Dada Life

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Dada Life
Image dadalife.jpg
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Electro house, progressive house, Happy Face Music[1]
Years active 2006–present
Labels Dim Mak Records, Breastfed, Ministry of Sound Australia, Pickadoll, Southern Fried, Prestel, Musical Freedom, So Much Dada, Protocol Recordings
Members Olle Cornéer
Stefan Engblom

Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom are a Swedish DJ duo from Stockholm, known by the collective name Dada Life. The duo was formed in 2006.[2] They have released two albums, a number of singles and remixes and one compilation.[3][4] 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.[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 that 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]

In December 2014, the due 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]

In July 2016 they released "Red Is The Color Of Rage" that was described as "haunting and almost subdued".[51]

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


In 2007 they released the song "We Meow, You Roar" on a split 12" with Rob Mooney through Substance.[53][54] 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.[55] 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]


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.[56][57]

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][58]

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.[59]





  • 2015: Welcome To Dada Land



Year Single Peak position Album

2006 "The Great Fashionista Swindle"
2008 "Fun Fun Fun" 12 Just Do the Dada
2009 "Happy Hands & Happy Feet" 49
"Let's Get Bleeped Tonight" 69
2010 "Tomorrow (Give Into The Night)" 16 48 Non-album single
2011 "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker" 18 42 95 The Rules of Dada
"Unleash the F**king Dada" 64
2012 "Feed the Dada" 32 103
2013 "Born to Rage" 53 94


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