkins, who destroyed the ceilings of dance floors with “Skypunch”, and Klauss Goulart, stealing hearts with his hit “Bashert (We’ll Meet Again)”, are some of the recognizable names on the list. Then there’s a new rising stars under the Coldharbour banner like UK’s Arkham Knights, rocking the world with their hit “Knightfall”, and Chicago’s Dave Neven, letting dancers everywhere know that the world could use more cowbells with his single “Drifter”.

To ask me to rank those 20 tracks and choose my favorite would be a crime against trance music. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t put one or two or 20 of those songs on repeat as I went on a run or cleaned the house. Plus, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I’m sure that applies to ears, as well, or something. So give this compilation a listen and arrange your own list of which track tugs at your heartstrings the most. With so much to choose from, it’s ok to be lost and confused, I know I was.

‘Coldharbour Recordings Best of 2015 Top 20’ is available on Beatport or iTunes.

Here’s the tracklist:

  1. Markus Schulz – Destiny (feat. Delacey)
  2. Dave Neven – Drifter
  3. Nifra – Army of Lights (feat. Seri)
  4. M.I.K.E. Push & Rank 1 – Zenith
  5. Arkham Knights – Knightfall
  6. Klauss Goulart – Bashert (We’ll Meet Again)
  7. Markus Schulz – Avalon [Los Angeles]
  8. Tenishia – Don’t Let Go (feat. Adina Butar)
  9. Ron Alperin – Knockout
  10. Fisherman & Hawkins – Skypunch
  11. Dimension – Cima
  12. Markus Schulz – Bayfront [Miami]
  13. Dan Thompson – Stealth
  14. Mr. Pit – Hit Me
  15. Solid Stone – Unlimited
  16. Nifra & Artisan – Rampage
  17. Purple Stories – Hot Harbour
  18. Judge Jules – Turn On the Lights
  19. Mike EFEX – Typhoon
  20. Danilo Ercole – Format

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Review: Markus Schulz and Fisherman & Hawkins “Gotham Serenade”

Anyone that happens to be a fan of Markus Schulz is certainly familiar with his city series concept in which he would dedicate an album to the city that impressed him the most over the year. In 2015 he decided to take things to the next level by constructing a track for each city that left its mark on him. It started with “Bayfront (Miami)” and followed with “Bine Facut (Bucharest)” together with Tom Boxer, “Golden Gate (San Francisco)”, “This Generation (Indio)”, “Bombay (Mumbai)”, “Lost in the Box (London)”, “Daybreak” (Boom)”, “Avalon (Los Angeles)”, “Cathedral (Montreal)”, “Dancing in the Red Light (Amsterdam)” and “The Creation (Prague)” along with Nifra.

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It all ends with the final chapter of this endeavor which is dedicated to the grand city of New York. He is not alone in this creation and has enlisted Dutch hyper duo Fisherman and Hawkins who have also produced heavyweight anthems of their own over the past years. We embark on a tough and aggressive stroll through the bustling and crowd filled streets of New York. Markus and the guys are masters at serenading us with a distinguished variety of high-powered vibes and emotional, vibrant soundscapes that perfectly represent the city that never sleeps. Haunting melodies, anthemic leads and darkness seeping in through every inch of this are to be expected. Majestic, regal and cutting edge like the metropolis itself there is no stopping the tendency to move. Every muscle in our body urges us to get up and sway to the beat while feeling the rush of this vibrant, living breathing city.

Get Markus Schulz and Fisherman & Hawkins “Gotham Serenade” on Beatport:  http://bit.ly/clhr234bp


End of Year Countdown 2015 Featuring Coldharbour Recordings | Tracklists and Sets

Closing out Afterhours.fm’s End of Year Countdown 2015 Day 12 was 20 hours of exclusive sets from some of our favorite Coldharbour Recordings’ artists. The highlight of the day was a 3 hour EOYC exclusive set from the Coldharbour Recordings label boss, Markus Schulz. We’ll be posting sets and tracklists as they become available, so keep checking back for updates!

From Markus Schulz:

Hello again,

My final gift to you as another year closes, and one that will hopefully turn out to be worth the copious hours of preparation.

As a thank you for inspiring and helping me throughout the various visits around the world, here is a three hour journey for Afterhours.fm’s End of Year Countdown celebrations. I’m proud to have been asked to participate in every single one since the station launched, and thankful that they ask me to provide something beyond the usual one hour for the past few occasions.

Much like a reflection of the open to close solo sets, the extended time allows the full Markus Schulz sound palette to blossom – starting deep, and building things up as we go along. A collection of some of my favorites across the genres in recent months, a few brand new IDs being debuted for the first time on radio, and a little sprinkling of classics.

