Consisting of Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom, the Swedish electro duo Dada Life has become known for their engaging performances and somewhat outlandish behavior.
In 2010, Dada Life ranked at No. 89 on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs Poll, but their fan-base skyrocketed rapidly, and by 2012 they were up to No. 24. Their significantly lower position in 2010, however, did not mean that they didn’t have a large and devoted following. That year while playing in Los Angeles, riots erupted in the streets when far too many people attempted to enter the venue.
In 2012, Dada Life released “the Rules of Dada”, their second full length release. The record raced to No. 1 on the iTunes Dance charts, broke into the top 10 in Canada, and make it into the top 20 in the US. During their 40 city North American tour to support the album, Dada Life supposedly consumed in excess of 8,000 pounds of bananas and 3,000 bottles of champagne.
In 2013, the duo proclaimed the sovereignty of its own nation called Dada Land. Fans all over the world protested for Dada Land’s rights, resulting in the revocation of Dada Life’s passports by their home country of Sweden. The duo went on to create the Dada Land Compound, which immerses fans in the Dada Land experience. So far it has visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.