Xilent

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Xilent
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Xilent
Background information
Birth name Eryk Kowalczyk
Born Warsaw, Poland
Genres Electronic, dubstep, drum and bass
Occupations Producer, DJ
Years active 2007-Present
Labels AudioPorn Records
Website Official Website

Xilent (born Eryk Kowalczyk) is a dubstep, electro house and drum & bass music producer residing in the UK. He is best known for his track "Choose Me II", released on May 16, 2011, which peaked at #1 spot on Beatport's Dubstep chart and stayed in the Top 5 for 3 months. The track was also selected as Zane Lowe’s “Next Hype” track on BBC Radio 1.[1] Xilent was nominated as “Best Newcomer Producer” by Drum and Bass Arena Awards in 2011.[2] He is currently signed to AudioPorn Records.[3]

Biography[edit]

Originally from Warsaw (Poland), Eryk produced his first bits at the age of nine, when he was introduced to the Propellerhead Rebirth RB-338 synthesizer set. From then on, he tended to diversify his sound from techno, through breakbeat, finally to find his place in drum and bass, influenced by artists like DJ Rap, Future Cut, Calyx and Concord Dawn. Throughout that time he also found himself playing the drums in a few hardcore punk bands like Fast Forward.[4]

Many of his digital releases have seen the light of day hitting the top drum’n’bass charts on TrackItDown, one of which was rated “one of the biggest tracks of 2009 without a shadow” and even a “drum’n’bass anthem” – (‘Terminal’, Ammunition Rec., rated by TrackItDown).[5]

Xilent spent the next three years in Edinburgh (Scotland), where he studied Software Engineering at University, and where he became a member of international labels such as Beta Recordings managed by John B himself, Ammunition Recordings, Mindtech Recordings and more while DJing throughout Europe, supporting acts like Spor (stage name of Jon Gooch).[6] In December 2009 Xilent played for the first time live in his home country, Poland (Łódź).[7]

In 2011 Xilent was signed by AudioPorn Records; an independent label owned by former Ram Records Producer/DJ Shimon. Since then, Xilent’s has released 2 EPs and 2 singles– “Choose Me EP”, “Skyward EP” and “Evolutions Per Minute/Tenkai” (released on AudioPorn Records’ affiliated Mainframe Recordings) and the drum and bass electro track “Clear Your Mind”.[8]

In May 2012 Xilent released his "Ultrafunk" EP on AudioPorn Records featuring four original tracks Twisted, Ultra, Beyond (named "Hottest Record in the World" by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe[9]) and Do It.

On January 21, 2013 Xilent released his single Boss Wave on AudioPorn Records which took the number 1 position on the Beatport Top Dubstep Tracks in four days and remained as #1 for several weeks.[10] The official music video for Boss Wave directed and produced by Kristofer Ström (previously directed videos for Delta Heavy and 16bit) depicts Xilent inside a video game robot that fights off enemies to protect humans.[11]

Discography[edit]

EPs / Singles[edit]

Single/EP Year Label
Quality Killer - 'Terminal' 2009 Ammunition Recordings
Out of Body EP 2009 Ammunition Recordings
Killing Spree // Dislocation 2010 Beta Recordings
Unity feat. Imprintz & Kloe 2010 Ammunition Recordings
Lift and Fall EP 2010 Ammunition Recordings
Memetics 2010 Mindtech Recordings
Pure EP 2010 Beta Recordings
Blossom // Crystalia 2010 Toungue Flap Recordings
Choose Me EP 2011 AudioPorn Records
Evolutions Per Minute // Tenkai 2011 Mainframe Recordings
Skyward EP 2011 AudioPorn Records
Clear Your Mind 2012 AudioPorn Records
Ultrafunk EP 2012 AudioPorn Records
Touch Sound EP 2012 AudioPorn Records
Boss Wave 2013 AudioPorn Records
Boss Wave: Reloaded 2013 AudioPorn Records
Infinity 2013 AudioPorn Records
Free Me 2014 AudioPorn Records
Song EP
Breakage Out Of Body
Obe
Vertical Horizon
Uplift Lift & Fall
Fallen
Step One Pure
Irreversible
Twice
Multishapes Choose Me
Spectre
Choose Me I
Choose Me II
Gravity (ft. Tali) Skyward
For Once (ft. Skyflake)
Skyward I
Skyward II
Twisted Ultrafunk
Ultra
Beyond
Do It
Touch Sound Touch Sound
Let Us Be
Universe (ft. Shaz Sparks)
Mass Creation (ft. Youthstar)
Boss Wave Boss Wave (Single)
Pixel Journey Boss Wave:Reloaded
Boss Wave (Dodge & Fuski Remix)
Boss Wave (Teddy Killerz Remix)
Boss Wave (James Marvel Remix)
Boss Wave (Tha New Team Remix)

Remixes[edit]

Track Artist Year
Unite Us PNAU 2011
All My Love Fuzzy Logik feat. Jada Pearl 2011
End of the World Alex Metric featuring Charli XCX 2011
In Pieces J Majik & Wickaman featuring Dee Freer 2011
Follow U Yogi featuring Ayah Marar 2011
Tzolkin Imprintz & Kloe 2011
Out the Blue Sub Focus featuring Alice Gold 2012
Wide Awake Katy Perry 2012
Ode to the Bouncer Studio Killers 2012
Love & Oxygen Str8jackets & Sam Obernik 2012
Bad Signal Hadouken! 2012
Sleepless Excision 2012
Give Me Love Ed Sheeran 2012
Raver Ayah Marar 2012
Figure 8 Ellie Goulding 2012
Turn It Up Dodge & Fuski 2013
Come Back Down Mediks 2013
Wake Up Sway 2013
Live For the Night Krewella 2013
The Rising Five Knives 2014

Awards[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2011 Drum and Bass Arena Awards Best Newcomer Producer Nominated
2012 Beatport Music Awards Top Dubstep Track of the Year 2011 Nominated
2013 Bass Music Awards 'Bass Breakthrough' Nominated
2013 Bass Music Awards Best Music Video (Boss Wave) Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Posted by Miranda (2011-01-07). "Xilent Interview |". Dubzone.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  2. ^ IMO Records (2011-11-28). "The IMO Records Blog News: Drum and Bass Artists: DnB Arena Awards Nominees - The IMO Records Blog". Imorecords.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. ^ IMO Records (2012-01-05). "The IMO Records Blog 5 Dubstep Acts to Keep An Eye on in 2012 - The IMO Records Blog". Imorecords.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Articles - Xilent Interview". Everyday Junglist. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Terminal - Xilent - [320kbps MP3/WAV File] at Trackitdown". Trackitdown.net. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  6. ^ "Xilent". Circle Talent Agency. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  7. ^ "Xilent". Dubtune.com. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  8. ^ Posted by Miranda (2011-01-07). "Xilent Interview |". Dubzone.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/zanelowe/2012/04/hottest_record_-_xilent_-_beyo.html
  10. ^ http://www.beatport.com/release/boss-wave/1021526
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wTLjEqj5Xk

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