This is Mike Ferrum + a free download.

Mike is one of my music friends from my hometown in Rotterdam.

He has been involved with music for a really long time, especially Trance I can always count on him to be willing to have a fun conversation revolving around music. Recently Mike has reached a beautiful milestone in music, and in honor of that we did a little interview and Mike is providing a free download of his mix to share with all of you.

Please enjoy the conversation we had below. This way you can all get to know him a little better and see how much passion Mike has for music.

I really wanted to add the pictures we took together several years back when we went to Hardwell in the Netherlands. But unfortunately neither myself or Mike can find them anymore.😞

Mike has a radio show where I used to help now and then to share the tracks he was playing on Twitter. Fun memories 😊

Below enjoy our conversation, questions and answers.

Smily: Mike how often is your radioshow again?

Mike: The show is the first and third Saturday each month from 4 PM till 6 PM Dutch time on http://www.lazerfm.com

Smily: Talk some about yourself that I can share for the article.

Mike: It’s always so difficult to just talk about yourself 😅

Smily: Just talk the way we always chat. About your love for music and how you started with everything.

Mike: I’ve always really liked music. Especially house music. For example thee was Dario G and Mauro Picotto and also Gigi D’Agostino but that was pretty commercial/mainstream and played on the radio. Back then you could watch the videos on TMF andere the Box. And whenever there was a party I used to think how fun it would be if you could be the one to decide what music was played. I didn’t really know the whole concept of DJ or mixing back then.

In early 2000 I discovered Tiësto after hearing some hits like lethal industry, flight 643 and suburban train but that was about the extent of my knowledge.

Smily: Do you remember when you started getting actively involved with music and mixing?

Mike: Yesssss for my 15th birthday my parents gave me a DVD that could also play MP3 files. And my Dad made a CD that included a 1 hour set of Tiesto.

After that I started searching for more music and found underground trance that hardly anyone had heard of. I also found the first ever Tiesto concert on mp3 and played that set to death. I can’t count how many time I listened to it. When a DVD was released and I bought it I saw what a DJ could do, I knew then that I wanted to do that too.

So I bought a mixer that had 2 CD Players with a tterrible pitch haha. But it taught me to mix. After a few years I was able to buy the real deal. That’s when I could really practice.

In 2007 I started a small podcast and in 2009 I started at lazerfm.

And now I am 455 shows along and I can easily say I have recorded about 900 hours of music just for the shows. In a positive way.

Smily: Really fantastic what you have reached with your love for music. .Tiësto was especially a big inspiration for you right?

Mike: At that time he seemed to always know how to pick the right tracks and adjusted to the crowd. He would play things that were completely new and different from all the other DJ’s and I really admire that.

Smily: I really love the trance mixes you always send me. Would it be okay if we share a special download link with everyone of your milestone show?

Mike: Yes of course!

Gratis download link:

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/7dfd4230ccde931084ccdcd915abb8d120190406191715/6254478835126cfc2c9a24c2bb52fcf920190406191715/a188ab

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Lovely people our conversation was so nice and natural that I left it the way it was. This conversation was in Dutch and I have translated it in English so many more of you can enjoy this article and download. A conversation between friends that live music.

Enjoy the music and download and say thank you to.@mikeferrum

Much love see you all soon ❤😘💗🌈 Smily

Dit is Mike Ferrum + gratis download

Mike is een van mijn muziek vrienden van “thuis” in Rotterdam.

Hij is al heel lang bezig met allerlei soorten muziek en vooral Trance. Ik kan altijd op hem rekenen om even gezellig over muziek te praten. Hij heeft een prachtig mijlpaal bereikt kwa muziek en heeft ter ere daarvan een gratis download aangeboden van zijn mix ter ere daarvan om met jullie allemaal te delen.

Hieronder ook een beetje van zijn verhaal van een van onze gesprekken. Zodat jullie hem wat beter kunnen leren kennen en hoeveel passie hij heeft voor muziek.

Ik had graag de foto’s erbij gedaan die we een aantal jaar geleden samen hadden gemaakt toen we naar Hardwell waren gegaan in Nederland maar ik kan ze niet vinden jammer genoeg 😞

Mike heeft een radioprogramma waar ik een poosje geleden soms mee had geholpen toen hij op Twitter de tracks deelde. Dat is een leuke herrinering.

