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From Florianópolis, Brasil

Elekfantz

12 verified gigs
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From Florianópolis, Brasil

Elekfantz

Electronica
12 verified gigs
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ELEKFANTZ

In the summer of 2012, a stunning single called "Wish" (Kompakt Exklusiv) made quite a splash in the international techno community — it was released on a limited edition picture vinyl only and delighted DJs and listeners worldwide. Composed in memory of Muddy Waters, the bluesman that electrified the Delta blues, it came from the hands of Elekfantz, a project completely unknown to most floor hounds: speculations about the originators ran rampant and the name Gui Boratto was brought forward more than once. And it was indeed Gui who heard it first, deciding that not only this was music he’d love to see released, but also a talented duo he absolutely wanted to work with, becoming their manager and collaborator in the process. Thus, a new label was born: D.O.C., Gui's very own label imprint. Sure enough, Elekfantz were the first artists to be signed. The curtain was lifted in 2013 with "Diggin' On You" on the Kompakt distributed label — revealing two incredibly gifted musicians. POWER DUO Daniel Kuhnen and Leo Piovezani met over two decades ago when they played together in a blues band. Leo is a professional drummer, singer and composer since the age of 15. He played and recorded with some of the greatest artists in Brazil. Daniel was born and bred at the electronic music temple in South America, later becoming a resident DJ and local hero. Opposite paths that later met again to become an electronic power duo. DIGGIN’ ON YOU (listen here) It was the second bestselling song of the year within its genre and guaranteed its spot on Beatport’s overall top 100 for over three months. A summer hit, it was remixed by Solomun and the label boss Gui and played on radio shows, charts and podcasts by artists as diverse as Chromeo, Pete Tong, Fedde Le Grand, Michael Mayer, John Digweed and H.O.S.H., as well as licensed for dozens of compilations like Pacha Ibiza, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Global Underground, Es Vive Ibiza, Future Disco, Bargrooves and many others. FIRST ALBUM: DARK TALES & LOVE SONGS (listen here) After their stunning 2012 debut single "Wish" and 2013's smash hit "Diggin' on You", they returned to the fore with what can only be called a brilliant full-length premiere. Their debut album "Dark Tales & Love Songs" (D.O.C. 003 LP) sports all the intimate melodies, lush harmonies and organic undertones that the duo has become known for and then some: from pop-infused songwriter house in “She Knows” to highly-emotive primetime anthems like “Why So Bad”, you'll find lots to love about this expertly-crafted collection of melodic gems. Shortly after its release, the duo began a three-month tour, visiting eleven countries and some of the top European summer clubs and festivals. "They just sound different, beautiful" Boratto commented, "real musicians". CAREER HIGHLIGHTS NEW SINGLE: BLUSH (January 2017) With synths, reminiscent of the 80's and 90's, accompanied by striking vocals and sensual percussive elements, "Blush" is the duo’s latest release and it hit the stores in time for summer/2017 in the Southern Hemisphere. The single was the duo's first release since the album "Dark Tales & Love Songs" in 2014 and came out in November 2016 with remixes from Gui Boratto, Vintage Culture and an extended version released in January 2017. Check it out on Spotify. CONCERTS (updated December 2016) Their live performances mix the energy of a live band with the continuous rhythm of electronic dance music and is acclaimed not only in Brazil but in over twenty countries around the world where Elekfantz has performed. 2016 was exceptional for the duo, performing almost a hundred shows throughout the year. Three tours in Europe with shows in countries as diverse as Turkey, the Ukraine, Holland and Germany (in the last two countries alone they have performed over twenty shows in recent years) a visit to Lebanon in the Middle East and another to Chile to play the Awakenings festival in Santiago were some of the highlights of the year. In Brazil, major festivals such as Tomorrowland were on the duo's agenda alongside clubs such as Warung and the iconic Opera de Arame venue in Curitiba. FESTIVAIS (updated November 2016) The Brazilian duo has been a constant on line ups for major festivals the world over. In 2016, Dani and Leo returned to Tomorrowland Brazil and debuted at DGTL Amsterdam, Warung Day Festival and Awakenings Chile. In recent years, they started 2014 playing at the Brazilian editions of Lollapalooza and Creamfields before taking off for the European summer and debuting on Melt! Festival in Germany and Nowa Musyka in Poland, coming back to Brazil only to play at XXXperience and Dream Valley. In 2015 they were one of the highlights at the belgian festival Tomorrowland first Brazilian edition, as well as Tribaltech in Curitiba, and their performances at Rock in Rio in Brasil and Pleinvrees Heroes in the Netherlands were also remarkable. AWARDS (updated November 2016) In 2016 the duo once again snatched the RMC Best Live Act award and also received the ACLA (Academia Catarinense de Letras) Award for Music Personality of the Year - becoming the first to receive the honor outside the erudite music world. At the 2014 RMC Awards of the Rio Music Conference, Elekfantz brought home the awards for both categories it was nominated for: Best Track with "Diggin' On You" and Best Live Act. DIGGIN' ON YOU OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP (October 2016) Directed by Dutchman Manoah Biesheuvel, the official video for "Diggin' On You" was recorded during the Pleinvrees Heroes festival and the D.O.C. Showcase at ADE in Amsterdam. The video is available on Elekfantz’s YouTube channel. D.O.C. MAGNUM 001 (May 2016) Gui Boratto released the compilation "Magnum" in May 2016 on D.O.C Records, bringing together highlights produced by the label’s artists. Elekfantz’s track, "To The Bone", was part of the collection alongside tracks by L_Cio, HNQO and Shadow Movement. Listen to the album here. GUI BORATTO & ELEKFANTZ LIVE (April 2016) Two of the most remarkable and exclusive performances of 2016 - and of the duo’s entire history - were alongside label boss Gui Boratto. Both took place in Holland, at the DGTL festival and at the Paaspop festival and were recorded on video. WHY SO BAD LIVE AT PARADISO AMSTERDAM (October 2015) The Paradiso is one of Europe's most traditional concert venues: the Dutch house runs its activities in what used to be a church has hosted performances by bands like Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, U2, Prince and Joy Division. In October 2015, Elekfantz had the privilege of performing on this sacred stage and recording a video of the track "Why So Bad." Watch here! COLLAB (June 2015) Invited by their friends from the Edit Revenge project, Elekfantz joined efforts in the studio to record the vocals for the track "Voices", released by the French label Noir Music. Listen here. ORCHESTRA (January 2015) Under the regency of maestro Jeferson Della Rocca, Elekfantz performed their songs with Gui Boratto and the Camerata Florianópolis orchestra. Beautiful arrangements and impeccable orchestration in a concert that will soon have new editions in theaters all over Brazil. Watch here. REMIXES (November 2014) The German producer Oliver Koletzki from Stil vor Talent invited the duo to remix one of the singles from his latest album, "Up In The Air". The EP features vocals by Fran and was released by Universal Germany. The second single on the album Dark Tales & Love Songs is "So Damn Classy", released with a version the duo produced in the D.O.C studios as part of their live act, which also has two remixes by Belgian DJ and producer Kolombo. SHE KNOWS LIVE IN PARIS (Julho/2014) The first show scheduled on the international tour to release the album "Dark Tales & Love Songs" was at the Zig Zag club in Paris. "She Knows," to date the duo's biggest hit, was recorded on video during the premiere performance in the French capital. USA & CANADÁ (Abril/2014) Elekfantz had its North American debut on a tour organized by Windish Agency, home to artists like Lorde and The XX. They performed in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, Toronto and Montreal.

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