Alx Veliz is an artist whose emergence comes at a great time in music – a time when dancing rules, where cultures embrace, and when optimism rides high. Alx Veliz brings an electrifying, synth-driven pop with Latin rhythm which calls to one’s heart. More than that, “Dancing Kizomba” is a declaration and a call to the dancefloor.
Kizomba (Angolan word for party) is the hottest dance craze in decades and is already predominant in every studio and club from Montreal to Moscow, Montevideo to Miami. Kizomba is a key component of a dance movement that began in Angola and is characterized by a slower and more romantic rhythm. This sexy form of dance has quickly spread and is making its way to the mainstream world. Alx Veliz’s soundtrack takes a cue from the trend and makes it a sensation. “Dancing Kizomba” is a narrative song, celebrating a man and woman falling in love via the beauty of dance.
This is an exciting year to be Alx Veliz. Combining his given talent with devotion to his craft, he’s raised his voice to where all can hear. He’s just cemented a worldwide recording deal with Universal Music and has set his sights on a global audience. “Dancing Kizomba” marks the thrilling tease of much more to come from this unique artist.
In the space of just eight months, 25-year-old Bruce Fielder has gone from nowhere to essentially dominating the UK dance scene. As Sigala, he’s already scored one gargantuan Number 1 single in the shape of the Jackson 5-sampling, tropical house-inspired “Easy Love” (his and Ministry of Sound’s first Platinum-selling single has sold over 600,000 copies, and spent 41 weeks in the chart) then followed that up with two Top 5 singles – “Sweet Lovin’” featuring Bryn Christopher (over 565,000 sales), and the DJ Fresh/Imani collaboration “Say You Do.” Oh and his current single, the glorious funk-meets- disco-meets-house shimmer of “Give Me Your Love,” features powerhouse vocalist John Newman and actual living legend Nile Rodgers.
Over the space of four singles (and over 1.5 million sales in the UK alone), Sigala has showcased his skills not only as a producer, but as a songwriter, consciously showing off different sides to his musicality. This isn’t the case of DJ-turned-artist, but rather artist who makes songs first, DJs later. “I listen to the radio so I like to keep my ear to the ground, but at the same time I don’t want to copy myself or recycle the same sound,” he says. “I want to show that I can do different things. I want the album to show different sides to me.”
In the two years since pop alchemists AlunaGeorge – aka singer and lyricist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid – released their critically lauded debut album, Body Music, they’ve barely stopped. From world tours to festivals to Katy Perry support slots to collaborations (2015’s frenetic “To Ü” with Skrillex & Diplo) to chart-slaying remixes (DJ Snake’s version of “You Know You Like It”, i.e. one of the most streamed songs of all time), their world has expanded immeasurably from the tiny London studio they started working in back in 2010. Somehow, in amongst the madness, they’ve managed to find the time to write and record a follow-up album that confidently maintains their unique sonic palette – a soulful, pop-leaning take on downtempo dance and experimental R&B – but also takes it forward into bolder territories. Lead by the dancehall-tinged, ludicrously catchy banger “I’m In Control”, featuring Jamaican rapper Popcaan, it’s an album that channels their experiences into a delicious melange of pop styles. “We were going for that holy grail of songwriting,” explains Aluna of the record. “It was an attitude of ‘let’s see what else we can do’,” adds George.
Formed after George remixed a song by Aluna’s first band, My Toy’s Like Me, there’s always been a strange sense of happenstance and spontaneity about AlunaGeorge and their music. A handful of the songs that appeared on Body Music were written and recorded after the pair had only known each other for a month, this sense of sudden excitement and naivety filtering through into the songs themselves. Working together every day in a small studio in Ravenscourt Park in London – where they still write and record now – helped quickly fuse the duo together, which in turn resulted in that rare thing; a cohesive, fully-formed debut album that came with its own unique sonic world. From the singles “Your Drums, Your Love”, “Attracting Flies” (the latter a UK top 20 hit) and their massive collaboration with Disclosure on “White Noise”, to the softer, more tactile album tracks, Body Music not only announced the arrival of a new take on pop music at the time – one that wasn’t exactly dance, but that you wanted to dance to nevertheless – but also helped confirm their trust in their own instincts. “I’m really glad we did things the way we did for that album,” says Aluna. “It’s given us so much of a foundation. People know that when they get in the studio with us that it’s going to be about melodies and lyrics, and about the music.”
