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Hollaphonic celebrate homecoming from Dubai with UK record launch

Expat dance duo lay down brand new “Love Spaceship” track at Red Bull Studios London.

 

After leaving the UK to try their luck in Dubai, EDM duo Olly Wood and Greg Stainer are heading back to show off their success with the trip documented in a #homecoming video series culminating in the release of a new track “Love Spaceship” in the next months.

 

The UK market is a notoriously tough one to crack so MC Olly and producer Greg, who had both worked for many years in the industry on their own, formed their act in 2012 and decided to give it a go in the burgeoning Middle East scene.

 

It quickly became clear that Wood’s canny knack of creating infectious hooks and Stainer’s classy production values would elevate them far quicker than back home – EMI Arabia snapping them up as the first Middle-East dance act to sign for a major label.

 

February 2013 saw their first single “I Don’t Want It To End” crash the UAE iTunes chart at No. 1 with the following month seeing their first live gig alongside Seal played out in front of an amazing crowd of 40,000 at Meydan Racecourse’s Dubai World Cup Night.

 

Further high-profile live sets at Creamfields Abu Dhabi alongside Calvin Harris and Disclosure, along with Armin van Buuren at the glitzy 2014 Formula 1 after-race concert, cemented their status even more as leading lights in an exciting UAE musical genre.

 

Even though Universal Music’s takeover of EMI delayed the release of their debut album “Personal Space” until 2015, their enthusiasm was not dimmed with UK airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM sowing the seeds for their trip back home.

 

“For us, this weekend [in Red Bull Studios] is a new chapter,” says Wood. “London’s precious. There’s just an energy here that’s intoxicating.”

 

Stainer reveals, “I went to Dubai with a bag of CDs and a pair of headphones, now I’ve come back with a major record deal. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of. I want to make everyone that I know in the UK proud of what I’ve been up to.”