Hope you enjoy the journey, and please leave your thoughts for me in the comments, I appreciate your feedback.

Have a fantastic and safe NYE celebration, a very Happy New Year for 2016, and see you for the Global DJ Broadcast Classics Showcase on Thursday January 7th.

With love,
Markus x

End of Year Countdown 2015 #EOYC


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Solis & Sean Truby

Solis & Sean Truby

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01. Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston – Peace Of Mind (Arty Remix) [Anjunabeats]
02. Morgan Page Feat. Lissie – Open Heart (Markus Schulz Remix) [Nettwerk]
03. Arisen Flame – Fireball [A State Of Trance]
04. Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie Goulding – Outside (Ron Alperin Remix) [CDR]
05. Arkham Knights – Blackgate [Interstate]
06. Stoneface & Terminal – Venus (2015 Rework) [Euphonic]
07. Protoculture – Pegasus [Armada Captivating]
08. Omnia Feat. Tilde – For The First Time [Armind]
09. RAM & Stine Grove – RAMore (Solis & Sean Truby Remix) [Grotesque]
10. Mark Sherry & Clare Stagg – How Can I (Solis & Sean Truby Remix) [Outburst Records]
11. Solis & Sean Truby – Lizard [BXR]
12. Marcel Woods – Cherry Blossom (Ben Gold Remix) [High Contrast]
13. Solis & Sean Truby – Coyote [Infrasonic]
14. Fisherman & Hawkins & Gal Abutbul – United [Goldrush]
15. Armin van Buuren feat. Mr. Probz – Another You (Ronski Speed Remix) [Armind]
16. Solis & Sean Truby – Armadillo [Infrasonic]


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01. Interstate – I Found You / Vocals: Colleen Kelly
02. Perry O’neil – Gravity
03. Andrew Bennet – Ocean Drive
04. Perry O’neil – Wave Force
05. Bakke & Ljungqvist – Fanatic
06. Remy & Roland Klinkenberg – Till Ya Drop!
07. Hammer & Bennet – Language (Santiago Nino Dub Tech Mix)
08. Marco V – More Than Life Away
09. Tiesto – Agagio 4 Strings (Fred Baker Remix)
10. Paul van Dyk – For An Angel



Dave Neven

Dave Neven

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01. Dave Neven – Drifter (Original Mix)
02. Ferry Corsten – Reborn (Original Mix)
03. Dan Dobson & Mankoff – Axis (Original Mix)
04. Saer & Cadence & Monoverse – PME (Original Mix) w/ Avao – Distraction (Original Mix)
05. ID
06. Roger Shah & Sied van Riel feat Jennifer Rene – Without You (Ron Alperin Remix)
07. Arkham Knights vs Sia (Markus Schulz Remix) – Blackgate Buttons (Dave Neven Mashup)
08. Dan Dobson & Hiddenagenda – Luquina (Harry Square Remix)
09. Antillas – Route 66 (Dan Thompson Remix)
10. Nifra, Artisan – Rampage (Original Mix)
11. Purple Stories – Hot Harbour (Original Mix)
12. ID
13. Eximinds & Yan Space vs. Markus Schuls feat. Delacey – Destiny’s Atlas (Eximinds Mashup)
14. Solis & Sean Truby – Armadillo (Dave Neven Remix)





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01. ID
02. Solid Stone – Profound
03. Max Millian – Breathing
04. Artisan – Ethos
05. Dennis Sheperd & Artisan – Neocortex
06. Kyau & Albert – Lover In The Dark
07. Arkham Knights – Knightfall
08. Tenishia feat. Adina Butar – Don’t Let Go (Ron Alperin Remix)
09. Ferry Corsten – Voema
10. Artisan – Worlds Apart
11. Dimension – Bocanegra
12. Artisan – Eternity
13. Nifra & Artisan – Rampage
14. Markus Schulz – Avalon




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01. Wellenrausch – ID
02. Derek Howell – Interstellar Homecoming (Luis Bondio Remix)
03. Aera – You Know Juno (The Drifter Remix)
04. Alex Vidal – Golden Elixir (Original Mix)
05. Spitbastard – Fire Of Life (Original Mix)
06. Alfonso Muchacho – Lights Go Down (Original Mix)
07. Andre Sobota – Signal (Tim Penner Remix)
08. Alessandro Diga – Tete a tete (Orginal Mix)
09. Wellenrausch – Die Maschine in mir (Original Mix)
10. Wellenrausch – ID



