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Monstercat (previously Monstercat Media) is an EDM record label based out of Vancouver, Canada.[1] Mike Darlington, CEO,[2][3] and Ari Paunonen, COO, founded Monstercat in July 2011.[1]

Unlike other labels that sign artists to exclusive label deals, Monstercat signs their artists on a per-track basis, giving them full copyright to a song while still giving the artist freedom to release other productions where they see fit.[4] Darlington and Paunonen created compilation albums to provide artists with a method of releasing their music and attempt to lessen the competitiveness between them.[5]



In July 2011, Mike Darlington (CEO) and Ari Paunonen created Monstercat as a YouTube channel.[1] and Paunonen's friends to share and promote their music.[1][2][6]


  • The first single on the label was Dubstep Killed Rock 'n' Roll by Ephixa which was released on July 4, 2011.
  • In December 2011, Monstercat signed Krewella,[1][2][6] an American electronic dance music group from Chicago, Illinois; Killin' It being their first original song released by a label.[2][7] Krewella later became an internationally recognised name, and brought attention to the growing label.
  • In June of 2014, Monstercat reached one million record sales. [8]
  • January 30, 2017, after the release of Saving Light, it has reached #1 on the Best of Trance List on Beatport; furthermore, reaching #1 across multiple digital stores. This has become the first Trance song to do this since over a decade ago. Because of the popularity of this song and having a large audience to Monstercat, Trance was confirmed/deemed to be revived. Sequentially, on the very last "A State of Trance" show of 2017, Saving Light was crowned as the Anthem of 2017, giving the song the Anthem status.
  • As of July 22, 2018, the Uncaged YouTube channel Mike Darlington and Ari Paunonen founded back in 2011 has grown to 6.9 million subscribers. The channel currently ranks 468th for total number of subscribers. [9][10]
  • As of July 22, 2018, the Instinct YouTube channel Mike Darlington founded in 2018 has grown to 139,600 subscribers. Still a fresh channel, it currently ranks 61,875th for total number of subscribers. The channel reached more than 40,000 subscribers before it's first released song, Didrick's Ready To Fly featuring Owl City's Adam Young on January 9, 2018. [11][12]

Release Schedule

Originally, Monstercat released three new tracks per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with an hour-long podcast every Tuesday (entitled Call of the Wild, previously Monstercat Podcast). After thirty original singles, Monstercat unveiled a major collaboration of veteran Monstercat artists - these 31 songs and an album mix are then made into a compilation album.

Recently, with the inclusion of Monstercat Instinct, Monstercat uploads songs for Uncaged on Mondays and Thursdays, Instinct on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Call of the Wild is released every Wednesday. The number of songs released on a compilation album this year is 40 per album.

Monstercat released compilations numbering 001 through 030 from 2011 - 2017. In 2017, Monstercat changed the format of the compilation to Monstercat Uncaged, and in 2018 they included Monstercat Instinct.

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Line Abrahamian (February 2014). "Mike Darlington: Channeling his inner Monstercat". DJ Magazine Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Monstercat CEO – Mike Darlington". The FrontLiner. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. "Behind the Beat: Hellberg Interview". Only the Beat. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
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  5. Bob Vrbanac (17 September 2013). "Thinking of the possibilities". Waterloo Chronicle. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chelsea Perry (10 March 2014). "Monstercat CEO Mike Darlington". NoisePorn. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. Luis Gomez (12 November 2013). "Krewella returning home feeling 'Alive'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
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