From producing hit tracks such as Animals and Scared to be Lonely feat. Dua Lipa to performing in massive music festivals around the globe (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland just to name a few), the world’s no.1 DJ more commonly known as Martin Garrix is currently showing no signs of stopping. Over the years, Garrix has continued to share his passion for music with the world not only through his breathtaking releases as a producer but also through his dedicated shows and live performances as a DJ.
Hailing from Amstelveen in the Netherlands, Garrix began his music career by working on projects together with artists such as Julian Jordan and TV Noise. Garrix then signed to Dutch dance record label, Spinnin' Records in the year 2012 and released the track, Animals in 2013 which is now recognised and loved by millions of electronic music fans around the world. The young Dutchman
“It started as a hobby, me making music in my bedroom, I didn’t even have the intention to turn it into a business.”
Entered DJ Mag’s top 100 2013 list at number 40. The following year, Garrix was listed at number 4 cutting through 36 rankings in a mere year.
In the year 2016, Garrix launched his own record label known as STMPD RCRDS which aims at supporting and nurturing the production of unique and diverse electronic music. That same year, it was announced that he had entered a global deal with Sony Music International. To top it all off, Garrix was awarded the no.1 position on DJ Mag’s 2016 Top 100 DJs poll.
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Jonathan Chew Pak Yeong
We all know that Thailand held the best music festival in Asia and previously Waterzonic is being held at Bangkok, Thailand for the third year consecutively. This year line up includes big name like KSHMR, W&W, Marlo, Brennan Heart, Mija, San Holo, Maurice West, Sam Felt and local support by Nakadia the techno maestro in Thailand. This years Waterzonic 2017 was a 2 days event, 29th and 30th September 2017 located at Rajamangala Live Park in Bangkok.
Every year of WaterZonic, the event just improves year by year. Since Waterzonic 2014, there was a huge improvement that has been made and packed into the spectacular show of water, sound, lights and pyrotechnics for WaterZonic 2015 which was titled as “Utopia”, the venue felt better, the performances were larger-than-life and the enormous number of fans came out. I don’t think words are needed for WaterZonic 2017 as it was really well presented.
As the darkness fell on Bangkok’s Friday Night, the lights on the horizon exploded out of the Live Park. They were calling it Bangkok socialites’ bat signal that nobody was sleeping early that night. Arriving at the pre-entrance, the energy was tangible as 20’s of thousands of people were flooding in. There are Streets vendors on the outside making sure that all the party-goers had all the light up accessories & waterproof protection they needed before the show. There are security check before the entrance of the stadium making sure everyone is over 18 and didn’t bring any drugs or dangerous weapons, once you pass through the security check there are many booth giving out freebies such as caps, tiny water proof bags, glow sticks and more and if you are big fan of Waterzonic they do sell souvenirs too. Finally getting inside the main event, the visuals and set-up were spectacular. The layout was reminiscent of last year, although arranged in a more intimate and multidimensional format. The towering light shows, fireworks, water cannons and fireworks created a pleasantly yet overwhelming sensation that makes you feel like you are in the middle of something huge. Many memories were made on that day, as the event was filled with beautiful ladies ready to be soaked in water and men were taking off their tops to show off their muscles.
Working your way through the crowd, pass the raised VIP area, you would find people from everywhere in the world. There were flags waving, dancing, colors, lights, buckets and ultimately a sea of smiles as everyone came together to enjoy an international lineup of some of EDM’s greatest DJs, The last set for the whole event was played by W&W and it was the greatest thrill as the moment they came on stage, everyone took out their phones to take videos and photos to make sure their memories were sealed that night!
The event did a great job in selling alcohol, as lines were always soaring pass and the guests never had to wait too long. The performers were also excellent and played music of all varieties with their own remixes of course, so people were always on their feet, jumping and getting showered with water, ending up to be a great night of WaterZonic.
It went on all night and it was glorious. After it all ended, when we were screaming for more, WaterZonic served us with one last message: “See You Again - WaterZonic 2016.” and Yes, absolutely YES, see you again WaterZonic.
The event was a very successful one as everyone there enjoyed themselves to the fullest, water splashing and endless happiness filled the air with some of the greatest EDM DJs spinning their set and pumping up the crowd throughout the dust till dawn. YES, we would definitely recommend WaterZonic to all of you Music fans and party lovers out there. I can surely say I can’t wait for another event like this to come to Malaysia!
From it’s humble beginnings in 2005, Tomorrowland is now recognised by the music festival industry as one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world. The theme of the 2017 edition of Tomorrowland, "Amicorum Spectaculum” reads, “gathering of friends” when translated into English. Located in the small town of Boom in Belgium, this year’s lineup, included both international and local DJs including David Guetta, Don Diablo, Duke Dumont, Eric Prydz, Yellow Claw, Kölsch, Ferry Corsten and Martin Garrix.
Not just about the music
It’s not just about the music. Tomorrowland represents something way bigger in the eyes of both DJ’s and festival goers alike. It’s about people of different races and culture gathering together, united in their love for the music that keeps them alive. Being the perfect platform to showcase one’s music as a DJ to the world, DJ’s challenge themselves daily just for the opportunity to one day be able to play in Tomorrowland. Festival goers take the opportunity to attend the festival seriously, given the status the festival has successfully achieved over the years.
An expensive experience
Every year, thousands of party goers from around the globe carefully plan their trip to Belgium in order to experience the festival to it’s fullest. A fair sum of money is required in order to attend the festival, especially for international customers who are visiting from different nations. Wristbands which also serve as tickets into the festival grounds can costs up to €790. The festival even supports its own currency called ‘PEARLS’.
Strong social media game
Tomorrowland’s presence on social media is no joke. Videos posted by the festival boasts views up to the millions and includes footages of DJs performing their mixes live at the various stages of Tomorrowland. To many, attending the festival in person themselves may seem like a distant dream as it has become so common for fans of the festival to experience the festival through the videos made available on social media.
UNITE with Tomorrowland is a “mirror festival” of Tomorrowland itself in which festivals from across the globe commence simultaneously with the original festival in Boom, Belgium. Performances from DJs are streamed live to the audience through a real-time live connection. Examples of Asian countries which participated in this year’s UNITE with Tomorrowland included states such as Taiwan and South Korea.
There has also been rumours that Tomorrowland will be expanding to the South East Asian country of Thailand in the near future. A possible organiser of the Thailand expansion stated, “Thailand is considered one of the Asian countries with the greatest potential to host an event of world music”. This possibility is supported by the fact that expansions of the festival in the American continent has failed to reach required expectations.
Tomorrowland has already announced the theme for it’s 2018 edition titled, "The Story of Planaxis”. “ “Planaxis” actually refers to a class of small sea snails categorised under the family known as “Planaxidea”. On an interesting note, these sea snails are actually known to cluster together in moist locations during off-tide. As very limited information is currently available in regards to the 2018 edition’s theme, one may refer to the title of next year’s edition as a clustering of people from different cultures and nations gathering together, united in their love for music and life.
Tomorrowland 2018 will be held in Boom, Belgium for two consecutive weekends, July 20-22, and July 27-29. Pre-registration for tickets begin Tuesday, Jan. 9, while WorldWide Pre-Sale rolls out Jan. 27.
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Jonathan Chew Pak Yeong