Stars of 21st Century Dance Pop and EDM

33 DJs, Producers and Singers Discuss Their Careers

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About the Book

 Dance music has seen an unprecedented explosion in the 21st century as a stampede of subgenres, such as dance pop and EDM (electronic dance music), have come to define the pop music scene worldwide. In this collection of original interviews, 33 hitmakers from 11 countries discuss their lives and careers in this still-unfolding new age—including Alcazar’s Andreas Lundstedt, Dave Audé, Bart & Baker, Bimbo Jones, Chris Cox, Darude, Inaya Day, Deepend, Freemasons, D.O.N.S./Warp Brothers’ Oliver Goedicke, Xenia Ghali, Gryffin, Harrison, In-Grid, Kimberley Locke, Paul Oakenfold, Suzanne Palmer, Ralphi Rosario, Sak Noel, Richard Vission and more. Special commentary provided by Moto Blanco’s Danny Harrison and clubland queen Martha Wash.

About the Author(s)

James Arena is a New York-based author, host and commentator who has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, SiriusXM and other networks. He is the author of First Ladies of Disco, Legends of Disco, Europe’s Stars of ’80s Dance Pop and Stars of ’90s Dance Pop and he is a recipient of a G.E.M.A. Foundation/City of Philadelphia award for preserving dance music history.

Bibliographic Details

James Arena
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 252
Bibliographic Info: 57 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7022-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2894-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Moto Blanco’s Danny Harrison (DJ, producer, remixer) 1

Preface 7

The Artists

Alcazar—Andreas Lundstedt (vocalist) 13

Dave Audé (DJ, producer, remixer) 22

Terri B!—Terri Bjerre (vocalist, songwriter, DJ) 31

Bart & Baker—Bart Sampson, Jo Baker (DJs, producers, remixers) 39

Bimbo Jones—Lee Dagger, Marc JB (DJs, producers, remixers) 49

Ferry Corsten (DJ, producer, remixer) 60

Chris Cox (DJ, producer, remixer) 67

Darude—Ville Virtanen (DJ, producer, remixer) 77

Inaya Day (vocalist, songwriter) 87

Deepend—Bob van Ratingen, Falco van den Aker (DJs, producers, remixers) 95

Dirtydisco—Lajos (Louis) Polgár (DJ, producer, remixer) 104

D.O.N.S. / Warp Brothers—Oliver Goedicke (DJ, producer, remixer) 109

Freemasons—James Wiltshire, Russell Small (DJs, producers, remixers) 119

Xenia Ghali (DJ, producer, songwriter) 128

Groove Coverage—DJ Novus (Markus Schaffarzyk), Singer Mell (Melanie Münch) 137

Gryffin—Dan Griffith (DJ, producer, remixer) 150

Harrison—Harrison Shaw (DJ, producer, remixer, vocalist) 157

In-Grid—Ingrid Alberini (vocalist, songwriter) 165

Kimberley Locke (vocalist, songwriter) 173

Milk & Sugar—Michael K (Mike Milk), Steven Harding (Steven Sugar) (DJs, producers, remixers) 181

Sak Noel—Isaac Noell (DJ, producer, remixer) 190

Paul Oakenfold (DJ, producer, remixer) 197

Suzanne Palmer (vocalist) 202

Ralphi Rosario (DJ, producer, remixer) 209

Richard Vission (DJ, producer, remixer) 218

Afterword by Martha Wash 227

The Digital Dancefloor: Other Noteworthy Artists and Tracks 233

Index 241