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On the release of Celestal's hot new record Old School Romance and the accompanying remix package, we had a quick chat to Celestal about his journey so far including the making of Old School Romance.
GALLEON: So, what inspired you to start making music and at what age.
CELESTAL: It’s my father who gave my twin brother and I our artistic side. He’s an amazing chef and has always encouraged us from a very young age to pursue our musical dreams. Growing up listening to Funk, Brazilian and French it was a nice mix. I started getting into music at 7 years old. I was always a very good trombone player and my brother played the trumpet. You get the point, but it’s what got us where we are today, ambition, playing with our friends at school as well as playing sports. It was great.
G: Tell us about Old School Romance and how it came about.
C: It’s a song that fits me so well - a mix of dance pop, melancholy, a gimmick of guitar and a simple melody that can touch anybody for it is filled with all kinds of emotions. The title comes from Nashville influences, the city of Rachel Pearl, the singers hometown. Moscow is also an influence, being the guitarist’ hometown. Of course, Paris was a huge influence, being where I produced the song. Each of us brought our own emotions and our own experiences to create this song. The song is unique being filled with a mix of influences and a soft touch.
G: How did you choose the remix package (including Funkstar De Lux and Matthieu Koss) or was this chosen by your record label?
C: Funkstar de Luke well that came about my label and I can tell you I was pleased because it went all kinds of places and I loved every bit from the start. Bravo. Regarding Matthieu Koss, what can I say I love the guy. Not only is he from my hometown (I had no idea before I met him), but he has his own universe, a little malicious side to him and a lot of personality that make me want to dance and go somewhere. He’s so talented. His remix is amazing.
G: What is in the works for Celestal in the next 12 months? Is there an album in the pipeline, and will you be touring?
C: Lots of work, I’m working on a bunch of new songs. Two are almost finished, very different styles. I’m also going to be working on getting together with Rachel in the days to come and I have plans with this male vocal as well. I’m always thinking about new melodies and ideas so an EP is definitely the next step for me. I’m also working a lot on promo, productions for other artists, remixes… my agenda is pretty booked. But I promise you lots of new things will be coming in a near future !
G: What are your three biggest records right now?
C: If there is one song that I have stuck in my head at the moment it’s most deff “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa. Finally some good house pop is back on the airwaves. Someone that I’ve always admired over the years is David Guetta, I know it’s not original but this guy has me feeling all kinds of ways with his collab with Sia on “Flames”. It’s a beautiful song, it works and has so much energy and tenderness. And lastly I think I’ll choose Jonas Blue with his latest song “Rise” that is following the footsteps of his song prior to that “Mama”. The guy is so talented, as well as kind hearted with so much talent.
Following on from dance hits Getaway, Ghost and Trippin’ last year, rising star D-wayne returns for an even bigger 2018 with new single Wonderful featuring Rachel West, perfectly encapsulating his continued versatility as a producer. Out now on Big & Dirty Records.
Wonderful boasts a fusion of fiery drum patterns and poignant synths that underpin Rachel West’s striking presence, an electrifying collaboration between D-wayne and the distinct vocalist as she lends her luscious voice to the future bass anthem. Sharing his excitement for the new single D-wayne tells us:
“I’m very happy to release ‘Wonderful’ together with the amazingly talented Rachel West. I’m excited to show my versatility through this song and with lots more new music coming up I can’t wait for what the future holds!”
As one of the most promising talents on the DJ circuit, D-wayne has been turning heads of some of the biggest names in the industry. With Afrojack supporting the producer in the early stages of his career and now multiple releases on his label Wall Recordings, D-wayne has been going from strength to strength, amazing tastemakers with his multi-genre production abilities. Such skills have won him remixes for a range of A-list musicians including Tiesto, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez & R3hab. With notable performances already under his belt including Tomorrowland and EDC New York as well as being one of the youngest ever DJs to hold a residency at Drais’ Nightclub in Las Vegas, the future definitely looks bright for the 23-year-old riveting producer.
Check out Wonderful by D-wayne feat. Rachel West out now Big & Dirty Records!
“The French two-piece who are beginning to build a real name for themselves” - YOU
Thrown into the electronic and hip-hop music scene at a young age, Trinix’s musical journey has developed into a sweet revival of the 90’s originated genre: French Touch. New effort Otherside continues this pop tinged, riff filled musical restoration. The exploration hits us with a sense of Trinix’s mesmerising production skill, expertly refined over the years.
In 2017, the two young French producers released their Hide EP that reached an incredible 15 million streams. Having always received strong support from youtube tastemakers MrSuicideSheep and Chill Nation, Trinix continue to distil their various influences in a skilful and modern mix. They oscillate between electro chill, tropical house, nu-funk and future bass in the most sophisticated of ways.
To continue the ride, more recent releases like tropical house track Close to Me build suspense in anticipation for their upcoming album release. With a total of 75 million streams and rising, it’s safe to say fans are eagerly awaiting their next promised body of work, May Day.
