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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.

Markus Schulz Avalon Hollywood 5

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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Listen to the Markus Schulz at Stereo set and Tracklist

You’ve read Markus Schulz teasing about uploading the marathon set from Stereo in Montreal and he’s finally uploaded the entire seven hours and 40 minutes.

The word legendary is used way too often in many ways but when the music stopped just after 12 pm this marathon set earned that label. It was a journey into the depths of the Coldharbour archives full of Dakota tracks and everything else in between. There was a lot of twists, turns, trance, odd sounds and plenty of techno. This isn’t your typical two hour club set from the unicorn slayer. Prepare for a side of Markus Schulz you may have never heard before!

Markus Schulz – Marathon Set Live from Stereo, Montreal Part 1
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Markus Schulz – Marathon Set Live from Stereo, Montreal Part 2
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Schulz Army interviewed Markus prior to his set at Stereo. Read it here: http://bit.ly/MarkusSchulzInterviewSchulzArmy

Thanks to KryEd and gdjblaci on the MarkusSchulz.com forums for the amazing tracklist.

01. Markus Schulz – Destino  (This ID was the Global Selection for GDJB December 12, 2013 and will be released on Markus’ ‘Scream 2′ album.)
02. Giuseppe Ottaviani & Ferry Corsten – Magenta vs Sub Focus ft. Alpine – Tidal Wave (Markus Schulz Mashup)
03. Chemical Brothers – Hey Girl, Hey Boy (KhoMha Instrumental Mix)
04. Marcus Schossow & Sebjak – Kemi
05. Markus Schulz – Remember This
06. KhoMha – Mind Gamer
07. Radio Slave feat. Danton Eeprom – Grindhouse (Khomha vs. New World Punx Bootleg)
08. Alex Di Stefano vs Rank 1 – 7 Loves Instead Of 8 Wars (Markus Schulz Mashup)
09. Ferry Corsten – Black Light
10. Danilo Ercole – Cruzer
11. Marc Simz vs. Aerofoil – Blikkenslager
12. Paul Ritch – Run Baby Run
13. Frankyeffe – Yes Or Not
14. KhoMha – Hydra
15. Ferry Corsten – Fuck The Bull$h1t
16. Daft Punk – Alive (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
17. Spektre vs. Jochen Miller vs. Faithless – I Only Smoke Weed When We Brace Yourself Together (Markus Schulz Mashup)
18. Ummet Ozcan – The Cube
19. Fatboy Slim – Praise You (Ferry Corsten Bootleg)
20. Ferry Corsten & Markus Schulz – Stella
21. Dakota – I’m Where It Went Wrong
22. Mark Knight feat. Skin – Nothing Matters (Club Mix)
23. Joseph Capriati – Awake (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
24. Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg – Unanswered Question (Julian Jeweil Remix / Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
25. Francesco Rossi – Paper Aeroplane (Tom Staar Remix)
26. Vato Gonzalez – Sushi Riddim (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
27. Mr. Pit – Catch Me (Club Mix)
28. KhoMha – Dusk Riddles
29. Orjan Nilsen – Xiing (Markus Schulz Edit)
30. Jerome Isma-Ae – Speed
31. Joint Operation Centre – Under a Sea Of Birds
32. Funkagenda & Mark Knight – Man With The Red Face (Hardwell Remix)
33. Ashley Wallbridge vs. Rafael Frost vs. Tristan Garner – Overdrive Zorro (Markus Schulz Mashup)
34. Hollen – Collision
35. Ummet Ozcan – The Box (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
36. Fisherman & Hawkins – Antidote
37. Mr. Pit – ID
38. Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten – Loops & Tings
39. Sander van Doorn – Reach Out (Thomas Gold Remix / Markus Schulz Edit)
40. Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding vs Hobo – I Need Your Incise (Markus Schulz Mashup)
41. KhoMha – The Dark Knight
42. Mind Electric – Scream
43. Birdy Nam Nam – Goin In (Bad Dancer Remix / Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
44. Klark Kennt – Apophis (Dub Version)
45. Push vs. Sasha Carassi – Universal Hypercombo (Markus Schulz Mashup)
46. Aerofoil – Vortex (Markus Schulz Edit)
47. Dannic – Clobber
48. Danny Tenaglia feat. Celeda – Be Yourself (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
49. AnGy Kore – Rebel (A.Paul Remix / (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)


