And the European Festival Awards Winners are…

And the European Festival Awards Winners are...The best music festivals, artists and promoters of 2013 were revealed at the 5th annual European Festival Awards, which took place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands, marking the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. The ceremony also included some of the hottest new European artists with performances from Irish band of the moment Kodaline, Germany’s Milky Chance and Prata Vetra from Latvia who closed the show.



Germany proved it is a force to be reckoned within the festival scene, scooping a total of 5 awards; Best Indoor Festival going to Metal Hammer Paradise, Berlin Festival won Best Line Up, Melt! Festival got Best Medium-Sized Festival with the two most important industry-facing awards Promoter of the Year going to FKP Scorpio and the Lifetime achievement Award to Marek Lieberberg, founder of the twin Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festival.



Eastern Europe also did well in this year’s awards with the highly coveted Best Major Festival Award going to Serbia’s EXIT Festival, who will celebrate their 15th Anniversary in 2014. B.my.Lake in Hungary took the Best New Festival title and FUSION Festival in Romania won the Best Small Festival Award.

The host country of the awards also scooped an award with Holland’s Lowlands being named the Artists’ Favourite Festival.

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And the European Festival Awards Winners are…

And the European Festival Awards Winners are...The best music festivals, artists and promoters of 2013 were revealed at the 5th annual European Festival Awards, which took place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands, marking the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. The ceremony also included some of the hottest new European artists with performances from Irish band of the moment Kodaline, Germany’s Milky Chance and Prata Vetra from Latvia who closed the show.



Germany proved it is a force to be reckoned within the festival scene, scooping a total of 5 awards; Best Indoor Festival going to Metal Hammer Paradise, Berlin Festival won Best Line Up, Melt! Festival got Best Medium-Sized Festival with the two most important industry-facing awards Promoter of the Year going to FKP Scorpio and the Lifetime achievement Award to Marek Lieberberg, founder of the twin Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festival.



Eastern Europe also did well in this year’s awards with the highly coveted Best Major Festival Award going to Serbia’s EXIT Festival, who will celebrate their 15th Anniversary in 2014. B.my.Lake in Hungary took the Best New Festival title and FUSION Festival in Romania won the Best Small Festival Award.

The host country of the awards also scooped an award with Holland’s Lowlands being named the Artists’ Favourite Festival.

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Solarstone launches Pure Trance Recordings

SOLARSTONE launches Pure Trance RecordingsHaving championed the true sound and nature of trance music from his very first release, the last 24 months have seen Solarstone drive those ethics back to the top of the genre’s agenda. Through his music, mix-comps, radio show and breath-stealing DJ performances, he has preached the Pure gospel and modernized its origin sound. Now he is now thrilled to begin 2014 by announcing the launch, in partnership with esteemed Dutch music house Black Hole, of Pure Trance Recordings.

The next natural progression in the movement, Pure Trance Recordings’ manifesto couldn’t be more definitive. The label will bring to club floors and festival speakers the very finest, highest quality, purely refined, intoxicating, hypnotizing trance from the scene’s most gifted music makers.

On announcing the birth of Pure Trance Recordings, Solarstone said: “The label is a natural next step in giving this music a visible platform”.

The last few months have been exceptional ones in the career of DJ, producer, composer and vocalist Solarstone. Fresh from rocking a sold out Pure Trance showcase at ADE 2013, he re-entered DJ Mag Top 100 DJs chart, and even more recently came #2 (behind Armin van Buuren) in the annual TrancePodium awards’, Producer of the Year cat.

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Solarstone launches Pure Trance Recordings

SOLARSTONE launches Pure Trance RecordingsHaving championed the true sound and nature of trance music from his very first release, the last 24 months have seen Solarstone drive those ethics back to the top of the genre’s agenda. Through his music, mix-comps, radio show and breath-stealing DJ performances, he has preached the Pure gospel and modernized its origin sound. Now he is now thrilled to begin 2014 by announcing the launch, in partnership with esteemed Dutch music house Black Hole, of Pure Trance Recordings.

The next natural progression in the movement, Pure Trance Recordings’ manifesto couldn’t be more definitive. The label will bring to club floors and festival speakers the very finest, highest quality, purely refined, intoxicating, hypnotizing trance from the scene’s most gifted music makers.

On announcing the birth of Pure Trance Recordings, Solarstone said: “The label is a natural next step in giving this music a visible platform”.

The last few months have been exceptional ones in the career of DJ, producer, composer and vocalist Solarstone. Fresh from rocking a sold out Pure Trance showcase at ADE 2013, he re-entered DJ Mag Top 100 DJs chart, and even more recently came #2 (behind Armin van Buuren) in the annual TrancePodium awards’, Producer of the Year cat.

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Sied van Riel talks on „Rielism 2″

Just after New Year, Sied van Riel reveals the secrets behind the long-awaited “Rielism Part 2″. Tim Stark from Stark Profiles PR goes behind the scenes and talks with the talented Dutch trance music DJ and producer on how ideas become music and music reaches out to the hearts.

MIKA would like to thank Tim Stark and Sied van Riel for the wonderful opportunity to virtually join the conversation and share the insights with our readers.

