Galantis performing at VELD 2016.
Galantis is a Swedish electronic dance music production, songwriting and DJ duo consisting of Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw. Karlsson is also known as Bloodshy as part of two other musical groups, a duo (Bloodshy & Avant) and a trio (Miike Snow). Eklöw is known as Style of Eye. The duo is best known for their biggest hit singles "Runaway (U & I)", "Peanut Butter Jelly" and "No Money".
Christian Karlsson has worked with the producing team Bloodshy & Avant, and with the Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow. Karlsson has co-written and co-produced tracks for artists such as Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and Madonna. Specifically, Karlsson co-wrote the Britney Spears single "Toxic", which eventually earned an Ivor Novello award (for songwriting and composition) and a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Karlsson is also a founding member of Swedish artist collective and record label Ingrid.
Style of Eye, Linus Eklöw's stage name, co-wrote and produced Icona Pop's song "I Love It" featuring Charli XCX. Style of Eye, a Stockholm-born and based DJ and producer, resides in the techno genre and comes from the underground scene. He explores a range of musical styles, from techno to house via distinct percussion and minimal, floating melodies. After growing up in a jazz and soul oriented family and playing a drumkit at age 10, Eklöw transitioned to electronic music after getting his first computer aged 15 and making "weird downtempo dubbeat and trip hop". DJing upbeat drum and bass followed at 16, and Linus moved into studio production with releases and remixes on such labels as Classic Recordings, Tiny Sticks and Rabid Records.
2007–12: Early career
The duo initially met by chance at Karlsson's Robotberget studios in Stockholm, sometime in 2007. In 2009, Karlsson's band Miike Snow asked Eklöw, who produces and DJs as Style of Eye, to remix their song "Animal". After that, the two started hanging out in the studio together, playing each other songs and scraps of ideas. Explaining what drew him to Eklöw, Karlsson says, "He's an amazing programmer and designer of soundscapes. It was artsy, in a way. He was different."
There were many unfinished ideas that the pair fiddled with and then abandoned, but it wasn't until sometime in 2012 that things really came together, when they stopped the loop-based and software- approach common in modern dance music and switched to Karlsson's usual method of beginning a song on guitar or piano. The duo figured out their own approach—once they create a foundation with a simple arrangement, they build it up with stirring keyboards, monumental drums, imploring vocals and inventive flourishes. "We keep the song naked, and when we feel like we have the right one, we put some clothes on it and see how it feels," says Karlsson. "We realized, this is Galantis, this is our band," Karlsson adds.
2013–14: "You", "Smile", Galantis EP, "Runaway (U & I)", and international breakthrough
The duo signed to Atlantic Records' dance imprint Big Beat Records in mid-2013. Recording in a studio in the Swedish archipelago in the Baltic Sea, the duo began to focus heavily on their artistic direction. They opt to combine the excitement and big energy of electronic music with meaningful songwriting. The first composition they agreed upon was "Smile". After that, their direction became clear. "We felt the urge to fill the dance world up with songs and with songwriting that created our sound," says Eklöw.
Karlsson has said: "We always start with the song. We use guitar, piano, and bass lines we don't keep to figure out which clothes we're going to put on each melody and lyric. I think that's different than a lot of others in the dance scene. They have a beat they love and then force a top line on top of it. I feel like that makes it sound like a remix. I'd rather do it our way, it's more fun too." The first single with Big Beat Records, "Smile", was released that following November. Its controversial video premiered on Stereogum. "Smile" received several remixes from various artists, and an extended mix by dance music heavyweight Kaskade.
"Smile" also marked the first instance of the "Seafox", a creature that is the brainchild of visual artist Mat Maitland. The "Seafox" is the Galantis mascot, appearing in their videos, cover art and their live show.
In February, the duo released their second single "You". The track was subsequently played heavily during Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week, becoming the 8th most Shazamed track at the festival. Their debut self-titled EP Galantis was released on April 1, 2014.
