Ultrabeat (UK band)


Ultrabeat (UK band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Ultrabeat


Img_capt = Ultrabeat From Left to Right:
Chris Henry, Mike Di Scala, Ian Redman
Background = group_or_band
Alias =
Origin = Liverpool, England
Genre = Dance Scouse House Vocal Trance Happy Hardcore
Years_active = 2003 – present
Associated_acts = Rezonance Q
M&C
Whelan & Di Scala
Re-Con
Clear Vu
Chosen Few
BCD Project
3 Amigos
Pawn Shop
Label = All Around The World
URL = [http://www.myspace.com/ultrabeatuk MySpace]
[http://www.aatw.com/artist.php?id=128052 AATW - Ultrabeat Artist Page]
Current_members = Mike Di Scala
Chris Henry Rebecca Rudd
Past_members = Ian Redman

Ultrabeat are an electronic music production group based in Liverpool, who primarily produce dance and house music and are most famous for their 2003 massive hit Pretty Green Eyes.

Their output is generally classed under the genre known as Commercial Dance. Their earlier efforts are recognised as commercial UK Vocal Trance productions. Ultrabeat release their work through the All Around The World record label. The group comprises Mike Di Scala, Chris Henry and Ian Redman.

It is notable that their recordings have been constantly supported by Scouse House and Radio City 96.7 DJ, Lee Butler, who helped launch them into stardom. He famously aired their cover version of I'm Not in Love within a few hours of its recording.

The band's debut album, called "Ultrabeat - The Album", was released on September 10 2007 and includes all of their previously released singles. The Album reached #8 in the UK album chart. Their newest single is a collaboration with Hard House producer/singer Darren Styles named "Discolights". It was released on the 23 June 2008 on the AATW label.

Band Members

*Mike Di Scala - producer, songwriter, main singer
*Chris Henry - producer, songwriter
*Ian Redman - producer
*Rebecca Rudd - singer "(since "Elysium (I Go Crazy)")"

History

Origin

Mike, Chris and Ian were friends before Ultrabeat started. They grew up near each other in Liverpool, Mike and Chris attending schools just a mile away from each other, with Mike attending Cardinal Heenan in West Derby and Chris attending Broadgreen High School in the Old Swan/Broadgreen area. They were part of the same circles of friends, and also DJs, in the up and coming scouse house scene. They all shopped in the underground dance record shop "3 Beat Records", and they all used to perform DJ sets across Liverpool nightclubs. The three decided to go into Mike's studio for some amateur recording sessions were they made some bootlegs of old happy hardcore tracks from 1997 onwards. The songs were made to improve their DJ sets. Before this, Mike Di Scala and Ian Redman had remixed a handful of tracks using the name "Ultra Beat". [cite web | url=http://www.clubland.fm/uploads/podcasts/clublandpodcast_apr_2007.mp3 | title=Clubland Podcast April 2007| accessdate=2007-04-20 | author= | publisher=UMTV/AATW]

Record Deal (2003)

All Around The World first met with Mike di Scala through Rezonance Q and their single, "Someday", which went to #29 in early 2003. In Mike's studio he and All Around The World were discussing "Someday", when he played them Ultrabeat's demo of "Pretty Green Eyes", a cover of the 'Force and Styles' Happy hardcore song from 1997. It was then that Ultrabeat were signed by All Around The World. [cite web | url=http://www.aatw.com/artist.php?id=128052 | title=AATW Ultrabeat Artist Page| accessdate=2007-10-16 | author= | publisher=AATW]

Mainstream Popularity (2003-05)

"Pretty Green Eyes" went on to be a #2 hit in August 2003. It was playlisted on most radio stations including BBC Radio 1, and was performed live on "Top of The Pops". [http://www.bbc.co.uk/totp/artists/u/ultrabeat/video/ultrabeat_pretty_green_eyes.ram] The following single was "Feelin' Fine" which charted at #12 in the Christmas chart of 2003. Their next single was "Better Than Life", which was released the next year in 2004 and reached #23 in the chart. [cite web | url=http://www.aatw.com/artist.php?id=128052 |title=AATW Ultrabeat Artist Page| accessdate=2007-10-16 |publisher=AATW]

The decline of their mainstream popularity came when their next single, "Feel It With Me", was released some 10 months after "Better Than Life". It charted at a low #57 in 2005. Their album "(originally titled "Better Than Life - The Album")" was expected to be released sometime after this but it never materialised and this upset many fans. [cite web | url=http://www.clubland.fm/index.php/artist/show/name/ultrabeat.html | title=Clubland Ultrabeat Artist Page| accessdate=2007-10-09 | author= | publisher=UMTV/AATW]

With Rebecca Rudd (2006-07)

Rebecca Rudd had already sung vocals for the M&C Project, a group which featured both Mike Di Scala and Chris Henry, on a track called "Coming Back"; as well as a cover of Siedah Garrett's "Do You Want It Right Now" and a song called "Magic Touch".

