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Published on March 26th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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Afrojack and LDH Europe Release “Global Remix Battle I EP”

Following the announcement of the final winners from the worldwide talent search “Global Remix Battle I” powered by PMC Speakers, Grammy-winning DJ and producer Afrojack and LDH Europe release the accompanying EP “Global Remix Battle I EP” featuring the remixed tracks of the contests’ finalists. The EP is now available on all digital streaming platforms worldwide from Wall Recordings/Armada Music with Afrojack at the helm supporting the new artists.

The EP consists of the five winners remixed tracks of Afrojack’s “Let It Rip”, taken from Afrojack’s  “Press Play” EP. The talent search was conducted over the last six months, and received submissions from over 129 countries in all corners of the world; all from various producers who all come from diverse backgrounds, have unique stories, and were given the chance to have their version of Afrojack’s track heard on this platform. While it was a huge challenge to select the winners, the final five hailing from Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan, were able to put an extra special twist on their versions of the track, which any fan of Afrojack will be excited to hear. For a short biography on each, see below.

Afrojack, Founder of Wall Recordings and CEO of LDH Europe said, “I have been performing for at least a decade but it’s always been my passion in building new artists. These five winners are very talented, and I’m pumped to be getting the opportunity to work with them, and to give them a platform to really grow. I think the fans will hear what they can do and will believe in them like we do.”

The task of each participant was to download the remix parts of “Let It Rip” taken from Afrojack’s  “Press Play” EP and submit their remix. Each person was hand selected and personally announced last week by Afrojack going onto his social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and announcing one producer a day from March 18 – 22. The winners announced are producers Buzz Low and Exlau, both from the Netherlands, Chipcat from Finland, Italian producer DES3ETT, and from across the globe, HIROKI from Tokyo, Japan. PMC Speakers will also reward one of the lucky contestants with its latest award-winning PMC result6 studio monitors which will be announced soon.

The EP release is fresh off the heels of Afrojack’s cross-genre bending hit “Sober” featuring Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj, and ahead of his headlining performance on Sunday night at Ultra Music Festival.

For more information on each winner, please see below:

Buzz Low

Buzz Low

Since 2010, Buzz Low has been creating electronic music from his hometown in the Netherlands. In 2018, his official remix for ‘Friends and Lovers’ reached over 200k Spotify plays within two months, and was later played by Oliver Heldens. Most recently, his original track ‘This Is Us’ with vocals by Harley Bird was premiered by Oliver Heldens and Lucas & Steve. He is a resident DJ in Club Ruis, Haarlem, and has performed at festivals and clubs throughout the Netherlands.

Exlau

Exlau

Also hailing from the Netherlands is Exlau, his career began with the release of several Soundcloud tracks and remixes, and it wasn’t long before artists such as Jonas Blue, Sam Feldt, Bakermat and Robin Schulz began to show support. Now, Exlau has over 2.7 million streams on Spotify and his latest single ‘Sleepless’ is crushing Viral Top 50 charts in over 11 countries. He has left school to pursue his passion for music, and notes “This is an amazing chance for me to make it, to do what I like most. Music.”

Chipcat

Chipcat

Chipcat, the Finnish DJ, began playing music at the age of 6. Coming from a musical family, it was not long before he progressed, and at the age of 13 was introduced to the art of producing. While inspired at a young age by big names like Martin Garrix, David Guetta and Calvin Harris, he has evolved greatly as an artist and as a person, and is always moving forward looking for new sounds and styles to make his own.

DES3ETT

DES3ETT

Italian producer DES3ETT, has embodied the essence of electro music for over 9 years. He has produced and released tracks on labels such as Playbox Music, Bourne Recordings, and Musical Madness, and has shared the stage in Greece and Croatia at Papaya (ranked #6 in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 Clubs, 2018), and at several other clubs. He has also held a summer residency in Croatia, and played to a crowd of more than 100,000 at Home Festival, held in Treviso, Italy.

Hiroki

Hiroki

HIROKI hails from Tokyo, Japan. The artist has been studying and working on music production for several years from his home studio, which resulted in various remixes to the release of his upbeat original “Get Low”. With his ability to execute a great remix, and to produce the highest of quality original tracks, HIROKI is certainly a producer to watch.

About Afrojack One of the world’s most innovative and sought-after artists, Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, DJ Afrojack, continues to shatter boundaries that push music into bold new directions. Since making his breakthrough with the multi-platinum-selling single ‘Take Over Control’, the Dutch-born genre-bending musician has lent his production skills to tracks including David Guetta’s number one smash ‘Titanium (feat. Sia)’ and co-created major hits for such artists as Beyoncé, Pitbull, and will.i.am. Having brought 2017 to an electrifying close with star-studded track ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ alongside David Guetta, Charli XCX and French Montana, Afrojack has propelled into what is set to be another incredible year, having already dropped ‘Bad Company’ with DirtCaps, a remix of U2’s iconic ‘Get Out of Your Own Way’ and reunited with David Guetta and Sia on ‘Helium’. Fans the world over have eagerly anticipated the arrival of his latest single ‘Bed of Roses’ (featuring Stanaj) released as a gift to fans on Valentine’s Day. In the last two years Afrojack was named one of the 50 Most Important People in Electronic Dance Music by Rolling Stone and placed on the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list, also receiving a stamp in his likeness in the Netherlands and becoming the second DJ ever to imprint his hands into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He continues to appear in Las Vegas every month as a resident DJ for the Wynn Hotel Group at their three luxury venues XS, Encore Beach Club and Intrigue. Outside of Vegas he performs worldwide at all major festivals and premier nightlife venues.

About LDH Europe LDH EUROPE is a new Rotterdam-based joint venture company between Afrojack and LDH JAPAN Inc., one of the leading artist management companies in Japan. LDH JAPAN Inc. houses some of the most popular pop groups in Japan, whom in total bring in over 2 million people annually through their live tours in Japan. LDH JAPAN Inc. provides its own 360-degree artist management model which Afrojack seeks to recreate in Rotterdam. Afrojack is heading LDH EUROPE as the CEO.

About PMC PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra- critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.


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