Amtrac, real name Caleb Cornett, has been pushing his creative limits as a producer, DJ, musician and sometimes-vocalist since 2008. The multi-talented artist can electrify an audience, be it with a moving live music performance or by working dancefloors up to a sweat with his driving yet funk-filled DJ sets – it’s his mantra to be as diverse a DJ as possible, to connect with the crowd and to keep them moving at all costs.
Raised in Morehead, Kentucky on a diet of deep cuts by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, Caleb was lured to the dance realm by crossover acts such as The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers. Both sets of influences show on his debut LP, Came Along (2010), a 13-track adventure awash in post-punk influences and indie dance charm. From there, he branched out even further with Hey There Kiddo (2012), an all-sample opus with deep disco roots inspired by one of his favorite albums of all time, Since I Met You by The Avalanches; and The Scheme EP (2012) explores underground deep house vibes with dark, funky rhythms. Most recently he released his single “Those Days” featuring a Stevie Wonder vocal on legendary UK dance label Toolroom Records.
But as impressive as his original works may be, one can’t discuss Cornett’s body of work without mentioning what may well be the calling card of his career: the remix. An Amtrac remix has become a coveted commodity in today’s music business – from Majors like Interscope, Warner Bros, Def Jam & Sony to tastemaker labels like Fools Gold, Kitsune, Defected, and Ministry of Sound, as well as a host of popular artists including Ellie Goulding, Alesso, Elliphant, Axwell, Ingrosso, Two Door Cinema Club, and Kaskade have all requested the Amtrac treatment, and each time he’s delivered (and then some).
Never content to settle, Amtrac’s musical mood and influences change with each passing season. His ambition and curiosity keep him locked on the edge, always happy to experiment with new techniques and sounds. His music is what he feels in the moment. Simply put, his constant evolution comes from a hatred of boredom and a love for his labor. It’s just not in his nature to stagnate.
Hotel Garuda consists of Manila Killa and Candle Weather, who met in middle school in Indonesia. Drawing influences from the likes of Thomas Jack, Bakermat, Cashmere Cat, Lil B, and Julius Jetson, just to name a few, the group has found success in creating a unique house sound that many are enjoying. Named as one of the top 10 artists to watch in 2014 by Ultra, 28,000 likes on Facebook, over 50,000 followers on Soundcloud // 4 Million plays on SoundCloud, and a few #1 slots on The Hype Machine to call their own in just eleven months of its existence, Hotel Garuda is only getting started.
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