One of South Africa's favourite parties, H20, release their brand new festival to the world. Featuring eight hand-picked international artists across deep house, techno, trance and psytrance, Octopia is geared to be the next best thing to have hit EDM culture. We take a look at the headlining DJs who will be playing at the Wild Waters Complex in Boksburg on the 8th of October 2016.
Paul Van Dyk
Probably one of the most recognisable names in trance music history, Paul Van Dyk defined an entire era of dance music with classics like 'For An Angel' and 'Tell Me Why (The Riddle)'. He has won 32 awards in his career including 1 Grammy Award, 10 International Dance Music Awards, 18 Trance Awards, 2 DJ Mag Awards, 1 Mixmag Award and 1 DJ Award. He is undeniably one of the biggest dance music artists of all time.
Founders of Sino Records, Technasia has been pumping tech-house and techno all over the world since 1996 and was the alias of Charles Siegling and Amil Khan before Amil dropped off in 2010. Frequently playing b2b with Uner, Charles has taken his brand of dancefloor ready belters to some of the best clubs and festivals in the world.
The 2011 Beatport chart-topper "Doin' Ya Thang" was a pivotal release for Berlin-based DJ and producer Oliver $ (Dollar). After staying at #1 on the Beatport sales chart for five weeks, he went on to work with Jesse Rose, Cajmere and Jimi Jules amongst others and has solidified his presence in the industry as one of the most talented producers of our time.
Signed to Spinnin Records, Ferreck blew up in 2014 with a monster hit titled "Love Too Deep" with Redondo. The melodic banger remained in the Beatport deep house chart for an impressive three months and has gained him massive support from the likes of Steve Angello, Tiesto, Pete Tong and Carl Cox. Add remixes for Martin Garrix, Sander Van Doorn and Steve Aoki and it's easy to see that Ferreck is an accomplished producer.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
The Dutch super-duo have taken their electrifying sets all over the world since they left their retail jobs in 2007. Their rework of Tiesto's classic 'Lethal Industry' gained them worldwide recognition, featuring on Pete Tong's Essential Selection not once but twice. Axwell was even quoted saying: “If there were a Dutch version of Swedish House Mafia, it would be Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.” These are two world-class performers who give their all on stage and are definitely ones you can't miss.
One of the most accomplished psytrance DJs, Liquid Soul started his journey into the music industry in 1993 and by 2010 was awarded best Beatport artist and best Beatport track as well as Best Artist at the DJ Awards in the psytrance categories. With four best-selling albums on Iboga Records, he is the epitome of a successful DJ.
Alex's Deep & Sexy podcast explains this artist in a nutshell. His emotive and laid-back approach to house music make him a sure fire winner with anyone wanting to groove the night away. After performing at Afrikaburn, he is back in South Africa to add his splash of amorous house music to please dancers across the board.
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