Gai Barone
Gai Barone
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01. Daraspa – The Beauty Of Silence (Mononoid Remix)
02. Christian Bachmann – Premium (Applescal Remix)
03. Teddy Sambuki – A Fleur De Peau (Traumer Razor Remix)
04. Art of Trance – Octopus (Gai Barone Smilodontic Remix)
05. Slam Duck – Leaving Places
06. John 00 Fleming – The Lone Ranger (Gai Barone Remix)
07. Gai Barone – Blank Pages
08. Gordey Tsukanov – Minotaur (Sundrowner Remix)
09. Solarstone & Gai Barone – Fata Morgana
10. Gai Barone – Psycles



Rex Mundi
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Darren McNally
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01. Laniakea – Shore of Heaven
02. Henrik Zuberstein – Morning Struggle
03. Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z – Our Foggy Trips
04. Yotto featuring Caps – Wondering
05. Deepfunk – Secret Souls
06. Azotti – First Kiss
07. Chicane – Fibreglasses
08. Sasha – Xpander
09. Rex Mundi – Echo
10. Airwave – Reus Calling
11. Solarstone & Gai Barone – Fata Morgana
12. Rene Ablaze & DJ T.H. – Duesseldorf (Wellenrausch’s Dark Matter Remix)
13. Sergey Shabanov – Whirlpool (Crystal Design Reface)
14. Above & Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes – Counting Down The Days
15. Genesis – Supernova
16. Temple One presents Tu Casa – Escape
17. Basil O’Glue – Will To Believe
18. Nifra featuring Seri – Army of Lights
19. Klauss Goulart – Bashert (We’ll Meet Again)
20. Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star – Touch Me (Sebastian Brandt Remix)
21. Ferry Corsten – Homeward
22. Stoneface & Terminal – Alive (Club Mix)
23. Mauro Picotto – Lizard (Solis & Sean Truby Remix)
24. Markus Schulz – Avalon (Los Angeles)
25. Jace Williams – Open Up (Purple Stories Remix)
26. Solid Stone – Unlimited
27. Gouryella – Anahera
28. Dave Neven – Drifter
29. Markus Schulz – In The Shadows
30. Solarstone – Seven Cities (Solarstone’s Atlantis Mix)



Arkham Knights
Arkham Knights

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01. Arkham Knights – Blackgate
02. Mark Sixma – Adagio For Strings
03. Bart Claessen – Hartseer (Fisherman & Hawkins Remix)
04. Markus Schulz feat. Vassy – Tomorrow Never Dies (Coldharbour Remix)
05. The Noble Six – Undimmed (Alex Di Stefano Remix)
06. Radion6 – Shockwave
07. Gaia – In Principio
08. Ernesto vs. Bastian – Every Inch A King
09. Markus Schulz – The New World (Fisherman & Hawkins Remix)
10. 2nd Phase – The Capital
11. Klauss Goulart – Bashert (We’ll Meet Again)
12. Arkham Knights – Knightfall
13. Mauro Picotto & Riccardo Ferri – New Time New Place



Solid Stone
Solid Stone
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01. Artsever – Long Awakening [Perspectives Digital]
02. Michael A – Slow [Soundteller]
03. Dio S – Nonchalance (Robert R. Hardy Remix) [Balkan Connection]
04. Kasall & Cristian R feat. Amber Long – My Soul (Subandrio Dub) [MNL]
05. Controlwerk – Jetlag (Robert R. Hardy Remix) [BC2 Records]
06. Fat Sushi – Hana [Suara]
07. Solid Stone – Profound [Coldharbour]
08. Marc Pollen – Die Like A Hero (Subandrio Remix) [Balkan Connection]
09. Rick Pier O’Neil – Crystallized (Matter Remix) [Clinique Recordings]
10. Silvio Gutierrez – Reason To Forget (Progress Inn Remix) [Suffused Music]
11. The XX – Intro (Solid Stone Bootleg) [CDR]
12. Darin Epsilon & Tim Penner – No Regrets (Tim Penner Remix) [Perspectives Digital]
13. Naden – Conclusions (Solid Stone Remix) [Saturate Audio]
14. Madloch – Bluebird Day (Kastis Torrau Remix) [Hookah Records]
15. Metodi Hristov – Insert Feelings [Street King]
16. Cid Inc vs. Darin Epsilon – Outliers (Solid Stone Remix) [Perspectives Digital]
17. Solid Stone – Get On My Vinyl [Coldharbour]
18. Solid Stone – Signs Of The Future [Cycles]
19. Amir Hussain – Life In Mono (Solid Stone Remix) [DSR]
20. Tim Penner & Amber Long – Forgive Me (Solid Stone Remix) [Slideways]
21. ReLocate vs. Robert Nickson & Neev Kennedy – Not Made To Break (Solid Stone Remix) [RazNitzan]
22. Anouka – Frequent Traveller [SOSO]
23. Kobana – Freefall [Proton]



