Multo bene, Benny!! Italian superstar Benny Benassi has one of the most recognizable names in music. Whether you’re a college kid who cares more about getting wasted than what song is on, an electronic dance aficionado, a parent who loves the song from that one Wendy’s commercial, or someone who watches the Grammy’s, you know about Benny Benassi.
Every year from 1997 – 2004 he was top 10 in the DJ Mag poll, twice at #1 and twice at #2. From 2005-2008 he remained in the top 15. He currently sits at #23. Paul Oakenfold just might be the most consistent trance DJ ever. He is a legend. He was there when it all started and he is still here, still tearing up dance floors across the world, still pumping bass from Thailand to South Africa. Without Paul Oakenfold there might not be an Armin van Buuren, ATB, Ferry Corsten, or trance as we know it. Paul Oakenfold, along with artists like Johan Gielen, Robert Miles and M.I.K.E. took early styles of trance and molded them to what many refer to today as ‘epic’ or ‘uplifting’ trance.
Along with Junior Vasquez, David Morales and Danny Tenaglia, Sanchez helped pioneer the sound of NY house; taking it international and ending up an icon in Ibiza. 2007 saw Roger take down the Ibiza DJ Award for Best House DJ as well as a top 25 ranking in DJ Magazine’s acclaimed poll. He was #13 in the first ever DJ Mag top 100 poll (1997) and he’s still in it today!! Currently ranked #60, he has lost absolutely none of his swagger. His set last fall at Made Event’s Electric Zoo in NYC was without question one of the best. He’s about the music, not the hype.
Experience Russia’s #1 DJ. Bobina has ripped up clubs across the world with his soothing, euphoric style of trance. Currently ranked #16 in the world (DJ Magazine), Bobina has received support from Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Paul van Dyk and more. Last summer he received the Dance Nation of the Year gong on behalf of Russia at the Ibiza DJ Awards.
This is going to be huge even for dance music in Washington, DC. If you rarely go out, if you go out to bars more than dc clubs or if you don’t really go to electronic dance music events… This is one time where exceptions must be made. Kaskade is one of those artists who transcends genre. It doesn’t matter if you like metal or minimal, you will love Kaskade. Be sure to come early this Saturday, as the lines outside Fur Nightclub are sure to wrap around the building.
Definitely one of the best names around; Adam Walder AKA Funkagenda has been releasing straight bangers for 6 years now. Tracks you definitely know include the ever-popular “What the Fuck,” the track “Nobody Listens to Techno,” which samples an Eminem lyric that the song is named from, as well as collaborations with Mark Knight which include “Good Times” and their re-work of the classic “Man With the Red Face.” The funky one has also released tons of remixes for artists like Chris Lake, Radiohead, Robbie Rivera, Swedish House Mafia, Daft Punk and Wally Lopez. He works with everyone.
You seriously need to come to this event. Now is when DJs begin to make their initial campaigns for the DJ Magazine Top 100. It’s the push before summer. The festival circuit is coming up, then Ibiza, then it’s time to vote. Coming off the best British breakthrough artist award, Funkagenda is out to show the world why he is the #1 rising star from one of the most dance music-savvy nations in the world. We’re truly lucky to have Funkagenda gracing the decks; Fur is going to be absolutely nuts!