Rising Latin DJ/Producer Gian Varela hailing from Panama joins forces with legendary Dutch artist, Laidback Luke for their first ever collaboration titled, “Ponme Loco” featuring vocalist Melfi. “Ponme Loco” translates from Spanish to English to “Get Me Crazy” and features a fun and quirky music video where everyone can’t help but get “crazy” and find themselves dancing along to “Ponme Loco” on the streets, in their homes and any place in between.
“Making dance music in Spanish is just one part of it. It’s bringing one’s culture through the sounds, melodies and ideas where these fusions really get their fire. Starting with Mexico, stopping in Panama, and going all the way down to Argentina: the Latin culture is so big and there’s still so much to explore and fuse. Possibilities are endless and when combined with other world cultures, you end up with a global sound.”
“Ponme Loco” bridges the best of both worlds between the these two talented artists into an infectious tech house tune. The track showcases both Gian Varela and Laidback Luke’s signature styles of music and artistry into an electrifying and addicting dance track that is made for dance floors and festivals – with Laidback Luke already sharing the track to fans at Tomorrowland Mainstage and The Hill. The infectious Latin tech house beats and Melfi’s upbeat vocals will have you up and dancing in no time.
About Gian Varela:
Gian Carlo Varela Castillo, known as “Gian Varela,” is an internationally acclaimed DJ/ producer and songwriter born in Panama and shaped in the USA. A born rebel, his unconventional yet thrilling ways of fusing sounds and genres defines his artistry. His upbringing in Panama, birthplace of reggaetón’s roots, and moving to the USA, cultivated his own sound. From viral collaborations with latin superstars like Sech, Feid and El Chombo, and releases on the world’s best dance labels such as Spinnin, Armada, Maxximize, and Revealed to festival tracks and remixes with the support of Armin Van Buuren, Gianluca Vacchi, Fedde Le Grand (to name a few), few artists pack such an energetic arsenal of records as Gian.
Having performed across the Americas in his early years, this experience has given Gian his imposing festival presence. From wrecking gigantic festival mainstage crowds in South America to electrifying clubs in Ibiza and afterparties in Ecuador, Gian’s “guerilla” style presence defines his high energy spectacle. A master producer able to delve between genres, this year Gian shall showcase what Spanish and Latin EDM entails. From a repertoire of sexy Spanish house records to more Latin urban pop. This year is shaping up to be amazing for Gian with massive Latin collaborations and high energy fusions in the dance music world bringing his signature global sound into the mix.
About Laidback Luke:
Dutch heavyweight Laidback Luke has a two-decade track record of doing things his way, keeping versatility at the core of his every move. He rewired a worldwide passion for dance music and set a new precedent for fan interaction along the way. Add that to him being a Kung Fu World Champion making no-one match his exceptional superstar DJ status.
Under the guise of Mixmash, Luke has turned his success towards personally inspiring the next generation. With no formal musical agenda other than outright quality, the culmination of Mixmash Records, Mixmash Deep, and Mixmash Bold has unearthed stars, spotlighted next generation players and kept quality and creative energy at the forefront of this career highlight.
His popular weekly vlog The Real World: DJ Edition gives an insight into his intense life and maintains a direct connection with fans, while his healthy lifestyle sees him extol the virtues of tai chi, yoga, healthy food and his beloved kung-fu over hedonism and excessive partying. All this combined makes him a truly unique and inspirational figure in the dance music industry and one who will continue to play a vital part in it for years to come. Being the founding father of Mixmash Records, his positive influence on the labels’ imprint and its artists is strongly felt up to this day.