There’s much more to Shiba San than what meets the first listen. Leaving behind a 15-year long career of production experience in the French hip-hop scene, the Parisian producer became fascinated with the sounds of Chicago house and was inspired to create his own productions, infusing his hip-hop influence with the soul of house music.
Then came “Okay,” the track that “changed the way we listened to music” (Dancing Astronaut) and became the anthem of 2014. It claimed the #1 position on Beatport’s House chart for 82 days, remained in the House Chart’s Top 10 for over 180 days, was put on rotation by radio tastemakers like Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Danny Howard and received support from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Eats Everything, Green Velvet and nearly every major DJ under the sun.
His debut release on DFTD, “All I Need” with fellow Frenchman Tim Baresko, dominated Beatport’s overall chart at the #1 position for over a month. The song landed on multiple ‘Best of 2018’ lists and earned support from influential tastemakers, such as Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Jack Back (David Guetta), among others. The duo has teamed up once again on their latest 2019 collab, Some More EP, out on Steve Lawler’s VIVa LiMITED imprint.
Shiba San continues his barrage of releases and global live appearances into 2019 including the anticipated return to his very own label, Basement Leak, with a track titled “My Harmony”, and a North American spring tour titled “Parlez-Vous Français” with support from his label’s rising star, Tim Baresko. This year will also bring him, yet again, to some of the world’s most sought-after festivals, including Defected London and Croatia, Festival Vaivén in Mexico, Veld Music Festival in Toronto, Paradiso, Global Dance Festival, and many others TBA.
This is only the beginning of what is sure to be another massive year for the Parisian artist.
Walker & Royce have been producing their emotive, subdued and groove-heavy deep house since 2011— but almost from the start, they were touted as future stars. Now it’s official, thanks to a certain UK tastemaker— not to mention a string of stellar productions and remixes." - XLR8R
"Walker & Royce" started when Sam and Gavin, having known each other in and out of the dance scene for years, finally began working together in 2011. As things usually go, it was a bit of luck that got them off the ground: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus noticed one of their very first releases, a remix of SAARID's "Future Lately", on Nervous Records. The result was the Crosstown Rebels EP "You're Not Welcome" and with that, Walker & Royce was launched into the dance music spotlight.
Around the same time, Walker & Royce released a track on OFF Recordings that went on to become a house anthem: "Connected". The song became a mainstay in Solomun's performances and with that set the stage for a diverse range of sounds from the pair. Their EP on Moda Black entitled “Sister” was picked by Pete Tong as his Essential New Tune, and their chart toping remix of Baunz’ “Out the Window” on Pets Recordings garnered support from many of the biggest artists in electronic music. The duo has joined the ranks on Claude Vonstroke’s seminal Dirtybird Records with the release of the “Boy” EP and “Hit Dem Draws” and Green Velvet’s legendary Relief Records with their chart toping release “Peep This Cat”, and “3 4 Shake It” with fellow Dirtybird artist Will Clarke.
2017 saw the duo release their debut artist album entitled “Self Help” on Dirtybird Records. The release invites listeners on an out-there trip through the quirks and quips of an act on the tip of modern house music’s tongue. The result is a journey whose stops are as fit for introspection as it is for peak club moments. “Self Help”puts forth a critically acclaimed and career-defining debut album - an immensely clever project that lures listeners in with club-ready grooves only to leave them in contemplation. 2019 has been no different seeing the duo secure their first #1 on Beatport with “Word’ Feat. VNSSA coupled with a nonstop touring schedule and a triumphant return to Dirtybird to release their “Bodies Do The Talking” EP.
Having solidified their unique sound, you will hear Walker & Royce's music in many of the top DJ's from around the world! From Sasha to Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex to Gorgon City and Eats Everything to Loco Dice, they continue to break down the genre barriers and turn heads....