Kue

DJ Kue is quickly becoming one of dance music’s fastest rising deejays and producers. Along with six Radio 1 plays by the likes of Pete Tong, Judge Jules, and Kissy Sell Out, his music has been supported by Gabriel and Dresden, Laidback Luke, Paul Oakenfold, DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, DJ AM, Bloody Beetroots, and many more. His production ranges from disco funk to electro bangers and if you’re a DJ, you probably have one of his tracks in your record crate right now.

Mike Posner – Looks Like Sex (DK Kue Extended Remix)

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Moguai

The year 2010 was one that will be remembered as a year of change, development and advancement in both life and in culture.

Perhaps this is part of the reason for the phenomenal rise of Andre Tegeler, better known to the dance community as Moguai.

A far-reaching and highly respected DJ on his homegrown German circuit, it could also be argued that you only get out what you put in – with this case, Moguai has fully reaped the rewards of a hard working ethos and highly honed production sound, firmly establishing himself as a One to Watch for 2011 and a rapidly growing worldwide fan-base.

In between the worldwide release of his debut album WE AR LYVE (the first non-Deadmau5 album released on the rodent Mau5trap imprint), and turning out high profile remixes for the likes of famous boffin Moby and ambient minor-tone masters of chill Royksopp, Moguai has been constantly touring, honoring a packed schedule which has seen him twice head over to the US and Asian continents as well as wowing Europe wide audiences and parties with his unavoidable energy, selection and persona.

The demand for Moguai and his newly formed LYVE setup has been represented fully over the past 3 months, planning, devising and creating quality tracks like they’re letters of the alphabet. 2010 saw him release Dynamik on Mau5trap with global house sensation Michael Woods, remix classic dance stalwarts Moonbeam, hold the biggest competition that DJ Download ever participated in and more recently, releasing his most accomplished and popular track to date – ‘8001 / Stay Planetary’, which made the playlist of Pete Tong’s Essential Selection show and covered by a flurry of tastemaker press and magazines including a front cover on Raveline magazine. For further proof check out the Beatport stats: several positioning’s in the overall chart with singles 8001, Oyster and Nyce – and reaching No.1 in the progressive house chart – the boy wonder is fully deserving of his ascending status as Germany’s premier breakthrough house DJ.

With recent release on the UK’s Skint label, Steve Angello’s SIZE records and more penciled releases on Mau5trap and the revitalization of the Punx label, 2011 will surely solidify his reputation as molten-hot property.

Moguai – Mpire (Original Mix)

Michael Woods

Ability, originality and accomplishment. In Michael Woods’ short career he has managed to touch on every cornerstone, leaving proof of his musical competence at producing big room, progressive and tech-house tracks, along with a discernible motivation to better the quality of music being distributed. This has not gone unnoticed with DJs like Pete Tong consistently throwing props his way.

From Argentinean & Guyanese decent, he was born and raised in Hackney London which he still calls home and runs his studio from there. Classically trained in a range of instruments at an early age provided Michael with a catalogue of creative skills including the keys (which he learned to play at the tender age of 3), guitar, drums and trumpet, practically making him a one man band. When not in the studio messing around with Logic, developing his craft, he would be found at Pimlico’s Trinity Music College where he contracted a love for musicality, often using his spare time orchestrating with the percussion section of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier achievements include his debut single, “Warrior” released in 2000 and the critically acclaimed remix of Energy 52’s “Café Del Mar”, both of which are still considered as classic’s among DJs and fans alike. But today’s finished products could not sound more different. They carry a deep, driving and delectable collection of electronic sounds, with melodious, cascading synths and hands-in-the-air rush-inducing drops. This is what Michael Woods is renowned for, and has created an individual sound that he is pioneering, making him a stunning example of an artist that flows with, as well as initiates, music’s changes.

Collaborations with the likes of Chris Lake, Funkagenda & Mark Knight conclude as featured tracks on various compilations and act as proof of his skillful production abilities. It’s alliances like these that excite the growing fan base, but are not the sole examples of his talent, as original tracks such as “Nitro”, “Midnight Run”, “Dynamik”, “No Access” and “First Aid” are continually supported.

Alongside an impressive catalogue of tracks on numerous labels including Mau5trap, and Toolroom Records, many established artists such as Underworld, Martin Sloveig and Moguai have hired Michael Woods to renovate their sound into a style which emulates his musical vision, including the Deadmau5 & Chris Lake’s “I Said”, which became the only remixed track featured on the 2010 album, “4×4=12”. In addition, mainstream artists such as Kylie, Estelle, The Ting Tings, The Temper Trap, P Diddy and Ginuwine ft Timbaland & Missy Elliot have all borrowed his insatiable remixing skills, leaving his studio rarely empty. His ability to rework music with an exceptionally sharp ear for quality production has left him in high regard with many artists and labels across the industry, leading to a nomination for ‘Best Remixer’ at this year’s 2011 IDMA’s (International Dance Music Awards).

Michael Woods now borrows some of this growing respect offering it to his label, Diffused Music, which houses applauded tracks from him self and others. The rapidly growing label is another imperative ingredient in furthering the exhilarating Michael Woods history book.

As well as the continuous success of his music, his dexterity as a DJ completes Michael Woods as a dynamic and credible artist. In demand across the globe he plays everywhere from Europe to USA, ending 2010 with a successful USA Tour. Other accomplishments to-date includes a summer residency for Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza (2010), while Deadmau5 invited him on his infamous 2010 UK tour. The latest addition to Michael’s ever increasing list of successes is being crowned the new global resident at one of dance music’s biggest super brands: Ministry of Sound. With industry heavyweights like Fedde Le Grand, Benny Benassi and Mark Knight as his peers, this is yet another triumph for Michael Woods and marks his growing importance in dance music today. After a year of unprecedented success, this residency is another milestone in his career, which sees Michael Woods playing as the face of the Ministry worldwide for a whole host of events, adding his name to the array of esteemed DJ’s that already accompany the Ministry brand and reputation.

For 2011, Michael Woods continues his relationship with Ministry and kick starts a new series of mix compilations for the brand, aptly entitled Ministry of Sound – Residents. Not a first for the artist, after the infamous Amnesia dance-house honoured Michael by asking him to mix one side of the “Amnesia Ibiza Deejay Sessions vol.6” compilation to accompany the Cream summer residency. All are prime examples of the ever growing popularity of Michael Woods, where his presence is always well received by fans and top clubs alike. It is clear that his creativity knows no bounds, and each attainment is just another chapter of this musical characters story.

Strobe (Michael Woods Remix)