This story is still developing as we gather responses from GLDN, Strike Nine, and Revealed Recordings. If you have any information to contribute to this, we encourage you to reach out to us on social media if you have proof (i.e. emails or screenshots.)
As far as the EDM industry is concerned, there's not too much drama that bubbles its way outside of certain cliques and circles. However, many eyebrows were raised when Revealed Recordings made the unprecedented move to give credit to different artists over one year after release. The track in question? GLDN - Skyline. If you go onto Soundcloud now, you'll find that the track has been changed to AXYS & PVLSE - Skyline. We're going to try and explain what exactly happened in this exclusive piece made in partnership with EDM Reviewer.
To get to the bottom of this story, we talked directly with AXYS as well as two other anonymous ghost producers who have previously sold tracks to the individuals in question: GLDN and Strike Nine. To best explain this story, we have to start right at the beginning.
There have been a lot of questions as to why the track was released by GLDN alone and without Strike Nine, who was the person who had stolen the track in the first place. To answer this, we have to look back at the history between these two. From our other sources, it's believed that GLDN is the one with the money and that he's been the one to pay for other ghost productions and perhaps even tour gigs in Asia.
This is where things get a bit complicated, but this is an important detail to understanding this story. One of my sources for this piece was one of the two ghost producers who worked on the track, "Hammer" which was released as a collaboration between Strike Nine & Ravekid that was released on Cell Recordings. According to this source, he was paid for this track in full by GLDN. So this is an example of GLDN footing the bill to advance the career of what I can only assume is his close friend, Strike Nine.
Back to "Skyline," it is believed that the reason Strike Nine stole this track from AXYS and PVLSE was to repay GLDN for the generosity he has shown Strike Nine over the years - a sort of thank-you gift. Because of Strike Nine's thievery, GLDN had his first release on Revealed Recording and it was credited as a solo venture.
Mr. Dijken sided with AXYS and agreed to properly credit him and PVLSE for "Skyline" as you can clearly see by the new title on the Soundcloud listing. The other platforms have not been updated as of this writing because it involved more parties with the Spotify Team, however you will see that in the credits for "Skyline" on their platform, both AXYS and PVLSE's real names appear in the credits.
In the process of getting new paperwork in order for "Skyline," AXYS asked Mr. Dijken to reach out to GLDN to make sure everything was settled on paper. On February 24th, GLDN posted to his Instagram account that he had just signed a track to a Spinnin' Records sub-label.
For the story, we talked with another collaborator of Strike Nine who told us about how he didn't contribute much to the track they were all working on. Once it was released, the track also had to get taken off of Soundcloud because "someone" had botted the song and Revealed removed it from the platform. You can still listen to it on Spotify & YouTube but this just goes to show the character of Strike Nine as well as his "promotional practices."
The takeaway here is that the Revealed Team took this claim from AXYS very seriously and acted accordingly. I'm extremely happy to report that they are in the process of giving proper credit where it is due. Ghost production has been a part of this industry since the beginning and it is all well and good when the work is paid for. In this case, it wasn't and the label acted accordingly.
Unfortunately, this is not the end of the story. We are currently sorting out the details of the second half of this story to make sure we're reporting verified truths about the matter.
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