When Revolvr pulls the trigger, you feel it. Revolvr a.k.a. Touvan Sughiarto officially entered the electronic music world in 2011. Collaborating with Donald Glaude, he dropped an incendiary and infectious remix of Scooter and Lavelle’s “Beats Inside My Head” that set Beatport ablaze. Spreading like wildfire, “Beats Inside My Head” peaked at #2 on the site’s Electro House Chart and #16 on the Overall Chart. Meanwhile, Tiësto added the track to his podcast and the live set of his mega-successful Club Life tour, exposing the remix to thousands nightly. It was Revolvr’s first bona fide hit.
Fast-forward to 2012, and the past year and half has been awash in one successful release after another. Every single track Revolvr released in 2011 and 2012 has reached the Beatport Top 100 chart, and his latest EP, “Two Worlds Apart [Big Fish Recordings], went on to demonstrate Revolvr’s dynamic range. The lead track “Toll Says No More” is a melodic yet energetic dubstep track with hypnotizing vocals from Majai. while the second track, “Make Me Want More is a peak hour energetic club track with vocals from Sue Cho.
Then, there’s Revolvr’s remix of Morgan Page’s “Body Work” [Featuring Tegan and Sara]. The track is part of Page’s latest effort, In the Air, as a bonus cut and landed itself in the Top 10 on the iTunes Dance Chart. It also shows another side of the artist as he expands into a skittering dubstep groove. Other remix highlights include a unique take on Luciana’s “I’m Still Hot”, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance chart, his remix of Florence + the Machine’s “You’ve Got Love” that landed at #1 spot on Hype Machine, and his Who Is Ready to Jump (Revolvr Bootleg) that has received over 130,000 plays to date.
On stage, his music really comes to life. Boasting a show comprised of mostly originals, he’s played to packed crowds at Avalon (Los Angeles), Beta (Denver), Last Supper Club (Seattle), and a slew of summer festivals including Sunset Festival (Tampa), Sun City Music Festival (El Paso), Camp Bisco (New York), Stereoterra (Michigan) and the Pure White Party (Edmonton) alongside the likes of Avicii, Sander Van Doorn, and Gareth Emery. “I want to create an experience for people,” he adds. “I like to see everyone jumping. My set is like a roller coaster. Everyone is along for an amazing ride.”
Ultimately, with a forthcoming EP featuring Lea Luna being released by Dim Mak in Fall of 2012, the ride is only going to get even bigger and better. He concludes, “I’d love for people to walk away feeling some sort of connection to the show or music. I hope the last thought they have is, ‘I can’t wait to hear that again’.” — Rick Florino, February 2012
In an industry of one-trick ponies, Lea Luna has it all: Looks that kill, a dedicated underground following, extensive skills with the tools of the trade, and, last but not least, timing.
In response to electronic dance music (EDM)’s recent presence under the mainstream spotlight, pop music artists incorporate the beats and progressions popularized by the former genre into their productions now more than ever. Such trends invariably backfire, however, when purist fans of the producers from which pop artists borrow their sound challenge their street cred in any kind of open forum. Luna’s career, on the other hand, resonates with the long-time supporters of the EDM community as she’s been creating music within the genre for much longer than she’s been a pop singer.
Electro/dubstep singles such as “Hearts Under Fire” and “Leaving for Mars” gained her recognition on the Beatport charts around the same time dance music started to hit the mainstream airwaves. This right-place-right-time back story – coupled with her stunning looks, sexy voice and girl-your-parents-warned-you-about mystique – affords her the opportunity to reach a wide audience that ranges from underground music fans to top 40 teenyboppers.
Still an avid DJ/producer, Luna commands an expert grasp of the skill sets required to create music across the entire spectrum of dance music; she’s just as comfortable throwing down a bass-heavy dubstep set as she is an uplifting house set. She has performed at legendary nightclubs like Hollywood’s Vanguard, NYC’s Limelight, Denver’s Beta and LA’s Avalon as well as festivals such as the esteemed Burning Man.
Luna’s most recent releases include collaborations with Sydney Blu, Manufactured Superstars, Revolvr, Quivver, Helicopter Showdown, Jontron, and Dragon. Make sure to check out her new music videos on youtube for her singles “Rock Show” and “Arrest the DJ.”