“I’m Patrick Hagenaar, who the f**k are you?” So says the t-shirt and the man wearing it – making a cheeky, but bold statement in this faceless world of dance where dj’s hide behind their laptops and in their dark studios – not Dutchman Hagenaar, he plays his music with party-starting attitude, crowd-moving confidence and a riot of colour.
Likewise the music he produces is bold, fun and above all made to please dance floors, one bouncy beat or killer hook at a time. So here’s another big question; who the f**k does Patrick Hagenaar think he is?
Well, as one of the talented group of fast-rising DJ/producers hailing from Holland, he lives by the slogan ‘If it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much’. Yet Patrick cut his nightclub teeth serving a musical apprenticeship as resident at some of London’s key venues including Pacha, Turnmills, The Egg and Heaven.
So the fire beneath his signature sound is stoked by the big room boom of Dutch house sounds, but all with a very personal, UK flavoured twist of hi octane hooks and devastating melodies too.
Taking that impeccable knowledge of what works the floor into the studio, his first release, in 2008 (‘What Would We Do’, by the successful Hagenaar & Albrecht partnership), went to the top of the charts across all the major download stores.
Following that phenomenal debut success, a string of big releases on labels like Atlantic/Big Beat, Spinnin’, Hed Kandi, EMI and Ministry of Sound followed.
2010’s ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ was the toast of the dance music press and saw Axwell make a cheeky bootleg of the track for his personal use.
More recently, Patrick’s solo work saw ‘L.O.V.E’ become the track of the moment for DJs across the very top ends of the spectrum from Tiesto to David Guetta, provoking a rush of chart topping remix offers in its wake.
As a result he remixed US/UK number 1 by Ke$ha, ‘We R Who We R’ and Australian chart topper ‘Dirty Talk’ by Wynter Gordon. Toni Braxton and Professor Green are among others that have benefited from a Hagenaar reboot, while his version of Rudimental’s UK number 1 ‘Feel The Love’ scored over 30 plays on BBC Radio 1.
Yet this is a DJ who remains refreshingly immune from letting all the hype go to his head. True to his Dutch roots, he’s proud to cycle to all his London gigs and is particularly fond of ultra colourful pop art attire, making him one of the most easy-to-spot characters in – and out – of club land.
The bright fashion sense reflects Patrick’s ethos on music and life, to be distinctive yet fun, to entertain, but not lose focus. It’s a master plan that was kick-started by a visit to a 25k capacity rave in his childhood home of Haarlem at the extremely tender age of just 11. There was no looking back, and his determination to make an impact on the dance scene has been relentlessly pursued ever since.
Patrick Hagenaar is a name that has been plastered across Ministry of Sound flyers the world over, as he’s played as a key resident on their global tours for over 4 years, picking up fans across Europe, Asia and beyond in the process.
Now Patrick stands – resplendent in his fluro clothes – at apex of the new electronic music era sweeping the four corners of the world. A solid foundation and that unwavering positive attitude ensure he’s going to make the most of it. The dance floors of the world are in for a treat. Watch this Dutchman fly!
Next up for Patrick Hagenaar is his forthcoming track ‘You Got Me’ (Glowing In the Dark) featuring the mighty Marky Hartley (Hed Kandi), set to be released on the 3rd of December via Hed Kandi Records.
Tristan Garner, Gregori Klosman, Sebastien Benett, Michael Canitrot and Antoine Clamaran are used to meeting around the world. Between furtive meetings in airports and on set of the biggest night clubs of the world, these five friends have often talked about getting together in a studio and sharing the DJ booth in a party.
This year, they’ve made it happen by creating Reepublic. This project is more than just mixing together as friends … It’s a request of the public. ‘Turn Off The Light’ - debut single featuring T-Elle will be released on November 19th.
