Will Sparks

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Will Sparks
Will Sparks @ Airbeat One 2018.jpg
Will Sparks playing live at the mainstage of Airbeat One Festival 2018
Background information
Birth nameWilliam James Sparks'
Born (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 26)
Melbourne, Australia
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)Producer, musician
InstrumentsAbleton Live, guitar, piano
Years active2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
  • Timmy Trumpet
  • Priyanka Chopra
  • KSHMR
  • Deorro
  • Ben Nicky
  • Toneshifterz
  • Luciana
  • Joel Fletcher
  • Reece Low
  • Tyron Hapi

William James Sparks (born 15 March 1993), otherwise known by his stage name Will Sparks, is an Australian producer and DJ from Melbourne, Australia,[1] who is best known for his 2013 single "Bring It Back" with Joel Fletcher and his 2014 single "Ah Yeah So What!" featuring Wiley and Elen Levon.

He attended Camberwell High School and Caulfield Grammar in Melbourne, but dropped out at the end of year 11 to pursue a musical career.[2] His debut EP, Another Land, was released in Australia and debuted at number 35 in December 2014.[3]

Sparks has toured America, Europe and Asia and played at festivals such as TomorrowWorld, Tomorrowland, Stereosonic and Future Music Festival.[4][self-published source?]

He was named No. 1 Australian DJ in 2014.[5]

In January 2014, Will Sparks partnered with electronic music lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a collaboration bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Beyond Blue, a company that is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

In September 2017, it was discovered that the video Spinnin Records produced for Sparks titled song "Take Me" was discovered to consist almost entirely of footage from award-winning and Oscar-nominated animated short film "Requiem for Romance"[6][7] Spinnin' Records did not seek permission to use visuals from the creators of the film, including animator Jonathan Ng. While Ng's takedown notice of the YouTube clips of the music video succeeded, Spinnin' Records continued to use images from Ng's video on their website and publicity material. Ng is exploring legal options against Spinnin' Records. Sparks claimed he had no knowledge of the alleged copyright, as he only produced the music for the accompanying video.[8]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
AUS
Another Land 2014 35

Singles[edit]

Album Year Peak positions Certifications Label
AUS
[9]
FRA NZ
"In the Air"[10] 2012 Club Cartel Records
"Okay"[11] Pop Rox Muzik
"Ah Yeah!"[12] 82 Hussle
"Chemical Energy"
(featuring Flea)[13]
2013 One Love
"Phoenix"[14]
"The Viking"[15]
"Bring It Back"
(with Joel Fletcher)
33 Ministry of Sound Australia
"Catch"[17] 2014 22 Sony Music Entertainment
"When the Lights Go Out"
(featuring Troi)[18]
Ultra Records
"Hard Nation"[19] Ministry of Sound Australia
"This Is What the Bounce Is"[20] Ultra Records
"Ah Yeah So What!"
(featuring Wiley and Elen Levon)[21]
4 116 34 Ministry of Sound Australia
"Flutatious"[23] 2015 Ultra Records
"Sick Like That"
(featuring Luciana)[24]
97 137[25]
"Get Lit"
(featuring Lil Debbie)[26]
"My Time"[27]
(featuring Alex Jones)
2016 Bourne Recordings
"Stay Up Till The Mornin'"[28]
(with Luciana)
"Acid Rain"[29]
(with Joel Fletcher)
"Promiscuous"[30]
(with Laidback Luke featuring Alicia Madison)
Armada Music
"Voices"[31]
(with KSHMR)
Spinnin' Premium
"Gorilla"[32]
(with Tyron Hapi and Luciana)
Spinnin' Records
"Flamenco"[33] Bourne Recordings
"Crank It Loud"[34]
(with Orkestrated)
2017
"Monsta"[35] Spinnin' Records
"The March"[36] Bourne Recordings
"Militant"[37]
(featuring Feral is Kinky)
Spinnin' Records
"Kooka"[38]
(with Joel Fletcher)
Bourne Recordings
"Young and Free"
(featuring Priyanka Chopra)[39]
Ultra Records
"Take Me"[40]
(featuring Gloria Kim)
Spinnin' Records
"Pirates"[41]
(with Ben Nicky)
Self-released
"What I Do"[42] Spinnin' Records
"Bad Connection"[43]
(with Luciana)
Maxximize Records
"Closure"[44]
(featuring Bianca)
2018 Teamwrk Records
"Senseless"[45] Bourne Recordings
"Delusion"[46]
(with Reece Low featuring Jacob Leea)
"Guilty As Sin"[47]
(with Amba Shepherd and Tyron Hapi)
"Fingers"[48] Self-released
"Flakka Flakka"[49]
(with Luciana and Dave Audé)
Teamwrk Records
"Tombstone"[50]
(with Scndl)
Monstercat
"Mangalam"[51]
(with Maddix)
Heavyweight Records
"Untouchable"[52]
(featuring Aimee Dalton)
2019 Spinnin' Records
"Rainbow Stylin'"[53]
(with The Similou)
Bourne Records
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Original artist(s)
"Get Free" 2013 Major Lazer
"Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
"Afterturn"

(with Matt Watkins)

