Style: Unicorn-slaying trance
Best known for: Playing more hours than originally intended!
Tune of 2012: Beatservice 'Fortuna' and Omnia & Ira 'The Fusion'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: KhoMha
"My year's been another super one, seeing how, in the US, dance music keeps growing and growing and to be one of the ambassadors of the sound here has been very rewarding," beams trance star Markus Schulz. Despite that, though, he remains cautious. "I wanna make sure that the art of the scene doesn't get lost in this whole boom. There are so many people who have worked so hard over the years in the scene and I hope they aren't forgotten."
He himself is one of those people - a US native since his teens, despite being born in Germany, Markus is a regular face at the biggest shows in the US from WMC to Avalon, at the same time as traversing the planet to play Ibiza, Brazil, the UK, Australia and countless more countries.
"Electric Daisy carnival in Vegas was crazy. Much of it was shut down because of high winds, but I ended up playing on a float in front of people who weren't just into trance, but into dubstep, house, everything. There was no production and it brought me back to the old rave days. It was a real highlight."
Other highlights, naturally, included the release of Markus' latest album, 'Scream'. It's a vast, 19-track affair made up of as many vocal tracks as instrumentals and, for its unusual trance toughness, has earned Markus the title of 'Unicorn Slayer' from fans. As such, the coming months for this self-declared "anti-trance trance guy" will be consumed with a worldwide tour to promote the album, as well as a new LP under his other, darker, Dakota alias.