In the middle of a global explosion of Electronic Dance Music, a genre that thrives in the most exclusive nightclubs of the world’s cosmopolitan cities, a prodigious producer has emerged from the unlikeliest of places. The small seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut, has been the home of Audien (AKA Nate Rathbun) for his entire life, and it’s in a small apartment in Mystic where Audien began creating music in 2008. Using a very basic set up, and a secret cocktail of plug-ins, Audien worked diligently to hone his craft. By age 17, while his friends were either preparing college applications or teeing up jobs, Audien began to test the waters by sending his unsolicited music out to producers, labels & bloggers. Though confident in his sound, Audien carefully managed his expectations, suspecting it was unlikely that he’d hear back from a random demo submission. An enthusiastic response came, however, from Flashover Recordings, the trance label owned by beloved Dutch Producer/DJ Ferry Corsten. Audien’s single “Rise & Shine” was released, and soon thereafter he was off to the races.
Over the next two years a slew of renowned labels came calling, gravitating to Audien’s stunning melodies & innovative sonic landscapes. Audien worked meticulously, but prolifically, churning out anthems & remixes for labels including Armada, Spinnin, and Anjunabeats, with tracks routinely charting on Beatport. Audien’s tracks also began to appear on compilations assembled by some of the genre’s giants, including Tiesto’s Club Life, Above & Beyond’s Trance Around The World, and Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance. A particularly exciting opportunity presented itself in May of 2011, when Audien had the opportunity to open for Van Buuren at New York’s Roseland. In just 3 years, Audien had gone from idolizing Van Buuren to sharing a stage with him.
As Audien has continued to release tracks into 2012, his music has evolved to include elements of Progressive House. The monster 2012 release These Are The Days was lauded by influential blog Dancing Astronaut as a “catchy summer anthem,” while The Top Sound noted “the combination of flawless evolution, beautiful piano chords, & trance-y plucks makes this an absolutely brilliant track.” Never straying far from his roots, Audien released his highly acclaimed song Eventide on Anjunabeats in August of 2012. Audien’s relationship with Above & Beyond continued to blossom through the fall; in November, A&B premiered Audien’s track Wayfarer as the first ever song played on their new radio show, Above & Beyond Group Therapy.
Elsewhere in November 2012, Audien released the incendiaryprogressive house track SUP, via Trice Recordings. SUP was featured by Dutch icon Hardwell on episode 87 of Hardwell On Air. Commenting on the track, Elektro magazine declared, “… this production takes its listeners on a roller coaster ride of uplifting synth progressions, chaotic builds, and hard, bouncing drops that holds the ability to move crowds wherever this banger is played.” Shortly after the track’s release, Audien joined Hardwell on tour for dates in New York & Boston.
With his ability to create fresh tracks in auto-pilot, Audien has turned his attention to performing live, a craft he takes just as seriously as his production. Audien recently performed at some of the hottest clubs in the US including L.A.’s Exchange & Lure, San Francisco’s Ruby Skye & Harlot, New York’s Pacha, XS in Las Vegas, and Miami’s LIV. With more big shows forthcoming, Audien is ready to continue his rapid rise out of Mystic, and around the world.
East-coast phenomenon Kip Chapman is beginning to shake things up. Based in Albany, New York – his unique & diverse musical palette has led to incredible success beyond even his own wild imagination. Combining elements of dance-music from tech-house to electro, his seemingly endless well-of-creativity hasn’t once come close to running dry – in fact it’s overflowing!
Carefully choosing sounds, tones & textures and putting it all together with the precision required to be the best-of-the-best, Kip Chapman has seen the benefits of his hard work pay off in a career already stocked-full of incredible adventures & musical-achievements. After he placed in the top 30 out of more than 800 DJ’s from around the globe in an attempt to with a spot on the world-famous Groove Cruise, he came out of the experience more ready than ever before to continue making the music he loved and earn top-spot respect in this music-industry in the eyes of his peers.
That astounding level of commitment, dedication and passion continued to drive Kip’s career forward at full-speed & full-volume. In the past couple years alone, he’s gone from the minors to the majors and played with some of the absolute giants of EDM such as: The Chainsmokers, Avicii, Dillon Francis, Maceo Plex, A-Trak, Josh Wink, GTA, Richie Hawtin, Laidback Luke, Kill The Noise, Steve Aoki, NERVO, Quintino, Ned + Sultan Shepard, Fedde Le Grand, Chocolate Puma, Will Sparks, Markus Schulz, Chuckie, Bart B More, Botnek, DVBBS, Chus+Ceballos, Adrian Lux, Borgeous, Mimosa, Joel Fletcher, Timmy Trumpet, Keys N' Krates, Adventure Club, Two Fresh, AutoErotique, DallasK, Tommie Sunshine, Boris, The Disco Fries, Danny Avila, Borgore, 3LAU, Mt. Eden, Viceroy, Zeds Dead, KOAN Sound, Madeon, Datsik, Angger Dimas, Dirty South, DJ Dan, and many more.
The adventures of Kip Chapman haven’t slowed down from moment-one of his rise, but he maintains a humble attitude and has completely enjoyed every minute of the ride. He’s seen his music take him to the infamous Cameo Nightclub in Miami for the ‘Clash Of The DJ’s’ competition, Beach Bar in Tampa, Webster Hall, Monarch Roof, and Sky Lounge in NYC, played all 3 days at the massive Camp Bisco music festival in New York and even been involved with the Life In Color Tour – widely known as the World’s Largest Paint Party.
2014 saw the return of Kip Chapman at the Groove Cruise “Who’s Spinning On Deck” contest in a fresh attempt to win the spot on this around-the-world floating musical melee; and this time, with a ton of additional music-experience gained since they last had seen him, the results increased as dramatically as the beats themselves with Kip Chapman & Nick Papa Giorgio taking the 3rd place spot handily over hundreds of incredible DJ’s. With his incredibly high-energy performances and addictive-grooves, the only way for Kip Chapman to go is straight up; stay-tuned because much adventure & musical-mayhem are planned for the future.
2015 was a big year for Kip. After winning Mysteryland USA's Artist Invitational he had the opportunity to perform at the official kick off party sponsored by Beatport. Sharing the stage with Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Josh Wink, A-Trak, and GTA, Kip knew this is where he belonged.
Hailing from Rostov, Russia, Arson Acts brings a definite European influence to his Electronic Dance Music shows. Able to mix anything from hardcore drum ‘n’ bass to the softest trance, this DJ’s versatility can pump up any crowd. Not only can he excite the Syracuse club scene with house, trap, trance and deep house, but he also has the skill and energy to open for big names like Hardwell and J. Rabbit. Fans of any genre of electronic dance music should check out his biweekly Blackroom Sessions; every other week is a new mix, often showcasingother local talent.