By Kristine Kennedy and Michael Beas
Amsterdam Dance Event 2017
German-American DJ Markus Schulz is truly a trance music icon. Based in Miami, Florida, he is best known for his weekly radio show called Global DJ Broadcast which is broadcast on a variety of stations. He is also the founder of the Coldharbour Recordings. He is currently ranked as one of the top producers in the world and there is literally no stopping his music. Kristine Kennedy and Michael Beas of Raver Magazine had an opportunity to catch up with Markus in Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Dance Event. This is what he shared with us.
How did you get into the music business and why is Global DJ Broadcast so important to you?
When I moved to the USA at a young age I didn’t really speak English very well.
For me, music was my escape. I remember being in my room and just getting lost in the music. Music, in essence, helped me when I didn’t understand the language or the culture here in the USA. Radio has always been something special. I started producing and eventually everything started to grow.
It was one of my dreams to always to have my own radio show and to touch somebody through my music. I wanted to guide them the way that some DJs inspired me back when I was growing up.
Global DJ Broadcast, in my view, does exactly that. It inspires people and it has for over 10 years and while I don’t number my episodes I know we are well over 1000 episodes.
Does it sometimes feel like everyone has a radio show? How does your radio station differ from the rest?
Yes most definitely, it does seem like everybody has a radio show these days.
I feel that these days there is a lack of passion when producers make a podcast or radio episode. There’s no attention to detail and that for me is very important. I love to tell a story through my music. It’s a theater of the mind, as I like to call it. With everything moving so fast I just feel that people slap some tracks together and call it an episode. For me personally I like to touch the heart of the crowd – I take pride in everything I do in life and that reflects in my music.
How did you emerge as Dakota?
The weird thing is that Dakota actually came first. That was the weird thing. I was using the alias back in the day when I did some tracks that were on 10 compilations.
As a producer I had to market myself so I made the switch to my name Markus Schulz. For years and years I grew as a producer and then at some point I was like “I want something deeper and darker with more meaning”. I brought back Dakota and it just kind of blew up from there.
You’re an inspirational person. How have things in the news recently affected you?
To be honest it’s been really hard on me. With all the shit going on in the world, especially what happened in Orlando at Pulse nightclub…that just destroyed me inside.
For about six months I didn’t even produce or even go on social media. I wanted to do something, I wanted to say something, and I wanted to break something. I decided I want to do something therapeutic through music. So I studied Reiki to try and figure out why this stuff is happening. Through the influences of Reiki and my Dakota to make a show that was self-helping – something that was going to get us through these difficult days that we are living
What is important to Markus Schulz?
When you get to a certain point in your career, in your life you want to work on your legacy. What are you going to be remembered for in this life is very important to me. That’s why the Dakota Project is important to me. I want it to be around for ten, twenty years and long after I am gone.
Amsterdam Dance Event 2017: You have your own show coming up, talk to us about it and what are your expectations for the night?
There’s so much competition for ADE week. The good news is that the show is all sold out. At first some of my friends in the industry were telling me I was crazy to only have me performing vs. others to add to the performance list. Even my team was a little hesitant at first but my gut told me this is what I needed to do and it worked out again this year just as it did last year. My fans are truly my inspiration. They are definitely coming out to support me. Expect nothing but a memorable night.