Dada Life is an electronic music production duo from Stockholm, Sweden. The group’s members, Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom, were solo artists before forming the group. The pair is known for their fun-loving, slightly goofy and entertaining demeanor.
Stefan released a studio album titled Just One Day in 2001 under the alias Phasio. Olle released his project Songs for Good Life under his Dibaba moniker. They officially formed the duo in 2006.
Despite being Swedish, they got their first taste of success in Belgium and the Netherlands where their music hit the charts. The pair began performing shows in the UK and Germany then went on to release more singles.
Their debut studio album Just Do the Dada was released in 2009. The second single from the project, Let’s Get Bleeped Tonight, charted in Belgium.
Their sophomore studio album The Rules of Dada charted on the US Billboard 200 and UK Dance album chart making it more successful than their debut effort. In November 2017 Olle made announced that he would no longer tour with Stefan as part of Dada Life. This was due to health concerns.
Despite refraining from touring, the duo did not stop working on music together in the studio. They released their third studio album Our Nation via Spinnin’ Records in May 2018.
Anthony Mills is the only guest appearance on the album. He featured on the song Sunday F**k You Too. As of June 2018, five songs have been released as singles from the album.
Dada Life has headlined the biggest North American festivals; namely Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. They also had their own festival Dada Land: The Voyage, which was held in San Bernadino, California in 2014 and 2015. It had an attendance of roughly 10,000 people.
Dada Life is also known for having released a compression/distortion VST plug-in called Dada Life Sausage Fattener. The software plug-in is used by many creators on the music scene and is ranked very high on the Splice website, which is a marketplace for various music-related products.
One of the reasons for the software’s popularity is its simplicity. In keeping with the same line of thinking, the duo released a follow-up plug-in called Dada Life Endless Smile. The plugin is used for creating drops with the use of only two knobs.
Other effects plug-ins in their arsenal are Slate Digital Virtual Tape Machines, Soundtoys Alterboy, Cableguys VolumeShaper, 2CAudio Aether reverb and various Ableton stock effects.
Some of their software instruments include Native Instruments Razor, the Alicia’s Keys piano Kontakt library and the Lennar Digital Sylenth1 soft synth, which is very popular amongst electronic musicians.
The M-Audio Keystation 61es, CME Xkey, Purple Audio Action FET compressor, Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 and Akai Professional MPD32 MIDI controller are some of the hardware tools the group uses to create music.
MacOS powers their setupmacOS, and their DAW of choice is Ableton Live.