Jochen Miller (NL)
As highly as Jochen Miller is regarded for his unrelenting ability to stay on the pulse of electronic music, the Dutch DJ and producer adopted a particular style early on in his career. In evolving with and integrating his own translation of “dance music,” Miller has channeled a sound that dabbles in the tech, trance, and progressive soundscapes since his humble beginnings under the alias, “DJ Jochen.” What lay the foundation as a hobby in his teens quickly snowballed into a fruitful career that has landed Miller time slots at grandiose festivals such as Ultra, Tomorrowland, and Electric Daisy Carnival, to name a few. Jochen’s passion for dance music is deeply rooted in his father, who owned a discotheque that exposed him to the genre at a young age. The budding producer made his mark at the age of 16 when he became the club’s “resident DJ,” with a subsequent residency at club Club Matrixx to follow two years later. Though, it wasn’t until 1999 that Miller’s innate talents truly began to raise eyebrows. Coming out on top at the Dutch mixing contest at Dance Valley Championships, Jochen exhibited an extraordinary technique consisting of scratching, looping, and mixing across three turntables that paved the path for a radiant future. Having since earned international acclaim and changed his alias from DJ Jochen to a more sophisticated Jochen Miller in 2003, the luminary has been endorsed by some of the industry’s biggest players including Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta and Hardwell. The 16-year-old passion of DJ Jochen is undoubtedly a vital element that composes the present-day Jochen Miller, though it is evident that regardless of alias, he has blossomed into a more cultured and innovative performer through and through. At a time where EDM has become more widespread and versatile than ever before, it comes as no surprise that Jochen continues to deliver an impressive array of remixes and original productions. 2014 alone saw the release of “Cubic,” “Bad Rule,” “Let Love Go,” and “We Back,” priming Miller as a seasoned producer capable of transitioning between signature electronic sounds and the more malleable electro approach. Now on the brink of releasing his long-awaited debut studio album via the Armada banner, the Dutch zeitgeist will soon demonstrate to both friends and foes that he is indeed a tastemaker in his own right.
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