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With one record Yolanda Be Cool have gone straight to the top of the music industry a list.
Their second single – ‘We No Speak Americano’ (co-produced with DCUP) sold over 5 million copies and hit number 1 in 18 countries; infiltrating radio waves, TV shows, and pretty much every dance floor in the world over the summer. You’d need to be a Tarantino assassinated corpse to have not felt its impact in some form.
Also known as Johnson Peterson and Slyvester Martinez, Yolanda Be Cool have demonstrated that with the panache and production skills to back it up it’s possible to cultivate an international smash hit without the need for a major label vehicle, instead releasing on homegrown Australian indie ‘Sweat It Out’.
With over ten years DJing under their belts their musical influences extend far beyond their Native Sydney, from old school hip hop, to Chicago house to techno to pretty much everything in between. Bondi beach locals at heart, when out of the studio or not playing at the biggest clubs in the world you’ll find them at the beach catching waves.
The distinctly tropical flavour to their productions and fiercely educational attitude to sampling (in the case of ‘We No Speak Americano’ crate digging as far back as 1950’s Italia) combined with their big room pull to pack out festival stages and mammoth venues, as a dance act, nods more to creative sampling heavyweights like Switch than any of their more current peers.
With demand calling on tours in North and Central America, South America, Australia Asia and Europe in the first half of 2011 and the follow up single to ‘We No Speak Americano’ about to drop plus an artist album in the pipeline while Johnson and Slyvester may be keeping their cool, they’re certainly not resting on their laurels…
Expect big things from these guys in 2011.