Welcome to the future of music, art, and culture where young new talent is celebrated with an immersive tour of parties, talks, performances, and collaborations held at W hotels in Europe and the Middle East. From Amsterdam to Doha to London and beyond, Future Rising is not only a music series to check out the best new talent, but also a creative platform to engage and champion future creative leaders across the globe. Along with our partner Mixcloud, we’re throwing seven parties, with seven talks, in seven cities – bringing the best emerging talent right to you, live in person.
Check out the faces and hear the original sounds of Future Rising’s bright talent that will be performing at W locations for the month of November. It’s time to get to know the future, now.
November 3rd, 10pm – 2am
WEST BAY, P.O. BOX 19573
ZONE 61, STREET 831, BUILDING 262
Turn it up in the luxurious mecca of W Doha as we welcome Amsterdam’s Jarreau Vandal and UK’s Hannah Faith. Come hear them in deep discussion about the next phase of music at the W Suite Session, November 3rd at 8pm, and dance all night to all the DJs at a fresh party from 10pm – 2am.
A 23 year old Amsterdam native, Vandal is all about mixing the contemporary with the classics, bringing together the unexpected. Think jazz and old school rap with futuristic beats and Rihanna riffs – it’s a new way to listen.
Hear his sounds here before he comes to Doha and again to Dubai.
A muse in every sense, this London-based DJ is an emerging must-know name across music and fashion scenes alike. From being featured on Solange Knowles’ “Saint Heron” to modeling in iD Magazine to opening for acts such as Willow and Jaden Smith, this 22 year old brings an atmospheric twist to soul forward beats.
Listen up here before you see her live in Doha!
November 4th, 9pm – 1am
SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD
No better way to celebrate the vibrant culture surrounding W Dubai – Al Habtoor City than hearing the hot sounds of the city up close and personal. Jarreau Vandal, PYRMDPLAZA and Finlay Lefox will be spinning starting at 9pm, but catch a panel discussion before, at 5pm, bringing together Dubai’s local tastemakers from The 264 Cru to discuss what’s new and next in the online radio scene.
A DJ and promoter from the UK now living in Dubai, Lefox is known for mixing up UK Bass, garage and house music into a hypnotic blend to keep you moving all night.
As a producer and musician based in the UK, this DJ spins genre-challenging mixes that have gained him world recognition, including multiple world tours and collaborations with artists such as Gravez and KR.
November 5th, 10pm – 2am
SULEYMAN SEBA CAD NO 22
Absorb the infectious energy of Turkey’s glittering capital city with an unforgettable meeting of rising stars at W Istanbul, bringing together Sweden’s Baba Stiltz alongside local emerging talent Kerem Akdag and Ece Özel, co-hosted with Brant Mag. At 8pm, join in on an in-depth conversation between some of Turkey and Istanbul’s leading artists, discussing the local and global scenes that inspire what they do, and stay till 10 for the impressive lineup of DJs.
A young DJ with an eclectic heart, Stiltz has studied ballet, been in folk bands, and produced with some big names like Justin Bieber. Now he’s pushing the electronic music world to new, interesting places with his woozy style that flirts with house and ambient music, and the occasional collaboration with singer Yung Lean.
Hear Stiltz’s unique sounds here before he plays.
This Istanbul-based DJ is bursting with as much culture as her city, having studied painting and fashion she brings an unparalleled sense of style into her mixes. Mashing cosmic/synth disco, slo-mo, disco edits, new wave, house and techno, she’s all about giving a new look at the music scene.
Listen to Ece here!
A drummer and DJ, Akdag knows how to keep a beat. Modifying jazz over a fascinating range of tempos and patterns, he craftily outlines his influences of funk, soul, and hip hop in each high energy mix.
Hear his beats here.
November 9th, 8pm -1am
Get a taste of the underground scene with a discussion and set by renowned DJ Kim Ann Foxman to headline, as well as sets from local stars Mr Mendel, Jeftuz and Jengi Beats playing at the vivacious W Amsterdam.
Kim Ann Foxmann
New York based DJ, Foxmann is constantly traveling the club circuit across the globe to share her unique and addicting beats with the world. The former Hercules Love Affair vocalist combines classics with ambient house sounds, and it’s easy to get lost in the crowd when hearing this killer DJ spin live.
