Following an 18 month sabbatical during which no new music was released, Don Diablo finally managed to convince Jonas to release ‘I Dip You Dip’ towards the end of last year. The record which contains Jonas Aden’s signature sound had been creating a stir throughout summer 2018; following a series of high-profile plays of the record by none other than Martin Garrix, Brooks and Oliver Heldens, murmurs of a Jonas Aden comeback started to emerge online.
It was at Tomorrowland 2018 that Don Diablo first heard the record in Brooks’ set on weekend one. And on discovering it was Jonas’ unreleased record, Don hit Jonas up within minutes, demanding he let him release it on his label, Hexagon. The deal was made and by weekend two Don had played it in his set on the mainstage to the over 80,000 strong crowd and countless fans watching online.
Within the first 24 hours of release, further support came from the likes of Hardwell, Oliver Heldens, Mike Williams, Alan Walker, Blasterjaxx, Afrojack, Mesto, R3hab, Firebeatz, Bingo Players, Jay Hardway, Morgan Page and many more, leading it to swiftly overthrow Fisher’s seemingly unstoppable record ‘Losing It’ and take the #1 spot on 1001tracklist.com’s influential Trending Chart.
The 22-year-old Norwegian went about his 18-month ‘career-break’ quietly perfecting his songwriting and production skills and was invited to spend a week working alongside renowned fellow Norwegian songwriter Andreas ‘Axident’ Schuller. As a result, Jonas has built up a war-chest of records that traverse the House and Dance music spectrum and surpass the quality of any of his previously released music.
‘Strangers Do,’ co-written by Jonas, is his second release following his return. Jonas met Tiësto earlier in the year when invited to his show by a close friend and peer Alan Walker. The trio ended up having dinner and drinks together and Jonas walked away with a direct line to one of his heroes. Having waited patiently until he had the right record to send, Tiësto replied to Jonas almost instantaneously, requesting to sign the record to his label AFTR:HRS.
Along with releasing new music, Jonas has launched a weekly vlog series on his rapidly growing YouTube channel with the main objective of becoming a leading figure in the producer community. Now with other 13k subscribers (and growing fast) and nearly 500k views, Jonas makes a point of being approachable and sharing as much of his knowledge as possible. With every vlog episode, Jonas is giving away samples from his records completely free. Opting not to impose a follow or download gate, this move is exemplary of Jonas’ ‘all about the music’ mindset.
Jonas first rose to notability in the EDM community between 2015-2017 during which time he amassed over 30 million streams and formidable tastemaker support on records he released with respected labels Heldeep and Hexagon and subsequently was the first Norwegian to ever sign with Spinnin’ Records. In 2016, he was pitted as an ‘Artist to Watch’ by influential outlet YourEDM after his remix of Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ went on to be a club and festival smash, clocking over 175k Shazams to date. As a DJ, Jonas has opened for Tiësto and Alan Walker on their tours and has played festivals such as Summerfestival (Belgium), Animal Sound (Spain), W Hotel (Taipei), TSB Club (Kazakhstan) and Flash Festival (Prague).
With so many killer unreleased tracks scheduled for 2019, it is set to be a truly transformative year that will take Jonas to even greater heights than previously reached.