Hieronder wat vragen/antwoorden van ins gesprek.

Smily: Mike hoe vaak is het programma ookal weer?

Mike: De show is de eerste en derde zaterdag van de maand om 4 uur tot 6 uur europese tijd op http://www.lazerfm.com

Smily: Vertel wat over jezelf dat ik kan delen voor het artikel.

Mike: Dat is altijd zo moeilijk om over jezelf te vertellen 😅

Smily: Vertel gewoon lekker zoals we altijd kletsen, over je liefde voor muziek en hoe je met alles begonnen bent.

Mike: Muziek vond ik altijd wel leuk en vooral de house-kant vond ik altijd wel erg leuk. Dan had je bijvoorbeeld Dario G en Mauro Picotto en ook Gigi D’Agostino maar dat was vooral heel commercieel en werd ook veel op de radio gedraaid. En de clips zag je dan bijvoorbeeld op tmf en the box toendertijd nog. En als er dan een feestje was leek het mij sowieso wel leuk om te bepalen wat er gedraaid werd en dan was dat alleen top 40 muziek dus het hele idee van een dj en mixen kon ik helemaal nog niet.

In begin 2000 kon ik tiesto al maar dan ook vooral van zijn hits zoals lethal industry en flight 643 en suburban train maar voor de rest had ik geen idee.

Smily: Weet je nog wanneer je meer met muziek bezig was en begon te mixen?

Mike: Jaaa ik kreeg voor mijn 15e verjaardag een dvd speler van m’n ouders. En dat kon ook mp3 afspelen en m’n vader had een CD voor me gemaakt waar dus ook een set op stond van tiesto van een uur.

Toen ben ik meer gaan zoeken en luisteren en maakte ik dus kennis met de underground trance die totaal niet commercieel was. En toen de eerste tiesto in concert geweest was vond ik ook daar een mp3 van en heb ik die ontelbare keren geluisterd. Toen de dvd uit kwam heb ik die ook gekocht en zo zag ik wat een dj daadwerkelijk deed. En wilde ik dat ook gaan doen.

Maar goed ik kocht een meng paneeltje waar 2 CD spelers aan vast zaten met een hele slechte pitch haha.

Maar ik leerde er wel door mixen.En een paar jaar later kocht ik het echte spul en ben ik door blijven oefenen.

Toen begon ik een kleine podcast in augustus 2007, en in 2009 kwam ik bij lazerfm

Inmiddels ben ik nu 455 shows verder dus ik kan daarin al makkelijk zeggen dat ik rond de 900 uur aan muziek heb opgenomen alleen voor de shows. Op een positieve manier.

Smily: Echt fantastisch wat je hebt bereikt met de liefde voor muziek. Tiësto was vooral een grote inspiratie voor je hè?

Mike: Hij wist altijd de tracks te kiezen die paste bij het publiek. Iets nieuws of compleet anders. Niemand van de grote dj’s draaide ze.

Smily: Ik vind je trance mixen altijd zo mooi die je me stuurt. Vind je het goed als we de speciale download link delen met iedereen van je speciale mijlpaal uitzending?

Mike: Ja natuurlijk

Gratis download link:

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/7dfd4230ccde931084ccdcd915abb8d120190406191715/6254478835126cfc2c9a24c2bb52fcf920190406191715/a188ab

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Lieve mensen ons gesprek was zo mooi dat ik het zo heb gelaten. Ik ga het allemaal vertalen en ook een Engelse versie publiceren maar dit was zo iets puurs een gesprek over muziek tussen goede vrienden dat ik er niets aan wou veranderen.

Geniet van de muziek van de download.

Veel liefs en tot snel ❤😘💗🌈 Smily

Smily’s featured Track

Hello all you beautiful souls💟

It’s time again for the next featured track! I have had the chance to get to enjoy the unique lovely music by Artistes known as Us.

What a lovely bunch of humans they are. Damian has been great about staying in touch and letting me know what they are doing, goals, dreams etc.

Let’s give them a chance below to introduce themselves and talk about their track .

