Swanky Tunes

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Swanky Tunes
OriginSmolensk, Russia
Genres
Years active1998 (1998)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteswankytunes.com
Members
  • Vadim Shpak
  • Dmitry Burykin
  • Stanislav Zaytsev
Past members
  • Vadim Bagdasaryan

Swanky Tunes (stylized as SWΛNKУ TUИES) are a Russian electronic dance music trio composed of Vadim Shpak, Dmitry Burykin and Stanislav Zaytsev, formed in Smolensk in 1998.[1] Prior to 2012, they have collaborated closely with another Russian EDM duo, Hard Rock Sofa. They are currently ranked number 27 of the DJ Mag charts.[2]

The trio owns the label Showland, sub-label Armada Music (2015–2018), and has a weekly podcast of the same name.[3]

Biography[edit]

The group was formed in 1998, experimenting with different electronic styles in search of their own sound.[citation needed] At first, they mixed techno sounds with vintage synthesizers. Then the group morphed makes a sound clearly influenced by the big beat. Currently, some touches of techno, 80s electro, and progressive contemporary house complement their sound.[citation needed] At its inception, the band has a name in Russian, but in 1999 they decided to adapt to the English language, as it would be a more accessible name for the market.[4]

Their debut album, Streamline, was released in 2006 by the Russian label Uplifto Records.[citation needed] In 2006 and 2007, they were named "Best Musical Group" for the Dance Music Awards in Russia.[5] Currently they hold the #14 among the top 100 DJs of Russia.

Internationally, its productions and remixes have been released by labels from the likes of MixMash, Spinnin' Records, Refune, Size, Wall, Musical Freedom and Doorn Records. They also had the support from major artists of electronic music such as Tiësto, David Guetta, Sander Van Doorn, Swedish House Mafia, Laidback Luke, Dirty South and Avicii, among others.[6][7]

Very often they releases productions in collaboration Hard Rock Sofa, another Russian musical trio, which one of its members, Alexander Shapovalov is a cousin of a member of Swanky Tunes, Vadim Shpak. In 2011, both groups released an electronic version of The Stooges song, "I Wanna Be Your Dog". In the same year, they collaborated with Dutch DJ R3hab on the song "Sending My Love" with the vocals of Max'C. In 2012, they collaborated with renowned DJ and producer Tiësto, production "Make Some Noise", including the record compiled by him, Club Life: Volume Two Miami. In September 2012, they founded their own record label Showland, which was distributed by the Dutch label Spinnin' Records, being its first release, the single "Blood Rush".[8]

In November 2017, Swanky Tunes released their Get Swanky EP, including four tracks. According to the artists: "Get Swanky EP reveals Swanky Tunes as multi genre producers. It covers not just club music genres, but goes deeper into pop and dance music."[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Movement ref.
2015 DJ Mag Swanky Tunes Top 100 DJs No. 97 New Entry [10]
2016 No. 27 Increase 70 [11]
2017 No. 99 Decrease 72 [12]
2018 No. 71 Increase 28 [13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums
  • 2006: Streamline [Uplifto Records]
Compilations
  • 2009: All About Us [TME]

Charting singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL Dance
[14]
US Dance
[15]
"Here We Go"
(with Hard Rock Sofa)
2012 70 Non-album singles
"Sending My Love"
(with R3hab featuring Max C)
57
"No One Knows Who We Are"
(with Kaskade featuring Lights)
2013 34 Atmosphere
"Scratch" 2014 65 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

2018
  • "Drop It" [Spinnin' Premium][16]
  • "Day By Day" (featuring LP) [Effective Records][17]
  • "Rooftop Party" (with Dirtcaps) [Revealed Music][18]
  • "In the Club" [Hexagon][19]
  • "Collusion" (with Morgan Page) [Armada Music][20]
  • "Диджей"[A] (with Elena Temnikova) [Effective Records][21]
2019
  • "Virus" [Protocol Recordings][22]
  • "Supersonic" (featuring Christian Burns) [Spinnin' Records][23]
  • "U Got Me Burning" [Hysteria Records][24]
  • "Take Me Away" [Hub Records][25]
  • "Blow" [Hussle Recordings][26]
  • "I'll Live On" (featuring Jantine) [Effective Records][27]
  • "Sugar" (with George Fletcher) [Effective Records / Klever Label][28]
  • "Game Time" (with Nssnd and LexBlaze) [Protocol Recordings][29]
  • "Moonlight" (with Ya Rick) [Coffee House Records][30]
  • "You Don't Know Me" [Future House Music][31]
2020
  • "Over & Over" [Kontor Records][32]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ Translates to "DJ" from Russian.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "SWANKY TUNES: Information". The DJ List.
  2. ^ "Top 100 DJs | DJMag.com". DJ Mag.
  3. ^ See the youtube channel of Swanky Tunes
  4. ^ "PB&J Radio 009 (Mixed by Swanky Tunes) + Exclusive Interview". PnutButterJams.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Swanky Tunes biography" (PDF) (in French). musiboxlive.com.
  6. ^ "Swanky Tunes - Streamline (CD, Album)". Discogs.
  7. ^ "With Love From Russia Swanky Tunes Preps to Drop Its Sounds on Scottsdale - Music - College Times - Arizona State University". College Times. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "Preview: Swanky Tunes – Blood Rush [Showland]". beatmyday.com. Archived from the original on 2016-09-21.
  9. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Russian Trifecta Swanky Tunes". viralbpm.com. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Poll 2015: Swanky Tunes". DJMag.
  11. ^ "Poll 2016: Swanky Tunes". DJMag.
  12. ^ "Poll 2017: Swanky Tunes". DJMag.
  13. ^ "Poll 2018: Swanky Tunes". DJMag.
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Swanky Tunes". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  15. ^ "Swanky Tunes Chart History: Hot Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Drop It - Single by Swanky Tunes on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "Day By Day (feat. LP) - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Rooftop Party - Single by Swanky Tunes & Dirtcaps on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "In the Club - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music - iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  20. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (November 4, 2018). "Morgan Page and Swanky Tunes provide election-time relief with 'Collusion'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  21. ^ "Диджей - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  22. ^ "Virus - Single by Swanky Tunes on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  23. ^ "Supersonic (feat. Christian Burns) - Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "U Got Me Burning - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  25. ^ "Take Me Away by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  26. ^ "Blow - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  27. ^ "I'll Live On (feat. Jantine) - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  28. ^ "Sugar - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  29. ^ "Game Time - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  30. ^ "Moonlight - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  31. ^ "You Don't Know Me - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  32. ^ "Over & Over - Single by Swanky Tunes on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 21, 2020.

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