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Bingo Players

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Kristan Caryl

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Bingo Players

Style: Dance
Best known for: Rattling some eardrums
Tune of the year: Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat Georgi Kay 'In My Mind (Axwell Mix)'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: Madeon and Zedd
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: We prefer to be rock gods like KISS. They had their own action figures!
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: When it comes to playing out we think you need to consider the crowd and make sure everyone is having a good time.
What does EDM mean to you: Really it is an American coined term that hasn't been around for very long. We just call it dance music, and it's our life!
Should celebrities be DJs: If they are talented, why not? If they are faking it then please, no!
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: No.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: I think one of the most essential elements of DJing is understanding music, reading the crowd and playing the right tracks at the right time.
Where's the next dance music capital: Dance music has truly gone global and so it's hard to say where the next capital will be for the genre. At the moment it seems very universal.

Dutch duo Bingo Players, aka Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten, must have done something right in 2012, because after finishing 116th in last year's poll, they have made the official Top 100 in 2012. This naturally begs the question, why? "Last year we had lots of club hits like 'Rattle' and 'L'Amour'," says Paul, "and they were still big for us this year.

We also toured many great festivals and club gigs around Europe and the US. Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo and Ultra were all really special.

The energy there is so special and so high, everyone is really into the music, and of course the great production helps!" Marrying together any number of styles that could all come under the new EDM banner - from dirty house to main room electro - Bingo Players specialise in arresting shows and anthemic productions, with 'Don't Blame The Party (Mode)' featuring Heather Bright one such hit for the pair this year. So big, in fact, it even placed well in a mainstream Dutch chart. "We always try not to copy ourselves, so every new release is not the same as the previous one," admits Paul. "But people always say they hear the 'Bingo sound' in everything we do. That's pretty cool, but also a bit surprising to us because we think they all sound so different."