Aug 5 – Motez (Future Tour) + special guests Yolanda Be Cool
Way back before Motez was making bangers and rocking festivals, he was getting some classical piano know how and its these skills that he flexes on Own Up. Clearly influenced by the 90’s, Own Up is a fresh and revitalized update rather than pastiche but not only this, in a nice twist, it still manages to sound like it came from the guy that made Roof Ride Back.
Believe the hype.
Motez is many things. He’s #1 ‘next big thing’ (In The Mix), a key 2014 ‘artist to watch’ (MTV), an ‘artist to watch out for’ (vibe magazine), and he’s earned the attention of dudes like Flume, who named Motez as one of his most excited artists alongside Ta-ku and Wave Racer.
He’s chalked up two Hype Machine #1s, had main support duties for Disclosure’s most recent Australian tour, was the only Australian to be invited to play the debut Oceanic tour by cult-followed Hard-presents, played to thousands on the main stage of Field Day, and had 3 tracks in Australia’s TOP TEN most played EPs of 2013 by Stoney Roads.
YOLANDA BE COOL
In a world of inflated egos and outrageous demands, Yolanda Be Cool, aka Bondi boys Andy and Matt, have kept their feet on the ground and let their music do the talking.
The unavoidable worldwide number one breakthrough track, “We No Speak Americano” sold over 5 million copies and amassed over 200 million youtube views. Their critically acclaimed album “Ladies and Mentalmen” released on DIM MAK in 2013 featured indigenous Australian icon Gurrumul, house royalty Crystal Waters and Barbara Tucker, soul legend Betty Wright and US up n coming rap star Nola Darling. They even co-own/A&R for the seminal Australian record label Sweat It Out, home to artists such as RÜFÜS, What So Not, Motez and many more.
In spite of the success, the boys just want to continue making people dance. The start of 2015 saw them get back in the studio with Americano collaborator DCUP and lead to the release of their platinum selling single “Sugar Man”. They swiftly followed this up with what looks to be one of the tunes of the summer, ”Soul Makossa (Money)” which spent 5 weeks in Beatport’s top 10, getting as high as no 2 and has just begun crossing over onto daytime radio…
They make sample heavy party music that’s fun for the clubs but equally at home on the radio. They cross-over, but they don’t sell out. And while they are down with playing in front of 90,000 people in Morocco as a guest of the king, they are equally at home in a small basement. Underground cool. Pop sensibility. It’s a rare combination that the guys have mastered and is why they constantly surprise with their eclectic, housed up dj sets worldwide.
With many more tunes in the pipeline, 2015 – 2020 looks set to be even bigger than the last 5 years.