oz-edm-logo-2020-dark

Otosan Deliver Vocal House Anthem ‘Nowhere’ feat. Julia Lostrom

otosan-oz-edm-2020-feature
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Reddit

How do you make a track almost entirely remotely while in lockdown in 2020? Otosan have made a career of remote working, rarely being on the same continent at once since they announced their arrival in 2018 with ‘Do You Feel It’ (2 million Spotify streams and counting). But never has the challenge of working remotely proven greater for Otosan than in the sessions that produced ‘Nowhere’ featuring Julia Lostrom, out now on Hussle Recordings.

Like everyone, through the first half of 2020 Otosan’s lives were lived out online, where they discovered emerging Melbourne singer-songwriter Julia Lostrom on triple j Unearthed and knew they had to get her in on a session.

“We started scouring through triple j Unearthed for some amazing vocal talent, which is always our first go-to when looking for collaborators,” explain Otosan, aka Ryan Dickinson and Ultan Burke. “From the moment we heard Julia’s voice we knew she would be a perfect fit for the track. The first takes were recorded with Julia remotely in the first wave lockdowns in April and streamed on Instagram Live, then completed with a couple of real-life socially distanced recording sessions during a brief lifting of harsh restrictions in Melbourne.”

Everyone can relate to endless video meetings in 2020, but Otosan used this new format to complete the track while half of the duo was enduring the world’s strictest pandemic lockdown in Melbourne and the other was across the Tasman, playing gigs to packed New Zealand dancefloors with little to no restrictions. The result? Yet another vocal house heater that blurs the lines between pop and dance to add to Otosan’s growing collection.

Melbourne based, Zambian raised and Greek born singer-songwriter Julia Lostrom has harnessed her diverse cultural upbringing to inspire her material which flutters between chilled electronic melodies and slightly left-of-centre R&B. Her breathy vocals perfectly complement the melodic house vibes of ‘Nowhere’.

Julia explains, “I had just released my single ‘Walls’ on Unearthed and the Otosan guys thought my voice would suit their track, so they reached out and I loved it so much! It was so funny recording it virtually in the first lockdown and then we met up in the in-between stage between Melbourne’s strict lockdowns to record some parts and just got to hang out a bit. They’re such lovely guys.”

‘Nowhere’ has already been awarded with a New Music Single grant from NZ On Air, allowing the guys to bring the full package to life with a video clip from Australian Director Harvey Hayes, featuring World Champion krump dancer Ken Vaega. Out today, get your first listen of ‘Nowhere’ below!

YouTube video
    lost-paradise-2022-2023-lineup-poster-oz-edm
    yotto-2022-australian-tour-poster-oz-edm
    james-hype-australia-tour-2022-poster-oz-edm

    Recent House News

    • Vintage Culture remixes Jamie Jones’ Ibiza anthem ‘My Paradise’ vintage-culture-my-paradise-oz-edm

      With Jamie Jones’ ‘My Paradise’ a clear front-runner as summer 2022’s Ibiza anthem, receiving support across the board from underground tastemakers to daytime radio, Brazilian superstar Vintage Culture now steps up to remix the track and continue its unstoppable ascent. While Jamie Jones explored disco influences with his signature high-energy groove on the original, Vintage Culture’s clear-cut trademark sound gives a distinctly tougher feel, as a chugging bassline, rolling synths, and melodic piano breakdowns work together to form a journey of a mix guaranteed to captivate dancefloors from start to finish. Vintage Culture, aka Lukas Ruiz, is an artist who lives and breathes the culture of dance music. The Brazilian artist has more than 1.5B streams online, gathers 8M across his social media platforms, and currently ranks at #30 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2020 poll. Vintage Culture has graced the cover of Rolling Stone (Brazil), was nominated as one of the most influential “30 Under 30” industry leaders by Forbes, and premiere his very-first Essential Mix for Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.He’s collaborated with global headliners Tiësto, David Guetta, Meduza, Robin Schulz, and Jorja Smith, going Platinum on multiple releases, as well as topping the Billboard Hot Dance and Spotify Dance Charts.  

    • Fred Again Makes Triumphant Boiler Room Debut fred-again-boiler-room-2022-oz-edm-feature

      Fred Again.. made his most recent show one to remember—by making his Boiler Room debut. The famed U.K. producer, who is quickly becoming a superstar in the electronic dance music space, turned up the heat and worked up a sweat in an intimate warehouse venue for Boiler Room. The London based performance was chock full of feverish button-mashing and a ton unreleased IDs. The DJ set came at a pivotal time for Fred Again.., who is readying last-minute preparations for his forthcoming album Actual Life 3 which is expected to release in a matter of weeks. After opening up with an unreleased collaboration with Swedish House Mafia, it was “look out below” as Fred again.. blitzed through a medley of groove-inducing tunes with an eager audience fanning a full 360° around him. The close quarters even led to a brief interruption, but he handled the situation and bounced back like a seasoned pro. The perrformances saw many special moments including Fred debuting an unreleased Skrillex bass house track. This track has been teased by Fred before, but the reaction is on another level this time around. With the iconic “my name is is Skrillex” before the drop, this banger detonates into a mad bass house groove that has the crowd going nuts (soon after, Yellow Shirt Guy makes a big mistake). Watch the full performance now online below!  

