As one of the industry's most cherished, successful and repeatedly praised talents, American Dance royalty Aruna serves up a first for even her illustrious career - curating and mixing the debut compilation for her immensely popular podcast series, 'The Hot List'.
Having repeatedly worked with the likes of Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, ATB and countless others, Aruna's ear for the euphoric is unparalleled.
Her first compilation for 'The Hot List', which as a podcast has seen ever-growing success and consistent iTunes Top 200 chart positioning, is comprised of a hand-picked selection of tracks which demonstrate Aruna's established ear for grooving Trance and Progressive along with her consummate skills at crafting mashups and showcases two brand new original singles in addition to the latest works from the wide range of pivotal artists she's worked with amongst others.
The mix includes entries by legendary producers such as Aly & Fila, Myon & Shane 54, Audien, Ronski Speed, Stoneface & Terminal and Matt Lange alongside Trance's new wave of pioneering producers such as Alex Klingle, Wrechiski & Genix. Comprised of a stacked roster, Aruna has expertly curated a brilliantly-varied compilation that perfectly illustrates her unrivaled ear for the more melodic side of dance music.
With a career as far-reaching, multi-faceted and star-studded as Aruna's has been so far, for her to describe this compilation as 'a highlight in my career' is a bold statement - the barometer has rightly been set high.
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1. Aly & Fila with Aruna - The Other Shore (Aruna vs Steve Kaetzel Remix Edit)
2. Sendr - Toys (Original Mix)
3. Space – RockerZ - Again (Radio Edit)
4. Matt Cerf & Feel feat. Jaren - Leave The Light On (Wrechiski Remix)
5. Cuebrick - Demon (Kago Pengchi Remix)
6. Karanda - Phoenix (Radio Edit)
7. Aruna - The End (Alex Klingle Remix)
8. Aruna - The End (BLASTERZ Remix)
9. Daun Giventi - Oceanside (Original Mix)
10. Aruna - What If (Ost & Meyer Vs. Aruna Original Mix)
11. Nick Karsten - Prank It (Original Mix)
12. Wrechiski - Signus (Original Mix)
13. Myon & Shane 54 feat. Aruna - Helpless (Monster Mix)
14. Mike Koglin Vs. Genix - Helion (Original Mix)
15. Ronski Speed & Sarah Russell - Closer (Original Mix)
16. Ferrin & Morris & Aneym - Miracle Of Life (Dub Mix)
17. Matt Lange & Tania Zygar - Dark Paradise (Original Mix)
18. Velvetine - The Great Divide (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix)
19. High 5 - Horizontal (Original Mix)
20. The Madison - Junky (Original Mix)
21. Aruna - Sunrise (Aerosoul Vs. Aruna Original Mix)
22. PARITY - Clash (Original Mix)
23. Audien - Wayfarer (Original Mix)
24. Myon & Shane 54 With Aruna - Lights (Club Mix)
25. Stoneface & Terminal - Skyfall (Original Mix)
26. Aruna - Reason To Believe Paris (Blohm Remix)
27. Aruna - Reason To Believe (Fractal Remix)
28. Aruna - The Hot List - Volume One (Continuous Mix)
In the male-dominated world of EDM, one artist is determined to be seen as more than 'eye candy' or a voice for hire. ARUNA is not solely the pretty vocalist you hear on your favourite tracks - she's penned a chart-topping single recorded by Miley Cyrus for the multi-platinum selling #1 Billboard Hannah Montana soundtrack, collaborated with some of dance music's biggest names and has added DJing to her arsenal of skills. Along with being a classically trained pianist and formerly sought after studio musician, it's safe to say that Aruna is one of the industry's most exciting and successful leading ladies.
After her 2007 collaboration on British trance legend The Thrillseekers' hit 'Waiting Here For You,' Aruna's unique vocal chops were immediately in high demand. Suddenly, she was recording for a host of internationally recognized producers, including Cosmic Gate, ATB, Myon & Shane 54, Filo & Peri, Ronski Speed and Roger Shah. Her debut solo single, 'Let Go,' was released on renowned UK imprint Anjunabeats' Volume 8 compilation, cracked the iTunes Dance Top 200 singles chart at #150 and was the second most popular download from the album.
But Aruna's true breakout moment would come in May 2012 when her track 'Live Forever' with Dutch superstar Ferry Corsten shot to #2 on the UK Upfront Top 40 Club chart. Dubbed the 'anthem of the summer' by fans around the world, 'Live Forever' became one of the Top 50 most played tracks of 2012 on Sirius XM BPM and stayed at #1 on the Beatport Trance chart for nearly eight consecutive weeks, while the official music video racked up over half a million YouTube views - over 100,000 in the first two days alone.
More recently Aruna released her second solo single 'Save The Day' on Black Hole Recordings, a poignant breakup song which tugs at the heartstrings while still delivering all the power and energy of a peak-time club smash. ''Save The Day' was truly a labour of love,' she says. 'I'm really proud how it turned out and the response was great all the way round.'
Aruna's honest lyrics connecting repeatedly with fans around the world recently earned her the #5 position in Beatsmedia's Top Vocalists poll for 2012, but a major accomplishment for her that year was making history as the first female solo artist to host the guestmix on Trance Around The World with Above & Beyond on Aug 31st. 'I was so honoured to guestmix for TATW,' she says. 'It's been a huge goal of mine ever since I started DJing and the fact that I was the first female solo artist to do one just makes it that much sweeter!'
Within days of the TATW broadcast, her own podcast, The Hot List, rocketed to #14 on the iTunes Top 200 Music Podcasts chart. On the show, she takes listeners on an hour-long journey through her personal favourites in Progressive House and Trance, often showcasing her own mashups and forthcoming releases, with an eye on quality vocal tracks aimed at pleasing a variety of tastes.
'Spinning live on the international circuit has been a huge thrill,' says Aruna. 'I've been touring consistently as a DJ now for over a year, including a recent Insomniac event at Exchange LA with Myon & Shane 54 which broke the club's record for attendance!' Not content to be pigeon-holed into one specific genre however, Aruna has been honing her pop music writing skills - on her own tracks and for other recording artists as well. In late 2012, Velvetine, her side project with Myon & Shane 54, released their second single called 'The Great Divide' in September which shot to #1 on Beatport's Trance and Dubstep charts.
Currently she's putting the finishing touches on two forthcoming singles, both of which will be released on Enhanced Recordings later this year as she continues to perform around the world. The future is golden for this Los Angeles-based quadruple threat, as Aruna continues to break barriers through her unparalleled, multi-faceted approach to singing, writing, producing, and DJing.