CamelPhat - The Road To WembleyWed 12th Aug
Following the release of their latest anthem ‘Hypercolour’ with Foals’ frontman Yannis Philippakis, multi-platinum and Grammy nominated producers Camelphat will be setting off on a huge UK headline tour taking place across March and April 2021. Kicking off at Newcastle's flagship club, Digital, and finishing off with fireworks at the iconic SSE Wembley Arena, the 6-city extravaganza will be the red carpet to their illustrious career. We trace back the unstoppable rise which began with a friendship way before CamelPhat.
Pre 2010: A Friendship That Goes Way Beyond CamelPhat
Having met by chance at 3 Beat Records shop in Liverpool, it was music at first sight for Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala. The duo’s chemistry quickly sparked a working relationship and the two boys from Liverpool, unbeknownst to them, would begin their long road to Wembley in 2004 as resident DJ’s at Society nightclub. The pair soon took their knowledge of the dancefloor into the producer’s room, experimenting under various aliases which received early support from industry heavyweights such as Annie Mac, MK and Pete Tong. A clear sign of things to come.
2010: Doing It For The Music
After a few years of experimentation, grafting and learning on the scene, Dave and Mike found their voice as CamelPhat. Their production debut came on the renowned Vice Records with ‘Kill The VIP EP’. An authentic, timeless house classic that can be heard on dancefloors to this day. A real statement of intent from the young Liverpudlians who even concealed their identities with wrestler masks as they “wanted the people to judge the music and not us”.
2011 - 2015: Levelling up
CamelPhat took their dancefloor know-how to the next level by becoming owners of Liverpool club Mansion. A project that would see the two-floor building completely reformed into one of the top hotspots in Merseyside with regular outings from the best DJs on the scene. Their productions began to infiltrate Europe with ‘The Act’, ’Paradigm’ and ’Constellations’ all finding success on Belgium’s Ultrapop charts.
2016: Taking Off
The cornerstone of their road to superstardom, 2016 was the year when CamelPhat’s success began to match their ambition. Making their debut on Barcelona colossus, Suara, with 2 EPs in the same year, Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala’s infectious energy began to take flight. The pair became established UK headliners with appearances at fabric, Ministry of Sound and Motion Bristol, festival favourites at Creamfields, We Are FSTVL and South West 4 as well as Ibiza regulars alongside MK, Solarldo and Claptone.
2017: Chart-Topping Success
Firmly cemented as one of the most in-demand dance acts in the country, 2017 propelled the duo to new heights across the Atlantic as their collaboration with Elderbrook, ’Cola’ (Defected, 2017), hit the number one spot on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
2018: The International Takeover
Having found the formula for success, CamelPhat began to roll out the hits. The duo were enjoying their most prolific years yet with a staggering 12 EPs between 2017 and 2018 which included dancefloor anthems such as ’Breathe’ ft Jem Cooke, ’Panic Room’ ft Au/Ra and the legendary remix of Fat Boy Slim’s ‘Right Here Right Now’. In the same 2 year period CamelPhat had over 160 shows in 24 countries and were crowned Best of British at the DJ Mag awards. The international takeover was well and truly here.
From headlining shows to headlining star-studded festivals, 2019 saw Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala jump to megastar status with performances on the world’s biggest stages in Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Creamfields, Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival. Their huge summer residency at Hi, Ibiza was the biggest selling party on the island with a jaw dropping 90,000 tickets and their welcome back pit-stop with us at the O2 Academy Brixton sold out over 6 months in advance. Never ones to just settle for success, however, the pair continued to push the boundaries in their productions with groundbreaking collaborations with Jake Bugg and Jem Cooke.
2020: Staying True To Their Roots
“Camels - They can run up to 40mph, they can swim, they never forget where they came from”. Such is the motto of CamelPhat who have stayed true to themselves, their fans and their music from the very beginning. After the grand world tour of 2019, the pair stripped things back and headed to their underground roots for the next outing in the capital. A giveback to the community with a unique all day, all night concept across two of London’s most iconic venues in XOYO and Village Underground. While the pandemic put a pause on their live shows, the prolific duo nonetheless kept up the momentum with their incredible hit singles ‘Hypercolour’, in collaboration with Yannis Phillippakis of Foals, ’For A Feeling’, with ARTBAT and Rhodes, and ’Freak’, with Cari Golden. With some time to regroup and plan out their next move, the boys launched the goliath 6-city 2021 Dark Matter UK Tour which will finish at the legendary SSE Arena, Wembley.
2021: Making History
With the release of their debut album and the final leg of their 6 city UK tour, CamelPhat will bring the show to a close at the behemoth Wembley Arena. Having hosted stratospheric dance superstars such as Underworld and Andy C, the duo will make history on 17th April as the first house music act to have played at the iconic venue. With over 50% of tickets already sold out, buying early is essential to avoid missing out on the record breaking night in Wembley.
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