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Sied van Riel talks on „Rielism 2″

Just after New Year, Sied van Riel reveals the secrets behind the long-awaited “Rielism Part 2″. Tim Stark from Stark Profiles PR goes behind the scenes and talks with the talented Dutch trance music DJ and producer on how ideas become music and music reaches out to the hearts.

MIKA would like to thank Tim Stark and Sied van Riel for the wonderful opportunity to virtually join the conversation and share the insights with our readers.

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ZAXX presents ILLUSION


ZAXX presents ILLUSIONA new name to many perhaps, but in his homeland of South Africa, Zaxx has been building a reputation for floor storming productions and just as impressive behind-the turntables-performances. Following the Beatport chart busting ‘Emirate’, ‘Worlds Collide’ and 2013’s Tiff Lacey vocalled ‘Feel Me’, with ‘Illusion’ Zaxx has fashioned an all-new floor conqueror for the New Year.

Check ‘Illusion’ out via VANDIT’s SoundCloud here: www.soundcloud.com/vanditrecords

From the very first boom of its imposing, hold-tight drums, ground up Zaxx constructs a floor-transfixing production foundation for ‘Illusion’. Energized by propellant bass and hyper catchy & infectious sub-melodies, it has the mercury rising fast. With the South African phasing up the mainline and affecting a devastatingly controlled release of the filter, he engineers its critical mass.

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ZAXX presents ILLUSION


ZAXX presents ILLUSIONA new name to many perhaps, but in his homeland of South Africa, Zaxx has been building a reputation for floor storming productions and just as impressive behind-the turntables-performances. Following the Beatport chart busting ‘Emirate’, ‘Worlds Collide’ and 2013’s Tiff Lacey vocalled ‘Feel Me’, with ‘Illusion’ Zaxx has fashioned an all-new floor conqueror for the New Year.

Check ‘Illusion’ out via VANDIT’s SoundCloud here: www.soundcloud.com/vanditrecords

From the very first boom of its imposing, hold-tight drums, ground up Zaxx constructs a floor-transfixing production foundation for ‘Illusion’. Energized by propellant bass and hyper catchy & infectious sub-melodies, it has the mercury rising fast. With the South African phasing up the mainline and affecting a devastatingly controlled release of the filter, he engineers its critical mass.

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Lowroller – Audio Agression

Lowroller - Audio AgressionFrom heavy-hitting artist Lowroller and Industrial Strength Samples comes a Hard DnB pack to shatter your speakers. Lowroller’s Audio Aggression warps the twisted contours of Drum n Bass, Crossbreed, and Hardcore to create a smart set of innovative sounds.

Stuffed with 3 Ghz of head banging content, this follow up production pack unearths enough Bass and Hardcore Kicks to rumble the dance floor. You’ll find wily Arpeggiators, fierce Stabs, thick Pads, unique Ambient Sounds, and dirty Feedback Noise. Let the syncopation sink in with more than 190 Drum Breaks and Loops, including both straight and swung versions of each Drum Loop. Plus dig into a slew of twisted Sweeps, Growls, and dirty Reese bass leads.

With Loops queued at 174 BPM, this License free pack is ready for any project. The includes Wav, Apple Loops, Rex.2, Battery4  and of course Ni Maschine. Load samples from custom NI Kontakt patches where the Reese leads, Arpeggiators, Bass Loops, Sweeps, and Pads are fully-playable across 2 octaves–each note recorded separately to bring you 24 high-quality semitones for every sound. Each of the sounds are included as Audio in case u don’t use Kontakt. This not ready for the main stream pack unleashes another monster set of Lowroller’s custom Ni Massive presets, making this a serious production weapon for any Edm producer. Each sound contains Marco’s and has plenty of room for you to tweak further.

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Lowroller – Audio Agression

Lowroller - Audio AgressionFrom heavy-hitting artist Lowroller and Industrial Strength Samples comes a Hard DnB pack to shatter your speakers. Lowroller’s Audio Aggression warps the twisted contours of Drum n Bass, Crossbreed, and Hardcore to create a smart set of innovative sounds.

Stuffed with 3 Ghz of head banging content, this follow up production pack unearths enough Bass and Hardcore Kicks to rumble the dance floor. You’ll find wily Arpeggiators, fierce Stabs, thick Pads, unique Ambient Sounds, and dirty Feedback Noise. Let the syncopation sink in with more than 190 Drum Breaks and Loops, including both straight and swung versions of each Drum Loop. Plus dig into a slew of twisted Sweeps, Growls, and dirty Reese bass leads.

With Loops queued at 174 BPM, this License free pack is ready for any project. The includes Wav, Apple Loops, Rex.2, Battery4  and of course Ni Maschine. Load samples from custom NI Kontakt patches where the Reese leads, Arpeggiators, Bass Loops, Sweeps, and Pads are fully-playable across 2 octaves–each note recorded separately to bring you 24 high-quality semitones for every sound. Each of the sounds are included as Audio in case u don’t use Kontakt. This not ready for the main stream pack unleashes another monster set of Lowroller’s custom Ni Massive presets, making this a serious production weapon for any Edm producer. Each sound contains Marco’s and has plenty of room for you to tweak further.

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