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“Big room, trance, bass house, pop music.”
Best known for:
“‘Party’, ‘Two Of Us’, ‘Guangzhou’.”
Tune of the year:
“David Guetta ‘Titanium feat. Sia (David Guetta & MORTEN Future Rave Extended Mix)’.”

From: China

Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “MORTEN.”

Already one of China’s biggest DJs, the prolific ARYUE continued his ascent in 2021 with a plethora of new singles. While ‘Fight For Me’ with Sammy Boyle, released on Revealed, was a jacked-up electro-house floor-filler, and ‘Lambo’ with Moji had a similar hydraulic pump, on Highup collabo ‘Party’, he pivoted to pure pop. Featuring raps from Snoop Dogg over a synth-heavy reggaeton beat, it had a far more commercial sound and indicated that ARYUE has his sights set beyond the club.

In addition to a month-long tour of China in August, ARYUE also focused on his Dragon Records label, with the epic, 17-track ‘First Big Room Compilation’ featuring up-and-coming acts like Leo Lau, Sober Chow and Julius Beat.

“This year I released a lot of music, on Sony, Warner and Revealed, and with some excellent artists, such as Snoop Dogg, Mike Emilio and Ang,” ARYUE says. “There are still some collaborations that can’t be mentioned for the time being.” Expect plenty more singles and Dragon Records releases before the end of the year.

How was your first gig back after lockdown? 

“I haven’t had a party for too long, and I feel very excited at raves — the scene is very passionate and crazy.”

How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance? 

“First of all, I am very grateful to DJ Mag. After being voted as one of the Top 100 DJs, I have continued to improve my abilities and work hard to bring more good music to the fans. I am passionate about fitness in life, and maintain better physical strength for passionate performances.”

What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change? 

“Online ‘virtual live’ broadcasting can not only promote music for artists during the epidemic but also allow fans to experience the artist’s live show at home, up close.”

What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year? 

“Elektron Digitone, Genelec monitor speakers, Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 player, and a DJM-V10 mixer.”

What’s the best album you’ve heard this year? 

“Ben Böhmer ‘Begin Again’, on Anjunadeep.”