Called “babymaking music” by his fans, pop hits get a sexy twist with Jeftuz’s smooth transitions and hip hop inclinations.
At only 19 this young DJ is rising fast, newly signed to Sony Publishing and highlighted on Soulection for his collaboration with Zensupremacy. Keep an eye out for this sound prodigy!
Hear him here.
This Amsterdam born DJ loves to explore all ends of the musical spectrum. From Brazil to Afro, Soul and Disco, Hip Hop to House, Mr Mendel’s mixes are always passionate and intriguing, providing a night of non-stop grooving.
Hear him now.
November 17th, 10pm – 3am
PLAÇA DE LA ROSA DELS VENTS, 1
FINAL PASSEIG DE JOAN DE BORBÓ
Join the real party at W Barcelona with some hot new talent including Ireland’s Krystal Klear and local heroes Alizzz and Marc Piñol playing at 10pm. Get some culture before at 7pm with TiU Mag as they host an intimate conversation about the valuable role record stores play in an increasingly digital age.
Combining futuristic r&b, indie pop and dance music, Alizzz is taking the music world by storm after releasing 3 EPs in 3 years (the latest, “Sunshine” was released on Jeffree’s, a sister label to Diplo’s Mad Decent). We’re holding tight for the next.
Listen to his BBC1 guest spot here.
Making his debut into the world in 2010 under the anonymous moniker of Krystal Klear, Dublin native Dec Lennon has made a steady rise to become one of the freshest new faces in music that both has the chops to destroy underground dance floors with his deep crate of records and can spin out polished productions in the studio with legends like Nile Rodgers.
Check out his style here.
Music journalist since 1994 and a DJ since 97, Marc Piñol is schooled in the art of working a crowd, playing records at Nitsa Club in Barcelona from 1999 until 2013. He has been elected best DJ of the year several times and spins a range of types of music from trance to disco pop so no one is ever bored.
November 19th, 9pm – 1 am
6 VOZNESENSKY PROSPECT
Get the real low down in Russia’s culture-rich capital with a killer party featuring beats by Phil Gerus, Shanti Celeste, and the reunited Roots United collective at W St. Petersburg.
EL & Hoppa
Roots United is a collective of like-minded musicians, DJs, promoters, visual artists and simply friends, based in St. Petersburg, Russia.
For the last 7 years, they’ve organized more than 60 music events in St. Petersburg and all over the country including noteraries like Marcel Dettmann, Move D, Nina Kraviz, DJ Sotofett, Aux 88, DJ Stingray, Plaid, Moritz von Oswald, MCDE and many others. For the Future Rising launch party Roots United will be represented by the key residents of the community: Hoopa, Shutta, and El, whose sets are available in the recent Boiler Room broadcasting series.
Hear them now!
This young DJ isn’t afraid to take new risks in his mixes, mashing up cassette pop, house, soul, r&b and funk, his sounds are effortless but emotive. He’s worked on labels like Sonar Kolkektiv, ManMakeMusic (George Fitzgerald’s label), Futureboogie and Bastard Jazz and is always pushing ahead.
Producer, DJ, vocalist, labelowner and promoter, Chilean born Shanti is always working. Spinning beats with influences in house, disco, techno and electro, this young DJ has taste way beyond her years.
Hear her mixes here.
November 24th, 9pm – 1:30am
10 WARDOUR STREET
Roll up to W London to see the best new talent behind the tables with acts from Tom Misch, S4U Live, and Future SNDS DJs Chris K Martin & Mercedes Benson.
Singer, songwriter, composer, violinist, guitarist, DJ, producer…the list of talents of this 21 – year- old London born musical prodigy just keeps growing. With a new mixtape in the works the only thing we can expect to get from Tom is the unexpected.
Google UK’s Social Media Manager, fashion maven, blogger, DJ – the list of Mercedes’ talents are long, but everything she does is with a fierce style, especially putting together a mix of rap, pop and trap you can’t help but dance all night to.
Hear her now, right here.
Chris K Martin
When you need to turn on the party, look no further than London DJ Chris K Martin of the Future Sounds collective. Mixing old school rap and hip hop into futuristic beats and new tracks with hypnotic rhythms, he’s got an ear for everything that’s new and next.
Listen to his mix here.