Forged in the fires of Arizona’s seminal, famed 90s rave scene, Markus Schulz went state, then national and international with equal pace. From the building blocks of progressive, trance & house, he crafted early anthems like ‘The New World’ and latter-day ones like ‘Destiny’. Caught between have been many a revered album (most recently Dakota’s ‘The Nine Skies’ and ‘Watch The World’), a convoy of club hits and thousands of mesmeric performances, played out before untold millions. He’s helmed the scene-essential Coldharbour Recordings label for 12 years, chaired the Global DJ Broadcast radio show for 16 and remixed everyone from Moroder to Madonna.
His floor-bound adventures have met with equal acclaim. Through his native audience affinity, flawless mixing, instinctive tune selection and now famous, stylistically vast open-till-close sets, he has wowed crowds in every major city on Earth. Markus has scaled the upper reaches of the world’s DJ rankings and charts; is a two-time winner of DJ Times’ America’s Best DJ crown and has drawn acclaim from every electronic music portal & press outlet on the planet. A regular fixture at the world’s biggest & most famous clubs, arenas and festival stages, weekly, he lays down his inimitable musical vision. In Europe, he’s floored audiences at events like Transmission, Electronic Family, Nature One and Dance Valley. He’s creamed Creamfields; gridlocked Global Gatherings and hosted his own stage at Tomorrowland. Stateside, EDC, Ultra, Nocturnal and numerous others have all similarly felt Schulz pressure. His legendary open-till-close sets, at spots like Space, Miami, LA’s Avalon, Stereo, Montreal, Amnesia, Ibiza and his International Residency at Ministry Of Sound have become rites of passage for music lovers around the world.
Most recently Markus conceived and delivered The Nine Skies. A paired stage show and album release, it was his musical rumination on the path from darkness to light within the modern world. Triggered by unfolding global events, the concept’s roots lay in Reiki, dharma and other Eastern spirituality. Accompanied by his ‘Running Up That Hill’ release (a cover of Kate Bush’s poignant classic), ‘The Nine Skies’ stage show premiered at Dreamstate San Francisco in late May. Further shows took place throughout the year at festivals including EDC Las Vegas, London’s SW4 and the Prague and Bangkok editions of Transmission. Fan and press reaction to its altogether deeper, more involved theme was highly positive. In his home country YourEDM hailed it as “a massive project that could just be called his magnum opus” while of the album, Dancing Astronaut considered that “each (track) has an incredibly unique sound”. NY blog Earmilk said it was an “emotional, moving piece of work”, while scoring it “5/5”, EDM Sauce stated: “Folks, we may have just received one of the most powerful pieces of music of the year”.