Dada Life

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Dada Life
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Background information
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresElectro house, progressive house, big room house
Years active2006–present
LabelsDim Mak Records, Breastfed, Ministry of Sound Australia, Pickadoll, Southern Fried, Prestel, Musical Freedom, So Much Dada, Revealed Recordings, Spinnin' Records
MembersOlle Cornéer
Stefan Engblom

Dada Life are a Swedish DJ duo formed in 2006, which consists of Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom.[1] They have released three albums, a number of singles and remixes and one compilation.[2][3] The duo had early chart success in Belgium and the Netherlands, while their second album The Rules of Dada reached the Billboard 200. They are known for their humour during their live performances, while their name is a homage to the absurdist movement of the early twentieth century.[4] They have released two audio plugins programmed by Tailored Noise: Endless Smile, a drop editor plugin and Sausage Fattener, a saturator.[5]


Early career (2006 - 2008)[edit]

Cornéer and Engblom had separate careers before they formed a duo and have released music individually since. Engblom used the moniker Phasio and released one album, Just One More Day in 2001.[6][7] Cornéer used the name Dibaba and released Songs For Good Lives in 2005.[8] Dada Life came into being in 2006 when the duo began releasing a number of 12" singles. They included "Big Time" in May of that year through Breastfed Recordings.,[7][9][10] "The Great Smorgasbord" in December on Southern Fried Records,[11] coinciding with "The Great Fashionista Swindle" through Pickadoll Records.[10][12] The duo began performing live notably in Germany and the UK.[7]

In May 2007, the duo released the 12" "Vote Yes",[13][14] followed in October by "Fun, Fun, Fun",[15] both through Prestel Records.[16] The latter reached the Dutch and Belgian dance charts.[17][18] In June "This Machine Kills Breakfasts" appeared through Alphabet City,[19][20] while in December, they released "Sweeter Than Fever" through Pickadoll.[21]

In May 2008 they released the 12" "Your Favourite Flu" through U-Boot,[22] followed by "Cash In Drop Out" on Big & Dirty In June.[23] In December 2008 the 12" "Rubber Band Boogie" again on Pickadoll.[24]

Just Do The Dada (2009 - 2011)[edit]

In anticipation of their debut album, the duo released the single "Happy Hands & Happy Feet" through Big & Dirty in March 2009.[25][26] It featured vocals by Anthony Mills and reached the Belgian charts.[27] The duo released their first album Just Do The Dada in September 2009 through The:Hours.[28] It featured vocal contributions by Anthony Mills, Bita Mazhoni and Anna Mourou.[29] A second single from the album, "Let's Get Bleeped Tonight" was released in November and featured Bita Mazhoni. It also reached the Belgian charts.[30] The third single from the album, " Love Vibrations" appeared in February 2010 and failed to chart.[31] In May 2010 the 12" "Cookies With A Smile" appeared, featuring Anthony Mills on vocals.[32]

Dada Life frequently headlines at North America's two largest electronic dance festivals, the Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. At Electric Daisy Carnival 2011, Dada Life brought out a full marching band to perform their song "White Noise / Red Meat."[33]

The Rules of Dada (2012-2016)[edit]

In October 2012, Dada Life released their second full-length album, The Rules of Dada, which reached the lower echelons of the Billboard 200[34] and the top 20 of the UK Dance album chart.[35] It included the singles "Feed The Dada" and "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker", which both charted in Sweden.[36]

In fall 2012, Dada Life embarked on a tour of the same name, visiting over 40 cities in the US and Canada. In November 2013 the duo release "Born to Rage" that reached the chart in Belgium and Sweden.[37][38]

In March 2014 Engblom was forced to abandon performing due to a medical emergency.[39] In September 2014, Cornéer was diagnosed with cancer and took a temporary absence from performing.[40] In 2015 he released the album One under the name Night Gestalt.[41] He has since been declared cancer-free.

In December 2014, the duo engaged in a publicity stunt that allegedly concerned a lost MacBook Pro and a pair of headphones.[42][43] Through social media accounts bearing the name Dada Death,[44][45][46] a campaign for the single "Tonight We're Kids Again" was launched.[47][48][49] In March 2015 they released the compilation mix Welcome To Dada Land.[50]

The duo collaborated with vocalist Lzzy Hale of Halestorm in February 2016 for their single "Tic Tic Tic". In July 2016 they released "Red Is The Color Of Rage" that was described as "haunting and almost subdued", following it up with "Yellow Is The Color Of Happiness" soon after.[51]

They cite John Cage, Little Richard, Acid House and Trance as inspiration.[52]

Our Nation (2017-present)[edit]

In September 2017, Cornéer announced his intent to stop touring as part of Dada Life due to health concerns, but made it clear that his concerns had nothing to do with his 2014 cancer diagnosis. He continues to produce in-studio with Engblom.[53]

In November 2017, Dada Life released "We Want Your Soul", the first single from their then-untitled third studio album. In March 2018, the second single, "Higher Than The Sun", was released, along with the title of the album - Our Nation - and the announcement of a tour to support it. The album was released on May 4, 2018.[54] Another single, "Do It Till Your Face Hurts", was released in March as well.[55]


In 2007 they released the song "We Meow, You Roar" on a split 12" with Rob Mooney through Substance.[56][57] They have remixed "Dynasty" and "Llove" by Kaskade (feat. Haley), "Big Bad Wolf" by Duck Sauce, "Who Is Ready To Jump" by Chuckie, and "Prutataaa" by Afrojack and R3hab.


