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Born in Germany but later based out of Miami, Markus Schulz is a club DJ who also hosts the influential radio show Global DJ Broadcast. Schulzs career began in the early 90s when he remixed artists such as Madonna, 2 Unlimited, Backstreet Boys, and RuPaul. In 2005 he made his album debut with Without You Near, a set of productions released on Armada. In 2009, the label would release Thoughts Become Things, an album credited to Schulzs alias Dakota. A second Dakota effort, Thoughts Become Things II, would follow in 2011.
Markus Schulz (/ˈɑrʊ ˈʃʊ/; German: [ˈmaɐ̯kʰʊs ˈʃʊlt͡s]) is a German trance music DJ and producer who resides in Miami, Florida, United States. He is best known for his weekly radio show titled Global DJ Broadcast that airs on Digitally Imported radio, After Hours FM and other online stations. He is also the founder of thelabel Coldharbour Recordings. and Schulz Music Group (SMG), an artist management company which manages rising stars in the industry such as KhoMha, Mr. Pit, Grube & Hovsepian and Adina Butar. After several spontaneous back to back performances in early 2013, Markus Shulz and Ferry Corsten announced they will be producing and touring together as the new EDM group New World Punx. Their debut arena show will be held at the Madison Square Garden, with global tour dates to be announced in the future.
Schulz has released six mix compilations and three artist albums under his own name. He has also released productions and albums, Thoughts Become Things and Thoughts Become Things II, under the alias Dakota. Through his work with remixing tracks, he has had the opportunity to work with such artists as: Depeche Mode, Madonna, Everything but the Girl, Jewel, OceanLab, Gabriel & Dresden, Télépopmusik, Fat Boy Slim, Miro, Book of Love, Blue Amazon, and PQM. His remixes of "Intuition" and "Stand" by Jewel both hit #1 on the Billboard club chart.
When not in the studio working on new mixes, Schulz maintains an extensive international touring schedule. He originally held a seven-year residency at The Works in Phoenix, Arizona, where he developed his style. Since then, he has performed at clubs all over the world and has DJ'ed at some of the largest festivals and events, including: Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, Monster Massive, Together As One, Ultra Music Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event, Nature One, Dance Valley, Love Parade, Global Gathering, Creamfields, ETD Pop, Trance Energy 2010, Bang Music Festival, Future Music Festival, Bal en Blanc, at the Episodes 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, and 600 of A State of Trance and at Summafieldayze on the Gold Coast in Australia.
On October 28, 2010, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, placing Schulz at #8 DJ in the world. As of the 2012 poll, he is #13 in the ranking.
In September 2012, Schulz was crowned America's Number 1 DJ by DJ Times.