50. Offer Nissim feat. Maya – For Your Love (Sied van Riel Remix)
51. M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade – Body Language (Tocadisco Remix / Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
52. New World Punx – Romper
53. Stefan Dabruck – Acid Phase
54. Wippenberg – U R (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
55. Klauss Goulart – Absolute Chaos
56. Fedde Le Grand and Sultan & Ned Shepard – No Good (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
57. Nicky Romero & Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano ft. Fast Eddie – S.O.T.U. vs ID (Markus Schulz Mashup)
58. Markus Schulz feat. Ana Diaz – Nothing Without Me (Beat Service Remix)
59. Beat Service – Arcade
60. Markus Schulz feat. Justine Suissa – Perception (Original Vocal Mix)
61. Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – Steam Gun
62. Aerofoil – Caress 2 Impress (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
63. Adam Beyer & Alan Fitzpatrick – Human Reason
64. Eelke Kleijn – Ein Tag Am Strand (Instrumental Mix) vs ID (Vocal)
65. Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg – Lovecraft
66. Sono – Keep Control vs. Julian Jeweil – Don’t Think (Markus Schulz Mashup)
67. Funk D’Void – Diabla (Christian Smith & Wehbba Final Track Of The Night Edit)
68. John Digweed & Nick Muir vs Pig&Dan – Morphism
69. Above & Beyond vs. ID – Sun & Moon (Markus Schulz Mashup)
70. Köen Gröneveld – Slides (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
71. Third Party – Duel (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
72. KhoMha – 507 (Markus Schulz Edit)
73. Dada Life – Bass Don’t Cry
74. Miki Litvak – Pollinator (Gary Beck Remix / Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
75. Booka Shade – Love Inc (Richie G Remix – Markus Schulz Big Room Recon)
76. Joris Voorn – The Secret
77. Radio Slave – Grindhouse (Dubfire Terror Planet Remix) (Markus Schulz Mashup)
78. Mauro Picotto & Riccardo Ferri – New Time, New Place (New World Punx Remix)
79. John Digweed & Nick Muir Vs. Christian Smith & Wehbba – Mantis
80. Phunk Investigation – DNA Extractor (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
81. Adrian Hour – She (Original Club Mix)
82. Rex Mundi – ID
83. Tiesto vs. Traversable Wormhole – Lethal Traversing (Markus Schulz Mashup)
84. Macromism – Flight Deck (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
85. Alan Fitzpatrick vs. Nadia Ali – Paranoize Rapture (Markus Schulz Mashup)
86. Marco V & Sander van Doorn – Organic
87. Dosem – Avanta (Markus Schulz Big Room Reconstruction)
88. Wamdue Project – King of my Castle (Sander Van Doorn Dub Mix)
89. UMEK & Mike Vale – Fluid Feel
90. Age of Love – The Age of Love (Koen Groeneveld Remix vs. Wippenberg Remix / Markus Schulz Edit)
91. Egbert – Straktrekken
92. Marc Simz – Forbidden Bikkenslager (Marc Simz & Aerofoil Re-Dub)
93. Dakota – Chinook (Transmission Edit)
94. Adam Beyer & Alan Fitzpatrick – Memesis
95. Sasha – Xpander (Funkagenda Remix)
96. Pryda – Every Day
97. Rui Da Silva – Touch Me (Markus Schulz Coldharbour Remix)

Markus’ love story with STEREO MONTREAL as witnessed on Twitter. Picture from Junia J.


Travelling Down the Rabbit Hole in Toronto with Markus Schulz

The rabbit hole is a time when things get a little weird and the music may get a little trippy but there’s no need to fear it. This past Saturday night Markus Schulz was given the reigns of the DJ booth at The Guvernment nightclub in Toronto for his first solo set and he played for nine hours ending just before 8 AM. The Guvernment is a venue that deserves legendary status and has been dancing until dawn for nearly 20 years and has hosted Markus Schulz many times over the years. There was a lot of asking, begging and pleading for this event to happen and it was well worth the wait. Read the back story here.