Mr. Pit
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01. Jeremy Olander – Bandersnatch
02. Michael Woods – Brain Went Ping
03. Oliver Heldens – Koala
04. Mike EFEX – Typhoon
05. Fehrplay – Pyara
06. Elevation vs. Grube & Hovsepian – City Of Angels (Purple Stories Remix)
07. Breakfast – Give Me The 2 Tone (Flashover Rework)
08. ID
09. Markus Schulz pres. Dakota – Cathedral [Montreal] (Mr. Pit Remix)
10. Arkham Knights – Knightfall
11. Michael Woods – Slice Of Life (Pit Edit)
12. Ilan Bluestone – Lighthouse (Club Mix)
13. ID
14. Mr. Pit vs. Fisherman & Hawkins – Doppelbanger



Fisherman & Hawkins
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01. Eric Prydz – Generate
02. Eric Prydz aka Pryda – Rebel XX
03. Dave Neven – Drifter
04. Markus Schulz and Fisherman & Hawkins – Gotham Serenade [New York]
05. Ferry Corsten – Reborn
06. Markus Schulz – The New World (Fisherman & Hawkins Remix)
07. Fisherman & Hawkins – Skypunch
08. Ferry Corsten vs Andain – Beautiful Anahera (Fisherman & Hawkins Mashup)
09. Markus Schulz feat. Delacey – Destiny
10. Ilan Bluestone – Cloudchaser
11. Arkham Knights – Knightfall
12. Bart Claessen – Hartseer (Fisherman & Hawkins Remix)
13. JES – Two Souls (Fisherman & Hawkins Remix)
14. Mr. Pit vs. Fisherman & Hawkins – Doppelbanger
15. Fisherman & Hawkins and Gal Abutbul – United



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01. Nifra feat. Seri – Army of Lights (intro)
02. Harry Square – Harran
03. Klauss Goulart – Bashert
04. Beat Service – On Demand
05. Armin van Buuren & Cosmic Gate – Embargo
06. Genix – Kaktus
07. Markus Schulz & Vassy – Tomorrow Never Dies
08. Arkham Knights – Knightfall
09. Ron Alperin – Knockout
10. Mark Sixma feat. Emma Hewitt – Restless Hearts
11. Beat Service – Cafe Del Mar
12. Armin van Buuren – Together In A State Of Trance (Mark Sherry remix)
13. David Gravell – The Last Of Us (Popov remix)
14. Rodrigo Deem – Elevation
15. Marlo feat. Christina Novelli – Hold It Together
16. Lange Gareth Emery – Another You, Another Me (Solis and Sean Truby remix)
17. Fisherman & Hawkins and Gal Abutbul – United
18. Dimension – Origami
19. Marlo feat. Jano – The Dreamers
20. Protoculture – Pegasus
21. Dave Neven – Drifter
22. Mark Sixma – Vendetta
23. Markus Schulz – Bayfront
24. Dan Thompson – Stealth
25. Sonic One vs Twoloud – The Drums
26. Arkham Knights – Blackgate
27. Saer, Cadence, & Monoverse – P.M.E.
28. Corti Organ – Butterfly
29. Jorn van Deynhoven – 10.10.10. (The Perfect Ten)
30. Ferry Corsten – Reborn
31. Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding – Outside (Ron Alperin remix)
32. Fisherman & Hawkins – Skypunch
33. Markus Schulz & Nifra – The Creation
34. Nifra & Artisan – Rampage
35. Marcel Woods – Cherry Blossom (Ben Gold remix)
36. Above and Beyond – Hello (Jerome IsmaAe remix)



