Through his effortless audience affinity, flawless mixing, instinctual tune selection and now famous stylistically vast open-till-close sets, he has wowed crowds in every major city on Earth. Feeding off the other’s energy, Schulz’s DJ career has been symbiotically linked with his production one. In the early noughties, having focused on the hinterland between trance & progressive, he began to reach audiences farther and farther afield. Now a regular fixture at the world’s biggest & most famous club, arena and festival stages, weekly, he lays down his inimitable musical vision. In Europe, he’s floored audiences at events like Transmission, Electronic Family, Nature One and Dance Valley. He’s creamed Creamfields; gridlocked Global Gatherings and hosted his own stage at Tomorrowland. Stateside, EDC, Ultra, Nocturnal and numerous others have all similarly felt Schulz pressure. His legendary open-till-close sets, at spots like Space, Miami, LA’s Avalon, Stereo, Montreal, Amnesia, Ibiza and his International Residency at Ministry Of Sound have become rites of passage for fans around the world.
Having polled 4 consecutive years inside DJ Mag’s world’s top 10, Markus has remained a mainstay in its ranks for over a decade unbroken. He was also an IDMA Best American DJ recipient and is a two-time holder of DJ Times’ America’s Best DJ crown (’12 & ‘14).
Born in Eschwege, Germany, in his early teens Markus moved to the US. His dance music dawn came through the country’s then-embryonic breakdance scene, whilst on trips to Boston and New York. Living in Arizona, he became a key player in its underground club, warehouse and radio scene, making his name at the seminal The Works club and through The Edge Factor show. His first production break came in 1993, when he remixed the cult classics ‘Bombscare’ by Two Bad Mice’ and Sagat’s ‘F** Dat’. Released through his own label of the same name, Markus’ freshman production followed in 1994 with the 6-track ‘Plastik Trax EP Vol 1’. Throughout the mid to late Nineties he maintained a steep career trajectory with a range of releases on numerous luminary U.S. labels. In 1998 he recorded ‘You Won’t See Me Cry’, which was inked by the UK’s Eve Records and subsequently became his first non-domestic release.