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Rewerk Wednesday/Kygo

Do you remember what you were trying to figure out at 24 years old? Most likely, you’re still trying to pay off those college loans and trying to find the perfect career for that degree you spent all that money on. However, that’s certainly not the case when it comes to tropical house DJ, Kygo. At his current age of 24, the red-hot house music guru has established himself on the music scene as one of the hottest DJs on the planet.  

Born as Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll in Norway, Kygo began playing the piano at the age of six through lessons. After becoming a pro on the ivories in his teenage years, he learned how to produce music through watching several tutorials on YouTube. By the time he decided to throw his hat in the music ring full-time, the aspiring DJ was more than halfway through earning a degree in business and finance at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. But knowing that he really longed to be a full-time DJ and producer, Kygo decided to drop out and follow his tropical intuition.

His first big break came when he rewerked Seinabo Sey’s hit, “Younger.” His tantalizing remix would not only help put him on the scene, but it would lead Kygo to take on the late great Marvin Gaye’s classic bedroom romp, “Sexual Feeling,” and turn it into a tropical house dream come true. While there’s no need to argue that the slow burn of Gaye’s sensual baby makin’ hit doesn’t need a retouch of any kind, Kygo certainly took it to the newest levels of orgasmic music ecstasy. The same can also be said for Kygo’s take on a-ha’s massive ’80s hit, “Take on Me”–it’s pure hammock ready brilliance. 

Kygo’s Marvin Gaye retelling became a certified club firestorm, as well as his remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire,” which would help the DJ land an exclusive deal with Sony records. His first label smash, “Firestone,” which features lead vocals from another red-hot overseas artist, “Who You Lovin” crooner, Conrad Sewell, not only went to number one in Norway, but reached the Top Ten in several other countries around the world. 

Keeping on his path, which just kept getting bigger and bigger, Kygo released his second consecutive solo number one hit, the James Parsons assisted, “Stole the Show,” which wasn’t just a hit overseas, but stateside as well. Later that year, the Will Heard assisted “Nothing Left” became Kygo’s third Norwegian chart-topper, as would also be the case for his fourth single, “Here for You,” which features vocals by former X Factor diva, Ella Henderson. You get the idea…Kygo is unstoppable by this point. 

If you’re wondering why you haven’t been able to get your headphones a full-length Kygo record, there’s no need to worry because in just a few weeks (Feb 12th, to be exact), the tropical house DJ is finally releasing his first full length set, Cloud Nine. The much, much-anticipated record is set to feature all of the hits listed above, as well as a handful of future worldwide smashes that we can only hope mainstream radio will pick up with open headphones. Because for those that are familiar with Kygo’s whirling werk, know that he’s truly got what it takes to produce music that has the uncanny ability to take us away into another dimension.

And it’s also very clear that at just 24 years old, Mr. Kygo is just getting started. 

 

 

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Tropical House Groove of the Day/Marvin Gaye/”Sexual Healing”/Kygo Rewerk

Pass the umbrella laced music cocktail, please….

If there’s one music genre that has certainly been flourishing this year, it’s the sun soaked genre of tropical house. Over the past few months, tropical house has seemed to magically wrap itself around some of radio’s biggest hits, further putting those who cook up these delightful, wistful serenades onto the music map. Some of those artists include OMI, whose star rose with his Caribbean kissed “Cheerleader,” as well as the DJ who remixed the tune, Felix Jaehn, who just so happens to own an array of island ditties that will just take you there. Justin Bieber is also living that tropical life these days as his current radio smash, “What Do You Mean?”(which we’ll press play on later this week.), has given the genre an even bigger push on mainstream radio. 

But if there’s one tropical house artist whose career has truly skyrocketed this year, its Norwegian DJ and music producer, Kygo. Armed with a bright, bold sound that is like no other house DJ on the music planet right now, the young dance music mogul (he’s 24) gained massive attention when he took Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire,” and today’s tropical house groove, his romping rewerk of the dearly departed Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” to new groovy music destinations.

Quickly proving that he’s got what it takes, Kygo released his Conrad Sewell assisted debut single, “Firestone,” last year, which only helped the DJ bulldoze his way even further on the charts with his collaboration with James Parson, “Stole the Show,” (which was amazing live when Kygo was here last week with Armin van Buuren) and his most recent lush, tropical fire, “Here For You,” with delightful UK songstress, Ella Henderson.

What makes tropical house such a fantastic genre is that it’s not only the perfect music to play in the frolicking summer months, but all year-long–especially now that we can’t deny the fact that winter is just around the corner. 

Meaning now is the perfect time to get warmed up and absolutely lost in some tropical house music love. 

 

 

 

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Review/ Firefly Festival 2015

Imagine being handed a pass to go to the best music festival the East Coast has to offer…(I hear you Governors Ball). The only directive given: take some photos and go have fun. By the end of your 4 day weekend you’ve acquired 5 additional passes (all rightfully so), wound up with 4 interviews, lots of new friends, and lots of mud on your shoes. This is what happened when Mixtape went to Firefly. And here’s what we have to tell you about it:

It’s All About The Music

Billboard has already told you that Betty Who stole the show…only second to Paul McCartney…they’re wrong on both accounts. Both of those artists blew us all away. Paul brought me to tears. Spoon was spot on as ever. AWOLNATION won my saving grace.

But there were two acts you probably missed because you were busy charging your phones or seeing Snoop. These two bands are going to have a huge impact in the next year: Empire of the Sun and Glass Animals.

I can’t say enough good things about these two acts. And being in a sea of people during their sets, you could feel the good energy reverberate off into the atmosphere. Not to mention the insane talent and fresh sounds that came from them.

Conflicts

Like any festival, there were many conflicts of interest. Snoop was on the same time as Empire,  Modest Mouse the same time as Kygo…yet we were able to see both floating in between (thank you VIP pass).

The biggest conflict was Thursday night. X Ambassadors (who tore. it. up. another act you need to hear), TYCHO (brought a full band complete with ocean scenes and many many shirtless bros), and The Kooks (who stole the night with their insanely catchy melodies). All three acts were on point, great openers for the weekend, and all worth mentioning.

Kygo was a full on feel good party. The energy, the vibes, the happiness. The same went for Aoki, a living legend, who seems even more relevant today by his Firefly set.

Festival Layout

Firefly’s a huge festival and it’s getting even bigger. As far as stages go, Forest, Backyard, and Lawn all seemed to be the most accessible. Pavillion…was a great idea with a terrible execution (it was a muddy pond the entire time complete with agitated security guards). Apparently there were two hubs for food, confusing interviewees when they tried to meet up with us…staff and security had NO idea where we were or were trying to go…this was a recurring theme the whole weekend. Best hangover food we tried was at one of the food vendors outside the venue (mac and cheese, sausage, bacon, chicken, in a roll…yes this is a thing and it’s called the Dr. Lector).

Backstage

The amazing talented people Mixtape met along the way was due in part to the equally awesome staff behind the stages that drove golf carts around the entire weekend…god bless them. The rides were a cross between being in Jurassic World and Entourage as we were chauffeured around in the muddy Woodlands.

PM_YNOT Backstage

Expect some awesome Music Tea this week. This Firefly experience was truly one for the books.

PM_YNOT Firefly Experience

See all photos over on Philly Mixtape’s facebook page here.

And share your favorite moments from the festival in the comments section below !!