Galantis had international success with their single "Runaway (U & I)", which debuted on October 5, 2014. The single is the second single from their debut album Pharmacy. The song subsequently went to the top of Spotify's Global and US Viral charts and became a top 10 Spotify track in the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland. In America, the track peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart. "Runaway (U & I)" has been certified Gold in Finland, 3× Gold in the Netherlands and Platinum in Norway and Sweden. Galantis released the single "Gold Dust" on February 19, 2015, through Sterogum and reached number 1 on Hype Machine's Popular Chart.
Karlsson and Eklöw said: "When we started Galantis, we set out to challenge each other and experiment with all of the sounds and ideas that we find exciting. We built a studio on a small island in the Baltic Sea and our surroundings became a source of inspiration for the EP."
The first song, "Smile", has been featured by Kaskade, Diplo, Tiesto, Dada Life, Steve Angello, and Pete Tong, who featured it as an "Essential Tune", a feature on his BBC Radio 1 show. Their single "You" follows with a piano and vocal hook with the custom "Galantis filter", which blends male and female vocals together. Their song "Revolution" contains synths and a beat with an intended message of never giving up on your ambitions. "Help" follows and builds a piano melody into an anthem of resiliency. "Friend (Hard Times)" pairs a vocal with a deep house groove, while "The Heart That I'm Hearing" contains synths and a skittering rhythm.
Galantis released their debut album Pharmacy on June 8, 2015. The album was available for pre-order on April 20, 2015. The album features the four singles "You" (from their first EP), "Runaway (U & I)", "Gold Dust", and "Peanut Butter Jelly". The 13-track album is the first LP from Galantis. The duo uploaded each song to their YouTube channel with alternate artworks for each track. The seventh track "Kill 'Em With The Love" is the only track with the seafox from the album cover. Whilst "Firebird" shares one with their most recognizable single "Runaway (U & I)". On May 21, 2015 Galantis began their summer tour in support of Pharmacy which ended on August 6, 2015. There were 22 dates on the tour in total, with various performances in multiple continents including Europe and North America, and each performance was for some kind of music festival.
2016–present: The Aviary
On April 1, 2016, the pair released the single "No Money", which became their first single to debut on the US Billboard Hot 100. On August 5, 2016, they released the standalone single "Make Me Feel" for the soundtrack to Netflix's original film, XOXO.
On September 30, 2016, Galantis and Hook N Sling released the collaborative single "Love on Me" followed by a music video for the track on October 4, 2016, directed by Dano Cerny. On December 15, 2016, they released a lyric video for "Pillow Fight", which the band has said "brings back the original Galantis heart and roots." On February 16, 2017, the duo released the single "Rich Boy" along with a lyric video directed by We Wrk Wknds. On May 5, 2017, the duo released the single "Hunter", to be accompanied by a music video which has already been filmed. On July 11, 2017, it was announced on social media that Galantis' second studio album would be titled The Aviary, accompanied by the release of another single titled "True Feeling".
Galantis debuted their live show at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 12, 2014. Their performance came less than two weeks after their first release. In a Billboard Poll, which asked fans to vote on Coachella 2014's Best Dance Music Moment, Galantis beat Calvin Harris, Flume, Chromeo, Disclosure and Girl Talk with 52% of the vote. Their performance garnered praise from Dancing Astronaut, LA Times and Billboard, among others. Dubbed 'Seafoxchella', their live set debuted original songs and remixes from such genres as pop, electro, and house. The duo played an hour-long set at the Gobi Tent, with live controllers, visuals, and seafox stage set. Highlights included their single "Smile", as well as remixes to their other tune, "You". Following the second weekend of the festival, the duo kicked off their first live tour with a string of dates in North America.
The duo have begun another world tour in support of their second album, The Aviary.
Awards and nominations
|2016||Grammy Awards||Best Dance Recording||"Runaway (U & I)"||Nominated|||
|International Dance Music Awards||Best Electro/Progressive House Track||"Peanut Butter Jelly"|||
|Best Music Video|
|Best Progressive House/Electro DJ||Galantis|
|Best Artist (Group)|
|Best Full Length Studio Recording||Pharmacy|
|Electronic Music Awards & Foundation Show||Album of the Year||Pending|||
|Single of the Year||"Runaway (U & I)"|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Swedish Act||Galantis||Nominated|
|NRJ Music Awards||Best New DJ||Nominated|||
|2017||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Swedish Act||Nominated|
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