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Soul Avengerz


Paul Gardner and Wayne O’Connell are no newcomers to the industry, being an integral part of the London house scene for over 17 years. However it is only recently that they have earned the long overdue, much deserved and worldwide recognition they have been striving for. In today’s climate most artists carve out a production profile before proving themselves as DJ’s. This often leads to most artists’ productions becoming more dance floor orientated the more experienced they become as they gain that all important first hand knowledge of what it takes to rock a packed dance floor. As DJ’s first and foremost, Paul and Wayne already had intimate knowledge of what worked in main dance rooms up and down the country, so it was a simple case of applying this knowledge to their production work: it is the succes of these productions as well as their well established popularity as DJs that has led to their incredibly fast rise to fame.

The term ‘Funky House“ has come to attract all manner of less than complimentary connotations as the scene has grown, but at its core the term still equates to crowd pleasing main room music. From the anthemic funk of ‘Love You Feel’ & 'One Love’ to the slammin‘ beats of 'Drop the bomb‘ as well as remixes for Booty Love, Beyonce, Joey Negro, Leg Soup, Marshall Jefferson, Queen, Lee Caberra, Axwell, Inaya Day, Nightcrawlers, Kaskade, Chris Lake, Blondie, Tom Novy & Alison Limerick. The guys have also been working extremely hard this year with artists such as Katherine Ellis, Peyton, Angie Brown, Max’C, Krysten Cummins plus a whole host of exciting projects on their newly launched in-house label Soda Recordings which already has 2 number 1’s on Djdownload and a number 3 on Beatport to date. This has cumulated in them signing an affiliate label deal with STRICTLY RHYTHM - 2009 is quickly shaping up as the year for their imprint label to grow!

2008 also saw Paul and Wayne hit the highs with number 1’s ‘Drop the Bomb’ (SODA) and ‘Move’ on Ian Carey‘s label Gfab, remixes for Axwell, and the summer smash ‘Alright’ with James Doman. Currently riding high with their 2009 remix of Joey Negro’s ‘Make a Move On Me’ which is in the DJ download top 10 as well as a remix for 3Beat with Cahill-Sex shooter that’s looking to do big things, 3 releases iminent on SODA and a guarenteed Soul Avengerz summer smash is in the making - coming out on Ian Carey‘s label Gfab.

No one does peak time floor fillers better than the Soul Avengerz. Quickly establishing a staggering production profile, the boys caught the attention of some of the UK’s major record labels, with remix work for CR2, Positiva, Ministry of Sound, Manifesto, Sony BMG, Hit, Gut, Hed Kandi and Apollo promptly following.

‘In a world where genres are constantly dividing and sub-dividing in a desperate but confusing attempt to stay up to date with trends, it’s refreshing to find artists who have refined what they do to such an extent as to perfectly represent their own sound. There is nothing snooty or elitist about what the Soul Avengerz do, it is pure, accessible house for true music lovers’.

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