Between his constant international touring and sets at the biggest dance music festivals and venues in the world, and his collaborative work with the biggest names in the genre including Axwell, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade and Deadmau5, EDX is one of the most in-demand DJs and producers in EDM today.
But the artist also known as Maurizio Colella has managed to make 2017 all about his own music, consistently releasing new tracks since January at a clip of at least one a month. The latest, “Daybreak,” just arrived August 11. “It’s just a very catchy melody, a very happy song for the summer,” he says.
Creating new music is a tale of two audiences for EDX. “As a DJ you have a very interesting situation where you have two audiences—the crossover audience, more radio-friendly, and then the people who are more club oriented and into the music that really works on the dancefloor. You have to surf both, and if you’re really lucky, you can hit both with one song. In my case, I try to stay true to the club and the dancefloor, because I think it’s where electronic music is from.”
Even though he plays for people all over the world, EDX is able to broaden his audience in Las Vegas, where he has performed for years before becoming a Wynn Nightlife resident in 2017. He has already turned up this week with a guest spot with Cheat Codes at Nightswim at Encore Beach Club.
“It’s a hot spot that everyone loves,” he says. “I might meet friends in Brazil or play a show in Seoul and two weeks later I see the same people in Vegas. It’s very similar in that way to Ibiza, how people get together from all over the world.” EDX at XS at Encore, August 28.