    • Tommy Trash, Go Freek and Lucy Lucy Release New Collab ‘Darkness Into Light’ darkness-into-light-tommy-trash-go-freek-lucy-lucy

      Three favourites of the Australian music scene, Tommy Trash, Go Freek and Lucy Lucy unite to bring you the euphoric dance weapon ‘Darkness Into Light’, out now via Club Sweat. Born out of the kind of ecstatic passion you only experience in the heavy fog and flickering strobes of a packed dance floor, this triple threat treats us to a fiery heater set to be a mainstay in pumping clubs and festivals alike. A powerful bass line groove and ascending synth stabs build intoxicating tension, before the husky and nuanced vocals of Lucy Lucy command the room, increasinging in intensity and leading to the ultimate release. The drop hits, bodies roll, and this electric trio remind you of what it’s like to fall in love on the dance floor. Who better to tell the story of this epic collaboration than Lucy Lucy herself, “‘Darkness Into Light’ was the by-product of the first debaucherous night after lockdown restrictions eased. Friends reuniting over a sticky dancefloor, finally back on our bullshit after too many months apart. Early in the evening Tommy, Caleb and I had arranged to do a session the next day – a few hours passed and we were definitely still out past our curfew. Caleb and I decide it’s a good time to have a club pash because maybe we were both really excited? We almost out of awkwardness didn’t do the session but we did and we now have this delicious song baby to show for it. Sealed with a kiss. Literally.” Go Freek confirms, “Writing ‘Darkness Into Light’ was about capturing the euphoria and ecstasy you would feel dancing the night away at a club pashing someone who you are falling in love with but only just met (which kinda went on the night before).” One of Australia’s most in-demand dance music exports over the past decade, GRAMMY nominated artist Tommy Trash returned to the scene in 2020 after a 2 year hiatus. Since then it has been full steam ahead for one of Australia’s most exciting electronic acts, with releases such as ‘Lil Bit’ with Peking Duk, the inaugural release on hau5trap with ‘hiiigh’, and ‘Emergency’ with Yolanda Be Cool. More recently, he released ‘Satisfy’ the debut record on his very own label Milky Wave, and ‘Jaguwawa’ on Sweat It Out receiving praise from the likes of Billboard, EDM.com, Dancing Astronaut and more. While recent years have seen the resurgence of Tommy Trash he has long been recognised as one of the top DJs of the era, breaking out with 2013 release ‘Reload’, which earned silver certification in the UK, going 2 x Platinum in Sweden, while his remix of deadmau5 ‘The Veldt’ earned him a coveted GRAMMY nomination. Time and time again Tommy Trash has proven his production and DJ talents are not bound to any genre or era, as he has electrified across festivals such as Tomorrowland, EDC, Ultra Music Festival, and more recently on his own headline ‘Jaguwawa’ across North America. Go Freek has become a leading force in the club scene locally and internationally, since breaking out with his ARIA Gold certified single ‘Define’, a collaboration with ARIA awarded dance producer Dom Dolla which has gone on to score over 50 million streams across platforms. Since then, Go Freek has gone on to release cross-over records such as, ‘Love Is The Weapon’, and ‘One Question’, while he recently released ‘Deep Cut’ on deadmau5’s own label Hau5trap as well as further releases on Solotoko, and Club Sweat with ‘Days Go By’, and ‘Be My Luv’. This year saw Go Freek collaborate with Mickey Kojak and Thandi Phoenix on emotive banger ‘Lose You’ via Sweat It Out. The Sydney artist’s extensive list of tech groovers have caught the attention of the likes triple j, SiriusXM, EDC Radio, Happy Mag, Acid Stag, and Purple Sneakers and endorsements from tastemakers such as Idris Elba, FISHER, Camelphat, Claptone, Anna Lunoe, Christian Martin, Porter Robinson and Diplo. No stranger to the dance scene, Go Freek has multiple AU/NZ tours under his belt as well as performances at EDC Las Vegas, Paradisco, Beyond Wonderland and Rabbits Eat Lettuce, to name a few. This past year alone has seen Lucy Lucy collaborate on and off the stage with some of the most prominent artists in Australia & beyond. Including the likes of SLUMBERJACK, Example, Chilln It, and What So Not, she’s proving she’s got the chops to party with the best of them, garnering millions of streams and an adoring fan base. After working exclusively within her electronic duo Yuma X since their debut in 2015, frontwoman and vocalist Lucy Washington recently embarked on her solo project Lucy Lucy. Recent singles ‘$25’, ‘Sugarcoated’ and ‘Apple Tree’ have garnered great support from triple j and triple j Unearthed with Declan Byrne noting her affinity for “mixing slinky, bouncy pop with lush, warm sounds…” and that “it’s always a treat when it comes to Lucy Lucy.” ‘Darkness Into Light feat. Lucy Lucy’ by Tommy Trash & Go Freek is out now via Club Sweat.  

