We are super excited to announce the winners for the 2015 Symphonic Awards! We have the pleasure to work with an amazing list of musicians and record labels that strive all year long to support great music all across the world. The Symphonic Awards is our way of recognizing these efforts. Now that 2016 is upon us, let’s carpe that freakin’ diem and make it a year to remember!
This year’s Label of the Year is the up-and-coming label, Dialtone Records. Forged from an innate understanding and deep-rooted passion of the modern underground dance scene, Dialtone Records has placed an indelible stamp on the underground music scene. The Mexican imprint is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015, has earned a hard-fought reputation for consistent quality in the deep house and techno arenas. Through both an enviable artist roster and the cutting-edge sounds they produce, Dialtone is at the vanguard of the current scene. We wish them much success in the coming years!
DJ and producer Gustavo Mota is considered one of the major producers in the growing Brazilian dance scene. He is also the owner of Muzenga Records, an established label in Techno / G-house, Minimal and more. Gustavo Mota has performed at clubs and events like Kaballah Festival, Electrance, Spirit of London, Thally, Up Club D-Edge, Pacha, Clash, Zoominimal and 1200 festival and has shown tremendous potential and growth in the scene. We see nothing but success to come for the talented producer!
Next on our list, but certainly not least, is the Parisian trap-infused guru Tomsize. Tomsize’s productions quickly received heavy support from Diplo, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, UZ and more. In 2013, Tomsize collaborated with Simeon to remix New World Sound & Thomas Newson’s hit “Flute.” Released on Spinnin’ Records, the remix smashed the festival trap scene and had more than 1 million plays. Six months later, he released an original track with New World Sound called “Spoon” on Big Beat Records that has been played in big festivals by major artists such as Tiesto, Nicky Romero, Chuckie, Blasterjaxx, and VINAI.
From Melbourne Australia, RKJ Music is a record label and artist management that focuses on electronic music, specifically in progressive and electro house music. The aesthetic and branding used in their cover art has allowed them to really excel and draw in attention with these carefully crafted art covers.
Another winner from Brazil comes our latest Best New Label, Up Club Records, who focuses on tech house, techno and indie nu disco. Led by producer Flex B has allowed for the label to feature some of the best up and coming talent in the local scene. Driven by passion and discovering new talent, the label has secured its title as a force to be reckoned with.
This year’s Breakthrough Artist is Message To Bears, the musical alias of English folk/electronic composer and multi-instrumentalist Jerome Alexander. Alexander creates beautiful soundscapes by interweaving acoustic guitar, piano, electronics, ethereal samples, strings and hushed vocals. In 2007 Jerome self-released his first set of home recordings (simply titled EP) which sold out almost instantly thereby catalyzing his career and opening new windows of opportunities for him. Solid and amazingly talented producer right here and see great things to come for him!
Our Label to Watch, is the Parisian label Unborn Records. Led by top-notch producers Tomsize and Simeon, the trap masters have been killing it in the local and international scene, allowing them not only to produce a very distinct and unique sound, but also getting the attention and heavy support from Diplo, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, UZ and more. We are loving the booty shaking beats and see great things to come from this incredible label.
From Charlotte, North Carolina, comes None Like Joshua. None Like Joshua is a one of the most talented artists we’ve been fortunate to distribute. A self-proclaimed “future rap” artist, he has released countless YouTube videos (with many garnering viral attention) that feature his solid rhyming and production skills. With 15 million views and counting, his YouTube channel boasts tunes from the man himself. He also has continued to do a lot for the music community releasing an extensive vocal pack for anyone and everyone to mess with.
Hailing from Salt Lake City is the team from Damn Son! Damn Son! has become not only platform for fresh, hungry independent producers but also a music-infused lifestyle. With their “Do What You Love” motto, the label focuses on the art and passion behind not only music makers but also all creative types. The quality of their work is by far some of the best we have seen and are honored to be able to help them in their journey!
Noiseporn has become one of the leading online music blogs that focus on showcasing underground dance music before they break out, latest news, interviews, editorials and more. Most recently the blog also has launched its Roku and Apple TV channel, which features exclusive shows, interviews and more. We love us some Noiseporn!
Talented Canadian producer OVERWERK’s sound is undeniably unique in itself as it blends the heavy complexities of electro with the orchestral feel of a cinematic score. What stands out the most, however, is the distinct quality and technicality of his music which firmly sets him apart from the electro community. It is this unique sound that has been sought after and licensed to such companies as Gucci, Prada, Vogue, Lamborghini, GoPro, EA, FOX and Fortune.
From Brazil, we have the growing and undeniable Brazuka Music. Focusing on tech house, deep house, jackin house, bass house and minimal, the label has quickly risen through the ranks bringing and distinguishing itself with it’s very unique deep, dark and bass driven house beats. The label also has a strong focus in highlighting the growing underground Brazilian scene. Brazil is becoming one of the meccas of electronic music and Brazuka Music is a clear indicator of the quality and exceptional production that is emerging.
Pablo Fierro is a producer, musician, DJ, born and raised in Spain’s Canary Islands. His music is defined as tropical, electromagnetic, and powerful. Pablo is the founder of Vida Records, one of the prominent Global Club Music record labels, releasing the best of tropical sounds. Moreover, his music has been featured on compilations such as Bar Grooves, Defected’s Most Rated and Buddha Bar.
Trisha Paytas is an actress, author, model, singer and YouTube Personality. Trisha joined us this year to release her latest EP Fat Chicks, which has become a sensation. The 27-year-old preaches body-positivity throughout the entire EP, empowering women to feel beautiful regardless of their size. There’s nothing better than a catchy tune paired with some body love. This same mantra has also gained her a very loyal and strong YouTube following, with almost 3 million collective subscribes and millions of YouTube hits. Congrats Trisha and keep on rocking your fabulous self!
From Budapest, Hungary comes Glitch Hop Community. Glitch Hop Community has become one of the leading promotional YouTube channels for bass music and glitch hop specifically. YouTube has become on of leading websites in the world and also a great tool for discovering new music. Glitch Hop Community has been able to use this to their advantage and create a solid YouTube channel that promotes not only great bass music, but has become a launching pad for discovering new emerging artists. We commend then on such a great job and focus on quality material, that naturally becomes viral. Big ups!
Plenum Records is an EDM and a producer-focused independent record label headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The label focuses in bringing some of the freshest and most contagious hip-hop and trap beats for bourgeoning producers. Plenum Records has demonstrated great promise this year by really pushing the boundaries both in marketing and quality of production. We wish them the very best and are proud to be part of the family.
Rhapsody is one of the leading online streaming services in the game and 2015 has been a great year for it. The platform allows you to find music and play it instantly from virtually anywhere. Their catalog features over 20 million songs spanning every style of music. We are proud to name them Partner of the Year as they have been great to work with this year in helping find opportunities for our community of artists.
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