I have heard a lot of great things about the solo set and this was the first one I’ve ever been a part of and was worth the over three hour drive to enjoy it. Suzanne Welker Jurgens, a partner in Schulz Army, flew to Toronto from San Francisco for the weekend just for this event as well. There was also people we knew of who had travelled to Toronto from Boston, New York City, Washington DC and Montreal. This was a destination event.

Keith Patrick Suzanne ASOT 650 TorontoThe hotel of choice was the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto which is only a few blocks from the club and was filled with partiers going to The Guvernment as well as the Digital Dreams Festival that was also being held in Toronto that weekend featuring Tiesto, Dash Berlin, Paul van Dyk, Wolfgang Gartner, Richie Hawtin and many more. Toronto is an amazing city to visit and possibly one of the most underrated in North America when it comes to electronic music. If you’re looking for a place to travel to this would be worth it.

We met with A State of Trance 650 Toronto campaign during the day to pickup some original t-shirts they had designed for the night and to also get a glimpse of the shirt they had made specifically for Markus Schulz to give him that night. Every trance addict dreams of hosting A State of Trance event in their city and Toronto has been working hard to make it happen and getting everyone they can on board.

The club was scheduled to open it’s doors at 10 PM with Markus Schulz going on at 11 PM and then playing until closing time. We arrived at the club around 9:30 PM and quickly traded some #SchulzArmy Down the Rabbit Hole We Go bracelets with some people from Hamilton to be first in line. The doors finally opened, searches were conducted and everyone ran in the doors. Markus was already in the DJ booth trying to finish his setup and had an instant smile on his face as the dance floor began to fill up. He had flown in to Toronto after playing in Las Vegas the night before and probably had little time between travel, a disco nap and the setup.

The nine hour journey began shortly after 10:30 PM and didn’t end until after 7:30 AM in the morning and I would’ve loved to have reviewed the night hour by hour but the dance floor and music suck you into having a good time. An hourly review wouldn’t even do it justice, this is something that you need to experience if you’re a fan of the music. It was hot, sweaty and packed at times but it was to be expected with a set like this and also 50,000 people attending a festival down the street looking for an after party as well.

Markus began the journey with a progressive build up getting everyone in a groove and warmed up for the extended slaying that was headed our way. The crowd was cheering and chanting “Markus” as he set the pace for the night and it was clearly noticed on his face that he acknowledged the affection. The City of Toronto has been a special place for him over the years and was also featured on the 2009 city series compilation. The 2013 city is expected to be announced at any time. As the night progressed into what’s considered the peak hour material it featured Scream tracks, all of the New World Punx tracks and a lot of old school trance tracks.

There was also a special moment in the night during “Perfect” when the words in the picture below appeared on the screen and Julie said yes to the proposal from Chris. Chris had gotten word to Markus that he wanted this to happen and the two of them worked out details and it went off without a hitch. A perfect moment for an amazing couple from Montreal!

Chris asks Julie to marry him in Toronto
Photo by xoxstacey

As the club started to clear out from those not in it for the long haul the rabbit hole began where as Markus always says, things get a little bit weird and trippy but not a time to fear. The rabbit hole featured staples like “Nothing Matters”, “Man with the Red Face” and of course “Rapture”. If you’d like to really get a taste of the music during a rabbit hole set listen to the over three hour mix recorded at Space in Miami.

The club has a side door that leads to a patio outside and at one point in the morning with the sun shining and the door open Markus got on the microphone and quickly said, “Close the door, you’re letting unicorns in!” One unicorn either survived the slaying portion of the set or entered the club during the moment that those doors were opened.


IMG_2042 (2)As the music ended towards the 8 AM hour there was still almost half of the club left cheering him on as the music wound down but he had to finish up since he had to get to Ottawa for another gig in less than 12 hours. Markus took the time like he usually does to take pictures, shake hands and sign autographs. The club cleared out and the zombie walk back towards the hotel began.

There’s few DJs in the world that can play an extended solo set like this and Markus Schulz is a master of the art. I had the pleasure of seeing Sasha and Digweed play an extended set at Twilo in New York City before it closed it’s doors and at the time I never thought anything would compare but this surpassed that experience. Once you’ve enjoyed sets like these the standard one to two hour club or festival set just don’t compare.

Sign me up for the solo set travel club!

Here’s almost 50 minutes of the final hour or so that he played. It’ll give you an idea but really doesn’t do it justice, you need to experience this.

