10 Mar One to Watch: Klangkarussell
You may not have heard of Klangkarussell, but chances are you’ll be familiar with Sonnentanz. Later remixed with lyrics as Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine), the track — all whooshing electronic synths, catchy melodies and toe-tapping beats, topped off with uplifting vocal delivery from British soul singer Will Heard — went straight to the top of the charts in six different countries and, after being officially released in August 2013, instantly became one of those tirelessly addictive ‘summer anthems’ that soundtracked endless house parties and, indeed, took the worldwide clubbing scene by storm. For true fanatics, there’s even a 10-hour looped version of the original mix available on YouTube; with 720,000 views on this video alone (there are nearly 13 million views on the official video), it’s pretty safe to say that Klangkarussell are kind of a big deal.
So, what of the duo themselves? The brains behind the operation are Adrian Held and Tobias Rieser, both hailing from Austria. The pair met at school but lost contact with each other, only to reunite over a beer and, having discovered their mutual musical interests — Adrian was making electronic music, playing DJ sets in Vienna, and Tobias had interests of the same vein — they decided to make beats together.
And so Klangkarussell was born, straight out of their small Austrian hometown, Saltzburg. Even the more impressive, then, that the 25 year-olds have managed to gain such a cult following despite their humble roots and the fact that they reportedly never came up with any sort of promotional strategy to get their music out to the masses; instead, they simply posted some songs on their Soundcloud and YouTube accounts and let the appraisal from music blogs come in naturally. An unexpected phone call, and subsequent record deal, with Universal followed — one-hit wonders these guys most certainly are not — and a debut album is now in the pipeline.
While we wait patiently for new material to be released, it’s definitely worth heading over to Soundcloud to check out some of the pair’s remixes; personal favourites include their take on Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon and Sunday by Max Manie. Klangkarussell will be bringing their unique sound to London’s XOYO on April 11th (advance tickets £12.50) before touring in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands from April 16th onwards – full details can be found on their official website.
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