Markus Schulz

Markus Schulz
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Tracklist (compiled by Laci Hajduk)
01. Ghosting – Alone
02. Platunoff – Secret
03. Anton MAKe – Immortal (Michael A Remix)
04. Cid Inc. – Sensors
05. Jamie Stevens – My Tears Don’t Help Me (Guy J Remix)
06. Basil O’Glue – Years of Innocence
07. Solid Stone – Profound
08. C9 – A1T7i
09. Markus Schulz presents Dakota – Cathedral (Montreal)
10. Yotto – Personal Space
11. Gai Barone – Anzoo
12. Pryda – Inox
13. Grum – Lightspeed
14. ID
15. Chicane – Ibiza Strings
16. Blusoul – Modular Memories
17. Giorgio Moroder & Markus Schulz – Timeless (Extended Mix)
18. Philthy Chit – Delerium
19. Markus Schulz featuring Delacey – Destiny (Solid Stone Remix)
20. Motehra – Remember Us (DJ Tarkan & V-Sag Remix)
21. Underworld – Dark & Long (Jerome Isma-Ae & Maor Levi Remix)
22. Hazem Beltagui – Light Painting
23. Faithless – Salva Mea 2.0 (Above & Beyond Remix)
24. M.I.K.E. Push vs. Rank 1 – Zenith
25. CHVRCHES – Afterglow (Thomas Datt Remix)
26. Solarstone & Gai Barone – Fata Morgana
27. Anima featuring Liv – It’s Alright (Danilo Ercole Dub Mix)
28. Above & Beyond – Hello (Jerome Isma-Ae Remix)
29. Sergey Shabanov – Whirlpool (Crystal Design Reface)
30. Audioholics – External Key
31. Giorgio Moroder featuring Sia – Deja Vu (Markus Schulz Remix)
32. ID
33. Markus Schulz featuring Soundland – Facedown (Club Mix)
34. Luke Terry – Hyperborea
35. Ferry Corsten – Follow You
36. ID
37. Ferry Corsten – Voema
38. Beat Service – In the Moment
39. MaRLo featuring Jano – The Dreamers
40. Klauss Goulart – Bashert (We’ll Meet Again)
41. Purple Haze – Eden
42. Markus Schulz – Bombay (Mumbai) (Jordan Suckley Remix)
43. ID
44. ID
45. Purple Stories – Slammer
46. 4 Strings – In Our Hearts
47. New World Punx – Bang
48. Anske – Epika
49. Markus Schulz and Fisherman & Hawkins – Gotham Serenade (New York City)
50. Solis & Sean Truby vs. Harry Square – Concrete Jungle
51. Mauro Picotto – Eterea (Mark Sherry Remix)
52. Markus Schulz & Nifra – The Creation (Prague)
53. Markus Schulz – Avalon (Los Angeles)
54. OceanLab – Satellite (Markus Schulz Coldharbour Remix)
55. U2 – New Year’s Day (Markus Schulz Outro Mix)


Grube & Hovsepian

Grube & Hovsepian
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01. Capital Cities – One Minute More (Markus Schulz vs. Grube & Hovsepian Remix)
02. Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes (Mariano Ballejos Remix)
03. Ferry Corsten – Homeward
04. Kyau And Albert – Lover In The Dark (Local Heroes Remix)
05. ElevationSMG vs. Grube & Hovsepian – City of Angels (Purple Stories Remix)
06. Markus Schulz and Fisherman & Hawkins – Gotham Serenade [New York City]
07. Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (@Nifra Remix)
08. Markus Schulz – Bayfront
09. Moonbeam Online feat. Avis Vox – Twilight Is Coming (Grube & Hovsepian Remix)
10. Monoverse – One Way To L.A.
11. Mike Push vs. Rank 1 – Zenith
12. Gordey Tsukanov – Minotaur (Sundowner Remix)
13. Markus Schulz feat. Delacey – Destiny (Solid Stone Remix)
14. Solid Stone – Profound
15. Mr. Pit – Hit Me
16. Lane8 feat. Matthew Dear – Undercover (Yotto Remix)
17. Pryda (Eric Prydz) – T.I.D.
18. Andre Sobota – Circles
19. Above and Beyond feat. Gemma Hayes – Counting Down The Days (Yotto Remix)
20. Eekle Klein – Celebrate Life
21. Adrian Lux – Torn Apart (Fehrplay Remix)
22. JackU feat. Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now (Myon And Shane54 Dub Mix)

Here are some additional Coldharbour Recordings artists with Afterhours.fm EOYC sets that were not part of Day 12.


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M.I.K.E. Push
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01.Wrechiski & Jason Ross – Atlas
02.Heatbeat vs Bjorn Akesson – Pharaon (Nato Remix)
03.Genix – Kaktus
04.Jerome Isma Ae – Hold That Sucker Down (10 Anniversary Edit)
05.M.I.K.E. Push vs Mike EFEX – Transtemporal
06.Faithless – Salva Mea 2.0 (Above & Beyond Remix)
07.M.I.K.E. Push – Visions Become Reality
08.Eric Prydz – Generate
09.Dimension – Origami
10.Sean & Xander – Replicant
11.Rank 1 vs M.I.K.E. Push – JUNO
12.Monoverse – Supercell
13.Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella – Anahera
14.M.I.K.E. Push vs Rank 1 – Zenith
15.James De Torres – Poseidon
16.2nd Phase – The Capital
17.Simon Patterson- Apex
18.Arkham Knights – Blackgate

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)