Friday, February 21, 2014

Basto release debut with Keep on Rocking

Belgian artist and producer BASTO makes his Ultra Music single release debut with “Keep On Rocking,” a jamming festival track-turned-airwave burner out today, Friday, February 21 via Beatport, followed by all other digital retailers on March 11. The song merges frenetic dance floor energy perfect for an all-nighter at your favorite hotspot with a seductively melodic sensibility.

“It was initially conceived as a festival DJ tune,” explains BASTO of the track he created to play at the Inox Festival, the largest electronic music festival in France. “There’s still this melody to it though. That’s important to me. You’ve got to find yourself humming it in the shower or the car. It’s my philosophy.”

Listen to “Keep On Rocking” here:

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Sharing his stage moniker “Basto” with a cat he adopted, Jef Martens dropped his first smash in 2005. “Rock With You” topped the dance charts in Belgium and Holland, and it took off at radio. As he continued to release singles, he eventually embraced his more classical inclinations with “Gregory’s Theme” in 2010. Originally written as a tribute to Hugh Laurie’s titular character on “House,” the song exploded as a worldwide club phenomenon. Soon, the likes of Kylie Minogue, The Wanted, Keane and Flo Rida sought BASTO out for high-profile remixes, while he eventually dropped his European mega-hit “Again and Again,” which currently exceeds 20 million views on YouTube and occupied Beatport’s Top 10 for a month upon release.

2012 saw him churn out two landmark songs under the production name of Lazy Jay he shares with his brother Toon Martens. He produced the triple-platinum smash “Scream & Shout” for Britney Spears and and Azealia Banks’s breakthrough “212.” Unforgettable performances at the likes of Tomorrowland followed and he garnered the NRJ DJ Award for “Biggest Revelation” in France as well as being named #37 on the “Most Successful Songwriters of 2012″ list by leading industry publication MusicWeek.

Now, BASTO is setting his creative sights upon the U.S. with “Keep On Rocking.” Look for a brand new video for the track to be revealed soon.