As Trinix’s first ever album, May Day comes after 2 years of solid work from the pair. The boys tell us: "The major theme of the album is the Space which we find fascinating by its diversity and which we absolutely want to symbolize thanks to "Mayday". All the titles have been selected with great difficulty and doubt among more than 60 compositions, to obtain a coherent and representative rendering of our Music".
Ahead of the upcoming album release, this new single is composed with a seriously funky rhythm, formidable chopped vocals and the deliciously soulful voice of Opé Smith. Otherside transforms what you know to be pop-house and adds delectably emotive lyrics to Trinix’s clean cut and consistently seamless production.
Celestal, one of France’s fastest rising musicians, offers a mammoth remix package for his internationally acclaimed single, Old School Romance. The release delivers a fiery selection of remixes from the likes of Mathieu Koss, Merk & Kermont, Funkstar De Luxe, Winning Team and Roman Kouder, among many others.
From trap to house, from EDM to pop, Celestal has provided a very special selection of remixes that take his standout original to new sonic spaces. Winning Team’s electric remix is poised to pack the ultimate dancefloor punch with its stadium filler sound. Mathieu Koss injects club-focused energy and Merk & Kermont fuse bouncing bass lines with unforgettable summer infused melodies. Roman Kouder has remixed Old School Romance with a rich, trap inspired reimagining, while there are a range of mesmerising remixes on display from some huge artists in this unmissable release.
Working behind the scenes with multiple artists as a producer, Celestal made the bold move to step out of the shadows and into the limelight. Since, he has graced the world with his emotive house inspired pop. Naturally and Colors picked up 4000 radio broadcasts in France and a further 2 million audio streams between them. Add to this the success of Old School Romance (with 3000 radio broadcasts already) and it’s clear that the fruits of Celestal’s labour are flourishing.
A true musician and artist, Celestal collaborated with the hotly-tipped vocalist Racheal Pearl and celebrated Russian musician Grynn for Old School Romance. He has also turned heads with a mysterious and enchanting music video, featuring Chanel and Doir model, Fanny Sage.
Old School Romance (Remixes) is the next step in Celestal’s journey to global success in 2018 and beyond.
GALLEON: So guys, thanks so much for sitting down with me to talk about all things Musika! Tell us about how you began working with each other and the name Yolanda Be Cool?
YBC: Sure no worries, our pleasure. Matty used to DJ at a bar I used to bartend at. I used to take him tequila shots and talk his ear off about music and djaying. Before long I was buying records and we started playing back to back at clubs all over Sydney then Australia. Then naturally we started making mix tapes and bootlegs together, then before long we ended up doing official remixes then finally releasing our own original singles.
The name comes from one of our favourite scenes from one of our favourite movies.. Pulp Fiction… “Be Cool Honey Bunny” “Tell that bitch to be cool”.. YOLANDA BE COOL...
GALLEON: On your new jam Musika, you feature the vocals of Kwanzaa Posse. Who are they and how did you get to colaborate with them.
YBC: We are always on the hunt for killer tracks to sample. On one of our sample hunts we came across Kwanzaa Posse out of Africa and their tune Musika had an amazing vocal part that really stood out to us. So we got to work on a version and sent it to their publisher to approve. They loved it so much they were happy to be featured artists on the single. We were stoked.
GALLEON: Looking to the hot remix package for Musika, you have chosen some wicked artists such as Babert, GotSome, Flash89 & Dateless to put their touch to the record. How did you choose these artists?
YBC: We were so lucky with this remix package, it was a combination of the legends at Sweat It Out calling in a lot of favours and I think the track being unique and appealing to remix which allowed us to get such dope names on the package.
GALLEON: You guys are heavily involved with the running of Sweat It Out. How did you become associated with one of the late Ajax's biggest ventures?
YBC: We both idolised Ajax, and still think he is the best DJ ever. When Sydney didn’t have the lock out laws we used to finish work at 2:00am in the bar above then run down and watch Ajax and the Bang Gang play till 6:00am at their weekly party…. We did this for years and then Matt was woking at a record label helping Ajax put together his legendary mashed DJ mix compilations, they got chatting about starting their own label and after a few hot and sweaty laksa’s on hung over Mondays.. 'Sweat It Out’ was born.
GALLEON: Your music has often featured vibes from Africa and Latin America, giving your records a great uplifting carnival feel. Are world music and other cultures a big influence for you?
YBC: Most definitely and we don’t discriminate. We have sampled tunes from Africa, Columbia, Italy, England and Camaroon to name a few countries. We love combing elements and sounds from exotic places and re-contextualising them in a way that makes sense for us and the dance floors we play to.
GALLEON: What are your biggest 3 records right now.
YBC: ahhh Our friend did an edit of Raingurl by Yaeji which is so dope… Fisher’s tune STOP IT always kills it. and of course Musika feat Kwanzaa Posse by us:)
GALLEON: Tell us about the biggest gig you have ever played and why?
YBC: The biggest number of people was a free party for the King of Morocco. There was over 100,000 people there. But one of our personal favourite biggest gigs for us was the MTV party @ Amnesia in Ibiza with A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. That was sick