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.
One sign of a superstar producer/DJ is the ability to take their big room track vibe and make it work with a full vocal song. Following the massive “Tsunami” (with DVBBS) and “Stampede” (with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Dvbbs), Borgeous is stepping up to the plate on his own to show that he is definitely on the way to the big time. The intro to “Invincible” has a similar feel to the last two singles, with a slightly more progressive and subdued feel. The drop at 30 seconds goes right to the vocals of an uncredited singer who sings her heart out over the pretty keyboard notes. Granted, the minute of beatless music might be hard to play for commercially-oriented DJs, but this will be massive in the big rooms with people singing along right into the energetic, stadium house-styled middle part. It’s as if Borgeous realized that “Tsunami” was going to become a massive “Animals” kind of hit and wanted to have a commercial-oriented vocal ready to go. Or maybe he is following the trajectory of other big room DJs who alternate big room club track releases with vocal songs . Either way, “Invisible” will be a great end of night record which will easily find it onto the iPods of clubbers around the world (and maybe even radio stations as well).
It’s hump day (feel free to use the camel voice), so here’s a mindless party record. “#Pantsdown” was born from a DJ chat app where superstar DJs would exchange stories about gigs, with the conversation quickly devolving into their taking pictures of their pants down in front of crowds. Dutch duo Partysquad and DJ Mitchell Niemeyer collaborated to come up with a big room festival tune that combines equal parts of hard electro, “Animal”-ish synth hooks, and tribal beats with the vocal hook “You got me with my pants down, pants down.” It’s catchy and brilliant with its mindless simplicity. So much so that the ever-present hashtag in the title is not even irritating as it was with #Beautiful or #ThatPower. The video features a Sacha Baron Cohen lookalike pulling his pants down in random locations. The video has over 300K views and with a mention by someone like Leno or Letterman (or more likely one of the Jimmies- Kimmel or Fallon), it will no doubt go viral. After seeing the posters plastered around Amsterdam for ADE, it comes to mind that the shirtless Mitchell Niemeyer would have made a better choice for the star of the video.