Chadio
"Ode To Oi" TJR
"Canto Della Liberta" 3rd Face
"The Darkness" Satoshi Tomiie
"Hello" Stafford Brothers featuring Lil Wayne and Christina Milian
"Maps" 2014 Maroon 5
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
"In Control" 2015 Yvng Jalapeño featuring Muki
"Be Together" Major Lazer
"Lights Out"

(with Joel Fletcher)

2016 360
"I'm in Control" AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan
"Mo Bounce" 2017 Iggy Azalea
"Leave The Lights On" 2018 Meiko
"Back In The Game"
"Anything More"[54] 2019 Steve Aoki featuring Era Istrefi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Will Sparks teases "Another Land"". wearedance.de. 21 October 2014. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  2. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (2013). Sparks flies to LA on the rhythm of Melbourne Bounce. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ "WILL SPARKS - ANOTHER LAND (ALBUM)". www.australian-charts.com. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Will Sparks Bio". willsparks.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Will Sparks". stereosonic.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ 10 Animated Shorts Advance in 2013 Oscar® Race http://www.oscars.org/news/10-animated-shorts-advance-2013-oscarr-race
  7. ^ Zahed, Ramin (7 January 2014). "Jonathan Ng Discusses His 'Requiem for Romance'".
  8. ^ "Here's What Animator Jonathan Ng Did When His Film Was Lifted By EDM Artist Will Sparks". Cartoon Brew. 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY WILL SPARKS". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  10. ^ "iTunes Music – In the Air – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  11. ^ "iTunes Music – Okay – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  12. ^ "WILL SPARKS IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS". Australian-charts.com\accessdate=6 January 2015.
  13. ^ "iTunes Music – Chemical Energy (feat. Flea) – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  14. ^ "iTunes Music – Phoenix – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  15. ^ "iTunes Music – The Viking – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  16. ^ "ARIA Accreditations Singles 2014". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  17. ^ "iTunes Music – Catch – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  18. ^ "iTunes Music – When the Lights Go Out (feat. Troi) [Radio Edit] – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  19. ^ "iTunes Music – Hard Nation – Single by Will Sparks & Uberjak'd". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  20. ^ "iTunes Music – This Is What the Bounce Is – Single by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  21. ^ "iTunes Music – Ah Yeah So What (feat. Wiley & Elen Levon) – Single (Radio Edit) by Will Sparks". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Flutatious - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  24. ^ "iTunes Music – Sick Like That – Single by Will Sparks ft. Luciana". iTunes Store. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  25. ^ http://www.snepmusique.com/tops-semaine/top-singles-telecharges/
  26. ^ "iTunes Music – Get Lit – Single by Will Sparks ft. Lil Debbie". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  27. ^ Cameron, John. "Will Sparks Proves That Hip-Hop And Melbourne Bounce Don't Mix With "My Time"". We Got This Covered. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  28. ^ Cameron, John. "Will Sparks And Luciana's "Stay Up Till The Mornin'" Has Got A Kick To It". We Got This Covered. Archived from the original on 24 July 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Acid Rain - Single by Will Sparks & Joel Fletcher on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  30. ^ Jones, Connor. "Will Sparks And Laidback Luke Team Up On "Promiscuous"". We Got This Covered. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  31. ^ Flynn, Huck (28 September 2016). "Kshmr & Will Sparks- "Voices"". WeRaveYou. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  32. ^ Warren, Keith (30 October 2016). "Premiere: Will Sparks, Tyron Hapi & Luciana – Gorilla (Radio Edit)". We Rave You. Archived from the original on 20 July 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  33. ^ "Flamenco - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  34. ^ "Crank It Loud - Single by Will Sparks & Orkestrated on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  35. ^ "Monsta - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  36. ^ "The March - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  37. ^ "Militant (feat. FERAL is KINKY) - Single by Will Sparks & Tyron Hapi on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  38. ^ "Kooka - Single by Will Sparks & Joel Fletcher on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  39. ^ Bein, Kat (11 August 2017). "Will Sparks Teams Up With Priyanka Chopra on 'Young and Free': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  40. ^ Bonavoglia, Brian (5 September 2017). "Will Sparks Unleashes "Take Me" Featuring Gloria Kim". DJ Times. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  41. ^ "Pirates - Single by Will Sparks & Ben Nicky on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  42. ^ "What I Do - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  43. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (5 December 2017). "Will Sparks & Luciana – Bad Connection". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 22 April 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  44. ^ "Closure (feat. Bianca) - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  45. ^ Chrys, Kassi (21 April 2018). "Will Sparks – Senseless". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 22 April 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  46. ^ "Delusion (feat. Jacob Lee) - Single by Will Sparks & Reece Low on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  47. ^ "Guilty as Sin - Single by Will Sparks, Amba Shepherd & Tyron Hapi on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  48. ^ "Fingers by Will Sparks on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  49. ^ "Flakka Flakka - Single by Will Sparks, Luciana & Dave Audé on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  50. ^ Prichea, Iuliana (1 November 2018). "Will Sparks & SCNDL Unveil The Ominous "Tombstone"!". EDM Nations. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  51. ^ Dancing Astronaut (19 December 2018). "Will Sparks x Maddix – 'Mangalam'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 19 December 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  52. ^ "Untouchable (feat. Aimee Dalton) - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  53. ^ "Rainbow Stylin' - Single by Will Sparks on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  54. ^ "Neon Future III (Remixes) by Steve Aoki on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 23 February 2019.