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Don’t Sleep On: San Holo

Posted on September 19, 2016

As Freaky Deaky’s Halloween installment grows nearer, we dedicate this week’s “Don’t Sleep On” series to Dutch future bass extraordinaire SAN HOLO.

His expertly refined production style and instantly recognizable sound has allowed San Holo to quickly rise through the dance music ranks and dip his feet in nearly every major label currently in operation. From OWSLA to Monstercat to Spinnin’ Records, not to mention his own record label Bitbird, the jolly beat maker has accumulated a dedicated and lasting following.

San Holo began producing in 2013 after graduating from Rotterdam Pop Academy the previous year. He taught guitar lessons for children, worked with a long list of live bands and even began to ghost produce for certain DJs before breaking off and starting his own solo project. He was quickly signed to Heroic Recordings in 2014 after releasing several acclaimed singles, leading to the unveiling of his debut EP, Cosmos, which reached iTunes’ Top 100 Electronic List. The impressive first step by the budding producer soon transferred into a premiere opportunity for San Holo to lend the remix treatment to hip hop icon Dr. Dre’s hit track, “The Next Episode.” Nearly two years later, and the track now sits at well over 115 million plays.

However, San Holo saw his true rise to fame in 2015 beginning with the release of his Victory EP on Canadian record label Monstercat. He went on to put out a highly successful single with Father Dude on Spinnin’ Records and an official remix of Porter Robinson’s own “Natural Light,” which became part of Robinson’s Worlds Remixed album. Combined with his remix of Tchami’s “After Life,” an exclusive mix on Annie Nightingale’s BBC One Radio program and a performance at Tomorrowland, San Holo’s name was no longer off the radar.

His 2016 season began with an esteemed collaboration with Yellow Claw on OWSLA’s Worldwide Broadcast compilation, proving the impact San made on Skrillex and his crew. He released his New Sky EP in March alongside an associated music video through Monstercat, and even made his television debut with a teaser of his track “RAW” on HBO’s hit series Silicon Valley.

With coveted stops at major festivals Coachella and Ultra Miami, San Holo now stands as a worthy and highly celebrated dance music mainstay. Be sure to catch his performance of bass-laced, soaring melodies and upbeat heaters on Friday, October 28!

** Freaky Deaky’s “Don’t Sleep On” series features up-and-coming artists for fans to familiarize themselves with before the festival. **