Junge Junge is the DJ-production project of Rochus Grolle and Michael Noack. Both enjoyed their own respective successes as solo artists before the collaboration began: Grolle has been DJing and producing music since the early 2000s, while Noack has been DJing ever since he debuted on George Morell’s Groove On Records in 2012. Having crossed paths on various occasions the road—“We were always bumping into each other at random events,” they say—the duo decided to spend some time in the studio together in late 2012, only to discover a shared language and intention: “to excite people” with their music. Soon they began touring as Grolle & Noack before releasing 2013’s “Why” as part of the Schneeweiss II compilation on Oliver Koletzki’s Stil vor Talent imprint—albeit as Grolle & Noack rather than Junge Junge.
The first official Junge Junge release landed in April 2015. Titled “Beautiful Girl,” and stemming from a spontaneous jam session at 2014’s Helene Beach Festival, the single landed on Get Physical Music. Pairing a feel-good bassline with the smooth vocals of Australian Kyle Pearce, the track served as a perfect example of the deeply melodic, pop- orientated sound. “Our songs automatically become melancholic, harmonic, and somehow ‘poppy,’” they say, describing their style as “pop with other influences.”
Having heard “Beautiful Girl” played in a local beach bar on holiday in Ibiza, the Managing Director of Universal Music Sweden offered the duo a record deal on the spot. The first product of this arrangement was 2016’s “Run Run Run” single, followed soon thereafter with the Beautiful Girl EP which featured three original productions alongside the licensed title track. “Run Run Run” went double platinum in Sweden and has over 35 million streams on Spotify; while “Beautiful” went gold in the same territory. Earlier this year, the duo returned to the label with the “Postcard” single. Away from original productions, Rochus and Michael are also regular remixers—and can count Glashaus, Charlie Puth, James Arthur, Kyle Pierce, and Avicii as artists they’ve reworked.
As DJs, the duo also continue to impress—although their tech-house sound is distanced somewhat from much of their studio output. “If we’re DJing we’ll play only tech-house or techno,” they say. “This is what has inspired both of us to play out music as DJs.” Following a busy few years of touring—during which they played Pacha Ibiza, Germany’s Magnetic Festival, HYTE on New Years Eve in Berlin, WET Open Air, to name just a few—the duo’s tour schedule continues only to grow. 2017 will see them combine bookings at large-scale festivals with smaller, more intimate club performances.
Up next is the duo’s highly anticipated debut LP, scheduled for Spring 2018 release on Universal.
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