Top Russian house music producers Hard Rock Sofa, Swanky Tunes and Matisse & Sadko joined forces to create new smashing track called ‘Chemistry (Turn The Flame Higher)”. Released on Swanky Tunes’ Showland Records.
Hard Rock Sofa, Matisse & Sadko & Swanky Tunes – Chemistry (Turn The Flame Higher) – Beatport Link
In the span of less than 2 years, Afrojack has become one of electronic dance music’s major icons. From humble DJ beginnings in his native country of Holland, he has grown to become a multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer. His skills are some of the most sought after in the world, and with two Grammy Awards under his belt, it’s easy to see why. In addition to this, his DJ sets have fast become both iconic and unparalleled, providing an explosive take on the current state of dance music across the board.
Riding the excitement of their upcoming album release The Rules of Dada, Swedish duo Dada Life dropped their monthly mix for October featuring a couple of gems from the aforementioned album. With the likes of Reload, Feed The Dada, and So Young So High featured on this mix, it’ll keep your ears happy from start to finish. And leave it to this eccentric duo to find a way to fit Gangnam Style into an otherwise hard-hitting, banging mix.
01. Tonite Only – Go (Swanky Tunes Remix) [Downright]
02. Dada Life – Feed The Dada [So Much Dada]
03. Yves V & Felguk – WOW [Smash The House]
04. Zedd feat. Matthew Koma – Spectrum (Deniz Koyu Remix) [Interscope]
05. Basto – Bonny [Spinnin]
06. Dada Life – So Young So High [So Much Dada]
07. Cryogenix – Fire Like This (Daddy’s Groove Re-Beats) [Spinnin]
08. Billy The Kit – Booster [Hysteria]
09. John Dahlback – Comet [Joia]
10. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload [Refune]
11. Nom De Strip – Suplex [Rising] w/ PSY – Gangnam Style (Acapella)
12. East & Young – Dice [Fly Eye]
After a short break from releases during the European summer, Axtone get back to what they do best; releasing quality music from the across the globe. ‘Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)’ brings together the skills of The Aston Shuffle and the infamous Tommy Trash, fresh from another collaboration (and Beatport No.1), ‘Reload’ with Sebastian Ingrosso on the Mafioso’s Refune record label.
New preview uploaded on Avicii’s soundcloud page. The track was played by Avicii in his sets already many times since last year and was previously known as the ”Music Box ID”.
”Been in the studio for the last couple of days and can’t wait to show you everything new I’ve come up with! Super EXCITED. In the meanwhile, here’s a preview of an old track you’ve probably only heard in my sets. Enjoy!”
FREE: Calvin Harris vs Swanky Tunes vs R3hab vs Tommy Trash – Sending My Flashback (Tommy Trash Bootleg)
Tommy Trash brings the image of a true rock superstar to the dance music stage. The hard partying Australian DJ/producer is notorious for his riotous live shows packed with head bangin’, grey goose swiggin’, champagne sprayin’ and massive tracks you simply can’t hear anywhere else.
”Just reached 80k fans on facebook, appreciate all your support folks! As a little thank you, here’s a little bootleg of mine to download!”
Dada Life‘s remix of Kaskade‘s track Llove. Released via prestigious Ultra Records.
Kaskade feat. Haley – Llove (Dada Life Remix) – Beatpot Link
Here’s the summary from the three days of Tomorrowland 2012. This may inspire those people who wasn’t there so they can grab some tickets for next year. Tomorrowland sold out in ten minutes last time and the video shows that there are so many people who got tickets in time. This video is truly amazing and you must love it. Enjoy the video and maybe you will be standing among the crowd next year. The best DJ’s and the best tracks is what you can expect.
Norman Doray collaborates with the amazing twins called Nervo for a new track called ”Something To Believe In”. Vocals by the great singer Cookie. The twin sisters has a lot of things going now and they’ve a great summer behind them. Very good tracks and a lot of collaborations and this time with Norman Doray.
The track will be released September 24 via Spinnin’ Records