Dada Life is named after the Dada art movement in 20th century Europe. The avant-garde art movement formed from an artistic anarchy, fighting against the cultural, political, and social values of the time.[58] In the same way, Dada Life and rave culture as a whole is a protest to return to the experience of the body and away from the capitalistic and rationalist dogma of today's society.[citation needed]

Notable acts[edit]

On October 26, 2013, Dada Life broke the Guinness World Record for the world's largest pillow fight at a Dada Land Compound event at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and had 3,813 participants.[59][60]

On July 19, 2014 Dada Life debuted Dada Land: The Voyage, a mini-festival in San Bernardino, CA attended by over 10,000 fans where the duo arrived via hot air balloon.[41][61]

On July 19, 2015, Dada Life broke the Guinness World Record for the world's largest gathering of people dressed as fruit at Dada Land: The Voyage. The event was at San Manuel Amphitheater in Southern California and had 629 participants.[62]



Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2015: Welcome to Dada Land

12" releases[edit]

  • "Big Time" (May 2006, Breastfed Recordings)[9]
  • "The Great Smorgasbord" (December 2006, Southern Fried Records)[11]
  • "The Great Fashionista Swindle" (December 2006, Pickadoll Records)[12]
  • "Vote Yes" (May 2007, Prestel Records)[13]
  • "This Machine Kills Breakfasts" (June 2007, Alphabet City)[19]
  • "Sweeter Than Fever" (December 2007, Pickadoll)
  • "Cookies with a Smile" (May 2010, Big & Dirty)[32]


Year Single Label Peak position Album

2006 "Big Time" Breastfed Recordings Non-album singles
"The Great Smorgasbord" / "We Do Have a Plan" Southern Fried Records
"The Great Fashionista Swindle" Pickadoll
2007 "Vote Yes" Prestel
"This Machine Kills Breakfasts" / "Do the Dada" Alphabet City
"Fun Fun Fun" Prestel 12
"Sweeter Than Fever" Pickadoll
2008 "Your Favourite Flu" U-Boot
"Cash in Drop Out" Big & Dirty
"Rubber Band Boogie" Pickadoll
2009 "Happy Hands & Happy Feet" Big & Dirty 49 Just Do the Dada
"Smile You're on Dada" So Much Dada Non-album single
"Let's Get Bleeped Tonight" Big & Dirty 69 Just Do the Dada
2010 "Love Vibrations"
"Cookies with a Smile" Non-album singles
"Just Bleep Me (Satisfaction)" Bazooka Studio
"Tomorrow (Give in to the Night)"
(with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Tara McDonald)
Smash the House 16 48
"Unleash the F**king Dada" Musical Freedom 64
2011 "White Noise / Red Meat" Dim Mak Records
"Fight Club Is Closed (It's Time for Rock'n'Roll)" Spinnin' Records
"Happy Violence" So Much Dada The Rules of Dada
"Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker" 18 42 95
2012 "Rolling Stones T-Shirt"
"Feed the Dada" 32 103
2013 "So Young So High"
"Boing Clash Boom"
"Born to Rage" Non-album singles
"This Machine Kills Ravers"
2014 "Born to Rage"
(featuring Sebastian Bach)
53 94
"One Smile"
"Freaks Have More Fun"
2015 "Tonight We're Kids Again"
"One Last Night on Earth"
2016 "Tic Tic Tic"
(featuring Lzzy Hale)
"Yellow Is the Color of Happiness" / "Red Is the Color of Rage"
2017 "We Want Your Soul" Our Nation
2018 "Love Vibrations"
(with HI-LO)
Heldeep Records Non-album singles
"Higher Than the Sun"[65] Our Nation
"Do It Till Your Face Hurts" Revealed Recordings
"One Nation Under Lasers" Spinnin' Records
"Sunday F**k You Too"[66]
(featuring Anthony Mills)
So Bleeped
2019 "No More 54"[67] Spinnin' Records Non-album singles
"Table Flipping Machine" Revealed Recordings
2020 "This Time (Never Be Alone Again)"[68]
2021 "Love Is Coming Down"[69] Crash & Smile
"Noise Heaven"[70]
"Electronic Circus Weapon"[71]
2022 "So Good"[72]
"Happy Revolution"[73]
"Readymade Sweat"[74]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.


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