Glasgow has always been a fertile breeding ground for house music. With countless internationally-renowned DJs hailing from the city, there is no shortage of world-class talent in the UK’s northern clubbing powerhouse. The latest duo to set dance floors alight in Glasgow and far beyond are Illyus & Barrientos.
Illyus grew up in Frankfurt after being born in Govan and met his production partner Ivan on Glasgow’s dance floors in 2014, building a friendship over their mutual love of the kind of unashamedly big, floor-filling modern house tunes that have since propelled them to dizzying levels of acclaim.
In many ways, they are an odd couple – while Illyus was growing up in the vibrant local hip-hop scene in Germany then Glasgow, distributing early mixtapes for an enthusiastic audience of friends, Barrientos was still taking classical piano lessons, playing Chopin and Beethoven. In the studio, these diverse influences come together to create some spectacular dance floor alchemy. Raw and funky, their tracks pulse with percussive energy and deep, infectious hooks.
With stellar releases such as ‘Shout’, ‘So Serious’ and ‘M.E.A’ on Toolroom Records, plus releasing some Beatport chart-topping records on Defected Records and Mother Recordings, Illyus & Barrientos have well and truly cemented their status as one of the hottest DJ and production duos in the UK. So much so, that they have featured heavily on Radio 1 (Radio 1 Rave Lounge, guest interview on Danny Howard’s show, guest mix for Annie Nightingale and 2 mini mixes for Annie Mac), and were also asked to record a mix for the prestigious BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix series.
Having already played at clubs around the world from Moscow and Bangkok, to Los Angeles and Mexico City, their touring schedule for 2019 grows bigger by the minute; with debut tours in Australia and Asia in motion, plus an incredible residency at Eden Ibiza lined up for summer 2019. They are also staples guesting for Claptone at his infamous Masquerade parties, Danny Howard’s ‘Nothing Else Matters” tours and Mother Recordings label parties in Europe.
It’s looking like this year is going to be bigger than the last, and PRL is pleased to welcome Illyus to our roster for global perfomer rights admin!
Swedish electronic music artist and vocalist Therese counts two UK Top 10 hits amongst her finest moments – the huge ‘Take Me Away‘ and ‘Put ‘Em High’ with StoneBridge.
Her solo tracks have had well over 2 million plays on YouTube to date.A recent re-release of ‘Put Em High’ hit number 1 in the Billboard Dance Charts - a full 10 years after its original release. Her single ‘Drop it Like it’s Hot’ came with a huge Alesso remix, which hit #2 in the Club Charts. Her success in the UK is replicated in her native Sweden, with earlier releases on Dromhaus, as well as her duet with Danny ‘If Only You’, which also reached #1 in Russia and Poland.
On top of a successful solo career, Therese has also been behind tracks for many other pop icons. She has co-written hits for the likes of Danni Minogue & Shaznay Lewis, and more recentlyAlcazar on their European smash ‘Good Luvin’. From a live perspective, she has performed everywhere from Miami Winter Music Conference to SuperMartXé in Ibiza, Stockholm Fashion Week, Sweden’s Pride festival, Sydney’s Mardi Gras and Hed Kandi’s Ibiza residency. She is currently on a massive European arena tour with fellow Swedish pop phenomenons, Aqua.
In what may seem like overnight, Glasgow’s multitalented DJ/musician/producer KC Lights has broken out as one of the fastest-rising acts in the global dance music scene. Undoubtedly one of the brightest hopes to come out of Glasgow, Scotland, he’s evolved his expansive production range and uplifting DJ style in the studio and on the road, with fans touting his unique take on house music.
The official debut of KC Lights came in 2013 via the Sweet Step EP on Cheap Thrills. The EP set off a chain reaction of subsequent hit singles and releases. The 2015 single, “Lose It All,” was his first release to gain major traction within the electronic world, with house music heavyweights Rudimental, MK, and Danny Howard all singing its praises. It was his following single, “No No No,” that became KC Lights’ breakthrough track and a definitive Ibiza anthem of 2015. The song hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Charts and reached the Top 10 on the Shazam UK Dance Chart. Influential BBC Radio 1 DJ/host Annie Mac championed the track and included it on her Annie Mac Presents 2015 compilation released through Virgin EMI Records. KC kept his momentum in 2016 with the release of “Daylight” with Mike Mago on Spinnin’ Records. His next two singles, “Temptation” and “Sundown,” both found a home on Danny Howard’s label Nothing Else Matters. “Sundown” became a summer anthem, and a version with Rae Hall adding a vocal (“Sundown [Loving Me]”) was released shortly thereafter. Both versions became club and festival staples, with support from Danny Howard, MistaJam, Annie Mac, MK, Todd Terry, and DJs across the globe, in addition to heavy rotation on Revolution Radio in Miami.
Outside of his originals and collaborations, KC Lights has taken on remix duties for both emerging and top artists including Janelle Monáe, Jax Jones, Matoma & Becky Hill, Martin Solveig, Set Mo, Motez, MK (“17”), and several others. He’s also reworked indie electronic group M83 (“Go!”); U2 (“Get Out of Your Own Way”); and Ed Sheeran (“Perfect”).