    • Tiësto & Charli XCX Drop New Collab ‘Hot in It’ tiesto-charlie-xcx-hot-in-it-oz-edm

      GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon Tiësto has joined forces with pop superstar Charli XCX on “Hot in It,” a certified anthemic banger that’s radiating confidence around the world with its empowering lyrics. The sound for “Hot in It” was teased early by Charli XCX on TikTok where the hype and anticipation began to grow, garnering 50M views to date, and fans can finally hear the full song today – listen to it here! “I knew from the second I heard Charli’s cut on the song that it was going to be a smash, and it’s been amazing to see how everyone has been reacting to the message of the song.” said Tiësto. “The heat on this one is incredible, so excited it’s finally out in the world!” “I’m very excited to get hot in it this summer” adds Charli XCX. “Hot in It” is the fourth single from Tiësto’s upcoming album including his three previous certified hit singles “The Business”, “Don’t Be Shy” with Karol G, and “The Motto” with Ava Max totaling 2.5 billion global streams. Tiësto is a Grammy® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon. The DJ and producer is the only artist to ever hold the titles of “The Greatest DJ of All Time” courtesy of Mixmag, and “#1 DJ” according to Rolling Stone. From his underground dance floor bangers to his high-profile Las Vegas residency and crossover success, Tiësto created the blueprint that defines what it means to be a success in today’s dance music world. In Tiësto’s true fashion, he continues to expand across genres, always evolving his craft. With over 36 million albums sold, 10 billion cumulative streams, and a social platform with an audience exceeding 30 million fans spanning the globe, he continues to revolutionize the dance music landscape.  

    • Golden Features Returns With News Single ‘Touch’ golden-features-touch-2022-oz-edm

      The wait is over! Acclaimed Australian electronic producer Golden Features today makes his highly anticipated return with his rousing new single “Touch” featuring Rromarin. Golden Features has turned out to be an apt name for the artist born Tom Stell, a nod to the gold mask he wears while performing. “Touch” marks the first taste of new music from Stell’s Golden Features, after a literal golden run since bursting onto the scene in 2014. Since his 2018 debut album SECT and the launch of 2020’s collaborative project BRONSON (with ODESZA), Stell felt creatively spent and needed time to recoup. Instead of opting for the traditional R&R approach, Stell emersed himself deep into clubbing mecca of the world, Berlin. There, he lost himself in the city’s renowned techno bunkers and hedonistic clubs, dancing with strangers, stripped of phones and returning to the apartment in the early hours to hunt for the tracks he’d heard the night before. Four nights a week spent raving only came to an end when COVID closed the clubs down. But Stell returned to Australia revitalised and most importantly, inspired. “Touch” encapsulates everything Stell took away from his invigorating stint in Berlin. A track that’s both moody and light, layered with pulsating rhythm, hypnotic beats and the duelling deep and wispy vocals of Rromarin. “Touch was born from that synth riff. I fought it for so long, feeling it was too happy and upbeat. After giving it some space I reharmonized everything under the riff and it instantly made me feel something. Claire (Rromarin) had actually recorded these vocals for another song on the record, but the lyrics just felt right for Touch” says Stell on the new single. “To me it encapsulates that feeling after the rave… At the kick-on laying with your head in somebody’s lap, smoking a cigarette while they play with your hair.” Now with two platinum and six gold ARIA certifications for his tracks, 275+ million global streams, an acclaimed and beloved debut album in 2018’s SECT (#1 ARIA Dance Albums Chart, #1 iTunes, Triple J’s Feature Album), selling out two shows in 4 hours at the Sydney opera House, headline slots at major festivals both at home and abroad as well as forming the BRONSON project and releasing their self-titled album with stadium-conquering US electronic duo ODESZA under his belt, Golden Features has cemented himself as Australian electronic music royalty, returning now as an artist at the top of their game. Stay tuned for more to come from Golden Features, in the meantime listen to the new single “Touch” below!