In a thrilling celebration of their chart-topping hit ‘Dancing,’ sibling duo Karel & XoJani from Helsinki, Finland, unleash a fresh Progressive/Trance remix crafted by the talented DJ Braj. As singers, dancers, and multi-instrumentalists, their infectious energy and liberating concert experiences draw inspiration from Festival Rock and Dance/Rave music, leaving audiences captivated.
Having made their mark on the Billboard Dance charts, Karel & XoJani have been recognized as true Upstarts in the industry. This year, they commemorate the 5th anniversary of ‘Dancing’ by collaborating with their esteemed friend, DJ Braj, to breathe new life into the track, ensuring its continued resonance with fans.
‘Dancing’ speaks of the universal quest for love and the enchantment of discovering a person who becomes our missing piece. It blends sensual melodies with an irresistible charm, inviting listeners to lose themselves in the rhythm.
The recording and production of ‘Dancing’ involved the creative prowess of Karel & XoJani, who co-wrote the song, and Valentin, a renowned producer known for his hit-making abilities. Together, they crafted a musical fusion that captured the essence of their vision.
This time around, Karel & XoJani teamed up with their Twitch streaming partner, DJ Braj, to reimagine ‘Dancing’ through a Progressive/Trance lens. This collaboration gives listeners a taste of the direction their upcoming music will take. For an immersive experience into their new sounds, be sure to follow ‘DJ Braj Radio’ on Twitch, where festival vibes and exclusive sneak peeks await.
As Karel & XoJani embark on their new musical journey, they express heartfelt gratitude to their dedicated followers for their unwavering support. Brace yourselves for the release of their exciting new projects, as they promise to deliver captivating sounds and collaborations that will keep fans on their toes.
“We thank everyone who has followed us over the years, and we hope you are ready for our new sounds and collaborations as we prepare for some new releases!” – Karel & XoJani
Introducing Marcus Smith, an accomplished rapper, singer, and songwriter originating from Cleveland, OH. Having spent 15 years in hip-hop bands Black & Broke and SANKURO, Marcus has now embarked on a solo career, navigating the music industry with his unique style.
Growing up in a musical family with nine siblings, Marcus recognizes the significance of music in his life, honoring his father and older brother through his craft. With a remarkable ability to play multiple instruments, he started with the piano at the age of 14 and subsequently added guitar, bass, ukulele, and drums to his repertoire. Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of artists such as Gym Class Heroes, Lenny Kravitz, Childish Gambino, and Bruno Mars, Marcus aspires to establish himself as the leading name for rapping guitarists.
Following his residency at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a feature on Asher Roth’s multi-platinum album “The Greenhouse Effect vol. 3” in 2021, Marcus has recently unveiled his second album titled “Unique Mélange.” This aptly named body of work reflects Marcus’s ability to seamlessly blend various genres. Leading singles like “She Don’t Care,” infused with UK Garage vibes, and the Alternative Hip-Hop track “Day After Day” exemplify his versatility. The album also includes the bonus track “Sandwiches,” a fusion of Hip-Hop and Rock that pays homage to everyone’s beloved lunch item.
Despite the album’s release, Marcus shows no signs of slowing down, already immersing himself in four upcoming projects, including collaborations with Jean Kong, Tracee Shade, JAMPOP, and his third studio album tentatively titled “Turtle Beach,” which promises to be a concept album.
Marcus’s journey in the music industry has been filled with remarkable experiences, such as his interaction with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee LL Cool J while serving as a resident musician at the museum. Notably, acclaimed songwriter Ben Folds praised Marcus’s songwriting during a writing session, emphasizing the captivating nature of his lyrics.
“Unique Mélange” was recorded at Breakthrough Sounds recording studio under the expert guidance of studio owner Toobe Fresco, with additional recording conducted by Jeff Larch in his personal studio.
