Before D'Angello & Francis, there was Club 45 and Rockstars who got their first big break on Spinnin' Records/Tiger Records from their rendition of "Stars on 45". Afterwards, they joined forces under the Rockstarz project "in the quest to rock the electronic dance world."
Congratulations on your latest release with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Bassjackers! Can you walk us through the creation of this song?
Thank you! We worked with Bassjackers for the first time in 2016 on 'All Aboard' which was released in 2017 as a Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike edit on their label Smash The House. Dimitri & Mike also highly supported the track worldwide and came up with a very cool crowd control addition that made the crowd put their 'lights up and lights down' on the breakdown. Every since then, we knew we had to come up with an even stronger follow-up, so we decided to 'take the plane' this time.
On 'All Aboard,' you can hear many real train sounds like horns, switching rails, grinding wheels. And the breakdown is a like a train that's speeding up until the drop hits. We also wanted to keep the crowd control idea for the follow-up track. So we quickly came up with the idea to have safety instructions that would tell the crowd to put their hands up in the sky and wave from left to right to the sound of plane propellers speeding up.
What have been some of your stand-out moments of your careers thus far? At what point did you think to yourselves, "I've really accomplished something here."?
Although we've only started 'D'Angello & Francis' three years ago, we have been making music together for more than twelve years. The first track we made was an instant bomb. We took it to the clubs the same night that we finished it and the DJs and the people loved it immediately. The day after we send it to Spinnin' Records, made a phone call with the label-boss himself and we had a deal! Something that would not be so easy to do these days...
Even though it's a small thing when you look back on it, that's kind of the start of our music career. But it's been a long ride and it's only recently that some of the top DJs and artist in the world are showing interest in our music.
Outside of music, what do you both enjoy doing with your free time?
Being in the studio has always been our hobby and what we would do in our 'free time', that hasn't changed. Every free gap in the schedule goes to the studio. Besides that we are either sleeping, eating, or hanging out with friends and family.
Looking to the future, where are you hoping to take the D'Angello & Francis project next?
We've got a lot of new music waiting and some of them are a bit different than what we've been doing so far. We want to develop our own sound as an artist step by step and give something different to the people than what they already know. We've got a lot of plans!
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