Pete Tong’s “Ones To Watch” in 2017.
2016 was a breakthrough year for OC & Verde, the duo released their first track ‘Symphony’ early in the year on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound. The track was supported by the likes of Tale Of Us, Solomon and John Digweed and got them their first play on BBC Radio 1 from Pete Tong.
Following this they released their hugely anticipated Maasai EP on Knee Deep In Sound receiving Pete Tong’s “Essential New Tune” award and strong DJ support. The track broke into the Beatport Top 10 Tech House and charted at the number 1 spot holding that position for 3 weeks.
Both tracks on the EP were heavily supported by Knee Deep In Sound label boss Hot Since 82 and a host of other A List DJ’s including John Digweed, Sasha, Steve Lawler, Tale Of Us, Solomun, Skream, Paco Osuna, Yousef and Kolsch to name a few… The track was also supported heavily on Radio 1 by Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Annie Mac for over 5 weeks, the highlight being the closing track on the BBC Radio 1 weekend in Ibiza for Pete Tong and Kolsch’s B2B set live at Ushuaia!
Forward to December and Mixmag feature the track at number 47 in their Top 100 tracks of the year and it achieves number 14 in their Top Selling Tech House tracks of 2016 on Beatport. Maasai has now racked up over 250,000 plays on Soundcloud and over 150,000 plays on YouTube since its release.
This interest has lead to a hectic touring schedule and offers of work on remixes for John Digweed’s Bedrock Records along with releases on Suara and Yoshitoshi.
Their first release on Suara titled ‘Vertigo’ was again featured on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show in November and charted Top 20 in the Beatport Tech House Chart. Their follow up ‘Phantom’ earned them the honour of being named in Pete Tong’s ‘Ones To Watch in 2017” feature in his first show of 2017 on BBC Radio 1.
It was Solomun that kick started things for their first release of 2017, playing their track “Solstice” after he was sent some of their unreleased material, before long videos were appearing from the BPM festival of him playing the track and then it secured a space on Steve Lawler’s release schedule for Viva Music.
2017 has started with Pete Tong naming the duo as “One’s To Watch” and then inviting them onto the show to feature a guest mix. This has led to a string of DJ appearances at discerning venues the length and breath of the UK club scene.
With new music coming on Truesoul and Octopus, maybe we should take Pete Tong’s advice and keep an eye for them in 2017
08/09/17 Egg (London, UK)
30/09/17 Inside Out Festival (Cardiff, UK)
27/10/17 The Steelyard (London, UK)
10/11/17 Gorilla (Manchester, UK)
24/11/17 World Headquarters (Newcastle, UK)
02/12/17 93 Feet East (London, UK)
15/12/17 Basing House (London, UK)
29/12/17 Soho (Middlesbrough, UK)
02/02/17 Upcloseandpersonalmcr (Manchester, UK)