When 16 year old singer/songwriter Daniel Skye sent out a Tweet that he would be performing at the local mall, over one thousand screaming girls came to greet him. Dedicating the last two years of his life to music, Daniel has amassed a considerable amount of popularity online, with over 5 million combined followers on his social platforms (1.9 million Instagram, 742k Vine, 541k Twitter, 300k YouTube, 220k Facebook, 1.4 million Musical.ly, and growing ever day).
At such a young age, Skye already has some touring mileage under his belt, performing sold out shows at major venues across the U.S. He released his first original song “Maybe” in December 2014, which quickly gained popularity with young fans. He then released his second original song “LoveSick Day,” which charted at #86 on the iTunes Pop charts. In May 2015, he released “All I Want” (feat. Cameron Dallas). The song debuted on iHeart, and immediately climbed the iTunes Pop charts to #12 in the US, and charted as high as top 5 in various international territories. His most recent song, “We Got Us” was released as a dedication to his fans, inspiring thousands of collaborative fan made videos and #WeGotUs pictures.
Daniel recently hit the stage in NY with Demi Lovato at DigiFest, and was chosen by Macy’s for their nationwide back to school campaign. Daniel recently moved to Los Angeles and has been in the studio with various songwriters and producers to collaborate on more songs for his debut album. More news to be announced soon!
With a dynamic voice, eye-catching NYC gutter rock-inspired fashion sense, and a whole lot of attitude, 16-year-old Kaya Stewart started formally enchanting and captivating fans in 2013. The daughter of iconic songwriter-producer-singer Dave Stewart uploaded an early version of her breakout hit “In Love With A Boy” to Soundcloud. Within a day, it clocked 20,000-plus plays. As she continued to write music, she signed to Warner Bros. Records and kicked off her journey.
In 2015, Kaya released the In Love With A Boy EP and hit the road on the Vans Warped Tour and High School Nation Tour. Over the course of the next year, she drew acclaim from USA Today, Billboard, Pop Crush, Nylon, Paper Magazine, and Entertainment Tonight who pegged her as “Warped Tour’s Next Breakout.” Simultaneously, “In Love With A Boy” generated nearly 5 million Spotify plays, while its video racked up more than 1 million views on YouTube. Now, her 2016 single “Sleepover” couples an energetic distorted guitar hop and sultry, striking vocals. Co-written with and produced by RedOne [Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj], it ignites a feisty, fiery, and fun spark. Writing or co-writing every song on her upcoming album, Kaya’s voice and vision will undoubtedly resound across pop music and culture in 2016.
Trap Beckham makes things happen. As an independent act in Jacksonville, Florida, he released the hit singles ‘Top Of The Line’ and ‘Ohh She Thick’, won a handful of awards, became a fixture on the local college scene and toured extensively. No wonder he earned the nickname ‘The Golden Boy Of The Hood.’ Everything Trap Beckham touched became a movement.
Def Jam was blown away by the buzz of Trap Beckham’s ‘Birthday Chick’ single, which has become a regional smash in the southeastern part of the United States. Its skeletal beat, energetic instrumentation and memorable chorus make it ripe for blockbuster success and Trap Beckham and his team are preparing to take the radio-and club-ready track national.
Now a seasoned performer, the rapper-producer-entertainer born Travis Cave got an early start in music. He spend much of his childhood around his cousins, who acted like they were a superstar rap group. By the time he was 8, Trap Beckham was following their lead and had already begun writing lyrics. At 12, he was recording himself. His goal at the time was simple, “I just wanted to be on the radio,” he recalls.
In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, he won Artist, Song, Mixtape and Performer of the year at the Duval Diamond Awards, which celebrate the best talent in the area. The accolades mark part of his growth from a shy kid to one who is on the brink of national stardom.