KC Lights’ diverse range as a producer and songwriter is what has landed him official releases on all the top imprints in dance music—including Ultra Music, Sweat It Out!, FFRR/Big Beat, and many others—and has garnered him universal critical acclaim and media support from Rinse FM, BBC Radio 1Xtra, and BBC Radio 1, where he landed a coveted Mini Mix slot on Annie Mac’s radio show in 2016.
On the live front, KC Lights is currently touring around the world with high-profile performances at some of the top festivals and events—including Creamfields, We Are FSTVL, ADE, SW4, Area10 Dublin, Belfast, and Pier Jam—and renowned clubbing institutions like The Warehouse Project, Ministry of Sound, Printworks, Switch, and Amnesia in Ibiza. This festival season, KC Lights is scheduled to perform at Creamfields, London’s SW4, Area10 in Dublin, Boardmasters, Summerbeats, and more to be announced.
Since his June 2018 release on Nothing Else Matters with “Change the World” , KC has also released in 2019 on Toolroom with the current biggie "SOL" as well as remixing the like of Jax Jone & BeBe Rexha.
Mark McGowan is renown for the power and timbre of his neo-Soul voice. A voice that keeps one ear firmly in working class Glasgow, yet transports the other to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60's. McGowan’s intricate picking style and storytelling developed from an early age and became the tools for him to express himself.
Mark's 2016 EP 'Fugazi' built on the excitement caused by the release of his debut single the previous year last year, the AAside 'Bonnie & Clyde'/'Colour of Surrender' , which earned him some prestigious international blog attention as well as a cult following on Glasgow's thriving independent scene, leading to him gaining status as a headline act in the city. The 'Fugazi' EP brought a diverse collection of influence to the table, with Barne Society producer Marco Rea (BMX Bandits, Emeli Sande), creating a contemporary texture as the backdrop to McGowan's tales of outlaw's, regret, revenge and romance. Tracks 'Lighthouse' and 'Fugazi' display the essence of Mark McGowan's style with their bittersweet images being painted over circular picking patterns. McGowan also displays dark humor with sounds reminiscent of Otis Redding doing Johnny Cash in the rockabilly hoe down that is 'Sunday Best'. Mark McGowan added a fresh vitality to his Soul inflected folk with 2017 single 'Hot Coals'. Built on a hypnotic guitar figure and hooky chant 'Hot Coals' maintains the vivid romantic imagery that coloured McGowan's previous releases, while at the same time distilling his strengths in a more direct, contemporary setting. Hot Coals was helped brought to life by producer Rick Webster who has worked with the likes of Breakfast Muff, Unkle Bob and James.
In Autumn 2019, Mark released 4 track EP 'Speakeasy' though Los Angeles based label NHM LLC. With the support of the LA office, this has opened up amazing opportunities for Mark who has been out to perform in New York City as part of the New Colossus festival & managed to squeeze in a Sofar Sounds set whilst there. Furthermore, Mark's music videos for Speakeasy & Roles Reveresed have culmitavely reached >300,000 views.
An impending release in 'Bones' is set for later on this year. In addition, Mark McGowan was added to Antidote Booking's impressive roster and he joined fellows Scots; VanIves, Carla J. Easton, Tom McGuire & The Brassholes and Wuh Oh. This has led to Mark taking his mesmerising Neo soul voice across the UK including dates in London & Brighton.
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland- Stephen Kirkwood has established himself at the forefront of the Scottish electronic music. Working hard over the years to perfect and hone his sound has earned him a global fanbase with releases on some of of the biggest labels in the industry: Spinnin’ Records, Subculture, Reload Black, Naked Lunch, Respekt Recordings, Yoshitoshi & many more.
His sought after productions are a hybrid of modern techno & classic trance. His tracks are powerful, unique and designed for peak time main stage dance floors as well as more intimate settings.
Behind the decks Stephen is a force to be reckoned with, his sets continue to push genre boundaries. His ability to adapt and evolve to his surroundings and read the dance floor has earned him shows at some of the best global parties including Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza and Grotesque in Holland.
Aside from performing, Stephen also runs SKapade Studios. Launched in 2015, it offers music production training in various styles of electronic music,providing one to one tuitiotion, track engineering, mastering and mixing. A strong advocate within the music community, Stephen also works tirelessly with the SKapade team to deliver engaging workshops to the youth across Scotland visiting schools and colleges. 2019 witnessed Stephen and his partner Steven Galloni play to over 10,000 people at Scotland’s premier entertainmentvenue ‘The Hydro’.
For Lova, music comes as natural for her as breathing. She started with the piano as a 3 year old, and since then the music has been a faithful companion, and a solid clue in an ever turbulent existence.
It was however the meeting with her producer Gerald “KEYS” Keys (Rick Ross / Ludacris / Big Sean), in LA who seriously traced Lova into her very own musical expressions. LoKeys resulted from the collaboration with success coming from the single “Tipsy”.
In 2018 year Lova teamed up with Rene Rodriguezz and has featured on the Spotify successes “Rude” and this year’s release “Stand My Ground”.
Early 2019 saw features with Copenhagen based Mashti covering Sade’s “Paradise which should release soon and which follows on from “I Can’t Help Myself” released earlier this year.