Hailing from Manchester, production duo Mark Richards & James Eliot, collectively known as Solardo, are continuing the city’s rich heritage in house music.
Crowned DJ Mag’s Best Breakthrough Act of 2016 and part of Resident Advisor’s top 100 DJs list, the prolific duo’s meteoric rise is testament to their hard work in the studio and their infectious energy in the club. A slew of releases via imprints like Viva, MTA, and Elrow helped catapult them to their Hot Creations Beatport Number 1, ‘Tribesmen’, in October 2016. Thunderous EPs for Toolroom Records and Green Velvet’s Relief Records followed to widespread acclaim.
Solardo’s 2017 has been prolific, entering the year off the back of winning Best Breakthrough DJ at DJ Mag’s Best Of British Awards. They’ve since completed a sold-out UK tour – alongside tours in USA, Australia, Argentina, and countless festival shows – contributed to Pete Tong’s career-defining Essential Mix series on BBC Radio 1, remixed Duke Dumont & Gorgon City’s summer anthem ‘Real Life’, and featured on the cover of Spotify’s premier dance playlist, electroNOW.
With sets at EDC, Glastonbury, Lovebox, and Hï Ibiza under their belts, and ongoing support from DJ Mag, Mixmag, and Deep House Amsterdam, the rest of the year looks busy as ever for the duo, having recently announced their own Solardo Sessions takeover at The Warehouse Project on Boxing Day.
Whether it’s Jamie Jones on his multiple world tours, Annie Mac on her Friday Night Radio1 show, or Green Velvet and Jackmaster spinning at underground clubs, the support for Solardo is across the board and as solid as the bass weight their tracks posses.