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 Best Duo of 2017, 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 nothing but prolific. They’ve completed a sold-out UK headline tour – alongside tours in USA, Australia, South America, and countless festival shows – contributed to Pete Tong’s career-defining Essential Mix series on BBC Radio 1, remixed tracks for the likes of Duke Dumont & Gorgon City, MK, and Nicole Moudaber & Carl Cox, and featured on the cover of Spotify’s premier dance playlist, electroNOW.
With standout sets at Circoloco at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, EDC, Glastonbury, Lovebox, and Hï Ibiza under their belts, and ongoing support from DJ Mag, Mixmag and Deep House Amsterdam, 2018 looks busy as ever for the duo. Kicking the year off as DJ Mag’s cover feature, they went on tour across Australia and the USA, before picking up where their Sessions tour left off after selling out The Warehouse Project.
The 22 date Solardo Sessions tour included shows in Barcelona, Milan and London – with all shows, sold out. The duo even found time to start their own radio show named ‘The Spot’. With the show being syndicated globally, they’ve so far attracted guests such as Claude Vonstroke, MK and Nicole Moudaber to name a few. Release wise, the highly anticipated ‘Today’s News’ dropped on Lee Foss’ Repopulate Mars imprint, adding to their already esteemed repertoire.
Whether it’s Jamie Jones on his multiple world tours, Annie Mac on her Friday Night Radio 1 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 possess.