The album’s ethos lies in Marcus’s desire to showcase his authentic self, encompassing his diverse influences and showcasing his skills. Each song on the album carries its own meaning, from “Til It’s Over,” a heartfelt tribute to the impact of hip-hop on his life, to “She Don’t Care,” a nod to the UK Garage genre and Craig David. Collaborations with Disashi Soul of Gym Class Heroes on “Ambiguous Specificity” further demonstrate the influence of Marcus’s musical heroes.
The recording process for “Unique Mélange” witnessed Marcus collaborating with artists from various parts of the world, resulting in a global musical experience that transcends borders and cultures.
In Marcus Smith’s own words, his second album represents an intriguing fusion of styles that spans across genres, leaving a lasting impression on listeners. From the infectious energy of “Killer Tofu” to the nostalgic charm of “Sandwiches,” Marcus Smith’s music is an immersive and captivating journey.
In a world marred by the challenges of the pandemic, Rylie Wyane’s personal life was hit by a different kind of storm in 2020. Amidst the chaos, his wife’s decision to abandon their family and engage in infidelity shattered his world. However, from the depths of this heartbreak, Rylie found solace and a new purpose.
Fast forward to May 5th, 2023, when Rylie Wyane released his debut single, “The Race is On.” With no prior fan base, the track garnered an impressive 2500 listeners within its first 30 days. As a solo artist hailing from Kearney, Nebraska, Rylie has four more original songs lined up for release throughout the remainder of the year, with the next one set for June 30th.
Drawing inspiration from the alternative rock anthems of the ’90s and early 2000s, Rylie infuses his music with a fresh and energetic blend of genres. He pays homage to his roots while adding a touch of upbeat country flair to create a unique sound that captivates listeners.
Rylie Wyane’s journey hasn’t been about live shows or appearances just yet. For now, his focus lies in reaching as many people as possible and building a streaming audience. Recorded under the expertise of Them Fly Bros and producer CR Pendleton at DXD Label Group, his single exudes the spirit of perseverance and triumph over adversity.
Reflecting on his experiences, Rylie believes that challenges present opportunities for growth and resilience. In his own words, “The problems of today are the opportunities of tomorrow.” With unwavering determination, Rylie Wyane aims to inspire others through his music, offering a glimmer of hope and encouragement in a world that can often feel overwhelming.
As Rylie Wyane continues to rise above his personal struggles, his debut single “The Race is On” serves as a testament to his resilience and a promising start to his musical journey.
In a harmonious fusion of music and literature, Mariana Masetto, renowned for her captivating melodies, releases “Árbol,” a heartfelt tribute to Naná Vasconcelos, the legendary Brazilian percussionist. Drawing inspiration from Peter Wohlleben’s enlightening book, “The Secret of the Trees,” this enchanting single marks a significant chapter in Mariana’s ninth album, “Numina.”
With Mariana Masetto at the helm, the band’s ethereal soundscapes are brought to life. Influenced by musical pioneers such as Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, and Harry Styles, their music transcends boundaries and evokes emotions that resonate deeply with listeners.
Beyond the captivating melodies, Mariana has embraced the art of storytelling, engaging audiences through her book, “Our Voice Has Body,” and hosting seminars before embarking on entertaining gigs. These unique experiences add a touch of whimsy to her musical journey.
Recorded in her personal studio, Mariana entrusted the mixing and mastering process to a Latin Grammy-nominated engineer, ensuring that every note and rhythm resonates with perfection. The ethos behind “Árbol” and the entire album lies in the profound connection between music and nature, evoking a sense of wonder and reverence for the world around us.
During the recording and production of “Numina,” interesting anecdotes abound. Each song on the album, including the mesmerizing “Árbol,” features lyrics composed in both Spanish and Portuguese, showcasing Mariana’s bilingual prowess. Additionally, the visually stunning music video was a labor of love, filmed in numerous locations but completed within an awe-inspiring single day.
Mariana Masetto’s musical journey intertwines with the beauty of nature, paying homage to influential figures and captivating readers with her heartfelt book. “Árbol” is not just a song; it’s an invitation to immerse oneself in the captivating melodies that echo the soul of the trees and embrace the enchantment of Mariana’s musical universe.