A bit about the artist by the artist

The founder of the Band Damo Funk (Damian) decided in 2013 to pursue a long held ambition to create music and publish it.

The name of the Band came about as a homage to Prince. The Artist Known as Us is a collective of like minded individuals producing music they like, predominantly House & Techy Trance Beats.

We embrace influences from all walks of Music including Funk & Disco. We create, play and enjoy music both in the Studio and Live. Live music has been our current emphasis to get our music out there as well as online.

Our Ethos, Love, Peace and Unity through Music…

A bit about the track by the artist

Funked up Trance thing came about after putting our third Album together, The Sunset remixes Dreamscape Volume III E.P.

This was one of the tracks rummaging around Damo’s Brain for some time. It was influenced by the love for 1990’s Trance.  He used a groove he came up with and a beat he created himself.

It was included on the latest Album Casa Disco in September 2017. On reflection its one of our strongest dancefloor contenders!

We love it and hope clubbers, Dj’s and lovers of dance music who stumble across it love  it as much as we do.

A bit about the Track by Smily

The title pretty much says it all. This is a Trancy track with a lot of funky to it. I find myself jamming out in my car on my way to work happily whenever it comes on my playlist. I feel this is one of those tracks that many people will enjoy with a wide range of taste in music. So please give it a listen 😊💙

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Remember to listen, share and let the artist know you like their music to show your support.

Anddon’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter @ArtistesKnownAs

Credit for pictures go to Samantha Claire Photography

Much love and till next time

Good Vibes ❤🌈 Smily

Here’s the links!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/funked-up-trance-thing-cool-remix/1277772751?i=1277773918

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1GETD3ny4aSULLLo4dv58r?si=Mu6lew3XR1CLkP65lqJ5Fg

Smilys featured track

Hello my dears 💕🌞

It’s time again for one of my featured tracks. This track is by DJ CO$MO aka Jacob, who I’ve had the pleasure to talk to via Twitter for a while now. I like Jacob’s positive attitude and how he wants to help others. Let’s let him have a word, here’ssomething about the artist by the artist.

A bit about the Artist 

Hi, my name is Jacob Lloyd Saulnier, AKA DJ CO$MO. I am 20 years old and was born and raised somewhere in Canada and I have a disability. You probably want to know how I got my DJ name, right? Well, 4 or so years ago I’ve started to produce music (EDM) and I didn’t have a name for myself, so I searched the great wonders of the internet and found nothing that’s being used. So I finally figured out it’s going to be DJ CO$MO (yeah I know I might have to pay someone someday) but in the meantime I’m gonna stick with it. I love all kinds of Music Genres,  EDM, Trance and PSY-Trance. I’m starting to produce Trance, like you see here. My favorite accomplishment so far is that I’ve been on the radio in the UK with my track “Skin Deep” Ft. Lorraine Gray. Friends on social media helped guide me along the way. I always think to myself “It’s not just me that I make music for, it’s for the whole world” remember that.

A bit about the track by the artist

The reason why I made this track, is because I always feel chills going through my skin when I listen to Uplifting Trance. Some tracks take longer than others, this one took almost 2 and a half months of production. A friend of mine who is a great producer assisted me with mastering.

About the track by Smily

I like that this a track that focusses on the music. It’s not a generic cookie cutter track. (Thank you for that) In my opinion it’s a nice uplifting Trance vibe, good beats and a sweet melody.

Letssupport Jacob by sharing this article, listening to his track, and reposting and sharing it if you like it 😎🎶 and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts.

Much love always,

Smily ❤

Review – Markus Schulz – Houston TX

Hello all you beautiful souls!  Not very long ago it was my birthday and someone very near and dear to my heart surprised me with a ticket to go see my favorite trance artist, Markus Schulz.  I was extremely excited, and thankful for this present, it had been a while since I’d attended an event and I NEEDED to dance to some good music. Thank you so much for this perfect present ❤

I have seen Markus several times before and he never disappoints, so I knew it would be a magnificent show.  I was curious about the venue, and as I like supporting local and up and coming artists I was also excited to find out who would be in the opening show so that if I enjoyed their music I could support them.

