If it’s music’s prerogative to change with the times,Laidback Luke is the master of evolution. The one time Chocolate Puma protégéturned Dance Music heavyweight has a two-decade track record of doing thingshis own way, keeping versatility at the core of his every move. He’s inspiredthe masses, rewired a worldwide passion for dance music and set a new precedentfor fan interaction along the way. Add a who’s who list of collaborators,remixes, global live credentials and a side line in professional Kung Fu andthere is still no rarer breed of superstar DJ than Laidback Luke. Since mintinghis debut release in 1995, Luke’s authority has only strengthened with thechanging tides of dance music. Boasting collaborators to-date as varied asDiplo, Example, Lil Jon, Hardwell and Swedish House Mafia, his music shows arare balance of both chart and credible club success. The wealth of remixes andpersonal bootlegs under his belt begs no exception, with credits ranging fromDaft Punk, Green Velvet and Depeche Mode to Robin Thicke, Madonna and MariahCarey. Adding house sideline Nouveau Yorican alongside wife and fellow DJ GinaTurner to the equation, his agenda continues to push boundaries and break normsat every given opportunity. Passion project turned career altering labelventure Mixmash Records has played a huge part in Luke’s overhaul of the musicindustry. A place where new music is discovered, nurtured and celebrated, thelabel has invested in the next generation of talent like few other of its time.With no formal musical agenda other than outright quality, the culmination ofMixmash and its Ones To Watch sub-label has unearthed stars, spotlighted nextgeneration players and kept quality and creative energy at the forefront ofthis definitive career highlight. Avicii, Bingo Players, Knife Party, Afrojackand many others all credit Luke for his early support. Beyond his recordingcareer, the live arena is where the magic of Luke’s musical versatility is letloose. Spinning records from across the ages and keeping the ‘skill’ factor atthe forefront of his live sets, this long and prosperous career behind thedecks has seen no short cuts or technological loopholes from the long servingDJ. Through his Super You&Me concept, which to date has scaled the worldwideclubscene and has hosted a multitude of global festivals along the way, Lukeand his army of prestigious peers continue to remind the world that the soundof a superstar does not waiver the right to have fun in the process. Launchinginto the New Year with a brand new residency at Wynn’s Surrender Nightclub andEncore Beach club in Las Vegas, the future has never looked brighter for theprolific Dutchman. The year ahead promises new music, fresh talent and anongoing effort to invest in the future of electronic music at every possibleturn. As enthusiastic as ever and with his activity engrained in the future ofelectronic dance music, Laidback Luke is still on hand to save the day oneeclectic power move at a time.