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EDX is one of Switzerland’s most-popular house music imports, especially in progressive house, electro house, and deep house. Born as Maurizio Colella, the Grammy-nominated producer and Sirup Music label founder has been having a very active 2023 so far. In mid-May, EDX released his first single of 2023, ‘Renascence’, a blissful jam filed with melodic vocals and vibrant beats. One month later, EDX and Frey collaborated to release their remake of the 1993 Eurodance smash hit single from Corona, ‘The Rhythm of the Night’.

On August 12th, the Swiss DJ will be in his hometown of Zurich as he plans to headline the Insomnia Dance Festival at the Hallenstadion. EDMTunes catches up with EDX once again as he discusses headlining the Insomnia Dance Festival, his latest North American tour, his recent music releases, rising artists on the Sirup Music label, upcoming music plans, and much more. Additionally, check out his exclusive radio show, No Xcuses, as well via Apple Podcasts.

Ken Ngo (EDMTunes): Hello EDX! You are one of the headlining acts for the upcoming Insomnia Dance Festival that will take place at the Hallenstadion in Zurich on August 12th, How are the preparations for your upcoming set at Insomnia going at the moment?

Maurizio Colella (EDX): Hey there! Great to speak to you!

Yes, I can’t wait for Insomnia Dance Festival. It is always special getting the chance to play on your home turf! The stadium itself is so impressive and I can’t wait to be back there after many years. I think it’s going to be one for the history books. ?

Will you give the readers a sneak preview of what to expect for your set at Insomnia next month?

If you check out my No Xcuses radio show, you will get a good feel for the type of sounds to expect! I want to represent Swiss dance culture as well as showcase some recent tracks from around the world that will certainly light the stadium up. I can’t give too much away, but there will be lots of moments during my set that you don’t want to miss. Make sure to be there if you can!

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You have been on a North American tour for the past several weeks (with your last two tour stops being District Atlanta on Friday, July 21st and the Global Dance Festival in Denver on Saturday, July 22nd). What were some of the most interesting things in regards to music production that you conducted for your fans on your North American tour stops that were different from what you had made on your past tours?

The music world is always changing and I feel that people are currently very open and responsive to new sounds. I have been trying out some new material in my recent sets that people seem to have loved and I can’t wait to share when I can.

We also just hosted our NoXcuses Sunset Sessions in NYC and that was a real highlight. I was able to really experiment with new styles and sounds there. The audience were super energetic and a lot of fun!

In the first half of 2023, you released your first single of the year, ‘Renascence’, back in May. What have been some of the most memorable comments about the single that you have heard?

Around Miami Music Week when I was teasing the track, I heard a lot of really cool feedback saying it was one of the most diverse tracks of MMW. I really love it, and had been waiting a while to properly share it with the world, so I am always super happy to hear that kind of feedback.

Back in June, you also released your rework of ‘The Rhythm of the Night’ with Frey. When producing the rework of the classic 1993 hit track by Eurodance group Corona, how did you and Frey aim to make it stand out uniquely in comparison to the original track?

Since I was a young kid, I always wanted to get my hands on the magical ‘The Rhythm of the Night’ by Corona, produced by Roberto Zanetti (one of the most forward thinking and successful dance music producers of the last century). I will never forget experiencing it for the first time on a proper sound system during my summer holidays!

When I got permission from Zanetti himself, I started working on it two years ago with my friend Andrew p/k/a FREY and had this special feeling again. We wanted to ignite the feelings and memories of the original, but with a modern touch.

August is fast approaching in a couple weeks. Will the fans get to hear more new music coming from you in the next four months of this year?

Yes, I have plenty more music ready to go. Keep an eye on my socials for announcements!

Since you are also the label founder of Sirup Music, do you recommend any rising artists from the label that fans should definitely check out right now?

I actually love many on the label. There are sooo many! Let me pick just a few who are on the more underground and melodic vibes like:

– Pekka
– dorothy
– Levasseur
– Zoree

Do you have any plans for another North American tour in 2024?

Definitely! We are always working on new tours and shows behind the scenes. We are already really excited for next year. 2023 has been incredible so far, and the speed that it has been going means that 2024 will be here in no time. As previously mentioned, keep an eye on my socials, especially on Instagram, to keep up to date with news about tracks and tours. ?

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By: Ken Ngo
Title: EDX Discusses ‘Insomnia’, Latest NA Tour, and More
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Published Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2023 13:20:54 +0000

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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