Born in Eschwege, central Germany, Markus emigrated to the United States. Age 13, his dance music awakening came during the grip of the country’s then-nascent breakdance scene. His early production and DJ career roughly tracked that of the second Stateside House explosion and he caught his first production break in 1993 when he remixed Sagat’s ‘Why Is It? (F** Dat)’ for FFrr.
Over the last 10 years Markus Schulz has crafted the individual musical identities of progressive, trance & house into his own unique hybrid sound. The combined influence of his headlining DJ sets; Armada and Coldharbour label releases and highly prominent Global DJ Broadcast radio show have seen him at the forefront of the US EDM revolution. This success has been reflected in weekly sets spun in front tens of thousands, a GDJB listenership up in the millions and critically acclaimed albums, including ‘Do You Dream?’ and most recently ‘Scream’.
Following several highly ranked positions, in 2008 Schulz broke into the # 10 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart. He’s remained there for the last four straight years (polling #9 in 2011) and now stands as the busiest international DJ playing out of the United States.
His career received a significant boost when, in 2004, he signed with the David Lewis Productions DJ agency (also home to Armin van Buuren). Now a regular fixture at the world’s biggest & most celebrated clubs, arenas and festivals, he lays down his inimitable trance-progressive vision on a weekly basis. In Europe, he’s smashed Tomorrowland, Transmission, Nature One, Dance Valley, Electronic Family, Sunrise and; worked tent-pegs loose at Creamfields; gridlocked Global Gatherings and played open-till-close sets at Space, Miami, Avalon, LA and both Amnesia and Privilege in Ibiza. Stateside the colossal EDC, Nocturnal, and Ultra Festivals have all felt Schulz pressure and yet further afield still he’s engineered floor uproar across South East Asia and Australia.
He has been regularly ranked in the FTB, Trance Addict and Trance Podium charts as the genre’s 2nd biggest spinner and won Best American DJ at the 2008 IDMAs.
This year two stadium-sized titans came together for some special shows that saw them play back-to-back. Although both Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten have been decidedly trance until now, they billed themselves as an EDM duo and offered a broader sonic picture as a result.
Going under the New World Punx banner, the pair played their first show at Madison Square Garden, promise many more future dates and have even been collaborating in the studio.
As well as also touring plenty of far-flung territories on his own, Schulz also hooked up with The MMachine — a dance band who have previously released on Skrillex’s label — for a month-long tour of the States. Somehow, also this year the man known as a Unicorn Slayer (because of his harder, darker style of trance) has been putting the finishing touches to his fifth album, ‘Scream II’, due for release soon.