Discovered at age 14 by Armin van Buuren and signed to Armada records, Erik Arbores (born Erik van den Boom) is the youngest DJ to ever spin during the Amsterdam Dance Event. His debut Bliss EP created a lot of buzz and garnered a lot of club support. He has gone on to collaborate with Esmee Denters and has recently signed to Universal and Spinnin’ records. Together with Martin Garrix, TV Noize, and Julian Jordan, he is part of a group of teenage up-and-coming producers who are changing the EDM world.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: How old were you when you first discovered EDM? Erik Arbores: I have been listening to it my whole life, but I started producing when I was 11 or 12 years old.
Like his contemporary Erik Arbores, much of the buzz surrounding Cole Plante seems to be about his age (16) rather than his music. As someone who has seen Cole spin (at Promo Only Summer Sessions) and spoken to him about production (interview coming soon), I can attest that Cole is talented and knowledgeable rather than some packaged product for Disney. “Lie To Me” is a good introduction to his music, a progressive-leaning stadium-pop track, not dissimilar to recent releases by Axwell and Markus Schulz. The lyrics about lying might be a bit mature for his age, but these were most likely written by singer Koko Laroo (who we last heard with Felix Cartal on “Young Love”). A strong set of remixes by R3hab, Juventa and DJ Escape/Tony Coluccio set the track to be a banger for each subgenre (electro, progressive, and tribal). If this isn’t enough of an endorsement to check out his record, remember that Cole was handpicked by Kerli to remix her single “The Lucky Ones.”