Post Date: May 05, 2017
There’s solid reason to believe that if you were just a fan of EDM festivals and entertaining big room bangers that Swedish duo Galantis (who headline at Echostage on June 2 — tickets available here) popped up on your radar in a significant way with their back-to-back 2014 and 2015 hits “Runaway (U & I)” and “Peanut Butter Jelly.” However, upon a deeper look, it shouldn’t necessarily be surprising that Linus Eklöw and Christian Karlsson were so successful. In fact, if you look back at various aspects of their career, their success (and the level which it has reached so quickly for them as Galantis), shouldn’t be shocking at all. In fact, in listing five “things you might not know about Galantis,” there’s a lot of secret keys to their success that are “revealed.”
1. Have you ever heard of techno producer Style of Eye? If you have, do you remember the track “The Big Kazoo?”
Prior to being in Galantis, duo member Linus Eklöw was known for his more techno aimed productions under the moniker Style of Eye. Intriguingly, he was responsible for “The Big Kazoo,” one of 2008’s biggest tunes on the underground scene in that genre. Also of note regarding the track is that it was an early release on Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird Records. Yes, that’s the exact same indie dominant Dirtybird known currently as the label home of producers Justin Martin and Justin Jay, as well as the label’s festival-esque worldwide Dirtybird BBQ events. Described as a “bomb” track by Vonstroke himself, it’s easily one of the first truly universally beloved tracks released by the label.
2. Remember Miike Snow’s single “Animal?”
Similar to Linus Eklöw, Christian Karlsson had massive initial success as an artist under another moniker prior to working as a a member of the Galantis tandem. 2009-released single “Animal’”s massive horns, melodious synths and happily soulful vocals were described by BBC Music as “[taking] approximately one play for its catchiness to cluster bomb your memory bank,” while Pop Matters noted that the track “[hit] immediate pop pay dirt.” Easily one of the most beloved of songs of the blog hype-driven indie electro era, it’s success is a clear indicator of Galantis’ success-to-come.
3. 90’s pop superstar Cathy Dennis is the female vocalist on “Runaway (U & I).”
1991’s biggest house-to-pop crossover was Cathy Dennis’ single “Touch Me.” Hitting #2 on the Billboard pop charts and #1 on the Billboard dance charts. 25 years later, Dennis is still active as a pop vocalist, her addition to Galantis’ breakout single keyed the single’s massive success. As well, importantly, Dennis has songwritten for Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and yes, Galantis.
4. Just how many different international pop stars have the guys from Galantis worked with over the past decade?
As Bloodshy, Christian Karlsson worked with the following artists: Americans like Madonna, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, and Chiristina Milian, UK stars including Kylie Minogue, Ms. Dynamite, and Sky Ferreira, Korean icons Girls Generation, and BoA, plus Japanese hitmakers Utada.
While in Miike Snow, Linus Eklöw worked with: Depeche Mode, Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn and John, Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, and more.
Even furthermore, Galantis counts A-Trak amongst the stars with whom they have created hits.
5. Just how many amazing producers have remixed Galantis and Galantis member related projects so far?
There’s appeal for the sounds that Linus and Christian make that stretch across numerous genres. Big room crushers Dillon Francis, DJ Mustard, KSHMR, Kaskade, GTA, Sebastian Ingrosso and Dirty South have remixed their material. As well, electro and techno creators like Treasure Fingers, Crookers, Tiga, deceased legend DJ Mehdi, and blogosphere faves Hood Internet have worked with their tracks. Moreover, if that’s not enough, iconic top 40 craftsmen Benny Blanco and Mark Ronson have remix credits with tracks the tandem have created as well.