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Dotan Harpenau, better known by his stage name “Dotan,” is a Dutch singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.  Dotan’s musical career began in 2011 when he sent an email containing some of his own compositions to record producer Sacha Skarbek and Martin Terefe (of James Morrison, Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz and Adele fame) which lead to him being invited to their studio.  Dutch top DJ Giel Beelen later nominated Dotan as the most promising new talent of 2011 and singles from Dotan’s debut album “Dream Parade,” recieved heavy airplay on Dutch radio stations.

Dotan has opened shows for, amongst others, Gavin DeGraw and Sinead O’Conner and together with his band, embarked on a major tour of all of the major clubs in the Netherlands.  On January 21, 2014, Dotan released his debut album, “7 Layers,” in Paradiso, Amsterdam.  The album was produced by Dotan himself and quickly reached No. 2 on the Dutch Top 100 Charts according to the Dutch news website Nu.nl.

The first single, “Fall,” was released on January 17, 2014.  The second single titled “Home” was released shortly after and was nominated as a SuperCrazyTurboTopHit, a 3FM Megahit, and a Alarmschijf on Dutch Radio.  “Home” spent the next two weeks at No. 1 on the Dutch Itunes Top 100.  It also entered the Dutch MegaTop50 at No. 1 and peaked at that chart for 4 weeks.  It also became No. 1 in “Vlaanderen” (Flanders) in Belgium on August 22, 2014.  “7 Layers” reached Gold status on August 25, 2014.

Dotan’s sound has a very calm, bare bones sound to it.  There is a constant contrast between silence and loud, erupting sound, acoustic guitar and dynamic rhythms and choruses.  All of these things are kept in check thanks to Dotan’s voice which that can range between quite and calm to loud and dramatic.  He is a very new artist whose skill for crafting songs has made him an international success both over seas and here in America.  Listen to some of Dotan’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, be sure to pick up, “7 Layers,” as soon as you can.


Sources: Video: YouTube – Info: Wikipedia, Dotan Official Page – Picture: Google Images

Martin Garrix


Here is one of the youngest up-and-coming DJs out there right now.

Martijn Garritsen, best known by his stage name “Martin Garrix,” is a Dutch DJ signed to Spinnin’ Records.  He is best known for his hit single “Animals,” which was a Top 10 hit in more than 10 countries and has peaked at number 1 in Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Garritsen, who is currently only 17 years old, started off with his release of the song “BFAM” in 2012, which was a co-release with felow DJ Julian Jordan.  In 2012, he won the Nightlife Award during the SLAM! FM DJ Talent of the Year Award.

In 2013, he co-released “Torrent,” with Sidney Samson on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Label.  Garritsen also gained considerable fame with his solo release “Animals” which was released on June 16, 2013.  The song was a huge hit on charts all throughout Europe, and Garritsen soon became the youngest person ever to reach the number 1 spot on Beatport, the very popular online electronic music store.  Garritsen also appeared on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ list in 2013 as a new entry at number 40.

Garrix has a bright future ahead of him if he can continue to release tracks as catchy and danceable as “Animals” and his new co-released song “Wizard” with fellow DJ, Jay Hardway; he’ll be a DJ to keep an eye out for.  All of his songs tend to have a catchy, almost percussion-like section to them that helps keep the song stuck in the listeners head and makes the song all the more fun to dance to.  At 17, Garrix has already seen a huge amount of acclaim and success and hopefully he can continue to produce songs of his previous tracks caliber.

Below are some of his biggest hits so far.  Keep an eye out for Garrix.  I think he’ll be as big as Tiesto someday.