Walker & Royce” started when Sam and Gavin, having known each other in and out of the dance scene for years, finally began working together in 2011. As things usually go, it was a bit of luck that got them off the ground: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus noticed one of their very first releases, a remix of SAARID’s “Future Lately”, on Nervous Records. He began playing it in all of his sets and reached out to the duo for more. The result was the Crosstown Rebels EP “You’re Not Welcome” and with that, Walker & Royce was launched into the dance music mainstream.
Around the same time, Walker & Royce released a track on an OFF Recordings compilation that started as a sleeper but went on to become a house anthem: ‘Connected‘. The song quickly became a mainstay in Solomun‘s performances. This and subsequent releases, such as those on Moda Black and Pets Recordings, have set the stage for a diverse range of sounds from the pair. The boys have got some great things lined up for the coming year. First there’s the new remix for Mia Dora‘s track ‘Jezebel‘, which is coming out on Glasgow Underground on April 21st. Some great responses were received from Larry Heard, Laura Jones, No Artificial Colors, Jozif and Behrouz. There is also a new original track that we can expect, entitled ‘Doctor Sarloos’, coming out on Pets Recordings in early May 5 as part of the compilation ‘Friends Will Carry You Home Vol 3‘.
‘Let Me Be‘ was initially meant as a remix but it actually sounded in no way like the original, so the guys thankfully got the green light to release it as their own track. New York City born recording artist Javi (short for Javier) is the featured vocalist in the killer track. Javi grew up immersed in a musical environment. His father, an accomplished latin percussionist, has played Madison Square Garden and collaborated with an impressive list of musicians, setting the bar very high for himself.
Wasting no time Javi embarked on his own career in music, singing for the likes of President Clinton and Larry David. He has also provided vocals for the likes of Jay Sean songwriter Jonathan Perkins and Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit. In addition he has amassed a slew of collaborators including Mark Palgy of VHS or BETA.