Ready to dance the night away I put on a cute outfit, comfy shoes, sparkly make up and light up bunny ears to help me go down the rabbit hole 😉 of course! First of all the drive was easy which is a relief for someone as directionally challenged as I am even with a GPS I manage to get lost at times hee hee. 😀 The venue the show would be in was Stereo Live, and as I pulled up I was happy to find there was parking at the venue for $10 right in front of the building.  For safe parking I feel this is a very reasonable price.

As it was my first time at this venue I was not familiar with where to enter etc.  The ticket stated that the show started at 9pm, and I got there at 9:30 pm and there was nearly no one there yet. I asked the gentleman at the entry that check your ID and ticket why it was so quiet, and they stated that the time on the ticket was merely when doors opened up and the show would not be till much later.  I certainly did not mind as it would mean I would have a great spot at the front hurrayy!!

Stereo Live had a warm feeling, the building was clean, so were the toilets which is always nice.  I got a drink from the bar, went to the restroom and walked around a bit.  After a bit the music started and two opening acts played.  The first DJ played nice warm up music a deep/tech house feel and vibe. And the second DJ played some amazing trance tracks including some that had just been released that week, I was very impressed. I went to look to find who the opening acts were, it was not posted anywhere at the venue nor did the artist introduce themselves. I was unable to get this information which to me was unusual, I have never been to an event where it was impossible to find out who the opening act was. I later went on the Stereo Live Website, AND tweeted at them and never got a response.  So though I’d really like to support these artists, because they did a good job, I am unable to do so.

The opening acts were great, but I was ready to see Markus and finally at about midnight the show I came for started.  And what a show!  The combination of great sound and the lights and beautiful images on stage made for a truly magical experience.  A slow opening with galaxies floating by built up the anticipation and when Markus got on stage he made a great entrance, saying Trancefamily are you ready? As he dropped the beat.

His charisma was as vibrant as always, when someone loves what they do it just beams from their face and body language doesn’t it?!  It’s a gorgeous thing to see and it makes the whole experience all the more lovely.  He played a great variety of his own tracks new and classics, with and without lyrics.  The perfect balance in my eyes (or should I say ears 😉 ), and he also included some great remixes of tracks most serious trance lovers will get excited about. He pays attention to his fans, reads the energy of the crowd and plays off of it.  He smiled and waved at me happily which put a smile on my face. He also had several of his vocal artists there and they all sang live with the songs, there was no lip-syncing (being in the front I could hear it clearly) and they belted out their songs without any trouble at all.

My very favorite moment of the night was when I heard the opening sound of the track Free Tibet and realized he was going to be playing that.  I whipped out my phone and recorded part of that to share, not all of it because my dear people I also wanted to sing, dance and get lost in the moment.  And I sure did, during that track I was dancing while tears streamed down my face, I could feel the music deep within my soul and at that moment I felt so extremely happy, that moment all your worries are gone and you just appreciate the beautiful things in life. Isn’t that one of the magical things about music like this? I have uploaded a few video’s to You Tube so you can experience a little bit of the show.  I highly recommend you go see Markus Schulz next time he is performing near you.  I’m willing to travel hours to go see him, but that may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

After Markus finished and said his goodbyes, I went to drink water and use the toilet and then sat down a bit, at that time I realized that the two guys that opened did a session together to close the night out, that was the first time I’ve seen that happen at a venue but it was fun.  The last track they played especially – Dominator I was really happy with and I recorded it and posted it for you all to see.

All in all it was a lovely experience and I’d go again in a heartbeat. The only thing I’d like to see in the future is please let us know who the supporting artists are so we can support them as well.

Later that night or really the next morning when I got home I had received a message from my girl Chez from Australia, (follow her on Twitter @astateofchez ) that she spotted me on Markus Schulz snapchat, she screenshotted it and sent it to me so I included that in today’s pictures, that’s me the blonde in the front middle with the light in her face ha ha.

I had hoped to make some friends at the event, I talked to many people, but did not meet anyone I had that click with yet, so maybe next time!  It was all Good Vibes and a happy experience.  Please enjoy the pictures below.  Oh and if you’d like to see my video’s you can do so here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxbgLq_UnJSDlM1pfa97olw

Have a lovely week everyone ❤ keep smiling ❤ Love, Smily