Amsterdam 07 follows in the footsteps of Miami 05 and Ibiza 06, and Markus Schulz couldn’t be happier about its origins – Amsterdam is his spiritual home thanks to the overwhelming passion of the people resident there. “I always choose cities that are dear tome for my annual mix compilation” says Markus. “I just love Amsterdam, I feel a real connection there – my friends there are likemy family. The people of Holland were one of the first to embrace and accept me and my sound, so it was the natural choice to dothe07 mix there.” Markus’ brand of dark, melodic trance is in demand the world over; his weekly Global DJ Broadcast radio showis now syndicated to over 30 stations worldwide, his shows have taken in everywhere from Australia to Russia, China to Trinidad,and many other destinations along the way, and 2008 is set to bring more dates in Australia, as well as Asia and South America.
Amsterdam 07 isa must-have album for dance fans everywhere, and comprises Markus’ top tracks from 2007 and hot tips for 2008. “I really enjoy putting the compilation CDs together,” says Markus, “they’re always a total labour of love and are in my mind all thetime. All yearI’ll hold back tracks that are just gems for the mix; I’ll play them out here and there over the summer but I’ll save them for theCD. Amsterdam 07 opens a little differently – CD1 starts quite slow by trance standards: 124 bpm, so it sets themood, similar towhen I’m playing extended sets. The atmosphere builds up so that when you get to CD2 it’s full on, middle-of-a-set tempotrance.”
Markus, who also runs his own Coldharbour label, is often in Amsterdam for club dates and regularly plays for Armada Music’s events and festivals. “I really feel part of this city, it’s so special for me” he says. “This CD is a thank youto everyone there who has supported me over the years, and I hope it becomes a special selection of tunes to everyone who hears it.”