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With electronic music dominating the globe, both commercially and underground, the world is in the grip of dance music fever. And two young men who are set to spread the fever even further afield are East & Young, who meld euphoric, big room house music with their own unique soundscapes.
Rising up from the relatively quiet backdrop of Enschede, east Holland, Marc Vano and Ivo de Jong are making some noise with their fresh approach to electronic music. A duo who've had the Midas Touch from day one, East & Young are purveyors of a new sound that has is rooted firmly in the big room/progressive sound, but draws on influences from far and wide.
It was only four years ago when the guys met, joining forces on a music project while at school together. They clicked instantly and their musical journey began, releasing their debut track 'Reveal' to widespread acclaim and support in 2008. With such a strong debut on the world stage East & Young were buoyed by their success and continued to push their sound further, working night and day in the studio to cement their approach and concoct an refreshing new take on dance music by incorporating varied influences into their repertoire.
With influences ranging from global superstars, and commanders of the big stage, Axwell, Calvin Harris and The Chemical Brothers, to film scores and indie bands, Marc and Ivo set about constructing the foundations of their spherical, big room soundscapes. Following on from their debut, the duo found themselves evolving quickly to emulate their inspirations and create a captivating, awe-inspiring series of tracks including 'Beautiful Evening' and 'Lifelike'.
In turn, East & Young's ability to put their unique spin on the work of other artists has opened the gates to a batch of remix work for the likes of DJ Fresh and Dizzee Rascal, to the Kings of Tomorrow, Foster The People, Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji and Sandro Silva. Label support from Strictly Rhythm, Ministry Of Sound, Defected, Hed Kandi and Spinnin has bolstered their already strong position.
2011 saw the guys pick up the award for best new DJ talent at the SLAM!FM awards. The award also landed them a radio show on the legendary Dutch station, following in the footsteps of artists such as Ferry Corsten & Hardwell.
2012 saw the release of their Coda EP on Calvin Harris' imprint Fly Eye, that received support from David Guetta, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, and many more. While other projects in progress are collaborative efforts with Gregor Salto & John Dahlback a follow up for Fly Eye and currently impacting the scene is their debut single with Ultra Music / Sony - Starting Again featuring Tom Cane already supported by Tiesto, Pete Tong, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Bingo Players, Laidback Luke, Knife Party and Kaskade who loved the track so much he asked the guys to remix his single Atmosphere. Other forthcoming remixes include My Digital Enemy “Wasted”, Galantis “Smile” and Cider Sky “We Are In Love”
It's an exciting time for East & Young as they recently completed a 6 date tour of New Zealand, and autumn 2013 see’s them heading off for an Asia tour, And as electronic music continues to flourish, The stakes are higher as more young people become enamoured with the music but, in typically laid-back Dutch style, Marc and Ivo relish the new challenges offered by this growth in the dance market: “It's good for us because the competition is really high, so you have to do your best to keep on making great music”