Amsterdam Dance Event 2017 provides the perfect platform for Dutch producer & DJ duo SICK INDIVIDUALS to launch their very first in-house software plugin, the ‘FOCUS ONE’, available to download worldwide from 6pm CET October 18th exclusively at www.focusone-plugin.com for €49.95.


Rinze ‘Ray’ Hofstee and Joep ‘Jim’ Smeele have been responsible for a raft of international dancefloor hits. The Axwell-collaboration ‘I AM’, ‘Alive’, ‘Lost & Found’, ‘Made For This’, ‘Into The Light’, ‘Never Fade’ and ‘Wasting Moonlight’ have all proven their ability to move easily between electro, progressive and house genres and commercial electronic-pop.

Official remixes for Madonna, Rita Ora, Moby, Avicii, Rihanna, Tiesto, Guetta and Icona Pop have shown how readily they can dip their toes in more mainstream markets. Without the help of any major production team, creating everything themselves from scratch and relying solely on their music conservatory background, their work has graced labels as diverse as Revealed Recordings, Spinnin’, Warner, Interscope, Def Jam and Capital.

Intent on opening the door for the next generation of up and coming producers, the pair worked closely with Prolody and Moditone for over two years, ultimately developing their ‘FOCUS ONE’ plugin to help cut through the back end of what can be a frustratingly detail-orientated process, to access the highest sound quality possible.





Speaking from their studio in the Netherlands, Ray and Jim spoke about why they felt the need to create the ‘FOCUS ONE’:

“We wanted to deliver a plugin that really delivered what producers need, one that gives better results faster,” Ray said. “It took us two years to get it just the way we wanted it, but you should notice straight away the difference ‘FOCUS ONE’ makes to your composition.”

“The plugin has five key features that can be really beneficial for your mix and with a low cpu” added Jim. “We really think the ‘FOCUS ONE’ is the perfect tool to improve your mix – it’s what we use ourselves so you know it’s going to be absolutely spot on.”

In layman’s terms, a plugin is about “making” sound. Working with audio involves two different avenues of software: instruments (the source), then what you actually do with the sound they create (processing). Your synth is the ‘source’; ‘FOCUS ONE’ is your processor.

Used by SICK INDIVIDUALS  in the studio themselves, the ‘FOCUS ONE’ plugin has five high-level effects that provide everything you need to make your synths sound big, cut through the mix and work together perfectly with your beats. It may look like you’re simply moving a fader, but behind the scenes there’s a ton going on:

  • FOCUS – advanced compression that slams your sound in a unique way. Toughen up your mix.
  • BOOST – a specialized EQ to boost your leads. Enhance your sound and cut through the mix.
  • DRIVE – high resolution distortion to give more crunch and punch. Add harmonics to your sounds.
  • WIDEN – mid-side effect that opens up your stereo image, adding substantial size to your mix. Make everything sound huge.
  • PULSE – a smart tremolo effect, automatically synced to your BPM. Create excitement and energy.
  • EXTREME MODE – switch to extreme mode and push your mix beyond the limits. Make it SICK.


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Ultra Worldwide Completes 2017 World Tour

The closing ceremony of the second annual edition of ULTRA Brasil on Saturday, October 14, marked the culmination of another year of monumental success and international expansion for ULTRA Worldwide ­ a year which saw over 1 million people attend 45 events in 20 countries across 5 continents.

ULTRA Brasil, the newly expanded 3-day festival, saw over 90,000 fans attend Rio De Janeiro’s Sambodromo marking the end of ULTRA’s 2017 impressive Latin America run. Following the massive debut of ULTRA México the week prior, and a huge array of standalone RESISTANCE and Road To ULTRAevents across seven different countries over the course of ten days, this was ULTRA’s most prolific takeover of Latin America thus far.

To cap off the 2017 event calendar, ULTRA Worldwide has compiled an impressive list of annual statistics, affirming its position as the largest independent, international music festival brand in the world.


ULTRA Worldwide 2017 General Stats

Total global attendance: 1,000,000+

Total number of events: 45

Total number of new events in 2017: 23

Country count: 20

Total number of festival event hours: 554

Total staff employed worldwide: 10,000+


ULTRA Worldwide 2017 Media Stats


Livestream hours broadcasted via UMF TV: 143

Livestream hours viewed to date: 3,000,000

Total number of artist appearances: 1,028

Total ULTRA Passport holders: 300,000+

UMF Radio country distribution: 62

UMF Radio estimated weekly listeners: 32,693,400


In 2017 alone, ULTRA produced brand new full-scale festivals in China and Mexico, new Road To ULTRA events in Mumbai and New Delhi, new standalone RESISTANCE shows in Medellín, Córdoba, Rosario and two weekends in Buenos Aires as well as Bali (Ku De Ta and Jenja) and UK (The Social and upcoming at Motion, Bristol), produced a brand new 8-week RESISTANCE Residency at Privilege Ibiza (world’s largest nightclub), and oversaw the inception of Bali Music Week.