In 2005 she had also did the vocals for Pawn Shop, an alias of Whelan & Di Scala, on a song called "Shot Away" which samples The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter". She has also worked with Mike and Chris under the King of Clubs name, and with Mike as Re-Con.

In April 2006 "Elysium (I Go Crazy)" was released, and charted at #38 and put Ultrabeat back in the top 40 after 17 months without a top 40 hit. This saw a re-surge in popularity for Ultrabeat. This song, which sampled Scott Brown's "Elysium", featured Rebecca Rudd on vocals for the very first time for Ultrabeat.

"Elysium (I Go Crazy)" was played on TV music channels much more than "Feel It With Me" and became one of their most popular songs. MTV viewers voted it #1, on the 'Galaxy Chart', of best songs in the clubs at the time. [cite web | url=http://www.aatw.com/artist.php?id=128052 | title=Ultrabeat| accessdate=2007-04-30 | author= | publisher=All Around The World] [cite web | url=http://www.mtv.co.uk/channel/mtvuk/news/ultrabeat_top_of_the_galaxy_pops_0 | title=Ultrabeat Top the Galaxy Chart| accessdate=2007-10-19 | author= | publisher=MTV]

Their sixth single, "Sure Feels Good", was released in August 2007 and it was a collaboration with Happy Hardcore artist Darren Styles who has influenced their work greatly.fact|date=December 2007 It achieved #51 in the chart. It was the second single featuring Rebecca Rudd and along with "Elysium", this is also a collaboration with another hardcore artist.

Album

In September 2007 the band released their longly anticipated album titled "Ultrabeat - The Album" which achieved #8 in the charts. Also in September - October of 2007 the band went on a national tour of the UK with Cascada (who are also on the AATW label) on their successful "Everytime We Touch Tour" which included a gig in their hometown of Liverpool. The release of their album and the national tour saw a boost in popularity for the band. The seventh single, "I Wanna Touch You", was released February 4 2008. [cite web | url=http://www.aatw.com/comingsoon.php?page=1&id=128089 | title=Ultrabeat v Darren Styles - Sure Feels Good| accessdate= 2007-08-04| author= | publisher=All Around The World] [cite web | url=http://www.aatw.com/artist.php?id=128052 | title=Clubland AATW Ultrabeat Artist Page| accessdate= 2007-11-02| author= | publisher=AATW]

econd Album

After the success of "Ultrabeat - The Album" and tour supporting Cascada, Mike Di Scala said there may possibly be another tour for Ultrabeat were they are headliners, and he also said he was working on a second album in his head. A new single "Discolights" was released in June 2008 in an interview about the new upcoming HTID compilation album Mike Di Scala mentioned work on the new album. A released date of December 2008 has also been set for the album. [cite web | url=http://www.clubland.fm/uploads/podcasts/OCTOBER%20PODCASTx.mp3 | title=Clubland Podcast October 2007| accessdate= 2007-10-29 | author= | publisher=UMTV/AATW] [cite web | url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpVnmEfmt9I | title=Re-Con & Squad-E Interview| accessdate= 2008-06-04| author= | publisher=YouTube]

Discography

Albums

*2007 - "Ultrabeat - The Album" (#8) which has become a massive hit with everyone who hears the songs. It is an awesome collection, being both superbly produced and featuring strong songwriting.

ingles

Tours

In September/October 2007, Ultrabeat were the supporting act for German eurodance act Cascada.

Mike Di Scala openned the show by singing the chorus of Pretty Green Eyes.
He then introduced Rebecca Rudd onto the stage with the tour dances to sing I Wanna Touch You and Sure Feels Good.
Rebecca then went off stage, and Mike came back to sing Feelin' Fine.
Rebecca came back on stage, and the both of them sang Pretty Green Eyes as a duet.

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.aatw.com/ All Around The World]
* [http://www.aatw.com/artist.php?id=128052 Ultrabeat Artist Page at AATW.com]
* [http://www.myspace.com/ultrabeatuk Ultrabeat Myspace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/djchrishenry Chris Henry Myspace]
* [http://www.myspace.com/mikediscala Mike Di Scala Myspace]

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