HOUSE CLUB SET, OSPITI DELLA SETTIMANA “MARK KNIGHT” & “KLINGANDE”.
Written by Redazione on 5 Giugno 2020
RADIO ONE – Venerdì e Sabato dalle 23:00 “House Club Set“, questa settimana con: “MARK KNIGHT” nella prima ora, a seguire “KLINGANDE“.
RADIO ONE – Fm 96.3 (Palermo) – 99.9 (Provincia) – www.radioone.it
DJ, producer, label owner and businessman: Mark Knight has proven a rare and wonderful breed of musical heavyweight. The second highest-selling Beatport artist of all time (with no less than eight No.1’s) his career has spanned more than a decade, with releases on a diverse range of labels such as Suara, 1605, Stereo and of course his own Toolroom. Despite his success, the Grammy-nominated artist has never rested on the laurels of being one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished international players, and continues to push boundaries and set new standards with each year that passes.
Armed with a musical library that knows no boundaries, a consistent run of hits and chart-topping ventures alike, the success of Knight’s recording career is matched only by the credibility and integrity maintained throughout his discography to date. Heard through a spread of anthems (‘Man With The Red Face,’ ‘Alright’, ‘Downpipe’) along with producing bands such as Faithless and Underworld has sealed a diverse musical heritage for the accomplished producer. It’s music for passion, not numbers, and it’s what Mark Knight does best.
2015 was a landmark year for Mark Knight. His track ‘Second Story’ on Suara was crowned an Essential New Tune by Radio 1’s Pete Tong, and went on to be one of the biggest records of the summer: another welcome accolade from the national broadcaster following Mark’s induction into Radio 1’s Hall of Fame earlier in the year.
Last year also saw the release of ‘A Year In The Life’: a collection of highlights from Mark’s illustrious career. All proceeds were donated to the children’s charity War Child, while alongside the album, a feature-length fly-on-the-wall documentary – filmed over the space of an entire year – was released in January 2016.
2016 has already marked some of Mark Knight’s strongest work to date. The key mantra has been about Mark stripping back his music and going back to his roots, creating more underground, club ready tracks. Mark has certainly achieved this through his sound and the labels in which he will be releasing on over the year, taking a step back from Toolroom from an artists perspective for the first time in over a decade.
Founded in 2004 and responsible for championing a wealth of talent from across the industry spectrum, the award-winning Toolroom Records will of course remain a key component in the life and times of Mark Knight. Having spearheaded the label’s new direction over the past few years as part of their pivotal #RESET campaign, Knight continues to have a leading role within one of the UK’s biggest independent record labels.
Notable in 2016 is the label’s shift to focus less on singles and more on developing artists and releasing albums: one of Mark’s major priorities for the year. Toolroom has dominated the Beatport charts for over a decade with its forward-thinking house and techno releases, but with album projects coming up from Adrian Hour and Weiss now looks set to embark on a new chapter in its continuing evolution.
Alongside his bountiful studio output, Knight has continued to grow his much loved radio presence, with Toolroom Radio now reaching over 13.5 million people in 60 countries across the world, all tuning in each week to hear Mark’s records of choice, while on iTunes Toolroom Radio was recently named in the top 20 most influential podcast by Digital Music News based on number of subscribers. Knight also remains a firm fixture on the worldwide touring circuit with a number of key residencies around the world under the Toolroom Live banner and performances at dance music bastions Space Ibiza and Amnesia as well as a host of landmark festivals. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder the Toolroom man has deservedly maintained his status as an indispensable asset to modern dance music.
Champion of the melodic house genre, Cedric Steinmyller – best known as Klingande – has been breathing new life into the electronic music world with his impeccable productions and uplifting sound, cementing his reputation as one of the most refreshing and original producers around today.
A welcome departure from the big room house sound that has been dominating the scene of late, Klingande’s presence of sublime melodies has made him one of the leading figureheads within his field. Releasing standout music alongside fellow tropical house founders Kygo, Bakermat and Robin Schulz, his refreshing and innovative sound has influenced the likes of Lost Frenquencies, Kungs, Ofenbach and many more; cementing him as a pioneer of the tropical and melodic house genre.
Hailing from Croix, Northern France, Cedric began studying music theory as a child before later becoming immersed in electronic music as a teenager, learning to DJ and subsequently working on his own original productions. Discovering his passion for electronic music, his immense appreciation for Sweden’s booming dance music culture inspired him to eventually settle on the moniker Klingande, taken from the Swedish word for sounding – something that continues to cause confusion as to his origins to this day! Committed to furthering his vocation, Cedric moved to London where he spent a year studying at the famed Point Blank Music College, learning every facet of music production and experiencing multiple genres, a testament to his drive and determination to reach the top of his game.
Returning to his hometown back in 2012, Klingande holed himself up in the studio, honing his now signature sound to unveil his delightful debut single ‘Punga’. However, it was his follow up ‘Jubel’ in 2013 that rightfully propelled the young producer into the spotlight. Truly embodying the Swedish word it was named after, ‘Jubel’ instantly captivated listeners with its joyous and uplifting sound, becoming one of the first standout tracks of its genre. Since then, the record has amassed over 150 million views on YouTube, an additional 21 million plays across SoundCloud and a further 176 million on Spotify, as well as taking the #1 spot in 30 countries to become the most Shazamed track across Europe.
After 3 years on tour, Klingande released his short documentary ‘3 years of Music & Love’ on MTV to celebrate and tell the story of his success ‘Jubel’ which introduced his follow up single ‘Losing U’. Alongside this, he is now the host of his own radio show in the ‘House of Chill’ series on Sirius FM. Aired monthly; the show brings in millions of listeners every month from around the globe.
Unsurprisingly, it was not long before the burgeoning star caught the attention of talent scouts and tastemakers around the globe, and as the praise rolled in thick and fast, so too did the requests. His guest mixes have been applauded by the likes of Billboard and Dancing Astronaut and he has been called upon for remix treatments by everyone from Avicii & Wyclef Jean to Parov Stelar.
A musician in the truest sense of the word, what sets Klingande apart from the rest is his dedication to producing unusual and mesmerizing soundscapes. Constantly introducing instruments not usually encountered in typical electronic music, his third official single ‘RIVA (Restart The Game)’ – released earlier in 2015 and featuring French singer Broken Back – even saw him experiment with the harmonica to almighty applause. He followed up with the brilliant ‘Losing U’ introducing a quartet of chords. Bringing his saxophone player, and Violin player since end of 2016, to every show he plays, Klingande ensures this experimental attitude resonates throughout his live performances and it is therefore no surprise that he has been called upon to play at major festivals, from Ultra Music Festival in Miami to Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld.
2016 was one of Klingande’s most prolific years to date. He released ‘Losing U’ in February and ‘Somewhere New’ in August, which amassed over 23 million streams on Spotify alone and reached Platinum status in Sweden. Known for his innovative productions, Klingande even further by producing the first facebook live stream music video in history for this single, alongside At Night Studios. The video impressively went according to plan as 40 people came together to tell a wonderful story through 11 different environments.
Over the past year, Klingande has been working on his live tour where he brings out musicians playing the guitar, violin, drums and of course saxophone – creating a truly immersive live experience. With this new concept, Klingande played a monumental live show last year at the Roundhouse, London with Kungs and Felix Jaehn, and brought it to festivals like Lollapalooza. 2017 sees Klingande keep his busy tour schedule up across the US, South America and Europe with already announced dates at Tomorrowland, Parookaville, Mysteryland and returning to Ibiza in the summer. All whilst he continues to find new creative ways to express himself in the studio and on stage.