With a total of 45 events in 2017 alone (23 of which were debuts) and 3,000,000 hours of livestreaming on UMF TV logged throughout ULTRA Worldwide’s annual broadcast schedule, all eyes are on the festival brand’s massive continued expansion.


UMF Radio, broadcasted in over 62 countries, boasts a dedicated listenership of 32,693,400 estimated weekly listeners, marking a 70% increase from the previous year. Since its launch last autumn, the ULTRA Worldwide Passport program has congregated over 300,000 loyal ‘Ultranauts’, with the program continuing to grow with each new addition to the ULTRA Worldwide event calendar.


ULTRA MUSIC FESITVAL, the twice DJ Mag accredited #1 Festival In the World (2016, 2017), will return to Bayfront Park, downtown Miami for its landmark twentieth anniversary on March 23, 24, 25, 2018. For tickets and more information, head to ultramusicfestival.com


Prior to the flagship festival’s celebration in March, ULTRA will make its return to Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa this coming February along with a fresh Road To ULTRA event in Melbourne, Australia, adding a record-breaking sixth continent to ULTRA’s international itinerary.



All ULTRA Worldwide 2017 Events

February 24 ‹ ULTRA South Africa @ Cape Town Stadium ‹ Cape Town, South Africa

February 25 ‹ ULTRA South Africa @ Expo Centre, Nasrec ‹ Johannesburg, South Africa

March 24-26 ‹ ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Bayfront Park ‹ Downtown Miami, FL

June 10-11 ‹ ULTRA Korea @ Seoul Olympic Stadium ‹ Seoul, Korea

June 10-11 ‹ ULTRA Singapore @ Ultra Park ‹ Singapore, Republic of Singapore

July 13 ‹ Destination ULTRA Opening Party @ Giraffe Palm Beach House ‹ Split, Croatia

July 14-16 ‹ ULTRA Europe @ Poljud Stadium ‹ Split, Croatia

July 18 ‹ ULTRA Beach Hvar @ Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort ‹ Hvar, Croatia

July 19 ‹ RESISTANCE Closing Party @ Fort George ‹ Vis, Croatia

Tuesdays from July 25 – September 12 ­ RESISTANCE Ibiza @ Privilege Ibiza ‹ Ibiza, Spain

September 7 ­ Road To ULTRA India @ Mahalaxmi Racecourse ‹ Mumbai India

September 8 ­ Road To ULTRA India @ India Exposition Mart ‹ New Delhi, India

September 9-10 ­ ULTRA China @ Shanghai Expo Park ‹ Shanghai, China

September 10 ‹ Road to ULTRA Taiwan @ Da Jia Riverside Park ‹ Taipei City, Taiwan

September 13 ‹ Bali Music Week Opening Party @ Mirror ‹ Bali, Indonesia

September 14-15 ‹ ULTRA Beach Bali @ Potato Head Beach Club ‹ Bali, Indonesia

September 14 ‹ RESISTANCE Afterhours @ Jenja ‹ Bali, Indonesia

September 15 ‹ RESISTANCE Afterhours @ Jenja ‹ Bali, Indonesia

September 15 ‹ Road to ULTRA Philippines @ Mall of Asia Arena ‹ Manila, Philippines

September 16 ‹ Road to ULTRA Hong Kong @ Nursery Park ‹ West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

September 16 ‹ RESISTANCE Bali @ Ku De Ta ­ Bali, Indonesia

September 16-18 ‹ ULTRA Japan @ Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park ‹ Tokyo, Japan

September 16-18 ‹ RESISTANCE Tokyo Afterhours @ Womb ‹ Tokyo, Japan

September 29-30 ‹ RESISTANCE Presents ‘The Meadow’ @ The Social Festival ­ UK

October 6-7 ‹ ULTRA México @ Foro Pegaso ‹ Mexico City, Mexico

October 6 ‹ RESISTANCE Asunción @ Casco Antiguo ­ Asunción, Paraguay

October 7 ‹ Road to ULTRA Peru @ Club Cultural ‹ Lima, Peru

October 7 ‹ RESISTANCE Buenos Aires Weekend 1 @ Mandarine Park ‹ Buenos Aires, Argentina

October 12-14 ‹ ULTRA Brasil @ Sambodromo ‹ Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

October 13 ‹ RESISTANCE Rosario @ Metropolitano ­ Rosario, Argentina

October 13 ‹ RESISTANCE Lima @ Green Arena ‹ Lima, Peru

October 14 ‹ Road to ULTRA Chile @ Movistar Arena ‹ Santiago, Chile

October 14 ‹ RESISTANCE Córdoba @ La Fábrica ‹ Córdoba, Argentina

October 14 ‹ RESISTANCE Medellín @ Parque Norte ‹ Medellín, Colombia

October 15 ‹ RESISTANCE Buenos Aires Weekend 2 @ Mandarine Park ‹ Buenos Aires, Argentina

December 2 ‹ RESISTANCE Bristol @ Motion ‹ Bristol, UK