Over 25 Things We Learned During Tuesdays Markus Schulz Twitter Chat

On the eve of the Scream Bus Tour there was a twitter question and answer session with Markus Schulz and just like the last one, below is a round up of what was discussed. It’s nowhere near as long but just as informative.

When asked about any surprises for Boston he said, “I have a couple of things I’ve been holding back on to debut on the tour.”

It was confirmed that the June 29, 2013 set in Toronto will definitely be open to close. The club announcement and flyer only said “marathon set” which had some people skeptical that it would be a true open to close. This will be the first open to close in the Canadian city.

Someone asked, on a scale of 1 to David Hasselhoff, how excited are you to finally be doing a marathon set in Toronto June 29th? Markus replied, “I ran faster than the Hoff in his red speedos when I found out.” Get that vision in and out of your head now?

How deep will the rabbit hole go in Toronto? The answer, “as long as plenty hang around then we’ll go deep as we want.” I’ve been to The Guvernment a lot in the past almost 13 years and it can get dark in the early morning hours. The lights go down and the lasers go on.

You know where he hasn’t played an open to close yet? New York City. He said, “that’s one of my top priorities to finally accomplish – open to close in NYC.”

Will he play until 10am on May 11 at Avalon in LA?  “As long as plenty of you guys are down to hang, then we’ll go as long as possible.” He also said that he’ll be playing at least 6 hours.

Didn’t get tickets for that Avalon gig? No worries. “They only sell half as presales, so get there early on the night and you can get in.”

On the topic of open to close sets he was asked about Ruby Skye open to close in 2013 and the reply was, “I owe the SF crew an open to close after Superbowl night. Got to make it happen.”

Markus will not be at Electric Daisy Carnival New York but there is a possibility of Electric Zoo.

Most memorable festival show?  “EDC Vegas last year was so unpredictable, but it was a night I’ll be telling stories about for years to come.”

Speaking of Vegas. Will he be at Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 in Las Vegas? I think it’s safe to say that’ll be a yes. He was asked if he may be returning and the reply was, “we have unfinished business, the wind will not win.”

How was the Chicago gig on April 5, 2013? “Amazing. Sold out and arguably best ever gig in the city. Can’t wait to come back and do it all again at EDC.”

All time favorite track? “Perception is very special to me because the original is my all time favorite dance track”

Favorite track of the moment, “ID – ID. He’s on fire.”

Favorite club in the USA?  “Impossible to name just one, but Avalon, Space, Mansion, Pacha, Castle, Ruby Skye, Marquee + Echostage all amazing.”

If he could collaborate with anyone in the world alive or dead who would it be? “The original Pink Floyd lineup.”

He was asked, how PLUR are you?  “I respect the hell out of anyone who takes time in their life to support me.”

How amazing was it the first time you heard one of your songs being played in a dj’s set? “It was surreal. One of my proudest moments was having my Edge Factor remix of Jayn Hanna’s Lost Without You on Expeditions.”

Was the circular stage at Pop2013 disorienting to DJ from? Did it help you interact with the crowd? “it was certainly different, but definitely a unique way to perform. Cool that you see different sets of fans on each side.”

Gabriel and Dresden Markus Schulz Pop2013

A New World Punx album? Markus answered, “Not likely. Albums are always very stressful to make and even more so when it’s not a singular vision. Want to keep project fun”

Another track with KhoMha? “You never know what ideas we might concoct during this tour.”

Biggest triumph in the past? “I would say probably breaking the Top 100 in DJ Mag because I never expected it to happen.”

Does Markus still break dance? “I do but I can’t do the complexity of the moves that the kids do nowadays.”

Weirdest thing seen in life? “There was a period where so many go-go dancers were falling off stage at festivals. It was quite scary!”

Seattle isn’t feeling any love from the Scream Bus Tour but Markus assured the city, “making plans for Seattle in the summer, you have my word.”

That’s all for this session! Thanks to Markus for connecting with every one of us again. Make sure to use the hashtag #ScreamBusTour and of course #SchulzArmy on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

Unicorn Slayer Name

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related to A State of Trance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New World Punx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avalon May 11

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

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

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

A State of Trance New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bal en Blanc in Montreal

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

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

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

Potential Tour Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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