Happy leap year everyone! I’m starting this year off by continuing with my series on amazing Canadian hard dance producers. This time around we have another HUGE up-and-coming talent that is making a giant splash on the international stage. From Lethbridge, Alberta comes another rising Canadian star: Clayfacer!
Now, unlike my past article subjects (Rodi Style and Aaron Olson), I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Clayfacer (yet!). I will simply have to let his huge list of amazing tunes on some of the biggest hard trance labels in the world do the talking.
If you like your tunes along the lines of Technikal, Steve Hill or Criostasis, with huge epic melodies but also with some grit and grime added in to give it a bit of an edge, then you are going to love Clayfacer. This is really the kind of stuff I absolutely love these days for my sets. You have an awesome mix of the pure euphoric trance sound that reminds people (old enough at least) of late 90’s/early 2000’s Trance (think Gouryella’s remix of 1999) with the speed and drive of modern UK Hard House. Some of his more recent have that new Hard Electrik sound (more on that in a future article) being championed by Scott Attrill. Here is a good example of that kind of tune that he’s got up on soundcloud. It’s like a sexy mix of electro basslines with hard trance grooves.[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/clayfacer/ultraviolettheme[/soundcloud]
As you can hear, top notch production on a tune that is funky as hell. You don’t get signed to 14+ labels without having the goods to show for it. We’re talking about some of the biggest hard trance labels like Elektrik Shandy, Kung Fu Wax, Outbreak Digital, and Fired Up Records just to name a few.
Make sure you take the time to go through all his tunes up on soundcloud. He has 4 pages worth of steller tunes that are worth checking out. He even has some presets available for the amazing Sylenth 1 VSTi for all you producers out there. All great stuff.
SolusLunes – Endless Space (Clayfacer’s HT Remx)
If you are digging these sounds and want more, be sure to check out my brand new HARD TRANCE mix:
Enough with the shameless plug!
Till next time, keep it hard!