The Flash Brothers
The Flash Brothers
Their ambition, hard work, and massive chart success e.g. 2004 summer anthem Amen have paid off, as this hotly tipped trio performs all over the world nowadays at some of the most prestigious clubs and biggest events. The best is yet to come for the Flash Brothers! The Flash Brothers are currently based in Tel Aviv, but the boys enjoyed their upbringing in the isolated town of Nazareth in Israel. While growing up and attending school in their hometown, the boys used to listen to the most upfront music in all genres, especially electronic music fascinated them.
Their interest for quality music stems from an early age, when their father used to listen with them to late 70s and early 80s disco music. Listening to quality music was a prominent element in their daily routine. As time moved on, the musical preference of the brothers evolved from disco to new wave electro pop, and then into house, acid, and so on. Having gone through all these different soundtracks over the years, probably adds to their great versatility as producers / DJs.
Theyre part of an extraordinary family, as normally brothers tend to clash from time to time. There's no room for sibling rivalry in this trio though, as they all share the same passion for producing quality music. This passion keeps them focused and results in some of the finest dance productions money can buy. Their venture into the world of dance music production took great strides when Ruven studied sound engineering & production at the leading school of music in Tel Aviv, while Shmuel focused on computers and Ilan was strongly into clubs, labels and DJing.
It was only a matter of time before they set up their own professional studio in Nazareth and afterwards in Tel Aviv. Their big break came in 1997 when they met DJ Choopie, who signed them to his label Agnosia Records right after the first demo he received from the trio, which really impressed him a lot. In hindsight, one can only say that DJ Choopie has a fine eye for spotting talent, as the Flash Brothers turned out to be a huge success on the production front. The first worldwide success came back in 1998, when one of Flash's earlier productions 'Amazonas' (a hybrid of Israeli-Dutch-European styles) was released and signed worldwide to Germany's renowned dance label Dos or Die (Zomba).
The single was picked up and hammered by renowned DJs like Tiesto, Scott Bond, John Kelly, Brandon Block, and Graham Gold, to name but a few. Another release followed shortly after. Under the TBN moniker, the boys released the smashing 4-track Entrance to Nazareth EP, which was released by the Dutch EDM label and had a progressive trance soundtrack. Early 2000, as a follow up to the success of many of their productions, the brothers released their first solo artist album entitled Flash, a double 19-tracks mixed CD album on Agnosia Records, which goes in the books as the first Israeli club music artist album in the country.
This, however, was only the start of things, as the brother continued to deliver quality productions and it would only be a matter of time before they would be a household name in the international dance music industry. One of the biggest highlights / steppingstones in Flash Brothers career to date, came at the beginning of 2001. Two of the worlds most prolific DJs, namely Paul Oakenfold (Perfecto Records) and John Digweed (Bedrock Records), embraced some of the Flash Brothers releases and this consequently lead to signing some of these tracks to their respective labels. The Flash Brothers then broke into the UK market under the Flash banner with the release of The Days After / Megatron through Perfecto Records in October 2001.
The release was featured on compilations like Perfecto presents Paul Oakenfold Ibiza 2001 and the triple mix CD compilation Perfecto Collection. From here on, the Flash Brothers gained international recognition and worldwide fame was the next thing on their agenda. The Flash Brothers are signed today with some of the leading dance labels in the world, such as Oxyd, Direction (Sony/UK), Perfecto, Bedrock, Hooj Choons, Yoshitoshi, Silver Planet, and many more. Furthermore, they have been performing as a trio live act with their music for more than six years now.
They have played already all over Israel at top clubs such as Haoman 17, TLV, Dome, Octopus, Pacha, Forum, Vertigo, Hata'asiya, Ultrasound, Ku, Vox, and so on. In addition, theyve performed at open-air festivals in Israel as well, e.g. Love Parades 1999 to 2003 and Heinekens Sundance Beer Festival. Add to that many successful gigs together around the world in countries like Turkey, Hungary, Sweden, UK, Holland, Poland, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Ibiza, Croatia, Italy, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Spain, Slovenia and tours throughout Asia.
With ever gig, their popularity seems to keep growing among clubbers and fans that support them all the way. The Flash Brothers enjoyed an outstanding 2004, with over 10 single releases on internationally renowned labels, including a remix of Whos that Girl by Eurythmics, and a hot WMC Miami anthem called 'Amen'. The latter was originally released on Oxyd Records, which is a premier Italian house label, and from there on signed to Sony Musics major UK dance label Direction. Amen was considered to be one of the top 20 dance anthems of the 2004 summer season in Ibiza, and got as high as no.
75 in the official UK pop charts. The smash hit can be found on no less than seven CD compilations in the UK, Canada and Italy, including Ministry of Sounds Summer 2004 and The Annual 2005. On top of that, early 2004, the boys released a mix CD compilation called Flash Brothers present Fear of a Silver Planet 2 on Silver Planet Recordings, making them the first Israeli electronic music artists to release a mix compilation on a UK label. In addition, they also delivered a hot remix of Brad Carters Ibiza 2004 anthem Morning Always Comes Too Soon on top dance label Positiva Records, which is famed for releases by the Shapeshifters, Paul van Dyk, Deep Dish, Ferry Corsten, and many more.
Furthermore, the Flash Brothers performed at many great clubs and high profile events in 2004, including the massive 2004 summer 'MTV Valkana Beach festival, where they performed live on main stage with Paul van Dyk, Mauro Picotto, Richie Hawtin, and Felix da Housecat, to name but a few. On top of that, they also appeared for an interview on MTVs Dancefloor Chart show, where they played live and were interviewed by Becky Griffin, the host of the show. August 2004 saw the boys playing live at BBC Radio 1s party in Ibiza, and they joined Judge Jules live on the radio together with the fabulous vocalist of Amen to perform the summer anthem Amen live. Their immense success in 2005 did not go unnoticed, as the boys were voted no.
66 by the readers of DJ Mag for their annual, authoritative list of the top 100 leading DJs in the world. On top of that, the brothers were also praised as Israel's worldwide export artist of 2004 at the countrys dance music awards. 2005 has also been a very busy, yet exciting time for the Flash Brothers, combining their production work with their increasingly busy tour schedule. For example they played the massive MAYDAY 2005 rave in Budapest - Hungary, 'Renaissance' uk club event in Barcelona - Spain, 'Gatecrasher' world tour in Brazil & headlined the 'Final Flash' festival in Slovenia.
Recently they also headlined the 6 weeks tour of KENT in all over Ukraine, playing big parties in the biggest cities of the country. Furthermore, they had more than 10 hot releases in 2005 already, including remixes, on leading dance labels such as Whoop, Oven Ready, Harlem (Steve Lawler's label), Nascent, Blu Room, Lowriders, Armada (Armin van Buurens label), Mondo, Neutone, etc. Their productions continue to receive wide and frequent support from some of the biggest names in the industry, like Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Sasha, John Digweed, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Danny Tenaglia, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Deep Dish, Dave Seaman, Seb Fontaine, Ferry Corsten, Steve Lawler, Satoshi Tomiie, Max graham, Robbie Rivera, Sandra Collins, Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela, Tom Stephan, Junior Vasquez, Victor Calderone and many, many others! In short, the trio can hardly be labeled as a flash in the pan, as they continue to tour their amazing Flash Brothers show (live act + DJ set) around the world and keep delivering smash productions and hot remixes, which are featured on countless compilation CDs. The Flash Brothers are here to stay and expect to hear many great things from them in the future! Read more on Last.fm.
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